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  1. Thanks to all for your responses! Great information.
  2. That explains a lot. We do have power windows. Also, it explains why the data plate and serial number have different locations and production numbers. Thanks!
  3. We have a 57 Buick Super Convertible. I am trying to get the numbers together, and I'm not sure which tag (if either) is bogus. The VIN tag number and the number on the crankcase match. But the production number does not make sense. It is either the last six (or seven) numbers-depending upon which source you believe. Six makes more sense, and that would be 033591. But I have never seen a production number starting with a zero. The data plate shows for TRIM 550S. The 550 is Ivory Cordaveen seats. The S seems out of place. It could mean Power Seats, which our car has, but that code is not listed under ACC. The ACC area does not indicate PS or PB, and our car has both. The data plate states 1593 as a production number that makes sense, which should be (starting with 1001) the 592nd car. The other problem is that the data plate lists Flint, Michigan as the production plant, while the VIN lists Linden, NJ as the plant. The car was previously restored, so both plates could be reproductions. Included are photos. I am open for any information or ideas that you may have. Thanks, John
  4. Hello! We are currently restoring under the hood of our 58 Bonneville. It is a numbers-matching car. All of the dates of the engine parts are within about a week of each other. The transmission looks original, but it is dated a few months after the engine. The car was assembled in Kansas City, so the engine had to be shipped there. But my question is this: Is there a build date for the car itself? We have a 60 Ford Sunliner, and the build date (or expected completion date) is on the data plate. I read that with Pontiacs, the date code on the block should be about the time that the car was completed. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  5. Okay, so it looks like the only factory ones are the ovals like we have on our 61 Chrysler 300G. I guess they didn't have ones like on the 60's Ford 427 R Code?
  6. We have a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix that the original 20-year-old owner bought for racing. The car came from the factory with a 318 and a three speed. The week that the car was delivered, his racing buddy (who was also the salesman) put a special Police Package 383 with a four-barrel carb in it. The engine was not available to the public, but the dealership had one in the garage. The same week, a Chevy 4-speed trans was put in (it had the same bolt pattern as the Dodge). We have the original instructions from a speed shop that included the parts needed for the trans swap. We have black and white photos of the car at the track, and photos of the speedometer buried at 120 mph. This was originally a Pennsylvania car, and back in the day, it apparently was well-known for racing. At some point, the original intake was swapped for a 2x4 setup. The intake number is 1827899-1, and the date code is A 19 8 (January 19th, 1958). There are two correct Carter carbs on it. When we got the car, it came with two little chrome air cleaners on it. We are looking for an oblong one to put on it. Did the Mopar have an oblong air cleaner for that intake and carb setup? The aftermarket ones that we have seen have only one hole in the middle of the air cleaner, or the measurement between the two holes is not the same as our setup. Everything that we see is Edelbrock, and those air cleaners are for Edelbrock intakes. We cannot find a Mopar air cleaner for our setup. Do they exist? Thanks for any info.
  7. Hey James! Yeah, that's what I originally thought. But then I read about the "3" and that seemed to match up with the police engine, so now I'm not sure. Thanks for the input! John
  8. We have a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix with a 383. We were told that the engine is a D-500 325-HP that was a police car engine only available in fleet applications (not to the public). According to Darryl Davis' D-500 Guide, this engine (equipped with a single 4bbl carb) was "certainly rarer than the D-500 ram induction engine." Years ago, I was told that the "P-38" stamping on our block indicated that the engine was the police engine. I found out yesterday, however, that is incorrect. The "P" indicates 1960, and the "38" indicates that the engine is a 383. Below that stamping, there is another that says, "3-2." I found out yesterday that the "3" indicates "Special High Performance." I am unable to locate any information regarding the "2." Any ideas what the "2" indicates? Attached is a photo showing the info. Thanks, John
  9. Thanks again for the feedback. I am going to recommend to my boss that if he wants a V-8 Nash, he buy one and sell the six cylinder car that he currently owns.
  10. Hey guys! Thanks so much for your feedback. Here is what I found out: Our Nash came from the factory with a Packard 352/220 Hp and Packard's Ultramatic automatic transmission. It now has a straight six and a manual transmission. My boss wants to put a V-8 in it, but we would have to also put an auto trans in it as well. The only ad that I found for a 352 was from 2014. Attached are photos. Our car's info is highlighted in yellow.
  11. We have an I-6 in it now. The car has V-8 emblems on the body. Is there somewhere that I can get a build sheet to figure out what engine came with it? Thanks, John
  12. Looking for a round one. Any information or feedback would be appreciated. Thanks, John.
  13. 1960 Ford Galaxie lower seat panels with hole for power seat control on driver's side. I know that these are very difficult to find. Any ideas or information would be appreciated. Thanks, John.
  14. We have just rebuilt the 312 engine on our 56 Montclair. Prior to, and now, after the rebuild, oil was pouring out of the crankcase ventilation breather. We thought that rebuilding the engine would help, but it did not. Does anybody have experience with this problem? Thanks., John
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