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spqr_67
03-04-2008, 09:33 AM
As I complete the cleanup of "Betty", I am finding that I will need a LOT more replacement parts for her to be road worthy. Would someone be able to tell what what other models/years parts can be used on a 52 Champion 4 door? I'll be needing both body parts as well as chassis parts. I think a 53 will work. Maybe?
Thanks!
Michael

lstude
03-04-2008, 10:24 AM
Body parts from a 53 will not work. The 52 basic body is the same as 47-52 with yearly modifications. Many mechanical parts will work. The 6 cylinder engine in your car was used from 1939 to 1960 with modifications and then was converted into an OHV in 1961.

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lstude
03-04-2008, 10:24 AM
Body parts from a 53 will not work. The 52 basic body is the same as 47-52 with yearly modifications. Many mechanical parts will work. The 6 cylinder engine in your car was used from 1939 to 1960 with modifications and then was converted into an OHV in 1961.

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/lstude1/MeatSouthBendsm1.jpg

52-fan
03-04-2008, 10:32 AM
It would help to know what specific parts you are looking for, but as far as body parts, 52 was the last year for the post war design. Your best source for all body parts is another 52, but some things might interchange back to 47. Of course, tail light and various trim openings will not be the same. The 52 front fenders and hood along with all of that grille are unique to that year. Some people change to a 51 front end which is a dirrect swap, but is also sought after by more rodders. If you get the proper parts books you will find that mechanically the 51 and 52 models are almost identical within the same model depending on Champion or Commander. Many later parts can be swapped such as self energizing brakes, but specific items would be easier to address.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, 1947 M5. Searcy,Arkansas

52-fan
03-04-2008, 10:32 AM
It would help to know what specific parts you are looking for, but as far as body parts, 52 was the last year for the post war design. Your best source for all body parts is another 52, but some things might interchange back to 47. Of course, tail light and various trim openings will not be the same. The 52 front fenders and hood along with all of that grille are unique to that year. Some people change to a 51 front end which is a dirrect swap, but is also sought after by more rodders. If you get the proper parts books you will find that mechanically the 51 and 52 models are almost identical within the same model depending on Champion or Commander. Many later parts can be swapped such as self energizing brakes, but specific items would be easier to address.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, 1947 M5. Searcy,Arkansas

rockne10
03-04-2008, 07:07 PM
The tools you'll use the most in your endeavors will be the body and chassis catalogs.

rockne10
03-04-2008, 07:07 PM
The tools you'll use the most in your endeavors will be the body and chassis catalogs.