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My Latest Acquisition: 1938 Chrysler Royal Coupe


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I won't be restoring this one....Just maintaining and enjoying it.  I brought it home this week. It was restored 25 years ago. It came with an appraisal from 1998, 50,000 miles. When I got it this week, 57,000 miles. She's a gem.  An emerald one.

 

1938 Chrysler C16 Royal coupe.

 

 

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45 minutes ago, Steve9 said:

Beautiful green Chrysler Keith! Congratulations and enjoy. Do you ever get down in the Vancouver area?

Yes Steve. I have family and friends there. Actually I was just there this week to pick up this Chrysler. 

 

Today I pulled the front drums. Inspected brakes. They were perfectly concentric. I tweaked the minor adjustment only. Just a tad. Front pads like new.  No leaks. Fluid clear. I repacked the wheel bearings. I discovered both front wheel hubs are clockwise to tighten. Modern normal. It threw me off. Expecting left side to be LH threads. I assume someone changed it up. Will get to rears soon. 
 

Set accelerator pump to middle setting. Re-installed RH splash pan. Man that is a pain. My wife helped. She was under the car. I was reaching down from above. 
 

I’m trying to locate some micro-wrenches so I can get at the points. I need 7/32. No luck yet. I’ll try more stores soon. I won’t touch timing or dwell until I have some. 
 

A pic, out for a cruise this evening. 
 


 

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Yes that's it. I have 1 double ended wrench ¼ one end, 3/16 the other end. No good. Too big or too small. I'll get a set tomorrow likely.

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  I've had the 'ignition' wrench set for many years as well but have found many uses for them outside

automotive ignition work. Should be part of any serious tool box.

  I even have made up several open end wrenches sized down the ~ 1/16" for special projects in old radio and firearm repair.  Not hard to make with the right selection of files and some patience.

 

 Congrats are due, Keith, on the new Chrysler, I know you've been looking a while. Your videos are very well done. Enjoy the car.

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The ebay listing is pretty much a bargain.

 

But 😄 not to pick nits, the profile of the box ends is very heavy and will limit the usefulness of the set.  ( Just an observation ).

 

 The better (Proto and probably Snap-On) are almost works of the tool-maker's art and probably priced that way, too.

 

Sorry for the drift.

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Keith, 

that is a very nice Chrysler. Understand your view on buying other people’s restorations but no doubt you did your due diligence and bought with your head not your heart....... nah you would have bought it anyway!

 

Dont worry, you will have enough to do to keep that one serviced, cleaned and running sweet!

 

Enjoy the ride!

Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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I am hearing that this particular 1938 Royal Coupe model is pretty rare. Mine was built in Canada. I heard through the grapevine that a total of only forty coupes, same as mine, were built in Canada in 1938. Of those, I suspect some were sent over seas to Commonwealth countries. Somehow I'd like to be able to verify that production run estimate of forty.

 

Is anyone else seeing any of these 1938 Chrysler Royal Coupes around? Where?

 

If 40 is an actual number for Canadian builds, I wonder how many are actually left today? There can't be many. I can only speculate. 

What about USA production? Does anyone have any input on numbers Royal coupes produced in the USA?

 

 

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Beautiful 38 Royal!  I can’t help you with Canadian production breakdown, but 2,850 Royals were built in Windsor, Canada.  My father bought our 1938 Desoto Rumble Seat Coupe in 1969 or 70 and it is Canadian built as well (it had a total production US & Canada of 38 - 27 US built & Canadian production of 11 and ours is body #11.  1938 was last year for the rumble seat so it is the last Desoto Rumble Seat Coupe ever produced in Canada).  I’m curious to see the production plate on your car as I believe they could be the same colour (if yours is original).  The paint code on mine is 642 or possibly 648 as the last # is not stamped clearly.  Any info we can share would be greatly appreciated.  Finding information on Canadian built pre-war Chrysler products can be extremely difficult, so if we can assist one another would be nice.  

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Thanks Al. I was aware of total number of Royals built. The majority being 2 door and 4 door sedans I’m sure.

 

I’ll post a pic of my body plate soon. 
 

Keith

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Sadly. there is no collection of Canadian production records similar to those you can get from Chrysler Historical in Detroit. My understanding is that all those records - production by body type etc. - were destroyed years ago in a housecleaning purge so all we have to go on is starting and ending serial numbers. Any body numbers that can be found on the firewall plates that survive can indicate the upper end of the known number of bodies of a particular type that could have been built.  For example my Canadian '36 Dodge D2 RS Coupe has body #76. So at least 76 may have been built.  If someone has one with a higher number then the count goes up. But that is the only way we have to figure out Canadian production by body type unless someone has data that I haven't heard of in over 50 years. I can still hope......

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19 hours ago, keithb7 said:

I am hearing that this particular 1938 Royal Coupe model is pretty rare. Mine was built in Canada. I heard through the grapevine that a total of only forty coupes, same as mine, were built in Canada in 1938. Of those, I suspect some were sent over seas to Commonwealth countries. Somehow I'd like to be able to verify that production run estimate of forty.

 

Is anyone else seeing any of these 1938 Chrysler Royal Coupes around? Where?

 

If 40 is an actual number for Canadian builds, I wonder how many are actually left today? There can't be many. I can only speculate. 

What about USA production? Does anyone have any input on numbers Royal coupes produced in the USA?

 

 

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Beautiful green coupe. Body panels and paint look perfect, from what I can see. I'm thinking it takes a bit of courage hauling such a perfect car on an open trailer for four hours.😉 I'd be checking the weather forecasts constantly for a week before I made the trip...but I'm probably clinically paranoid. Boy, did Chrysler know how to design beautiful cars in the 1930's or what?

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Hi Keith,

we have just got the IPad sorted to play YouTube video on our large screen TV and managed to watch both 1938 Chrysler videos that you posted. Colour is excellent and much better to see you “ live and up close”.
 

Jo now thinks she won’t get to watch her TV shows at all as I will be 24/7 on the AACA forum.

 

BTW think the ‘38 Chrysler is magic and good to see it now being used.

 

Look forward to seeing more of the posts that you do.

Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀

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Hi @rodneybeauchamp thanks for watching all the way from South Australia. I am enjoying my Chrysler. 

This week I am letting the car sit idle for the week. I am soaking all cylinders in Marvel Mystery Oil. I have 1 cylinder at 75 psi. Others are 90-100 psi.  Likely a stuck ring. The engine has not seen much use the past 25 years.

I'll flash it up again on Sunday evening and start driving it again. See if I can get the ring to loosen up.

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