John Loney

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  1. This is the original Chrysler air cleaner. The one for the six cylinder cars was different but this is the correct one for the straight eight cars.
  2. I have the original OD unit on my ‘39 Imperial and it has an electric solenoid as part of its workings. I also have a complete spare transmission with Overdrive out of a ‘39 New Yorker...
  3. I have a 1939 Chrysler “cruise and climb” Overdrive transmission. It came out of a ‘39 New Yorker and I was keeping it as a spare for my ‘39 Imperial but it’s been almost 10 years and I haven’t needed it yet...”Kiss of Death, I know”... Anyway, I’m not sure if this transmission will fit all ‘39 Chrysler products or just the Straight Eight cars...nor do I know if the Overdrive unit is interchangeable with other Chrysler products from that era. It is the Overdrive that is the real jewel here as it makes these cars so much more drivable as both the eights and the sixes can cruise down the road at highway speeds without issue. My Imperial has the standard 4.30:1 rear end ratio (the non O/D cars had 3.90:1 gears) and even with these 4.30’s (short leg gears) I can still drive her all day at 75 MPH with ease. I’ve actually thought about swapping out the 4.30’s for the 3.90’s to make it even more highway friendly but would hate to lose the low end. If anyone has more knowledge of the interchangeability of these transmissions or even the actual Overdrive unit, or is interested in the complete transmission please let me know. Thanks.
  4. I had the pump for my ‘39 Imperial rebuilt by Flying Dutchman and I was very pleased with the workmanship and the price. Those straight eight Chryslers were known to get hot and a big part of that was poor flow from the pump. The stock pump (it was the same for ‘38, 39 & 40) had a little 2 paddle impeller which was not very efficient. So “Flying Dutchman” machined the back of the housing (cleaned it up for better flow) and replaced the paddle with a more modern multi finned impeller. They also installed new bearings, cleaned up the shaft, (it didn’t need to be machined) and sent it back with new gaskets so she was ready to go. I can’t believe the difference it’s made...the car runs much cooler and I no longer worry about it overheating like I used to.
  5. I never really thought of looking for this sort of information but it’s a great idea. My 1939 Chrysler Imperial was bought new at Kvam Motors in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I verified this information through the Chrysler Historical Society in Detroit. The car was shipped from Detroit (Jefferson Avenue plant) by boat up to Milwaukee in March of ‘39. I also checked the Milwaukee business registry and found that Kvam Motors just started their business a few months before. It would be great to obtain any dealership information regarding Kvam. I always wonder if the original sales contract for my Imperial is sitting in a box somewhere in a Milwaukee basement.
  6. Hello all, I too am looking to have my boards restored. Unfortunately one of the downfalls of owning a '39 Chrysler is that there is no easy, fast or cheap way to get anything done for these cars...running boards are proving to be no exception! I have been in contact with Sherban as well and have been pleased with what he has told me as far as the process and quality I can expect when my boards are done. Having said that, it's going to take the better part of a year (haven't shipped them out yet) and they are not going to be cheap. My question is simply, have any of you had boards restored by Sherban and were you happy with the results...quality, time frame and price? Thanks, John Loney '39 Chrysler Imperial '72 Ford Galaxie 500
  7. 1939 Chrysler New Yorker 4 door sedan. All original and complete with numbers matching straight eight engine. This car has been in storage for many years and was last licensed in 1961. It ran and drove when it was stored over 35 years ago but I have not tried to start it. This car is very solid and the only rust through is on the front left fender and part of the trunk. The frame is very solid. This car needs a complete restoration but it's very complete including trim rings, hub caps, all scripts and emblems, tail lights, beveled dash glass, wiper arms, door handles and window cranks etc, etc. Some of the glass is fine and some requires replacing but it's all flat glass so it's easy and inexpensive to obtain. I have a 1939 Imperial that I have restored so I have contacts for just about everything it will need. I have the original build information from the Chrysler Historic Society and ownership in hand.
  8. There are very few differences between the New Yorker and the Imperial. The Imperial had the same fabric (interior) as the Royal and the New Yorker was a more upscale interior. The New Yorker had a cigar lighter in the rear ashtray and the front script either was New Yorker or Imperial. That was about it.
  9. Thanks. Yes I agree, those sealed beam conversion kits were no doubt better for night visibility but they sure took away from the stylish "Art Deco" look of the front end!
  10. This was my Dads 1939 Chrysler New Yorker 4 door sedan. He owned it back in the 70s and he passed away in '84...the car sat in a garage for over 36 years. I pulled it out in November of 2016 and brought it to my home (garage)...Not sure what is next for this classic but she's very solid and very original. I already have a '39 Imperial so I'm not really sure I have the "room" for two. The old photo was taken in 1975...yes that was me standing beside her. I haven't done much with her but I did replace those ugly sealed beams with the originals. I know from my experience with the Imperial, the most challenging thing about restoring a '39 Chrysler (especially the eight cylinder cars) is finding all of the parts...However, this car is not missing anything other than a couple of window crank knobs. All of the trim, hubcaps, emblems, door handles, window cranks, tail lights and lenses, air cleaner, license lamp and housing, all of it is there.
  11. Sorry, I was referring to the rear doors. What information are you looking for regarding the arm rests?