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n00b from Downunder

Discussion in 'Welcome to Allpar!' started by Dakiwi, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Dakiwi

    Dakiwi New Member

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    Hello All,

    New to the boards.

    Have just purchased a 1956 De Soto Diplomat 4-door (export version of 1956 Plymouth Plaza-Savoy-Belvedere).I believe a SP28 / P28-2 model. She needs a bit of work, but is a beauty.

    I hope I can gain some expertise, advice and links to parts providers for my new pride and joy.

    Dakiwi
    New Zealand
     
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  2. chuzz

    chuzz Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Allpar. Does your Desoto have a hemi? I have an older brother that had a 59 Fireflite two door that had (I think) a 361? He's 15 years older than me and I was 10 at the time. My Dad had a 58 Fireflite four door at the same time that had a hemi, but I don't recall which one. I do remember it was pretty fast, though.
     
  3. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

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    someone from the land of plenty.... awesome. Welcome and I hope you find the info need to restore that beauty.

    I have family in Christchurch... have been to new Zealand twice... wish I could live there, it is so amazing. Make sure you post us some pictures eh!
     
  4. Dakiwi

    Dakiwi New Member

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    Unfortunately, no Hemi. She had the original flathead six until recently. A previous owner transplanted a 70's 318 V8, auto and Valiant diff in. Fortunately he was an engineer so it was a decent job. I might build up a stoker later. For now, priority is body work!
     
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  5. Dakiwi

    Dakiwi New Member

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    *Stroker* ... (big fingers lol)
     
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    chuzz Well-Known Member

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    Sounds awesome!
     
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    dartndodge Well-Known Member

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    Welcome.
    So is your '56 a US/Canada export version Desoto or an Australian Keswick made 1956 Desoto?
    I ask, because they are different cars.
    I have no idea what Chrysler's were available in 1950s NZ, hope you can shed some light on Enzed Mopar history.
     
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  8. Dakiwi

    Dakiwi New Member

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    Hi dartndodge,
    It is a Canadian built/export version. I believe they were exported to NZ, Australia, UK, India and South Africa.
    Only 3 were exported to New Zealand in 1956. I have the full vehicle owner history.
    However, sometime in the last 60 years the Vehicle ID / Info plate has been lost - i.e. factory codes for engine, paint etc. All I have is the vehicle serial number.

    Does anyone know who I could contact to obtain original factory data for my car?
     
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