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What did you do with your DeSoto Today?
Got the '59 Fireflite out today for the first time this year. I took advantage of our unusually empty town square to take some vintage-looking photos that I think turned out pretty well.
Hello, I'm William. This is my first post on the forum. I am in process of restoring a 1960 Fireflite. Today I made progress on getting my tail lights 3d printed. I'm getting a prototype made to make sure they will fit.
I am working with someone who reproduces classic car parts like this for a living. The company is called HV3D. Not sure what software is being used. The final product will be printed with a clear plastic, colored red and have a UV resistant coating put on. It is possible to print them and make a silicon mold to make them near OEM but unless there are about 20 orders they would be several thousand to make a pair. As it is it will still be expensive, but where else can I find them?
@william-voitier there used to be a guy in Austrailia, but I doubt he will ever be making lenses again due to his health. I did receive this business card recently - he may be making them also.
Good luck on the 3D printing and I'd love to see the final results.
@davidfrank I came across George Laurie in my research. Found a post online some where that he had a stroke a few years back. Thanks for the business card. I'll shoot them an email. Maybe I'll get lucky. If not I'll just have to get a side job just to afford tail lights. Haha.
BIG excitement this weekend! With C-19 quarantine fever running rampant, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and drove to the next county for an exercise run and to top off the tank with non-ethanol gas. There is so little to do these days that my wife stopped her chores and jumped in the '55
for a ride! That hasn't happened, i.e., just to ride for a ride's sake, in years! Another unintended consequence of C-19!
A local drive in theater hosted classic car night on June 20. In addition to classic cars, classic movies were also on the agenda. The first feature was American Graffiti followed by Bullitt. A large group of our fellow AACA Region members attended. It was fun to get out of the house and interact with our friends.
With a few days off around July 4 and little else to do thanks to C-19, and with the help of two local club buddies, we attended to some long-neglected maintenance on the '55. My buddy Fred as an air-conditioned shop at his rural compound with an electric/hydraulic lift. What a pleasure to work on the car on a lift! Another club friend Neal helped with replacing front wheel bearings and seals and replacing a leaky real wheel seal. We then replaced 40-year old rubber brake hoses
which led to the replacement of one of the metal lines from the front junction block. Luckily Fred had brake line stock, fittings, and a flaring tool at his shop. After all that, on the next day we installed new rear leaf springs purchased last year from ESPO Spring. Then bled and adjusted the brakes, rotated tires, and changed oil & filter. A couple long days but hopefully good for many more miles of cruising.
After all that work a couple weeks ago, drove the '55 to Lagrange KY for their first monthly car cruise in a long while. Cars park on the main drag where an active train track runs through the center of town. It was a beautiful night, but on the way there my left front wheel started grabbing as if a wheel cylinder was leaking. Rather than chance it on the way home, I left it at a buddy's (green '41 Dodge) house who lives in Lagrange and he drove us home in his modern car.
We tore into it the next day and sure enough the wheel cylinders were moist. I ran home, got parts, and we installed two new cylinders on the LF and checked the RF to ensure they were dry. Gave us a chance to test the new Ammco Brake Gage tool found on Craigslist. It worked as designed to properly fit the shoes to the drum.
With all this work done on the call, I keep reminding myself of what Tim says: Remember, it's supposed to be fun!
@timbowers Yep, search CL occasionally using Search Tempest and search for DeSoto. Guy in Albuquerque had the tool listed. Great guy, kept in contact and followed through. Always a risk when dealing with CL out of state but this time we lucked out. Was below eBaY price but was still a hefty price. Sharing with several other local club members who are eager to use this tool.