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Old 12-19-2004, 12:24 PM
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whats an inclosed driveline?

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Woah, I'd imagine that would be hard to work on!
Thanks for the info... i'm learning about the car and I don't even have one yet... this rocks!!
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The 53 and 54 are almost identical. The grills are different. I like them both. Personal opinion. The tail lights on the 53 are ugly. Again, personal opinion. But I think you can swap out 54 lights for the 53's, assuming you can find some 54's in good shape on a donor car.

The enclosed driveline had a tube rigidly attached to the front of the pinion housing on the rear end. The tube enclosed the driveshaft and had a ball and socket affair attached to the back of the tranny which housed the u-joint. The tube resisted the rear end "wrap up" on acceleration. This is similar to the third generation Camaro except the Camaro had a bar that ran along side the driveshaft to the back of the tranny. The torque tube works OK with the original engine and tranny. Assuming you are going to put in a SBC, you will want to change the tranny. So, you will have to put a different rear end under it. Probably a good idea anyway. Better brakes. More reliable. But, if you are going to change rears, you should change the rear springs. The original springs were designed to only hold up the weight of the car. The resistance to rear end rotation under acceleration was handled by the torque tube. The springs are prone to break anyway. Adding torque retention to them will cause you grief. There are several good kits on the market. Might as well put a MII under the front to take advantage of better front end geometry, disk brakes, rack and pinion.
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Old 12-19-2004, 09:13 PM
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Other than the torque tube driveline, I think the pre 55s were less popular with the rodders was the lack of a factory V8................most other companies had one by then.

Of course when Chevy finally got one in 55, it was a "World Beater"
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Okay, so I could look for a 53 too... hmmm... I'll have to find a picture of a '53 to look at the taillights.
On monster garage they pull a 454 in the '54... did the front end (inner fenders, front clip) have to be worked to fit the huge engine in, or does it just fit normally?
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There are a couple of 53's and 54's on ebay right now for your viewing pleasure.

I don't think you have to modify the inner fenders for the big block unless you go with fenderwell headers. You may have to set the firewall back. Unless you want to putt around and just impress everyone that the car has a big block in it, you will definitely want to do a lot of frame work. MII and I would probably cut the bottom covers off the front frame rails and reinforce them. Replace the cross member with an X-frame of some sort. New rear end and springs. Power disc/drum or disc/disc with the booster/master cylinder on the firewall or under the dash.
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Yeah I will definitly be re-inforcing the frame. BBC weren't made to go in, so the factory never made the rest of the components as strong as if you were to have a factory BBC in it.
I am probably thinking airbags... but I don't want the lowering kind. I just want the soft ride characteristics.
Thanks for the help, i will check out ebay in a minute.
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My dad has a showroom stock `54 sitting in his barn under wraps. He takes it out for a spin every now and then. I love that car and told him if he ever wants to get rid of it to let me have first dibs on it. Rather than street rod it I have visions of just doing a split manifold and running it that way.
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Old 12-21-2004, 02:53 PM
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Okay, so I could look for a 53 too... hmmm... I'll have to find a picture of a '53 to look at the taillights.
On monster garage they pull a 454 in the '54... did the front end (inner fenders, front clip) have to be worked to fit the huge engine in, or does it just fit normally?
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Hi there...it's cool to see someone else sharing in the "love" for the 53/54 Chevy's. To be honest I prefer the 53. Go and look at the pics in my project journal to see what the 53 looks like. My current project is a 53 210 sedan.

Good luck in your search.
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I just looked at your project journal. Looks good, now I want one even more!
Thanks for sharing!!
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I Found a 53 Chevy 2dr sedan while on a scavenger hunt??

I have been building a 37 Dodge business coupe for the past 4 winters. I called about parts for a 37 Plymount...pretty much the same as a 37 Dodge and this guy told me about this 53 sedan he had stashed in the back of his garage...I bought it for $1500...pro-streeted..back halfed..Ford 9" rear end and full roll cage,350/350...now its a driver!!


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54s are indeed the best

My Father is in UT and has a 54 that is all original,

http://www.kslcars.com/CarDetail.htm...lerid=22979464
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Where are ALL the cars other than tri-5s? They surely made a reasonable number of Fords, Old's, Plymouths, Buicks, etc. in those three years -
Me and my buddies :-)
I have a 56 Plym and a 53 Chevy, buddy has a 56 dodge, another with a 52 Chevy and another bud with a 56 Plym.

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Thanks for the info guys. I will keep my eyes open as always!
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:23 PM
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54 Chevy

Try looking at Romo's wrecking yard in Fresno Cal. or Turner's, I don't have the phone #, but those guys have everything old. The Central valley is a treasure chest of classic cars. I can get anything I want for my 62 Nova SS at Turner's.
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