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Spring Special 58 DeSoto Firedome Sportsman
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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-05 10:00 PM (#595288 - in reply to #595241)
Subject: Re: Spring Special 58 DeSoto Firedome Sportsman



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Thanks for the pep talk, Ralf.
Yeah, I guess we are all a little crazy, (my wife tells me that all the time).
Right now I am working on, installing disc brakes on the car.
Maybe I will get off of my lazy butt this weekend, and do some more work.



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Posted 2020-03-06 7:39 AM (#595299 - in reply to #589438)
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58DeSoDodge59 - 2019-10-28 7:41 PM

mikes2nd - 2019-10-27 11:46 PM

look 8 inches on top in front of the passenger torsion bar. the vin should be there.



The only thing in that location is the engine number.
It reads LS35508 .


So, against popular believe, there are indeed matching numbers engines for our cars? Does that apply for unitbodys too?

Great work, btw.
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-03-06 3:07 PM (#595318 - in reply to #539736)
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In the '60's, the numbers that were put onto the frame were shipping order numbers. Those can only be traced back to the VIN & motor through the buildsheet. I'm not sure when they started doing that, but my '67 Barracuda is like that. Chrycoman discussed this on here before so if you look up the post he made about it, you can figure it out.
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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-12 10:21 PM (#595540 - in reply to #595288)
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To install AAJ brakes on the rear.

Step 1 - Cut down the backing plate, so you can still use the seal.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-12 10:47 PM (#595541 - in reply to #595540)
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Step 2 - Install plates as provided.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-12 10:53 PM (#595542 - in reply to #595541)
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Step 3 - Remove drum from the hub. Drill and install new studs (provided) into the hub.
Paint whatever color you want.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-12 11:00 PM (#595543 - in reply to #595542)
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Step 4 - Install new rotor and caliper with hub.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-12 11:04 PM (#595544 - in reply to #595543)
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These brakes fit nicely inside the original 14 inch wheels.



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Posted 2020-03-12 11:26 PM (#595547 - in reply to #539736)
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Thanks for the instructions. I will likely do this in the future on some of my cars as well. But that can't be right as you have them. The bleeders are upside down. You will need to rotate those brackets to get the bleeders pointing upward.
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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-13 10:11 PM (#595586 - in reply to #595547)
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Of course you're right. It's just that I had all of the parts painted and ready, so I just put them on without
thinking about it, (or reading the instructions). I should have moved on to Step 5 - Hooking up the lines and
bleeding the brakes. I would have figured it out then. You know, on the original brakes, the wheel cylinder is
at the top-center. That's probably what I was thinking about.
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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-13 10:28 PM (#595587 - in reply to #595586)
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This is what they look like on my 59 Dodge.
It looks like I'm gonna haveta paint the calipers on this one.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-22 9:13 PM (#595892 - in reply to #595543)
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Step 5 - Remove everything you just did, and install it correctly, as per the instructions.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2020-03-23 1:01 AM (#595894 - in reply to #539736)
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what do you use for a distribution block? with rear discs? Adjustable?

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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-23 5:36 PM (#595933 - in reply to #595894)
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mikes2nd - 2020-03-23 1:01 AM

what do you use for a distribution block? with rear discs? Adjustable?




Everything else in the brakes is the same as original. Same blocks, same single master cylinder.
If it's good enough for my 59 Dodge, then it will be good enough for this 58 DeSoto.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2020-03-23 5:42 PM (#595934 - in reply to #595933)
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Well, it's time to go work on my car.



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