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ratbailey last won the day on April 11 2022

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    1948 Desoto Custom Coupe


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  1. Love the chop! The downward slope of the roofline gives it a nice fastback look. I see twin carbs, would love to see more pics when you get time...
  2. Last year, I cobbled together an oxy acetylene kit---tanks, Harbor Freight table, Smith Airline torch, gas saver valve, big old Oxweld handle and cutting torch. What a game changer...the usefulness of my shop increased 300%. I won't post pics, because you guys all know what a torch looks like, but here's a thing I made: Panel beater, or, as Trev on Trev's Blog calls it, a "smacky smoover." Made it out of an old furrier's rasp, for filing down horse hooves. Took a bit more of the temper out of the beater part that I would've liked, but it should be fine for what I'll be doing.
  3. 52b3b Joe used 225/75/15 on his '48 DeSoto. He didn't say what size rims he used, though I'd assume 5.5 wides, and didn't mention rubbing issues. I have 5.5 rims on my '48, and was planning to go that route, but fate dumped 5 barely used B.F. Goodrich Silvertown white wall bias plys on me, cheap. If you have time before you have to move it, keep checking FB Marketplace...
  4. Here's what I got, 18 bucks from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081PN3C1D/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1 There was no way a socket plus wrench was going to fit in that tiny space between the rad support thing and the damper on my '48, and I didn't have a 3/4" drive wrench anyway. So, I hacked off the end of the socket to the bare minimum and welded on a hunk of 1/4" flat stock for a handle. My damper and pulley are two seperate pieces, and there's a ring of six hex head bolts around the big crankshaft nut, the socket is a tight fit.
  5. Thanks! Great...good to know I can squeeze that size into my DeSoto. Trying hard to stifle the 13-year-old in my brain that tells me to put bias plys under there 'cause they look rad.
  6. What a fantastic job you did on this car! I'm going to be doing much of the same on my '48...looks good from 500 ft., but close up, the bad bodywork and paint drives me nuts. Curious to know, what size radials you went with?
  7. I decided to put the clevis back in there because the because the bolt looked to be wearing out the hole in the yoke lever. My guess is that the bolt was slightly harder material than the yoke lever, and the clevis is probably plain unhardened steel, or at least softer. 98 cents for a Pebble Beach point ain't too bad
  8. Don't know if you addressed the mechanical issues yet. Here's a photo of the starter as it came out of my car, you can see what the bracket to the plunger is supposed to look like. Just like yours, the clevis pin and cotter was replaced with a random bolt and nut. You're gonna need to bash one of your stamped plunger bracket pieces back into shape to look like the other one. Also, that square headed thing embedded in the plunger is threaded for adjustment. I believe the info for proper adjustment is in the shop manual. The yoke shoes need to go back in with the rounded part of the shoe pointing toward the gear. I'm still hunting for a suitable boot. I bought one for a '55 Chev that looked like it might work, but it was too small and ripped immediately. For lube, I put a light amount of white lithium on the plunger and other parts...no idea if this is recommended, but figured it can't be worse than what you see in the first photo.
  9. Hey All, I picked up some NOS brake shoes to rivet onto my '48 DeSoto's shoes. However, the majority of them have four big holes drilled at one end of each shoe, right in an area where I need to place two rivets, like the one on the right in this picture: Curious to know...why? Thanks, Art
  10. You can check resistors in the circuit. I think it's worth doing---I'm not a pro, but in my experience with consumer grade electronic stuff that's 60+ years old, carbon comp resistors will sometimes drift higher. Hopefully, the schematic will tell you the tolerances of each resistor, and you can make a call based on that. I've also seen cases where some tech put in a completely wrong value resistor, and I'm glad I put my eyeballs and ohm meter on each resistor and caught it.
  11. The electronics version of "ran when parked" Forgive me if you know this already, but check carbon composite resistors for their value, or better yet, assume they've drifted and just replace them. They're cheap.
  12. Dig it! Love the fastback body style. Are you rebuilding the radio you found? Keep us posted with details on repairs, rebuilds and stuff...
  13. You can do it. I get the feeling you really want to, anyway The trunk is a great place to make mistakes...no one will see it, and you can slather it with undercoating. What everyone already said about videos. CWM just posted a video where he makes a tape template, which is great for getting the contours in something like a floor pan, and figuring out where the shrinks go. Add Make It Custom to your video channel list---Karl is a master, and has lots of tips and tricks for working on a budget. Trev's Blog is another favorite. And Carter Auto Restyling...not only does that guy have serious skills, he manages to do it with something like $200 worth of tools. I'm in the same boat as you, rust wise. The worst of it in my project is right up by the hump, under the X brace, and around the trunk lock area, though I suspect there's plenty lurking under the stainless rocker panel trim. It's driving me nuts to not be able to put the new gas tank in. I got an OA set-up around September, and I've been practicing welding instead of wrenching all winter, when the temperature has been mild enough. I'm no master and never will be, but the results are getting to be predictable, almost to the point where I'm ready to have at it. I also got a front fender from a '62 Buick that I'm going to be practicing metal bumping on...don't want to practice on my project. When it comes time to make the trunk floor, I plan to bash in the ribs by placing the sheet metal over some flat stock, and persuading it with a BFH. I might get fancy and make a hammer form, like Karl shows in one of his videos. Keep us posted!
  14. Nice! Reminds me of Paul Strand's machinery photos. Are you contact printing from large negatives? I'm dying to get back into photography, now that I have space in my new place for a darkroom...
  15. Welcome to the boards! I have the same year and model DeSoto, and though I haven't updated it in awhile, I have a tinkering thread documenting the Incredible Progress I've made in the 3 years it's been sitting in my garage (ha). It's a marathon, not a race, as I keep telling myself. Looks like you have a good starting point there! If I ever reach the point where I need to rebuild the 237, I'd probably look for an industrial block for a few more cubes...they're around, and not too expensive. Have fun with the car, and enjoy your stay here...lots of great info not found elsewhere, and lots of fine, highly knowledgeable folks here! Best, Art
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