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Kevin J
Posted 2020-01-09 2:11 AM (#592668)
Subject: Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan D


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Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan

Hi
I was wondering if anyone could assist with some info for me please?
I am helping a friend rebuild his 1958 Desoto Diplomat and we are struggling to find decent info on the vehicle.
The only info I have to go by is the serial number:
LP 2 69188 - which I believe decodes as a 1958 Plymouth 8 cylinder.
Engine number:
SLP 8 169 249
Not been able to find much besides it relates to Plymouth and is 8 cylinder... All info I find ends in 1957....

What we have found out is that the Plymouth Belvedere with a Desoto clip on front fender was sent as a CKD to a company called Atkinson-Oates in Cape Town.
I was hoping someone could help with perhaps origin - I think it might have been Detroit - but not 100% sure.
Any info or a point in the right direction would be welcomed.
Thank you

Regards Kevin J
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-01-09 10:33 AM (#592677 - in reply to #592668)
Subject: RE: Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan D



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You might find some information at allpar:

"The DeSoto Diplomat was a Plymouth with a scaled down DeSoto front end. Most of these were built in the U.S., a few in Canada, all for sale outside of North America."

Diplomat, Diplomat Deluxe, Diplomat Custom, 1958 = 2,346 (total - not separated into LHD and RHD)

Canadian built 1958 Diplomats = 36

REFERENCE (with more info): https://www.allpar.com/cars/production/desoto.html



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Kevin J
Posted 2020-01-10 6:20 AM (#592729 - in reply to #592677)
Subject: RE: Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan D


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Thanks - I have been reading a lot of info from Allpar - great site.

I'm stuck on the engine number - can't find any info on it - SLP 8 169 249 - besides being a Plymouth V8 in a De Soto body

Trying to determine what motor it has without opening it up....

I know the car was sent to S.A. in a kit form but was wondering if the build sheet etc would have come from the plant in USA.?
Research leads to a Belvedere Body with a De Soto clip-on front, Dodge chassis......

Paint, interior, tyre's were sourced locally (S.A.)

Thanks again - shall follow suggested link



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Powerflite
Posted 2020-01-10 11:15 AM (#592744 - in reply to #592668)
Subject: Re: Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan D



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The motor is related to a 318 poly, but clocks in at 313 cubic inches for the export market.

Also, it would need to have a Plymouth chassis in order to use the Plymouth body. They had a smaller wheelbase than the Dodge.

Edited by Powerflite 2020-01-10 11:20 AM
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Phil_the_frenchie
Posted 2020-01-11 4:06 AM (#592775 - in reply to #592668)
Subject: Re: Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan D



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I've a french shop manual and the engine (no indications about serial) is the 318 for the LP2, LF 2 (DeSoto Diplomat) and LE2 (Dodge Kingsway). I think the 313 was for canadian market.
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-01-11 10:48 AM (#592780 - in reply to #592668)
Subject: Re: Desoto Diplomat 1958 South Africa Custom Sport Sedan D



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Good to know. Thanks Phil.
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