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About MarcDeSoto

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    Temecula, CA
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    Cars, phonographs
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    48 DeSoto business coupe

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    age 67, retired teacher.
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    Temecula, CA
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    Old Mopars, and old phonographs

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  1. Looks like they only go back to 1949 on those kits. I have a 48 DeSoto. Just missed it.
  2. Did you remove the splined yoke to lubricate it? you need to mark it so it goes back together the same way. that is a good video you linked us too. We don't have external bearing clips, which he spends a lot of time on, but he shows just how easy it is to remove u-joints. I noticed he didn't bother to soak the caps in liquid wrench first, as maybe our cars would need after 70 years. Some have told me to take my drive shaft to a machine shop so it can be balanced too. Any thought on that? Here's another good link to a how to video on u-joints
  3. Yes, I guess that makes more sense. come to think of it, if the pedal lever slid through the pad, it would quickly wear out!
  4. Now I'm also confused. I thought the brake, and clutch pedal shafts slid through the rubber pad and that the rubber pad stays put with the square part above the floor board and the bubble part below the firewall. But I could be wrong because right now my car is apart.
  5. Here's that picture you wanted from my 48 DeSoto Parts List.
  6. Looks like a good job! Did not know Bernbaum had any more. The U-joint I bought from him was the other kind with the big hole through the cross. I wonder if the bat-wing style of U-joint are interchangeable with my type of of U-joints? did you do the replacement yourself? I've heard you need a bench press to press out the bearings, so I am taking mine to a shop. Marc.
  7. What was your original reason for removing the steering column? Are you just trying to take the body off the chassis? Don't need to remove the column to do that.
  8. I have a 48 DeSoto and in the Electrical section of the Parts List, it shows a good blow up of the steering wheel. On both the Custom and the DeLuxe steering wheels it shows the retainer, the part on the very top, as being just pressed on. The middle part of the wheel is called the ornament and it is screwed on through a part called the spider. You access these screws from the back of the wheel where there are holes. The Chrysler may be different, so I would suggest you check your Parts List for that car.
  9. His Youtube name is ihazwings. His first name is Mark. But he has been silent in regards to auto videos for about the last eight years. I think it's because he reached his goal of getting his car restored for the big Plymouth Club show. His videos were so well done it was like professional quality. I knew he couldn't keep up that level of work for very long as it must have been very time consuming! But, still he created a good number of valuable restoration videos, especially for MoPar guys. And he covers things in his videos that I have never seen anyone else do like how to restore a wind vent wing and how to install the locking and door handle mechanism in a door.
  10. I see that your 1939 records are 33 1/3, not 78 rpm. RCA pioneered the 33 1/3 speed in the early 30s and old RCA Victor radio/phonographs had two speeds. But the depression was on and it was not a commercial success, so only special records and 16" radio transcription discs were thus made. But they are not Microgroove LP records. That was invented by Columbia records in 1948, and is why you should play them with a 78 cart. and stylus.
  11. You can talk to the Imperial Club like I did, and they convinced me that if I sent my stuff they would quickly convert it and do a quick turn around to send it back. They kept their word, so I would contact the president of the Imperial Club or someone at MyMopar.com to see if they would do the work. No sense in keeping all this rare stuff just for yourself.
  12. boy that's a real antique set up you have there. Those filmstrips are very rare, I don't have anything that old in filmstrips. Those comparison films were of course made for customers who were on the fence about buying a DeSoto. If a customer said they were thinking of buying a Pontiac, the salesman would show them comparison the video which was sales propaganda about how up to date and great a DeSoto is, and how badly engineered and designed the Pontiac is. They also frequently compared DeSoto with Mercury, Oldsmobile, Hudson, etc. and other cars in its price class. Does that set up still work, either projector and/or record player?
  13. Maybe these cars are meant to be yard art along with the garden gnomes and pink flamingos. Looks like a nice 41 Ford there. or they could be waiting for Mike and Frank to come by and say "were looking for rusty gold. Where some people just see junk, we see the history of America. 41 Fords haven't been around for decades and even though it's a little sweaty, its antique patina still shines through. Would $30,000 take it?
  14. I have some of the sales films such as the 1949 DeSoto, but no records. that Bell and Howell sounds like a good machine. I bought a bunch of filmstrips in a box at the San Diego Ford V-8 swap meet. I got all my complete kits from the guy who was liquidating a Chrysler dealership in WI in the 80s. I have most of the complete kits from Vol. I no. 1 (1947) to about 1953. There was a mint MoPar sign still in the wrappers about 4 feet tall metal advertising MoPar batteries. I know the sign was pre-1956 because it was a six volt battery. I paid about $30 for it from that guy and sold it on eBay a few years ago for about $1300! I can see why the pickers are after good advertising signs! I can see that you also have that statue of Tech on the gold piston except you weren't dumb enough to sell it. I was looking in one of my MTSC boxes from 1953, and attached to the record sleeve is an RCA envelope of needles. It says to be sure to replace the needle after playing each record. So one needle is only good for one record. I haven't opened the envelope, but they must be steel needles like those used on old antique Victrolas! Didn't know they still used them in 1953!
  15. Here is a pic of the Master Tech trophy I had, but sold 20 years ago on eBay. I found out that the Imperial site does still have the filmstrips, but some of them are not there anymore. I sent them my 1948 Special Kit A and 1A some years ago so they could make a video of Tech talking about the M-5 semi-automatic transmission. Later in 1949 they had two more kits explaining the M-6 transmissions. Luckily these videos are still available on MyMopar.com. http://www.mymopar.com/index.php?pid=631
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