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Customs Wagon hunt may be OVER!!! 1952 DeSoto wagon is HOME!

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  1. George
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    65-67 C body fits most Mopars. '56 was 1st year for ball joints on Chr/DS so there's a number of disc spindles that'll fit.
     
  2. George
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    [QUOTE="Rich Mastriano, post: 13786703, member: 358191"My future missus wants to retain the PowerFlite but I'll be moding the Hemi to 400 HP. Thanks for all those updates and inspirations on this thread.[/QUOTE]And why use an outdated 2 speed? Get the 392 to 727 adaptor (I like QECs).
     
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  3. Rich Mastriano
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    I actually wanted to put in a 4 speed, but the conversion might be expensive and more of a headache than I would like. Jenni wants to use the push button trans, hence the reason to retain the Powerflite. But for now, this is still in the planning stage. We have time, once spring arrives, we can thrash it. The plan is to get our 2 muscle cars and the wagon to Carlisle mid July....lol.....good luck with that!!!
     
  4. George
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    The early TFs up to '61 should work with the push buttons. '62 to 64 or '65 also with the tranny adaptor. Imperial services makes (made?) an adaptor to use later trannys with the push buttons.
     
  5. flynbrian48
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    Working on the wagon today I found a little hole under the left headlight. It had been packed with mud. So I fixed that, then I made a go-cart for my grandson, who’s 5. I’m easily distracted...


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  6. Jrs50
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    I really like the look of that grill.
     
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  7. flynbrian48
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    Thanks. ‘59 Imperial. I’ve never seen anyone use one in a custom, I really like it.


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    Sounds like the short attention span issues have reared their ugly head again! Lucky kid grampa.
     
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  9. Peanut 1959
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    Here's one notable example. :) 1950s-revival-leadsled-8.jpeg
     
  10. flynbrian48
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    Ha! It’s true, there’s nothing new!


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  11. flynbrian48
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    Sanding, sanding, and more sanding. Why didn’t I buy a car already finished? Oh yeah, it was the $30,000 difference in price.


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  12. john W.
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    Old Mopar wagons are super rad.
    Nice ride. Grill is aces.
    Superlative bodywork.
    A hemi wagon? Does the grass get any greener?
    Add a 4-71?
     
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  13. flynbrian48
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    I seriously thought about a Hellcat, my buddy could have gotten me one for 12K, but I went with the cheaper, $3500 base 345. It still looks pretty impressive, and, 405 HP. I think it'll be adequate.


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    Getting there.


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  16. BamaMav
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    Old girl is getting slicked up!
     
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  17. They should have come from the factory with that grille! Looks great. Are you using the NAG automatic 5 speed gearbox? You probably know Mercedes designed it. Indestructible! I have one in my OT Challenger. Great build!
     
  18. flynbrian48
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    Let's get naked! 129528255_10225292935933054_2207348418489428240_n.jpg 129685774_10225292935973055_2524510877558073511_n.jpg
     
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    My wife caught me practicing safe sanding. IMG_7677.jpeg
     
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    Keep at it man! Looks like thirsty work.
     
  21. flynbrian48
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    Now we make it smooth.


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    I keep finding things I’m not happy with, the right side is DONE. Doors adjusted and gaps even (no small task on a ‘52) and the grinder marks are DA’d off. Moving around the car, it’s on to the hood and grill opening.


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    I’m sure these $20 NOS 1952 seat covers could be made fit.


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  24. There is a lot of sheet metal to touch in that wagon and you are doing a great job getting it back in shape. Thanks for letting us follow along!
     
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    Is there a prettier mid-century dash? I don’t think so.


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    Upholsterer is coming tomorrow with leather and fabric swatches to talk about the project. I’m excited and afraid at the same time.
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    from Seattle,Wa

  28. lowrd
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    Brian, You weren't using the DeWalt to set your door gaps were you? Saw the saw in the picture when you said you set the door gaps and kinda threw up a little!
     
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  29. flynbrian48
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    LOL, no I was cutting wood for the bracing and door jambs for the roadster. So, yeah, maybe kinda! I have to make stops on the jamb for the door to close against, I haven't figured out how to do that yet, but it'll get done.
     
  30. flynbrian48
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    Wouldn't that be nice? My buddy Brandon got one from this guy, who did his '48 Pontiac 'vert, and then his '27 roadster, so maybe!
     

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