The fluid had a Viscosity Index of greater than 80. This is to keep from dropping the plug and having it go to the bottom of the bellousing. . Turn the engine over until the filler bolt lines up. For example, with the great emphasis that they have always placed on the preciousness of human life, the engineers of Dodge gave the world such fundamental improvements as All Steel Bodies and Hydraulic Brakes-both magnificent contributions to your safety in driving. Dodge was the only division to put the fancy name on its cars.
All models were powered by a 230 cid inline six cylinder engine. The Fluid Drive transmission has a slightly longer input shaft to accommodate the greater depth of the coupling. The Custom was offered in 4-door 6 passenger Sedan, 4-door 6 passenger Town Sedan, 4-door 7 passenger Sedan, 2-door Club Coupe and 2-door Convertible models. The adjustment of the dashpot and replacement of Fluid Drive seals are addressed in detail in the factory service manual. For the driver, All-Fluid Drive continues to mean new extremes of comfort, safety, and control. Except payment thru pay pal. The service manual recommends using a magnetic socket for the same reason.
You can tell the Dodge was always garage kept; no rust anywhere and the paint and chrome shine up nicely. The car had survived in original condition even though it had been left out in the elements. Ending date of the P15 at U. Desoto S11 estimated model year production First column entries are U. A tightly sealed, close-fitting steel housing surrounds these two Fluid Drive parts.
In some ways, Fluid Drive is like a very simple automatic transmission. Another tremendous advantage comes when your Dodge runs into soft sand or mud holes or deep snow heaps. So if car xxx39 was a 1946 model, car xxx40 became the first 1947 model rather than restarting the sequence at xxx01 again. Remove this plate and you can turn the engine by hand or gently bumping the starter until the filler plug lines up in the inspection hole in the bellhousing. I did put seat covers on the front and back seats. Thanks Brady I just had my 1941 Chrysler Royal converted from 6 volts to 12 volts, and I wish I had not listen to the mechanic, because now I can't get the transmission to shift up. So if it is going up hill and not revving very fast you may notice some slippage.
In fact, that very virtue is its strongest recommendation. Automobile quarterly, v 32, 3, January 1994. Car is on stock wheels and rims. So I have added proportionate factors to each series, to bring the serial numbers up to the monthly production of the 1946 - 1948 models and 1946 - 1954 models. If not, top off with 10W non-detergent motor oil. Get the factory shop manual or at least a MoToR's Manual covering 1940-1954, and read-up on your Dodge. This was in the 1962+ time frame.
There were a few small rust spots on the floor and the trunk but I fixed them and nothing has progressed since I've owned the car. The driver could, if not concerned with fast acceleration, drive the car all day long in high range, stopping and starting, without ever having to touch the clutch pedal or lever unless faster acceleration or reversing was required. Now they bring a great new advancement to the low price field! Special tool set and other tools required to do the repairs. You can tell the Dodge was always garage kept; no rust anywhere and the paint and chrome shine up nicely. Dropping the transmission is no big deal in these cars.
The production figure book for U. Desoto and Dodge D25 cars built in the U. If the Fluid Drive was mated to a manual transmission, the driver still needed to use the clutch to shift between any of the gears. I reserve the right to end the auction early as the Dodge is for sale locally and I'm open to reasonable buy it now offers as well. Besides the cool looking Fluid Drive script on your rear deck, what did you get? Only a before and after session on a dynamometer would tell for sure, but I feel that it moves out much faster. Douglas, you sir are a Godsend! Production of the 1949 P17 and P18 began around January 1, 1949, but the P15 models continued to be built, probably into early March.
Chassis units built are apportioned proportionately over each model year. My long association with and my keen, natural interest in this field of transportation makes me seek an apt comparison which the average person who is not an engineer will understand. Fluid Drive could also be mated to the semi-automatic transmission, which was not automatic in any way and should not be confused with Fluid Drive. Text of a 1941 Dodge Fluid-Drive brochure Fifteen operations are necessary to start a car and get into high gear in the usual way. You have to turn the coupling so that the plug is at the bottom, to completely drain the coupling. Bill Watson wrote: Fluid Drive referred to the fluid coupling between the engine and the clutch, and had nothing to do with the transmission.
I usually just drive it around town to shows and barley put 500 miles a year on it. Chrysler also built this model in Canada in spite of its low volume. Thicker oil has too much drag. The interior is filled with two gallons of a special grade of oil with very low viscosity, so that the impeller and runner are completely submerged. For example, to shift into gear you would put the clutch in just like a regular three speed. The fluid had anti-foaming and anti-oxidation additives. Check the Fluid Drive oil level.
What makes them different to most people is the ability to be in gear with your foot on the brake not the clutch. The 48 Dodge did not use the M6 semi automatic transmission. Simply far less work at the wheel. The author welcomes any criticism, comments or corrections to this article or the table at the end of the page. After the pause shift from low-low to low-high, I would then throw the switch as the shift lever passed neutral. Thanks in advance and I'm sorry for the beginner question. Hence, brake fluid for convertible tops and what Bob's mentioned about 10W motor oil in the fluid coupling.