I'm excited! I've been searching for the wagon that'd be "just right" for us after our Pontiac was totaled by some f---wit on a cell phone in August. The likely victim is a '52 DeSoto (I'd decided a Chrysler or DeSoto would be the perfect replacement) that's in MN. I'd been messaging the guy for the past month, with sporadic and vague responses. Turns out, just like me, his father had passed away during this time, other issues got in the way, but now we're connected and I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on it. So, my question is: This car has the DeSoto Hemi (291?), which I understand are different from the smaller Dodge, and bigger Chryslers. My thought is I'd like to freshen this up, and put a modern transmission, ideally a 700R4 with overdrive behind this engine, but I don't know enough to know whether the adaptors for a Chrysler 331 fit? I had an early Chrysler 331 with the extended bell housing, is the same as the DeSoto, and are adaptors available for these as well? Would a Chrysler 727 be a better choice? I looked a the "Hot Heads" site but I don't know what works with what... We will be towing our '47, 25 foot Spartan trailer with this car like we did the Pontiac, I'm busying myself on an icy Saturday planning and daydreaming.