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Old 09-13-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Bought 40 Ford cpe w/Desoto hemi

I couldn't resist buying this car. Thanks to help from this site, I now know it has a 1955 Desoto Firedome 291 ci engine with 185 HP. Started today easily and steady at 50 lbs oil pressure but I'm sure it will drop after warming up. It was done long ago and is a tight fit. I was asked to post pics regarding the fit so y'all can see the tolerances. Everything clears but not by much in some places. As for the future, I'm pretty confident I'll have to upgrade from the present 1 gal gas tank that's visible on the passenger side under the dash. It has 39 Ford trans and 4.11 40 rearend.

Another "opportunity!"

Enjoy, Al
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bought 40 Ford cpe w/Desoto hemi

Looks great!

I much prefer the standard grille as apposed to the deluxe.

Does it have the opera seats?
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Cool car!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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That's gonna make a real nice car. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #5
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No singing area in this car. Just the stock front seat with package tray behind it.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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Can't fault you for buying that! Kind of crude but I love it!
Did you get a real steal of a deal on it?
Whatever...it's C@@Ler than a Foose-Mobile to me.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:47 PM   #7
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I thought the deal was great.. just like everyone else on here feels when they first buy a new project! Time will tell but I'm quite happy. It was great dealing with an honest and helpful fellow. Another guy told me he knew of the car's earlier owners and would try to get some history on it but he's pretty sure a friend's Dad, now deceased, did the initial installation. I hope to learn his name so we can give credit where credit is due. One gallon gas tank w/411 gears should be good for maybe two trips around the block!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:02 PM   #8
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I like it but it needs an SBC. Just kidding, that car is perfect! I love the older hotrod conversions like yours, it has history.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:02 PM   #9
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I like it but it needs an SBC. Just kidding, that car is perfect! I love the older hotrod conversions like yours, it has history.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:09 PM   #10
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Another toy for Al have fun buddy. I'm jealous on this one.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:11 PM   #11
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Liking it a lot..very envious.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:13 PM   #12
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Very cool! what are your plans?
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:39 PM   #13
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I think the car could be from Chester, PA area. The drip rails are gone on passenger side and not much better on driver side. What do you know of the car?

I looked at trans and car was definitely a warrior at one time as the top of the trans looks to have been welded back on. Must have done good job as car seems to shift ok but haven't really been through the gears.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:45 PM   #14
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I thought the deal was great.. just like everyone else on here feels when they first buy a new project! Time will tell but I'm quite happy. It was great dealing with an honest and helpful fellow. Another guy told me he knew of the car's earlier owners and would try to get some history on it but he's pretty sure a friend's Dad, now deceased, did the initial installation. I hope to learn his name so we can give credit where credit is due. One gallon gas tank w/411 gears should be good for maybe two trips around the block!
It looks a lot like the 40 a guy I met back in the 70,s in Middleton Ky. was building did it come from Ky. he died and the cars gone now.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:44 PM   #15
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wow....
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:55 PM   #16
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cool ride
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:09 AM   #17
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Sweet ride... and only gonna get sweeter, I'll bet!
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:12 AM   #18
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thats a great buy!! my pop use to tell me he would just pull the front clip off when he used to work on his 40 tudor that had a hemi, little more room to work!
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:27 AM   #19
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Lots of possibilities---love the standards.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:56 AM   #20
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Default Re: Bought 40 Ford cpe w/Desoto hemi

I dig it, and I also love both the Deluxe and the seldom seen Standard. Seperates it from the masses. Nice find bro, a bigger relocated gas tank is surely in order. Enjoy this historical dandy, thanx for sharing with us. ~Sololobo~
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