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1959 Desoto Firesweep Sweepy
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Post# 398205   9/14/2018 at 08:53 by Luxy1205 (Wilmington, IL)        

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Hi everyone! I hope super-sweeper Alex will see this! I finally posed with my Sweepy like the 1958 Desoto ad!

Sweepy still hasn't been restored yet! I just got my title for him, so he is legally mine!

I also bought a 58 Plymouth Savoy named Little Red that needs a complete restoration, I got my dad's 1964 Chevy Impala I named Lily that he had since I was 7, I am restoring her right now, and I got a 1967 Pontiac Lemans named Mr. Blue that we got going this year and have taken him on many car show adventures!

-Michelle


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Post# 398264 , Reply# 1   9/14/2018 at 23:49 by dartman (Portland OR)        

When I was a little kid those were the 10 year old cars we could get dirt cheap. We had a 57 Plymouth wagon with a 315 poly, a 60 full size Dart 4 door, 55 Cadillac coupe de ville hard top, and others in the immediate family and parts cars. Both of the Mopars still used the push button torqueflights.

Post# 398277 , Reply# 2   9/15/2018 at 02:09 by midcenturyfan (Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England)        

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Hi Michelle,

You look great in the photos.

I had a '58 Plymouth Savoy many years ago, but I never got it on the road.

Good luck with your projects, and please keep posting updates on here, as it is very interesting to see how you are getting on.

Robin.


Post# 398284 , Reply# 3   9/15/2018 at 12:25 by Luxy1205 (Wilmington, IL)        
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That's amazing how cheap classics used to be! Any forwardlook fetches a good price now! I could only afford the ones that need a bit of tlc! Those are some nice cars you had there! My Desoto has push buttons and a 2 speed Powerflite. My 58 Plymouth Savoy named Little Red has a 3 on the tree and a flat 6.

Post# 398285 , Reply# 4   9/15/2018 at 12:32 by Luxy1205 (Wilmington, IL)        
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Thank you very much! I too have a Savoy! I have a 58 Plymouth Savoy named Little Red! He needs a complete restoration. Little Red has a 3 on the tree and a flat 6! I sure will keep updates! I have 4 classics! I will have to sit down sometime and post about all of them!

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Post# 398289 , Reply# 5   9/15/2018 at 13:24 by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Beautiful '58!

I know Little Red is a Savoy sedan, but from certain angles, there's a definite resemblance to "Christine".

As a side note, Christine was a '58 Fury. But, I remember reading somewhere that the Fury wasn't actually available in red in 1958.
I guess they just wanted her to be red for the story/movie to make her look more evil.
I don't think Little Red looks evil, by the way.
When I look at a car like that, I just see images of happy family outings, picnics, state fairs, etc.
Men and boys in suits and hats, women and girls in dresses.

Yes, yours needs restoration, but looks like a nice solid original starting point!
Good luck with all of your projects!
And yes...pictures please!

Barry


Post# 398315 , Reply# 6   9/16/2018 at 00:26 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Those old Mopars sure had some style!

Christine was a Fury, but it's inferred that it was actually a Belvidere. That having been said, they're all clearly the same car with different trim levels.


Post# 398329 , Reply# 7   9/16/2018 at 10:06 by dartman (Portland OR)        
upgrades...

You should try to find a 2 door hardtop version some day, the coolest versions they made and should have been fairly common as car guys back then always wanted the sportier models, plus a lot of the parts from a 4 door would work like the whole front end, trunk lid, trim parts, at least some of them. The nice thing about the late 50's cars is they pretty much had all the more modern drive train parts underneath so you also might be able to upgrade to later model disk brakes and bigger rear drums and things like that that wouldn't show on those cars but make them drive and stop much better then they do now.
My Dart I put poly bushings and factory front and rear sway bars under it and I have all the later model disk brake parts to put in it someday too, all pretty much bolt in from newer versions of my Dart and other similar Mopars.


Post# 398331 , Reply# 8   9/16/2018 at 10:34 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Hi Michelle,
Always good to hear from you. You always have the coolest projects going. Sounds like your plate is full of car projects for the foreseeable future. My favorite car we had from that era when I was a kid was a'59 Oldsmobile Fiesta 88 wagon, silver with a white top. It's the only car we ever had that got a name. It was the Grey Ghost.

I just picked up a vehicular toy myself, albeit a little newer than yours. It's a '95 Cutlass Supreme convertible. I had a '91 CS coupe as my daily driver about 20 years ago and always sort of regretted selling it. This one's the same color--bright red--so it reminds me of that one but also fills a desire I've always had for a convertible. Amazingly, at 23 years old, is in about as good a shape as the coupe was when I last saw it. Part of the appeal is the car needs very little work and I can enjoy it immediately--which I am.

I wish I had the time, facilities, expertise--and money--to take on a more ambitious project but as a humble English professor who occasionally likes turning a wrench, the '95 was the best option. I actually inherited two vintage convertibles from my dad--a '64 Olds Dynamic 88 and a '67 Cutlass Supreme--neither of which have been on the road in 25 or 30 years--and the more I thought about it, the more I felt like I was staring down an open money pit with either of them, even selling one to cover at least some of the cost of restoring the other. So now I'm selling both, enjoying the '95 convertible--and most importantly--putting some money in the bank.

Michelle, any name suggestions?


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Post# 398826 , Reply# 9   9/26/2018 at 21:34 by Dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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Nice Oldsmobile! I had a 96 Cutlass Supreme sedan, and I absolutely loved that car. I would honestly love to own another one someday. I would probably still be driving it, it ran perfect and had low miles, but it had spent all it's life in northern Michigan and rust had it's way. When I finally let it go there was literally nothing holding the rear axle in place (Both rear trailing arms had rusted out of the frame and would bang on the bottom of the car when going over bumps) so needless to say it wasn't safe to drive anymore. I sold it as parts, running and driving, because I couldn't handle taking it to the junk yard. I still cried when it left for the final time. Someone must have repaired it somehow though, I moved shortly after selling it, and believe it or not the car ended up in my new town, 4 hours away, and I saw it a few times. Haven't seen it in several years now, I assume it finally met it's end.

Post# 398827 , Reply# 10   9/26/2018 at 22:17 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Best Olds I ever had

Was a 65 Ninety Eight Luxury Sedan...a friend had a new 80 something IROC and I out ran him...liked to embarrassed him to death...LOL, 360 horsepower will pull 4200 pounds,,,LOL

Post# 398881 , Reply# 11   9/28/2018 at 10:17 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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My grandfather would agree with you, Hans. One of my earliest car-related memories was my grandmother seat belting me into the front seat of their '65 Ninety-Eight (no booster seat) to ride to their house. They kept that car into the '70s, replacing it with a '70 Cadillac Sedan Deville in about 1973. A couple of years after that, got passed on to the housekeeper (shades of 'Driving Miss Daisy') and was subsequently stolen and totaled. It seemed like every car they got after that would get compared to the '65 Olds and the '70 Cadillac and always seemed to come up wanting in one way or another, even two other '70 Cadillacs that came and went fairly quickly.

Post# 399115 , Reply# 12   10/2/2018 at 15:37 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
One of my favorite cars that we had when I was a youngster

was bought just before Christmas was a shiny new two-tone, orange and off white 2 door convertible 1956 Oldsmobile Super Holiday Ninety-Eight.What a gorgeous car. Chrome for days. Loaded with all the options. Had the tuner-bar radio that had twin antennas on the rear and you could change the station by stepping on the carpet somewhere near the break peddles I think. Had autotronic headlights that came on when you drove through tunnels and at night. First car we had that had ac or refrigeration as Dad would say. Rocket V-8 with 3-speed automatic. The middle gear was called'Super' which was basically the same as stepping down hard on the gas peddle, for passing gear. Anyway, best memory of that car was a few nights before Christmas we got dressed up in really warm clothes, and we took the top down and rode through the neighborhoods looking at all the decorated houses and lights. People probably thought we were nuts driving around in 30 degree weather with the top down, but we had the heater on full blast and Mom brought a big thermos of hot cocoa! After that we drove over to my grandparents house in Oakland to see their new aluminum Christmas tree with the light wheel. All the rage in the mid-fifties! My grandparents bought a Desoto in '59 2 door I think it was called a Firedome or Sportsman, or similar? Had the push button transmission. The speedometer bar changed colors as you increased your speed. Started out green then around 30mph it went to white then red at highway speed and above. Anybody remember that? Still trying to remember the name of the car, Fireflite?

Post# 400156 , Reply# 13   10/30/2018 at 01:05 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
DeSotos in 59

Were Firesweep, Firedome, Fireflite and Adventurer, the olds you speak of actually had 4 speeds, but the shift between third and fourth was so smooth you never felt it, now the 55 and earlier Hydra Matics shifted so hard they would bark the tires when shifting from first to second under full throttle, a good friend has a 49 Cadillac, the first time I rode in it he said, watch this, then stomped it wide open, it wound up to about 25 and WHAM screech it shifted...lol

Post# 400964 , Reply# 14   11/16/2018 at 18:56 by Luxy1205 (Wilmington, IL)        
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Thank you very much! I love my Little Red! He was a dream car come true! I can't wait to start working on him!
-Michelle


Post# 400969 , Reply# 15   11/16/2018 at 19:07 by Luxy1205 (Wilmington, IL)        
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Thank you! That's awesome that you got a car you like! That's a nice looking Olds! I agree, all of my classics do add up cost wise to build! How about Ophelia for a name? I always liked that name!

I have a :
64 Chevy Impala named Lily
67 Pontiac Lemans named Mr. Blue
58 Plymouth Savoy named Little Red
59 Desoto Firesweep named Sweepy
85 Ford F250 truck named Moose

I just bought Moose last weekend! Drove him 2 and half hours home one way! Nice talking with you!
-Michelle





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