DeSoto Frank

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  1. One of the straight-eights of the mid 1930's... I recognize that vacuum-release starter switch. So, that offers Buick, Olds, Pontiac. My first choiuce would be Buick, '34-'35 ?
  2. I believe they were filled with mineral oil or glycerine. Try your question at "" , the '46-'48 Plymouth & Dodge website... a number of guys there have posted about the Hull and MoPar accesory compasses, and I think several of them have successfully re-filled dry compasses. Good luck !
  3. The only Ford "K" I have ever seen was the one at Zimmerman's "Automobile-a-rama", circa 1977. I think it was a baby-blue tourer. Did the K use the requisite two-speed planetary transmission ?
  4. Yep; welcome to the world of "fine foreign cars". M-B themselves, not internet "specialists" , may have info and some parts; but you have to go right to M-B USA. Glad NAPA came through for you; the other year, the supplied me with u-joints for my '41 De Soto (a rare Mechanics cross & yoke), that I had only been able to find as NOS / NORS. Good luck with your Benz... post a pic if you can...
  5. Ford may not have used "expensive" paint (Old Henry did everything possible to get production costs down), but he didn't use a low -quality paint. I've been doing some research into finishes for the Model A, trying to determine how I will paint my coupe, and Ford took some pains to achieve a quality finish on the Model A... at least the outer-body. Exteriors were painted with pyroxolin lacquer, and buffed-out to a mirror finish. Firewalls and gas-tanks were body-color, but were left "as-sprayed" (not rubbed-out), and had a satin or matte appearance. Trucks usually weren't rubbed-out, unless the customer specifically requested it. I'm wondering how Ford achieved the dipping process w/o runs or sags ...
  6. I believe Franklin is generally credited with having the first "automatic" spark advance, c. 1904 ? I presume it was a centrifugal mechanism.
  7. The steel ball in the flywheel & pointer in the bell-housing window were pretty reliable on the stove-bolt chevy six... I did have a '54 Chevy 235 where the damper hub got loose on the crank... everytime I hit the brakes hard, the damper would slide-forward on the crank, until it would just graze the fan... thank goodness it never got loose entirely !
  8. '47 Frazer, painted-grille '55 De soto '34 Chrysler Airflow '50-'62 Willys Wagon / Truck '39-'40 Nash '51 Studebaker "Brass" Model T
  9. Imperial ? Definitely '37 Chrysler... looks like a 2-door (coach).
  10. I wonder how much Old Henry himself had to do with the design of the K... From the accounts I've read, he despised the car; it was rail-roaded into production by Ford investors who wanted a prestige car... The firing order must have made for some interesting torsional vibration ! I wonder if any K cranks snapped between cylinders 3 & 4 ...
  11. You probably won't care for the suggestion, but try Mercedes-Benz. They have ( or they did five years ago) a small department dedicated to providing support for owners of vintage M-B cars, and a surprising number of parts are still available from Stuttgart. They won't be cheap. I discovered this during my brief dalliance with Mercedes a few years back, with a 1959 180 sedan, and a '63 220 Sb. There's a very long shot that an aftermarket supplier such as Beck-Arnley MIGHT have something, although you might have to cross parts by drawing / dimension, if there's no listing by application. Good luck... I gave up on M-B because I don't have the financial where-withal to play with them.
  12. At the risk of being a crank, no one has yet proved that it is NOT unrestorable...
  13. I wonder if the Lucas beams did not meet US DOT standards ? I was scrounging vintage sealed-beams back in the fall, and found some info somewhere on the web that suggested that British sealed-beams were built to meet different optical requirements ? I don't know if I could drive comfortably at night with "Lucas, Prince of Darkness" lighting the way...
  14. Looking for some OEM headlamps, SK ? I'm chasing some too for my '61 ragtop...
  15. Off top of my head, my first guess is Buick 40 or 50 ?
  16. For what it's worth, GM was still using curled horsehair in the mid 1950's: My Grandad's '54 Chevy pick-up still has the original seats (tattered), and they are stuffed with curled horsehair. Which was mighty prickly against my little 5-year old legs when I wore shorts !!! In addition to creating a different "look" to the finished seat, horsehair also imparts a unique ( and wonderful) aroma to a closed vehicle; there's nothing else like it.... kind of a slightly sweet, "dusty" smell... ( I guess this is a moot point for an open buggy...) Gotta still be available; lots of folks keep horses ...
  17. I have a '60 Windsor, and previously had '64 Newport and '61 Belvedere. So far have not had "sudden dying" problems with the Windsor, although the choke does not like to close for cold start... With regard to the extreme damp weather, my '61 Belvedere V-8 was VERY prone to developing condensation INSIDE the distributor cap, which would cause no-start, or very rough running. Here's a couple of my "quickie checks" 1) Remove the air cleaner, hold choke and throttle open, and squirt a 2-second blast of starting fluid down the carb throat. Release all throttle & choke, and try to start. If the engine fires-up, runs for a second or two, then dies, that suggests that the ignition system, timing, and compression are close enough to make it run, and that your issue is fuel-related. 2) Quickie check for spark: remove coil wire from center of distributor cap, and place / hold terminal 1/4" away from engine block while someone else cranks the engine - you should see fat blue spark. If no spark, that suggests a problem in the low-voltage side of the ignition circuit ( points, ballast resistor ) or a bad coil. If you have lots of fat blue spark from the coil, put the wire back into the distributor cap, and pull a plug wire, and check for spark there. If you have good spark at the plugs, then it's either fuel and / or timing. Did the car run unusually in any way before it died , or was it just as though someone turned the key off ?
  18. E-Bay is probably the best place to peddle small stuff like this...
  19. Greenie, Nice trucks !!!!:cool: I used to have a '70 Ford Sport Custom (lwb), with 302 / CruiseOMatic, Ford under-dash a/c, PS, PB, aux fuel tank under bed, tool-box in pass side of bed quarter... sadly, it had no front cab mounts ; was still a good looking truck (same pale yellow), but it was composting faster than I could fix it. I have always liked the '41-'46 GMC; have only seen one PU in real life.... Thanks for sharing ! :cool:
  20. "There just aren't a lot of 'bad' trucks out there!" Oh yes there are... we just haven't talked about them yet !
  21. Well, sort of... El Caminos and Rancheros are more "station wagon-based".... The Hudson Big-Boy, Studebaker Coupe-Express, and Nash pick-ups all had separate cab and pick-up boxes; they may have been based on passenger-car chasses and running gear, but then so were the Model T and Model A pick=ups as well as the early Chevy pick-ups ( through '38 ?) The Hudson Big-Boy was rated as a 3/4-ton, so it probably had beefier rear springs than the car.
  22. " Oh they call it that good-ol' mountain dew, And them that makes it is few... I'll shut-up my mug if you'll fill-up my jug With that good-ol' mountain dew ! " :cool:
  23. Just for fun, I'm thinking of ordering a repro PA Inspection sticker to affix to my '28 Ford.... Does anyone know where the windshield sticker would have been placed in '28 ? Were they always on the driver's side at the lower corner of the windshield ? Thanks !