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Username Post: Newbie 1947 Fleetline 4 Door        (Topic#356667)
P.schmidt90 
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06-03-19 04:53 PM - Post#2767638    

Hi! I have recently been gifted my family 1947 Fleetline 4 door sedan. It is completely original. Engine and transmission have never been touched. The body was rattle canned forest green 20 years ago but was originally lullwater green I think. This car runs and drives well. I want to completely restore the vehicle but I am looking for where to even begin. My mind goes to completely replacing the drive train, engine, suspension, etc but I am not sure where to start.. I am hoping someone can at least point me in right direction. Thank you!



 




lofat46 
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lofat46
Loc: Bloomingdale, IL
Reg: 08-12-13
06-03-19 09:00 PM - Post#2767652    
    In response to P.schmidt90

Congrats on your getting your Chevy. The very first thing you want to do is decide on what you want as a finished project. Do you want to restore it to factory original? Rebuilding the original suspension, drivetrain, original upholstery and paint? Or do you want to build a street rod with a V8, automatic transmission, creature comforts such as A/C, late model rear end, aftermarket suspension, custom paint and interior? Having a plan and a vision are very important. Nothing slows or stops a project like changing course during the build. Good luck and welcome to one of the most rewarding and and at times frustrating hobbies around.





 
Keith_Knox 
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Keith_Knox
Age: 78
Loc: Napa, Ca USA
Reg: 04-02-00
06-04-19 12:56 PM - Post#2767693    
    In response to P.schmidt90

Welcome to ChevyTalk. Both of my old Chevys are stock. I don't drive them as much as I should, but that is the way it is.
Good luck with what you decide.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
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.
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crew


 
Dave in VA 
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Dave in VA
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06-04-19 02:36 PM - Post#2767700    
    In response to P.schmidt90

They're only original 1 time...

"Knowledge is Good" -- Emil Faber

U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

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2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2


 
2blu52 
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06-05-19 07:19 AM - Post#2767744    
    In response to P.schmidt90

Do not touch a bolt until you have decided what you want out of the car, once having done that you can then see if it will be affordable to do what you want. Next step is to plan where, when what and how. With all that done you should be able to stick with it til it is done and then enjoy what you have created.

"PEACE IS THAT GLORIUS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN EVERY ONE STANDS AROUND RELOADING"

THOMAS JEFFERSON


 
pauldian 
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Reg: 05-14-09
06-05-19 11:50 AM - Post#2767760    
    In response to 2blu52

  • 2blu52 Said:
Do not touch a bolt until you have decided what you want out of the car, once having done that you can then see if it will be affordable to do what you want. Next step is to plan where, when what and how. With all that done you should be able to stick with it til it is done and then enjoy what you have created.



I fully agree ! One thing to remember,it's going to be very expensive either way.



Edited by pauldian on 06-05-19 11:51 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
P.schmidt90 
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06-05-19 12:31 PM - Post#2767765    
    In response to lofat46

Right now I want to stay original. My fear is finding parts to rebuild the vehicle. Are there sites that have everything I need?



 
P.schmidt90 
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06-05-19 12:33 PM - Post#2767766    
    In response to pauldian

I'm planning to stay as original as I can. I'm not sure if there are even parts out there. Can someone point me to the right place for someones previous restoration? My fear is that if I stay completely the engine or transmission will die and I will need to replace them anyways when it should have been done in the first place.




 
RoadRocker 
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Loc: Kentucky.
Reg: 12-13-13
06-05-19 04:07 PM - Post#2767784    
    In response to P.schmidt90

As Blu said What do you want out of your car? Access your drive train. Drive it around some and see what you think on performance an soundness. The original drivetrain is not real friendly to todays Highway speeds. 216 3 speed 411 rear. Just Fine as a parade car or local ride. Four lane cruiser not so much. You can add overdrive and gear it up and still look completely stock with 216. You can upgrade to 235 full pressure oiling and gain some power and still look stock many possibilities. Keep reading you are in the right place to figure out what you want out of your new ride. It all doesn't have to happen at once Good luck. And Happy Motoring
Tom

48 sports coupe
63 C-10 long fleet
17 Tacoma double cab longbed
17 Toyota Rav-4

Been down most all the roads nowhere left to go??


 
P.schmidt90 
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06-06-19 01:34 PM - Post#2767842    
    In response to RoadRocker

What are the preferred newer engines to install? Can you get something that will bolt to the original mounts? Are there kits for different engine mounts if not?

What about rear axle/differentials? What are the preferred replacements for these?



 
RoadRocker 
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Reg: 12-13-13
06-07-19 05:57 AM - Post#2767876    
    In response to P.schmidt90

All inline sixes from 1937/ 1962 pretty much bolt right in. later 235 after 55 are good because of full pressure oiling. 261 are popular. Blazer 4x4 5 speed trans and rear are common and work well, open driveline. Auto trans also used. All depends on what you want out of your ride

48 sports coupe
63 C-10 long fleet
17 Tacoma double cab longbed
17 Toyota Rav-4

Been down most all the roads nowhere left to go??


 
P.schmidt90 
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06-07-19 07:20 AM - Post#2767879    
    In response to RoadRocker

I want to keep this as a parade car, maybe a weekend driver for the fun of it. I do not plan on turning it into any type of street rod.

Thanks for the engine advice. I'll be relocation to Phoenix in a month. Once the vehicle gets down there I guess its time to see what parts I should start order.





 
RoadRocker 
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RoadRocker
Loc: Kentucky.
Reg: 12-13-13
06-07-19 08:01 AM - Post#2767882    
    In response to P.schmidt90

Again good luck with it. Original 216 3 speed will work fine for your intended use.
Tom

48 sports coupe
63 C-10 long fleet
17 Tacoma double cab longbed
17 Toyota Rav-4

Been down most all the roads nowhere left to go??


 
P.schmidt90 
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Reg: 06-03-19
06-07-19 08:00 PM - Post#2767932    
    In response to RoadRocker

Tom- should I just buy a rebuild kit for the engine?



 
RoadRocker 
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RoadRocker
Loc: Kentucky.
Reg: 12-13-13
06-08-19 05:37 AM - Post#2767941    
    In response to P.schmidt90

As said drive it around if you can and see how it is. Does it use oil? Do a compression check. Fix what wrong. Oil leaks? Does it run hot? My 216 in 48 coupe was all good Yours could be to. I switched to 261 for better roadabilty and am really glad I did. Different strokes
Tom

48 sports coupe
63 C-10 long fleet
17 Tacoma double cab longbed
17 Toyota Rav-4

Been down most all the roads nowhere left to go??


 
Keith_Knox 
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Keith_Knox
Age: 78
Loc: Napa, Ca USA
Reg: 04-02-00
06-08-19 07:26 PM - Post#2767993    
    In response to P.schmidt90

Took my 48 for a 25 mile drive today and going to take it to a small car show in the morning. One of the first things to look for is a Powerglide rearend and just change out the torque tube assy. This will change your 4.11 rear ration to a 3.50. Slows the engine RPM down so it will last longer. Then maybe keep your eyes out for a full pressure 235 or 261. This way there is hardly any fabricaton needed.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
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.
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crew


 
P.schmidt90 
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Reg: 06-03-19
06-12-19 10:47 AM - Post#2768317    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Thanks for the Advice! I'll defiantly be on the look out for the engines. Any ideas on where to find the new rear end?



 




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