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Skip and Emily Sue Chambers

1955 Dodge Custom Royal

The Custom Royal was the flagship of the 1955 Dodge line and included bias-ply 7.10 x 15 GoodYear Super Cushion tubeless whitewall tires with full wheel covers, chrome rear fins, sweep spear side trim, turn signals, backup lights with unique light and taillight bezels, two-speed electric wipers, fresh air heater & defroster and a deluxe interior.

The standard engine in the Royals was the Super Red Ram V8, a 270 CID HEMI (hemispherical combustion chambers & double rocker shafts) with dual ignition points and an oil bath air cleaner. The electrical system was 6-volt positive ground.





A myriad of optional equipment was offered and this car is “loaded” with:

  • (very rare) Power Pack to produce 193 h.p. (Carter 4-barrel carburetor & dual exhausts)
  • PowerFlite Transmission (2-speed air-cooled automatic without a Park function – but an extremely effective parking brake)
  • Full Time Power Steering (reduces steering effort by 80%)
  • Deluxe two-tone plastic steering wheel
  • (very rare) 4-way Power Seat (5” fore/aft & 3.125” up/down)
  • 8 Tube Push Button (AM) Radio with dual antenna's
  • Electric Clock
  • Map Light
  • Glove Box Light
  • Tinted Windshield
  • Bumper Guards
  • Fender Skirts

The 2012 restoration could not have happened without the following very talented folks (all I did was side-windows & brake rebuilds, engine trim, trunk interior, chrome & trim installation)

PAINT - MAACO of Rio Rancho

INTERIOR - Tony Maldando - Albuquerque

CHROME PLATING & STAINLESS-STEEL POLISHING - Electroplating of El Paso

WINDSHIELD & REAR WINDOW GLASS & TRIM REMOVAL/INSTALLATION - Dustin Spilsbury (Satellite Auto Glass)

SPRINGS & FRONT-END REBUILD - McBrides Spring – Albuquerque