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Projects It’s alive!!! A 1964 Chrysler tale....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 57 Fargo, May 25, 2020.

  1. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 1,921


    Do your self a favor and change the trans filter and fluid, at 95,000 miles and all these years sitting, the trans filter can't be far from being plugged. I had one that had about that many miles on it and sat about the same amount of time, the filter plugged up and killed the trans in less then 1,000 miles. I couldn't tell there was a problem until one day it just didn't move. When I dropped the pan, I knew right away what the problem was, but it was too late.

    Those 383s are good motors, does yours have a 2bbl carb or a 4bbl carb?

    My grandson has a 63 Newport 4 door sedan. He is 19 and loves that car. The chrome reverse look really good on his car, but with the color of your car, I suspect dark wheels like Vintage Torque Thrust wheels would look great. Gene
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  2. Oh yea it will be serviced. I have two chrome reverse and two torque thrust style wheels, can’t remember exactly what they are right now, that’s why I was curious what it would look like, maybe not the right car for that.

    it’s a two barrel. Seems too run good so far
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  3. Good job Lane ,
    I knew it would work out alright .
    There is a lot of beautiful country up there to ride around in with the top down .

    I told you that old Mopar would run fine,,,,383’s are hard to hurt .

  4. Tune up today, it’s getting better all the time.

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  5. For the U.S. market these cars may have also used a 361 2bbl engine which looked mostly the same as the 383 at a glance. Not sure what they offered up north. And don't forget that you probably have both right hand and left hand wheel stud threads on this tank. Unless someone else has already changed half of them over.
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    This is just a quick wash with a sponge, looks 100% better already. Can’t wait to get the parts car, the bumpers on it are absolutely as perfect as you will find on an original car.

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  7. I’m a die hard mopar guy, I know all about the wheel studs

    The Windsor, which was a Canadian model only from ‘61-‘64 was only offered with a 383, options were 2 or 4 barrel, mines a 2.
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  8. You know, I should have figured that from your screen name. :rolleyes:

    But Dayum . . . That sure cleaned up nice with a bit of soap and elbow grease! Even the top looks pretty good. :cool: You're ready to roll!
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  9. The paint could use a polish, and the top needs more scrubbing but I’m extremely happy with how it looks, once the good bumpers are on it it’ll be great! Ordered tires today and need to fix an exhaust leak and we are ready to go

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  10. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,294


    The colors on this car are very neutral/plain and therefore the right wheels and tires are really going to make all the difference in how it appears.
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  11. Rusty J
    Joined: Nov 25, 2019
    Posts: 34

    Rusty J

    I know these cars well - I'm the second owner of a black 64 300 4dr hardtop That I got from the original owner 12 years ago. The factory service manual is my best friend - I've rebuilt the engine/trans (383 2bbl), brakes, front suspension, electrical and partially restored the interior. It's a great family cruiser with all the windows down. Easy to work on, and keep every clip,nut/bolt, etc from your parts car - it's getting harder to find the specific parts for these cars (my front bumper was twisted down on the drivers side too). Mid Canada Suspension here in Winnipeg will have the majority of parts you may need - Norm really knows his stuff on the old cars. Looking forward to seeing more progress with this car!
  12. The parts car is 100% complete, it will spend the rest of its life sitting in my yard just Incase!

    As far as wheel selection goes, it’ll be something I have on hand for now, the budget has been depleting faster than replenishing these days

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  13. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,968


    As Gene was commenting on the transmission, I would add, check the rear end fluid level too. I resurrected a car that had been sitting a long time and the rear end was bone dry - not a drop.

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  14. Kume
    Joined: Jan 23, 2010
    Posts: 863


    So that is where the Austin Allegro got its steering wheel from
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  15. Absolutely, everything will be serviced, wheel bearings repacked etc. before it hits the road, thanks for the reminder, sometimes I’m excited to drive stuff and overlook the little stuff!

    I actually have a newer 83/4 rear end to go in it to get rid of the tapered axles for ease of getting at the brakes

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  16. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 850

    from SoCal

    Awesome! Is that original paint? Just pop on original hubcaps.
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  17. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 2,434

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    My vote is for the chrome reverse :D
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  18. Sandgroper
    Joined: Jan 20, 2019
    Posts: 149


    Wow, featured thread again, go man go. :)
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  19. Sandgroper
    Joined: Jan 20, 2019
    Posts: 149


    I'm in for the chrome reverse as well :D
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  20. It has been repainted before but I think it will get chrome reverse in the back!

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  21. Nice find, looks solid. Consider changing the master since it has sat so long. Look at the wheel cylinders and brake hoses before going too far.

    I usually put old cars on 4 jack stands and pull the brakes off, replace everything.
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  22. My dad loved those big ugly Chryslers. Owned a bunch of them...Nicest was a '57 300 Convertible.
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  23. Might want to check the engine numbers, if memory is correct the base engine in 1964 Newports were 361's, 383's were optional at least in the U.S.. Canadian and export cars may be different.
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  24. It’s a Windsor, they did not get 361’s, they were 383 only. I haven’t confirmed that’s what’s in the car, but if it hasn’t been changed then that’s what it should be.

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  25. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,120


    What an amazing MoPar, I love these cars and this one is el supreemo. Best wishes on getting her on the road, caution: Much Fun Ahead!!!
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  26. Thanks man, I love it more everyday

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  27. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 379


    If you're changing the trans fluid, be sure and adjust the rear band. Torque Flites have a history of breaking the rear band resulting in no reverse. To repair it you have to pull the trans. I've always thought the the band breaking was from never adjusting it. All the ones I saw broke were on high mileage cars. You have to remove the pan to adjust the rear band.
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  28. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,465


    That thing would look killer in black. If you're not dead set on keeping the color original give that some thought.
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  29. I fully agree, I’m not hung up on the original color at all but have no plans to paint it any time soon. I need to start driving it and get back to the Fargo.

    One day it will get paint. I don’t see this car ever going anywhere.

    Tires will be in on Tuesday and a little exhaust work and it’ll be ready to go.

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  30. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 695

    from TX

    That car reminds me of the time I thought my older brother was going to kill me :eek:
    I was 17 and he was 27, he worked on the rail road. My brother really needed a car for work.
    He told me about this car he seen for sale on the way home and was going to go look at it the next day, (payday)
    Was same model Chrysler as yours, but a 2 door hard top. And gray paint.

    I went and looked at it while my brother was at work, ended up buying it for $50 and towed it home. Figured out it needed a ballast resister to run and fixed it. I was fiddling and tuning it when he came home ... smiling ear to ear and thinking how proud he would be when he found out what a great car he got at a cheap price.

    His co worker dropped him off at the end of the driveway, he had steam pouring out his ears by the time he got to me .... thinking I bought the car for myself knowing he wanted it. I had to run away and take a walk for a 1/2 hour to let him cool down enough to tell him why I bought it.

    Great highway cruisers, Lots of power ... brother had to drive 100 miles a day to get back and forth to work.
    And often would drive it to the RR parking lot then be working out of town for weeks before driving home .... Great car but the gas mileage ate him up and later bought a more economical car for work and sold the chrysler for more then he paid.

    I just cant look at your car and not chuckle about the time I thought my brother was going to do physical harm to me. :D
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