View Full Version : 1953 swappable parts

08-08-2017, 02:47 PM
I am taking parts off a 4 door and putting them on a commander hardtop to restore to stock.

1. Are the hoods and trunk lids interchangeable?
2. Are the back seats the same?
3. I assume the front seats are different, since the 4 door is a bench (1 piece)

Thanks for your help.

08-08-2017, 02:59 PM
AllstonEP, the hoods and trunk lids are different between the 4-doors and hardtops/coupes.

The front seat would be different, since the hardtop and coupes would need the seatbacks to swing forward to allow access to the rear seats.

The back seats of a hardtop or coupe, if I remember correctly, had a armrest between the seat bottoms, didn't it? The sedans did not have this same style rear seat.

08-08-2017, 03:08 PM
Yes, ashtray armrest - I think it had an ashtray on the front. I have that part, but if the rear base seat was the same, that would be great.

08-08-2017, 03:20 PM
There is virtually no interchangeability sedan to coupe/htp, body parts for any year. The exception being some grille pieces, front bumpers, door handles, window winders and headlight rims. Many mechanical and chassis parts will, however, interchange.

08-08-2017, 03:24 PM
uggg, ok. This will be an uphill battle! Thanks for answering the questions, better to get the quick bad news than slowly and painfully figuring it out the hard way - hahahaha.

08-08-2017, 03:52 PM
A guy near me has a 53 hood that he thinks is an easy swap with his 55 President. Am I wrong in thinking that it is more than just a hood and front grill to make this swap?

08-08-2017, 04:23 PM
I think you will find that Apples are NOT Oranges! :D

No, there is NO similarity between a '55 Coupe or Hardtop Hood and a '53-'54. :(

If however, you have the COMPLETE Front end of any C or K Model '53 to '64; Fenders, Inner Fenders, Hood, Grille Panels, Grille or Grilles and Mouldings, you CAN swap it to another year Body.

08-08-2017, 04:33 PM
Sounds like you would be ahead by purchasing the body and chassis parts catalogs and reading up in them.

08-09-2017, 08:22 PM
Good news! I think the dash and windshield are the same! ;)

08-09-2017, 10:05 PM
A 53 sedan and a 53 hardtop?

The windshields are completely different.

08-10-2017, 02:04 AM
The windshields are completely different.I claim partial credit! ;)