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Old 09-14-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default Whats better than restoring a 56 DeSoto Firedome?

Buying an all original one in blue and white with an original 49k miles on it! Pics to come!
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I got a '66 coronet 500 SE with 14,5xx original miles if you need it too...
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:43 PM   #5
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I got a '66 coronet 500 SE with 14,5xx original miles if you need it too...
You trying to turn me into a Mopar guy? How much. Lol
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:47 AM   #6
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Awesome! Looks really mice. 330 Hemi with a Powerflite?
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Whoa, nice! Interior pics?
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
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Well! It's here! Tote took great care of it! Pics for y'all to enjoy if you like....



















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Old 09-18-2012, 08:01 PM   #10
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:32 AM   #11
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Thanks man! So glad to finally have it. You live down Snowgoose? I thought I saw your EB at the mailboxes yesterday...

So, I am currently removing the pass side head. There was an exhaust leak (which I knew about), and I decided to investigate. It was at te manifold and was due to a broke off manifold stud. When I went to take the rest off, I snapped another (even after using penetrants and heat!). So, I am ordering up some new gaskets from Hemi Hotheads. I'll finish it up when I get back. I am also going to rebuild the 1 barrel carb. I've contemplated going with headers and a 4 barrel intake, then I remember that this car is original. So. No real aftermarket stuff. The other car, however, will be sacrificed to the gods of hotrodding!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:57 PM   #12
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Yep that was me, definitely need to keep that one original
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like an old guy told me "and it wasen't Shack " there only original once no matter how good the restoration is!

good on ya for leaving her alone
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:27 PM   #14
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if you need help getting the broken bolt out, give me a holler, I have had good luck welding onto the end of them, then letting them cool and turning them out.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:06 AM   #15
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like an old guy told me "and it wasen't Shack " there only original once no matter how good the restoration is!

good on ya for leaving her alone
Thanks! All we want to do is abate the rust. Which is very minimal. And redo the vinyl flooring, seat covers, and steering wheel. I already have a better front bumper. After that, we are leaving it till I can find a decent chromer to do a few trim pieces that have bubbled. I want to just keep it as a survivor. Would really be nice.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:08 AM   #16
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if you need help getting the broken bolt out, give me a holler, I have had good luck welding onto the end of them, then letting them cool and turning them out.
Maybe Ill give that a shot before I go all out. But I think these are broke down in the head. So, it may be hard to get into and weld anything to whats left. What do you think? I figured worst case would be drilling it out and a heli coil yea?
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Have you tried to use an easy out yet? Always worth at least giving it a shot before having to completely drill out and then heli-coil. The four sided ones have almost always worked for me, the crappy spiral ones should be put in the garbage bin.

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Nice ride...

Back when cars still had character...
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:11 PM   #19
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Have you tried to use an easy out yet? Always worth at least giving it a shot before having to completely drill out and then heli-coil. The four sided ones have almost always worked for me, the crappy spiral ones should be put in the garbage bin.

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No I haven't, mainly because it's impossible to do in car. So, I'll give it a shot once i get home and get the head out. Also, I completely agree about the spiral ones! Pieces of crap!
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I have had better luck welding out a bolt than trying to easy out them
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Well, my parts came in and I got time to finish getting the head off. Then I had to puns the exhaust manifold off. I was able to back out 3 of 4 studs. The last one is broke down in the head. I don't know about you guys, but there just isn't enough room to weld in there. So unless I can find someone that knows what they are doing out here in the valley, I'm taking it to ADB tomorrow. I know they do good work..

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:41 AM   #22
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Take it down to Art at Valley Machine.
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What! You got the head off, and we don't even get the obligatory pic of the dome?!
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:13 AM   #24
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What! You got the head off, and we don't even get the obligatory pic of the dome?!
I tell you what. Since the head is not back on, I will get a pic before I reinstall it. Deal?
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Well! Finally got her a new carb. NOS Carter 2bbl. Got her running, had a knock going on. But it let up. Decided it was a stuck lifter. Did an oil change, there was a touch of glitter, but nothing big. Did two quarts of Lucas and 3 quarts of Castrol 10-40 high miler oil. New filter. Seems that the knock went away. Now, just need I learn about tuning this thing up some. Never really messed with points except when I was in high school, and I can hardly remember what I did back the. Lol. If any of you guys want some beer and are willing to teach me a thing or two, is be willing to watch and listen.

Tool her for a long drive, runs so **** smooth. Can't hardly hear it running.

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