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Old 10-20-2007, 11:33 PM
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1957 Dodge Hemi

Today I picked up a neat old 1957 Dodge Coronet 2dr post. I got it solely for the Hemi and tq flite and push button trans shifter. My general question is... this is a 4bbl 57. As far as I was aware all 4bbl Hemi's in 57 were 392's. Anyone know different? I have several 354 hemis and they all had 392 heads on them, I even have a 392 2x4 cast irom manifold. You would think that I would be the one in the know here.

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Just so you'll know, no '57 Dodge passenger car was available with the Chrysler 392. The Coronet with the D500 option would have been a Dodge 325 hemi. If by some remote chance it had the very rare D501 Police option it would have had a Chrysler 354.

Four barrel intake manifolds were available from 54-57 in all Chrysler and Dodge hemis, and from 55-57 in DeSoto hemis. Not withstanding the dual four barrel versions that were available for all three (55-57 Chrysler hemis, 56-57 DeSoto hemis, and only in 56 for the Dodge hemis).

Also, the only way 392 heads will work on a low deck (331-354) block is if you use a log intake manifold. The difference in deck height between the low deck (331-354) and high deck block (392) combined with the additional material on the intake side of the 392 heads will result in severe misalignment and stock or aftermarket intakes other than the log intake, just won't fit.

Although highly unlikely, I suppose there is a remote possibility that someone might have swapped a 392 into that Coronet somewhere in the distant past, if that's the case and I doubt it is, consider yourself very lucky.

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Today I picked up a neat old 1957 Dodge Coronet 2dr post. I got it solely for the Hemi and tq flite and push button trans shifter. My general question is... this is a 4bbl 57. As far as I was aware all 4bbl Hemi's in 57 were 392's. Anyone know different? I have several 354 hemis and they all had 392 heads on them, I even have a 392 2x4 cast irom manifold. You would think that I would be the one in the know here.
Sounnds like a cool car does it run ?
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Sittin under a tree

for about 25 years. I am only interested in the power train, the body has much rust, but no body damage. All brightwork, etc...


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Sounnds like a cool car does it run ?
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If the 57 Dodge is a real D500, you may make a few bucks selling the car complete. The D500's are very desirable and rare cars. I would do a little research on it before parting it out.
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57 Coro Sedan D500

Hello, all !

Swept 57 posted this thread to the Forwardlook's website, which recognizes/discusses 1955 - 1961 MoPars.

As a starting-point, the 1957 Dodge Coronet 2-dr sedan D500 was, indeed, a factory hotrod, as the body was the lightest/tightest/cheapest configuration (just like the 1968 Road Runner).

I have become able to decypher 57-60 Dodge Paint/Trim data plates, and would love to see exactly what kind of car, yours may be!

Coro sedan D500's are VERY rare (a lot more-so, than the top-end Custom Royals) due to their being used-up and discarded, instead of their being treated as valued family-members, etcetcetc...

Virtually all body and mechanical components (except for the masonite headliner & sun visors, and, they, too are available at the big, national wrecking yards) are available, so, a full restoration is very doable.

When you are done (or, when the restorer whom you might sell the car to is done renovating it) the car will be very valuable, and a definite Barrett Jackson candidate, if restored to OEM appearance/specs.

Speaking of which, the engine is a 325 c.i. Dodge Hemi, and its engine stamping number (visible by the base of the oil filler tube) should be :"KD500-1xxx" .

The Paint/Trim plate will also confirm the D500 provenance.

ALSO: please CAREFULLY! reach up/behind the glovebox; the Broadcast Sheet may still be masking-taped there--that Sheet is the car's Pedigree.

Later, we can talk about your getting a copy of the Factory's I.B.M. Build Card copy (which is the car's Birth Certificate, with even-more info on how/when the car was built.

If you really want to hot-rod the car, you could install correct dual 4-barrel WCFB carbs (the "Super D500" engine option), or 3-deuces; for a vintage greasy-kid hotrodder effect!

You, or anyone else, may PM me, about 56 -61 D500 Dodges.

PLEASE, restore this car, with its 'small' Hemi, or consider selling it to someone who can afford to restore it properly!

Thanks,

Neil Vedder
Bishop, CA
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57 dodge

Hello, again Hoopity (sorry, I don't know your name); over on the forwardlook.net website, under the "General Discussion" Board you
will find a thread "Lotsa Stuff has to go" , wherein Rick Chaplin (aka: "Alumcan") offers to sell a lot of real Hot-rod engine stuff !

Please; go over there & check it out!

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1957 dodge coronet d-500

we bought one to restore but can't figure out where to look up the paint codes? Does anyone know where i can find these things out? it also has a hemi in it...
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