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MarcDeSoto last won the day on July 4 2019

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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
  • Interests
    Old Mopars, and old phonographs

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  1. Keith is right. This transmission will only fit the 1941-42 Chryslers and DeSotos.
  2. I already have a wiring harness for my 48 DeSoto bus. coupe. Is there a way I could get those detailed charts that RI provides, or scanned copies? All I have is the factory wiring schematic.
  3. Looks like I'm also missing the End part 5-47-3 in the diagram above. It screws into the MC. I can't make that part, so I'm going to have to find one! I thought it might be in the rebuilt MC I bought from Rock Auto, but the rubber boot on the end is empty.
  4. I am putting my brake and clutch pedals back on my 48 DeSoto, and am missing the clevis pin that connects the brake and clip to hold the brake return spring. They sell clevis pins, so I want to know what size clevis pin should I buy? I also need the brake return spring clip with the hole in it. I guess if no one knows the size of the clevis pin, I could try sticking bolts in to see what size bolt seems right and go from there?
  5. I have some out of the box ideas on what you should do. Given your requirements, I would buy an old car that already is electronic ignition, 12 volt, and disc brake. I had a 73 Dodge Dart 4 door that I loved back in the 80s as a "go to work" car. It was very easy to work on and a great car with a slant six engine. It was the first year for electronic ignition and was my first car to have front disc brakes. Those brakes were a revelation to me! It was one of the most comfortable cars I've ever owned. I also owned a nice Plymouth Duster, but it was a 72 without the electronic ignition and
  6. Is bench bleeding the MC something that should always be done, or can it be done when you bleed it along with the lines? I tried to connect the brake pedal with the MC today and saw that I need a clevis pin and a clip with a hole in it to connect the brake pedal return spring to. Hope I can find those parts in my pile! Those seem like next to impossible parts to buy!
  7. I went to Ace today and found the E clips as shown in the Ford pics above. They are 3/4" same as Ford. Ebay price $4.50 each plus $3.65 shipping. Ace price .55 each! I thought I may need to buy snap ring pliers at $30, but a little lithium on the clips and I was able to hammer them on. Pedals aren't going anywhere now! Another assembly detail completed. Now I have to connect the business ends of the pedals! I'll soon see if I can release the clutch. I was reading about the procedure of bench bleeding the MC. I don't know if that's important with dry brake lines? Thanks for your advi
  8. 48 Plymouth used the same clip as the DeSoto, part no. 863481. The illustration shows a C clip rather than an E clip like the Ford pic above, but I guess it doesn't matter as long as it snaps in place. Thanks to all for your input. Marc.
  9. Loren, makes sense. I'll remove my MC with the shaft and take it to my local Hank's Hardware. Thanks, Marc.
  10. I looked on Ebay and all I could find were the lock washers for 40-48 Ford.
  11. I found out today on my 48 DeSoto that you need to at least hang the clutch pedal on the shaft before you install the MC. There is no clearance if you try to install the pedal after. I installed both pedals, but did not have the C washer locks. The C washer locks I had fit, but don't snap on, so I guess they are for the brake shoes. I looked up the part numbers for these washers and saw that there is a 5/8 and a 9/16 washer for the brake shoes. The MC shaft washers have a different part number, 863481, but no size is given. Does anyone know where to get these very important lock washers
  12. Hey, that's a great idea. Did you hacksaw the threaded part of the bolt off? Keith, that square socket wrench is perfect. I'll look for it. Thanks, Marc.
  13. Thanks Loren. You sound like you have restored a few cars, or are a pro mechanic! You are right that the drain plug is on the passenger side of the diff.
  14. Would these be the right kind? They don't give the sizes though. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083HRC9D9/ref=sspa_dk_hqp_detail_aax_0?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzNzVGQ1c1Sk1SWVZIJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTEwMTc0M0hBR1dQQ1NZSjhXVSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTY3MTA1MUhZQ0pLRFJXRzUwTyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2hxcF9zaGFyZWQmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
  15. I'm having trouble finding wrenches with male square ends. I wonder if those Torx socket wrenches would work?
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