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  1. richasco

    1933 Chrysler Royal Convertible coupe on Craigslist

    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.
  2. John, What's the interchange look like? I dont have access to my books at the moment.
  3. richasco

    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    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?
  4. richasco

    Free 1928 or possibly 1929 K parts Free

    I wish I were closer too. Have you tried posting on the desoto club website? That engine is definitely worth saving.
  5. 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.
  6. richasco

    This has happened before..

    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.
  7. richasco

    Question about newer car tires....

    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.
  8. richasco

    Pre war cars insane prices

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. richasco

    29' DeSoto won't shut off.

    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.
  11. richasco

    1929 DeSoto transmission

    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.
  12. richasco

    Vintage Chrysler dash

    A YC2 serial number would make it a 4 cylinder model 58 made in January of 1926.
  13. richasco

    Spring Carlisle

    I was there yesterday with my dad. I think we went a day too early, there weren't that many dealers setup. We didn't find any parts for ours cars, but I did pick up a nice KD valve spring compressor and a Matco seal driver set. There were a handful of nice prewar cars for sale, at least two were still wearing their AACA badges. I hope everyone is staying dry, the forecast for the rest of the show is not great.
  14. richasco

    29 desoto serial numbers

    You can also try contacting Chrysler Historical. They should be able to give you a copy of the cars build card. The card will tell you all about your car, including the actual day it was completed and shipped.
  15. Price is certainly a factor, as are a few other things. I've always like the post war era cars, they have great styling and are colorful. They are also practical. A postwar car is much more capable of keeping up with modern traffic and is big enough to be useful without being too big to park. If you need more evidence, check out Matt's thread in the Chrysler forum. I think he is going to love having that station wagon, it has everything that I just wrote about. We had a '63 Valiant wagon that we sold about a year ago. It was a great car; easy to drive, moderately safe and extremely practical. When my father and I would go to the local shows, he would drive his MGTD and I drove the wagon with the cooler and the lawn chairs. It was also great to go get groceries with it. I think/hope that we will start to see more of these cars being driven on a regular basis.