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    Name: Scott
    1929 DeSoto Roadster

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  1. After reading the last few pages, it seems like pre-war interest has died here too.
  2. If it hasn't been fedaralized and sold here new you will have to import several and pay to have them crash tested. Or you can wait 25 years and then import with the chance of still having trouble with customs. For a cautionary tale, look up the saga of the Land Rovers that were seized after they were legally imported. The simplest answer is to just buy the school bus that most drivers seem to prefer.
  3. If I can find it, I'll pm you a pic of me sitting in the Bantam at the aaca museum. If I recall correctly, windshield height was a little short but I could still get in and out and work the pedals.
  4. Fellow gen x checking in, kfle gets it. I was lucky? to be born into this hobby. Sept 11th and the great recession put a decade long pause on my career so I havent been able to do anything with my car. Fortunately, the last six months have been fantastic for me and I am now in the job that I will retire from. This spring my car will start to get the attention and exercise that is so badly deserves. As for the younger generations not knowing how to work on cars, not true. They(myself included) do work on our cars. We just don't use a wrench on our daily drivers. We use a bluetooth dongle and an app on a cell phone. It all comes down to what you have been exposed to. How many other forum members know how to check canbus voltage? How many here know how to check generator cutout voltage? Both are important and both being incorrect will leave you stranded. I think this is a great time to get into the hobby, it all depends on what you like and what suites your needs. I've said it before, practical usable classics are where the real action is going to be right now. I think the market is starting to reflect that now, I have noticed that prewar prices are starting to come down. While not great for current owners, a softening in the market will bring in new owners.
  5. I'm going to go out on a limb and say its a restored car coming out of long term garage storage. If it were in the mid-atlantic I would go take a look.
  6. John, What's the interchange look like? I dont have access to my books at the moment.
  7. It's a trick question, everyone knows for a fact that DeSoto did it best in 1957! That said, who would say no to a Skyliner?
  8. I wish I were closer too. Have you tried posting on the desoto club website? That engine is definitely worth saving.
  9. Call the manufacturer and ask what that would do to the warranty. Modern passenger tires wont benefit from sipping. If you particular tire needs more sipping, you should have bought a different tire (rain or winter). That said, its a hand process that can really benefit offroad style truck tires. Think of ndt military tires, a big blocky design that doesnt work well in rain or snow. Sipping will improve wet grip and also increase onroad life by allowing the tire tread to run cooler. There are probably some videos on youtube that can give you more info.
  10. As stated above this happens with race cars a lot. There are more Lotus XIs now than were built at the factory. A car is damaged in a race and it was faster to replace the body than to repair. The body sits until someone decides to repair it and build a new chassis for it. Now you have two cars with the same serial, the original chassis with new body work so it could keep racing and the repaired body with original tags and a new chassis.
  11. John, 205/65r15 is kind of an oddball size with a limited selection. Cooper makes a decent tire in that size. 195/65r15 is slightly narrower and much more popular. I would go to and see what fits her car and then look at the top rated tires in that size. General tire is a subsidiary of Continental and both are usually highly rated. Lower priced Michelins tend to get sidewall cracking long before they wear out, upper level Michelins are much better. Try to avoid Hancook, high treadwear ratings come with harsher ride and more road noise. As you already know, tires and brakes are the place to spend your hard earned money and get some piece of mind.
  12. This is a pretty bold, sweeping statement. As a gen Xer and 13 year prewar car owner, I think you need to adjust your attitude and gain a little perspective. There are plenty of people my age and younger who are willing and able to participate in this hobby. As far as prewar pricing goes, as the others have shown there are a lot of great deals to be had. In my opinion this is really a buyers market right now. I have been eyeing a very nice(driver quality) prewar Packard for a few weeks now. I never imagined that I would be able to afford a decent Packard let alone a mid-range 8 cylinder car. You state that you have money set aside for a purchase and yet you don't want to spend 20k on a car that will be worth 5k in a few years. I think you are watching the auctions on tv, that's the only place where I've seen anyone take a large loss on recent purchase. And in those cases those were cars that are way above your stated budget. Since this will be your first purchase, you should really list to what the others are saying and make sure that you have someone assist you with the pre-purchase inspection. Get it into your mind now that unless you are very lucky, your first car is going to lose value. Also don't look at any of the orphan makes, with your attitude you will never find the parts required to maintain the car. And at that point the car will sit and waste away while you keep hoping for the value to go up so you don't take a loss on the car. Hopefully you are still reading and realize that though I am being a little harsh, I am trying to help you. The entry to this hobby hasn't been this easy since the 1950s so start digging now and you will find all kinds of great deals and one of those will be a car that checks all of your needs and wants.
  13. The latches on my '29 DeSoto lay toward the fenders, but not as low as yours. If the latches were reversed I think they would get caught under the hood.
  14. Gary, I would go over the wiring again and use your volt meter to check where and when you have power. If everything checks out then maybe the car is "dieseling". When you turn off the key, is there a change in rpm or engine sound? If so, check the timing. Let us know what you find.
  15. There have been a few threads on these bearing retainers. The earlier ones are diecast metal the does/will fail over time. There are later ones that are cast or forged steel that are a direct replacement.