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Old 05-09-2003, 07:14 AM
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Post 454 chev motor in 1953 studebaker

has anyone outthere installed a chev big block in a 53 studebaker. i am just starting my project and would appreciate any tips i plan on using a 700rh trans and a 9in ford rear.thanks a lot joe dipipi

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53 stude

Do you have the stock front suspension? Or, Mustang 2 ?
I have a 53 stude coupe but it has a Ford 351 W in it. with a Nova/Camero front suspension..Yea, I know that different. Just the way I bought it.
I think it will go in O.K the only area that might be questionable is at the harmonic balancer area.
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The neatest thing about the old studs was the amount of room in the engine compartment. I'e seen 392 Chrysler Hemis in there. My buddy and I years ago put a Chevy 348/tri-power/auto in a 53 starlite. We used a ford wagon 9" Packard spindles/springs/brakes up front. Still would"nt stop all that well.. Finally stopped 7 rows into a tree farm one nite.. Suggest you clip it like "wheel-7"s and if you use a big block clip you'd have the suspension for the weight of a big block and then disc brake it all around. You'll be able to make it go where you point it and STOP TOO!! Good Luck and share pics..
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