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  • 62champ
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    The V8 is 200 lbs heavier than the I6, so those springs will make it look like it is going down hill an level ground. Radiator outlet for the six is probably smaller than the eight and you really do not want less flow when it comes to coolant. Finally, you can haul those '53 brakes to the local metal recycle yard - the '54 brakes are much better than the earlier ones. Good luck.

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  • Corvanti
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    others will be along with more/better info but if the Champion was "original", it came with a 170-6 so the springs and suspension may need some upgrading for the heavier V8.

    if i recall correctly, the '54 frame is slightly thicker than the '53. that's good.

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  • lelshaddai
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    53 Commander vs. 54 Champion parts swap

    Started the disassembly of the 53 Commander Coupe. I am pulling every part off that will swap to the 54 Champion body and frame. I have looked in the body and chassis catalogs to get some information but I want to confirm. I have both radiators out. They hold the same liquid amounts and are the same dimensions. Seems the 54 Champion will work with the 53 Commander V8? Correct? Front springs , will 54 champion springs work in the 53? The 53 springs may rust pitting but no flaking. They look good. The Champion springs are excellent. Need to swap? The brakes on the 53 are already both 11 inch and from a newer car so I will switch those. Emergency brake swap OK? I am moving the dash, trim and interior over. Any other parts that may not swap out that I am missing?
    Jim
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