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Old 12-15-2011, 05:29 PM
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1940 Desoto front end replacement

Any ideas on a front end and a rear end that will be an easy swap for my 40 Desoto. I could hunt for the parts and just rebuild the current one that is there but I want this car to be a daily driver and built for the long road runs. I also plan on using this for hauling a trailer behind it. The front tread on it measures 57 inches and the rear is just short of 61 inches. It has to stay all Mopar guys. I am just that determined to keep it all MOPAR. My email is t.north_asm@yahoo.com. Thanks for any help.

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The frame width should be close to the torsion bar set-up used in the A bodies.
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If you want to keep it all Mopar (and I applaud you for this), probably the best solution would be a Volare front end. This setup is pretty popular among Mopar guys and has been used in everything from street rods to pickups.



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desoto front end

First response with a photo. I am in the Dallas texas area and should be able to find a front end around here somewhere. There are probably over two hundred wrecking yards aaround here. Thanks
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Im about to pick up a very clean 1940 Desoto Coupe. It has an original Flathead straight six 3 on the tree. Do you guys know what size engine type of tranny they came with etc.. Any warnings before I purchase LOL
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Im about to pick up a very clean 1940 Desoto Coupe. It has an original Flathead straight six 3 on the tree. Do you guys know what size engine type of tranny they came with etc.. Any warnings before I purchase LOL
DeSoto is an orphan car. Not many of them out there and pretty much no one is making body parts for them. Before you buy... make sure all the major body parts are there and usable. Doesn't mean they have to be perfect just repairable. Trying to find a replacement fender for one of those could take years of searching so a complete body is the most important thing. Mechanicals, as long as you're not intending to "restore" the car are not important at this point so don't let that get you sidetracked. You'll wind up replacing the driveline anyway as well as upgrading the suspension systems and brakes. So.... just make sure the body parts are all there and are repairable and you should be OK.

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I also will be looking into a frond end replacement. Still not sure whether I customize this car or restore it all original.. No major rust issues and all original except for the front seat 'mounts'?? looks like the front bench seat is sitting on 2x4's??

Been told I better not dare to start customizing removing and cutting stuff off.

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I also will be looking into a frond end replacement. Still not sure whether I customize this car or restore it all original.. No major rust issues and all original except for the front seat 'mounts'?? looks like the front bench seat is sitting on 2x4's??

Been told I better not dare to start customizing removing and cutting stuff off.


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If you want to keep it all Mopar (and I applaud you for this), probably the best solution would be a Volare front end. This setup is pretty popular among Mopar guys and has been used in everything from street rods to pickups.



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Interested in this front end sutup Volaire? What year and model is this front end from?
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