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  1. Thanks for the reply. According to Thomas Bonsalls books on Pontiac, the 53 to 54 body was heavily reworked but it was the same shell. Since both Chevrolet and Pontiac used the A-body I guess this means it applies to Chevy as well.
  2. Thank you, I apologize for being mistaken about the fenders. Do you know if the 1949 to 52 Chevy used the same body shell as the 53-54? I realize there were a lot of changes but I always understood it was just a heavy restyling of the sheetmetal.
  3. Does anyone know if a 1953 Oldsmobile 98 had a larger interior than the Olds 88? I know they both used the same body structure and that the 98 was a longer version. I am just trying to figure out if all the length went behind the rear axle or if there was additional length added between the axles, resulting in a larger interior (and longer dash to rear axle length). Thank you.
  4. Did the 1953 Chevrolet use an entirely new body shell, or was it just a heavily revamped 1949 body? It was always my assumption that these cars all shared the same basic body structures. Did all Chevrolets from 1949-54 have bolt on rear fenders?
  5. In 1950 when the B/C body were reintroduced they were really just variations on the same body shell. Essentially a B-body had the smallest passenger compartment. This was utilized by the Cadillac Series 61, most of the Buick line and all of the Olds 98s. The C-body had a 4" longer passenger compartment. It was used by most Cadillacs and by some Buicks. The C special was a longer version of this same shell again used by the 60 special Cadillac. The D-body was the longest variation which was used by the series 75. The key to remember is the body shell is defined by the in
  6. Sorry, that LeSabre reference was a typo. I corrected it now to say Buick Special. Based on the information I have, the 1950 Buick Special used a B-Body shell, like the majority of the 1950 Buick line-up. The width of a 1950 Special was about 80", while the 1951 was reduced to about 75". See the distinctive B-Body c pillar on the rear of this 1950 Special: https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hcc/2015/11/Blue-Light-Special---1950-Buick-Model-41D/3749075.html#PhotoSwipe1534360229528
  7. Hello all, I am a new member here and hope that you folks can help me out with some historical information. As I am sure all of you here know, the 1950 Buick Special was introduced in roughly August of 1949 with GM's new B-body for 1950. This new for 1950 body became the basis for GM's 1950 B/C body program, used by Cadillac, Buick and Olds as discussed by Richard Stout in the SIA article. For 1950, all Cadillacs and Buicks used the B/C body shell, while Oldsmobile used it for the 98, and the smaller 76/88 used the A-body. Then for 1951, things changed. Buick moved the Specia
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