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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-04-15 8:17 PM (#611100)
Subject: Happy Birthday to me


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Bought myself a birthday present -- the 57 Fireflite is the new addition to the family.

 





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miquelonbrad
Posted 2021-04-15 8:37 PM (#611101 - in reply to #611100)
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Wow-y!!! Nice birthday gift! Love it!
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-04-15 8:41 PM (#611104 - in reply to #611101)
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Thanks, Brad!
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1960fury
Posted 2021-04-15 8:42 PM (#611105 - in reply to #611100)
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Nice! Happy birthday!
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-04-15 8:43 PM (#611106 - in reply to #611105)
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Danke!
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MrIncredible
Posted 2021-04-15 10:42 PM (#611110 - in reply to #611100)
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My birthday is coming up-I'll run it past the wife.



Happy birthday! Beautiful car.
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22mafeja
Posted 2021-04-16 3:04 AM (#611116 - in reply to #611100)
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What a car-what a gift!
Black-white combo is stunning..
Ouch I had my birthday 11.04.....forgot to get myself a fireflite...hmm my firedome have to go on without company..
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wizard
Posted 2021-04-16 4:41 AM (#611120 - in reply to #611100)
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Sweet, a faboulus car, happy birthday!
Makes me wonder if the wife would like to have a gift of the same price range for her birthday
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58coupe
Posted 2021-04-16 11:19 AM (#611132 - in reply to #611100)
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Beautiful Desoto. I had a 55 Studebaker President coupe like yours my senior year of school though not the fancier model. Blew the engine up graduation night and then bought my first Plymouth Fury.
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Powerflite
Posted 2021-04-16 11:54 AM (#611139 - in reply to #611100)
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Congratulations! I've always liked the black/white combo and I have a couple of them myself. Enjoy!
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2021-04-16 7:52 PM (#611156 - in reply to #611100)
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57Fireflite - 2021-04-15 6:17 PM

Bought myself a birthday present -- the 57 Fireflite is the new addition to the family.

 

Ok, so you have excellent taste.  This is established.  A President Speedster all resplendent in Hialeah and Sun Valley?  Very, very nice. 

 



Edited by Lancer Mike 2021-04-16 7:58 PM
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2021-04-16 8:23 PM (#611157 - in reply to #611156)
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Lookit where you live too...it looks like Awesomeville

corner lot, flowers bloomin everywhere

 



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frwl
Posted 2021-04-17 4:00 AM (#611167 - in reply to #611100)
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Congrats!!!

My wife's birthday at April 15 also!!!

Might you post an engine bay picture and the cowl?

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frwl
Posted 2021-04-17 4:01 AM (#611168 - in reply to #611100)
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and the cowl TAG please?
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Viper Guy
Posted 2021-04-17 9:46 AM (#611170 - in reply to #611100)
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What a fortunate find. I only wish I could find a 1960 Fireflite 2HT in that condition.

Congrats!

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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-14 12:36 AM (#615867 - in reply to #611110)
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MrIncredible - 2021-04-15 7:42 PM

My birthday is coming up-I'll run it past the wife.



Happy birthday! Beautiful car.


Thanks!

So.... how'd it go?
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-14 12:37 AM (#615868 - in reply to #611168)
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frwl - 2021-04-17 1:01 AM

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and the cowl TAG please?


Sure thing... I'll see if I can get those in the next day or two.

Sorry for the late replies...!
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-14 12:41 AM (#615869 - in reply to #611156)
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Lancer Mike - 2021-04-16 4:52 PM

57Fireflite - 2021-04-15 6:17 PM

Bought myself a birthday present -- the 57 Fireflite is the new addition to the family.

 

Ok, so you have excellent taste.  This is established.  A President Speedster all resplendent in Hialeah and Sun Valley?  Very, very nice. 

 



Thanks, Mike! Rare to find someone who knows what it is, let alone the color scheme -- I appreciate it!

I've had the Speedster for 20 years; my first car project bringing it back from the brink of death; the DeSoto needs hardly anything but I'm putting my personal touches on it (not custom).
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-14 12:43 AM (#615870 - in reply to #611139)
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Yessir!

My life goal is to have a bunch of them... until then, the two I've got keep me poor but happy.
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-14 10:36 PM (#615897 - in reply to #611168)
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frwl - 2021-04-17 1:01 AM

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and the cowl TAG please?


Here they are; those good at decoding will note that something is amiss...



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56D500boy
Posted 2021-10-14 11:38 PM (#615898 - in reply to #615897)
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frwk (Igor) will no doubt fix you up with a decode. In the mean time, I would suggest that it wouldn't be the end of the world to remove that data tag and chemically strip the paint from it and then paint it with just one light coat, e.g. black, before reinstalling. There are so many layers of paint on there that details of BDY PNT and TRM are drowning in paint.

Speaking of paint, the original paint code looks like HLH which should be Fiesta Red and White (no Black)





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frwl
Posted 2021-10-15 3:21 PM (#615909 - in reply to #611100)
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James: Thanks for posting;
Dave: Thanks for reminding!

Upper Row:

SCH 147 = Scheduled on April 27, 1957 approximately
SEQ 160 = 60th car built that day
BDY 166 = Fireflite Sportsman 2 Door Hardtop
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PNT HLH = Originally Paint Fiesta Red roof, White body and Fiesta Red inserts
TRM 545 = Red Vinyl and Gray Westminster Tweed
TR (blanc) = Torqueflite Transmission as Standard Equipment

Middle Row:

AG2 =Accessory Group No. 2 includes:
Hand Brake Warning Signal
Heater and Defroster
White Side Wall Tires
Dual Exhaust
Electric Clock
Windshield Washer
Left Outside Rear View Mirror
Prismatic Mirror
Vanity Mirror
Safety Cushion Dash Panel
Rear Seat Speaker
Radio with Search Finder

Fireflite Accessory Group No. 1 has same optional equipment except Radio less Search Finder

PB9 = Power Brakes
PW5 = Power Windows

Lower Row:

A3 = Interior Trim Group (no info what exactly it is)

Sorry, but your car has not next equipment from the factory:

Front Bumper Guards
Rear Quarter Stone Shields
Power Seat
Air Conditioning
Undercoating

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frwl
Posted 2021-10-15 3:24 PM (#615910 - in reply to #611100)
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The trim code 545 chip:



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CaprockClassics
Posted 2021-10-15 9:14 PM (#615917 - in reply to #611100)
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Lovely Desoto! Love the current color scheme even better than the original. Interior and engine bay look so nice and clean!

~Peter
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-16 1:29 AM (#615925 - in reply to #615898)
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56D500boy - 2021-10-14 8:38 PM

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frwk (Igor) will no doubt fix you up with a decode. In the mean time, I would suggest that it wouldn't be the end of the world to remove that data tag and chemically strip the paint from it and then paint it with just one light coat, e.g. black, before reinstalling. There are so many layers of paint on there that details of BDY PNT and TRM are drowning in paint.

Speaking of paint, the original paint code looks like HLH which should be Fiesta Red and White (no Black)





:)


Hey! Thanks for the paint codes AND the interior swatches (saved those for a maybe someday project) -- yessir, astute observation on color scheme. I am going to strip that body tag as you suggest -- tomorrow.
Thanks again!

Edited by 57Fireflite 2021-10-16 1:31 AM
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-16 1:38 AM (#615926 - in reply to #615917)
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CaprockClassics - 2021-10-15 6:14 PM

Lovely Desoto! Love the current color scheme even better than the original. Interior and engine bay look so nice and clean!

~Peter


Thanks, Peter.
I'm fortunate to have found this gem...
I've been tinkering on it -- e.g., rebuilt the window switches, added sound deadening material to cabin, doors and trunk -- but next order of business is a leaking axle seal.

James
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-16 1:45 AM (#615927 - in reply to #615909)
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frwl - 2021-10-15 12:21 PM

:cool:


Thank you, Igor for the thorough decoding -- that's really cool and good to have on file!
Fortunately, I have a pretty good history (photos, receipts dating back to the 60s) on the car and it meant a lot to the original owner who named it Jezebel -- it was her pride and joy. It's a head turner and I look forward to driving it much, much more.

James
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57Fireflite
Posted 2021-10-16 1:50 AM (#615928 - in reply to #611100)
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Question for the group:
I have a Service Manual for it as well as a large parts book -- are there any other books I should have on it? The service manual seems a bit basic so anything more detailed for those of us new to ForwardLookers would be great to reference. Thanks!
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