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    So Calif
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    old Mopars, old Cadillacs
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    51 Imperial convert, 42 Desoto Custom Club Coupe, 46 Desoto Custom sedan

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    restoring a 1942 DeSoto
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    Orange County
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  1. The front conversion to disc brakes is not difficult, and not expensive. Call Roger at aajbrakes in Oregon (503) 890-1469
  2. "DD," my 1942 DeSoto, gets driven at least three times a week for local errands. She is completely stock--including the semi-automatic fluid drive--and runs like a dream. I am working now on DD2--another 1942 DeSoto. This one has some engine modifications, including three carburetors and slightly higher compression. Also a 200R4 transmission. Otherwise, stock....
  3. http://www.fortech-online.com/ Jeff Fortech in Anaheim. He has restored four sets of California plates for me. He does great work. But: he takes a while. And, last I talked to him, he was thinking of moving to Florida. Anyway, here is his phone# (714) 393-4465 Good luck. Jon
  4. http://www.fortech-online.com/ Jeff Fortech in Anaheim. He has restored four sets of California plates for me. He does great work. But: he takes a while. And, last I talked to him, he was thinking of moving to Florida. Anyway, here is his phone# (714) 393-4465 Good luck. Jon
  5. This engine is going in your '40 Desoto, right? I recently had a 236 Desoto engine rebuilt in Santa Fe Springs (I'm in Brea) to go in my '42 Desoto custom club coupe that I'm restoring. The engine is slightly improved--including three one barrels--like yours?--a little bump in compression, etc. Anyway, we have to finish work on Camilla Cream (my '51 Imperial convertible), and then get back to work on DD2. We should compare notes, huh? Jon jyinger1@gmail.com
  6. Thanks for the photo Keith. I love the family pic, and I love the car. A Mopar flathead six with the Torque-matic transmission. Sweet. Here is a photo of my '51 Chrysler Imperial convertible, about 94% complete. Now, just the upholstery an convertible top left..... Sorry, I can't figure out how to add a photo from Google photos. Oh well Albums Assistant Sharing Photo books Wed, Nov 28, 2018 Home Tue, Nov 27, 2018 Home Mon, Nov 26, 2018 Home Sun, Nov 18, 2018 Tue, Nov 13, 2018 Mon, Nov 5, 2018 Fri, Nov 2, 2018 Sat, Oct 27, 2018 Wed, Oct 24, 2018 Tue, Oct 16, 2018 Wed, Oct 3, 2018 Sun, Sep 23, 2018
  7. DD quit starting ten days ago. I tried everything. Almost. Two (used) replacement batteries, jumper cables, charging the battery night after night. One time--I think it was Thursday--she actually cranked over--uh, uh, uh--then nothing.So night before last I bought a new 6-volt battery from Auto Zone--$99. Installed it. She started right up.Then yesterday morning I drove her up to the shop (appropriately named Brea Auto Electric). Doug, the owner, fiddled around a little, and then told me that the battery connections weren't very solid. He took them off, cleaned them up, removed a special connect-disconnect gadget on the negative post, put it all back together. And--voila!! She starts better than she ever did, nice a solid starts after only one crank. Wow. All of those things I have read on this forum about how well 6 volt batteries work if you just check the connections, have decent (0 gauge?) battery cables, etc. They are all true. Easy, peasy.Still, I prefer the 12-volt conversions on my other old Mopars. Never a problem. But, for DD, for now: 6-volt connections rock.
  8. jyinger

    I need 12 Volt

    I thought I would be the loan voice in support of the conversion to 12V, then I read Adam. So I am not alone. I have two 1942 DeSotos both still have 6V. They work fine, as long as I keep the batteries fully charged. No modern sound system though. The third (!) 42 DeSoto, which is in the works as we speak, will get 12V. I also have three 1952 Chrysler Imperials--two drivers in good mechanical condition, and a third one (convertible) in the midst of a frame-off restoration. All have been converted to 12V. Changing bulbs is easy, most of the gauges are easy to convert, clocks get rebuilt, and radios get replaced with modern 12V sound systems. The 12V cars start so easily! And the alternators keep the batteries fully charged, even when you drive the car for just short trips. Go 12.
  9. Hi Floyd. Your last post on this car was five years ago. What have you done to it in the meantime? Recent (or even old) photos? I have four of these beauties. A completely restored '42 Custom Club Coupe, a running but needs restoration '42 Deluxe 2-dr sedan, all of the parts from another '42 CCC--restoration already begun (S-11 engine already professionally rebuilt), and a '46 Custom 4-door that is getting converted back to a a '42 (I already have the '42 front clip and the '42 front doors). I'll see if I have a few photos.... Jon
  10. Yes. I took my '51 Imperial out this morning to run errands, and that sweet old Hemi runs like new. She has about 60K on the odometer--probably accurate. Love the old Mopars; love the old Hemis. Jon
  11. In answer to your question about the Fluid Torque Drive, Chrysler offered it as an option only in 1951, 1952 and early 1953. My 1951 Chrysler Imperial 2-door hardtop has it, and I love it. When I was a kid we had a 1953 DeSoto Firedome that had the fluid drive without the true torque converter. And, unlike Sage (my '51 Imperial) that DeSoto was sooooo slow getting up to speed. It sure would have benefited from having the optional FTD.
  12. Yes, American models. Regarding the door panels: I am in luck. I have a 1946 parts car which has beat-up door panes in the trunk. They are slightly different than the 1942s, but I have some real good photos or the 42s, and a real good upholstery guy who can use the junk ones as templates and then make new ones copying the patterns from the photos. Yes, yours will have the curved trim piece, whereas the 42s have a long horizontal chrome piece three inches down from the top. I think I have a photo.....
  13. Hi Fede. I see you are restoring a 1946 DeSoto! I am restoring a 1942 DeSoto (I have two of them, actually), and I need (interior) door panels. Did you have to restore yours, or were they OK? Any suggestions on where to find used door panels? And....where do you find old car parts in Montevideo??
  14. Thank you---I'll try it. I need to get a help first, though
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