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Royal Duke

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About Royal Duke

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  • Birthday 03/08/1955

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    Male
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    Andover, Connecticut
  • Interests
    1957 Chevys, old Mopars, great food, riding my Harley
  • My Project Cars
    1953 Chevy 3100 5 window pickup

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    Old,still playing with toys.41 Chrysler Royal 4dr sedan, unrestored.
  • Occupation
    Retired from CT State service and USCGR

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    Connecticut
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    My family, antique cars, riding my Harley, trying to stay healthy,

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  1. Royal Duke

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    I purchased this 1941 Royal from a gentleman in Yakima, WA in December 2016 and had it delivered to me in the Tampa area of Florida. I drove my 1941 Chrysler Royal from Tampa to Connecticut in May 2017. I drive it 2-3 days a week during the Spring, Summer, and Fall while I am in CT. When I attend car shows, it receives as much or more attention than restored muscle cars. Once I get the issue of the FluidDrive not holding the high range shift (possibly lack of adequate vacuum), I want to drive it to Hemmings Motor News in Bennington , VT for one of their Thursday night cruises. The car is all original and sorted out just enough to keep it on the road.
  2. Royal Duke

    1947 Chrysler Windsor garage find finished

    i saw this car yesterday in Dade City FL car cruise. It is as nice "in person" as you see in the pictures. Royal Duke
  3. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Thank you 1955 Fargo. I will trace out the wiring on my car to see if it matches what you sent. Another thing I think i will try is to use some carb cleaner to see if possibly the kickdown is stuck inside the carburetor and thus affecting the shifting of the transmission.
  4. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Hey guys, I have still not figured out the problem with my 1941 Royal downshifting to the lower gear (LL from LH or HL from HH). I am convinced, perhaps wrongly, that it is due to a loss of vacuum. So my question is, where are the pilot valve and control valve located? Viewing the "Tech" manuals, they show the M5 and not the M4 vacamatic transmission. Your help would be greatly appreciated. It is getting cool out here now, and I'd like to get this straightened out. Duke
  5. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Dodgeb4ya and chrysler 1941 - thank you both for the helpful information. Duke
  6. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Can anyone send me an updated, accurate wiring schematic of the systems controlling the Fluid Drive M4 transmission? Failing that, perhaps pictures of how you have the governor, solenoid, and interrupter switch, etc wired in a properly operating Fluid Drive equipped car. I am nearly at wits end trying to figure this out. The schematic in the 1941 Chrysler shop manual does not reflect what I see on my car. So the question comes to mind, "Did someone years ago jury rig the wiring, or is the schematic not a true showing of how it is to be wired?" Duke
  7. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Dodgeb4ya - are the diaphram and piston types interchangeable? if so, do you want to sell one of the piston types you have? Duke
  8. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Chrysler1941 thanks. the picture of the solenoid you took is just like the one I have. The ball point pen like spring fits into the hollow in top of the cylinder and contacts the center point of the solenoid. Duke
  9. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Dodgeb4ya - does the parts book have exploded views of the early M4 diaprahm and solenoid systems? If so, can you forward those to me? Duke
  10. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    I put a voltage meter on the solenoid and it was bouncing around. I bought a NOS one off of ebay. The ohms reading was 1.8. When i removed the old solenoid, it read 2.2 ohms. Does anyone know what the resistance of the solenoid should be? Also, the spring that holds the pilot valve down is nothing more than what you would find in a ball point pen. Is that correct. There is little to no resistance to compress the spring. I am also going to siphon out the 10 weight motor oil in the fluid coupling and to change the fluid to the iso 32 9/16/17: I have read your helpful hints. I have attached a photo I took looking down onto the transmission. Perhaps the photo will better help you in knowing which unit I have. I have yet to take it off the jack stands to take it for a test drive after installing new rear motor mounts and the solenoid which I purchased off of ebay. Duke
  11. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    I put a voltage meter on the solenoid and it was bouncing around. I bought a NOS one off of ebay. The ohms reading for the new solenoid is 1.8. When I removed the old solenoid, it read 2.2 ohms. Does anyone know what the resistance of the solenoid should be? Also, the spring that holds the pilot valve down is nothing more than what you would find in a ball point pen. Is that correct?? There is little to no resistance to compress the spring. I am going to siphon out the 10W motor oil in the fluid coupling and replace it with ISO 32. I am also in the process of installing new rear rubber motor mounts, and so have not driven the car since changing the solenoid. I will let you all know how it works out, but since the car is still on jackstands, perhaps you could answer my two questions. Wayne
  12. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    Guys, i have been away for a week. Chrysler1941, what did you do to correct your problem? Duke
  13. Royal Duke

    Chrysler 1941 parts needed!!"

    I have the grille bars, interior pieces, carburetors, interior visors, interior handles, I think I also have some baklight trim pieces,side moldings, tail light housings and brake light housings, etc. i am not sure if it is permissible to include phone numbers to contact me or for me to contact you, but if so, I will check this post later today or tomorrow to discuss. Duke
  14. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    I am not sure which transmission it has, nor how to determine which transmission the car has? The car is an original vehicle. Spitfire 6 and Fluid Drive. Duke
  15. Royal Duke

    fluid drive downshifts

    I have a 1941 Chrysler Royal with a Fluid Drive transmission. It shifts from the high range to the low range on its own even though I am travelling on the a level or near level road and am not accelerating. Though I have read the various manuals, nothing addresses this occurance. I can hear and feel it "searching" for which range to be in, and ultimately, the lower range wins out. Seems to me to be, either a pressure problem (but the oil levels are full), or the diaphram is shot and not holding the vacuum. I would appreciate some assistance troubleshooting this problem. If it is the diaphram, can I disassemble the can and replace just the diaphram, and if so, what do I use? Duke
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