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    This past weekend while traveling from Florida to Alabama, I happened to see what appeared to be a 54-55 Conestoga with a 56 front clip on it. Is this a 56 model? Are the 54-55 clips interchangable with the 56 clip? I didn't have time to stop and check it out but will on a future trip.

  • #2
    I think the front clips are interchangable. Here are pictures of a 55 two door sedan with a 57 front clip.






    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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    • #3
      I think the front clips are interchangable. Here are pictures of a 55 two door sedan with a 57 front clip.






      Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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      • #4
        The wagons from 1956 do look an aweful lot like the '54 and '55s, don't they? Besides the nose, another way to tell a '56 is by the little fiberglass 'fins' on the rear quarter panels.
        I would imagine that if you had a late '55 (wrap around w/s) you could put a '56 nose on the wagon~ I've actually seen a '55 sedan done up that way!!! [:0] I can post a pic of it later if anyone wants to see it~ or if someone else doesn't post it first...

        Please keep us posted as to what you find. If you can, get the info off the body tag under the hood on the passenger side, and/or the serial number off the plate on the driver's door jamb. Thanks!!!


        See what I mean- while I was here (at work) on this slow @$$ computer- someone else was posting...

        StudeDave [8D]
        V/P San Diego County SDC
        San Diego, Ca


        '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
        '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
        '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
        '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
        '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
        '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
        StudeDave '57
        US Navy (retired)

        3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
        SDC Member since 1985

        past President
        Whatcom County Chapter SDC
        San Diego Chapter SDC

        past Vice President
        San Diego Chapter SDC
        North Florida Chapter SDC

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        • #5
          The wagons from 1956 do look an aweful lot like the '54 and '55s, don't they? Besides the nose, another way to tell a '56 is by the little fiberglass 'fins' on the rear quarter panels.
          I would imagine that if you had a late '55 (wrap around w/s) you could put a '56 nose on the wagon~ I've actually seen a '55 sedan done up that way!!! [:0] I can post a pic of it later if anyone wants to see it~ or if someone else doesn't post it first...

          Please keep us posted as to what you find. If you can, get the info off the body tag under the hood on the passenger side, and/or the serial number off the plate on the driver's door jamb. Thanks!!!


          See what I mean- while I was here (at work) on this slow @$$ computer- someone else was posting...

          StudeDave [8D]
          V/P San Diego County SDC
          San Diego, Ca


          '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
          '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
          '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
          '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
          '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
          '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
          StudeDave '57
          US Navy (retired)

          3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
          SDC Member since 1985

          past President
          Whatcom County Chapter SDC
          San Diego Chapter SDC

          past Vice President
          San Diego Chapter SDC
          North Florida Chapter SDC

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          • #6
            Based on what I saw driving by, I don't believe this one had any fins on the rear quarters. I saw a side, rear, and front view. No fins. Definitely a '56 front end. Good photos "Istude". What is the difference between and early and late '55's? Is it just the windshield or is body, doors, roof, etc. different also?

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            • #7
              Based on what I saw driving by, I don't believe this one had any fins on the rear quarters. I saw a side, rear, and front view. No fins. Definitely a '56 front end. Good photos "Istude". What is the difference between and early and late '55's? Is it just the windshield or is body, doors, roof, etc. different also?

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              • #8
                The cowl is different, so the late '55 is the only one you can put a 56-58 front clip on without some minor modifications.

                nate

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                • #9
                  The cowl is different, so the late '55 is the only one you can put a 56-58 front clip on without some minor modifications.

                  nate

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