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Viper Guy
Posted 2018-09-03 6:40 PM (#569538 - in reply to #165059)
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I had to replace my 59 year old stoplight switch today on my '59 Firesweep. I guess I got pretty good life out of the original and was able to clean up the master cylinder a little while I was at it. I did consider converting to a mechanical switch by the brake pedal but figured if I could get another 59 years out of a hydraulic unit for under 15 bucks, it's worth the chance.
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Viper Guy
Posted 2019-05-27 5:34 PM (#582575 - in reply to #165059)
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In preparation for the National DeSoto Club annual convention, I thought I would spend some time giving the old girl a once over before driving 6 hours from Branson, MO to Hutchinson, KS. Chassis lube, oil and filter change, tire rotation, inspection of all the joints and rotational components, like steering linkages, ball joints, U-Joints, parking brake, etc. Cosmetically it's as good as she'll get but might need a clean-up when I get to Hutchinson. The convention is July 16th to the 21st and hope to see many of you there.

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ABloch
Posted 2019-05-27 7:09 PM (#582579 - in reply to #165059)
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Reinstalled the motor.



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Powerflite
Posted 2019-05-27 10:08 PM (#582585 - in reply to #165059)
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Congratulations, it's a great feeling when you finally get the motor back in and hooked up. I'm on the opposite side of the spectrum. My motor came out today. I had to tear it apart to finally get it to turn all 360 degrees. A couple of valves were stuck and 2 bores were pretty nasty with crud.



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ABloch
Posted 2019-05-27 10:42 PM (#582591 - in reply to #165059)
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Thanks Nathan,
It's been quite the arduous process. Started out as a quick fix of a cracked block. Turned out to be a 413, rebuilt trans and disk brake conversion.

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1960fury
Posted 2019-05-30 9:12 AM (#582691 - in reply to #165059)
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Finally installed the handbrake warning buzzer. Works perfectly when you push any button with ignition on, thanks to Wizards suggestion, using a NC-relay. Only problem, as I didn't want to cut the OE wiring or soldering the ignition switch, was getting Ign1 current behind the dash (already had a loop/switch behind the dash for the solenoid safety ground switch). So I routed it back to the dash from the engine bay.

Actually it worked even better than Wiz said, as there is no need for a 2nd handbrake ground switch when you want a warning light with ignition on and no button pressed. Just replaced the regular bulb with a bright red LED and that solved that little problem.

Now I only need to install another relay that cuts out the stereo, when I push a button when the engine is running, so I actually hear the warning buzzer

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1960fury
Posted 2019-05-30 9:24 AM (#582692 - in reply to #582691)
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1960fury - 2019-05-30 9:12 AM

Finally installed the handbrake warning buzzer. Works perfectly when you push any button with ignition on, thanks to Wizards suggestion, using a NC-relay. Only problem, as I didn't want to cut the OE wiring or soldering the ignition switch, was getting Ign1 current behind the dash


Suprisingly the untouched OE wiring fed for the OE handbrake warning light wasn't supplying 12V and didn't work for the relay!
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wizard
Posted 2019-05-30 10:56 AM (#582697 - in reply to #165059)
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That's nice to "hear" Sid, great that it worked even better than I thought.

Yes, the stereo needs to be at least muted for to hear the buzzer.
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57burb
Posted 2019-05-30 11:54 AM (#582700 - in reply to #582697)
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Technically I did this on Monday. I volunteered a little time at the DFW national cemetery, and then drove around that afternoon looking for spots to take pictures with my Chrysler. Not interested in discussing politics, but I'm grateful to live in a country worth dying for and having the freedom to roll around in an old car! I found a great MCM neighborhood and even found a home with a flag out on Memorial Day. Was worth getting a picture. (yes Nathan I took the wires back off )

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Powerflite
Posted 2019-05-30 2:50 PM (#582710 - in reply to #165059)
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Nice photo. I like the colors. You have a good eye for art.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2019-05-30 11:31 PM (#582739 - in reply to #582710)
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1960fury
Posted 2019-06-02 10:24 AM (#582825 - in reply to #582697)
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wizard - 2019-05-30 10:56 AM

That's nice to "hear" Sid, great that it worked even better than I thought.

Yes, the stereo needs to be at least muted for to hear the buzzer.


Of course I wired everything with old used OE cables Below is the LED type I used. They fit perfectly behind the OE lense.
I didn't want to modifie the OE socket. so I used a 3/4" sheet metal plug instead with a 10mm hole drilled so these snapped right into place.

The only thing, it creates a micro-beep when I switch on the ignition with no button engaged (the time the relay needs to react).
It is barely noticeable and I got used to it.

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Powerflite
Posted 2019-06-15 3:31 PM (#583484 - in reply to #165059)
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Check out what I found inside my DeSoto trunk lid. I had no idea mice would like to hide up in there.

I cut it up like this so I could scavenge the sheet metal to use elsewhere. I don't like to pay for new sheet metal while throwing out usable stuff. Doesn't make sense, so I recycle it. I am hoping the bend at the downturn is going to come in handy when I do lower quarter panel repairs......



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1961plymouthfury
Posted 2019-07-06 2:03 AM (#584488 - in reply to #165059)
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I had the inside of my hood and trunk lid painted black. I also had to replace the hood pad the original bit the dust. I stated sanding the engine compartment. I had to get more sand to sand blast more of the cancer off the car . I will have a have some photos shared on the forward look face book page . It has been a long journey on this forward look of mine. It also looks to me I won't be driving this car any time soon ,. I also got my front disc brake conversion kit . I also got to get brand new tires . I will not drive this car with tires that are 16 years old on it I am not taking any chances for a blow out and a fender bender.
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Viper Guy
Posted 2019-11-28 2:10 PM (#590872 - in reply to #165059)
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On this Thanksgiving day I prepared my '59 Firesweep for its annual winter nap. Fired it up and ran it up to operating temperature, went through the gears several times (would have driven it but the weather was, and still is, nasty), changed the oil and filter, aired up the tires to 45 psi, put a fresh coat of wax on it, and put it under cover. Then I put up my DeSoto Christmas Tree in my office.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Powerflite
Posted 2019-12-28 11:53 AM (#592124 - in reply to #165059)
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My wife gave my family this puzzle for Christmas. Cool '55 Belvedere & camping trailer. I ended up putting this puzzle together with my kids most of Christmas day.



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1961plymouthfury
Posted 2020-01-22 5:12 AM (#593316 - in reply to #165059)
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freshened the poly 318 in mine
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Viper Guy
Posted 2020-03-06 10:46 PM (#595341 - in reply to #165059)
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Beautiful day in the Ozarks today and had to get the Big D out. Also bought a Vintage travel trailer that I thought would look neat behind the DeSoto. Yeah I'd like to pull it with the DeSoto but don't have a hitch so I'll have to resort to the RAM 3500. I actually think the trailer would look really good behind a Turquoise and white '55 Chevy Nomad.

Got a chance to test the brakes again after replacing the grabbing linings a few months ago. PERFECT! Looking forward to the DeSoto National Convention in Wisconsin this year.

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56D500boy
Posted 2020-05-04 9:22 PM (#597789 - in reply to #595341)
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Installed two NOS taillight side spears on my 56 Dodge Custom Royal and finally installed the two rear license plate lens that I waited 2 (3?) years to get from George Laurie. Easier than I thought that it would be.

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Powerflite
Posted 2020-05-04 10:14 PM (#597792 - in reply to #165059)
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Wow, that's great news that it sounds like he is making good on his previous commitments.
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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-05-05 2:29 AM (#597803 - in reply to #165059)
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Yesterday I was digging under the carpet of my 1960 Chrysler Town & Country wagon and found several strange things as well as the build sheet. Today I dug into the crack of the front seat because I found some stuff falling out of the torn carpet on the back of the seat. The car had been sitting since 1978. It was sold new in Los Angeles and the ended up in Indiana in 1973 or before. The second owner had it until 4 or 5 years ago but had parked it in 1978. All the coins are earlier than 1978 as well as the receipts. The lug wrench was an odd deal. I could feel it in there but didn't know what it was, It was in there at an angle stuck up into the backrest. Doesn't look like it had ever been used. I think my car came with Captive Air tires originally so no jack or lug wrench would have been included. The car is coded 99 for tires. I was hoping to find the special order form. Need to pull the front seat to check under the front carpet.

The last picture is the stuff from under the rear carpet.


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samstrader
Posted 2020-05-05 4:03 AM (#597805 - in reply to #165059)
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56D500boy.... That's a beautiful car.
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-05-05 10:29 AM (#597813 - in reply to #597792)
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Powerflite - 2020-05-04 7:14 PM
Wow, that's great news that it sounds like he is making good on his previous commitments.


Sorry to disappoint Nathan, but those lenses were from a shipment that I received before George's stroke.

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57burb
Posted 2020-05-07 2:47 PM (#597908 - in reply to #597805)
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I used some covid-19 social distancing time to pretty-up the trunk of my '57 Chrysler. I covered some PVC sheet plastic with the same materials used in the interior. The lion emblem is the original hood ornament.



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Powerflite
Posted 2020-05-07 2:55 PM (#597909 - in reply to #165059)
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Did you modify the emblem to put black around the outsides? All the emblems I have seen were silver or white in that region.
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57burb
Posted 2020-05-07 3:27 PM (#597910 - in reply to #597909)
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Yeah. It was silver, I think. Whatever it was had almost completely flaked off, so I sanded off what little was remaining and shot it black, then flipped it over and polished the face. voila

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imopar380
Posted 2020-08-01 11:19 PM (#601578 - in reply to #597910)
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I installed an alternator on the 60 Saratoga. I bought an adapter mount from a local auto electric shop, had an old MoPar Alternator given to me by Islander62, and had the shop rebuild it, and they also added a voltage regulator mounted onto it which makes it a one wire job. Now I have constant voltage 14.4 when driving and 14.2 - 14.3 at idle with no load. With the A/C it reads 13.6-13.8 at idle and it comes back up. The alternator is a model 7007 60 amp amp unit which was used from 61 through 69 on various models. Higher amp units will likely kill the amp gauge. I still have the original regulator mounted on the driver's side, and simply had to move the red wire (coming from the alternator) going into the regulator from the ARM terminal to the BAT terminal to make the original Amp gauge work and I also have a small Voltmeter plugged into the cig. lighter to monitor actual voltage. Wish I had done this years ago.

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Alex
Posted 2020-08-11 5:51 AM (#601917 - in reply to #165059)
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Good job, nice engine bay.
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Posted 2020-08-11 2:44 PM (#601930 - in reply to #601917)
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Alex - 2020-08-11 2:51 AM

Good job, nice engine bay.


Running it with the alternator now for over a week, and got the battery fully charged.... now the voltage at idle is even better.
It sits at 14.4 normally at idle/ no load, and with A/C on, or heater and lights on, sits 1t 14.1 at idle. At speed it relaxes itself at 14.5 V.

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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-08-12 10:20 PM (#601983 - in reply to #165059)
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Today I pulled the backup lights from my wagon so I could see inside the quarter panels. Only way to do it. I knew there were patches but now I know the extent.





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