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    I'm looking to buy a 53-54 (sedan) hood for my 55 sedan & I wonder if anyone knows the length from one rear corner to the front corner on the same side?
    (The guy said his is 131 cm / slightly more than 51.5 inches.)
    Thanx beforehand!
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    Josephine
    -55
    Champion V8
    4d sedan

  • #2
    He could not tell if it had a huge HUMP in front, Center, (Sedan) or a low sweep as in a C or K model?

    UPDATE: Yes I measured a '54 sedan at the outer edge at Fender, it is 50 7/8", because of the curve of the cowl it quickly becomes 51 1/8" or so moving toward the Center.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 09-23-2017, 04:29 PM. Reason: Added data in MAROON
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
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ID:	1716547Aha, thanx!
      So that means he probably didn't measure to the outer front corner...
      This is the hood.
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      Josephine
      -55
      Champion V8
      4d sedan

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      • #4
        I have a 53 sedan hood available/for sale. How are you going to put a 53/54 hood on a 55? The whole front end is different, isn't it? Or is that just the coupe/Hardtops.

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        • #5
          That hood certainly appears sedan. I just did a quick measurement on my C Model and rear corner to front corner is 56", about 142 cm. I suspect the C/K models also have a narrower front edge than the sedans. Perhaps Rich could do a quick check to verify. My C model nose is close to 5-1/2", or 14 cm. Click image for larger version

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          But Eric is quite correct. You do not want a hood from ANY '53-'54 if you hope to fit it to a '55.
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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          • #6
            Yes, there is no doubt, it's a '53-'54 Sedan Hood.
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              Now I found trouble enough to let the whole thing be: Josephine's hood is longer at the rear corners because she is a Ultra-Vista, so the hoods for the flatter windshields are more straight at the rear.
              I've seen those who put older/earlier front fenders on without problem so I thought the hood would also work, lucky enough I didn't buy it!
              Pitty with the looks thou, now it's cutomizing time,
              I always wanted to put a 55-56 Dodge grill on if I couldn't get a 53-54 hood so...

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              As a kid I thought they were Studebakers too.
              Life just changed direction a bit...
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              Josephine
              -55
              Champion V8
              4d sedan

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              • #8
                Some years ago I owned a Dodge Custom Royal identical to the one in the photo it had a 313 cubic inch engine just before the 318s. I paid $100 because it had a thrown rod, I replaced the rod from an auto wrecker and drove it 100,000 miles trouble free. It had a push button automatic.

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                • #9
                  Nice! So it was a -56, -55's had a stick, any photo of it or is that to much off topic?
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                  Josephine
                  -55
                  Champion V8
                  4d sedan

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