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56 Savoy Engine

Discussion in 'All other classic cars' started by oldhotrodder, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. oldhotrodder

    oldhotrodder New Member

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    I just picked up a 56 Savoy with engine code 1818729 or 1618729. Cant really tell. VIN 16076051. Body 201 80987. Not sure if this has the 270 or 277 engine in it? Does someone out there know?
     
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  2. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    Early Plymouth's used the Dodge Poly 270 V8 until the Plymouth A Poly was ready later in the year.

    A Dodge 270 Poly, or any other non A series Poly has a separate lifter valley cover.

    Non A series Polys were based on Chrysler or Dodge Hemi / Double rocker shaft Engines.

    The Plymouth A series 277 (actually 276) Poly Engine's intake manifold also serves as a valley cover.

    The Plymouth A series Poly evolved into the LA and Magnum V6, V8 and V10's

    Thanks
    Randy
     
  3. oldhotrodder

    oldhotrodder New Member

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    Ok gotcha Ill check tomorrow. Does anybody make a book on rebuilding these engines? I downloaded the factory service manual already. Any tips?
     
  4. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    @71Charger_fan may have some thoughts
     
  5. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    And to run with your ball further; the Gen III Hemi family shares some design DNA with the A/LA engine family.
     
  6. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    replace it with a 318 or a 360
     
  7. oldhotrodder

    oldhotrodder New Member

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    Found the real code on the otherside of the block. P29-284013 38857. So what is it?
     

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  8. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    A picture of the top of the Engine would confirm a Plymouth A series as the code suggests.

    Thanks
    Randy
     
  9. oldhotrodder

    oldhotrodder New Member

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    Coming shortly
     
  10. 71Charger_fan

    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    P29 is corporate shorthand for a '56 Plymouth V8. So, I think it's a safe bet it's a 277 A engine.

    P28 would be stamped on the flathead sixes that year.
     
  11. 71Charger_fan

    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    According to a breakout of engine numbers I found listed on the Plymouth Owners Club website, your engine falls in one of the three ranges for the 277. The 270 would also be stamped P29. The 303 for the Fury would have been stamped FP29.
     
  12. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    The 270 is a Dodge Engine, used in early Plymouth's before the introduction of the Plymouth A Series.

    P29 is the code for an Engine installed in a Plymouth, not a Plymouth Engine.

    Thanks
    Randy

    Thanks
    Randy
     
  13. oldhotrodder

    oldhotrodder New Member

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    Here is a photo of the engine. I think the mice have built a condo somewhere inside.
     

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  14. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Def 318 Poly and, even some LA DNA in that Eight. :)
     
  15. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    A series Plymouth Engine, 277 as per block#'s.

    Thanks
    Randy
     
  16. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    For reference, a 1956 Dodge 270 Poly with modern alternator and distributor.

    Similar but very different, the Plymouth Poly won out over the Dodge and Chrysler versions.!!

    Thanks
    Randy


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  17. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    Final Poly reference, the Chrysler version.

    Thanks
    Randy

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Scrounge

    Scrounge Got parts?

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    According to the link:

    "277 (A block) : P29-1001 to P29-4000; P29-80001 to P29-250000; P29-274001 to P29-329132"

    "270 (Dodge block) : P29-40001 to P29-80000; P29-250001 to P29-274000"

    P29-284013 would make it a 277 A block.
     
  19. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    That silver painted Poly Eight is gorgeous; one can imagine it in a T bucket type of car..........
     

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