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Username Post: Restoring a '47 Fleetmaster        (Topic#341143)
vj1277 
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12-09-16 08:42 AM - Post#2665277    

Hi! This is first post on this forum.

I recently bought a 1947 Fleetmaster 2-Door and it's my first restore-no motor or transmission-it's just a shell. I'm looking to replace the suspension and put a V8 in it. I've been considering an C4 suspension and a 350/TH350 combo.

Right now I'm dismantling the car for bodywork, but looking for advice and guidance on how to proceed mechanically.

Should I get a Heidts Superride suspension? Or TCI? What about a C4 suspension?

I'm looking for a great recipe for a daily driver, but also to do things affordably.



 
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12-09-16 10:52 AM - Post#2665298    
    In response to vj1277

Welcome aboard VJ.

Love those long hoods. Sounds like you'll have your hands full.

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Keith_Knox 
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12-10-16 09:56 AM - Post#2665415    
    In response to vj1277

Welcome to ChevyTalk. Check this sticky in the 49-54 forum THE DEAD HORSE: V8 SWAPPING. Not all of it pertains to our years, but it has a lot of info. We have several guys that have went to V8s. I did one into a 48 in 1967 using the engine, trans and rearend from a 56. It is long gone tho.

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic.
2013 F150 Crew Cab


 
vj1277 
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12-11-16 09:18 PM - Post#2665657    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Thanks for the info. I'll check it out!



 
lofat46 
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12-13-16 07:37 AM - Post#2665870    
    In response to vj1277

Welcome to the forum VJ, you'll find a lot of help and information here as you progress through your project. As far as your suspension choices I would have to put my two cents worth in for the Chassis Engineering bolt in components. Unbolt your old stuff and the new stuff bolts into the same holes plus a few more you have to drill. No welding, good handling and ride. They have everything you need for front and rear suspensions, motor and trans mounts and more.
www.chassisengineeringinc.com

1946 Chevy Fleetmaster 4-door Street Rod



Edited by lofat46 on 12-13-16 07:38 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
vj1277 
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12-21-16 09:19 AM - Post#2667084    
    In response to lofat46

Thanks for the advice on Chassis Engineering.
I bought an 84 Corvette mainly for the IFS, engine and transmission. I called CE yesterday, and they don't have a kit that works with the Corvette IFS (it's Mustang II). That leaves Flat-Out Engineering and Progressive Automotive with C4 kits I can use.



 
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01-08-17 08:18 PM - Post#2670194    
    In response to vj1277

Use an over drive Trans like 2004R or 700R4 for better gas mileage. I installed a V8 in a convertible, a lot harder than the hard tops, but it was interesting!

Thanks!
Bru
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47 Chev. convertible in progress


Edited by Broo102 on 01-08-17 08:25 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
vj1277 
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05-31-17 01:32 PM - Post#2693710    
    In response to lofat46

What's your advice on engine and drivetrain? I've been told that getting a 5.3l Chevy Tahoe or Silverado (post 2000) is great because it's LS-based and easy to install.



 
lofat46 
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06-01-17 07:27 AM - Post#2693837    
    In response to vj1277

LS motors are the hot setup right now. It's not a Chevy but a friend just put and LS engine with a 4L60E overdrive trans in his '38 Buick coupe. Runs great. Harnesses are available from a variety of after market sources.

1946 Chevy Fleetmaster 4-door Street Rod



Edited by lofat46 on 06-01-17 07:29 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
vj1277 
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06-06-17 06:43 AM - Post#2694669    
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Thanks for the note. LS it is!



 
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