Posted 2019-11-12 11:20 AM (#590053 - in reply to #590048) Subject: RE: 1959 Dodge 325 Poly engine color
Location: Lower Mainland BC
MrSurfHusky - 2019-11-12 4:40 AM Hello. I have dodge coronet 4-door Hardtop. I ask. what is the original paint on the engine, valve covers, air filter cover etc. and hood area. if paint codes are found, I would appreciate.
Just to clear the first issue up: In 1959 the base V8 in the Coronet was the "326", one of the so-called "A" series engines:
"The 326 was launched in 1959. Its actual piston displacement is 325.2 cu in (5.3 L) but it was marketed as a 326 to avoid confusion with the Dodge Red Ram 325. The 326 uses the same 3.31 in (84.1 mm) stroke as the 318, but with the largest bore of any A engine at 3.95 in (100.3 mm). It uses hydraulic tappets, unlike the earlier A engines, and was used in the 1959 Dodge Coronet."
"Dodge wrapped up their unique V8s in 1958, and joined Plymouth in using A-engines in their 1959 lineup. They asked plant engineers to create a new engine that was larger than their old 325; and thus was born the unique 326 cubic inch A-series V8 — the only A engine with hydraulic valve lifters — by using a larger bore than the 318. It was rated at 255 hp and 350 pound-feet with a two-barrel carburetor. This engine was dropped after just one model year; 1960 Dodge buyers found a 318 under the hood, unless they had ordered something stronger from the B-engine line (which had been optional since the 1958 model year). Both the Dodge 326 and the standard 318, when fitted to Dodge cars, carried the Red Ram name, as the “semi-Hemi” had."