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« Reply #210 on: December 31, 2012, 05:15:13 PM »

I did that once.  But I forget on what.  I just recall a universal sending unit.  It may have been for my 55 savoy
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« Reply #211 on: January 05, 2013, 04:36:41 AM »

Nice work Bryan...I wish I would have kept up with this thread. I'll have to take some time and take a look at everything you've done. I watched the video of the car running...sounds nice...runs real smooth  and then I saw the universal fuel tank float mods. and install. Thanks for taking the time to document all your work. Very interesting and useful information. Keep up the great work...can't wait to see you drive the old DeSoto out of the garage. Love the toothy grill   

 
 
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« Reply #212 on: January 06, 2013, 07:19:28 PM »

Hey Bob,  Thanks for the kind words.  Yeah it's a big project bringing a derelict car back from the dead.  I try to document, and write things up so that others might benefit from my trials and errors.

Oh BTW I have had it out and around the block...just with a gas can strapped in the trunk.

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« Reply #213 on: January 07, 2013, 08:12:12 PM »

Well a a fellow on one of the other boards I frequent asked a question about those zip ties I had holding the wiring tight on the new sending unit.  He asked...."Wonder how those plastic ties will hold up to the ethanol, and gasoline, in your new tank?"  Darn good question I thought.
So a few of us bantered this thought around and finally came up with a suitable solution.  Why not use stainless, copper, or brass wire, instead of plastic zip ties.  Well it just so happens I have one of the old battery cables from Ol' Fernando...the plastic covering was mostly baked off.  It was in my copper/brass scrap bucket.  So out it came to donate a couple copper strands to the cause.
Figured now would be the best time to take care of this...tank on the ground, and empty.
Here it is all wired up...so to speak...;)

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« Reply #214 on: March 01, 2013, 06:02:10 PM »

Well been busy trying to get the kitchen finished, so have not had much
time to work on the old Desoto.  But working on things here and there.

I have removed the dual Heaters, and then got the dash  and wiring out.






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« Reply #215 on: March 01, 2013, 06:09:11 PM »

Then I had to get the fresh air cowl assembly out.  Which was a bit of
work since the hinges were seized, and the Phillips head screws holding
things together had not moved in 60+ years.  I had to use a lot of fire
to get things apart.  Eventually I got it all apart, did not burnt the
car,, or garage down either.







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« Reply #216 on: March 01, 2013, 06:13:09 PM »

Surprising everything was in good shape...no rust out.  Scrapped out a
couple pounds worth of guff from the bottom.  Only minor pitting on some
 parts.  Should clean up well and then I can re-install everything.



And
 here`s the dash with everything out.  Just trying to decide what to do
about firewall insulation.  But I need to get the Vintage Air heat and
AC unit installed, then I can start the re-wire.




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« Reply #217 on: March 01, 2013, 06:20:07 PM »

Here is the 12V wiring system I got from EZ wiring....21 Circuit system,
 with the large fuses.  I think it`s a great looking system, and should
go in relatively easy. Comes with very good instructions, that pertain to all kinds of different makes and models.




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« Reply #218 on: April 01, 2013, 07:52:37 PM »


So been slowly plugging away on the Desoto....have the entire dash out,
as well as the firewall insulation etc.  Been working on getting the
main fresh air assembly redone...clean, paint and new seals.  Anyway
last night I decided I better get off my duff and get the old bias ply
tires off the rims so I can get them down for blasting.  Then prime,
paint and get my new coker wide whites installed.



So yesterday evening after diner I decided to dig out my manual tire
machine and get at it.  The first 3 tires went fairly easily....first
one was the 16" spare for the crewcab that blew up while in the back of
the box.  The next two were 16" bias ply from the 48 Dodge parts
car...other two are on the desoto right now holding up the front end.
Then it was on to the stock 15" rims and tires that were on the
desoto....well things did not go so easily after this. These tires have
probably been on the rims for nearly 30+ years. I fought and fought and
thank goodness for my friend, and neighbor, coming out to see what I was
 up two.  He's as hard headed and stubborn as I am, and a car guy to
boot, so we worked together for the next two hours at these 5 rims and
tires.  We had to use addition bars and blocks of wood, and even had to
use the truck to drive over the bead of the last one to break it free!



So now a couple pics...The tire machine I paid about $40 for many years
ago from Princess Auto.  I have removed at least two dozen tires from
rims with this little machine...paid for itself many times over!







And the pile of tires and rims....







And today I used a few of the old tubes from the old bias ply tires to
make up some truck sausages...full of sand for weight in the back of the
 truck come winter season.




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« Reply #219 on: April 07, 2013, 04:55:51 PM »

Nice work Brian...I've heard of those manual tire changers but never actually saw one. Harbor Freight Tool? WOW, I'm impressed with your enthusiasm...very impressed! Once I tried getting a tire off myself...drove up on it to brake the bead etc. Didn't work...gave up  and took it in to the shop to get 'er done.  Thanks for posting photos of everything. I had a 49 Plymouth with a siezed cowl vent....could never get that thing freed up....but I never pulled the whole thing out either. Should have...now that I look at your work there. Good on ya for getting the whole assembly out of there. You are doing a fine job. I'll have to make a point on getting over here more just to look at your progress on Fernando.  I don't stop in as much as I use to. Unfortunately there isn't too much action here anymore. It's dissapointing...but unfortunately I'm adding to that problem by not stopping in.
 
Keep on going strong on Fernando Brian...
 
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« Reply #220 on: April 07, 2013, 06:42:00 PM »

Thanks Bob...yeah the tire machine has saved me a lot of money over the years....and it's a darn good work out too...  I put anchors in the driveway so I have a secure area to bolt down the machine.

I finally have pretty much finished the kitchen reno...been almost 5 years...Doooh.  And it's getting late in the season, I have to get the desoto buttoned up so I can move it into storage and get the wagon home. 

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« Reply #221 on: April 07, 2013, 09:23:21 PM »


Mine got stolen
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« Reply #222 on: April 08, 2013, 11:42:49 AM »

Quote from: POLARACO
Mine got stolen

Your tire machine...or your kitchen...

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« Reply #223 on: April 08, 2013, 07:44:43 PM »


Tire machine silly
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« Reply #224 on: May 14, 2013, 08:11:42 PM »


I finally got around to getting the old rims blasted, then primed and painted. 




 And last Sunday was the big day....finally got my 7.60x15 wide whites
mounted!  After the rims were blasted and painted I noticed that 3 of
the rims had oval holes where the valve stem is to go.  I asked the tire
 shop if they could work around this as the tires I had were
"tubeless".  They said no...so I had to get new tubes installed as well.

Fresh back from the tire shop.....



And after a little simple green and a stiff nylon brissel brush....



Now
 I need to get my dash back together, so I can get the steering column
hooked back up and get the car outside.  Can't wait to see, and drive it
 around the block with the new tires.

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