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Suspension for a 1953 champion

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  • Suspension for a 1953 champion

    I am currently having a shop rero a 1953 champion starlight coupe. I have purchased a Phantom Studebaker (Slick Street Stuff) kit to install a Chevy 350 engine and overdrive transmission in the car. I have purchased a Dana 44 rear end eith phlanged axels and rear drum breaks. Thee kit has Ford disk brakes and rack and pinion steering. My question is: what kind of springs and shocks should I used with the 350 engine in the Champion?

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    I am not familular with that particular front end setup, but assuming that it is a Mustang II type front end, Mustang 6 cylinder springs should work best. Because the engine sits farther rearward in relation to the front axle, the lighter springs work with the V-8

    Bob

    Own '53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j3...ontheBeach.jpg
    Own \'53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j30/Bobphyl/StudeontheBeach.jpg

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    • #3
      BeeJay -

      No it's not Mustang II
      It's just tubing Stude stuff with either Ford or GM spindles. Nothing different.


      rsturtevant -

      I'd say contact the Phantom guys for spring/shock recomondations.
      Since it is their kit, I assume they'd have the best required info.
      Not many have sprung for this kit since it doesn't really better the Stude geometry. A fair bit of money for tubing control arms and a R&P (that may or may not be better than the OEM configuration.)

      Mike

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      • #4
        Will SOMEONE who is doing this conversion PLEASE post some pictures
        and some numbers? I would love to see some slalom results, maybe a
        couple stops from 60 and so forth. Just saying it "feels better" isnt
        a good review - since "better" for some might be a mushy ride and that
        ultra slow steering with bias ply tires or balloon radials.

        I agree .. contact Phantom with questions - keep us updated!

        Tom

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