The Development of the Chrysler K Car
The Chrysler Corporation's K-cars were an automobile platform of
compact-to-midsize cars designed to carry six adults on two bench seats and
were aimed not only to replace Chrysler's nominally compact F-body Aspen
and Volaré, but also to compete with intermediates like the Chevrolet
Malibu and Ford Fairmont. Based on their passenger space, the K-cars were
placed in the same "midsize" category by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency as Chrysler's significantly larger and heavier M-body
The K cars have been categorized as compact for their external size and
small front-wheel drive layout. Technically, the K cars include only the
Dodge Aries, Plymouth Reliant, second generation Chrysler LeBaron, and the
Dodge 400, which used the K platform. The rest of the K-derivatives,
including Chrysler's minivans, were based on the K platform with
adaptations and modifications to suit vehicles of different sizes and
intended usage. These vehicles had modified suspensions and were longer and
heavier than the original K-cars, but all had the same basic architecture:
a solid beam rear axle, independent front suspensions with MacPherson
struts, and front-wheel drive (except for the AWD minivans). Sometimes,
they also shared numerous internal components and trim pieces (e.g., the
Reliant and first-generation Voyager).
1978 LeBaron TV Commercial.
'78 LeBaron, with the awesome rims : "Turbine Wheels", and these nice
tires, with the large white line (=i do not know the name, in american ??!)
= splendid !
And featuring, the american TV actor, Frank Converse, hero of the TV show
"Movin' On" !
See my LeBaron =
Imperial Over Lincoln for 1959 Comparison
Imperial Over Lincoln for 1959 video from the Chrysler Master Technician
Service Conference Training Series. Used as a training tool for dealer
salesmen and a sales tool for potential customers.
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Wishes on Wheels - Chrysler Forward Look
Forward Look was a design theme employed by Virgil Exner in styling the
1955 through 1961 Chrysler Corporation vehicles.
When Exner joined Chrysler, the company's vehicles were being fashioned by
engineers instead of designers, and so were considered outmoded, unstylish
designs. Exner fought to change this structuring, and got control over the
design process, including the clay prototypes and the die models used to
create production tooling.
After seeing the P-38-inspired tailfins on the 1948 Cadillac, Exner adopted
fins as a central element of his vehicle designs. He believed in the
aerodynamic benefits of the fins, and even used wind tunnel testing at the
University of Michigan—but he also liked their visual effects on the car.
Exner lowered the roofline and made the cars sleeker, smoother, and more
aggressive. In 1955, Chrysler introduced "The New 100-Million Dollar Look".
With a long hood and short deck, the wedgelike designs of the Chrysler 300
letter series and revised 1957 models suddenly brought the company to the
forefront of design, with Ford and General Motors quickly working to catch
up. The 1957 Plymouths were advertised with the slogan, "Suddenly, it's
A Mopar oil filter from the late 1950s bears the Forward Look logo
Fins soon lost popularity. By the late 1950s Cadillac, Chrysler and many
other marques had escalated the size of fins until some thought they were
stylistically questionable, and they became a symbol of American excess in
the early 60s. 1961 is considered the last of the "Forward Look" designs.
The 1962's were referred to as "plucked chickens" by Exner.
78 Dodge Diplomat vs Ford Granada Ghia & Olds CutlassTom Kite featured
78 model year. This basic car stayed in production until 1989. Diplomats
were used extensively as Police Cars and Taxi Cabs after 1981 when the
Aspen and St Regis were removed from the Dodge Line Up. It proved to be a
very successful car for Dodge. Diplomats were based off the Dodge Aspen.
They share much in styling. Even the doors of the car were the same.
Diplomats phased out the stylish two door and wagon in the early eighties.
Wink Martindale is the voice over for this video.
Just Arrived - The 1986 Chrysler New Yorker
It just came today...
My dreams have finally been fullfilled!!!!!!!!
This car also has auto level air ride suspension!
Note: It only has 52,800 miles on it. The mileage on the instrument
cluster was from a replacement one.
Also, the radio is not original. I would like to find the original one and
install it instead.
Long Live the K-Car
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1990 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 1990 Chrysler New Yorker
Fifth Avenue I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
1975 Imperial LeBaron & Chrysler New Yorker and Newport promo
Dealer Promo Film. These films were created by Roy Ross and used by
Chrysler Dealers using their Kodak Supermatic 60 film projectors. They
could be viewed by sales people or even by the potential customer. The
Kodak Supermatic 60 film system was launched in the early 70's. They used
a film loop cartridge. 1975 was the best selling year for Chrysler since
1969 even though overall, 1975 was a poor year for the auto industry in
general. A mere 9000 Imperials were sold in it's final year as a make of
car. The Imperials would be reintroduced three more times by Chrysler, one
in 2007 as a Show Car
Junkyard Cars Chrysler Imperial Hot Spot
Here is a junkyard I found in Fresno, California. There was about 5 acres
of nothing but Chrysler Imperial's. I also ran across an old Jeepster, and
29 Chevy truck, some old hit and miss motors, and an Guiberson 9 cylinder
radial diesel tank engine. There was a lot more to look at but I did not
have time to see everything.
Batman's Tumbler - Jay Leno's Garage
Batman's Tumbler. Warner Bros. Transportation Coordinator Hobart Lundt
takes Jay for a super-fun ride in the custom-built Tumbler from Chris
Nolan's Batman trilogy.
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Chrysler Town & Country - 3 Common Problems and How to Fix
Other Town & Country Problems:
Top 3 Common Problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx4DhTAjrdY
Fix the sliding door not working:
Fix the dome line not working: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc4X-lMFNWQ
Fix the door lock actuator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvnrXR316Lg
ry.html Click on the link above for more pictures and descriptions on
how to fix the sliding door lock actuator on a Chrysler Town and Country
and Dodge Caravan. The part cost around $50 and it takes a couple of hours
to do the repair. You need to remove the door panel and locking bracket.
For more details and pictures check out the blog