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falconvan last won the day on April 30 2020

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About falconvan

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    Guru, have been a long time contributor
  • Birthday 03/07/1967

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    Festus, MO
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Desoto Custom
    1948 Plymouth P15 coupe

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    Old white guy
  • Occupation
    Chief Engineer


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    Festus, Mo
  • Interests
    old cars, music

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  1. Have any idea what happened to the 51 DeSoto engine for 25 bucks thread?

    1. falconvan


      I guess the moderator took it down? It’s still here; free to a good home.

  2. Nice! I did this to a 48 several years ago; just ground off the lip so it would sit flush and welded. Worked like a champ.
  3. Thanks! Here’s a link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/293635363185
  4. So I sold the car; my wife and I bought a weekend cabin and some land and I’m using the money to fix the cabin. i had started to rebuild the 236 that was in the car and dropped the crank off to be checked. Unfortunately the shop found a hairline crack and recommended I get another crank. I have the rest of the engine apart and it’s definitely can be saved. If anyone wants it I’d be happy to give you the complete engine. Just PM me if you’d like to come pick it up.
  5. It’s good; I just did my own alignment with a home made toe gauge and a caster/camber gauge off of eBay. I used the specs in the manual.
  6. Mine was froze solid so I cut the flapper off and put a block off plate between the manifolds. I figure if you put headers on they get eliminated so it cant be any different.
  7. Nice, looks like a good survivor. You planning on keeping it stock?
  8. She's been running good; passed inspection and I've been cruising it around quite a bit. Only issue was I blew out one of the brand new freeze plugs and had to get towed home. Guess I didn't have that one in tight enough.
  9. Cool! The first cruise is always awesome; especially if it makes it back home without a tow truck. So far my last two drives have resulted in calls to AAA. Alternator died on one and a new freeze plug popped out on the next trip.
  10. I’ll definitely try to make it!
  11. I always use heat from a propane bottle, penetrating oil, and some light hammer taps on the bolt head to get them off. Work them back and forth a little at a time instead of just going in the loosen direction only. Takes time but I’ve gotten a lot of them out without breaking them this way.
  12. My auto shop teacher always stressed using two methods of supporting a car if you’re going to be under it. Jack stands and a floor jack as a back up.
  13. Thanks, man. My dad was a bricklayer and we always had cheaper cars that we worked on to keep going. I was out there helping him when I was in grade school. He always taught me to work organized to remove as many unnecessary steps as possible but not skip the details. I got my first car when I was 14 and been building them ever since. I don’t do it for my regular job but it’s what I love to do in my spare time along with playing in a band with a couple of buddies. Your Desoto is really cool; I love the massive front end and grill of the 48. That 3 window coupe is a pretty rare find
  14. Bigfoot is REAL!!!! Just messing with you, man.
  15. Really nice. Road trips to pick up project cars are the best!
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