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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

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  1. desoto1939

    From a Generator to an Alternator.

    yes they do make positive ground 6 volt alternators. They are being used in your Model A's by a lot of the owners. I have seen these go for around $150 with the mounting bracket. Rich HArtung
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    Rear spring covers

    I have a 39 Desoto and the spring cover is on the left rear spring and there is none on the right or passenger side. I also have a friend that has a 39 desoto and it is the same on his car. Not sure if the passenger side were taken off and not replaced. I am assuming that the left or driver side might have been installed because of the filler neck for the gas tank pipe and incase there was a leak the gas would get into the spring leafs. Just a WAG or wild asX guess. Rich HArtung
  3. desoto1939

    New member

    That is my correct email.Maybe the file server was down. Try again. Rich Hartung
  4. desoto1939

    New member

    Dear GG40 Desoto. This is Rich Hartung with a 39 Desoto. I live near valley Forger PA. I have a lot of information about the prewar desoto and a lot of cross reference parts catalogs. Write to me so we can talk about your 40 Desoto. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com cell 484-431-8157
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    Tie Rod ends

    on my 39 Desoto both tierod ends bolt from the top and are not staggered like on your car. It just looks very weird to see them that way. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  6. desoto1939

    Oil Leak from Filter when hot

    if it is leaking around the bolt for the lid then get a rubber o-ring and then roll it over the bolt head and under the bottom of the bolt head. Then when you tighten down on the bolt this will compress the o-ring and might solve your leaking issue. You will have to take th elid with you to the store to get the correct o-ring. just a thought to solve your issue. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  7. desoto1939

    Oil Leak from Filter when hot

    My first guess is the gasket is missing or has been broken. Most were cork so they split from being over tighten. Go to your napa store and get some cork with rubber gasket material and make a new gasket or see if you can find one to fit your lid. The lid has to be snug to prevent any leakage. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  8. desoto1939

    Carb Information Resources

    Mark D. This is rich Hartung I sent you a PM I have a Cater Catalog that I have scanned and is now on CD. Contact me. Desoto1939@aol.com
  9. Mark I have a Cater Cab manula that describes the various Carb and the breakdown of the carbs. This has been scanned onto CD.  The cost is $20 plus $5 shipping to your home.


    Write to me and I can send a sample page of what is in the catalog.  Also send me your hom email and I will send you a listing of the various other catalogs that I have scanned.


    I live near Philadelphia pa


    Rich Hartung

    cell 484-431-8157

    Home 610-630-9188


    1. Mark D

      Mark D

      Thanks Rich. Appreciate the offer. I’ve established a big collection of original manuals in the past ten years and had no idea the carter company created these manuals. To be frank I’m likely to buy one of the vintage editions, just to have in the collection. Just found you on Facebook and sent a request to connect. I travel quite a bit that way, we own a house in NC as well as Mass and pass often. 

  10. desoto1939

    Which oil filter should I get?

    Pages 6 thru 8 on the MoPrs oil filters. Rich HArtung desoto1939@aol.com MP filter page 6.docx MP filter page 7.docx MP filter page 8.docx
  11. desoto1939

    Which oil filter should I get?

    I just received my current copu of the National Desoto Clubs magazine and there isa great article on Mopar Oil filters. I have scanned the article and have attached it for your reading pleasure. I am going to have to scan the pages seperatley becsue of the size so look for multiple documents. I tried to load the first page but the size is larger than 3 megs. I anyone you like a copy of the articele then send me your email address and I will send you a copy via your email. Sorry about the limitations issues I was able to cut down the pages so here are the pages 1 thru 5 the next post will have pages 6-8. Happy reading Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com MP filter page 1.docx MP filter page 2.docx MP filtr page 3.docx MP filter page 4.docx MP filter page 5.docx
  12. desoto1939

    Crap Ignition Products

    Frank Elder. No was never an Eagle Scout. Have learn over the years of collecting parts that yes there will be a time when things will no longer be available. You can see that now just in general life. Over the years things that we had as kids are no longer being used, such as typewriter have been replaced by Laptops and also our cell phones. I can remember when going to Hershey you would walk into the Green field and see approx. 30 pay phones setup for people to call home or their friends if they found a part that someone was looking. They slowing got less and less as the year went by and now there are no payphones since everyone has a cell phone and can send pictures and communicate while at a vendors site. Yes this has made it more fun but things have really changed over the year some for the good and some not so good. Just alittle bit of reality that eventually hits everyone. rich Hartung
  13. desoto1939

    Crap Ignition Products

    As to your question about the various electrical components drying up. Yes this will happen as time marches on. So I would suggest that you keep your eye out and look for those parts to have on hand. These components were widely used so I would think they should be around for some more time. But be prepared just in case. I have a 39 desoto and I have seen over the past 30 years of going to Hershey ever fall that the early 30's mopar specific parts such as trim, lens, dash knobs, etc are not showing up even at this big event with 8-10 venders. So you have to be on the constant search for the parts and when you do find them then buy them today because tomorrow they will be gone. This is why I have collect the various cross reference catalogs to cover the electrical and other components for our cars. So if the autolite points cannot be found I might find Echlin or blue stream or P&D, Filko so you must be prepared for the future. Rich HArtung desoto1939@aol.com
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    Wax Capacitor on P-15 Fuel Gauge

    I know that on my 1939 Desoto on the fuel gugae there is a hole for a condenser and I think this was to stop radio static. But I have not found any information on the speifics on the condenser. Thought this might shead some light on the topic. Rich Hartungi
  15. desoto1939

    Interchangeable Starters?

    Autolite Starter Controls Soleinods.pdfAutolite Starter Controls Soleinods.pdfAutolite Starter Controls Soleinods.pdfAutolite Starter Controls Soleinods.pdfI found an old autolite document on Starter Controls and on the Desoto 1946-48 the starter solenoid is listed as being SS-4707. I will attach the document so you can see the information Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com

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