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56 Dodge Custom Royal 4dr Sedan
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Posted 2020-06-21 9:08 AM (#599945 - in reply to #555178)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Custom Royal 4dr Sedan

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A little summary for power groups 34x:

342 = Power Seat
344 = Power Windows – all
345 = Power Brakes (probably; because the last digit is «5»)
346 = ? (Dave’s car – I guess the «6» stands on this place exactly…)

I am assuming that «missing» codes might be:

341 = Power Steering
343 = Power Windows – Front only

Only Dave’s car and the station wagon equipped with PS and PB; and only these cars have accessory group 8 = ?ode 358
(I can't stop thinking, that 8 is power steering and brakes based on Mike Petersen’s book)
Could the ’56 Dodge accessory group #8 was the late «Power Group or Safety Group»? By analogue with ’57 and ’58 Dodges safety group that included PS and PB…
What the code 346 is this? PS + PB (341 + 345) too?

(Power Group 342.JPG)

(Power Group 344.JPG)

(Power Group 345.JPG)

(Power Group 346.JPG)

Attachments Power Group 342.JPG (120KB - 49 downloads)
Attachments Power Group 344.JPG (152KB - 50 downloads)
Attachments Power Group 345.JPG (141KB - 50 downloads)
Attachments Power Group 346.JPG (159KB - 50 downloads)
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Posted 2020-09-12 9:01 PM (#603142 - in reply to #555178)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Custom Royal 4dr Sedan


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Location: California

56D500boy said the following ...

"I believe that, despite what the IBM car suggests, the brakes on my car have been 12" CenterPlane since it left the LA factory in May 1956. There were no 11" CenterPlane brakes. I do NOT know why the IBM card suggests that there were. LA IBM cards are difficult to intrepret and LA cowl tags are worse.

              Interesting information that you have presented. But, if you say that the 1956 D500 cars never had 11" brakesdidn't the other 1956 Dodge car models (except police cars) use 11" x 2" brakes ?

Also, by looking at your car's IBM build card, it also looks like it is marked off with a 10" or 11" clutch, weren't that apply that your car had originally a manual transmission, instead of an automatic Powerflite 2-speed transmission that you car had when you first purchased it used ? Could you please explain ?

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Posted 2020-09-12 9:44 PM (#603143 - in reply to #603142)
Subject: RE: 56 Dodge Custom Royal 4dr Sedan

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chryslerman101 - 2020-09-12 6:01 PM
Could you please explain ?

I wish I could. No one alive can.

After almost 4 years and many people trying to help me figure things out, we still have not unravelled the tangled mess that is the 56 Dodge LA plant IBM cards and cowl tags. We know now that the cards were based on 1955 Detroit Plymouth build cards and all the slots that pertained to that car. Why the LA 56 Dodges got these cards and what they really mean can only be answered by people who worked in the plant and now are likely very dead.

We should arrange a séance and get to the bottom this.

Edited by 56D500boy 2020-09-12 11:21 PM
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