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About desoto1939

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!
  • Birthday 05/25/1951

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    Have bicycled across the USA in 1976 from Williamaburg Vir to San Fransico Ca
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    retired software Quality Assurance analyst

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    Valley Forge, PA
  • Interests
    Colleting old Cross reference catalogs to support the antique Moapr cars and Trucks Have scanned these an put on Compact disks. Bicycle collecting and Bicycle touring
  • My Project Cars
    1939 Desoto 4 Door Sedan that has been judged as HPOF with the AACA.


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    Valley Forge PA
  • Interests
    own a 1939 Desoto 4 dr sedan

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  1. desoto1939

    Should I Attempt Carb Rebuild?

    do not remove the venturi tube that is installed inthe carb body. You willneed the Carter special tool to do this and the tube is very thin brass. Suggest that you either get an egg carton or a plastic medicine drung holder that has the compartments for each day of the week. When taking the carb apart put each part into a seperate section so that you can then reaasemble inthe reverse order. This is really important when taking the two small balls out of the body becasue they are different is size and if you put them in inthe incorrect order the carb will not work. If you can get a carter specific kit for your carb they have the instruction sheet inthe carb box. Let me know which carb you have the number is stampped onthe flange such as ENC3. Rich HArtung desoto1939@aol.com
  2. desoto1939

    Teaching my grandson to drive a stick

    Don: I have my antique car insurance with Grundy here in PA. You might want to read your policy because some carriers will only permit family members to drive your antique car or truck and then they must also be 25 or older to be covered and for your vehicle to be covered under the policy. Do not want anything to happened to the car and then find out you lost the coverage. EVERYONE SHOULD CONTACT THEIR CARRIER TO VERIFY WHO AND AT WHAT AGE SOMEONE CAN DRIVE THEIR ANTIQUE CAR OR TRUCK. RICH HARTUNG DESOTO1939@AOL.COM
  3. I will be headed for Hershey Pa on Wednesday morning. If you do make it to Hershey this week and if you need to rest your feet or just need a place to stop and talk MoPar i will be at sites OAD7 & 8. That is the Orange field row AD site 7 and 8. Also looks like we might be getting some rain so bring your umbrella and also rain gear this year. Hershey starts on Wed 10/10/18 and ends on 10/13, but on saturday is the main car show so most of the vendors have pulled out by Saturday morning since most of the people go to the car show. If you have something that you want to sell you can put it on my table but it must have a price tag on it. My cell number is 484-431-8157 Rich HArtung desoto1939@aol.com
  4. desoto1939

    48 Chrysler New Yorker starting issue

    The 6v electric fuel pumps are very common and are listed on ebay all the time and the run around 40-50 dollars. The best backup insurance for any antique car or truck owner that has a driver car and not a show car. AACA permits the use of electric fuel pumps on cars up to 1948 so long as they are done in a professional manner and are not in plan view of the judge so they should be installed on the frame member near the gas tank. These pumps are setup to push the gas and not pull the gas like the mechanical FP that is on the engine block. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  5. If you canget me the prefix lettering on the red tag on the dizzy body and the remaining numbers example IGS4102C is th eone on my 39 Desoto then i can lookinmy autolite catalog and tell which is the correct cap for your dizzy.


    Rich Hartung


  6. desoto1939

    Synthetic oil

    If you are having the engine rebuilt fromteh ground up then make sure they use a good break-in oil when they are first starting the car engine. When my engine was rebuilt i switch over to 10W40 oil and have run that for over 30 Years. Also the properties of the newer oil has chnaged and i feel for the better. If you wanted to add some syn blended oil that might help with the engine or maybe a qt of full synthtic oil. Just my $1.00 worth of input. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  7. desoto1939

    2018 Hershey Site OAD 7&8

    As all of you might know Hershey will be coming on October 10-13. If you plan on attending this great event please take some time to stop by my vendor spot in the Orange field. I will be in Orange field row OAD 7&8. Stop by and say hello and take sometime to rest and talk mopar. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com cell 484-431-8157
  8. desoto1939

    Amp meter on 39 Desoto not working

    I like that our experienced members have been reading my post on the situation with the amp gage. So I have read all of the posts and one of the members came up with the solution to the issue. My forst thought was that the regulator had some sticking points so I headed in that direction. The regulator is located on the driver side high on the cowl. I started to look at all of the connections and then noticed that the wire which is a 10 gauge wire that should, should be connected to the FIELD contact point was broken off and it looked as if the wire had gotten overloaded and had a burn mark onthe insulation and all the wires had been cut and the connection was lost to the regulator. I then used a brand new wire to connect the field connection onthe generator to the field contact onthe regulator. I then crossed my fingers hoping that there might not be any other issue. I started the car and then amp meter was now showing a charge and the needle was pointing at the 10-12 amp rnge becasue i had tried to drain the battery by just having th elights on for approx 20 minutes prior to making the new wire. So thanks to all that provided input to the issue. So yes check all of your connections ever so often and always check for the obvious point of loose connections or a broken wire. Hope this was a lesson that someone else might benefit from. Keep up this great forum for us mopar owners. i love reading the issues that other people are trying to slove and like it when they post how they solved the issue. This helps everyone learn more about their cars/trucks. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  9. I hope I get you to look at this just by the topic. So here is the situation on my 39 Desoto. i noticed the other day when driving home from an event the amp meter was not pointing to the charging side or positive side on the gage. When I hit the brakes the amp show discharge. Also note that the battery is 8 years old, yes 8 years old. over the weekend I tried to start the car but had a dead battery. Put in a new 6v battery and also charged up the battery on a 3 amp trickle charger. Started the car and it started real fast and strong but the amp still did not go to the positive side to show that it was charging the battery. I did find the issue why the amp gauge was not working but want to get the members to put on their thinking caps to see if they might have the answer to what happened. I did think it might be that the generator needed to be rebuilt since it is the original in the car from what I can tell since I have owned the car since 1987. Post you quesses and answers and then I will post how i fixed the issue and what the cause of the issue. After making the fix the char is now running and the amp gauge does go to positive when starting the car to indicate that it is charging the electrical system Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  10. Do you still rent the brake adjustment tool.

    Have a '54 Chrysler to adjust.

    Thanks, Joe

  11. desoto1939

    Underhood lamp where installed

    Yes this is the under hood lamp that I was talking about. i have a NOS one in the original box like that is shown and a non working lamp becasue as you have stated that the mercury might have dried up/ Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  12. desoto1939

    Underhood lamp where installed

    I would say that this type of mercury lamp would have to be install on the allegator style hood and not on the side opening or butterfly style hood. i have a factor mopar under hood lamp for my 39 Desoto that mounts onthe firewall and there isa rod that pushes the lamp down when the butterfly hood is closed. Rich Hartung
  13. desoto1939

    Tail-light upgrade?

    I have gone to my local Dollar Tree store and in the automotive section they sell in a two pack a set of refelctive strips, one orange and the other the lime green. The nice part is that these are plactic coated and are flat and a made so that they can wrap around your arm or leg is you are a runner at night time. I just wrap these around my rear bumper and stagger the color from orgae then green then organge, etc. They are very bright at night and have a great reflective color. Also get a few since the two are only $1 and put them in all you cars and even give a xmas presents so that when a family member gets stuck onthe raod at night with a flat they can put these on there legs and arms and be seen by the other drivers. A couple of bucks might same a family members life. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  14. desoto1939

    Help with ID of Motor and Trans 37 Plymouth

    there isa a serial number on a flat boss on the side of the motor near the generator. This will have been stamped with letters and numbers There will be a suffix then numbers. so on my 1939 desoto the number starts with S6 which is the model for my 39 Desoto. So that ells me this morotor was built for my 39 Desoto and then there are the appropriate serial number. So look at the boss and then record the number and suffix and this will tell you if the correct engine for your car. The letters might start with a P3 or P4 rich hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  15. desoto1939

    Brakes again

    the eccentric cams can be replaced but the upper half moon I do not think can be replaced Rich HArtung

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