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  1. The Imperial in the background is my 1968 Crown convertible: The '67 New Yorker belongs to my mother, and it is a wonderful car for all the reasons you mention. Thanks for the reply! Dave Duricy
  2. Twilight Turquoise with black vinyl top and black leather interior. Optional 15-inch wheels, optional heavy-duty drum brakes (recently rebuilt), AM/FM radio, air-conditioning (without AutoTemp), clock, bucket seats with power driver seat and passenger side recliner, outside passenger side rear view mirror. 131,601 miles. Original 440 V8 with Carter AVS. Runs and drives. Daily driver and same owner for many, many years. $6,500. Located near Cincinnati, Ohio. For photos, please go to: 1967 Chrysler New Yorker for Sale Thank You, Dave Duricy
  3. If I understand your problem correctly, you are saying that you cannot shift the car into reverse. This is not a Fluid Drive problem or a semi-automatic transmission problem. Your shift lever linkage is probably out of adjustment. I had this same problem with my 1950 DeSoto many years ago. Good Luck! Dave Duricy desotoland.com
  4. 1942 DeSotos used an elongated crest similar to the one in your photo. Dave Duricy desotoland.com
  5. Paint code 301 means black paint for the car body. DeSoto offered a wide array of paint colors for 1950. They are: black, Capri Blue, Imperial Blue metallic, Midnight Blue, Glen Green, Andante Green metallic, Dusk Gray, Arizona Beige, Morocco Brown metallic, Royal Maroon, Ceramic Yellow, Samoa Beige Metallic, Glad Green metallic. DeSoto also offered two-tone paint jobs. Dave Duricy desotoland.com
  6. I am working on a Maxwell article about the years when Walter Chrysler reinvented the company and brand. Many reference books seem to be mistaken regarding when certain engineering improvements were made to Maxwell engines from 1920 through 1925. In going back to period newspaper and advertisements, I think I have determined the following order for improvements to the Maxwell 4 cylinder engine: December 1920 for 1921 Maxwells: Lynite pistons (aluminum) September 1922 for 1923 Maxwells: new three bearing crankshaft with pressurized oiling March 1924 for 1924 Maxwells: sping engine mounting at front (not to be confused with genuine Floating Power engine mounts invented later) Somewhere in this sequence must fit a recollection by Chrysler engineer Carl Breer whose associates discovered that the siamesed exhaust valves in the center of the Maxwell engine hindered performance. These two exhaust valves were switched to intake valves. When did this change come into production? I suspect it began with the 1924 models but can find no confirmation. The Maxwell cars have the answers, and I am hoping someone here would provide some insight. Thanks for your help! Dave Duricy
  7. I am more familiar with the post war variations of the Chrysler semi-automatic transmission, but the concepts and basic design are shared with the pre-war original. I believe that the primary difference is that the prewar design shifts via vacuum device while the postwar design uses an hydraullic device to perform the shift action. When owners complain about lack of upshift, the problem is almost always improper idle speed. If the idle speed is set too high, the transmission cannot synchronize. The idle speed for your 1941 Chrysler is probably 425rpm. You can also find very helpful repair advice in the form of period service literature generously scanned and posted by the good people at the Imperial Mailing List. Please follow these two links: Diagnosing the Hydraulically Operated Transmission: 1948 Imperial and Chrysler DiagnoseThe Fluid Drive Transmission Session 12.1 from the Master Technician's Service Conference Troubleshooting in the Hydraulically Operated Transmission 1949 Imperial and Chrysler Repair Of Hydraulically Operated Transmissions Session 24 from the Master Technician's Service Conference Good Luck, Dave Duricy
  8. Thanks, Howard, that is very helpful. Dave
  9. I am looking for anecdotes, either contemporary or vintage, of axle and gas tank strap failure on 1919 and 1920 Maxwells. Searching through magazines and newspapers of the time has revealed surprisingly few stories of what has generally been repeated in secondary sources as common failures. Insights welcome! Thank You, Dave Duricy
  10. Having spoken with a mechanic who lived and worked through the Fluid Drive/Hydramatic era, I would say that Chrysler introduced its fully automatic transmission (Powerflite, 1953) only after adequate materials existed to make automatic transmissions truly durable and trouble free. Incidentally, Keller retired as Chrysler Corporation president in 1950 to coordinate the infant the U. S. guided missile program. If you survived the Cold War, you can thank K. T. Keller. Dave
  11. An excellent repair resource for Chrysler semi-automatic transmissions is: Transmission and Clutch Repair Information for Imperials and Chrysler Imperials Incidentally, Chrysler and DeSoto owners can save themselves a great deal of confusion by understanding that the term Fluid Drive refers only to the fluid coupling, not the manual or semi-automatic gearboxes paired with it. Dave
  12. Jrope, I wrote the lonely, 1941 Graham Hollywood article you saw at the end of "Auto Enthusiast". I am sorry that the article caused you confusion. Many paragraphs of the original article were omitted from the print version, as were the photo captions. I don't know why. I always strived to be clear, accurate, and entertaining in my feature writing for "Cars & Parts". Perhaps the strange context of the article is to blame. To my knowledge, the Graham pictured represents a sincere effort at an authentic restoration, and is not a "ModStock," an automotive deformity I deplore. If the Graham is flawed in some fashion, please let me know. Automotive history is, after all, a learning process, and the Hollywood is an especially esoteric vehicle. As to the bigger issue of the death of "Cars & Parts" and what cars constitute content, readers who want to see more articles about antique, collector, and Classic cars MUST write to editors. I think that you are the silent majority. I believe that a 1930 Chrysler Model 77 roadster I wrote about for the December issue of "Cars & Parts" will appear in the January '11 "Auto Enthusiast". Thanks, Dave Duricy ex Associate Editor "Cars & Parts" AKA The Chryslerist
  13. The oldest issue of Cars & Parts magazine in my home library is October 1971, volume 15, no. 1. The slogan on the masthead reads, "A Magazine Serving the World of Historic Motoring." Good slogan. Inside is a classified ad for a 1957 Imperial Crown Southampton. Listed asking price is $1,300. Watching the car hobby fracture over the last few years, I can't help but wonder if in the future someone will discover that Imperial chopped, lowered, and powered by a crate engine. Will people look at the car and think that is what America was all about? Dave Duricy
  14. In the case of my '50 DeSoto, one key works the doors and ignition. The other works the trunk. I don't recall ever trying to lock the glove box so can't comment on that. Dave Duricy