Time plays tricks on me.
What really happened as I now recall it was that I was given a 1955 Dodge sedan. I paid $5 to rent a towbar, hence a $5 car. It was said to run rough, and that ultimately was the car with the missing conrod, pistons and half a cylinder skirt. In the Dodge Hemi engine.
I then bought a junkyard DeSoto Hemi to replace it,year unk. The wrecking yard assured me it would interchange if I swapped some parts around. I recall the engine mounts caused me to more. I rebuilt the DeSoto engine to the extent of putting new rings in it but nothing else-no valve job.
I finally got the engine in and was looking forward to a smooth running Dodge.Then it developed a massive pool of oil under the car and I shut it down.
It turned out my DeSoto engine had a hollow crankshaft which was there because it shared oil with the transmission (????). I recall discussing options such as plugging the end of the DeSoto crankshaft, swapping crankshafts etc. , but I sold it to the junkyard for $15 and they picked it up.
My earliest adventure into cars!
On Jun 27, 2016, at 12:19 PM, John Grady <jkg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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: Michael Moore <mmoore8425@xxxxxxx>
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