View Full Version : 53 Coupe Sway Bar upgrade question

Flat Ernie
06-17-2007, 06:11 PM
Did a search & found these two excellent threads:


I've got a bar & the frame brackets from a 64 GT (supposedly). I don't see where the frame brackets bolt to. Do I have to drill my own holes? Looks like one may line up with the body bolt for the radiator support???

Also, what happens to the other end? Does it get stuffed in the leading edge of the A-arm like the original bar? If so, it appears to be too wide - or is this part of the fun; squeezing it in to place?


Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!

06-17-2007, 06:33 PM
I'm not sure if a '53 has both holes in the frame or not, but yes, one of the holes lines up with the big body bolt.

And yes, getting the little brackety things on the control arm is just part of the joy of installing a sway bar. I can't offer any real useful tips here. I think I used a C-clamp and improvised somehow, but it still was fun.


55 Commander Starlight

06-17-2007, 06:33 PM
Should look something like this (63 Avanti pictured) :



'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

06-17-2007, 09:08 PM
I have one from a '63 GT on my '53. No drilling needed. One bolt is shared with the radiator support and I think the other one gets shared with one of the 2 bolts that the inner fender attaches to the frame with.

I have a huge channel-lock pliers and it really comes in handy pinching the bushing thingies together to get the bolts in!

Jeff in ND
'53 Champion Hardtop

Flat Ernie
06-17-2007, 10:31 PM
Thanks - any good sources for the rubber bushings?

Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!

06-18-2007, 01:17 AM
Studebaker International, Sasco, and Fairborn probably has them. I bet
there are more sources also.


quote:Originally posted by Flat Ernie
Thanks - any good sources for the rubber bushings?