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Dave Armstrong

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Dave Armstrong last won the day on November 28 2016

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    kent - england
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    1947 3 window desoto


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  1. 48 Desoto Project

    Was a lot of work, but enjoyable with still a long way to go. I think that there are only a couple of 3 window Desotos over here in the UK.
  2. 48 Desoto Project

    Great work. When i got mine the floor was missing both sides, complete with the sill ( i think you call then rocker panels). But, although not original, I hand fabricated sills and the complete floor. It now looks like this.
  3. Started the teardown, and now the build up.

    Could work with the wrap. I do wrapping as part of my business. A couple of tips. Wipe well with acetone, then wipe again to remove residue. Secure the bumper, or you could soon be chasing it around the bench. Allow a fair bit of waste to start with to allow you to manulipulate the material, and when it becomes tricky remove waste. If heating to form, don't just heat the small area, heat a larger area to allow movement through out the material. Apply from inside to out when squeging on. Post heat after so the vinyl gets its memory. What material are you looking to use? Should be good. Probably going to wrap a few bits on mine. Dave
  4. Help for a crash course in types of engine

    Hi Thanks for the replies . Been offered an engine which is 25" long. How do you tell what size it is. It has the firing order stamp on the head, as is apparently from a dodge. Is there decoding in the engine number . Thanks Dave
  5. Hi All , I gather that there are different types of flat six engines and gearboxes across the models . Could someone maybe tell me the differences between them and how they are marked/numbered, or where I can find them on the Internet . Thanks dave
  6. "Willma"

    The main fabrication of the floor is finished, made a bolt in gearbox cover. Back on its wheels. Now for the boot floor and rear of the bodywork .
  7. "Willma"

    Hi. I used the step/flange dies, mark the lines to form the shape, be it rectangle /triangle etc and radius the corners. Then follow the lines with light pressure, and follow again with more pressure each time. It will distort the panel but put it on a flat surface and beat it with a mallet to flatten
  8. "Willma"

    Hi Flatie46 All panels made myself with hand tools and a manual bead roller. I folded main outer rocker on a friends press brake to get the straightness over the length and sharpness in the bend.
  9. "Willma"

    Other parts of the center of the car together with the a and B posts were repaired The pedals have been fabricated onto a modern 7"servo and better master cylinder assembly and fitted order the floor The floor was framed and panelled over. So this is where it's at now. Still a long way to go , but very enjoyable . I will endeavour to try and keep the progress updated as I go. I'm in need of the external chrome fittings that bolt through the windscreen scuttle to the wiper motors. If anyone has any . Will post again soon Ta Dave ( UK)
  10. "Willma"

    This is a post about the work to my on going '47 Desoto business coupe project. It is just over a year now since I collected Wilma. Part dismantled, with the previous owner having removed quite a bit of the floor complete with the rockers each side. So what was left of the floor was removed with a few quick cuts with a grinder. Together with expanding foam, pop riveted aluminium, fibreglass and cabinet drawers . A frame was bolted to the chassis and adjustable fixings were connected to the a and B posts to enable the door gaps to be held whilst the repairs started . Then after some folding , bending , welding and grinding, new rockers were fabricated and welded in. These are not to the original shaping, but having nothing to go by for a reference a redesign was needed Continued on next post........
  11. Started the teardown, and now the build up.

    Looks really great, a lot of hard work in that Hopefully I will start putting the floor in mine over this weekend, as finally sorted out the pedals, brakes and seat with runners.
  12. Need to go a long way to beat the shape of these cars. My Desoto had no floor on rockers, but now 8 months on, doing a bit when time allows, it has rockers and floor going in. Another couple of years and I'll have a car worth having,
  13. Rocker Panel Repair

    I had that sort of problem Paul lol
  14. Swaping out rear axle and air bags

    Hi All, I'm leaning to putting my Desoto (Wilma) on air bags. I will be upgrading the braking system to discs. Being over here in the UK there is bit of a limit to what you can find. I have read about the rear ends being swapped out for Ford Explorer ones. They appear to have the correct dimensions, ratios, and disc brakes with a wheel located handbrake. I have no intentions of changing the engine or transmission. Has anyone done this, or used this axle. And information that could help me learn and expand my knowledge on this would be great. I would assume that the ford explorer is the same model as the UK ones Thanks Dave
  15. Started the teardown, and now the build up.

    I think it looks good in someways, and bad in others.But will be fine in the end considering what i started with I'm now trying to decide weather to put it on bags or not. I'm going to upgrade the brakes to discs and servo, so maybe swap the rear end out and 4 bar it???? Will see how it goes. Yours looks very good, Ta Dave