View Full Version : My '54 Commander

02-21-2011, 08:00 PM
Getting ready to fire her up!

02-21-2011, 08:17 PM
See the green tint to my skin...that's envy! Very nice! Rip it down to the frame, and build it from the ground up...maybe one day I'll get the chance to do the same. Betcha you're stoked. Junior.

02-21-2011, 08:23 PM
It taken a long time to get to this point. Body is going back on for the last time this week.

Stephen Davis
02-21-2011, 08:25 PM
It looks good Bob. I am looking forward to seeing your work progress.

02-21-2011, 08:55 PM
Looks like s going to be a neat ride.

What did you use for the front suspension conversion? Fatman, etc.?

Please post how it handles when you get the body on, I'm interested.


02-21-2011, 09:44 PM
I will let you know how it handles. Mustang II IFS frame stub and a FatMan front clip specific for a '54 Stude.

Bob Andrews
02-21-2011, 10:19 PM
Beautiful! Very interested in how that clip works! I'd like to do that to my Super Lark clone. Would love any more info and pics you might have. Thanks for sharing!

What rear suspension and axle are you using?

Nelsen Motorsports
02-21-2011, 10:22 PM
Whats up with the backwards thermostat housing?

02-21-2011, 10:28 PM
Bob, looking good...Bob

02-21-2011, 10:51 PM
New leaf springs from Eaton, otherwise orig Stude rear end. Lots of pics, just not sure how to organize offer them and get them out there.

02-21-2011, 11:19 PM
Hey Bob,
Looks like I will be driving out your way soon.

02-21-2011, 11:34 PM
Well, the rest of the Forum Rodders have jumped into this post, so I htought I had better chime in too!
Very nice job!
Please tell us more about your rear springs. And have you picked a radiator yet?
Would love way more photos.
You can send as many as you want at one time to my e-mail address listed in my signature.
Please keep us posted.
Good Roads

02-22-2011, 08:56 AM
I see you have a stepped diameter driveshaft to help clear the tight tunnel. Was it made up new or is it from some other vehicle?

Pat Dilling
02-22-2011, 12:13 PM
Very nicely done, I love your attention to detail. I am considering a Fatman front end for my 54 Conestoga. I understand they make them so sheetmetal pretty much bolts in place. Would be great to see pictures posted on someplace like Photobucket or Flickr.com.

I sent you a private message, look forward to hearing back from you


Captain Billy
02-22-2011, 04:02 PM
Nice....as Brian and Pat said "more pics"

02-22-2011, 08:51 PM
Nice, I'd like to see more pics as well.
A number seem to be deleted.

03-08-2011, 06:16 PM
The driveshaft was made up new.

03-08-2011, 07:31 PM
That looks real good.
I'm guessing your rear footweels have been removed looking at those mufflers.
I really like that rear crossmember too, is there a bottom half to the loop?
What is the rectangle ahead of the muffler on the pasenger side?

I look forward to seeing the body on, and more pics


03-08-2011, 08:31 PM
I had clearance issues with my '53 and had to mod the tunnel a couple times for clearance. I would have liked a stepped diameter shaft but nobody I talked to could make one.

Bob Andrews
03-08-2011, 08:55 PM
What is the rectangle ahead of the muffler on the passenger side?

Looks like trans. cooler.

I too vote for more, detailed chassis pictures if you can!:)

03-08-2011, 11:55 PM
Yes, it is a transmission cooler. Here are a few more pics. Sorry if I posted duplicates.

Bob Andrews
03-09-2011, 04:44 AM
Excellent! High quality work. Thanks for the pictures!

Please do keep us updated with lots of pictures as you progress. Lots of good information for those of us still planning!

03-09-2011, 11:30 AM
Bob, you should have some bracing on that lower control arm mount, that long tube at the rear needs it.
They should have sent you some gusset plates with the kit.
If not you need to make some.

03-10-2011, 10:03 PM
Thanks johnrod,
Will look into that tomorrow...just got back from skiing in the Sierra. Thanks for the advice, It is Always Welcome.

dusty taylor
03-10-2011, 10:13 PM
This is what it looks like. Dusty

03-10-2011, 10:24 PM
Bob, Check out this thread, some good ideas/advice. I'm going to be installing another brace on my own susp after reading this thread.