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Old 09-14-2011, 07:32 PM
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So for the past (at least 18 years) my grandpa has had a beautiful 1953 Cranbrook sitting in the back of his shop collecting dust. The body is fairly straight, runs well, and it just one hot looking car.

We're going to have some body work and a repaint done here soon, but in our quest to find interior parts (we have all the exterior chrome) we're coming up short. Things like carpeting and seat covers mainly.

The problem is, no one makes reproduction parts for this poor old girl. I've spent forever trying to find things, but i really come up with nothing we don't already have for the car.

Anyone by chance know of some places that make aftermarket junk for Cranbrooks? Idaho is a crap place to look in junkyards. I figure this is about as lost of a cause as it can get, but you never know.
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1948 - 1953 Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler and DeSoto hard parts are interchangeable. The model specific trim will be a real tough nut to crack. I know this because I restored a 1950 DeSoto Deluxe Sedan.

I did have to have some hard parts made (transmission shifter linkage) and I had to do some research on crossing over the old spec'd distributor and ignition parts to current offerings.

If you can, find a parts car. I've seen several of this vintage on Google, Hemmings Motor News and believe it or not, there was a Cranbrook on eBay today!

familycar.com advertises for rare and discontinued parts for this vehicle. RareParts, Inc (part of the JC Whitney group) also advertises to have parts for this car.

Also, I believe there are some forums that specialize in the early 50's Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler and DeSoto automobiles.

Good luck! The DeSoto wasn't my first project...my first was helping my father restore his 1946 Federal 2.5T flatbed!!!
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just some site to view
have you checked out AACA.org
http://www.hagensautoparts.com/1953/...;26+shoes/All/

http://www.oldmoparts.com/Default.htm

it was also called the
Plymouth Cranbrook Belvedere
Wheelbase 1951–52: 3,010 mm (118.5 in)
1953: 114.0 in (2,896 mm)
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Would love to see some pics of the car.
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Would love to see some pics of the car.
ditto, i love the old mopar bombas
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If i go out to my grandparents sometime this next week, I'll get some pics. The old girl is definitly not great, but there's potential in it.

I just barely starting using my Flikr account again, so I'll start uploading some pics of our other 67 Cuda resto. It's on hold right now because of my dad's job and travel. But we'll get back into it some day.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57955589@N06/?saved=1
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Do you still own the Cranbrook ?
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