View Full Version : 1950 Champion and Commander Body Parts Interchange

01-11-2015, 12:37 PM
I'm not a bodyman, but from what I've learned, it seems the Champion and Commander used the same doors, roof, rear fenders, and trunk lid for each body style. So, did they both share the same floorpans and seat frames and seat springs? From the cowl back, would I be correct in assuming all the steel panels were the same, except the dash (instrument panel)? Thanks

01-11-2015, 02:15 PM
I believe you are correct. 50 body panels are the same from the cowl back, but I'm pretty sure most everything cowl to the front is slightly different... but I will let others with more experience than I, give the final word.

01-11-2015, 04:47 PM
Yes, and to expand upon that, the same would be basically true 50-52. with different holes in the trunk for the trunk handle. And if you take away the rear fenders, 47-52 are basically the same from the cowl back. For example, the trunk lid on my 47 is actually off a 52 commander with modification where trunk handle mounts.

Bumpers varied, 50 champ and commander are different.

01-11-2015, 05:00 PM
But the front clip from '51 and '52 will also interchange between Champions and Commanders of the same years. Not so for Champions and Commanders of prior years.

01-11-2015, 08:24 PM
And the front clip from a '51 will interchange with a front clip from a '52, so you can make a '52 into a bullet nose (we have a '52 Champion Starliner and a '52 Champion Starlight that have both undergone this conversion in our chapter). The Starliner got its bullet nose clip from a '51 Commander and the Starlight from a '51 Champion.