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  1. John, I know how you feel because I'm having the same problem of getting started on my 48 DeSoto. We both need a shot of that guy's workaholic blood, you know, the tall guy with the mustache who was a plumbing contractor who had all the great Mopars, including a Town and Country. Oh, just thought of his name, Monty Ostberg of El Cajon. And I don't have the cold garage excuse either like you. I've thought of hiring some helpers, but keep putting it off. Marc.
  2. Did the 37 DeSoto come with an overdrive transmission? Was it an option? What was the rear axle ratio for the 37 DeSoto?
  3. A guy was speeding on the freeway as I merged in. He swerved into the next lane and gave me the finger, so I smiled and waved back at him. Then, he pulled up a shotgun and broke it open trying to load. I swerved to the shoulder and let him go by!!!
  4. And I believe the first year for 12 volt batteries in Ford Co. makes and Chrysler Co. makes was 1956. And that was the year Ford and Chrysler switched over to the negative ground electrical set up, like General Motors.
  5. I know that the word cabriolet came from carriages, but I'm wondering what is the etymology of the word. Cabrio comes from Spanish or Italian meaning goat, so may be old, small, one seat carriages were pulled by goats? I wonder how my people know that the name Chevrolet means goat herder in French?
  6. this is one of those cars with a big frown on the grille. Another car with a frown was the 51-52 Plymouth.
  7. Yes, they are! especially when the name of your car is Gremlin and it even has a Gremlin badge showing a little Gremlin on the front fender! I bought a 72 Gremlin 6 in 1980 for $300. I noticed it had the same six as a later Jeep. It came from Oklahoma and all the smog gear had been ripped out of it. So I couldn't register it in San Diego. I was a poor college student, but I did have a non-running DeSoto with good plates, so I just exchanged the plates. Easy. I remember walking into a Toys R Us and laughing when I saw a little plastic kids pedal car called a Tiny Coupe or something like that. It cost $330! I wonder if that 72 Gremlin now qualifies as a classic? On the freeway, once, the hood flew up and crashed down on my windshield! I was blind-sided, so I had to veer off to the right and stop. The car had been in an accident, and had front end damage when I bought it. I had some rope so I tied it down. While I was student teaching at a high school, and some wiseguy teenagers untied the rope on my hood and rearranged my spark plug wires! When I got in the car that afternoon and turned the key, BANG! Then, nothing, but the starter turning the engine over. The hood was still tied up, so I untied it and checked out the motor. I saw right away that the plug wires were not in the right order, so I put them back to 1-5-3-6-2-4. That car gave me about three years of hard daily driving, until one day. it threw a rod while I was driving to a substitute teaching job. That was the end of it. It went to a junkyard after I retrieved my DeSoto plates. That's why I was stunned one day when I saw that Jay Leno was featuring the Gremlin on his car show! Never thought I'd see that! Talk about not being a chick magnet, this car oozed virginity all over. Even Jay Leno said, as he was getting in one to drive it, "Boy you really have to be confident with your manhood to be seen in one of these!"
  8. I just the got the RCA 16" record for the 1941 Plymouth. It is titled "The Most for your Money" (Plymouth High-Priced Car Features) 1941. This is a 33 rpm record that is the soundtrack for the filmstrip of the same name. Soundtracks are much rarer than the filmstrips, since it's much more likely that people in the past through out the bulky records and kept the compact filmstrips. So if someone has the filmstrip to this record, maybe we could get it digitized and put on Youtube or something!
  9. Who put this picture of Leonardo DiCaprio up here? Anyway, put up some more pics of the 29 DeSoto. And I have to say that 32 DeSoto wheel and gas cap are awesome Art Deco pieces! But 32-33 Mopars seem to be in short supply!
  10. Brad, I haven't received those pics of the literature yet, but if this is what you have, pictured above, that is what I want. Marc.
  11. Thanks John for your talk on gas caps. I never knew gas caps could be so cool! I also love that cool Hernando radiator cap. Never knew Hernando DeSoto had wings! Ron, why don't you include some pics of the interior of that DeSoto. At a dim glance from outside, it looks to be a nice interior! Also, what the heck is a Kissel car? Never heard of it.
  12. The 46-48 Chrysler and DeSoto cars came with the M-5 transmissions. I don't think they were an option on a 48 Dodge. The M-6 semi-auto transmission was first available on Dodge Coronets in 1949, and called Gyro-matics. The 49-52 Dodge Wayfarers continued with the old set up of fluid drive with a 3 speed manual transmission.
  13. I've only rode in a rumble seat twice. Back the 80's, my old friend, Vince Marra, gave me a ride from downtown San Diego to La Mesa in the rumble seat of his 33 Plymouth. I loved it. People were giving us the thumbs up and I could talk to Vince the whole way with the back window rolled down. The other time was in a Model A roadster. I think the key to understanding the rumble seat is with kids. I think it was mainly for carrying kids. I remember the movie Boys Town 1938, where the little kid, PeeWee, asks Mickey Rooney a question about a car coming to pick him up. "Does it have a rumble seat?".
  14. I'm the O.P. and John is right that I meant the former not the latter. The question I meant to ask is "In what decade did American cars look most different from each other?" The cars made in the early 30s, look a lot alike, at least to the casual viewer. I see why many pick the 50s, but am surprised no one thought of the 40s. It's hard to mistake a Pontiac for a DeSoto, or a Ford for a Chevrolet, or a Buick for Chrysler.