[FWDLK] 1960 Adventurer Questions
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[FWDLK] 1960 Adventurer Questions

I’ve turned my attention to a 1960 DeSoto Adventurer we've had in storage for 20+ years.
It’s a 383 car with Carter 2bbl BBD. We drained out what was left of the bad gas in the tank, installed a new set of points, new fuel filter, and replaced the leaky fuel line between carb and pump. (I love my Imperial brand tubing bender!) We borrowed a battery from another car in the stable and she started right up. They usually do. No smoke. Next up is brakes.

When it was on the lift it was interesting to see that it has an aluminum bell housing mated to an iron Torqueflite, with drum parking brake on the tailshaft. Mopar engineering evolution on display. At the bottom of the bell housing is a rectanglular hole about 1.5” wide x 2” long. There is a sheet metal shield below the opening. What in the heck is this hole for? Is this factory or did someone cut this opening? Why is it there?

Dan in Seattle (It’s been a long cold winter.)


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