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  1. 9 points
    Wiggo

    Fulton visor? No thanks!

    OK, so personally I think a Fulton visor on one of these cars is as cool as. But a decent one on Ebay is around $600, and by the time I get that to the UK, pay shipping, import duty, taxes etc I'm up at around $850-900 and that's before I paint the thing! However, a 1998 Honda Civic hatchback has a rather useful sheet metal tailgate spoiler... So I bought two of them from a scrap yard, removed the plastic parts and the pressed steel liner (only held in with mastic and a couple of spot welds) and cut them to shape. Here's my lad showing that an electrician has no concept of what tools to use to deburr sheet metal after cutting it with a grinder (yes, that's the edge of a chisel): On the other hand, he did prove that he can weld very thin sheet metal with my cheap gasless MIG welder... Et voila! One homemade $60 visor!
  2. 4 points
    Wiggo

    Fulton visor? No thanks!

    Hmmm, the seats are from a 1966 Mk II Daimler V8, some foam and a lot of homemade angle iron support framing. The visor is two Honda spoilers and a cupboard stay, the vacuum wipers are augmented with a pair of Audi A3 vacuum reservoirs, a one way valve and some aquarium tubing...
  3. 2 points
    knuckleharley

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    If you don't want people to respond to your posts,don't write them.
  4. 2 points
    DonaldSmith

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Guys, I know the feelling(s) - car breakdowns far from home, old, achy body that does not want to contort to the necessary repair configurations, etc. Some day, I'll sell the car and all the stuff that goes with it, or my heirs will. In the meantime, I can fuss with things, and make the occasional car show. Some days I 'm ready to get rid of the car, but at a car show, people tell me how unique and beautiful it is, and thank me for showing it . Here's my car at the recent Rolling Sculpture Car Show in Ann Arbor. Friday traffic on the highways, Friday upper class lunch-hour traffic in town, hour-long staging area lineup, and final spot in the sun - hot, 90-degree sun. My wife and I couldn't walk much, so we were kinda stuck. Left early. Not again. September brings the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti - sparse Sunday traffic, verdant meadow beside a river, the beginnings of Autumn weather, lots of DeSoto companionship, club area with canopies, hang-out seating, potluck lunch , club meeting, etc. Good. (Sun umbrella - the struts from the luggage rack secure the top of the umbrella post. Suitable for hard ground situations. Umbrella can be placed in various locations to suit the site. The struts were clunky wood posts in fat conduit, which had to travel on the roof rack. I am re-making the struts from thinner conduit, which can be carried in the car, something to work on, part of my To-Do list that keeps up an interest in the car.
  5. 1 point
    This subject came up in another thread but it got me to thinking this deserves its own thread. Over the years we have lost several forum members. Three come to my mind but I am sure there are others. Feel free to add the names of any you recall. Norms Coupe aka driveway Norm tops the list. Norm and I did a lot of bantering over the years but he was a very good friend and I sure miss his postings. Norman Baker is another. He really enjoyed his P-15. John Burke. John built his flathead powered hot rod from the ground up.
  6. 1 point
    knuckleharley

    Fulton visor? No thanks!

    That's the kind of thinking that brought us hot rods. If you can't afford to buy it,make something else work/
  7. 1 point
    Eneto-55

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    I agree. I even sometimes misspell words in order to stop it from doing that, or try to find a different word to express the same idea.
  8. 1 point
    johnsartain

    Newbie Questions

    Before I had my seat reupholstered, I took the bottom frame off of the springs and replaced the cardboard with 3/16" Masonite. It makes a big difference.
  9. 1 point
    Dodgeb4ya

    Vintage Dodge?

    Yep.. Cadaver embalming fluid... for the deceased.
  10. 1 point
    Reg Evans

    Vintage Dodge?

    It's embalming fluid ! There are some listed on eBay and google.
  11. 1 point
    DonaldSmith

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Yes, Howard Cunningham drove a DeSoto Suburban. Last I heard, it's still around. The top was painted with a dull finish, for cinematic purposes, and there were fluorescent lights inside, for inside shots.
  12. 1 point
    knuckleharley

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Look in the yellow pages and ask the counter guys at your local NAPA store about restorers/antique car club members in your area. I'd be surprised if you can't find one willing to do the brake work and other minor work like that,or who would even be willing to teach you how or work on them with you. You don't need the car at 6 AM every morning to drive to work,so who cares if it takes you a weekend to do a 3 hour job? This is a hobby,not a contest.
  13. 1 point
    Linus6948: So was Mikes reply that he would not make good onthe parts. Since he is a forum member i woud have thought that he would have been more accomadating becasue if the parts are as bad as you say he should have asked for the pictures of them and if his other guards were better as he states then he should have reshipped a new set to you. Sorry for the bad experience but the bad taste makes everyone else Leary to deal with hom. Most quality vendors will fix the issue. As you know I sell automotive catalog, One of our forum member purchase a lot of them from me and the other day he wrote to me stating that for some unknown reason some of the files got corrupted. I resent him the files that went bad and he paid me for my postage. When someone purcashes from you, and your item goes bad them you have to make good. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  14. 1 point
    mmcdowel

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    I'm not rich by any means, but as I get older and less "bendy" I did find a really great general mechanic that I pay to come out and fix what needs fixing from time to time. I still work on the car of course, but I find it money well spent to get a professional involved from time to time....simply because I don't feel like messing with it. I don't feel like its subtracted from my enjoyment of the car one bit.......Hope you hang in there with your car! (PS my brand new Buick left me beside the road the other day in 111F heat. If my Dodge leaves me she at least has a good excuse being 68 years old and I respect that)
  15. 1 point
    pflaming

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Don's friend drives his D24 all across the continent with success. I wonder what his maintenance program is? I'm committed to drive my truck to Indianapolis on Route 66 and give it to my daughter. When I do, I will know where every forum member is on that route.
  16. 1 point
    DonaldSmith

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Knuckleharley, if I must brag about my 1947 DeSoto Custom Suburban, I must also brag about the interior - chrome and woodgrain dash, woodgrain window moldings. and the Bakelite woodgrain door and inner fender panels. At the car shows, I prop the doors open and the interior draws them like flies to sh... honey!
  17. 1 point
    50fordtruck

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    I am 75 and and had toyed with selling my P15 coupe, but then I drive it or take to a car show and find the enjoyment is still there. I don't go as far as I use to or as often. I went to a car show last Sunday and the met a lot of old friends and made some new ones, and that is a big part of what the old car hobby is about for me.
  18. 1 point
    Wiggo

    stupidest thing I've ever seen

    On the other hand, we have one that runs: "Why do the Americans have their beer so cold? So you can tell the difference between beer and piss..." But I did also see a gravestone that read, "RIP J Lucas - father of the intermittent wiper."
  19. 1 point
    tanda62

    Newly cleaned and painted engine

    Got my alternator and fan mounted - another step closer!
  20. 1 point
    X53Gunner

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Loving my Truck. Just need to try and get a bit more speed out of her. Getting about 40 mph. 360 Flathead 4 speed. Don't believe you can buy ring and pinions for these anymore can ya. Maybe a 5 speed transplant is in need, would take care of the no syncro tranny also. Anyways sorry for rambling I just wanted to share my truck with the group. Have a great weekend! Scott
  21. 1 point
    Ted

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Just wanted to say to all of you from past to present that have proudly served our country. Thank You. I can speak for my family and say, we will always be in debt to you and will always have your back.
  22. 1 point
    pflaming

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Recent trip to Kettleman City, 60 miles one way.
  23. 1 point
    Prusakowski

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    New member - - just saved a 1953 1.5 ton from oblivion. Was a tar truck in Shelbyville, Tennessee from new to the 1980s when it was sold off as surplus. The tires and wheels still have tar over-spray on them. Tar tank disappeared and a commercial flatbed has been added.
  24. 1 point
    Jj1981

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Hello all this is my new toy. Well actually it's been in the family my whole life I rode in this truck as a child. Was recently given this truck by my uncle already this forum has been a help in the last couple days. I was able to fire up the 218 after a 25 year sit very excited to make this truck my own
  25. 1 point
    Out of curiosity, I pulled the empty fuel tank out to compare it to spare '52 & '53 fuel tanks. The '52 tank is a bit mashed on the bottom, so I couldn't do an effective side-by-side comparison. I eyeballed the '48 & '51 fuel tanks that are installed, and they look similar to the '52. the '53 tank is a different shape than the '48-'52, and its fuel line port is atop the tank rather than at the lower front. The '53 frames have a different cross-member to accommodate the tank, so putting a '53 tank in a '48-'52 is not a direct swap. The '53 spare tank has an aftermarket sending unit installed that will probably be converted to a plug. the original fuel line on my '49 matched that of my '48, but had been bent to attach to the short line I've shown pictured coming off the '49 tank. I had not handled this tank since '04, so my memory was a little fuzzy as all of my Polaroids of my work have been lost. Looking at the tank for the first time in years from above, I was stumped: this tank is similar but not the same as the '48-'52. I thought maybe the tank had been damaged and a '53 draw tube had been grafted to the tank top to repair it some years ago, but the entire top of the tank is a different shape than the '48-'52. Not only is there a factory installed boss for the draw tube, but there is a factory indentation in the top surface to strengthen this area. Also, there is a sloped section at the filler neck that reduces the cab seal contact area. whatever the differences are, the fuel tank fits and works, so I'll just clean it out, check the sending unit, replace that O-ring, and re-install. The Gas Tank Re-Nu treatment seems to be holding up well, as the fuel that was in there back in '08 didn't leak out but boiled out through the gas cap vent.


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