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Old 08-21-2003, 09:30 AM
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55 studebaker wagon- brakes & front suspension question

ok folks need some info on this, my 16yr old son has decided he wants to Hot Rod a 55 studey wagon like this

He has autobody class in high school & has already painted a couple of cars (A+'s for his grades on them). He tells me he wants to put a wild LOUD paint job on it, slam it on the ground & put a
nice tire & wheel combo on it. Its great to hear my son doesnt want a ricer burner w/a fart can on it, & really wants to have everyone have that WTF is THAT, look on their faces when he pulls into the parking lot.

my questions are these, are the front suspensions any good, & if they are any good does someone make a disc brake set up for them. Also we dont know if the motor runs or not since it has sat for over 10 yrs, so how hard is it to put a SBC motor in it, is there anything that we shuold expect, cause I dont like surprizes that will cost me lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. The best part is, its a Calif. one owner car & we can get it for $800. It's almost RUST FREE, just some surface rust, thats it.
well hope you guys can help me, thanks..joe

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Old 08-21-2003, 10:13 AM
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I don't know about the front ends, but they have been putting SBC in the Lowery designed coupes for years, should not be any different.
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there is a place called mpbrakes that makes quite a few different brake kits for a lot of cars, so hopefully they should have something for your car.

try www.mpbrakes.com


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Great choice for a Hot Rod Wagon.

I love the old Stude's and the WTF looks will be great. A Mustang II unit is a easy fix on these cars. They are light, and the SBC engine will work good. You might find a unit built just for that car, but if not a generic one would be easy to make work. I'm working on a '59 Edsel Wagon for the same effect. People are so interested in these "Weird Wagons". Wait till see their faces when you roll that thing in. Cool!!!
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There is ample room under the hood for any engine swap short of a hemi. I've done them them with a SBC, 394 Olds, Buick Nailhead, and a 53 Merc flathead. Look at Speedway Motors catalog (printed or on-line) for engine mounts. You might even look at doing something with the original engine as there is a rhttp://hotrodders.com/cgibin/spell.plesurgance of Stude lovers in the country. The front suspensions can be rebuilt and provide excellent service and handling. The rear ends and transmissions are the weak points of these cars. If you decide against this project send me a private message with the location and I'll buy it. Good luck and enjoy the time with your son!
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Fat-Man's Mustang II phase III front clip is what I went with on my 55 Stud. I am using a Ford 9" 3:50 posi with disk brakes. I am using a Chev 350 with a 700R or 200R trans. Go to Turner Brakes.com, and you will see a lot of good things there for your Stud brake needs.
Good Luck & have fun with your son with this car.
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