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63 champ hot rod project

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  • 63 champ hot rod project

    I have a 63 champ which has been sitting in my in-laws' backyard for a number of years. I have a Chevy 454 which I would love to shoehorn into the truck. I would like to know first if this transformation is possible, and second, which transmission, drive shaft and rearend combination would best fit the application. Any other tips regarding mating non-Stude parts would be appreciated.

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    With a torch, time and talent - anything's possible.

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    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President 2-dr
    1955 President State
    1951 Champion Biz cpe
    1963 Daytona project FS
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    • #3
      If the Champ was a V8 and has a Dana 44 rear axle, it will be fine for the conversion. For everyday driving, look for 3.31-3.54 gears. Tranny is your choice, but I prefer the beefed 700R4. The 454 will fit fine. Look for a 65-66 Stude car with the V8 and the mounts should be close to what you need to bolt in the fat boy.

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      • #4
        The steering box is going to be the biggest problem you will have to move the engine over to the right a little and it will still be a tight fit. The Champ wasn't known for it's nimble steering and with a big block it will be a bi**h. They need better cooling ect. If you want some grunt best to go with a 383 or 350. If it is a stick now stay that way unless you realy don't like to shift for yourself. And a late 60's to mid 70's Ford truck 9" drops right in on the springs and if you get the right pinion yoke you won't even have to cut the driveshaft.

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        • #5
          While I've never tried fitting a BrandX engine into a Champ, I'd question the worth of trying to employ 65-66 motor mounts in a Champ. Said motor mounts are made to adapt a GM engine to a Stude CAR frame. The Champ uses a totally different frame from the cars.

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          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe
          1957 President 2-dr
          1955 President State
          1951 Champion Biz cpe
          1963 Daytona project FS
          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the tips! She has a straight 6 so the rear-end will have to go.

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            • #7
              NOT SO FAST! All 1/2ton Champ trucks had type 44s - 6 or 8. With a 6cyl.car, the rear could be a type 23 or type 27 or even a type 44 for extreme service vehicles such as cop cars or taxis. But all trucks got the beefy 44. So it may come down to a matter of ratio more than grit. MOST trucks would have a 4.10, 4.27 or in the case of alot of 6s, a 4.55. With O/D this works out pretty good.

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              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President 2-dr
              1955 President State
              1951 Champion Biz cpe
              1963 Daytona project FS
              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                I guess my next question is how can I tell which rearend I have?

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                • #9
                  The 44 designation is cast into the webbing on one side of the main case - where the axle tube sticks out. Clear away the grease!

                  The ratio should be on a stamped metal tag under one of the rear cover bolts. If it's not there, you can pull the cover completely and find the ratio on the outer edge of the ring gear.
                  Also, this might be a TT (limited slip) rear axle. If you pull the fill hole plug and there's a ribbed surface just a half inch in, it's a TT. If not, it's not limited slip.

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                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe
                  1957 President 2-dr
                  1955 President State
                  1951 Champion Biz cpe
                  1963 Daytona project FS
                  No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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