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This page is dedicated specifically to the saga of Tom Adams' Diplomats and other M Bodies, and will be updated from time to time as I receive new photos.

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Tom's crushed 1984 Diplomat.  Reports concerning the restoration of this car periodically appear in the Forum and Registry sections.  Or if you'd rather, email Tom using the email link below, and he'll tell you exactly how his car is doing lately.
From Tom Adams
dip048.jpg (804244 bytes) Here is a photo of the 360 in Tom's Diplomat.  This photo was taken minutes before the collision that put his car in the repair shop where the tree fell on it during a storm, as shown above.  This Diplomat continues its comeback bid.
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Some photos of the rear quarter panel removed during the repair work.
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dip146.jpg (32785 bytes) This and the next seven photos are the latest updates on the repair progress, submitted October 11, 1999.  Included are Tom's descriptions.

Rear quarter panel on, trunk deck on.
From Tom Adams

dip147.jpg (170005 bytes) Rear Quarter panel on, no trunk deck yet, my 86 is in background.
dip148.jpg (165604 bytes) Quartering shot of roof removed, almost looks like a convertible...hehehe
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dip150.jpg (101145 bytes) Close up of roof on, fiberglass blending of 5th Ave holes that were welded up, 86 in background.
dip151.jpg (147634 bytes) Another shot of the roof on, fiberglass work in progress.
dip152.jpg (150445 bytes) Another shot of the roof on, hood off.
dip153.jpg (180551 bytes) Rear view of roof on, trunk back off, and 86 in background.
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Tom sent in six new photos of his M Body family (including his newest addition - a 1980 Diplomat S-Type 2 Door), and included the following notes on the images:

Just wanted to shoot you a couple of pic's of the 80, and a couple of others too. Wanted to do it sooner, but work has been killing me in hours lately.

Here is the description (in order of appearance) of each in brief:

#1 and 2 are in front of the hotel the Sunday morning after picking it up from Dan in PA.

#3 is the 84 Delaware car and the 88 GF.

#4 is just getting started pulling the 318 out of the 80, Roy on left Rich on right.

#5 engine is out.

#6 is a shot of the 84 Delaware just 10 minutes after picking up from Bob in PA.

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Seven new ones delivered to my Inbox May 24, 2000 and posted June 2, 2000.

Here are Tom's notes (in order of appearance) of each in brief:

#1 318 is out, 360 waiting on stand to get installed.

#2 With the 318 out, the guys thought it would be neat if I climbed in and put on the air cleaner housing!

#3 Shot of the 360 on the stand, with headers, looking to run!

#4 The 360 sits on the mounts for the first time, Roy and Rich pose for the camera!

#5 The 360 is bolted in, waiting for the details to be finished.

#6 Rich and Roy hooking up the last of the plug wires to get her started.

#7 With the 360 in and running, Rich, Roy and myself pose for one last shot in front of Christine.

These guys were more than great help, I never could have got it done that weekend without their help. A special thanks to Roy, and especially his wife for letting us in the heated garage and taking Roy's time away from the family for the weekend. I owe Rich a big Thank You too for all the work he did in lining up the machining, specking out and pricing the parts, and of course the building and installing work he did.
From Tom Adams

 

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