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1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode
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56D500boy
Posted 2021-12-12 4:13 PM (#617591)
Subject: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode



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Recently, Vic R. posted this:
Tokhem - 2021-12-11 7:40 PM
Is there a way to tell if my 1957 Dodge Custom royal D500 is a Canadian car?




I posted back:

"You'll have to show us/tell us the VIN number (metal plate on the driver's A-pillar door jamb) to confirm, but my guess is it is a Detroit-built car (built around Dec. 17th, 1956)

It does seem to be a D500 Custom Royal (body code 2586) and it seems to have a Torqueflite transmission (293).

Paint code: 4LSL will be:

4 - Paint scheme where saddle area is different colour from the roof, fins and lower. (this is from Chrycoman (Bill W.))
L is glacier white
S is Heather Green
L is glacier white "



REFERENCE: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=74433&...

The Trim Code = 219 = Pellon Vinyl and Staccato Fabric – Green (courtesy of frwl who is amassing a lot of information, which he is good about sharing (Thank Igor))

REFERENCE: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=74465&...

Probably like this:





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56D500boy
Posted 2021-12-12 6:28 PM (#617593 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: RE: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode



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Vic R sent a photo of his VIN (starts 372 so Detroit built, Royal or Custom Royal) (see below)

Now we need somebody like LD3_Greg or frwl to decifer the cowl tags (I work better with IBM cards):

406 = ?
421 = ?
469 = ?
485 = ?
502 = ?
513 = ?
585 = ?




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frwl
Posted 2021-12-13 6:29 AM (#617604 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: RE: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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406 = order code 396 = Shaded Safety Sun Visors
421 = order code 401 = Undercoating
469 = order code 339 = Power Brakes
485 = order code 675 = Delivered by Truck
502 = order code 332 = Accessory Group No. 2 – Radio: Heater, Back Up Lights, Inside Glareproof Mirror, Outside Left Mirror, Music Master Radio
513 = order code 333 = Accessory Group No. 3 – Convenience: Rear Air Foam Seat Cushion, Glove Box Light, Hand Brake Warning Signal, Map Light, Vanity Mirror, Windshield Washer, Variable Speed Windshield Wipers
585 = order code 335 = Accessory Group No. 5 – Deluxe Appearance: Plastic Steering Wheel, Rear Quarter Stone Shields, Deluxe «Spinner» Wheel Covers

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frwl
Posted 2021-12-13 6:41 AM (#617606 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: RE: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/ds-1957-dodge-custom-royal-lancer-...
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frwl
Posted 2021-12-13 7:01 AM (#617607 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: RE: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Something wrong with shade sun visors in this car: it looks like as standard and non-translucent plastic, as stated in the ’57 Dodge Options and Accessory Book - (see picture G) in description;
It has equipped with incorrect shaded-upper portion windshield as well; the all windows must be clear…




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frwl
Posted 2021-12-13 7:25 AM (#617608 - in reply to #617591)
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I’ve also checked the order codes: it’s all right – 396 – sun visor only and no one word about tinted glass in this column:

394 = Solex Tinted Glass except Convertible
395 = Solex Tinted Glass and Shaded Windshield
396 = Shaded Safety Sun Visors
397 = Solex Tinted Glass – Convertible (i.e. Windshield Only)




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Tokhem
Posted 2021-12-13 9:47 AM (#617611 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Thanks everyone for your input. Yes that is my car. Very proud to own it. I will be driving it frequently next summer.
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57burb
Posted 2021-12-13 10:15 AM (#617612 - in reply to #617611)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode



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Congratulations! That is a stunningly beautiful car, IMO perhaps the best color scheme for a '57 Dodge.

The only thing I can imagine changing would be an upgrade to a nice set of Lancer spinners. And maybe not even that. It is truly spectacular just as it sits. Congrats again.
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56D500boy
Posted 2021-12-13 11:48 AM (#617613 - in reply to #617611)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode



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Vic: That is a beautiful car. I think we commented on it when Dan Schmitt had it for sale a while back. Almost perfect. BUT....

The air cleaner is wrong.

The 1957 D500's had a higher flow oval element in an oval surround at the end of the side saddle air cleaner, not the round end one like you have. No biggy but it isn't correct for a real D500.

Searching for a proper D500 air cleaner will give you something to look for when you aren't polishing that beauty.

Yours (unless it has been changed):



Proper 57 D500:



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Mike McCandless
Posted 2021-12-13 1:17 PM (#617615 - in reply to #617591)
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I was happy I could assist with this car. Got it to the border for him during this Covid mess. I absolutely love the color
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Tokhem
Posted 2021-12-13 4:39 PM (#617624 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Yes thanks Mike for all your help on getting it into Canada. I would have loved to go and get it myself but that was not happening last spring.
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Tokhem
Posted 2021-12-13 4:43 PM (#617625 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Thanks very much 56d500boy I appreciate the input on the air cleaner. I guess I will start looking for the correct one.
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Tokhem
Posted 2021-12-13 4:44 PM (#617626 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Also thanks to you 57burb on the spinners. I have been looking for a set of those as well. Close but none yet.
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Tokhem
Posted 2021-12-13 5:01 PM (#617628 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Thanks Dave. I just found your pictures and explanation about the oval air cleaner. Great stuff.
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56D500boy
Posted 2021-12-13 6:18 PM (#617632 - in reply to #617628)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode



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Tokhem - 2021-12-13 2:01 PM
Thanks Dave. I just found your pictures and explanation about the oval air cleaner. Great stuff.


The reason that I am "tuned in" to the proper 57 D500 air cleaners is my 56 Dodge D500 came with a 57 Dodge air cleaner. I didn't like the look and I sold it back in 2016 as a 57 D500 air cleaner,
based on the photos of your car when Dan Schmitt had it for sale. I figured that the round end must be correct because the restoration of your car was so meticulous.

I was wrong. Several folks pointed out that the 57 D500 air cleaners had the oval end can and filter element.

The buyer of my "D500" air cleaner and I came to an agreement (i.e. I had to pay him some money back because he wanted a real D500 air cleaner).

Here is the link to that saga:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=63409&...



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Tokhem
Posted 2021-12-13 6:55 PM (#617635 - in reply to #617591)
Subject: Re: 1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500 Lancer Cowl Tag Decode


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Yes I read through the post. I have placed ads in a couple of places for one. Are they really hard to find?
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