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w.weiland
Posted 2020-01-10 6:57 PM (#592763)
Subject: 56 Plymouth conv


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I just bought this. not home yet soon as it is i will post more pics

I bought it with main intent to sell this summer to help fund my desoto vert restore


soon as its home it will get a complete detail and mech go thru



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SavoyPlaza
Posted 2020-01-11 5:36 PM (#592798 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: RE: 56 Plymouth conv



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Looks nice, Wayne! Not too much detailing needed according to the photos.
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57DODGECONV
Posted 2020-01-11 6:13 PM (#592801 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv


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Nice Looking Car Wayne ,That should make someone a Great ride.
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w.weiland
Posted 2020-01-11 7:34 PM (#592808 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv


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O its a very nice car. i usually dont buy nice running driving cars.. it will make a nice ride or i should say it is a nice ride
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w.weiland
Posted 2020-01-19 8:01 AM (#593185 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv


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just got this home few questions
how do determine engine size its v8 4bbl
are there ready made seat covers for these
i need the U for the hood
what trans fluid is best for it


it runs great!!!!! quite a find to say the least
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-01-19 11:18 AM (#593189 - in reply to #593185)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv



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I will take a stab at the engine size question:

I am pretty sure that it will be a 277. In 1955, Plymouth didn't quite have their act together yet to make their own V8 so the V8s they used in the 1955s were the 55 Dodge poly engines which, I think, were 270 cu in. By 1956, Plymouth had their own polyspherical V8 ready and it was a 276 but they advertised it as "277". You can tell the 55 Plymouth and 56 Plymouth V8s apart by looking at the valve covers and the way each division scooped the heads (and the valve covers) to provide access to the spark plugs.

The 277 was the progenitor of the 301, 303 (Candian) and the wide block 318. These were the "A" series engines.



1955 Plymouth V8 (Note the Dodge poly style valve covers and "open" style intake with visibly separate intake runners - needed a separate valley cover):



1956 Plymouth V8 (note the saw tooth valve covers and "closed" style intake with no visibly separate intake runners - no valley cover needed):




REFERENCES:

https://www.allpar.com/mopar/a-engines.html

https://www.allpar.com/history/plymouth/1946-1959/1956.html

https://barnfinds.com/18k-mile-survivor-1955-plymouth-belvedere/

https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1057933/1956-plymouth-belveder...










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big m
Posted 2020-01-19 11:41 AM (#593190 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv



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Nice find, Wayne!!

Seldom do you see a '56 convertible pop up for sale.

---John
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57DODGECONV
Posted 2020-01-19 7:18 PM (#593204 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv


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Nice Color also Wayne ,Should clean up nice .
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old mopar guy
Posted 2020-01-21 8:11 AM (#593262 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv



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Great car! When you drive it you will want to keep it! I have mine since 1983! Im the 2nd owner and I have it longer than the original owner! HAPPY MOTORING!


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Chrycoman
Posted 2020-01-21 1:43 PM (#593279 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv



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Being a Belvedere, the engine should be a 277 cid. The 270 was standard on the Plaza and Savoy models (except wagons) with the 277 optional. The 277 was standard on the Plaza and Savoy wagons as well as all Belvedere models.

Engine number should be stamped on the front of the block, driver's side, just below the head.

Engine numbers :
277-cid - P29-1001 to P29-40000
270-cid - P29-40001 to P29-80000
277-cid - P29-80001 to P29-250000
270-cid - P-29-250001 to P29-274000
277-cid - P-29-274001 to P29-329132

The Plymouth V8 was late in getting into production due to Chrysler management dragging their feet. In 1952 Virgil Exner became head of Chrysler Styling, and after looking at the 1955 proposals pushed for, and got, permission to scrap the 1955 proposals and start fresh. This time doing some major sheet metal changes instead of just grilles, taillights and the like. At that time the auto industry knew Ford was working on new ohv V8 engines for 1954 (Ford and Mercury) and Chevrolet and Pontiac for 1955. Thus Exner talked management into having Plymouth get a V8 for 1955. Chrysler had to build a new engine plant at 20300 Mound Road to build Plymouth V8 engines (land acquired with purchase of Briggs Body) and then set up all the machinery to build engines. After designing, engineering, testing and tooling the engine. Thus the 1955 Plymouth used Dodge engines (241 and 260 cid) with polyheads instead of hemi.


In Canada things were a little different. In 1955 the V8 engine was available only in the Belvedere and Mayfair. The 241 V8 was available first and switched to the 260 at S/N 96,911,388 for the Belvedere and S/N 98,909,898 for the Mayfair.

For 1956 the 270 was the base engine in all V8 Plymouths and Dodges followed by the 276. The 276 was adopted at engine number P29-6000C for the Plymouth and D61-6000C for Dodge. Chrysler Canada built an extension to the engine plant for V8 production.




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w.weiland
Posted 2020-01-23 7:07 PM (#593359 - in reply to #592763)
Subject: Re: 56 Plymouth conv


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thanks for all the info and compliments
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