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Old 01-26-2009, 07:08 PM
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Now I am all flustered. You said the FIRST car with them, so I DID mean 55 with my response. Sooooo, now I am going with the 53 Vette. I would think 49-52 passenger car is all the same?

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haha you got it... ask another question..
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Scott (MrPhotographer06),

Now you got me wondering. I have it on good authority that the 54 power brake was the first hanging pedal in a Chevy car. Were power brakes even available in '53? If they were, then you're probably right.

On the other hand, the pictures you show are of customs. Maybe the pedal setup in that pic was not original to the car?....

I got this question from a friend who is a collector/restorer of '49-54 Chevs. When I see him tomorrow I'll ask about the '53.
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.. yeah i'll ask my buddy that has 50's chevys tomorrow that his family races..

(watch the pinks darlington episode soon)

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Now I am all flustered. You said the FIRST car with them, so I DID mean 55 with my response. Sooooo, now I am going with the 53 Vette. I would think 49-52 passenger car is all the same?

Brian

Now you got me all flustered too. I did some searching for '53 Vette brake pedal levers, and they appear to be a hanging style pedal. Hmmmmm, I going to have to talk to ol' Bill about this crappy question (answer) he gave me...
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I searched all over and found this..

It says "56-62" and on the same page they have a 53-58 Automatic brake pedal as one part number. The 53-54 being all automatics I have to assume the 53 Vette was the first Chevy with a hanging pedal. Unless of course the 53 passenger car had one as well, in that case it tied.

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Old 01-26-2009, 11:28 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1954-...ayphotohosting

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1953-...Q5fAccessories
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Thanks for the info, Brian.

Maybe '54 was the first year for hanging clutch pedals in Chevy cars, excluding the Corvette. Or maybe my friend is just cracked.

Sorry, that was a bad question. I should have checked it out for myself first.
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haha so who got it?
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86sdub, but he doesn't understand how important this is to us! He is out there making a living or working in his garage, we have important trivia to tend to here!

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I love this thread!
First off, what does "Sharing sheet metal" mean in this context?
I mean the first year that they shared any sheet metal, not necessarily all of it. In this particular year I'm talking about, most of the major body panels were identical between the two trucks. The year before, they were still completely different trucks that shared no body panels in common. Basically, find the last year that they were completely different trucks and add 1

The way the question is worded includes all trucks, but to give you a hint/narrow it down, it was the light duty (1.5 ton or less) trucks. The real hint there is in parentheses. You'll have to think back to when a 1.5 ton truck was marketed as light duty.
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I have a 1953 Chevrolet 210 series 4 door with 3 speed manual transmission and all three pedals are through the floor. I checked my shop manual which extensively covers all car models from '49-'54. It states that the braking system in the '54 was of a "new" design which incorperates a vacuum power boost. It's diagrams also clearly show the pedals in the '54 are through the floor. Hope this helps.
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.....The way the question is worded includes all trucks, but to give you a hint/narrow it down, it was the light duty (1.5 ton or less) trucks. The real hint there is in parentheses. You'll have to think back to when a 1.5 ton truck was marketed as light duty.
1939 1.5 ton COE (sorry, had to throw that in there)

OK, my new guess is:
1964 Chevy Van & GMC Handi-Van?
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OK, my new guess is:
1964 Chevy Van & GMC Handi-Van?
Think earlier... much earlier
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Trivia Thread

REALLY SORRY guys!! I don't get a chance to get on the internet that much living out in the boonies and all . Plus we've been w/o electricity for awhile.

Anyway if you still want a question heres a pretty easy one.

What was the first significant american production car with a front wheel drive engine?

Bonus Points: What engine did it have in it?

If no one answers by 3:30 pm central time today than just disreguard this and skip my turn. Because i probably won't be back on to confirm the right answer for awhile

again very sorry to leave you guys hangin
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