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  1. Anyone have experience replacing vinyl (or is this cloth?) tops like this ...and what may be lurking underneath? Any tips on assessing condition of covered metal tops?
  2. My kids grew up in the back seat of a 1932 Plymouth - very similar to that car. Those doors wouldn’t scare me at all. If this wasn’t so far away I’d be pointing a younger guy toward it. *this* would be a good car to get started in the hobby with, IMO! Front suicide doors make that car easy for ingress / egress. I love that ‘32. It’ll never be sold as long as I’m alive. But perhaps it’s time to get the newly licensed into the front seat of it now.
  3. @JamesR, thank you for the input! Are you speaking from a steering perspective? If so, manual or power steering? Lately I’ve been thinking about the old 56 DeSoto I drove as a kid, and am casually searching for either one of those or a ‘56 Imperial (which I’ve never driven). I don’t know it my memory has conveniently forgotten the handling, I was just used to driving trucks (literally) or if the ‘56 DeSoto was just a better car from that perspective. Of course it was just a cool “old” car back then. What about the handling do you not like?
  4. @edinmass Why? I have I have no skin in the game, just curiosity.
  5. In 1939 the Saratoga, New Yorker and Imperial had red badges - the models were distinguished by interior differences such as seat and door panels and some of the badging has the model type imprinted in it. Royals and Royal Windsor’s had a blue badge. I believe the nose is the same on all of them and the badge only has a pigment difference.
  6. @Matt Harwood Even if not the photos themselves, I think shipping guidelines based on your experiences would benefit the lot of us. I’ve shipped twice, east to west in enclosed transport. My experience was positive. It was expensive.
  7. I’ve seen several that had dash surround and glove box door painted and looked approximately period correct. This has me wondering if that was at all an option in 1939. Perhaps the plastic just deteriorated so fast in certain conditions that some cars were painted just a few years after new. @Brooklyn Beer hopefully you can find a transporter and enjoy your new purchase as the weather is turning nicer!
  8. Thanks @neil morse, that clears it up and is a great information source!
  9. @steveinky sportsman 4 door sedan? For some reason I thought the sportsman was a coupe only. ... and a coupe I’d like to have.
  10. I agree, with manual steering it was only slow speed parking spot negotiating that was a bit of a work out, otherwise a very nice driver. I never drove one with power steering for comparison. If memory serves the Fireflite was similar to what @neil morse has pictured
  11. I have a particular fondness for ‘56 DeSotos. This appears to be in good shape from the photos and purported to have just over 20k miles on it. I will defer to someone with more expertise to comment as to that originality of the interior (seats, for example) and note that several posted pictures are actually photographs of a computer screen. Attractive colors, low mileage (from restoration?) and a fun car to drive ...though a challenge at slow speeds (e.g. parking) without power steering. Price seems on the high side to me, but condition *appears* to be on the high side as well.
  12. Here’s the price and contact info as of 05/03/2020, in case you don’t use Facebook. Many more photos on Facebook.
  13. In younger years, I drove a 1956 DeSoto with manual steering. It handle easily on the road, however it took a lot of “wheel work” to negotiate tight spots at low speeds. Carl might be on to something with tires and tire pressure.