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  • RadioRoy
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    The 47-52 rear axle assemblies were narrower than the 53 and newer assemblies.

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  • Captain Billy
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    48 BC check your private message
    Last edited by Captain Billy; 02-02-2019, 03:39 AM.

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  • 48 Business Coupe
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    mine measures 55 1/2 inches and the tires have at least 3" room in wheel well(to hitting rear quarter )

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  • (S)
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    I don't have one to check it to. Check it to your 48's then measure what clearance is there that you will need. Sounds too wide.

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  • 48 Business Coupe
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    I located locally a Ford 9" rear end with 4-11 gears out of a Ford Bronco , outside of brake drum to outside of brake drum is 58 1/2 inches. Will this rear end work for my car?

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  • 48 Business Coupe
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    no, it doesn't have an X frame

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  • KCoupeNewbie
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    I immediately thought of Glen Dodd and his '48 Plymouth Business Coupe.
    https://www.hotrod.com/articles/hrdp...usiness-coupe/
    Article shows website with his phone number; he'd love to hear from you and would be glad to offer suggestions about handling high power in one of the old chassis.
    He takes trophys in everything from Good Guys Autocross to One Lap road course days, where he's often top time against modern hot iron.

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  • (S)
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    That's a start.

    Does that car have an X frame?

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  • 48 Business Coupe
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    here are some picturesClick image for larger version

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  • 48 Business Coupe
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    I will look into the Ford rear ends, I am definitely going to do what it takes to make this work right. This is my first build, but i do have 40 years of shade tree mechanic experience and 3 physced teenage sons to help. I found this car in maryland, in a barn, where it had been sitting since 1972. The car is going on the road this spring !! Having said that, I realize before this is all done I am going to need a lot of help. I really appreciate the knowledgeable help from everyone on this forum!! I have already done a fair amount of fabrication work for motor mounts ,the LS-3 and tranny fit.

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  • sals54
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    Swing by my place here in California... I've got an 8" Ford that'll be perfect for that car.

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  • thunderations
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    A good rear end swap would be to a later 8.5 Ford Explorer with disc brakes. I think it's the 4WD rears that have the offset differential. The trick is to purchase another short axle and have the long axle tube shortened to match the short side. This centers the differential and gets the width correct for the Studebaker. The 8.5 rear end is pretty stout, but if you plan to use 430 HP to do wheelstands, you might want to go stronger. Might even consider going to a 4 link rear end system to stop rear end twist.
    Check with Jim Turner, Turner Brakes, to see what he has or recommends for your front brakes. If you need to do a complete suspension swap, then plan on a disc brake & power steering unit. That motor is going to cause real hard steering with stock components.
    Many that want the Studebaker look but high performance end up with a complete custom frame and suspension to make everything work correctly.
    All it takes is time and money.................

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  • RadioRoy
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    Cool car, but do you really need 430 HP? A smaller engine with 200/250HP would do the job just fine. IMHO. The front suspension will need a complete rebuild and the brakes will really need to be upgraded. The entire car was designed around an 80 horsepower engine. All the systems will need to be upgraded to handle 5.5 times that.

    Congrats on keeping it stock looking from the outside. Will that include a paint job in a color from the original 1948 color palette?

    I heartily agree with what 52-fan said. Make sure you have the skills/tools/space/time/money/talent/spousal approval to finish the job before starting it.
    Last edited by RadioRoy; 01-30-2019, 12:21 PM.

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  • sweetolbob
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    I'll add my own experience with a 39 Ford coupe from 40 years back. I bought a basket case 39 and decided to built it like I would in high school in the 50's. Retained the original suspension, rear end, brakes and transmission and rebuilt them. Used the original steel wheels with Coker bias ply Silvertones. Added a 305 SBC with a cam, Al intake and better heads. All-in-all a great build and fun to drive but after that build I decided never again. Just not enough stopping power and even with the mild SBC I was never comfortable hitting it hard even with the narrow tires. Since then, my builds have had disc brakes with a dual circuit, Dana 44 or better rear ends and three point seat belts.

    Bottom line, heed Jerry and Mike's advice and opt for a better rear end and disc brakes. It will make a great ride and we can live vicariously through your posts.

    Bob

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  • 52-fan
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    A 48 business coupe can make a nice rod, but I hope you are experienced enough for the work involved. It won't be like swapping an engine into a later car that was available with a V-8. All the running gear will need upgrading to handle the power of your chosen engine. Also the engine bay is short and narrow and the stock steering will be in the way.
    I am not trying to discourage you, but just give you a heads up. I hate to see a good vehicle abandoned to junk because the builder did not have the experience or resources to finish the job. I have been there and done that.

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