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Junkyard Gem: 1949 Dodge Coronet 4-Door Sedan

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After World War II ended and Detroit returned to manufacturing civilian cars instead of weapons, most of the new American cars of 1946-1948 were slightly restyled versions of their pre-war designs. bottom ( the car i wanted right now). 1949 was a big model year for American cars and left the war in the rearview mirror.Ford has gone Independent front suspension and refined linesGM introduced Radically new overhead valve V8 family and refined linesand Chrysler … well, Chrysler continued to build stubby machines It has reliable but old school suspension and powertrain hardware. new 1949 dodge Got bodywork that looks a little smoother than that 48’sbut at the time styling moved to metal and sales weren’t as strong as Chrysler had hoped. Self-serve Knuckers Yard in Northern California.

stopped by this garden Drive on electronic fuel from San Francisco Bay to the world’s largest small city I saw this car at Row52 Online Inventory I wanted to get the windshield wiper hardware My 1941 Plymouth ProjectThe wiper parts weren’t right for my car, but I found this Dodge to be very sturdy and complete. this series.

In the 1949 Chrysler Corporation Brand Prestige Hierarchy, Dodge ranked high. beginner plymouth but below desoto and Chrysler.

The Coronet name was introduced in 1949 and designated the highest trim level for a Dodge vehicle that year (the last new Dodge in North America to bear the Coronet name). It was a 1976 model).

The list price for this car was $1,927, or about $23,904 at $2022.cheapest 1949 Dodge 4 Door Sedan Meadowbrook was $1,848 (now $22,924).Serious cheapskate can get Simplified ’49 Plymouth Deluxe 4-Door Only $1,492 (currently $18,508).

What was standard on affordable cars in 1949 is very different from what it is today. For example, in my 1949 Dodge I had to pay extra for a heater. I should have bought this “MoPar 70” emblem while I was there.

This is what Dodge’s brochure writer put it like this:living room comfort.”

This is what it looked like almost three-quarters of a century ago.

The serial number (with the last two digits removed) indicates that this car was made in California, but it was not made in California. Los Angeles factoryIt turns out that Chrysler had an assembly plant in Northern California, on Davis Street in San Leandro, that’s where this car was born.My first favorite junkyard when looking for parts My 1969 Toyota Corona Sedan In the early 1980s we were in Davis, just across Doolittle Drive from the factory location. Chrysler closed his San Leandro plant in 1954, after which it was used by International Harvester and Caterpillar. today, Drake’s Brewing Company Make beer on the spot.

the engine is chrysler flathead 6 cylinderIt was a workhorse that remained in production from the 1920s through the 1970s (later ones were intended for stationary use in generators and irrigation pumps, and to power some military trucks). . Chrysler didn’t join the overhead valve straight-six craze until long after GM and Ford. Slant-6 engine First appeared on the 1960 model. If you are interested, Last mass-produced new car It was the 1964 Checker Marathon that I could buy with a flathead engine in America.

If this was the engine that fitted the San Leandro when this car was built, it would be 230 cubic inches (3.8 liters) rated at 102 hp. However, since these engines were replaced early on, often over decades, many different versions.

The transmission is one of the oddities of its time. AssociateAutomatic.known as gyromatic 1949 Dodge (or Chrysler Prestomatic and DeSoto Tip To Shift) used this transmission Chrysler’s Fluid Drive coupling Instead of a flywheel, it now has four forward gears with two forward gears and an electrically actuated overdrive unit. 1949 Dodge car base transmission Three on the Tree Column Shift Manual and fluid drive (This allowed the car to stay in gear when stopped and launch in any gear, but still required a clutch to shift), while Coronet buyers got the Gyromatic as an option. I made it.

There was still a clutch pedal with a gyromatic, but the driver only used it to move the gearshift between positions (neutral, reverse, low, high).someone i knew How to drive a normal Three on the Tree It looks exactly like a much more mainstream set-up so you’ll be blown away by the gyromatic. ), release the clutch and depress the accelerator. At that point you can drive it like a normal automatic until you need to change between low and high.

This is a demonstration of gyromatics in action. The last year for this transmission was his 1953, after which his regular two-pedal automatic carried over to the North American Chrysler lineup.

I really like this watch, but I held off on buying it.

This car doesn’t rust, but the interior shows it’s been sitting outside in the elements for decades.

Pick-n-Pull often tries to sell such cars as “builders” before putting them in general parts inventory, but there were no buyers at this price. i find quite a few Chrysler products of this era of large self-service yardso it’s clear that there are more of these cars than people willing to fix them.

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