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  1. The D2 was built in the U.S. and Canada, and there were very few difference prior to 1938 - mainly upholstery, trim and colours. Both the D2 and D2X were exported - the X meant the engine had a 2.875 inch bore instead if the normal 3.25. Exports included whole cars or bodies in `white`, meaning the body was painted white to protect it while being shipped wherever. Primer is porous and thus the steel body would rust when shipped by boat overseas. The final color coats were done in the importing country. Very few were shipped in pieces as the assembler would need jigs to put the pieces together
  2. [ A few clarifications are needed here as Fluid Drive was NOT a transmission and should not be connected with any transmission : Fluid coupling (Fluid Drive) - with - 3 speed manual transmission (Introduced for 1939) Fluid coupling (Fluid Drive) - with - 2 speed transmission with overdrive (Vacamatic [Chrysler 8 1941-42]) Fluid coupling (Fluid Drive) - with - vacuum controlled 4 speed transmission (M-4) (Vacamatic [Chrysler 1941-42 US six cylinder] or Simplimatic [Chrysler 6 CDN 1941-42 & DeSoto 1941-42]) Fluid coupling (Fluid Drive) - with - hydraulic controlled 4 speed transmission (M-5)
  3. No, they built only Club Coupes and 4-door Sedans for C38 Royal and Windsor series. The long wheelbase and convertible models were imported as were 8-cylinder C39 and C40 models. No business coupes, though, were imported. The same models were built in Canada for the DeSoto Custom, importing long wheelbase sedan, convertible and Suburban models. The Canadian-built Dodge Custom had the Club Coupe, 4-door Sedan and LWB 8-passenger Sedan with the convertible imported. So, if you wanted a Chryco business coupe in 1946-48, you had to buy either a Plymouth DeLuxe (P15S) or Dodge DeLuxe (D25S). Bil
  4. Prior to 1958 Chrysler Corporation used numeric serial numbers. The system began in 1924 with the Chrysler Model B as serial number 1001. These numbers cannot be decoded although they are grouped so that somethings can be determined. Also, each plant used unique serial numbers, so you can determine which plant built the car. In the case of the 1946 to 1949 (1st series) Chryslers, Windsors were built at Jefferson Ave (Detroit), Windsor, and beginning late 1948, Los Angeles. Royal models were built at Jefferson Ave and Windsor and the rest were built only at Jefferson. For the C38 models, serial
  5. It is an American-built 1929 DeSoto Six, model K, in production from July, 1928 through to May, 1930. DeSotos built up to the end of production on 30 June 1929 were considered 1929 models and models built after that were 1930 models. Chrysler products used FEDCO serial number plates from 1926 to 1930, with the following decode chart - W-P-C-H-R-Y-S-L-E-D 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 There were some letters used that did not have a numerical equivalent - and K was one of them. Serial numbers for the DeSoto model K - 1929 model year - July, 1928 to 30 June, 1929 Serial Numbers - KW-000-P to KL-300-
  6. Yes, your car is an American-built 1929 DeSoto model K. As the second digit on the serial number plate is a number and not a letter, your car was stolen once back in the day of the FEDCO plates. That was the purpose of the FEDCO plate. When a car was stolen, a new serial number plate was made up with one of the letters changed to its numeric equivalent. The engine is not original as the prefix is "CK". It should be just "K". The model CK came after the K for the 1930 model year. Bill Vancouver, BC
  7. The 1929 DeSoto Six was model K which was produced through to May, 1930. In the U.S., cars from 01 July 1929 were 1930 models. The CK was introduced as a 1930 model in May, 1930, and became a 1931 model on 01 July 1930 in the U.S. The model K series used FEDCO number plates attached to the instrument panel. They used the layout AA-NNN-A, with the following decoder - W-P-C-H-R-Y-S-L-E-D 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 The letter "K" used the DeSoto model "K" FEDCO numbers had no numeric equivalent. It was just "K". The CK went to a six digit numeric system and the serial number normally was stamped on
  8. Chrysler Engineering classified all Chrysler CJ models as 1930, as they based their model year on the calendar year from about 1928 through 1932. The sales department, however, declared that the model year changed on July 1st (or thereabouts) of each year. So, for the Chrysler CJ serial numbers : 1930 - H400WP to H490HS 6500001 to 6514919 1931 - 6514920 to 6520171 Engine numbers - 1930 - CJ1001 to CJ24494 1931- CJ24494 to CJ30292 Bill Vancouver, BC
  9. Just as in North America, most of the British cars up through the 1950's were positive ground, although 12-volt was more common. And, just as in North America, Britain switched to negative ground. To show how things changed over the years : 1930 : positive ground - Auburn, Cadillac, Chrysler, DeSoto 8, Dodge, Erskine, Ford, Graham, Hupmobile, LaSalle, Nash (except 6-450), Packard, Studebaker, Willys, Willys-Knight 1930 : negative ground - Buick, Chevrolet, DeSoto 6 (switched to positive 1931), Durant, Essex, Hudson (switched to positive 1934), Marquette, Nash (6-450), Oakland, Oldsmobile, Ply
  10. Just as in North America, most of the British cars up through the 1950's were positive ground, although 12-volt was more common. And, just as in North America, Britain switched to negative ground. To show how things changed over the years : 1930 : positive ground - Auburn, Cadillac, Chrysler, DeSoto 8, Dodge, Erskine, Ford, Graham, Hupmobile, LaSalle, Nash (except 6-450), Packard, Studebaker, Willys, Willys-Knight 1930 : negative ground - Buick, Chevrolet, DeSoto 6 (switched to positive 1931), Durant, Essex, Hudson (switched to positive 1934), Marquette, Nash (6-450), Oakland, Oldsmobile, Ply
  11. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Please help me! If someone have ANY information about the Chrysler Royal 1937, please send it to me !!! And help me decoding the Serial Number : 9708372 And the list of standard equipment and the options available. Thanks Ben (Normally, I'm speaking french(Thanks for understanding)) </div></div> Your 1937 Chrysler Royal was built in Canada, which is why it does not appear in any American lists. And as it is 1937 model, it does not have a FEDCO number, which Chrysler
  12. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I need "expert" advice. All my sources that I have used in the past to decode 50's cars have now let me down. Even the the "bible"(American ID numbers 1950-59) offers no help. In fact Dodge is NOT listed in the index. Apparently my gold and white 1957 Dodge Coronet 4-door hardtop was built in CA then shipped to Hawaii. The condition of the car clearly supports that claim. However, I'm having trouble verifing anything as I can NOT find any reference that explains what my VIN n
  13. For the 1931-32 Dodge Six, model DH : 2-dr business coupe - 3,178 2-door coupe, R/S - 4,187 2-door roadster, R/S - 160 2-dr convert coupe - 145 4-door phaeton - 164 4-door sedan - 33,090 chassis - 47 TOTAL : 40,971 Production at Hamtramck : 1931 : 3,518,002 to 3,548,559 - 30,558 1932 : 3,548,560 to 3,557,371 - 8,812 39,834 Production at Windsor, ON : 1931 : 9,450,801 to 9,452,111 - 1,311 TOTAL : 40,681 Bill Vancouver, BC
  14. Dodge DG Eight : 2-door business coupe - 119 2-door coupe with rumble seat - 2,181 2-door roadster with rumble seat - 64 2-door convertible coupe - 500 4-door phaeton - 43 4-door sedan - 8,937 Chassis - 20 TOTAL - 11,864 Serial numbers : U.S. 1931 : 4508001 to 4517521 (9,521) U.S. 1932 : 4517522 to 4519534 (2,013) Canada 1931 : 9550301 to 9660632 (332) (11,866) The Canadian plant did not split the DG or the DH into two model years. They were all 1931 models. The split between 1931 and 1932 model years was done by the marketing people and not the engineer
  15. The 1935 Dodge had the wood slat, chicken wire and fabric roof insert. The 1936 Dodge had a metal sheet with metal supports for the roof insert. The 1937 Dodge had a one-piece steel roof. General Motors introduced the one-piece, all-steel roof in 1935 with their "Turret-Top" models, although the bodies were sheet steel over a wood frame. The steel insert was a quick way for a company to present a one-piece steel look to the roof. Only Ford continued with the fabric insert in 1936. Bill Vancouver, BC
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