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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
  • Occupation
    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
  1. 10 spines rich hartung Desoto1939
  2. Openings in Fenders

    My 39 Desoto has ports in the side panel of the hood assembly to help vent out the heat. The forward movement of the car and the air passing into the engine compartment would force air past the engine block and manifold and the air would then go out the side port vents. If you remember the early model car had slits inthe side of their hoods to permit air circulation instead of the portholes that the buick used. Nothing new just a design concept change. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  3. Transmission options for 37 Plymouth P3

    I copied the page from my Hollander interchange book for the 37 Plymouth. Refer to number 113 on the sheet this will tell you alot about which trans will fit. Hope this will help Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com 37 Ply trans.docx
  4. Vacuum Advance part number? 1948 Dodge coupe

    Don the poster was asking abut a vacuum advance. So explain how the new gas is affecting the diaphragm in the vacuum advance. This is just making pressure based on the movement of the breaker plate. No fuel is getting to the VA. I do agree with the statement that old rubber is not compatible with the ethanol gas. Rich Hartung
  5. holes in floorboards

    The only holes inthe floor boards should be for the bolts that are used to bolt the floor boards to the frame. There might be a major plate that can be removed to check the mastercyinder that is bolted to the fram and the hole for the foot dimmer swithc and the two holes that bolt the dimmer switch. The other holes is for the accelartor rod and for the floor mounter push rod to start the car with the pushrod if so equipted You donot want any holes in the flor board that are not needed becasue you will get engine heat and fumes intot he passenger comparment. There are not drain holes for paint application. i have a 39 desoto so your car will be very close to mine. Check the holes very carefully to make sure these are not rustout homes. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com.
  6. elect fuel pump saftey switch

    Yes I agree that we all need to know which model or specific electric FP the gentleman is going to use. The ones that you see on Ebay and also at the swap meets are mostly two wire units and are the AIRTEX model for 6 volt positive ground units. So in that case the man only has two wires to worry about. One to supply power the other for grounding. So therefore one wire from the ignition switch when the swithc is hot to the toggles switch on the dash. then when the toggle is on then the power will turn on the Electrci fp. Very simple setup and works just fine unless the owner has some other setup that we dont know about. So why does he need a safety switch? He has not stated the reason for this type of switch. Most owners use the electric pump as a primer pump so the use of the toggle switch is the main cutoff for the power to the pump. Feel he needs to provide more information on why a safety switch. Rich Hartung
  7. elect fuel pump saftey switch

    wire the pump from the starter switch and run to a toggle switch. then from the toggle switch to the electric fuel pump. Thus way the pump is always turned off and then you can switch the pump on by flipping the toggle to the on position and then prime the carb or leave it on to feed the carb. Buy having the this setup you control the electric, some people put the switch on apulse switch so as long as you push the pulse button the electric pump will push fuel but this makes it harder to drive if you need to use the electric as a backup pump. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  8. Replacement Radiator Cap Source

    You might need either a R-1 or R-2 cap. The r3 fits my 1939 Desoto. Start searching for R-1 or R-2 radiator caps on ebay 37 38 Chrysler Radiator Cap R1 R-1 New Vintage Norlipp (Exc Imperial) this is the current info on ebay $23.60 for the cap so now you can look for these in your local swap meets. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  9. 1939 Dodge D11 speedo

    I totaly understand. I was trying to let you know what the potentail part might look like if your ever come across one at a swap meet. This info came from my Autolite 38 - 52 catalog. Hope you get you problem fixed. I have a 39 Desoto 4 door sedan and have also used he fender lamps that are on your 39 Dodge as my turn signals. If you ever need additioanl help with some 39 items let me know. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  10. 1939 Dodge D11 speedo

    I think the part that you really need is called the frame assembly that has the odometer numbers in th fram did a search on ebay for 1939 dodge speedometer and there are several speed frame assemblies and they are nOS with the small brass cogged wheels Not completely sure if this will work for you but according to the seller he say yes. My Aitolite componets books states that the correct frame assembly is an Autolite but the nuimber is SA100229 for 35 dollars might work for you. Rich HArtung Desoto1939@aol.com
  11. Wire harness

    Also try Rhode Island Wiring. They put out a quality product and I have delt with them before. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  12. Fuel pump to carb 218

    It is a standard fitting and the tubing can be purchase and any good auto store if you aree talking about the steel fuel line I think it is 3/8 tubing or are you talking about the fitting that hold the needle valve? Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  13. 39 chrysler gas gauge

    Might a short might not have all the wire tight on the float unit. This is a 2 wire unit just like on my 39 Desoto could also be a ground issue. There are points on the gas gauge that make sort of a heat and this isalso what helps with the gas gage. Rich Hartung
  14. John:  I have a lead on an AMMCO brake gage tool and if I can get it the cost to you will be less than the 600.  Still working on getting the tool from my guy. He has promised it to me but still need to get it from him.


    Let me know if interested.  The ammco is easier to use. I have both the miller and ammco brake tools.


    The tool might go for 475

    Rich Hartung


  15. Miller MT19 Brake gage on Ebay

    According to my Miller information it depends: If you have the 7 passenger then Front adapter is # 32 and rear is 47 regular car then front is 70 and rear is 41. these same two were used back from 1937 and up. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com