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bel5758
Posted 2013-03-04 9:12 AM (#362952)
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Still haven't found someone that I can trust to work on Kate.

And ideas welcome, would prefer someone near Annapolis or south of Annapolis.

Not looking for a complete restoration or anything, just the basics for now to stop the leaks and get her to where I can drive her a bit.
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1956DeS
Posted 2013-03-04 10:10 AM (#362958 - in reply to #362952)
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Try a search for Maryland Mopar Club. Several come up and should be able to help.
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FIN_NV
Posted 2013-03-04 1:06 PM (#362987 - in reply to #362952)
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A friend in College Park Brought his Desoto to someone who said they could take care of his brakes. He got a call from them in the late afternoon saying they took care of his front brakes, but couldn't get the rear drums off no matter how hard they beat them with a hammer.
He ended up trailering the car up here to my mechanic. He said it was worth the peace of mind.

Theres a Maryland Chapter of the Desoto Club you might want to get in touch with. Maybe one of their members could make a reccomendation.
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ruchaven
Posted 2013-03-04 1:25 PM (#362991 - in reply to #362952)
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Matador 440 is on here in Beltsville, MD. If he can't do it, then maybe he knows someone who can. Other than that I recommend Anderson's Service Center in York, PA, our mechanic.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-03-26 11:34 AM (#366394 - in reply to #362952)
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1956 Des - good call on finding a nearby MOPAR club, which I did. Good guys, but mostly modern rides, so that will make Kate stand out even more.

Anyway their fearless leader and a couple of others found me someone local that they all use.

Just got off the phone with him and will hopefully have Kate to him some time next month for real good once over.
He's a bit excited to work on an old car for a change, which suits me just fine!

Many thanks all for the input, hope your FLs are treating you well, and the warm weather is almost here!
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b5rt
Posted 2013-03-26 5:12 PM (#366463 - in reply to #362952)
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When you meet him, ask him how he removes the brake drums on cars with tapered axles. That will give you some insite on how familiar he is with old Mopars.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-11 1:29 PM (#369051 - in reply to #362952)
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"it's car show season, I'm too busy"

No kidding it's car show season. Have struck out with two semi-local mechanics.

Checking one last resource before I call Anderson....because I should have to have a mechanic 110 miles from where I live.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-11 3:36 PM (#369067 - in reply to #362952)
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One last call I made may do the trick. Old MOPAR guy, builds/restores street cars and race cars.

I'm to call him back next week and see if we can get Kate over there for him to have a look-see.

I just want to drive my car. Crazy, huh?
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FIN_NV
Posted 2013-04-11 5:26 PM (#369084 - in reply to #362952)
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Have you called Smitty, Matador 440? He's a restoration shopping Beltsville, not close to you, but maybe he can recommend someone near Annapolis.
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FIN_NV
Posted 2013-04-11 5:27 PM (#369085 - in reply to #362952)
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Dam spell check!!!

He has a restoration shop in Beltsville
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-12 1:12 PM (#369261 - in reply to #362952)
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Taking Kate to FL forum member just north of DC a week from today. Thanks all.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-17 9:56 AM (#370247 - in reply to #362952)
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To my surprise, Kate actually started last night. Took 20 mins of being hooked up to my other car's battery, but she finally started.
I had to reposition her in the garage in case I need to push her on to the flatbed Friday.
A whole pond of tranny fluid on the garage floor before I moved her.....a slow leak from somewhere near the pan.
But she coughed herself to life...we'll be crusin round southern Maryland pretty soon and finally.
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FIN_NV
Posted 2013-04-17 12:40 PM (#370276 - in reply to #362952)
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BTW What is Kate? Any Pictures?
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-17 3:20 PM (#370315 - in reply to #362952)
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Yeah, thanks for asking, but she's red and white and therefore a pariah here.

Although, to their credit, there are a handful of guys/gals here who have embraced her nonetheless.....many thanks all, you know who you are.
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matador440
Posted 2013-04-17 6:45 PM (#370342 - in reply to #370315)
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I can't wait to meek Kate, She sounds like a wonderful old gall, She will be handled with the utmost care as I have a soft spot in my heart for older women. They just need special attention and some good Love
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-18 9:06 AM (#370422 - in reply to #370342)
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FIN_NV
Posted 2013-04-18 10:37 AM (#370430 - in reply to #362952)
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Allen,
She's beautiful! Will you take her to Carlisle in July?
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-18 3:09 PM (#370486 - in reply to #370430)
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Not sure.....gotta factor that in with other travels.

Went to Carlisle for first time last year.....mixed feelings on it. Very cool, loved the FLs, but otherwise too big and too hot.

Just dunno at this point.....and frankly, ain't thinking that far ahead - can't wait for Kate's new doc to take over!
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FIN_NV
Posted 2013-04-18 3:59 PM (#370497 - in reply to #362952)
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To BIG??? I've never heard anybody say that about Carlisle.
Hot in July???
There's a nice driving tour in Williamsport in May.
I'm thinking about it. It'll still be cool.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-04-22 1:14 PM (#371210 - in reply to #362952)
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Dropped off Kate Friday. My confidence in Smitty is total.

Will advise when up and running. Thanks all.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-05-23 3:46 PM (#376768 - in reply to #362952)
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Kate still in Smitty's competent hands...detailed updates forthcoming.

No Carlisle this year......getting too close to commit to it with Kate still in the hospital, so don't want to.

But plenty of cruising locally in the near future, and will advise as our perimeter grows regionally.

Hope everyone is enjoying their FL/other cars. Good weather for it lately.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-06-07 2:31 PM (#379620 - in reply to #362952)
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New (to the car) oil pan, drum brakes re-worked and OK, gas gauge repaired.
More updates forthcoming.
Dr. Smitty continuing his procedures.
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bel5758
Posted 2013-06-20 4:16 PM (#382066 - in reply to #362952)
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New PS pump appears to have done the trick!
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bel5758
Posted 2013-07-02 10:01 AM (#383907 - in reply to #362952)
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Front wheel bearings done (re-packed)?

Both existing carbs not even close to being for my motor and don't play well together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jessica
Posted 2013-07-04 7:49 PM (#384310 - in reply to #362952)
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Glad to hear you found someone with the knowledge/expertise to help you out!
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bel5758
Posted 2013-07-05 10:01 AM (#384378 - in reply to #384310)
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Thanks Jess.......patiently chomping at the bit, if there is such a thing!
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Posted 2013-07-05 1:25 PM (#384403 - in reply to #362952)
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Haha! I can relate. Patience is a virtue, but it was never one of mine!
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bel5758
Posted 2013-07-23 8:55 AM (#387165 - in reply to #362952)
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Visited Kate yesterday at the doctor's office.
She looked sad, sitting back in a corner; but she was covered to help keep the shop dust off so she appreciates that.
Have two new carbs to be installed soon. Carbs that fit, instead of a mismatch pair where neither fits. Pretty excited about that.
Getting a five blade fan also to put more air on things.
After carbs installed the doc will check a few more minor things and hopefully we'll be ready to roll.
If everything goes well, she'll be discharged about the middle of August!!!
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bel5758
Posted 2013-07-24 4:42 PM (#387514 - in reply to #362952)
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Pic and blurb about new carbs in the technical section under Engine, Exhaust...and whatever else it says.

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bel5758
Posted 2013-07-26 11:29 AM (#387818 - in reply to #362952)
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Carbs installed!
Spark wires re-ran through correct looms!
New/correct oil cap installed!
SIX blade fan installed!
Correct battery holder installed!
Getting a spare rim from Big M!

Yippee! Getting close now!
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bel5758
Posted 2013-08-20 4:54 PM (#392509 - in reply to #362952)
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Heh-heh......it's almost time.
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Posted 2013-08-21 12:04 PM (#392662 - in reply to #362952)
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Smitty - are you TomTurbomatic over on AW.o? I'm Firedome over there too, have talked to Combo52 a few times over the years re: you know what (I think we're the only crazy ones on both!! LOL I even use my 58 Windsor avatar.

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bel5758
Posted 2013-08-29 1:23 PM (#394154 - in reply to #362952)
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Holy cow I can't even talk about it - Kate runs like a champ!

OMG it's like having her for the first time all over again except this time it's better - much better.

More later - photos from this upcoming weekend and a huge thanks to Kate's doctor! Enjoy the weekend everyone and honk and wave when you see us!
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bel5758
Posted 2013-09-01 7:46 PM (#394781 - in reply to #362952)
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she's baaaaaaacccckkkkk
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bel5758
Posted 2013-09-01 7:48 PM (#394782 - in reply to #362952)
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Thanks Doc Smitty and JT and John.

See thread under general discussion 59 Cor - 58 Bel - 59 Fury
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bel5758
Posted 2013-09-19 3:04 PM (#398596 - in reply to #362952)
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Last weekend - my grocery getter!



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