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Old 12-31-2004, 05:19 PM
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Okay cool. Too bad thats quite a long drive for me though.

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i'm a 49-52 man. 49 & 50 being my favorites. the torque tube was a good strong rear, but your limited with gearing & trans. choices. swapping a later open drive rearend is no big deal. they already have a good IFS with all parts to rebuild being available including disc brake conversions & they can be lowered. no need for mus. II or subframe. i'm also a stovebolt six fan so of course these cars are perfect for me, but if you like those V-things that's easy enough also. after all the 49-54 chassis is the same as was used under the early corvettes.

BTW, you won't need to reinforce the frame. the frame rail was like an upside down u-shaped channel with a plate welded to the bottom. it's already a box tube affair. back in the 1920's & 30's chev. body was a wooden frame with a steel skin. so by '54, chev. was already in the habit of building a stout frame. that's why chev. was more popular down here in the southern part of the states as the roads weren't all that great.

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You don't think I need to box/reinforce the frame? If not then that will save me a lot of work!
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Like bluechev says, the frame is already boxed from the factory! They called it a "torque box frame". Really strong. I don't know where guys get off thinking everything should be replaced with a Mustang II IFS! I run across that all the time since I work mostly with the older AMCs. They are a bit different, but are still plenty strong and usually better than an MII. MIIs are popular, but not necessarily better. Unless there is a good reason to change the front end (building a tube frame, parts not available, or solid axle) you're usually wasting money and time.
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My brother use to have a bunch of 53 and 54 chevys. He was into the 4 door versions. When they're fixed up they look really nice. He still has alot of parts for them in the backyard, including several closed end driveshafts mentioned in earlier posts.
My brother bought this 53 chevy for $100 back in the early 80's and sold it for $1500. Was easy to work on.

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54 chevys

You know you can take a 4dr and with a little work can make a real nice 2dr out of it. We made many of them back in the 60s. Nothing is hard to do, only takes some time. They also look cool by making the rear doors open up suiside style.
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Because Them thar Duke Boys jumped them across that creek too many times.Sorry,Could not let that oppurtunity pass me by.
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L I don't know where guys get off thinking everything should be replaced with a Mustang II IFS! I run across that all the time since I work mostly with the older AMCs. They are a bit different, but are still plenty strong and usually better than an MII. MIIs are popular, but not necessarily better. Unless there is a good reason to change the front end (building a tube frame, parts not available, or solid axle) you're usually wasting money and time.
i guess it's for the same reason you saw a lot of street rods back in the 70's with a jag IRS in the back & a straight axle in the front!! follow the leader & keep up with the jones. probably the same reason most guys won't consider using any thing other than a small block chevy for a powerplant.
the transmission cross member does have to replaced with something that's removeable ( the original isn't ) to run a modern auto or standard trans.
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My frirst car was a 54 belair drop top. 235 blueflame shaved head, 3/4 cam, twin 2 barrels and split exhaust. Oh to have her back.
Anyway, to answer your ?. Here in the north east on any friday or saturday night you could see a number of 53-54 chevys. Heres one that Itried buying before he did this it, the car was cherry, but nooooooo, he had to do it.
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it does seem like a sad waste but that's got to be the meanest looking 54 chevy i've ever seen!!
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Iwantolearn, where about are you in canada? I know a place in Winnipeg with two 53's and one 54. They're pretty rough but not impossible. All glass and trim is still there, just old. Engines and interior are shot. Some rust on them too.




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Iwantolearn, where about are you in canada? I know a place in Winnipeg with two 53's and one 54. They're pretty rough but not impossible. All glass and trim is still there, just old. Engines and interior are shot. Some rust on them too.

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To bad I wasn't closer... I live in British Columbia. How far driving distance do you think it would be from B.C. to Winnipeg? Quite a few hours I would guess...
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Fewer Chevys (Bel-Air) were produced in 54 than in 55,6,7.
Here are the numbers:

53: 514 760
54: 486 240
55: 773 238
56: 669 064
57: 702 220

Source: Automobiles of the Fifties, 1993, Publications International Ltd.

54's numbers are not significantly lower but I guess it still makes them that much harder to find.

btw, Winnipeg is a good two day drive from Vancouver. Three if you're driving a 68 VW bug with no heat in the a cold snap in December. Trust me I know

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How far driving distance do you think it would be from B.C. to Winnipeg?
P.G. to brandon M.B. (just north of winnipeg) has been done in 17-18 hours straight through, not necessarily adhering the the speed limit Occasionally a 53-54 pops up in the paper around here, I'll keep an eye open.
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54 chevy

Come on you all, 54 chevys are not hard at all to customize or rod.I think what are problem is today is that with some money you just buy a bolt on part. No one has to think about how to build something from scratch, and this has taken the fun out of street rods and customs.Any car even if its a 4dr can be made into show car and a great driver. Use your imagination, and dont try to copy everyone else.
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