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For those that are MOPAR challenged like me I found this great reference list.  I hope it's accurate. :unsure:


A Body--1960-1976:
Plymouth: Valiant (all), Barracuda ('64-'69), Duster ('70-'76), Scamp ('71-'76) 
Dodge: Lancer ('61-'62), Dart ('63-'76), Demon ('71-'72), Dart Sport ('73-'76)
Wheelbases: 
106: '63-'66 Valiant; '64-'66 Barracuda; '63-'66 Dart wagons
106.5: '60-'62 Valiant; '61-'62 Lancer
108: '67-'73 Valiant; '67-'69 Barracuda; '70-'76 Duster; '71-'72 Demon; '73-'76 Dart Sport
111: '71-'76 Scamp; '74-'76 Valiant; '63-'76 Dart (ex. wagons); Canadian Valiant (Dart front clip, Valiant body, 111" wb)

B Body--1962-1979:
(Note: although this chassis debuted in 1962, Chrysler's practice of naming chassis by letter did not begin until 1964-65.)
Plymouth: Savoy ('62-'64), Belvedere ('62-'70), Satellite ('65-'74), GTX ('67-'74), Road Runner ('68-'75), Fury ('62-'64, '75-'78)
Dodge: Dart ('62), Polara ('62-'64), 220 ('63-'64, Canada only), 330 ('63-'64), 440 ('63-'64), Coronet ('65-'76), Charger ('66-'78), 
Super Bee ('69-'71), Monaco ('77-'78), Magnum ('78-'79)
Chrysler: Cordoba ('75-'79), 300 ('79)
Wheelbases:
115: '71-'79 all 2 door models (incl. Charger, Magnum, Cordoba, 300)
116: '62-'70 Plymouths ex. wagons; '62-'66 Plymouth wagons; '62 Dart; '62-'64 Polara; '63-'64 Dodge 220, 330, 440
117: '67-'74 Plymouth wagons; '71-'74 Plymouth 4 doors; '65-'70 Dodges
117.5: '75-'78 Plymouth and Dodge 4 doors & wagons
118: '71-'74 Dodge 4 doors & wagons

C Body--1965-1978:
Plymouth: Fury ('65-'74), VIP ('66-'69), Gran Fury ('75-'77) (NOTE: Gran Fury was a high-line sub-model of C body Fury '70-'74)
Dodge: Custom 880 ('65), Polara ('65-'73), Monaco ('65-'76), Royal Monaco ('77) (NOTE: Royal Monaco was a high-line sub-model of C body Monaco '75-'76)
Chrysler: 300 ('65-'71), Newport, New Yorker
Imperial: all models ('74-'75) 
Wheelbases:
119: '65-'68 Plymouths (ex. wagons)
120: '69-'73 Plymouths (ex. wagons), '74 Fury I/II
121: '65-'66 Plymouth wagons; '65-'66 Dodges; '65-'66 Chrysler wagons
121.5: '75-'77 Plymouths (ex. wagons); '74-'77 Dodges (ex. wagons)
122: '67-'73 Plymouth wagons, '74 Fury III/Gran Fury; '67-73 Dodges; '67-'73 Chrysler wagons
124: '74-'77 Plymouth and Dodge wagons; '65-'78 Chrysler sedans; '74-'78 Chrysler wagons; '74-'75 Imperials
[The C body may date from 1961 or 1962 in the Chrysler models, although Chrysler considers the C body to have begun in 1965]

D Body--1957-1973:
(Note: although the chassis design began in 1957, Chrysler did not begin identifying chassis by letter until 1964-1965.)
Imperial: all models
Wheelbases:
127: '67-'73
129: '57-'66

E body--1970-1974:
Plymouth: Barracuda
Dodge: Challenger
Wheelbases:
108: Barracuda
110: Challenger

F Body--1976-1980:
Plymouth: Volare, Road Runner, [Duster '79-'80, was a Volare package]
Dodge: Aspen, R/T 
Wheelbases:
108.7: all 2 door models
112.7: all 4 door models

Edited by afx

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I recall reading somewhere long ago that the B body cars in the 68-70 era were the same wheelbase but the Dodge was listed as having an inch longer wheelbase so people thought they were getting a bigger car for the extra money over the Plymouth.

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5 minutes ago, ZTony8 said:

I recall reading somewhere long ago that the B body cars in the 68-70 era were the same wheelbase but the Dodge was listed as having an inch longer wheelbase so people thought they were getting a bigger car for the extra money over the Plymouth.

The 1968 to 1970 Dodge Charger inner skull with the chassis's would interchange with the other B-Body's of it's kind like the Road Runner ect ect. The different was the interiors and exteriors. The inner sheet metal was all the same. The 2nd Gen Charger (1968- 1970) had 115inch wheel base. This also was the same for the Road Runner ect ect. The 1st gen cars (1966- 1967 Chargers) was smaller then the 2nd Gen cars was. The 2nd Gen cars are a ton of steel. 2400IBs I do believe they weigh.

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Thanks for the list, maybe it's a very stupid question ..... from a European guy.....but ehhhh......what does the term "MOPAR" mean?:unsure:

 

Hermann.

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22 minutes ago, Hermann Kersten said:

Thanks for the list, maybe it's a very stupid question ..... from a European guy.....but ehhhh......what does the term "MOPAR" mean?:unsure:

 

Hermann.

Mopar is a nickname for Chrysler products, it comes from the name of their parts organization. I always found it odd that the company's parts department became the nickname for the company's cars (kind of like if you referred to a GM car as a "Goodwrench"), but hey, I guess it works. :)

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1 hour ago, Hermann Kersten said:

Thanks for the list, maybe it's a very stupid question ..... from a European guy.....but ehhhh......what does the term "MOPAR" mean?:unsure:

 

Hermann.

"Mopar[1] is the parts, service and customer care organization within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The name is a portmanteau of the words "MOtor" and "PARts".[1][2]

Mopar also designs and builds a small number of customized vehicles."

The above statement was taken from Wikipedia.

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I've been a life-long champion of the 1967-1976 A Bodies , particularly the 1969 Dart , 1974 Hang 10 Dart Sport , and all of the "29" models ( bodystyle "29" is  code for "Special" or "Semi-Fastback"  : "2" = 2 Door , "9" = "Special" , e.g. , Duster , et al. ) . This was cast-in-stone in 1971 when my parents were gifted my paternal grandmother's 1969 Dart Custom ( "Custom" was a trim level which replaced the "270" model ) , as my grandmother -- aged 74 in 1971 -- stopped driving .

My first car was a 1972 Swinger ( EV2 Hemi Orange with V1W top and E2XW interior ) which I bought in 1989 for $800 from its original owner . Now , at that time , 1972 & later cars had little to no 'intrinsic' value as they were summarily dismissed as "Smog Hogs" (1972 was the first model year for expanded Evapourative Emissions Standards ; the "Charcoal Cannister" was introduced which meant more vacuum lines and related power losses)  .

My second car was a1973 Duster which I bought for $70 in 1992 . Everything worked on that car -- everything ! Ice cold air conditioning ( oh , how I miss R12 ! ) , blast furnace heater , factory AM/FM radio , etc.

So , while everyone was clamouring for the coveted 1971 & earlier cars , I was buying 1972 & later models at dirt cheap prices ! Times hath turned , however , and now that -- all being equal -- seventy-dollar 1973 Duster would run about $7,000 ! The Dart ? Easily $15,000 !

While I positively love all of the classics , I've always come back to MoPar . After all , I cut my teeth around them .  

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5 hours ago, 1972coronet said:

I've been a life-long champion of the 1967-1976 A Bodies , particularly the 1969 Dart , 1974 Hang 10 Dart Sport , and all of the "29" models ( bodystyle "29" is  code for "Special" or "Semi-Fastback"  : "2" = 2 Door , "9" = "Special" , e.g. , Duster , et al. ) . This was cast-in-stone in 1971 when my parents were gifted my paternal grandmother's 1969 Dart Custom ( "Custom" was a trim level which replaced the "270" model ) , as my grandmother -- aged 74 in 1971 -- stopped driving .

My first car was a 1972 Swinger ( EV2 Hemi Orange with V1W top and E2XW interior ) which I bought in 1989 for $800 from its original owner . Now , at that time , 1972 & later cars had little to no 'intrinsic' value as they were summarily dismissed as "Smog Hogs" (1972 was the first model year for expanded Evapourative Emissions Standards ; the "Charcoal Cannister" was introduced which meant more vacuum lines and related power losses)  .

My second car was a1973 Duster which I bought for $70 in 1992 . Everything worked on that car -- everything ! Ice cold air conditioning ( oh , how I miss R12 ! ) , blast furnace heater , factory AM/FM radio , etc.

So , while everyone was clamouring for the coveted 1971 & earlier cars , I was buying 1972 & later models at dirt cheap prices ! Times hath turned , however , and now that -- all being equal -- seventy-dollar 1973 Duster would run about $7,000 ! The Dart ? Easily $15,000 !

While I positively love all of the classics , I've always come back to MoPar . After all , I cut my teeth around them .  

My first car was a '66 Valiant that my father bought for my mother in 1968.  It became mine when I got my license in 1975.  That car sold me as a Mopar guy!  I then bought a '66 Valiant Signet hardtop with a V8.  It had been in an accident on the left side but only had 28,000 miles on it in 1976 so I paid $200 for it.  My father paid to have it rebuilt by a body shop so I don't know what that cost.  My next car was a '65 Barracuda that I paid $100 for and kept over 30 years!

 

  I also owned a '73 Barracuda that I paid $1100 for and a '73 Valiant Scamp with 40,000 little ole lady miles on it for $800, both of those in the 1980s.   Right now the closest thing I own to a Mopar is my '96 Grand Caravan.  One day once my settles down I will buy something nice again!

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I'm a die hard Mopar fan. Its  the only thing Ive owned since maybe the late 70s

 

I'm actually in process of finally putting some vintage mopar iron back in my garage for the 1st time in close to 10 years ( the actual car in question )

 

1966 Plymouth Satellite , 426 hemi , console auto. Black with dark red interior ( the original color combination ) If all goes as planned it will be in my garage this fall ( maybe sooner )

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58 minutes ago, gtx6970 said:

I'm a die hard Mopar fan. Its  the only thing Ive owned since maybe the late 70s

 

I'm actually in process of finally putting some vintage mopar iron back in my garage for the 1st time in close to 10 years ( the actual car in question )

 

1966 Plymouth Satellite , 426 hemi , console auto. Black with dark red interior ( the original color combination ) If all goes as planned it will be in my garage this fall ( maybe sooner )

Bob-Hemi-Car.jpg.91538091333da09675160bdfbe941af9.jpg

 

 

Ever try to locate a brake master cylinder for a disc brake equipped '65-'66 Dart / Valiant / Barracuda or a '66 Satellite / Coronet ? 

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20 hours ago, 1972coronet said:

Ever try to locate a brake master cylinder for a disc brake equipped '65-'66 Dart / Valiant / Barracuda or a '66 Satellite / Coronet ? 

Nope, thats one rare option on the early cars . I believe the only difference between it and drum brake master is the reservoir is taller on disc brake cars ? I do know its still a single reservoir casting

 

This particular car has already been converted to the 67 and up dual reservoir brake system ( still drum brakes though,,,,,,,but disc brakes are in its future if I do acquire the car  )

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6 minutes ago, gtx6970 said:

Nope, thats one rare option on the early cars . I believe the only difference between it and drum brake master is the reservoir is taller on disc brake cars ? I do know its still a single reservoir casting

 

This particular car has already been converted to the 67 and up dual reservoir brake system ( still drum brakes though,,,,,,,but disc brakes are in its future if I do acquire the car  )

Exactly : still of a "dixie cup" design . The M/C for the disc brake option is indeed taller ; the other difference is the dual-outlet for the disc brake M/C : https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=28743&cc=1435842&jsn=444

  Amazingly , Rock Auto still shows these virtual anomalies as being available !

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I'm curious about chassis colors, I know the "pan" had factory over spray, what about the sub-frame, (front).

Also, the rear frame rails.

 

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1 hour ago, porschercr said:

I'm curious about chassis colors, I know the "pan" had factory over spray, what about the sub-frame, (front).

Also, the rear frame rails.

 

The only platforms to have a full-perimetre frame or a sub-frame were the D-Body ( Imperial ; a separate line from its Chrysler-branded relatives . 1965 was the last year for the D-body ) and the C-Body ( subframe , similar to G.M.'s Chevy II / Nova / Camaro / Firebird ; 1978 was the last year for the C-Body ) .

Chassis pan primer colours varied year-to-year , plant-to-plant . Grey is common ; red oxide was used as well , and ; Los Angeles-built cars used black . All had body colour overspray of varying degrees ; blackout was used on the radiator core support to cover the body colour (though darker colours were oftentimes built sans blackout) ; same with the wheel wells (including dark body colour) .

The subframe of the C-bodies ( Monaco , Polara , Fury , New Yorker , 1966 & later Imperial )  was a semi-gloss black , just like the 'K' member of A , B , C , E , F , M , J , and R bodies . 

Edited by 1972coronet

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3 minutes ago, 1972coronet said:

The only platforms to have a full-perimetre frame or a sub-frame were the D-Body ( Imperial ; a separate line from its Chrysler-branded relatives . 1965 was the last year for the D-body )

Actually, Chrysler switched to a unibody construction for '67 for the Imperial which had completely new styling. I remember this as there was a '67 Imperial sitting on the property (garage apartment I had) in dire need of a resto. That car was there for years and I remember my landlord saying he wished it was a '66 as they were easier to restore with their separate frames.

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27 minutes ago, MrObsessive said:

Actually, Chrysler switched to a unibody construction for '67 for the Imperial which had completely new styling. I remember this as there was a '67 Imperial sitting on the property (garage apartment I had) in dire need of a resto. That car was there for years and I remember my landlord saying he wished it was a '66 as they were easier to restore with their separate frames.

Bill is exactly right here.  All Imperials through 1966 were derived from the 1957 Imperial; in 1967 the Imperial became a derivative of the existing (1965 onward) C-Body.

But there were still some differences in the 1967/8 Imperial vs. other C-bodies....in the mid 1980's my younger brother bought one of the 400 or so 1968 Imperial convertibles ; he has to find Imperial-specific parts sources for a number of the chassis components as they require replacement. 

The remaning Imperials from 1969 onward were straight C-body derivatives, even sharing much of their exterior sheetmetal with the Chrysler lineup (although retaining a longer wheelbase for 1969-71, and (I think) 1972-73).   In 1976, of course, the Imperial was discontinued (though in reaility it lived on through 1978 badged as the Chrysler New Yorker Brougham).   TIM 

 

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