Re: [FWDLK] 57-58 Chrysler, again
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Re: [FWDLK] 57-58 Chrysler, again



Well, the rear may be the same - the chassis is shorter up front to use the
Dodge nose, at least thats my guess.  Around here it seems like the key is
to get a chassis that's in one piece.  But my assumption was if it's a '57
it's a 126" car and the stuff would all swap back and forth.


I'll check it next time for the chrome brow across the front that would give
it away as a '58, and if the door can be opened I'll check the VIN number -


Bill K.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Rog & Jan van Hoy" <vanhilla@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Bill K." <pontiac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 12:12 AM
Subject: Re: [FWDLK] 57-58 Chrysler, again


> The '58 Windsor also had the Flite Sweep color insert on the
> rear fenders same as the '57.  The big difference was the
> '58 Windsor was downsized to 122" wheelbase.  One way to
> tell would be the position of the inside rearview mirror;
> center for '57, towards left from center on the '58.
>
> I think one would have a hard time swapping body parts from
> a 122" WB to a 126" WB.
>
> --Roger van Hoy, '55 DeSoto, '58 DeSoto, '42 DeSoto, '41
> Dodge, '66 Plymouth, '81 Imperial, Washougal, WA
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill K." <pontiac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <L-FORWARDLOOK@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 7:19 PM
> Subject: [FWDLK] 57-58 Chrysler, again
>
>
> | I should have taken a picture of this, cause it's bugging
> me now.  Spotted a
> | Chrysler 2dr hardtop in the yard my Plymouth came out of.
> I think it must
> | be a '57 - its two-tone red and black with the '57 Windsor
> side cove/inset
> | and trim on the fin.  But it has the small '58 taillights
> on both sides.  I
> | need to go back and see what's going on with that.
> |
> | I don't think it's restorable, the frame was bad in the
> back, but it could
> | probably be combined with the other one I found (58
> Saratoga 2dr which has
> | an OK frame still) and make a good car.  It too has the
> big back window in
> | it.  I didn't even look at the nose yet, or any of that.
> Am starting to
> | think all of the 126" wb 2dr hardtops have the big back
> window (57 windsor,
> | 57-8 Saratoga/NYer, 57-59 300), and maybe the '58 Windsor
> was the 2dr with
> | the small window.
> |
> | Anyways, I guess the question is - someone just put '58
> rear lights in a '57
> | here, or am I looking at something funny?   I know the two
> will swap bolt
> | for bolt to one another.
> |
> |
> | Bill K.
> |
> |
> |
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