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1948 s11c long wheelbase sedan barn find restored
sharing pictures of my 1948 s11c long wheelbase sedan. I purchased this car on ebay as a barn find a little over a year ago. it was originally a funeral coach, in holm PA. it was put away in a barn for 35 years, and was in very rough ugly shape when I purchased it. if the site allows I will post a before and after picture. although its not complete yet, I have put it on the road to enjoy some local car shows. I hav restored many cars as a hobbyist, this was the most challenging. but the moment I found it on ebay, I wanted to get my hands on it and bring it back to its original elegance.
Great idea this picture gallery, I think I earned my bragging rights".
thanks for looking
Bill...that's some incredible progress in a year's time. The after photos look fantastic! What are those small emblems or lights just past the front wheels?
Thanks Mark They are lights, I do not think they are original to the car. most likely added years ago to light the ground around the car, maybe because the car was a funeral coach ? The set that was on the car when I bought it were completely shot, However I found a very nice set at Hershey last year, I was very happy to find the exact lights. They seem period correct, ( heavy glass ,pot metal,) One other interesting accessory I found on the car is a device in the trunk that drops sand or grit on the rear tire at the flip of the (gripmaster) switch on the steering column. Gotta love it!
Yes it has jump seats ,I have all the seats at a trim shop for resto at the moment but I will send pics when I re install them , My wife and I restored the door panels , and I restored the interior window frames . the seats had to be left to a professional. PS If you look up 1948 Desoto limo barn find you will see plenty of photos and discussion about my car, It kind of went viral on the net when it was for sale .
That car is sweet! I am anxious to see the interior too.
In the meantime, I wonder if you could get me a photo of the left (distributor) side of the engine. A close-up of the connection between the oil filter and the block is what I am after. Early 1948 cars would have had three bosses on the side of the block, one with a plug in it and two with oil lines. Later cars would have had what looks like a mounting pad with two tapped bolt holes. That pad would also have one oil line and a plug. Below that would be a boss with an oil line in it.
Owner of a 1952 Desoto Firedome