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1954 Dodge Royal Coupe with 9,872 miles

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A friend of mine has offered me his father’s car. It is a true time capsule car with only 9,872 miles on it. It’s been sitting for 50 years and before that, they hardly drove it. It has the hemi engine, power steering, power flight 2 speed automatic. It’s sitting on its original tires, cracked but holding air. It’s complete. In the glove box I found, original bill of sale, temporary paper driving tag, a personal letter from the dealer. Not a speck of rust. This car is a real deal time capsule. I realize there are many unknowns, but could someone give me an idea of it’s worth being it has such low mileage, assuming what I’m saying is indeed factual?

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Photos, photos, photos. Without them, you will not get a good idea of value from anyone. Especially want to see that engine.

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Here is an idea:  

 

https://www.hagerty.com/apps/valuationtools/1954-dodge-royal

 

Probably somewhere between $7500-$10,000 would be my guess, based on the information given.

 

Edit, I did not the original post correctly.  If it has actually been sitting for 50 years, that knocks it way down, until/unless you can get it running and driving (not on those tires of course).

 

Edited by 39BuickEight (see edit history)

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Value will depend on the degree of damage done from sitting for 1/2 century, and the care you take to avoid further damage. Do you understand the proper sequence necessary to wake this sleeping beauty up ? Perhaps you could take the first step now where the car is being stored. That would be draining ALL liquid fluids out. As you are there with a wrench in hand, take advantage of the easy access to Hemi spark plugs, and pull them. If you have or have access to a 'scope or camera, and have the experience to know what you are looking at, examine the cylinder walls. If the car has spent all 50 years in very low humidity, and very stable temperature, (it may have been - "not a speck of rust" - not even any surface rust ANYWHERE  ?), you may skip this step. But 50 years is a very long period for dormancy. 

 

You will get all the expert help you need for each and every step of resurrection here. But you may well have that skill your self. Let us know so we can tailor the discussion to your needs. We all here enjoy following along on each other's projects. From hunting them to fixin them to driving them, that's what we do and share. You are in great hands, and most welcome here! So PLEASE let us know your experience level. There are several things to do now that the plugs are out. Careful lubrication coming up.        Looking forward to seeing your progress,     -   Carl 

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Hopefully no moisture damage on  the trans or rear end gears.

Was it in good dry garage most of it's life?

Cars that sit long periods of time in cold moist conditions can have high $ repairs because of rust pitting on gears and bearings, stuck valves etc....hopefully this is not the case here.

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Thank you, Carl. Expert advice. Yes, I’ve been working on cars my whole life. I’ve restored many. I drive a 54 XK 120 as an everyday driver. I know the "not a speck of rust” seems impossible, but I jacked the car up and made a thorough inspection. I’ll know more once I get the dust off it. I will certainly heed your advice and won’t be bashful asking for advice here. I’ve been primarily a foreign car guy, although I did own a Chrysler 300 F once and a 1960 Face Vega HK500, it had a Hemi Engine. I’ll be certain to post updates. Thanks again!

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Could someone please recommend the best shop manual for my newly acquired 1954 Dodge Royal Coupe. Is there a good one I can download?

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Get yourself a FACTORY shop manual or reprint of an original. Don't know about downloading any, but try Bishko Books or Ebay for one.

Edited by keiser31 (see edit history)

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They come up on ebay if you search all of ebay not just the manuals section.  Often originals in good shape.  I prefer a little worn but intact.  Perfect examples bring more but you hate to use them and get them dirty.  I would imagine 10 to 20 would be an average range.  They are not hot cars in general and literature for them rarely brings any kind of money. 

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George,

I’m in the process of buying it. Just wondering if I paid too much. Don’t think I did. Picking it up on Friday. I’ll start fiddling with it on Saturday. And Auburnseeker, I found a manual on eBay. Paid a bit more for it but I got that huge 1000 page Dodge service manual. I’m guessing its pretty comprehensive. I’ll have no excuse if I screw things up now.

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A MoToRs auto repair manual covering your 1954 car is also a good investment for not much $$$.  It was written for non dealer repair garages where access to specific dealer tools might not be possible.  It together with the shop manual will be quite helpful.

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19 hours ago, TerryB said:

A MoToRs auto repair manual covering your 1954 car is also a good investment for not much $$$.  It was written for non dealer repair garages where access to specific dealer tools might not be possible.  It together with the shop manual will be quite helpful.

 

I may have a Motors manual that would cover this year. I would have to look.

Just the cost of shipping.

I picked up three or four manuals from the trash so they aren't much for condition. But the content is there.

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Jack,

I’d love to get a manual. My email address is jseymour878@gmail.com. If you send me an email I’ll forward my mailing address. Thanks so much and I’m happy to cover the shipping costs.

On another note; the fellow I’m buying the car from is having trouble finding the keys. If he can’t find them, what is the best way for me to get a set of keys made? Are there codes on the locks? Anything that would be helpful?

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 You can remove the distributor and then the distributor drive gear and oil pump shaft (one piece) and then use a drill with the proper extension and lube the engine with the oil pump before turning over. The intake manifold may have to be removed and re-timing of the oil pump drive to the camshaft. Not for the amature machnic!

 

 Also fill the cylinders with a light oil and maybe penetrating oil mix, first without the spark plugs in. Let it soak for a few days for the oil to go past the end gaps on the rings.

 Suck out extra oil before cranking.

 You might also try to turn the engine over a little. both ways with a power bar on the crank nut.

Edited by Roger Walling
Changed lube, to "fill" cylinders. + penetrating oil and use a power bar. Not for the amature machnic (see edit history)

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OK I am going to give you a 1961 Motors manual.

It covers 1953 thru 1961 American built cars.

 

Can someone explain how to get the media rate thru the PO?

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I tell the counter person it is a book, so Media mail. When they get back with a high price, repeat Media mail, it is a book.

 

Oh, and look up the price at usps.gov first, before you go!😉

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Jack,

Please feel free to us the first class flat rate. They offer 3 sizes. I think the most expensive one is 12 bucks. I’ll be happy to pay it. You’re kind enough to let me have it for free and I’ll get it sooner. How can I transfer the money? Venmo, PayPal?

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I’ve sent several via Media mail.  No issues and you can still request a tracking number.  Shipping is a few days slower than 1st class.

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jeff you may want go back and correct face vega😉as stated earlier too many pics are not enough

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Nice catch, Vicky. Here are pics of my everyday driver. I’ve had it 25 years. I’ll post plenty of the Dodge Royal as I start into it.

 

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