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Old 28th March 2013, 12:54   #16
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Thank you. This was in Madras (Chennai now).

You may be right about the year of manufacture; I was a little guy running around in my chaddi at the time! The body was a single color, and a chrome strip ran from front to back in a straight line, unlike some that you see which have the strip in a Z shape with a different colr in the bends of the Z.

On further reflection, I think it was sold in 1973. I was too young to drive it, so I never did, but did get to reverse it once at home. My remembrance is that the steering was very light for such a big, heavy car, and that the power was so much it needed experience to modulate it properly. I had to slam on the brakes in a hurry. The clutch travel was about 15-18 inches - looong!

It had bench seats front and rear. Four adults in the back was a breeze, five slim ones no problem, and assorted kids could be managed with staggering the seating. The front was comfortable for four including the driver.

The gear lever was steering column mounted. The first gear position in the old Amby with steering column shift was the reverse gear position in the Plymouth. Gears 2,3 and 4 in the old Amby were 1, 2 and 3 in the Plymouth. The parking brake was operated with the right hand; a chrome lever with long play mounted under the dash to the right of the steering wheel.

Only once was there a problem due to the size of the vehicle; we were traveling in the Agumbe ghats in Karnataka (early '60s), and on some hairpin bends, couldn't make the turn at one go. Required a stop mid-way, coast back down and finish the turn. In those days the car was entrusted to a driver who commanded a lot of respect. He was trained by the British, and his driving skills were exemplary. He was the only driver allowed to touch this car! And he executed the turns on those steep curves with perfection.

Those were the days of black & white film, and there are some pics in an album that is with one of my siblings. If I get hold of them some day, I'll post some pics.

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Hello Guys,

I was looking for a Plymouth Savoy 6 Cylinder Engine. Could you please help me with the same.

I have already started to look around, but thought that team-bhp is the best place and resource for this.

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Hello Guys,

I was looking for a Plymouth Savoy 6 Cylinder Engine. Could you please help me with the same.

I have already started to look around, but thought that team-bhp is the best place and resource for this.

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If you share details of the car , help might come your way. Pictures, chassis number would also help sourcing one from abroad.

In India, if your car is a 56 or later, you may get lucky and find one from army disposals. These engines were robust, what happened to yours?

Are you trying to replace a diesel engine?
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If you share details of the car , help might come your way. Pictures, chassis number would also help sourcing one from abroad.

In India, if your car is a 56 or later, you may get lucky and find one from army disposals. These engines were robust, what happened to yours?

Are you trying to replace a diesel engine?

Hello and thank you for your reply. My car is a Petrol Plymouth Savoy 56 Model. Do you know anyone who can help me find the engine for the same?

You mentioned army disposals. How do we get parts from there?

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Hello and thank you for your reply. My car is a Petrol Plymouth Savoy 56 Model. Do you know anyone who can help me find the engine for the same?

You mentioned army disposals. How do we get parts from there?

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if your car has it's engine why not overhaul it? that way you retain the original engine !

The army had a whole pile of these engines at various depots and if you have any contacts they will be able to check if an engine is still available Some years ago they had them in large numbers still in their factory packed crates.

sadly I do not have any such contacts so cannot help . If you want to restore your engine you can easily import an engine overhaul kit from the US, or try to source parts locally.
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Thanks for the reply. Do you have any idea of the location of such depots. I mean if you know a location of an army depot having such packed engines I will try to find their contact information and get more details.
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Thanks for the reply. Do you have any idea of the location of such depots. I mean if you know a location of an army depot having such packed engines I will try to find their contact information and get more details.
Since you are Poona based, try there, otherwise Mhow or Delhi?

You need to get a contact with ordinance supplies for further information.
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Since you are Poona based, try there, otherwise Mhow or Delhi?

You need to get a contact with ordinance supplies for further information.
I will try to contact the ordnance depot here in Pune. Lets see what they got.
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