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William Grubbs

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  1. I have an interest in sharing and learning about Desotos but apparently it isnt what the club is interested in.

    I think you hit the nail on the head. There are alternatives. Home of The Forward Look is one. Facebook has a lot of DeSoto activity and is well worth seeking out. Any good search engine can take you to lots of pictures of DeSoto's.

    Desotoland DeSotoland: It's DeSoto Utopia - DeSoto Cars and Service has been very slow lately but was a vibrant community of DeSoto people in the past. It could rise again.

  2. It would be worth your effort to clean it up a bit. It would be well worth your effort to get it to crank and drive which would get it into #4 territory where the prices are good. If the motor will turn by hand, change the oil and get some fuel to the carburetor. The condenser may be bad and it won't crank without a good one. I know of a '56 that cranked after sitting for over a decade.

    2dr Hardtop #5 condition: $1500 #4 condition: $5625

    #4 Fair: runs and drives OK but needs work throughout the vehicle. Body shows signs of wear or previous restoration work. Any rust should be minimal and not in any structural areas. Cosmetics, body, and mechanics all need work to some degree.


    '55 Fireflite is a 291 4bbl of 200 hp.

  3. There's something to be said in favor of a quick sell especially if you aren't particularly attached to the car. It's a nice one and anyone restoring it would do the engine anyway. The good condition of the steering wheel and upholstery are impressive. As is the rest of the car.

    Tell the buyer to check out Stellar Restorations in Windom KS. They do good work with DeSotos.

  4. I paid $5K for a '56 2 door hardtop in much worse shape. I'd say at least $5k if it runs. No reason it shouldn't run if it turns over. However, it may have been parked for a mechanical reason, or not. But it looks to be in good condition for an unrestored '55. Any rust around the lower body panels and underside?

  5. me thinks that Sportsman and Seville were both trim packages available in the Firedome series. Now sounds like there were Adventurer, Fireflyte and Firedome???
    Firedome is a lower trim model with a 2bbl carburetor. Fireflite is a higher trim level with a 4bbl carburetor. Sportsman and Seville both indicate hard top models with either two or four doors.I own a Fireflite Sportsman. I can't say for sure if there is a FireDOME Sportsman. I know there is a FireDome Seville but I am not sure if there is a FireFLITE Seville. There is a Pacesetter which is a convertible, but I'm not sure all '56 convertibles are Pacesetters.The '56 Adventurer is a two door hard top only and has two four barrel carburetors.If you are on Facebook, please consider joining the group: The Ultimate 1955 and 1956 DeSoto GroupWe'd be happy to have new members.
  6. Clayton, you are extremely lucky. The '56 DeSoto is a very popular car and getting more so all the time. Parts prices keep going up and your car has some of the more valuable ones. The Fireflite is the 4bbl version. Please see my reply to the post just above yours. I listed a few resources that will interest you. Get ready to have some fun with this car. They are a joy to drive.

  7. Gary Goers will be an invaluable resource for both of you. Order his catalog. There is also a publication called "Mopar Parts Locating Guide". Ebay is a good source for parts but be careful that the part is really for the car. Subscribe to Hemmings Motor News.

    Gary Goers - Mopar Restoration

    Hemmings Motor News: Auto Classifieds - Hemmings Auto Classifieds feature cars for sale nation wide.

    Find the Mopar Parts Locating Guide" by David Gimbel and acquire a copy.

    Join Home of The Forward Look -- Great bunch of folks.

    Join DeSotoland: It's DeSoto Utopia - DeSoto Cars and Service -- Very small group of great DeSoto owners.

    Look at Online Imperial Club (OIC) for Imperial, Chrysler Imperial, and Chrysler New Yorker Brougham Enthusiasts -- Especially the parts index.

    Chrylser Imperial Parts Information -- Parts index.

    Go here:

    General Maintenance Resources For Your Chrysler Imperial -- Read the reviews...all of them.

    Go here:

    CHRYSLER 300 CLUB INTERNATIONAL, INC. -- Look around. Some of their parts fit your DeSoto.

    Join me here, if you like:

    The Ultimate 1955 and 1956 DeSoto Group | Facebook

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