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Not OH or MM but does anyone know much about these? I get it why some people would think these things are ugly. I reckon these early 60's Chryslers are super cool though. You don't see many about though. Were these built in lower numbers that holdens or were they just rust buckets. Were the ford customlines a better car? Its before my time and im just curious, thats all,
Alby

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A friend of mine has a Chrysler Royal hearse. What a bewdy..

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I think you will need to ask some one who is older than us all, are you there Al? https://en.wikipedia...(Australia)

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Cheers, Lindsay.

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that one looks like a 57 model, the later early 60's went to dual vertical headlights and triple taillights, some had "double fins" a mini fin on top of the normal fin - all cars of that era were rusty IMO but a lot of these i was told were good demo derby cars back in the 70's and 80's. saw a nice restored ex-police one from SA in a magazine years ago, they reckon in its day it was the only 130MPH capable big car that was able to corner better than the competition.

they were actually an early 50's plymouth with lots of facelifts to keep them looking as modern as possible until they stopped making them in about 64.

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this one appears regularly in the annual Bay to Birdwood Museum car run in SA.

Holden had up to 50% Market share in that era and Chrysler was around 10% so re production there would have been far fewer

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don't mind the old Royals and Wayfarers,I remember my neighbours had one when I was a kid a long time ago "Linds":).Some custom ones look cool to,I can see a longboard hangin out the back of this!...

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I wonder what sort of market share the customlines had? Yep. those Double fins looked cool to me as well

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Almost scored one of these a few years back, friend of a friend of a friend had one stored in her shed belonging to an Ex, he was 12mths behind in his rent, and she wanted it gone, they knew i was into cars, so said come and get it, take it away its yours.... bewdy.... trouble was the Ex coughed up the coin in a nick of time and as far as i know its still in her shed

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should have quickly thrown in a bbq chook and carton of toilet paper...may have secured the deal!

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Andrew

I will be 70 next month but in the late 60's I owned one in I think 1968, paid $30, that's right $30.
Drove it for quite a while but can't remember if it had twin or single headlights but I am fairly sure it was 1963 version and definitely 313 cu inch auto.
The engines were sometimes called semi hemi because of the semi hemispherical chambers in the heads and came in either 318 cu inch or 313 cu inch.
Remember, this was the era of hemi Chrysler AA fuellers and funnies.
The one I owned had press button auto cable setup same as the valiants with a beautiful chrome button arrangement on the dash so you simply pressed the button required for whatever gear. 1,2,3 neutral reverse park for memory.
Parts cost an absolute fortune, I seem to remember a sump gasket kit costing something like $80 but it was a long time ago, and building tradies wages at the time were about $23 a week.
Needless to say when I had used it to do what I wanted to do with it like driving to Adelaide from Brisbane and back with a car on a trailer, I built the trailer too, I wrecked it and fitted the engine and box into an FC ute, so now some older people on here will know who I am but that's ok.
Why did I fit it to an FC ute ? probably because so many people said it could not be done.
Drove the ute around for 6 months including a trip to Sydney with the car on trailer then sold it for $500.
Rest of the car virtually went to the tip although I did sell the power steer setup for $15.
Ah the good old days.

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you must have done well to fit that poly into the fc, they say they dont even fit into a pre-ve valiant due to the width although i have heard of people that have fitted them there too. thats why chrysler made the LA 273 - narrower and differently angled head/exhaust setup to fit into the valiant engine bays.

your ute must have been a weapon!!

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Yes, it was fun, not a speed machine but quick off the line and great for towing.
Raced at Surfers drags a couple of times but it had no legs, so the tired old engine was lucky breaking 16's.
Opposition was a 427 ford customline all out drag car doing 14's.
Gees, if I sat at Willowbank now waiting for a 14 second car to get down the track, I would be asleep before it got to the end.
Was great for blowing off XW Gt's at the lights though, at least until they realized it was not the average old FC.
When I think of some things I did to build that car, I wonder how I am still alive.
No such thing as engineering in those days.
Fortunately no RWC or Safety Certs either.

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should have sold the sump gasket for a tidy packet!

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Andrew

My first car was a '60 Royal, 313, PB auto, power steering and brakes, used to go like stink! In those days the average Joe bought a Holden or Pommy car, if you had a few bob or lived in the country, you would buy a Royal, Cusso, Chev, or Pontiac. My grandpa had a 55 Cusso, he was a farmer and drove that thing into the ground (when it would start!)

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"If your car has quarter vents, a diff at the back, and was available with wind-down windows, you may talk to me.
Otherwise I am not interested. Amen."

Nice Car.

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In the early to mid 70's I had a mate who put a Chrysler Royal Chassis and running gear under an FE sedan. The chassis was shortened and fish plated to the FE wheelbase and therefore without engineering could not be registered. The owner tried various ways to get it registered all to no avail. It had copper plated tappet covers on the 313 V8. The push button auto controls were on the right side of the dash. The steering column and wheel along with the original Chrysler wheels and trims were also fitted. It drove well.
I had an identical FE in 2 tone blue with blue interior. I paid $170 for it at a time in history when you could by an FE FC for $2 on a Saturday morning (remember the $499 Club?) at Sydney Motor Auctions in Carter Street Lidcombe! It was a one owner 50,000 mile car when I bought it and was written off on the Chisholm Road, Wellington Road intersection at Auburn in Sydney in 1976 when I was hit almost head on by a 186S 4 speed Silver Mink Monaro! And the monaro drove away leaving me between the traffic lights and power pole...... The rego was AEW667 on the monaro. Where is it now? I parted out the FE with some of the parts going to the Chrysler powered FE owner. I found this FE in 1997 as it was advertised for $850 in the Trading Post. It was still with the same owner! What happened to it?

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I think the reversed "C" pillar detracted from its good looks. They were no more rust buckets than anything else around that time, in actual fact they were a lot better. Certainly nowhere near Holdens production numbers. A few years back I bought an AP6 Wayfarer from north western NSW, the bloke had a heap of cars on his joint, but he had been ordered by council to clean up his property because of a whinging neighbour about half a kilometre away who could catch a glimpse of it from their place. Anyway he had 3 Chrysler Plainsman he offered me real cheap, quite a rare car. 2 were good, 1 suited as a parts car. I had nowhere to store them, plus the logistics and cost to get them back to sydney wasn't viable for me at the time. They ended up crushed a few days later, such a shame.
Non-Surfman, here's a cool Wayfarer getting around out around stdney

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haha,I like that one,I may have to change my sign in to 68swimmingwagon..:)
Yeah those ones are cool mate,I like the ute,wagon needs 2inches lower with vintage mags...:D

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they were an ugly car but the front reminds me of the batmobile

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thats a lot of chrome on that grill alone

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"just my 2cents worth"

"were going to need a bigger shed"

WE BUY THEM,WE REBUILD THEM,WE LOVE THEM,
WELL I DO !!!
regards Triple D
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"just my 2cents worth"

"were going to need a bigger shed"

WE BUY THEM,WE REBUILD THEM,WE LOVE THEM,
WELL I DO !!!
regards Triple D
trippled75@yahoo.com.au
https://web.archive....

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