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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by fordstandard, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Just picked up this fine 53 Club Coupe 210 Model --- This dude did some nice work to it.

    Now we will finish her off. We will drop a SBC , Turbo 350 in it and we have a Chevelle rear going in as well.
     

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  2. Slopok
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    Looks like you're off to a very good start already.
     
  3. Jim636
    Joined: Aug 3, 2013
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    from Wyandotte

    Facebook has 49-54 chevy group and 49-54 chevy custom group. Car looks good.
     
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  5. 54fierro
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    Very nice. As far as tech goes I think you are already at the best place for that.

    1953chevrolet.com has some cool info. It does mention that the 53 came in a club coupe and business coupe version. Without looking deeper I assume the business coupe probably didn't have the back seat.

    Anyways, Good luck with it. Looks like it has a few nice things done already. Cesar
     
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  6. In the 50's, Sedans had 4 doors and Coupes had two.
     
  7. flux capacitor
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    Love it! Not gonna see that roof on any factory 54's either. Put a 68 nova rear in ours, just a fraction under 60 inches wide between backing plates & a CE spring kit centers up super nice. Great beginning of a project. Congrats! Flux
     
  8. birdog
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    What kind of skirts are those
     
  9. The guy I bought car off of included these skirts - He showed me where they had to do a lot of glass work to form fit them to the body. I'll ask him what they came off of
     
  10. Jibs
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    I know that car, you bought it in Cranberry, PA, correct? What year Chevelle rear are you going to use? Very nice car.
     
  11. Hi - I bought the car few months ago from a guy in the Pittsburg,Pa area He said he did the car,sold it to a guy who never finished it and he bought it back from him and put it up for sale I saw car online and we bought it.
    *** What can you tell me of the car? P.S I just friended your car club on facebook!
     
  12. AlkyWagon
    Joined: Aug 13, 2014
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    just needs some top surgery, now ;)
     
  13. I created a facebook page called ; 1953chevycars

    If you can spread the word to all 53 Chevy folks to get on it
     
  14. waldo53
    Joined: Jan 26, 2010
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    Nope - there were 2-door sedans as well - they had the larger rear windows
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  15. What is the last letter on the cowl tag that sits on the top of the cowl, not the vin tag. A business coupe will be something like 1120B. That would be a business coupe. Business coupe's came without a back seat but, you could order things like interior sun visors left right or both, radio, heater and a back seat. Are the rear side windows stationary or do the slide back about 3 inches?
     
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  16. Only the 150 model could be a Business coupe, OR a Club Coupe. The 210 couldn't be had as a business coupe. Being a 210 Club Coupe makes this the rarest '53 of all. I've seen ONE in person, and 3 or 4 in print. I heard there were less than 2500 of these built, and is the ONLY car in the universe that uses that back glass stainless trim. I used a '53 150 sedan back glass on my 210's chop, so no stainless. I would pay any price to get that trim, but it ain't ever gonna happen.
     
  17. flux capacitor
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    Now you've made me want to go out've the dark & dig through the trim piled in the 210 club coupe to see if it's all there. I brought it home a day before Christmas. Solid old car, straight body & excellent underneath but a major project. I flopped the front cap on, shrink wrapped it all up & am still trying to decide what path to follow. My Dad recalls seeing one in the early 60s. Here's a few pics of her before I loaded her up. I was expecting a 150 & it was a 210 with rear seat. Beauty is in the cute little roof line. Flux
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  18. Look for a small tag higher up on the cowl, should have a 4 number and one letter on it, 1227 is a club coupe and 1227B is a Business Coupe. I recently sold a 1227B, Business Coupe, with fixed quarter windows AND a rear seat was installed along with a single driver's side sun visor. As far as the stainless trim on the back glass, I was wondering if the '49 '50 Oldsmobile would be the same.
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  19. flux capacitor
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    Car has the 210 side mouldings holes & stainless window trim, chrome glove box door, has rear seat, interior visors & both rear windows do slide back. I realized it was the tag in the LH door front window pillar "jam" , stainless steel. Appears to be a St. Louis built 210 Club Coupe. Thanks soo much for the input & to Fordstandard for the neat little "coupe" thread! Flux
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  20. freiertpc
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    so do the 2 door sedans have short front doors like a 4 door or longer one like a 2 door, i'm asking because I have a 4 door and may want to convert it to 2 door SANY0022 (800x600).jpg
     
  21. freiertpc
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    I have this whole 54 pontiac to work with it's under side is totally roached and rotten frame but its open drive , the top, and rear quarters would be cool to swap over , still has the flat straight 8 in it for a future model A build. i'm gonna swap the rear into the chevy and front spindles before i do disc brakes so i can have 5x5 lug pattern for my 15" 70 lemans rallies. SANY0047.JPG
     
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  22. coupe33
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    I am working on a 53 Chevy business coupe that I just picked up last month. It has an all original 216 3 on the tree and torque tube rear. It does run pretty good but I have a 283 engine without a home. Has any one considered running a 3 on the tree? I am looking real hard at doing it. I know the rear has to go but with a complete change I kind of miss the old 3 on the tree.
    I also have a 54 Pontiac 2 door hardtop. I am putting a 292 Chevy in it the straight 8 was toast.
     
  23. Recent pics -have not decided on color to shoot car yet.
     

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  24. Gas tank out of S10 --- extra capacity, fit well under this car.
     
  25. If the 6cyl runs good and the cars runs at good temp enjoy it and the 3 on tree. A lot is involved in converting to V8 and hoping the set up sits right, pinion is correct, runs without cooling issues etc...
     
  26. coupe33
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    I think my opinion differs. I believe this is a Hot Rod and Custom site not a restorers site which would be like the Ford Barn. The 331 Cadillac going into my 33 5 window is tough! trying to stuff a big block Cad into a 54 Pontiac was tough and if I wanted to change out the front suspension it would have worked. Not everybody loves the Chevy in a Chevy or a Ford in a Ford.
    I like the looks of your car and it is nice that you upgraded your drive train and brakes. I also believe 108 HP is anemic and even 190 HP from a 283 is a upgrade. That requires a rear axle change due to the torque tube. There is a time and place for torque tubes in traditional early Ford builds. I value every ones opinion and we can all learn from some one else's experience
     
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