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draft_man
Posted 2018-04-10 1:54 PM (#561359)
Subject: 58 Windsor Body style??


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Just picked up a 1958 Windsor and was wondering what body style it is as it is a Canadian car and I believe that it is the larger Saratoga frame style


Edited by draft_man 2018-04-10 1:55 PM
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-10 2:04 PM (#561361 - in reply to #561359)
Subject: RE: 58 Windsor Body style??



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"1958 Chryslers in Canada were much the same as 1957 , but with an important difference.
Stateside, the 1958 Windsor was relegated to the shorter 122” wheelbase used on the Dodge,
and also used on the 1957 DeSoto Firedome. These US built cars used DeSoto / Chrysler sheet
metal from the cowl rearward, but had Dodge front fenders and hoods bolted on with a DeSoto or
Chrysler grille mated to the Dodge front end. This made for a very unusual looking Chrysler or
DeSoto, by using the Dodge front clips. In Canada , however, the 1958 Chrysler Windsor did
NOT use the shorter wheelbase with the Dodge front clip. They were basically identical to the
US built 1958 Saratoga, again with Saratoga side moldings, Saratoga styled upholstery, but
carried Windsor script on the front fenders. The factory model number was the same as the US
built Saratoga model number. The 354 Poly V-8 again powered these cars. Windsor Wagons
were also sold in Canada, but were imported from the USA, and as such, they were built with the
Dodge front fenders and hood assembly so they looked quite different from the standard
Canadian Windsor sedans and hardtops. "

Reference: Our own Ian Smale: http://www.chryslerclub.org/Chryslers%20in%20Canada%20-%201955-%201...



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draft_man
Posted 2018-04-10 2:14 PM (#561362 - in reply to #561359)
Subject: RE: 58 Windsor Body style??


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Thanks as you can tell I am a rookie and will have tons of questions hahaha
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-10 4:08 PM (#561368 - in reply to #561362)
Subject: RE: 58 Windsor Body style??



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draft_man - 2018-04-10 2:14 PM
Thanks as you can tell I am a rookie and will have tons of questions hahaha


Welcome to the forum.

I was a noob in Oct. 2016 and now I am deemed an "Expert" because all of the questions that I have asked. LOL.

You might want to buy this:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1958-Chrysler-Windsor-New-Yorker-Canadian-De...

or this (same but for more money):

http://www.autolit.com/Store/1958-chrysler-nyer-windsor-prestige-br...






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imopar380
Posted 2018-04-10 8:36 PM (#561378 - in reply to #561368)
Subject: Re: 58 Windsor Body style??



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Yes, the 1958 Canadian Windsor is a re-badged Saratoga! A local Forward-look member here, Islander-62 has a 2 door HT in need of some work.
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Chrycoman
Posted 2018-04-22 5:04 PM (#562081 - in reply to #561359)
Subject: Re: 58 Windsor Body style??



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If it is Canadian, the serial number would start with "LC2W-". The "LC2" was a Windsor in Canada and Saratoga in the U.S. The U.S. Windsor was "LC1".

The biggest difference between the Canadian Windsor and the American Saratoga, besides the nameplates, was the engine. The Canadian Windsor used a 354-cid poly V8 with a 2-bbl carb while the U.S. Saratoga used a 354-cid poly with a 4-bbl carb. The 4-bbl carb was optional on the Canadian Windsor.

There should be a body tag on the cowl/firewall in the engine compartment -

Model No
Body No
Paint Code
Trim Code

That would help answer your questions.

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drosera88
Posted 2018-04-23 4:37 PM (#562139 - in reply to #561359)
Subject: RE: 58 Windsor Body style??



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draft_man - 2018-04-10 12:54 PM Just picked up a 1958 Windsor and was wondering what body style it is as it is a Canadian car and I believe that it is the larger Saratoga frame style

As people have already mentioned, the easiest way to tell is the Dodge style 'unibrow' in the front. If you can, post some pics of your car! I think everyone here would like to see what you've picked up. 

American Windsor (SWB): 

American Saratoga LWB:

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