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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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Great image!

 

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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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