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Projects 1957 DESOTO Firesweep

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

  1. baker53
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    Mark, OLSKOOLRODDER, came by this afternoon and did some polishing on my air cleaner. It had lots of orange peel before, but it is smooth and shiny now. Thanks Mark.
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  2. rockable
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    I love this car! Brings back memories of the cars my Uncle used to have. He was a Chrysler Plymouth dealer and my Mom worked for him. I grew up hanging around and riding in all sorts of mopars.
     
  3. baker53
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    Dropped the Firesweep off at the upholstery shop this morning. Hopefully, in a few weeks, it will be done. I'll post pictures as the work progresses. The interior colors will be salmon & milkweed. The headliner is in great condition and will be left as is. The carpet will be black. The trunk will be upholstered and carpeted as well.
     
  4. baker53
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    My tires arrived yesterday from Diamondback and I got them mounted, balanced, and put them on the car. I will wash the blue off of them after I get the car back from upholstery.

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  5. baker53
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    The upholstery shop is moving along on the Firesweep. They have the dynamat all installed and also the interior carpets are installed. I also mounted my old DIXCO tachometer that I had in my first Firesweep back in '62.

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  6. baker53
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    The upholstery work is just about done. They still need to make a cover for the spare tire and cover the lower portion of the trunk hinge mounts with carpet. I'll pick up the car in the morning. I attached some pictures below.

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  7. baker53
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    Not sure if the HAMB allows videos, but I uploaded one on the Desoto to face book. Here is the link.


    Cathy and I picked up the car from the upholstery shop this morning and had a great trip home with it. The first thing I did once we got back here was to wash the blue protective film off the tires. Whitewalls sure look better than bluewalls. It needs a good cleaning inside and out, but it is good to have it back home again. The upholstery shop took about ten days to complete the work.
     
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  8. rockable
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    I love this car! Drive it!
     
  9. Great restoration Bill, that car brings back a lot of memories for me, as I'm sure it does for you.
    Keith.
     
  10. baker53
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    Will do...
     
  11. baker53
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    Thanks Keith. Yes indeed, some great times in the one I had in '62 and hopefully some more in this one.
     
  12. s55mercury66
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    Absolutely gorgeous, Bill. Can I borrow it next weekend? ;)
     
  13. baker53
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    You might have to fight my wife for it. She told me that she and a friend of hers are going to take it on a Thelma and Louise road-trip minus the drive over the cliff.
     
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  14. tevintage
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    Fine job. The upholstery looks terrific. Nice color and design. It will be a pleasure for those who see it on the road!. TEB

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  15. baker53
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    Tha
    Thanks.
     
  16. baker53
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    Finally got around to correcting the speedometer error I was having. It was showing 90 MPH when I was going 70 MPH. I had an old S-W speedometer gear box, but the gear ratio was wrong. It was 1.202 to 1 unit and I needed to slow the reading down by about 20 percent. I ended up taking the S-W box apart and reversed the input and output gears which were pressed onto their respective shafts and also flipped the idler gear over and ended up with a gear box with around a .8 to 1 ratio. I installed the gear box between the speedometer output on the transmission and the cable that runs up to the speedometer. It landed right on the money; 70 mph on the GPS and 70 mph on the Desoto speedometer. Happy days...

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  17. TexasDart
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    GREAT JOB!....but wouldn't you rather have a convertible? :)
     
  18. KRB52
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    What would cause the speedo to be off that much, other than a few years of wear and tear? I love this car and keep telling myself, "one day...."
     
  19. baker53
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    I had changed the tires and they were not the same diameter as the originals. Changing the third member gears will also do it, but I think the 3.54 to 1 gear set installed in the car is stock.
     
  20. s55mercury66
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    Just curious, is there a data tag on 1957 Mopars like the one on my old '69 Roadrunner?
     
  21. baker53
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    Yes, there is a metal plate on the cowl that gives some of the build info. I also found the build sheet taped to the top of the glove box which provides a pretty detailed listing of the options on the car.
     
  22. baker53
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    The 1957 Desoto Firesweep Sportsman is done.... I'm sure there will be a few things to do here and there, but I'm now enjoying the driving everyday. I just wanted to thank H.A.M.B. for allowing this space to present this project. In addition, to the many members that have offered support and suggestions, I thank you very much. I was very fortunate to have some great help on the car, including:
    Rudy's Paint and Body, Mangum Rd. & Hardway St., Houston, TX 77092, 713 688-0624
    Custom Polish & Chrome Plating, 424 Hill Rd, Houston, TX 77037, 832 770-4925
    Advanced Auto Trim, 2612 Little York Rd., Houston, TX 77093, 713 694-5528

    The project took about 7 months & more $$ than I'll admit to complete as follows:

    02/15/14 CAR ARRIVED FROM IOWA
    02/28/14 COMPLETED ENGINE REPAIRS
    03/26/14 STARTED FLOOR REPAIRS
    04/11/14 COMPLETED FLOOR REPAIRS -16 DAYS
    04/13/14 INSTALLED NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM
    04/29/14 COMPLETED BRAKE REPAIRS
    04/29/14 STARTED BODY & PAINT WORK
    05/27/14 STARTED CHROME PLATING WORK
    06/26/14 COMPLETED CHROME PLATING WORK – 30 DAYS
    07/08/14 COMPLETED BODY & PAINT WORK – 70 DAYS
    08/01/14 COMPLETED A/C INSTALLATION
    08/10/14 COMPLETED INSTALLATION OF NEW GAS TANK AND 12 VDC PUMP
    08/19/14 COMPLETED FRONT SUSPENSION REBUILD
    08/27/14 STARTED UPHOLSTERY WORK
    09/06/14 COMPLETED UPHOLSTERY WORK -10 DAYS

     
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  23. tattoos by brandon
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    Congratulations man looks great I'm jealous

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  24. impala4speed
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    Outstanding job. Your car is just beautiful.
     
  25. .....seven mmmmm mmmm months ? Well screw you for making me so slow......lol. That's incredible. Awesome work man. Beautiful car.
     
  26. KRB52
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    Very nice job. Maybe there will be a mild winter this year and extend the driving season (unless this is going to be a daily.)
     
  27. baker53
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    We are fortunate down here in Texas; the driving season is everyday of the year. Thanks for the comment.
     
  28. baker53
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    Thanks.
     
  29. baker53
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    Thanks Denny. It is good to be driving it.
     

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