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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by VANDENPLAS, Jun 19, 2021.

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    just spoke with the owner, good runner, new interior , the trunk lid has rust, previous owner had a continental kit and just bondoed over the holes so it’s starting to rust.

    comes with a ton of extra parts.

    The brake booster has failed and needs to be rebuilt according to the owner.

    looks like a bendix remote booster if some kind, I can’t find any real info on it, can I just switch it back to the stock master or a new booster master set up?

    anything I should know about this car ?

    I do know the brakes can be tricky to set up if you don’t know what your doing but I have no experience with a 50’s Chrysler v8 and push button trans.

    parts availability etc.

    I had a 53 Windsor with a flathead 6 and semi auto and it was a fantastic car and parts where dirt cheap, interior and body parts where not available but everything mechanical was cheap

    Any help would be great.

    I think cleaning up the front a bit and a lowering job it would make a neat cruiser.

    price is right and it would get me out of my mustang !
  2. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 2,593

    rusty valley

    She looks like a dandy to me !
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  3. I was expecting to see spark plug wires vanishing into the center of the rocker covers. ;)
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  4. I wish , that and a 2 door !!

    but I got a handle on this one …… maybe .

  5. [QUOTE
    price is right and it would get me out of my mustang ![/QUOTE]
    That would be a nice car to compliment your mustang. Not everything has to be HAMB friendly:D
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  6. Your right @scotty t the mustang was on my high school bucket list. It’s a super fun car. But I dunno it’s just not quite the same as an old jalopy !! Lol

    the smell the lack lustre braking and slush box trannies maybe I love automotive history or maybe I’m a sucker for punishment!! Lol

    I just love me 50’s era cruisers , no need to go fast, just need to get there while sitting in the living room sofa !!

    so what all any one got to say about this era Chrysler as far as reliability and parts what to look out for etc .
  7. I wish i could be of some help on the mopar, but my only experience is my 48 P15. It is nice to have a variety of fun cars tho.
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  8. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,451

    Staff Member

    "typewriter drive of the future"
  9. It's still a dodge !!! Ballist resister or dogs pissing on the wheels and and not starting because it is wet !!!!
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  10. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,659

    Atwater Mike

    I worked on this model when I was an apprentice. My boss (Red Mayfield) said these cars could put us out of business, with their reliability...
    But! A number of them (new!) came with distributor caps with no 1/8" hole in them.
    A surefire method to condense and not start...Must have drilled 50 of 'em, that was in Santa Clara, 'pre-silicon days'.
    I recall superb "full time power steering", as advertised. Also power brakes that could slide you through the bottom of a lap belt...but Mostly, the tightness in the drive train. NO 'gear backlash', these cars were just that: Tight.
    Always impressed me, way ahead of the Ford/GM models.
    But I loved the Fords...:rolleyes:
  11. @Moriarity
    :rolleyes: I tried explaining it to the young girl at work ,

    it’s got a push button tranny !
    You push buttons to go forward n reverse !
    Kinda like a touch tone phone !
    Like pushing keys on a typewriter !
    Oh like a key board ?
    FFS I’m getting old !!

    always thought Chrysler had some of the neatest dashboards through the 50’s and 60’s
  12. I loved my 61 monarch 4 door for the comfort and never having to move to let people in or out .. I should of hung on to that one ....
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  13. My 53 with flat head 6 and fluid drive drive fantastic !!

    leaps and bounds better then my 50 fleetline .

    I put a factory duel crab intake off a dodge dump truck on it and split exhaust I bought used at a swap meet , newer tube style manifolds and it drive great even kept up with high way traffic

    Not a stop light racer but no slouch around town either.
  14. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 1,015


    Lots of "funky" stuff going on under the hood... Power steering pump hung off the end of the generator, vacuum boost, funky wiring on the fender well and no air cleaner on the carb - that one always scares me, no clue on what has fallen into the intake manifold...

    You have the skills - do you have the time patience and money.

    Note: Almost 40 years ago, I had 1955 and 1956 Chrysler Imperial project cars. The intent was to build up one good car from the pile of parts. The 1956 was 12 Volts and had significantly bigger brake drums. Got lots of "static" from the wife on this project. Made some major changes:

    1. Trained this project off for a running 1957 Cadillac.
    2. After a couple of years, the wifely "static" did not stop. Sold the Cadillac "1957 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, 2 doors, runs, $500, ridiculous offers seriously considered".
    3. The "static" continued - A divorce bought me some distance from that situation. ;)

  15. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,116


    It has a treadle vac power brake setup. They are still available, I have one on my 57 T-Bird. A brake specialty shop should be able to get one or have the one you have overhauled.
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  16. That’s it !! @jaracer tredle vac !

    kept thinking bendex and could not find anything .

    now when I type in 56 Chrysler power brakes I get an accordion looking thing, would the tredle vac be an aftermarket or dealer add on ?

    got a company here in town that could rebuild it, I know they don’t cheap , how did they work when new.

    I know the 49-54 Chevy guys like the remote ones and claim they work well.
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  17. She's cute and you spent time to explain, so, are you?
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  18. @TrailerTrashToo the power steering 12 generator combo was used by Chrysler for a long time , my 53 had one and I installed the Chevy version ( I think early impalas etc with the 235 came with them.
    That’s how I got per steering in my 50 fleetline with jag clip.

    wiring does not scare me as these older cars are pretty basic and easy to rewire the engine and exterior light circuits.

    talking to the owner and looking under the hood, I’m hoping he pulled off the air cleaner for the picture to show more of the engine bay ……. Hoping! It looks fairly clean under there other then the janky wiring on the fender.

  19. Am I what ? Getting old ??

    Age wise, numbers in a calendar wise yes I am .

    but In my head I’m still 16 years old !!

    yeah most everyone around me humours me and my old car illness !

    wife took our younger one horse back riding and someone pulled up in a 50’s Packard with a forsake sign
    Well she had to find em and find out about the car, send me pics n let me know.
    Wayyyyy more then I wanna spend but a nice car
    And a great wife.
    While she does not appreciate old cars like I do, she does appreciate how much I like them.
  20. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,076

    Jalopy Joker

    post update when/if you get it
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  21. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,139


    That looks to me more like a HydroVac booster (possibly added on after the fact) rather than a Treadle Vac...
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  22. I can’t find any info on the brake booster at all it’s gotta be an aftermarket add on.
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  23. Brakes just slow you down anyway !!!!
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  24. e1956v
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,742

    Alliance Vendor

    Ya gotta be careful when talking to young people these days with your terminology, talking to a young girl at work and mentioning a tranny let alone pushing the tranny’s buttons to move forward could get you written up and sent to The HR department.
  25. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,155

    anthony myrick

    I’d drive that with a big ole grin
  26. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,116


    I had a 54 Chrysler New Yorker that had an under the floor master cylinder and a treadle vac. I always thought that car had very good brakes. My 57 T-Bird has one and it has good brakes.
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  27. 64 DODGE 440
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 4,285

    64 DODGE 440
    from so cal

    Had an International pickup with one of those remote boosters that quit working. These guys rebuilt it and cured my problems, they also can sleeve master and wheel cylinders.
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  28. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,891


    Thanks for the link. Just down the freeway from me. Bookmarked it for the future.
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  29. That looks like a 1956 “Power Style Chrysler”. That’s what the ads back in the day proclaimed them. That looks like a super cool ride and I would cruise the $&#% out of the fine automobile. I realize it’s not a Hemi(wouldn’t bother me), but what is it? Some version of a Poly? If I understand the booster correctly, it’s like an old two ton truck with a small master connected to the pedal with a brake line feeding a booster under the car. I don’t know the proper term for this set up, but we call them Hydrovac systems at work. Of course there’s only two of us who have ever worked on one. You can’t bypass them on a truck, but I don’t know why you couldn’t on that Chrysler. Neat car, great find.
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  30. Love that car! Hope you get it. I owned several push button cars over the years... favorite was a 56 Desoto Firedome. Didn't keep that car nearly long enough.
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