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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by baker53, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. baker53
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    I was going to take the Desoto Firesweep to the upholstery shop and the chrome plating shop this morning to get some quotes, but had a problem with the car on the freeway. As I increased speed to around 60 mph, the car would bog down. I got off the freeway and headed home. After checking a number of things, I finally found the culprit to be the fuel filter at the inlet of the carb. For now, I removed the ceramic filter from the glass bowl and put in a in-line filter. I don't know if the ceramic filters are made any more or not, but all is OK now. I guess I'll go on my quote trip tomorrow.
     
  2. Mike Moreau
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    Baker53, I just reviewed all your posts. I did not see any comments regarding cleaning the gas tank (just the sender). Since you are starting to drive it more, you are probably pulling rust and crud from the gas tank to the carb filter. Suggest you carry a couple of extra fuel filters and tools until you can pull the tank to clean/seal or replace. Hope this unsolicited advice is taken in the spirit it is intended-trying to keep you on the road, not beside it. (been there, done that)
     
  3. George
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    Really don't think your should run more than 1 filter, but adding a magnet to the tank will stop rust from floating around.
     
  4. baker53
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    Good points for sure. When I had the sending unit out of the tank, I did look inside the tank and all was shiny steel. There was not much sediment in the glass bowl of the Carter filter, but the ceramic filter looked somewhat calcified from sitting for 30 years or more. At present, I do not have a ceramic filter in the glass bowl, I have a clear filter upstream of it. So far, I have not seen any sediment in the clear plastic filter. The car has been running great and hope it continues to do so. Thanks again for your thoughts.
     
  5. baker53
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    Hi, I am only running one filter. The ceramic filter that was in the Carter glass bowl has been removed. I have one of the clear plastic filters upstream of the glass bowl now and all is good. So-far, I have not seen any sediment in the clear plastic filter. Thanks for your suggestion on the magnet in the tank.
     
  6. George
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    I like to use a magnet out of discarded speakers. Just stick one on the outside of the tank.
     
  7. If the car was parked before the advent of ethanol the tank may be clean.
    I really like the magnet idea!
     
  8. Mike Moreau
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    George, I suggested "carrying" extra filters, not "running" extra filters. I should have composed a clearer sentence. In any event, after comments from Baker53, sounds like the filter was the problem, not the condition of tank. Magnet is a good idea.
     
  9. George
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    Miss read on my part.:eek:
     
  10. baker53
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    My plan for today was to replace the bushing in the idler arm and replace the canister oil filter with a spin on filter adapter. Getting the tapered joint out of the idler that is part of the drag link turned out to be a bigger chore than expected. I finally got it out and found that the ball assembly in the tapered fitting was shot so I had to order a new drag link which hopefully will be here in a week or so. Removing the old bushing from the idler was no fun either, but got it out and installed the new bushing. I will finish the install on the the spin on oil filter adapter tomorrow.

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  11. baker53
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    Obtained a couple items that I installed today. I now have a warning light for the parking brake as well as a courtesy light just above the glove box door. I made a new lens for the courtesy light and replaced the old wiring. I really needed the parking brake warning light. At least two times, I've driven off with the parking brake engaged.

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  12. gatz
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    I found that that is a good way to clean the small amount of oil seepage from the tail-end of the transmission that sneaks its way onto the emergency brake drum.
    Just leave it on until the car slows WAY down, then release.
     
  13. satan'schariot
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    Hey bill when you going to bring the Soto out to the car show ?
     
  14. baker53
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    Hi Kyle & Wayne, Maybe next week. I have it up on jack stands now, waiting for a new drag link which should be here on Tuesday. I may go over to the show this evening and walk around a bit. See you and Wayne there if you are going. I need an update on Satan's Chariot.
     
  15. baker53
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    Good idea. I will keep that in mind.
     
  16. baker53
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    Made a couple tools today to help in removing the clips used to fasten the "DESOTO" letters onto the hood and trunk plus a tool to remove the clips that fasten the chrome trim piece that surrounds the license to the trunk lid. The "DESOTO" tool is just a brake spoon with a notch that is wide enough to capture the pin on the letter. The other tool is made from 1/2" bar stock with a hole at one end that is chamfered a bit.

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  17. baker53
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    Started removing the various trim pieces today. All went well, and so-far no surprises under the various pieces of trim. No rust areas and the clips came out fairly easy.

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  18. baker53
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    Car is now at the body shop and all the trim parts are removed for polishing or chrome plating. Next step is to strip the car to bare metal and fix the rusted area at the leading edge of the left side rear wheel well. The rest of the car is rust free, but lots of small dings to take care of.

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  19. baker53
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    More body work pictures. Body is not stripped and door, hood, and trunk lid removed. Started dent removal on the doors, hood and trunk and applied some etching primer.

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  20. baker53
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    Today's tasks included polishing tail light lenses and repairing the aluminum door sill plates. I used some 3M polishing compound and the tail lights cleaned up very well. My drivers side sill plate was really corroded on the forward vertical part. I tried to find some replacements, but $$$. I ended up using a piece of .038" aluminum and making overlays for the old door sills and put a small bend on the lower 3/8" like the original. I haven't decided if I will use rivets or adhesive to attach the overlays, but I leaning towards the adhesive.
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  21. baker53
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    Progress shots on the body work being done to the car.
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  22. baker53
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    Worked on hood hinge assemblies and the vent window assemblies this weekend. Fortunately the rubber seals around the vent windows were in great condition. Still very pliable and made a good seal around the glass and the frame. Installed new division bar window channel and they are now ready for re-install after the car is painted. The hood hinges were in very good condition as well, so just a clean-up and they are ready for re-install as well.

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  23. baker53
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    Just received a call from the chrome plating shop saying all the parts are done and ready for pick-up. Now it's time to sell a kidney to pay the bill.
     
  24. guitard
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    Sell a kidney! That takes guts. What a great car... where's Spring, TX?
     
  25. Hi Bill, I was wondering who you used for the chrome work?
     
  26. baker53
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    That is what a friend told me when I was complaining about the high cost of plating. Spring is located just north of Houston. I actually live in Klein, TX which is somewhat surrounded by Spring, TX
     
  27. baker53
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    I use a shop owned by Fidel Bonilla. His shop is at 424 HILL RD., HOUSTON, TX 77037
     
  28. s55mercury66
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    Bill, I don't remember if you already mentioned it, but what color/colors are you going to paint your car? Great work, and a beautiful Desoto.
     
  29. baker53
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    Thanks, the car will be painted the same colors as it came from the factory. I forgot the exact names of the colors, but the roof will be white, body will be coral, and the area around the rear wheels will be white. There are some pictures of the car, as purchased, on page 1 of this thread.
     
  30. s55mercury66
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    Nice colors (IMO), and I've been following this since your first post. A real, honest, traditional car. There was a 4-door in the same colors, posted in the huge vintage pic thread a while back. I wish I could tell you where it is on that thread, but is has thousands of pics on it.
     

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