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Chrysler Historical Archives Exist or Not?


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Years ago I tried to get information on a 1936 Dodge and was told Chrysler Archives were closed. In recent years I assumed everything was at the Chrysler Museum but I just read that the museum is being closed and turned into other uses. Does that mean there is no longer any branch of this company that has anything to do with it's own history??

 

Howard Dennis

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Thanks for posting this link. Hopefully it will help some owners find a build sheet for their cars. They had misplaced  mine and never could find it when contacted years ago. I don't believe, other than making money off these requests, they have any concern about actual company history.

 

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You are very wrong about Chrysler Historical.   Those answering inquiries are volunteers who care very much about history and helping.   Not every car's individual record still exists and at times the hobby has dug out more information than what the corporation maintained but they do their best with what they have available.

  And many others share the same experience I have had on numerous occasions over many years.   I have never had one of those $45 checks cashed by Historical.

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The historical archives were begun by Cliff Lockwood.  I believe he was a retired Chrysler employee with an interest if the history of the Chrysler Corporation and its products who went around to various departments to collect items that may have some historical value and saved them from destruction.  I believe most of the early information was collected in this manner.  Thus CHS has more information for some years than for others.  When CHS says they do not have dealers codes, for example, it is because no one passed the documents along to CHS and not because they can't find them or tossed them out.   

 

The staff at CHS do the best they can with the information they have access to.  If they do not have it, there is not much they can do.  I am another person who has found the staff to be very helpful. 

 

I just wish Chrysler of Canada had had a person similar to Cliff Lockwood.  All the Canadian build records were tossed years ago.  They went on the basis that the information was needed for the first seven years to help distributors and dealers obtain the correct parts for their customers' cars.  After that time frame interior parts, for example, would not be in stock and thus they would not need the build records.  No one thought they would be handy for car collectors, a hobby that did not flourish until after WW II.

 

 

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From my experience it is a pity they are not able to cross reference Serial # to engine # many cars loose the vin plate for whatever reason but the frame # is the engine # prefixed with the model code, no serial # no build card. The other thing is payment from the UK,, I'm sure at one time I could send a Debit Card #, money orders in $$ don't exist. Regarding the comments on the service staff Danielle Szostak-Viers has gone way beyond trying to fulfil my requests.  

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On 13/12/2016 at 8:35 AM, 1941_Saratoga said:

@StillOutThere - your experience mirrors mine. I found them exceptionally helpful. I received a copy of my car's build record, and the check I sent was never cashed, and I've been taking that into account for the last 3 years while reconciling my checkbook.

 

Don't cheques die or expire after 6 months?

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