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CM Valiant Specifications

Chrysler Valiant VL
  • Years of Manufacture: 1978 - 1981
  • Number Built: 16,005
  • Price at Introduction:
    • Sedan: $7921
  • Models:
    • Sedan
    • Wagon
    • Regal
  • Date(s) of Introduction:
    • November 1978
  • To Identify:
    • Longer body
    • Revised grille, otherwise not much
  • Body:
    • Unitary construction (Monocoque)
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length:
      • Sedan: 197.5 inches (5016 mm)
      • Wagon: 199.3 inches (5062 mm)
    • Total width: 74.6 inches (1895 mm)
    • Height at kerb weight
      • Sedan: 55.4 inches (1407 mm)
      • Wagon: 55.8 inches (1417 mm)
    • Wheelbase: 111 inches (2819 mm)
    • Front Track: 58.8 inches (1494 mm)
    • Rear Track: 59.2 inches (1504 mm)
  • Kerb Weight:
    • Sedan: 3368 lb (1528 kg)
    • Wagon: 3498 lb (1587 kg)
    • V8 Manual: Add 196 lb (89 kg)
    • V8 Auto: Add 172 lb (78 kg)
    • Regal 6 Sedan: 3390 lb (1538 kg)
    • Regal 6 Wagon: 3540 lb (1606 kg)
    • Regal V8 Sedan: 3562 lb (1616 kg)
    • Regal V8 Wagon: 3711 lb (1683 kg)
    • Regal SE: 3634 lb (1648 kg)
  • Instruments:
    • Speedometer
    • Petrol gauge
    • Temperature gauge
    • Alternator gauge
    • Oil warning lamp
  • Transmission:
    • 3 Speed Manual
      • 1st: 2.95:1
      • 2nd: 1.83:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 3.67:1
    • 4 Speed Manual
      • 1st: 3.32:1
      • 2nd: 2.00:1
      • 3rd: 1.43:1
      • 4th: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 3.00:1
    • A904/727 TorqueFlite Automatic (V8)
      • 727 with A46 tow pack
      • 1st: 2.45:1
      • 2nd: 1.45:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.20:1
    • TorqueFlite Automatic (6)
      • 1st: 2.39:1
      • 2nd: 1.45:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.09:1
  • Clutch:
    • 9 1/2" Single-plate, dry disc, diaphragm type spring driven
    • 4 speed V8 fitted with 9" Twin-plate
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • Hemi 6: 2.92:1 or 3.23:1
    • 318 V8: 2.92:1
    • Optional suregrip ratio's as above, 4 pinion assembly used on V8's
  • Hemi 245 ELB engine:
    • Capacity: 245 cubic inches (4.0 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, upright, "Hemi" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter 2-barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.76 x 3.68 inches (95.504 x 93.472 mm)
    • Power: n/a
    • Torque: n/a
    • Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 15° BTC
        • closes: 61° ABC
        • duration: 256°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 57° BBC
        • closes: 15° ATC
        • duration: 252°
    • Firing Order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
    • Radiator Capacity: 24 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • 318 ELB V8:
    • Capacity: 318 cubic inches (5.2 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, OHV, 90° Vee, "wedge" head
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Carter 2-barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.91 x 3.31 inches (99.314 x 84.074 mm)
    • Power: n/a
    • Torque: n/a
    • Compression Ratio: 8.2:1
    • Valve Timing
      • Intake
        • opens: 10° BTC
        • closes: 50° ABC
        • duration: 240°
      • Exhaust
        • opens: 58° BBC
        • closes: 10° ATC
        • duration: 248°
    • Firing Order: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
    • Radiator Capacity: 26 pints
    • Oil Pan
      • Without filter: 6.6 pints
      • With filter: 8.3 pints
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • 12 volt, 50 amp hr battery
    • 40 amp Alternator
  • Exhaust:
    • Single tail-pipe, straight through resonance type muffler
  • Suspension:
    • Front:
      • Independent by torsion bars
      • Unequal length control arms
      • Anti roll bar: .937"
      • Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers
      • Torsion bars .87" x 35.8"
    • Rear
      • Live axle by asymmetrical semi elliptic leaf springs
      • Telescopic shock absorbers
      • Sedan: 4 leaves 55" x 2 1/2"
      • Regal: SE: 5 leaves 55" x 2 1/2"
      • Wagon: 5 leaves 55" x 2 1/2"
  • Steering:
    • Recirculating ball type, ratio 20:1
    • K16 option: 16:1
    • Power Steering
      • Recirculating ball with integral power cylinders (co-axial)
      • Ratio: 15.7:1
    • Turns lock-to-lock: 3.5
    • Turning circle: 11.8 metres
  • Brakes:
    • Tandem/divided master cylinder
    • Front: 11 inch ventilated disc with single piston, sliding head calliper
    • Rear: 10 " x 2" (228.6 mm) drums
    • Booster 6: VH351
    • Booster V8: VH349
  • Wheels (Steel disc with safety rims):
    • Valiant: 14" x 6.0" JJ Styled wheel
    • Regal: 14" x 6.0" JJ
    • Regal SE and W35 optioned cars: 14" x 6.0" JJ Cast Aluminium Alloy
    • GLX: 14" x 6.0" JJ Cast Aluminium Alloy
  • Tyres:
    • Sedan, Wagon and Regal sedan: ER78S x 14 steel belted radial
    • Regal SE, GLX and Wagon: FR78S x 14 steel belted radial
  • Fuel Tank
    • Sedan and Wagon: 17.0 gallons (64 litres)
  • Also see:
Engine/Transmission Combinations by Body Code
Body Code
Body Style
Model
Engine
Speeds
Transmission
CM3-M-41
Sedan
Valiant
Hemi 245
3
Manual
CM4-M-41
Sedan
Valiant
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite automatic
CM6-M-41
Sedan
Valiant
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
CM7-M-41
Sedan
Valiant
Hemi 265
3
Manual
CM8-M-41
Sedan
Valiant
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite automatic
CM6-H-41
Sedan
Regal
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
CM8-H-41
Sedan
Regal
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite automatic
CM6-P-41
Sedan
Regal SE
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
CM8-P-41
Sedan
Regal SE
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite automatic
CM3-M-45
Wagon
Valiant
Hemi 245
3
Manual
CM4-M-45
Wagon
Valiant
Hemi 245
3
TorqueFlite automatic
CM6-M-45
Wagon
Valiant
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
CM7-M-45
Wagon
Valiant
Hemi 265
3
Manual
CM8-M-45
Wagon
Valiant
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite automatic
CM6-H-45
Wagon
Regal
V8 318
3
TorqueFlite A904 automatic
CM8-H-45
Wagon
Regal
Hemi 265
3
TorqueFlite automatic
Note: If a 4 speed manual gearbox was optioned, the body code remained the same as for a 3 speed, however V8's were not available with a 3 speed
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