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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 7:59 PM (#595878)
Subject: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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Hi, I've been a member here for a while as I work on my 58 plymouth and have learned a lot from this site but I've recently acquired a 56 Royal and thought I might be able to give back a little as I tackle some of the issues I've run across. Some issues I've found it difficult to find the information I desired.

First off, I'm the proud new owner of a 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop! The first thing I had to tackle was the carb. The accelerator pump seal was completely gone! A rebuild kit and its running great!



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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:08 PM (#595880 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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Then the brakes. An AAJ disc front kit had been installed but It appears the bellow booster was not boosting! May have been an adjustment because it holds vacuum but I tried adjusting it and finally started unbolting that crap, ordered a modern dual chamber booster with a duel master cylinder, added a proportioning valve and I had brakes!
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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:13 PM (#595882 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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I used a booster/master cylinder kit designed for a B-body, 8". Can't seem to figure out how to attach a picture now....
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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:17 PM (#595883 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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Think I figured it out



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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:24 PM (#595886 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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The car apparently sat in storage a while or hadn't been used in a while. The windows all were hard to roll up and down and the chrome needed a good polish. I took the door panels off, greased the windows up, the wife and I cleaned and polished and cleaned some more......then on to our first cruise in.



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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:33 PM (#595887 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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This was our 48 D24 but we recently sold it. Acquiring the 56, I was out of room. We had a blast with the 48, time for a change so that lead us to the 56. Hope to have as much fun with it but still addressing a few issues right now. It had fender skirts when I bought it but the matching hub caps would not fit with the shirts on. The skirts were also bent out to increase clearance. Oh, after the first cruise, I noticed the rear brakes heating up. Pulled the hubs and one side is not so good. Appears the hub is warped, shoes unevenly worn....so time to swap rearend
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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:44 PM (#595888 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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I searched hi and low for a 8-3/4, then started searching for a Chrysler 8.25 but couldn't find either the right width. Btw, I measured the rear in the 56 and it is 61" WMS to WMS. I wanted something about 59-1/2. Jeep Cherokee 8.25 would be ideal but couldn't find one. Also, using a gps, my speedo was off so it'd be nice to find a gear ratio to make it right and also be more cruise friendly. By doing the math, I needed to go from 3.54 grease to 3.07. As luck would have it, I found a ford explorer 8.8, 59-1/4" 3.08 gears at the local pull-a-parts. The son and I pulled it and it's going in soon.
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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:49 PM (#595889 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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The wheels was something else I wanted to improve. The paint was flaking off and wasd too red, didn't match the car. Do I painted them. Tried to get the wife to buy the no hubcap look but she liked it better with hubcaps.



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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 8:52 PM (#595890 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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The paint I bought didn't match exactly, it's a little lighter but not too noticeable
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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-22 9:03 PM (#595891 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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The engine and transmission leak fluid so I have gasket sets ordered..... that's going to be a job! Pulling the engine, gaskets and fresh paint......I also want to add under dash ac.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2020-03-23 1:03 AM (#595895 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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thats a really nice combo. I though i loathed three tones but it actually looks good.
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-03-23 3:10 AM (#595897 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop



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The 8 3/4 that fits is from a B-body. The '65-'67 is the best one, but many people opt for the Ford 8.8. I don't like them because I can't change the gears in them easily and I tend to swap gears around more often than one would expect.
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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-23 6:50 AM (#595902 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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Thanks Mike and yes powerflite, 8-3/4 was my first choice but I was having difficulty finding the width and ratio I wanted. I found one I'd have to cut down then buy gears, might as well replace bearings..... the cost was significant compared to the 8.8. I checked the centerline of axle to u-joint and it's only 1/8th inch different. Ordered a 7260 to 1310 conversion joint so driveshaft should work. Also, the pinion offset on the 8.8 is about 7/8" more than the stock 56 rear. I don't think that will be a problem. We'll see....
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1960fury
Posted 2020-03-23 7:58 AM (#595903 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop



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What is/was wrong with a stock OE axle? Very nice car.

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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-23 9:50 AM (#595907 - in reply to #595903)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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1960fury - 2020-03-23 6:58 AM

What is/was wrong with a stock OE axle? Very nice car.


The biggest issue for me is the width won't allow these hubcaps with fender skirts. But there's a couple other reasons. I'd prefer higher gears and brake maintenance with tapered axles....I'll give it away to anyone willing to pick it up from Mobile AL.
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Burnemup
Posted 2020-03-23 11:20 AM (#595912 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop



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Great Looking Car! Personally I like the look without the skirts. Also check u-tube, there is a original commerical the showcases a 56 Custom Royal hardtop that will give some inspiration. Also I believe the wheels were a off white.

Have fun! I have a 55 Custom Royal lancer Hardtop for over 25 years.


Enjoy!
Ernie Baily



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bbdakota
Posted 2020-03-23 1:03 PM (#595919 - in reply to #595878)
Subject: Re: 56 Dodge Royal 4dr hardtop


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Thanks Ernie, nice 55!
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