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Robert Rottman

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« on: April 24, 2010, 06:06:09 PM »

Another new ride arrived for me today...this Desoto pretty much fulfills my "Christine" dream...at least for now. Big fins...push button tranny...L-350 motor...it's very nice. Thank the good Lord for the miracle of getting me that refund back from MLC! This car gives me something fine to show for it.
 

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 06:26:07 PM »

That's what I love......big cars with two doors! Beautiful.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 07:08:35 PM »

I gotta see thee Bob fleet at the Long branch this year..
Love that Desi,Bob. As far as I'm concerned,it will get more attention than a Christine car.
The Desoto is more obscure--when do you ever see one?
Great score.
Still selling the 70 F3??
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 07:25:11 PM »

Very nice find! What is it exactly...year and model? What is an L 350?
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 09:29:07 PM »

What a beautifull car.......

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2010, 03:27:38 AM »

That's the car that got me hooked on Mopars in the first place when my grandfater came home in one when I was just 9 years old.   Beautiful!  Absolutely beautiful!

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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2010, 03:39:02 AM »

Quote from: Rockwerx
Very nice find! What is it exactly...year and model? What is an L 350?

It's a 1958 DeSoto Firesweep...the entry level DeSoto from 1957-1959...the front clip of this car is actually based on the Dodge Coronet. They made about 5600 of them. The L-350 was a one year only motor...Chryslers' first wedge big block which subsequently was enlarged to the 361 and the 383...Correct me if I'm wrong on this fellow gearheads. I'm not really up on the details of the motors as I should be. I have a feeling I'll begin learning a bit more now.
 
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2010, 07:15:12 AM »

Stunning
 
I believe you are correct on the engine.  The 350 was used in Dodge for several years (D500) if I remember, 57 to 59.  Then, as you said, the motor progressed into the 361 and 383.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2010, 12:00:05 PM »


NICE!!!!  When you decide you gotta do the Christine thing Bob,  we'll talk !!

I know a lot of the 58  'Sweeps out there - I'm not familiar with this one - where'd it come from?

Almost the same car as my '58 FireSweep 4 dr Hardtop Sportsman that I just sold in February.

350 in 2 bbl form was found on FireSweeps only, the 350 4 bbl version was
optional on '58 Dodge and std on '58 Fury. Bored to make 361, which was
std on 58 FireDome and FireFlites. 350 was one year only - 1958.  NOS Pistons and rings are rare rare rare!!


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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2010, 12:04:47 PM »

Bob does it have the original color keyed rubber floor mats in lieu of
carpeting? That's how they came and very few have survived. They also
tended to rust the floors out from condensation.

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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2010, 01:57:27 PM »

Roger...not sure about the rubber floormats...I'll ask the former owner...There's brand new carpeting in there now....other than that, I'm told it's all original.
 
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2010, 04:03:46 PM »

That sure is one pretty Firesweep. The folks at the National Desoto Club have a board with many knowledgeable folks. Also check out Desotoland.Com.  Their moderator, Dave Duricey is a Desoto Authority.
Will you be making the trip to The Chryslers at Carlisle this July?
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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2010, 04:17:18 AM »

NDC has a good website - I'm "Firedome" on there too.

Where'd this car come from Bob?



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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2010, 05:26:51 AM »

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Rog...it came from St Cloud, Fla. If you look on Allpar.com under Desoto...you'll see the former owner with his car. Wonderful guy...very honest and he described the car very accurately. After looking her over good this past weekend I continue to be very pleased with the car. He got back to me about the rubber mats...Yes, he removed the original rubber mats and put the carpeting in...so other than that, she's all original. I'll have to check out the NDC...thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2010, 06:09:42 AM »

I know and llke Sweeps, miss my old one... there's one in NDC I'd buy
in a flash if I had the 20 Grand. Let me know if you need info or
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