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What platform are Foward Look Era Cars?
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ABloch
Posted 2018-09-17 12:28 PM (#570249)
Subject: What platform are Foward Look Era Cars?



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Greetings collective,

Chrysler started using the C-body platform moniker in '65. I've heard the 1962 Chryslers and Imperials commonly referred to as C-bodies. I can see that the '56's were different in their frame/body/suspension so my question is...

Did the C-bodies platform start in 1957 or '60 when it went unibody?

What platform is the forward look era?

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57chizler
Posted 2018-09-17 1:36 PM (#570254 - in reply to #570249)
Subject: RE: What platform are Foward Look Era Cars?



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I believe the pre-'65 was merely referred to as "full-sized car". Many refer to the pre-'65 Chryslers a C-bodies because of their general construction and interchangeable parts but it's a misnomer.
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wizard
Posted 2018-09-17 3:21 PM (#570260 - in reply to #570249)
Subject: Re: What platform are Foward Look Era Cars?



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1960 is "P-serie" according to the manuals.
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-09-17 3:27 PM (#570261 - in reply to #570249)
Subject: RE: What platform are Foward Look Era Cars?



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The answer is that it wasn't defined into body types for the earlier years. And no one bothers to define them that way now because no one really cares. They are usually included into full size, C-body, early, or if you are especially lucky, forwardlook. But if you were to make up something similar to the definitions created in the mid '60's, it is based on inner body panel structure interchangeability, and axle width. Wheelbase isn't a big part of the definition as the later Dart and Valiant have different wheelbases, but are both A-bodies. So I would see them separated like this:

'55-'56 Dodge & Plymouth
'55-'56 DeSoto, Chrysler & Imperial
'57-'59 All except Imperial
'57-'63? Imperial
'60-'61 Full size Plymouth, Dodge
'60-'63? DeSoto, Chrysler, Dodge 880
'60-'62 Valiant, Lancer (A-body, but a lot did change in '63).

The '60-up would be separated from the earlier versions because the uni-body construction shares nothing in common with the body-on-frame cars. I don't know enough about '60-'61 Dodge and Plymouth to know if they really should be included with the DeSoto & Chrysler in terms of inner body structure, but it is possible that they should be.
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