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DonaldSmith last won the day on June 23 2018

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About DonaldSmith

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 08/24/1942

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    Berkley, MI
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    47 DeSoto Suburban
  • My Project Cars
    1947 DeSoto Custom Suburban

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    Technical detail sort of guy, nuts and bolts
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    Retired architect and specifications writer


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    Berkley, MI 47 DeSoto Suburban
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    Fixing and improving things around the house

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  1. I'm guessing 1949 or later Mopar. The heater hose tubes would indicate that the heater mounts on the engine side of the cowl. The top opening might mat with the cowl vent that opens outside the windshield. The side opening for the air duct would be consistent with the cardboard duct that ran along the right fender. That's my wag (wild a$$ guess).
  2. You still call it your Plymouth. And for good reason. Much of you is in it. I've had my DeSoto Suburban for about twenty years, but at shows where the PO (previous owner) is there, he shows "his" car to the meandering crowd. No problem.
  3. You have to realize, it's not a garage, it's a wide-door storage building.
  4. My 47 DeSoto Custom Suburban, in 2009. The back end seemed a little high, which would make sense for a hauler like this, for up to 9 passengers (a squeeze) and luggage, from the train station to the resort hotel. I added 2-inch lowering blocks, to level the car for my uses. "After' shot to follow.
  5. Here's an enlargement of the Traveler article:
  6. I have a magazine article on the DeSoto Suburban that briefly covers the Traveler. It's a Chrysler sedan, with a folding back seat and a cargo floor in the trunk. Like my Suburban, but with two seats instead of three. DeSoto had a similar version, called the CarryAll. The page shown below features the Traveler in the sidebar, and the Suburban in the other pictures.
  7. i found some auto-boat carpeting in 2006, from a local carpet company, that was a close match to the hogshair carpeting that was still on the kick panels behind the seat. I fitted the carpet to the hump as best I could, hand-sewing the joints. The standard carpet had a flap with serged edges. My car. I have to dig through ancient files to find an example of factory-fitted carpet.
  8. I rigged a backup switch for my Tip-Toe transmission. Since the shifting linkage doesn't use the usual First Gear position, I only needed a switch for the one shifting arm. For a standard transmission, you would have to add a switch for the other arm, and wire them in series. Gearshift lever back and up, both switches closed. The switch is an after-market brake switch, using the Common and Normally Open posts. Slightly out-of-focus photo follows.
  9. Woodward runs north-northwest, so it's a 6- mile treck from 10 Mile Road to 15 Mile Road. Then some of the names change. 15 Mile Road is Maple Road. 16 Mile Road is Quarton to the west and Big Beaver to the east. Then come Wattles Road, Long Lake Road, Square Lake Road, and South Boulevard. On DreamCruise day, free shuttle busses run (?) the distance. If you get tired of walking, you can take ths shuttle bus. But it would be quicker to walk. If you do the Cruise on that Saturday, August 17, 2019, be prepared for slow travel and many delays. You will wear out your clutch foot and pusher fan. But hey, go for it.
  10. Hmmm. I live near 12 Mile Road and Woodward, halfway between Pontiac and downtown Detroit. Sometimes I get the 47 DeSoto Custom Suburban out, and do the DreamCruise. Not much, cruise from 12 Mile to 11 Mile, and take the local streets home. Sometimes the best time to cruise is the evenings before the official Saturday event. And I might visit the basilica. The National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, at 12 Mile and Woodward, is a destination in itself, plus a Friday Night chicken dinner tents at the school, and Saturday activity tents on the church lawn. Contact me if you will be around for the WPC Meet.
  11. "Inch" in some languages is the same as "thumb". "Foot" is obvious. Twelve thumbs in a foot. What could be more natural? I remember a spoof on Noah and the ark, where Noa asks, "What's a cubit?"
  12. I wouldn't touch the metric system with a 3 meter pole.
  13. I don't have a wiring diagram to show you, but I have an explanation for wiring a single-wire alternator in the post-war DeSoto (and Chrysler, I suppose). The voltage regulator will not be needed any more. Disconnect the wires. Connect the Black wire from the "B" (Battery) post to the Red wire from the "A" (Armature) post. (This wire will run to the new alternator.) The Green wire from the "F" (Field) post will not be used and can be abandoned. (The voltage regulator can be kept in place for show.) At the generator, disconnect the Red wire from the "A" (armature ) post. Connect this wire to the single wire of the alternator. At the generator, disconnect the Green wire and Brown wire from the "F" (field) post. Abandon the Green wire which ran to the voltage regulator. Connect the Brown wire to a suitable ground (earth). This wire comes from the starter solenoid. (In my car, I grounded this wire at the solenoid.) (Chrysler grounded the starter solenoid through the generator field, so that if the engine were running, the starter could not be engaged.)
  14. The "Continental" tire mount fascinates me. Ingenious, but troublesome. The continental mount gets the spare tire out of the cargo compartment, or out of the passenger compartment, but creates a very high tailgate, which looks too prominent, makes for a heavy lift to raise and lower the tailgate, and requires the extra step of swinging down the ingenious center section of the bumper before lowering the tailgate. As cars got longer, with lots of space in the fenders behind the wheels, the spare tire for a station wagon found its traditional home in the fendr,on under the floor. Now, station wagons are gone. The minivan or SUV may have a mini spare under the floor, or a puncture- sealing tire inflation can in a fender.
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