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desoto1939 last won the day on December 25 2018

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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
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    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
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    own a 1939 Desoto 4 dr sedan

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  1. 12v battery cables should be changed to 6v 00 or 0 gugage battery cables so that you carry enough voltage to the starter. This is a mistake that most people replace the battery cable with modern cable and when the car is hot then the engine willnot turnover. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  2. I did a sarch on ebay use this topic label: 1935 DODGE TRUCK, CARTER CARBURETOR SPEC, INFO SHEET The carb CTD2 is listed under this spec sheet it might also have the carter rebuild kit that is the correct kit for your carb. Also the horn which is the top part might not sit completely flat on the top of the carb. Could take a piece of flat glass but some sand paper down and then lightly move the air horn to remove any high sport and then reassemble the carb. Hope this helps Rich HArtung desoto1939@aol.com
  3. Great news about the 38 Plymouth Ihave a 39 desoto.  i have a large collection of cross reference manuals that I have scanned and are now on Cd's.  These are great for looking for parts that were manufactured by the other car part manufactures also and autolite catalog that covers the electrical and other components for your car.


    Write to me and I will send you my list of cataoogs.


    Rich HArtung


  4. That will be a very nice looking concept when you are done and best of luck with the customizations. I like the frenched headlights instead of the sealed beam round lights. Riich Hartung
  5. according to my autolite manual the weight and spring set is autolite IGB-353BS used on the following cars 1949-51 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Dodge Truck 1950-51 and Plymouth 1949-51 this is used on the 6 cylinder cars so any distributor that fits these years the spring set and weights will work. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  6. 40Desoto: Thanks for the explanation for the reason to install airbags instead of coil springs. I do respect your idea of a custom 1940 Desoto. Just tryingto point out what might be a situation from my view point. Are you also planning on changing out the egine to a more modern engine. Rich Hartung
  7. so why do you want to replace the coil spring with the airbag is the first question? The second issue that I would have is if the airbag goes bad on you on a tour and you are not near someone that has experience with fixing and or replacing the air bag then you are might be disable for several days. If you are on the road with the replacement coils spring this would be an easier fix and I have a 39 desoto that still has the original coil springs and still going strong. So you then have to cut the fraont suspension housing and then you are stuck with the air bags for the rest of the cars life and if done incorrectly it does not look good for resale. Are you a member of the National Desoto club? rich hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  8. Contact anyone that does antque car radio repairs and they should have the adapter for the end of the modern antenna cable because the new cable use a push in pin type and the older radios cable connecter ususally had to tits and twisted into the mounting hole on the radio body. These adapters should run about $5 dollars. rich hartung
  9. I use a product called StayBil 360 inmy 39 desoto. It is a new product made by stBil and when the fluid mixes witht he gas it makes a vapor to coat the upper portion of the metal tank to prevent rust from forming and also keeps the tank clean and also the fuel lines and acts as a cleaning agent for the carb. Best price is a Walmart they have the cheapest cost. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  10. are the arm real tight onto the metal that sticks out from the wiper motor. If they are loose then the wiper transmission is just rotating. If loose then the serrations might be cutting away the metal inside the wiper arm. check this first. rich Hartung
  11. first what is the location of the current or old position where the antenna base was mounted on the car? Was it a single mount or a double mount. The double mount would have gone on the side of the cowl and on my 39 Desoto it was on the drivers side. The double mount has two mounting holes that would require to have two holes drilled into the side of the cowl. The original would have been cloth covered antenna cable but the modern is now rubber cable. You might need an adapter to fit into the radio metal housing where the original cable connected. You can get original style side mount or top mount single that would go into the top of the fender. The original would have had the famous red-ball at the top of the mast but these if original are very costly to purchase. My 39 desoto has the antenna under each running board and these are factory installed on my car. they look like lighting rods and this was call the roadway antenna and the skyway antenna is the type that is mounted on the cowl. Anther style is the type that mounted on the center of the roof just above the division bar on the front windshield, also very expensive to get as NOS. plus the potential of rain leakage into your car.c Hope this helps. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com
  12. Gary call me at home. The long rod that comes over the top of the head has a spring and might have some washers at the end. There might be too many washers also there isa set screw at the bottom of the carb if I remember correctly should be the same setup as on my 39 desoto. Rich Hartung 484-431-8157
  13. if you know the mopar brake spring number and you have a real good napa store then go there and give them the spring number ( mopar0 and they might beale to cross referece the part and get you a spring. Else pay for shipping off a vendor such as Andy. Rich Hartung
  14. If you mixed non compatable fluid then the rubber cups could be swelling up so the brake pedal is hard and the cups in the wheel cylinders have sweeled and then the piston can not move. Rich Hartung
  15. Marting: Did you use Dot 5, Dot 3 or Dot 4 Brake fluid. If you used dot5 which is silicone then you would have needed to have cleaned the entire system and flushed the entire system with denatured alcohol and replace allof the rubber brake lines and rubber in the MC and brake cylinders.. Which type of brake fluid did you used. Rich Hartung
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