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Who knows Desoto staight six???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chopped&Dropped, May 9, 2008.

  1. Chopped&Dropped
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
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    Chopped&Dropped
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    from Salt City

    My cousin just bought a 1951 Desoto with a straight six. The guy told him its a 251ci. The parts mag we have been looking at from Kanter auto doesnt show a 251ci in a straight six they show a 241, 236, and a 228ci from 1937 to 1954. Across the top of the head it says spitfire in raised letters. Anyone have a clue. We are trying to find parts for the motor but need to know how big first.:cool:
     
  2. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,252

    73RR
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    251 ci is correct. You can continue to verify with the engine code, found at the top-front-side of the block just below the deck.
     
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    If you measure the length of the head, it should be 25". These motors were also used in Chrylers. The Dodge/Plymouth 218 and 230 motors have 23" heads. There are speed parts available for the bigger motors but are rare compared to the Dodge/Plymouth 218/230 motors. Stuff for the smaller motors is pretty common.
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  4. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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    arkiehotrods
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    I just looked at the Kanter catalog online in PDF and on page 47 under engine parts, DeSoto, it shows '37-'54, 228, 236, 241, 251, 265
     
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  5. Chopped&Dropped
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
    Posts: 54

    Chopped&Dropped
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    from Salt City

    I will have to get the numbers and post to see if we can find out. Page 48 on the Kanter catalog also shows a 241ci as a V8 in 55-57 also.
     
  6. Yea man...Kanter is expensive. I got all my engine parts for Vintage Power Wagons or www.oldmopar.com
     

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