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  1. For very old cars, a Darraq and a Spyker, I like the British film from 1953, Genevieve. And for a fun bootleg chase there's 43 The Petty Story. The first 12 mins. show a bootleg chase with a 46 Plymouth being chased by a 46 Chrysler Windsor business coupe.
  2. You might have a devil of a time trying to undo the pipe plug that drains the differential! On my 48 DeSoto, it is a female square plug that is the very odd size of 5/16's. I had to special order a 5/16 male square end wrench, and it was no help. Why? Because someone in the distant past had tried to unscrew it and now the female square is rounded out!
  3. Hey, the Griswold's car had eight headlights and the ugliest grille since the toilet seat Edsel!
  4. My mom bought a brand new Chevrolet Impala station wagon in 1965, so it was the car I learned to drive in. At the time, I just considered it a big hunk of metal and rubber that got me and my girl and my surfboard to the beach and back.
  5. I just called my local auto paint jobber and got a clerk who really knows his auto paint. In Calif. they don't sell the old acrylic enamel anymore. He said most new cars and new car repairs are painted with the new water based paint. But you can still buy solvent based paint and urethanes. The solvent that is used is a blend of acetone and PCBTF. They still sell the isocyanate catalyst for this paint, which is required. I asked doesn't the isocyanate hardener violate the Calif. VOC laws. He said no. Isocyanates if used improperly will kill you, but not the trees, and that's fine with C
  6. Get it running, put a yellow taxi paint job on it and some taxi roof lights, and you have a car for the movies.
  7. I was just told by a friend that he thinks acrylic enamel auto paint is no longer sold in Calif. He said he thinks it's all water based clear coat, base coat paint. Can anyone shed any light on this?
  8. I found a guy with the parts off of his 50 DeSoto parts car. Thanks.
  9. I'm putting my 48 DeSoto together right now and have hit a bit of a roadblock. I installed a new Master Cylinder and the pedals, but can't find those little parts that connect the pedal to the MC. I am missing the End bolt that comes out of the MC with an eye or hold that a clevis pin goes through. And I'm missing the spring clip that you hook the brake pedal return spring to. These are the kind of parts that vendors don't carry and I think the only place to get them is off of a parts car. It doesn't have to be a DeSoto or the same year either. Do you know if your parts car might have th
  10. I'm putting my 48 DeSoto together right now and have hit a bit of a roadblock. I installed a new Master Cylinder and the pedals, but can't find those little parts that connect the pedal to the MC. I am missing the End bolt that comes out of the MC with an eye or hold that a clevis pin goes through. And I'm missing the spring clip that you hook the brake pedal return spring to. These are the kind of parts that vendors don't carry and I think the only place to get them is off of a parts car. It doesn't have to be a DeSoto or the same year either. Do you know if your parts car might have th
  11. Wow! There are some incredible answers here! I didn't know any of that. I was refering to a car I saw in the Tad Burness book The American Car Spotter's Guide 1920-1939. The Peerless Motor Car Company of Cleveland,Ohio (1900-1932) went to hydraulic brakes in 1925 and strangely reverted back to mechanical brakes for their last two years in business, 1931-32. Why, I don't know.
  12. Many cars went from mechanical brakes to hydraulic brakes by the 1930s. Did any automobile company do the reverse and drop hydraulic brakes in favor of mechanical brakes?
  13. Because they are just little fastening parts, not big parts that sell a lot.
  14. End bolt Part number is 666538. ALSO need the clevis pin 653466 and the clip 673418.
  15. I am trying to attach my brake and clutch springs on my 48 DeSoto. I am missing the End bolt and the clevis pin. Anyone know where to get these parts?
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