Evolution of Chrysler, Dodge and DeSoto Hemi Engines

Evolution of Chrysler, Dodge and DeSoto Hemi Engines: A Brief History from Andy Bernbaum Auto Parts

Chrysler Corporation was late to the game with V8 engine power. While Ford and Cadillac had been mass producing V8 power plants since the 1930’s Chrysler continued to power their top of the line cars with flathead straight 8 power right up until 1950. But when Chrysler finally did enter the V8 arena, they did it with a bang! The iconic Chrysler “Firepower” Hemi V8 came out for the 1951 model year and was a sensation, beating the overhead valve Cadillac V8 by 20 horsepower and powering the Hemi equipped Chryslers to Caddy beating 0-60 times too. In one fantastic Read More


Chrysler Flathead 6 Cylinder Engines 1935-1959 Part 2

Previously, we touched on a few variations in design, but there are plenty more. Almost all flathead engines had aluminum pistons with a 4 ring design; the top two being compression and the bottom two oil control. From 1935 through 1940 both compression rings were 1/8 inch thick (.125”) and the oil control rings were 5/32 of an inch (.15625”). In 1941, the top compression ring was changed to 3/32 of an inch (.09375”). In 1942, both compression rings were changed to 3/32. This configuration was used through 1959 in the US. Foreign built cars had some exceptions to this. Read More

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Chrysler Flathead 6 Cylinder Engines 1935-1959 Part 1

From 1935 through 1959 Chrysler passenger car flathead 6 cylinder engines developed a reputation for durability. They looked similar, but went through several changes along the way. For our purposes we will concentrate on the Plymouth and Dodge engines (PD) and the 1937 through 1954 Chrysler and DeSoto engines (CD). The PD engines are both 23.5” long, as measured at the head. 1935 through 1941 Plymouth engines had a bore of 3.125” for a displacement of 201 cubic inches. The Dodge engines throughout had a bore of 3.25” as did the Plymouth engines from 1942 though 1959 giving either 218 Read More


How to read original Mopar parts books

Original parts numbers can be quite useful. In this day of Ebay, original part numbers can make the difference in finding the exact part that you need. Maybe the seller only has the part number without knowing the correct application. Factory Parts Books are broken down into several different sections. Let’s use a 1960 Parts Catalog as an example. Section 2 deals with front suspension. Let’s look up the lower ball joint for a 1960 Plymouth. From the picture below, you see it is listed as Ball Joint 2-10-55. The number is called the Part-Type Code and it tells us Read More

Safety First with Andy Bernbaum

Safety First!

One of the biggest developments over the past few decades in the automotive industry has been safety. Cars are now designed to completely protect the passengers with improved crumple zones, seat belts, and air bags. Cars in the 1940’s and 1950’s were designed with a different idea in mind, style. They were designed to be stylish, functional, or both. Yet, there are many things that owners can do to ensure our safety while driving these beautiful relics of a past era.             One of the most important components of keeping you classic Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler or Plymouth as safe as Read More

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Replacement Glass for Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and DeSoto: Here’s Some Information That Can Help You Make Your Car More Attractive and Safer Too!

If you are dealing with an antique or vintage Chrysler, Plymouth, DeSoto or Dodge car or truck there is a pretty good chance that you’re going to need to replace glass at some point, and it’s a good idea. Cracked, chipped or delaminated windshield or windows is ugly and is a safety issue too. We deal in a lot of glass here at Bernbaum’s, here’s some factoids to consider. 1930- 1939 The flat glass era…until 1939 every piece of glass on in the MoPar line was flat, and we have patterns for all of it. Any piece of glass you Read More

Evolution of Chrysler, Dodge and DeSoto Hemi Engines

Everything you want to know about Fluid Drive

One of the questions we get asked frequently here at ABAP is HOW to drive the Fluid Drive equipped cars. We understand the confusion as the Fluid Drive equipped cars don’t drive like a standard shift, don’t drive like a modern automatic, and to make it all more confusing, different cars in the Chrysler line up were operated differently, and the different car lines used different “brand names” for their Fluid Drive set ups! What could possibly go wrong! First a little background Chrysler Corp rolled out the FLUID DRIVE coupling on 1939 Chryslers. In these early cars the Fluid Read More


Vintage Car Radios: We’ve Got Them at Andy Bernbaum’s!

  I just love old radios, of every kind. There is something about listening to a vintage radio that connects you to the past in a way that very few things can do. The warm sound that comes from a tube radio is just so much nicer than a modern solid state one. The gentle glow of the dial light at night is so cozy.  And the way the sound comes up SLOWLY as those tubes warm up. I think it’s just the greatest! Hundreds of vintage radios We’ve got about 100 vintage radios in stock here at Andy Bernbaum’s, Read More


Winter is Coming. What Do You Want to Accomplish Before December 1st?

OK I know, slow down! It’s currently 88 degrees here in Boston and we have plenty of great driving weather left before the snow flies. BUT it occurred to me over the weekend that I have a long list of projects that I would really like to accomplish before my cars go into deep dark storage for the winter. Of course for all you lucky folks in the sun belt, or who have toasty heated workshop/garages you can disregard this idea. But for the rest of us, it’ time go start whittling away at that “to do list” if you Read More