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Posted 2014-11-18 9:03 AM (#462181 - in reply to #352861)
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ToMopar, next time you are at the shop, can you throw that little blue car into a box and mail it to me? Too cute!

Your wagon is awesome!


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Posted 2014-11-20 5:19 PM (#462379 - in reply to #352861)
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Someone has an idea how to fix this little spring from drivers door latch lock, or where you can buy such a springs. Or has someone such a latch for sale.



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Posted 2014-12-17 1:49 PM (#464960 - in reply to #352861)
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New windscreen is in place, the quarter windows are installed, and the 341 is back in engine bay





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Posted 2014-12-17 3:02 PM (#464966 - in reply to #464960)
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Very Nice Tom !!
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Posted 2014-12-17 3:53 PM (#464973 - in reply to #352861)
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This is SO awesome
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Posted 2014-12-17 5:00 PM (#464977 - in reply to #352861)
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Coming together very nicely, Tom!!!
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Posted 2014-12-17 9:18 PM (#465016 - in reply to #352861)
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Is the door latch the same on 57 Chrysler and Desoto? If so, I have a 57 Windsor parts car I could remove the latch from. Several years ago I missed buying a 58 shopper in rougher but restorable condition because I didn't move fast enough.
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Posted 2014-12-17 9:50 PM (#465024 - in reply to #352861)
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Door latches are the same.
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ToMopar
Posted 2014-12-18 3:09 AM (#465045 - in reply to #464977)
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big m - 2014-12-17 10:00 PM

Coming together very nicely, Tom!!!


John, do you recognize the quarter window frame parts
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Posted 2014-12-18 1:15 PM (#465098 - in reply to #465045)
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big m - 2014-12-17 10:00 PM

Coming together very nicely, Tom!!!


John, do you recognize the quarter window frame parts


Sure do, Tom!!
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ToMopar
Posted 2014-12-18 3:56 PM (#465112 - in reply to #352861)
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For those whose interested in qt window: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=51081
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Posted 2015-09-03 3:09 PM (#488816 - in reply to #352861)
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Doesn't happen very much this year, because time was eaten by my another projects.
By the way, I've prepare the exhaust system for a lambda sonde, by welding a little bit on the new waldron system.
I am fully recommend the waldron.



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Posted 2015-09-04 6:22 AM (#488868 - in reply to #488816)
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That's FANTASTIC work, Tom!
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Posted 2015-09-04 1:30 PM (#488895 - in reply to #352861)
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Awesome work! Love this wagon!
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Posted 2015-09-05 6:54 AM (#488945 - in reply to #352861)
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Tom, you do have the little bent metal cover for that opening at the bottom of the flywheel, don't you? If not, I probably have a picture somewhere here of what it should look like.
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ToMopar
Posted 2015-09-06 12:33 PM (#489032 - in reply to #352861)
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Ed, yes, I have that Cover Plate
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Posted 2015-09-06 6:17 PM (#489053 - in reply to #352861)
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I might have missed it somewhere, but are you doing fuel injection Tom?

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Posted 2015-09-06 9:28 PM (#489074 - in reply to #352861)
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ooooooooooooooooh wow.

I don't know why, but I find the wagons of that era just so freakin' cool. Seriously... SUV's replaced these? freakin'... how? why? dear god why!
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Posted 2015-09-06 11:11 PM (#489084 - in reply to #352861)
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The wagon is looking very nice Tom. You should be driving it soon at the rate your going on it. Did all the 57 Wagon parts make it to you. Hope you can use it. Cory
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Posted 2015-09-07 4:06 AM (#489094 - in reply to #352861)
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Tom, do you still need a door latch? I think I have a spare. It may be the wrong door but maybe the spring can be transferred.
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ToMopar
Posted 2015-11-08 5:26 PM (#494589 - in reply to #352861)
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Here are the result of last week's electrical issue



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Posted 2015-11-15 11:47 PM (#495303 - in reply to #352861)
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The wagon is looking great ! Awesome job Tom.
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Posted 2015-11-16 2:04 AM (#495317 - in reply to #352861)
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great work Tom...
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Posted 2015-11-16 3:30 AM (#495323 - in reply to #352861)
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Nice work Tom. You have placed lambdas quite far from the engine. I've been told they should be placed as close to engine as bossible, or do you use preheated lambdas?
I also got Waldrons exhaust waitin in boxes for m 300 G and I am also plannig to put lambdas in both exhausts, dont know yet where.
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Posted 2015-12-13 5:01 PM (#497872 - in reply to #352861)
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Jari, yes the lambdas are far from engine, but you are right, they are pre-heated. I will use the lambda only during adjustment procedure
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Posted 2015-12-13 6:00 PM (#497878 - in reply to #352861)
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Keep the updates coming, Tom - this is one interesting and exciting resto IMHO!



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ToMopar
Posted 2015-12-14 4:29 PM (#497947 - in reply to #352861)
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Thanks Rosy for the kind words.
My rear bumper is back from local chrome shop - it looks SO GOOD





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Posted 2015-12-14 4:46 PM (#497948 - in reply to #352861)
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The vent window is back and installed, too





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Posted 2015-12-14 5:41 PM (#497958 - in reply to #497948)
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Hi Tom you really got a spurt on since the last photos you sent. I love your attention to detail
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ToMopar
Posted 2015-12-25 6:13 AM (#499008 - in reply to #352861)
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Santa Claus surprise me with a rebuilt WCFB carb



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Posted 2015-12-25 8:12 AM (#499013 - in reply to #352861)
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What a difference on the vent wing chrome Tom - looks really nice - keep up the good work and soon you can drive to Classic Car Week!

It's difficult to see in your carb Pictures, but check that all the screws are properly swaged so that they don't vibrate loose.
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Posted 2015-12-25 9:33 AM (#499021 - in reply to #352861)
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What is that vacuum unit on the side of your carb? It looks like a governor that would be used on a truck.
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Posted 2015-12-26 2:32 PM (#499163 - in reply to #352861)
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- Yes Sven, I will keep my eyes open
- Rolland, this is because the original heat control choke are broken, and we (the carb guy and I) don't trust the reproduction parts whose are available,- so we changed to electric choke instead which is used on holley's, too.
Ok, it is not like factory, but at the end I like a working system.

Here is a picture for comparisation of Holley 4160 with electronic choke

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ToMopar
Posted 2016-01-02 7:01 AM (#499728 - in reply to #352861)
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I missed an ebay item, PT# 1635740



who has something still in the basement, can someone help me

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Posted 2016-01-02 7:07 AM (#499729 - in reply to #352861)
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I actually bought a used Carter filter and mounted it on a Chevy 58 - by this offence the bowl cracked almost instantly.

What I want to point out is that it's really safest to find a NOS one that never has been mounted - afterall, theres a lot of gasoline pumping out if the glass bowl cracks.

My choice is the "modern" (60>) steel filters even if the old bowl types are so much cooler
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Posted 2016-01-02 10:23 AM (#499742 - in reply to #352861)
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I have at least 2 of these glass bowl original filter assemblies (used) that I won't be using as I don't think they will flow enough fuel for a 440 engine. Are filters still available for them? I can make you a good deal if you are willing to try but shipping might be high. No guarantee it won't crack like Wizards did.
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ToMopar
Posted 2016-04-15 6:25 AM (#509453 - in reply to #352861)
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Still in progress





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Posted 2016-04-15 9:55 AM (#509463 - in reply to #352861)
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Wow Tom you have an awesome rare car. And you are doing such a carefully planned out superb job. DeSoto lives !!!
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Posted 2016-04-15 9:00 PM (#509500 - in reply to #352861)
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This is going to be awesome to see on the road!
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Posted 2016-04-16 5:07 AM (#509535 - in reply to #352861)
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Sorry Tom , I bought that actual filter on ebay
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Posted 2016-04-16 6:14 PM (#509564 - in reply to #352861)
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It's a great looking car. You have done a lot and what you have done is first class!
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Posted 2016-06-14 6:03 PM (#514144 - in reply to #352861)
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It does not happen much, but the little troll monitors the scenery



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Posted 2017-02-24 6:29 AM (#534617 - in reply to #352861)
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In another thread here was a request about some pictures of my dash, made by RD autoline Sweden http://autoline.se/



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Posted 2017-02-24 10:29 AM (#534627 - in reply to #534617)
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Nice. Do they come in different colors or are they all black, and you have to paint them? I purchased a black one for my '57 Chrysler, but am considering getting a colored one for my '58 Desoto.
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Posted 2017-02-24 10:48 AM (#534629 - in reply to #352861)
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Nathan, they paint the dash in the color you want for a little extra money.
I send them an little vinyl sample of my door panels and this company match the color exactly.
Standard color is black.
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Posted 2017-02-24 2:49 PM (#534638 - in reply to #534629)
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Beautiful car getting the workmanship it deserves there!

I have a padded dash from RDAutoline also, if you get black they recommend use of SEM vinyl paint/dye for matching to the car interior color.
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ToMopar
Posted 2017-03-17 7:23 AM (#536097 - in reply to #352861)
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I restored the Ballast Resistor & Ignition Coil Assembly - and it looks so beautiful



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Posted 2017-03-17 8:37 AM (#536099 - in reply to #352861)
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I love watching the progress on this wagon!
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Posted 2017-03-17 9:08 AM (#536104 - in reply to #536099)
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For a car as nice as this one is coming out to be, you might want to go the extra length to put the correct color/wording onto the coil, Tom. If so, I have it printed on a black sheet. All you need to do is print it (it will use a ton of ink because of the black), then wrap the coil in it. Then I'd spray a coating of urethane or something over it to keep it looking nice. Crazy, and I know, and yours looks awesome as is, but if you want to go that extra mile...



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Posted 2017-03-17 10:50 AM (#536111 - in reply to #352861)
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Thanks Ed, for the "print" and for the help with the misterious spring of sun visors: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=15643&
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