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This page is dedicated specifically to the saga of Tommy Eide's Diplomats and the restoration process they are going through in Norway, and will be updated from time to time as I receive new photos.

Tommy Eide writes,

Some years ago, I bought my Dodge Diplomat 79, called "Dodgie" by my friend. and have used it for 2 years. I worked at a gas station at the time, and one if my workmates, said he thought the car was familiar somehow. He went home, to find out that he's father was the one to buy the car from the states, and bring it over, Completely new! I took the tour to him and he thought it was a lot of fun to see his old car again after 20 years. we talked a lot, and I learned an interesting thing: They were two mates who decided to buy a new car from the states. They bought one 79 (the one I had) and a 80 model.

Back to my car for a moment: I decided to repair my car from being a old rusty car, to being a shiny beautiful car. so I started up and found out that my car was worse attacked by rust than I knew. This was an hard decision to take, because it would cost a lot of money to fix my car, but it would be to hard to throw it to Parts Yard. Since I love my car, and would like no other, I just didn't know what to to. But I remember what the original owner had said, that there should be another car somewhere in the area....so if I could.... Well I started the hunting. so after some phone calls I found it!  I went to see it, and actually a friend of mine bought it. after some time I took over the owner ship. I made it! My Dodgie should have a new life! The new car were technical perfect order, but after years of mistreat, it didn't look to good. so I decided to make two cars into one, and that's my project.

All photos and commentary from Tommy Eide

Also see Tommy's home page, Hamcar


dip255.jpg (112593 bytes) This picture is taken after we actually drove the car in to the garage, and reassembled the whole car there. The wheels, engine and transmission, stands where it drove itself in.....with the car intact. We just lifted the car of the front wheels and pushed it out door on its rear axle. This was another way of doing it. :)
dip256.jpg (139352 bytes) Here is the engine after we pulled it up into the wood. The engine is now rebuilt and sits in an 66 mod Plymouth something....
dip257.jpg (94795 bytes) A closer view of the engine.
dip258.jpg (110489 bytes) Here is my car pulled out, and turned around, and the rear axle removed.
dip259.jpg (85174 bytes) This is a pic of the front of my car before disassembling.
dip260.jpg (73870 bytes) This is a picture of where I store all the remaining parts of my car.
dip261.jpg (104494 bytes) Last pieces removed......
dip262.jpg (104433 bytes) We needed to put the car on a trailer, to drive it to the yard.
dip263.jpg (97315 bytes) This is my new car do drive. This car is an 80 model, and is completely rust-welded now. it is going to get a new paint job, and the front from my 79 which I like better.
dip264.jpg (99500 bytes) My new 80 model with the hood from my old. I need this since I am going to use the front from my beloved Dodgie 79.
dip265.jpg (123509 bytes) This is the engine compartment in my new car.
(The following photos were submitted on July 9, 2003, showing further ongoing restoration efforts on one of only two Dodge Diplomats in Norway)
dip280.jpg (45398 bytes) Here you see my car with first layer of the stuff going to be under the paint. (anti rust stuff)
dip281.jpg (59294 bytes) And Here it is Primed. (so the paint wont react with the Anti rust)
dip282.jpg (36473 bytes) And here it is Painted. Fire Red!
dip283.jpg (67186 bytes) And here, the Result! Beautiful !!!!!
dip284.jpg (73053 bytes) And another photo!!!!!
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Some additional photos received December 2001 from back when Tommy's car was being painted.

 

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Other photos submitted by Tommy Eide.

 

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These photos were submitted in December 2001 with the following commentary:

Long time since last time! :)

Well, I have moved back to my home town now, so I have had a lot to do.

Well anyway, here is some photos of my dodge diplomat with new color.

The pictures do speak for themselves, don't they?

Thanks for you presentation of my project on your site. 
fun to have my car in your site.  An honor.

My Dodgie is not finished yet, but you will see soon how 
it will be looking on the outside.

A happy Tommy....

 

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