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The second series Chryslers were introduced in January, 1932. Innovations for Chrysler this year included freewheeling, automatic vacuum clutch, silent gear transmission, vacuum powered brakes, new frame construction and "Floating Power" which consisted of flexible engine mounts.
The Chrysler powered "George Howie Special" qualified for the Indianapolis 500, but was bumped from the race before it began.
Two "Trifon Special" prototypes for the Chrysler Airflow are produced, based on Carl Breer's
Inline, L- head Eight. Cast Iron Block
Bore & Stroke : 3.5 inches x 5 inches.
Displacement : 384.84 cubic inches
C. R.: 5.2:1
Brake Horsepower : 125 @ 3200 rpm
N.A.C.C. Horsepower : 39.2
Main Bearings : Nine
Solid Valve Lifters
Carburetor - Stromberg Model DD-3
CH - 135-inches
CL - 146-inches
Gas Tank : 21.5 gallons
CH - 17 x 7.00
CL - 17 x 7.50
"Multi-Range" 4-speed manual transmission. Speeds : 4F/ 1R. Floor shift controls. Conventional clutch. Shaft drive. Overall gear ratio is 4.1:1
FOUR WHEEL HYDRAULIC BRAKES
Rear fender guards
Sidemounted spare tire(s)
Leather sidemounted covers
Metal sidemount covers
Chrome plated sidemount covers
Pedestal sidemount mirror(s) with sidemounts
Jumbo style Goodyear "Air Wheel" tires
Leather rear tire cover
Rear windshield (Phaetons)
Automatic vacuum operated clutch
Silent gear selector
Custom bodied Imperials
"Floating Power" is introduced. In this new system, a leaf spring below the transmission and rubber bearings separate the engine vibrations from the chassis. Chrysler researchers also develop "Oilite", a revolutionary new kind of large-pore metal material for leaf springs and joints. Oilite is able to absorb 30 percent of its own weight in oil in its pores, release additional greasing volume under pressure and reabsorb it when the pressure declines again.
Chrysler introduces vacuum power brakes.
All Chrysler Corporation cars switch to double-drop, bridge-type frames with X-bracing which allowed for lower rooflines.
Harold Hicks, designer of the Ford Model A's engine, joined Chrysler's research team and A. B. "Buzz" Grisinger joined the design staff at Highland Park.
Information on this page was obtained from The Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1924-1990 by John Lee and Chrysler Chronicles by James Flammang.