View Full Version : Putting a 55 c body on a GT chassis?

Stude Mick
09-28-2008, 12:10 AM
Hi I have a question for everyone, I am currently restoring a 55 c body coupe and had the idea about putting it on a GT hawk chassis.

I have a 62 Gt which has a good running gear and a rebuilt front end, but the body is pretty far gone. what I was thinking was removing the GT body and putting the 55 on the hawk chassis and use its running gear as all my 55's still needs to be done up

What id like to know is, would I run into any problems doing this? with body mounts, going from a 2 piece tail shaft to a 1 piece, the clearance under the transmission tunnel using a later model transmission? ect.

Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Pink
Victoria, Australia

1955 Commander Coupe
1961 Lark Cruiser
1962 GT Hawk
1963 Avanti R1

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09-28-2008, 08:26 AM
I have a 56 Flight Hawk that was converted to a 259,long tailshaft trans, and single driveshaft. It works well. No drive line problems. The work was done before I got the car, so I dont know how much trouble it was to do. NT

Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
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09-28-2008, 09:54 AM
will probably work fine with any drivetrain *except* a 4-speed. If you are keeping the stock '55 drivetrain I would just cut the driveshaft x-member out of the '55 frame, bolt it to the GT frame and keep it two piece, then you know you will have no problems. You may need to transfer some brackets from one frame to another. Also may need to adjust the pinion angle of the rear end as the rear springs are different - I've not been able to 100% determine this one way or another if the pads/pinion angle really changed in '58 or not.


55 Commander Starlight

09-28-2008, 03:11 PM
I have done this swap... to a '54 Coupe (Champion) body onto a '62 GT frame.

The only frame modification needed is to knock off (2) of the outer brackets just in front of the wheel arch from the GT Frame.

I don't remember if I had to drill the (2) mounts in the trunk at the wheel tub or not... I think the holes were still in the GT frame...

We did not use the '54 drivetrain... so no comment there (from experience)... but I do know you'll have to do some driveshaft - center bearing alterations.


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