After graduating from high school in 1962 with no further education in mind I went to work and started looking for a neat car to drive. It didn't take long to find one. A guy who was a few years older than me had just lost his drivers license and had his car for sell. It was a '54 Studebaker Coupe with a "270" horse 283 Corvette engine. It still had the original green paint which was the only thing I didn't like about it. He was asking $500.00 for it but needed the loot so I bought it for $350.00. I had it painted Honduras maroon and drove it for about a year. While I was driving it I saw another coupe sitting in a yard with a for sale sign and stopped out of curiosity and when I raised the hood I could not believe my eyes. It had a Hemi engine. It could have been a Chrysler or a smaller Dodge or Desoto but it was a Hemi. It looked like it fit in there as nice as my Chevy did. I never forgot that car. So, when I ran across this 40,000 mile original '53 coupe many years ago I bought it and put it up until I could get around to it.....that is building it with an early Hemi. My engine of choice was a '57-'58 392 300C or D engine with the factory 2x4s. I found a complete '57 300C engine and put it up too. My car is the Champion which came with a 6 cylinder engine. But I was surprised to find out that the Chrysler 300C complete engine only weighs about 100 pounds more than the '53 Commander V-8. That doesn't sound possible does it. It's true. But it is so much bigger. When I finally got around to it I took it to Fatmans to have the engine mounted and a Mustang 11 front clip and 9" Ford rear end installed. More pictures soon.