Johnny and Sharon Tellefsen
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- 402 Big Block Chev.
- Turbo 400.
8″ Ford Rear End.
Mustang Front End.
We found the ad in the Capitol Press newspaper about 5 years ago. It was in Calif. We called the party, they still had it. We bought it site unseen and a fella they knew was coming up this way on his way home. He told us when he stopped for gas, a fella wanted it but this guy was a good guy, he never sold it out from under us and it got here in one piece.
It was actually rust free, painted black at the time, had no top, duct taped tarp over it, and it was drivable with a flathead 48 Chrysler 6 in it. The first thing we did was get it off the trailer, give it a wash job and we thought we best take it for a spin. We looked like the Beverly Hill Billies, all that was needed was gramms in her rocking chair sitting on top!!!!! Believe me, we got a few looks. Now we get looks but it is for “What is that?” The necks turn and it is so much fun having something that people can enjoy looking at.
It is certainly different than the normal. We first had to strip the old paint, take the seats out, check the body over for any rust, which there wasn’t. We had a dear friend mold a new top taken from a plymouth station wagon. It fits like it was grown there. We changed the fenders to look like a 34 and just about every piece of it was taken apart, sanded and painted. New running board rubber, new windshield frame, original windows still in it, etc. and this all took 5 years. We just got the new wheels and tires in September and now getting ready to put the upholstery in it and will put the hood on it.
We have always liked the movie Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunnaway. One of the cars in a bank robbery was a 33 DeSoto. We thought the grill was really pretty in it. Believe it or not, this grill that is in ours is in mint condition and we really enjoy the looks from the front end. Most people say that the movie was all Fords but if one looks close, they will see a DeSoto and Dodges.
Our other love is our 34 Plymouth Coupe with a 502 Crate Motor in it. That is another story in itself. The Plymouth donated the 402 to the DeSoto when we got the 502.
We are not planning on any others, we just want to get the DeSoto finished. We love our cars, take part in car shows and are members of two local clubs and have enjoyed the friendship of many in the clubs. It is a fun way to enjoy each others cars and how they are progressing on their projects.