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Username Post: Rear Sway Bar        (Topic#357265)
50_Fastback 
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07-17-19 03:19 PM - Post#2770932    

Have any of you installed a rear sway bar in a '50 with a Nova rear end? Thinkin' about it but not sure where to start.

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



 


Mike JW 
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07-17-19 05:12 PM - Post#2770939    
    In response to 50_Fastback

Hi Ron
I have a rear sway bar in my 50. Its a 10 bolt out of a S10 4x4. I think there the same as the Nova. The sway bar is also out of an S10. Let me know if and when you go to Pismo Derelicts and you you can take a look.



 
Shepherd 
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07-17-19 05:27 PM - Post#2770940    
    In response to 50_Fastback

CE system on my 51. A big improvement cornering, also Nova rear.



 
50_Fastback 
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07-17-19 06:06 PM - Post#2770943    
    In response to Shepherd

Shepherd,
Thanks for quick response! Did a quick search for CE Systems couldn't find them. do you have any contact info and possibly a model number of the sway bar?

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



 
50_Fastback 
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07-17-19 06:07 PM - Post#2770944    
    In response to Mike JW

Mike, I've been trying to get to Pismo but somehow my biological alarm clock never seems to go off

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



Edited by 50_Fastback on 07-17-19 06:08 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
DZAUTO 
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07-17-19 07:03 PM - Post#2770947    
    In response to 50_Fastback

DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What kind of cornering are you guys doing in your old Chevys????????
Oh, I see, some of you are road racing them, right?



 
johnwd98 
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07-18-19 05:21 AM - Post#2770965    
    In response to Mike JW

JW, I have an S10 rearend in my Fleetline also. Looked at installing the rear sway bar from the S10 Blazer, but it looked like the fuel tank would be in the way.Curious to know how you mounted yours.

1950 Fleetline, 355 TBI, mild cam, 700R4, 3.73 posi rear Blazer axle, MII front. Remote door and trunk locks, GM cruise control, A/C,


 
40grit 
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07-18-19 05:48 AM - Post#2770966    
    In response to johnwd98

I had a 1947 F@@d convertible with a late style rear end. I mounted a Mustang front swaybar upside down and backwards in order for it to clear everything. The swaybar does not care how it is mounted or what it is under. It just needs to be the right width to attach to the frame rails and line up with brackets attached to the bottom spring mounting plate. Obviously, the arms of the sway bar should be as level as possible but that can be adjusted by the length of the links.

As I remember, I made my links by taking a piece of allthread and using a piece of stainless tubing or small galvanized pipe around them which allowed the links to be whatever length I needed.

It's been a while and in those days it was a lot easier to browze the salvage yards for something that would work but maybe you have a "Pick and pull" yard in your area.

It is a project that can be done for next to nothing with a little hands on work.

John

Just Slightly Abrasive


 
cbmkr56 
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07-18-19 06:08 AM - Post#2770968    
    In response to 50_Fastback

Why do you need a Sway Bar, There's not a lot of room back to start with and cornering at high speed with the stock front suspension is not a good idea.



 
Mike JW 
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07-18-19 06:22 AM - Post#2770969    
    In response to johnwd98

Its mounted forward.



 
Shepherd 
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07-18-19 11:56 AM - Post#2770989    
    In response to 50_Fastback

I see they are out of business now. Seems Heidts took over.



 
BAJohnny 
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07-18-19 04:51 PM - Post#2771006    
    In response to Shepherd

https://chassisengineerin ginc.com/

Try this address.

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1953 BelAir 2dr Hardtop


 
Shepherd 
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07-18-19 06:00 PM - Post#2771014    
    In response to BAJohnny

Yup, page 3 in the sway bar selections, this is what is on my 51. Just check that it fits the Nova housing diameter.



 
50_Fastback 
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07-18-19 08:12 PM - Post#2771029    
    In response to cbmkr56

In the rear of my '50 is a 10" Nova rear end and long '68 Camaro leaf's. Up Front there is a Mustang ii IFS with dropped spindles, full length springs, Mustang sway bar and power steering.

On a recent trip through Oregon and Washington I found myself on some winding roads where I was rolling all over the place.

My assumption is that if I add a swaybar to the rear, Bilstein shocks all around and possibly a thicker swaybar up front the car will flatten out.

I'm not interested in racing but being caught in a stream of cars on a narrow winding road with handling problems is an experience I would not like to repeat.

Ron

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



Edited by 50_Fastback on 07-18-19 08:22 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
50_Fastback 
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07-18-19 08:18 PM - Post#2771030    
    In response to Shepherd

Shepherd,
IS this it? Chassis Engineering
SB-1054RA Rear Sway Bar for 1949-1954 Chevy
SKU: SB-1054RA
$185.00


Attachment: Sway_bar.jpg (17.52 KB) 4 View(s)




Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



 
hpva 
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07-19-19 04:44 PM - Post#2771092    
    In response to 50_Fastback

  • 50_Fastback Said:
Shepherd,
IS this it? Chassis Engineering
SB-1054RA Rear Sway Bar for 1949-1954 Chevy
SKU: SB-1054RA
$185.00



I bought this one for my 54 this spring but I haven't installed it yet.I think Heidts bought out Chassis Engineering.



 
Shepherd 
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07-19-19 05:10 PM - Post#2771097    
    In response to 50_Fastback

Yes, that's the one I installed.



 
Mel Foye 
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07-19-19 06:39 PM - Post#2771106    
    In response to 50_Fastback

My thinking and experience whether on the track or doing 15mph around an easy city corner the less roll the better the ease of cornering. With less roll the tires stay flatter on the road and to me the driving is just more enjoyable.
I do have a concern and it is when a rear bar is added you want to be sure it complements the front bar.
Enjoy all the changes you make.



 
50_Fastback 
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07-19-19 06:45 PM - Post#2771108    
    In response to Shepherd

Shepherd one last question,
Do you have lowering blocks installed?

Thanks!
Ron



Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



 
50_Fastback 
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07-19-19 06:59 PM - Post#2771112    
    In response to Mel Foye

Mel,
How would you describe the rear bar complementing the front bar? Thickness?
Thanks,
Ron

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



Edited by 50_Fastback on 07-19-19 07:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Shepherd 
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07-20-19 04:22 AM - Post#2771125    
    In response to 50_Fastback

No, Posies lowering springs, lowered spindles in the front.



 
johnwd98 
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07-20-19 06:13 AM - Post#2771128    
    In response to Mike JW

JW, Thanks, hadn't thought about mounting it forward.Might have to add that to my Winter project list. A couple of Summers ago I drove my Fleetline to Deadwood SD for Kool Deadwood nites (about a 1200 mi. round trip). Near Rapid City, SD on I90 where the speed limit is 80 and as we all know a lot of people drive faster. Anyway while keeping up with the flow of traffic, I90 became a little curvy, bumpy, and windy. Decided I needed to slow down because of the poor handling under those conditions...not to mention the wife's comfort lol. Don't enjoy white knuckle driving like I used to.

1950 Fleetline, 355 TBI, mild cam, 700R4, 3.73 posi rear Blazer axle, MII front. Remote door and trunk locks, GM cruise control, A/C,


 
Mike JW 
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07-20-19 10:05 AM - Post#2771147    
    In response to johnwd98

  • johnwd98 Said:
JW, Thanks, hadn't thought about mounting it forward.Might have to add that to my Winter project list. A couple of Summers ago I drove my Fleetline to Deadwood SD for Kool Deadwood nites (about a 1200 mi. round trip). Near Rapid City, SD on I90 where the speed limit is 80 and as we all know a lot of people drive faster. Anyway while keeping up with the flow of traffic, I90 became a little curvy, bumpy, and windy. Decided I needed to slow down because of the poor handling under those conditions...not to mention the wife's comfort lol. Don't enjoy white knuckle driving like I used to.



I know what you mean.




 
Snegrah 
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07-20-19 09:56 PM - Post#2771191    
    In response to Mike JW

I was told that a front sway bar is better than none and if a rear one is installed, the front should be thicker than the rear.

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Mike JW 
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07-27-19 04:01 PM - Post#2771742    
    In response to 50_Fastback

Glad you made it to Pismo, this AM. It was nice to meet you and see your car. Wish I'd have brought my 50 instead of the 51 pickup, maybe next time. Hope to see you there again soon. Mike



 
50_Fastback 
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07-30-19 08:16 PM - Post#2772039    
    In response to 50_Fastback

Just received the Chassis Engineering Sway Bar and haven't even opened it. Probably be another week before I give it a shot.

Ron Starkey

Life's full of risks..........take one!

'50 Fleetline 350/350



 


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