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59 Desoto 4D Detachable Hardtop! $15000
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drosera88
Posted 2018-06-10 7:19 PM (#564980)
Subject: 59 Desoto 4D Detachable Hardtop! $15000



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Normally I'd be rolling my eyes at a nice car butchered into a 'parade car,' but this thing is really well done and quite honestly looks incredible. In fact, you get the top with the car. Might actually be worth the asking price considering that you can still drive it looking completely stock or topless. Swivel seats too! 

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/d/1959-desoto-firedome/6613313046.html

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56D500boy
Posted 2018-06-10 8:42 PM (#564988 - in reply to #564980)
Subject: RE: 59 Desoto 4D Detachable Hardtop! $15000



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We've been around and around with this one before:

Aug 2017 $17,500 asking:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=66589&...

June 2013

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=47474&...



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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-06-10 11:32 PM (#565002 - in reply to #564980)
Subject: Re: 59 Desoto 4D Detachable Hardtop! $15000



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Well, it appears to have moved from New Mexico to Michigan since the original thread.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2018-06-11 12:55 AM (#565006 - in reply to #565002)
Subject: Re: 59 Desoto 4D Detachable Hardtop! $15000



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New location or not, it is still a 59 DeSoto !
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ttotired
Posted 2018-06-11 6:38 PM (#565041 - in reply to #564980)
Subject: Re: 59 Desoto 4D Detachable Hardtop! $15000



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I would love to see how this was done

Apart from the strengthening part of it, you could make a bottom edge for the rear window (and plexiglass would be a good idea) that has a soft seal between the new bottom and the rear panel

To attach it, you could use door striker catches so the "C" pillars drop in and catch with a release handle or handles in the trunk and put pins and normal top catches in the front, again with a soft seal.

To install the roof, would be a 2 person job, but you lift the roof from over the back and slide the front pins into the holes in the header panel, then drop the "C" pillars into their catches, then lock the front in with their catches. Could all be done in a minute

I would be tempted to make a fibreglass or carbon fibre top myself to make it a bit lighter, but it really wouldn't be much heavier in steel than a hood or trunk I think


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