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Technical 1931 DeSoto straight 8 secured, info?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Wurger, May 28, 2017.

  1. Wurger
    Joined: May 27, 2011
    Posts: 132


    They seem pretty elusive online as far as info goes or any builds containing them... The engine turns over nicely by hand crank, I was thinking about being different and using this in a single seat vintage racer or perhaps using it in a prewar styled lakes modified both of which being made of period Mopar parts. Any input would be great!
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  2. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,907

    Ned Ludd

    With some exceptions pre-war American straight-8s tend to follow a pattern: flathead, liberally undersquare, lots of siamesed ports, not a lot of main bearings; hence heavy, slow-running. All those are limitations, but nevertheless I have a fondness for these engines. I wish I could afford to apply some cubic ingenuity to one.

    Being a fan of Specials that's what I'd build: something which stands to DeSoto as a Railton stands to Hudson.
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  3. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

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    Just a thought. This engine did go 250 in a streamliner 16388400_1236050353142358_7701715686271876026_n.jpg
  4. CNC-Dude
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,026


    The only limitation is your imagination.....
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  5. FrozenMerc
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 3,040


    And Checkbook........
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  6. dos zetas
    Joined: May 10, 2009
    Posts: 175

    dos zetas

    Is that a babbit main motor?
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  8. Yes.
  9. Save that very rare air cleaner!
  10. Wurger
    Joined: May 27, 2011
    Posts: 132


    I'll save the whole thing, rear end has a worm gear soooo that'll go... I'm thinking this was at one point a doodle bug tractor thing during the war... I'll bring in the rears of the frame and get going on a special/dirt track build.

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  11. This looks like the makings of a fun project.
    Rich Fox knows his stuff, that blower engine would be fun to pedal.
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