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1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front

Bob writes:
My latest project is a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II station wagon. The photos show the Mopar when I got the car home.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear

This Plymouth station wagon started life as a New Jersey Forest and Parks superintendent vehicle. The Mopar was sold at a N.J. state auction and purchased by an elderly gentleman who took good care of the car. He parked the wagon up on blocks in a barn during the winters in N.J. When this gentleman passed away his granddaughter, whose husband I know and he knew I was a Mopar guy, contacted me and asked if I would be interested in an old Plymouth wagon her grandfather had. She said it had been sitting in the barn for approximately 18 years because her grandfather stopped driving then. I said I was interested and wanted to take a look.

The Belvedere II wagon is fairly solid with some rust in the spare tire well and the very bottom of the tailgate. The rest of the car is rust free.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, tailgate rust
tailgate rust
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, tailgate repair

I started the restoring process in March 2009, starting on the tailgate. I am just getting under way, but am making progress.

The original 273 had been replaced by a 318 after the second owner bought it. It is an automatic with radio delete and certified speedometer. Power tailgate window and factory 15 inch wheels. Also it is a 999 paint code car.

I have rebuilt a 1970 440 4 barrel and I will be installing a Tremec 5 speed with factory console and buckets.

Thanks for the valuable 1962 to 1965 Mopar Web site; I have been visiting it for years, what a great resource.

Update October 2009

Tailgate metal work done.
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, tailgate repaired
Starting on dented front fender...
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front fender repair
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front fender repair 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front fender repair
and checking for any rust in likely spots.

Update January 2010

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, tailgate repair 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, dash repair
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim repaint I have restored all the interior metal, trim and dash and changed the color.
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim repaint 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim repaint
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim repaint 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim repaint 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim repaint

Update June 2010

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, fender repair
Fender Repair
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear fender repair
Rear QuarterRepair
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, fender repair
Body Shop Repair Fudged
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear fender repair
Body Shop Repair Fudge Fixed
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear fender repair
Much Better Now!

Update August 3, 2010

Progress continues slowly but perfectly: Inner fender repair; Passenger side quarter in excellent shape, no surprises.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, fender repair 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear fender repair

Update January 17, 2011

Progress continuing:

The only repair left is the repair of the rust in the spare tire well and block sanding of the body and final priming for paint.

Update April 25, 2011

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, spare tire well repair 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, spare tire well repair 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, spare tire well repair
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, block sanded and trim fit, driver side 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, block sanded and trim fit, passenger side
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, block sanded and trim fi, rear view

Update August 23, 2012

Finally the paint is on the wagon attached are some photos, it looks fantastic.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, painted engine compartment
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, painted driver side quarter 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, painted roof
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, painted tailgate 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, painted passenger side quarter

Update September 4, 2016

Finally got back to the project: engine and transmission are in and front end has been rebuilt and disc brakes added. Putting things back together!

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, engine 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, engine
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, engine 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, floor shift
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, clutch and brake pedals 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, disc brake

Update October 26, 2016

Progress continues: undercarriage almost done; stainless steel brake and fuel lines; new 3:55 SureGrip gears installed in the 489 case; housing and springs cleaned and painted; on rear installed new brakes, cables and shocks; sway bars installed front and rear; exhaust system installed. Interior: dash ready for install; steering column and wheel installed.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, 8 and 3/4 rear 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear leaf springs
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon,  rear end assembly and leaf springs 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear end and leaf springs installed
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon,  exhaust system 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front sway bar
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear undercarriage view 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, interior speed and steering installed
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, dash, left 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, dash, right

Update November 15, 2016

Vintage Air and dash installed

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, under dash 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, dash installed

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, under dash
1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, vintage air on dash 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, vintage air control

Update May 10, 2017

Installation of the front doors, fenders, and hood. | Windshield and quarter glass installed. | Some trim and stainless installed.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front view 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, driver side front clip

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, passenger side front 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, passenger side front and window trim

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front clip installed 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front clip right view

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear

Update July 18, 2017

Progress continues on the wagon.

All body panels are on, linkage and door handles installed, stainless trim around doors installed, grille and headlight buckets installed, as well as hood lettering, and tail lights.

Side moldings are restored and installed.

Wiring for the factory power windows is in, as are power window regulators and motors in two doors; the other two regulators need repair and I need to find 2 power window motors, which is proving to be very difficult.

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon,  front 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon,  front

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, passenger side 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, passenger side

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, front passenger side 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, driver rear 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, rear

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim

1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II Station Wagon, trim

Contact Bob: contact owner 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II


Thanks Bob!

It is good to have friends who know of your Mopar hobby interests. Great barn find!   smile!

Gary H.

Posted: May 6, 2009. Revised/Updated: October 30, 2009; January 26, 2010; June 10, 2010; August 3, 2010; January 17, 2011; April 25, 2011; August 23, 2012; September 4, 2016; November 15, 2016; May 10, 2017;July 18, 2017

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