I bought three Desoto motors from local neighborhood crook when I was ~ 16, (~1959) cheap, ---two had Chrysler firepower valve covers put on them ; my dad ended up burying them in our back yard. Dug a hole next to them 8 years later and pushed them in.
One Chrysler industrial 354 out of junkyard sitting next to them, ended up in a 54 Ford coupe though.
I also pulled apart a nice running 392, left in pieces in basement. He “got rid of that” too….this bug bites early , before your brain has grown up.
The appearance of the engine makes me wonder if it was assembled as a display for a museum etc. (Painted carb bodies don’t appeal to me!)
It reminds me of the 55 Desoto Hemi I bought back in the early 60’s to put in a Dodge sedan I had. The PO said it ran pretty rough and needed a tuneup. It did run rough!
It had had a piston and connecting rod removed, because the cylinder wall was broken out in one area. I was always curious what that was all about. It sure looked nice though!
Posted by: "John Grady" <jkg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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