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jpmopar
Posted 2017-10-08 8:16 PM (#549996)
Subject: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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I'm happy to say that I was finally able to purchase a car this weekend that I've been wanting for years. It's a really solid (for my area) 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman coupe with 83,000 miles on the odometer. I've known about the car for 17 years and have maintained a good relationship with the owner. He's currently 82 and purchased the car in 1963 from the original owner. I've always told him that I'd like to buy the car if he ever decided to sell it, and two weeks ago he gave me my shot! It's been stored in the shed I pulled it from since 1971 and was only parked because of brake issues. The rocker panels need replacing, the front fender tops above the headlights need the typical repair, there's a few small pin holes to patch in the trunk and floor pan, and there's some surface rust on the deck lid. Other than that it's in amazing condition. The 361 4-V turns freely and after installing a battery it seems that most lights and accessories work. I plan to restore the car and repaint it in it's original blue and white. It's been painted once a few shades darker than the original paint. The original paint is a medium blue metallic and looks almost like the late 60's Mopar color B7. I couldn't find this shade of blue on the '58 Desoto paint chip sheet I have, so I looked at the paint code on the data tag. To my surprise I found a 999 paint code. Isn't this the code for special order paint? I'm sure I can find a formula to match. I'm just happy to have the car and I'm excited to start working on it.

Jim



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Lancer Mike
Posted 2017-10-08 8:22 PM (#549997 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Congrats, Jim! Let's see some pictures. 999 is indeed the special order paint. Your Fireflite Sportsman coupe must have been a taxicab at some point. It really sounds cool. What options does it have? Sometimes, those Fireflites were really loaded. I imagine if someone took the trouble to order special paint, they may have really gone all out.
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jpmopar
Posted 2017-10-08 8:41 PM (#549998 - in reply to #549997)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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It's actually not that heavily optioned (for a Fireflite). There's no AC and no power windows, but it does have power brakes and power steering. It also has the twin rear antennas and dash clock, but maybe those were standard on the Fireflites...
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ronbo97
Posted 2017-10-08 9:06 PM (#550000 - in reply to #549998)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase


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Car has a searchtune radio. Pretty rare in a 58 Desoto.

Great score ! Glad that the engine turns freely.

How are the quarters, especially lowest areas behind the wheel wells ?

Ron



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rtmike
Posted 2017-10-08 9:55 PM (#550002 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: Re: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase


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Great find! Nice to know they are still out there. Looks complete.
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jpmopar
Posted 2017-10-08 9:57 PM (#550003 - in reply to #550000)
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The lower rear quarters have a few small perforations, but nothing that a one inch wide patch panel wouldn't cover.
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jpmopar
Posted 2017-10-08 10:46 PM (#550004 - in reply to #550003)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Here's the data plate.



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56D500boy
Posted 2017-10-08 10:58 PM (#550005 - in reply to #550004)
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PNT =999 certainly isn't what I would have expected based on this:

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2017-10-09 12:27 AM (#550009 - in reply to #550005)
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999 means special order. In other words, the owner would have to get
the build record from CHS to know what that special order was.

Nice find ! These pop up all the time, right ?

Interesting that it has clear glass.
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miquelonbrad
Posted 2017-10-09 12:16 PM (#550031 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: Re: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Congrats! It looks like a great car!

Question to ponder: lets say you were ordering the car in '58. If the paint colours you chose were standard production choices, but the two-tone combination you chose wasn't offered, would the "999" paint code be used?
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mikes2nd
Posted 2017-10-09 1:38 PM (#550037 - in reply to #549996)
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pretty great starting point. Car will be beautiful when done...

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Lancer Mike
Posted 2017-10-09 4:37 PM (#550046 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Great looking car, Jim! I was surprised it does not have the bumper guards! Something in my head said Fireflites had them standard. Wrong!
The search-tune radio and rear speaker are wonderful options. The car appears to be very solid, all things considered. For the interior, I really like that the previous owner just had the fabric replaced.
You can get new fabric now, but the heat-sealed vinyl is tougher to replicate. All sorts of potential for this one!

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bbrasse1
Posted 2017-10-09 4:57 PM (#550049 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: Re: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase


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Really nice car! Can't wait to see the progress.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-10-09 7:33 PM (#550062 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: Re: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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'58 DeSotos are really neat cars. Mine is my wife's favorite of all.
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tnlowrider
Posted 2017-10-11 2:52 PM (#550155 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: Re: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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NICE FIND!...especially for this area where Ford and Chevy ruled back then. I noticed that it has a front fender antenna as well as the dual rear antennas. Interesting!
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mikes2nd
Posted 2017-10-11 4:45 PM (#550160 - in reply to #550002)
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rtmike - 2017-10-08 9:55 PM Great find! Nice to know they are still out there. Looks complete.

 

not really out there anymore... he had to stalk this old guy for 17 years to get one a project like this one...

 

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jpmopar
Posted 2017-10-11 9:04 PM (#550183 - in reply to #550160)
Subject: Re: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Well, I wouldn't call it stalking. More like frequent, friendly reminders...
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2017-10-11 10:26 PM (#550188 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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What's the VIN on this one, Jim? I wonder if this is early production?
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jpmopar
Posted 2017-10-11 10:51 PM (#550193 - in reply to #550188)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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'58 Fireflite VIN's ran from LS3-1001 to LS3-13552, so I'd say this one is a fairly early production model.



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SaratogaFan
Posted 2017-12-03 8:14 PM (#553633 - in reply to #549996)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Very nice car! It looks like its all there. All those chrome pieces are hard to find.
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jpmopar
Posted 2017-12-03 11:53 PM (#553652 - in reply to #553633)
Subject: RE: 1958 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Purchase



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Thanks! I'm very lucky to have 1) just had the opportunity to purchase this car, and 2) to have found one both this solid AND this complete.
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34 Airflow
Posted 2017-12-04 12:57 AM (#553654 - in reply to #549996)
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Congratulations, I'm glad to see your persistence has paid off! I am looking forward to seeing this project progress.
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