Chevy 41&49-54 Front Suspension Whatare Difference

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Difference between front suspension on Chevrolet 1941 and the 1949-54
What are the differences between the Chevrolet front suspension independent front ends on the 1941-?? and the 1949-54.

thank you stano41

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  • lofat46
    Jan 9, 2020 at 8:05 AM

  • Maybe I misread your post about not seeing a mount for a shock on the ‘41 upper control arm. The upper control arm on a ‘41-8 is the shock. If they don’t leak they work very well and there is no need for a tube shock. There is/was a company called Egge that would repair those shocks. You send them your cores and they send you a rebuilt pair. I don’t know if they are still around or not. Because the stock shock/control arm fluid reservoir covers the top of the spring pocket, it would be difficult to have an upper shock mount easily accessible if you put a tube shock inside the spring. Usually if you mount tube shocks on the stock front end you bolt or weld a mount to the frame and the lower control arm. The mount should not break if the shock used has the proper travel so it doesn’t bottom out or over extend putting stress on the mount.

  • stano41
    Jan 8, 2020 at 11:55 AM

  • I don't remember seeing the mechanism of some kind of shock on the upper control arm on our 41??? I will get to look at it on sunday… I was kind of thinking of mounting a shock of some way, in the coil spring like the 48-54. OR NOT!!..

    thank you stano41

  • stano41
    Jan 8, 2020 at 11:41 AM

  • 48-54

  • stano41
    Jan 8, 2020 at 11:40 AM

  • found a picture for each I think.. for some reason I had a harder time to find picture of them before. I was thinking that the 48-54 might give me better idea for shock install on the 41-48 front. I also thought that the two front suspensions were closer build for some reason?? It looks like they are more different than I thought..

  • jimmothershead
    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:37 PM

  • stano41
    1934 Master thru 1948 closed knee action.Oil filled chamber with oil.
    1949 thru 1954 open A arms with regular shocks. Ditto for 1953 to 1962 Corvette.
    Played with all of them all of them.
    Jim, School of Hot Rod Hard Knocks since 1957
    410 535 1933, 410 535 1932

  • jimmothershead
    Jan 4, 2020 at 3:31 PM

  • In 1934 the Chevy Master came out with closed knee action, independent.
    In 1949 open independent front end
    At one time I owned 18, 1941 Chevies..........only one on the road with a 283.
    Born in 1941

  • stano41
    Jan 1, 2020 at 7:27 PM

  • we did a minor search for 1941 aftermarket shock mounts and ran into several more universal type brackets. did not really know what I was looking at on some types. kind of thought may have to just build something.. we will have to look again and I think the upper was solid, the break was on the bottom part of the shock mount.. when we go to a car show we may have to hit the ground a few times...

    thank you stano41

  • lofat46
    Jan 1, 2020 at 7:04 PM

  • At the time I still had the stock suspension on the car I kept using the stock shock/upper control arm unit. I was lucky and mine didn’t leak. I finally put a ‘73 Nova sub-frame on the car. I think someone sells the brackets for a tubular shock conversion.

  • stano41
    Jan 1, 2020 at 10:33 AM

  • thank you lofat46.. for some reason I thought the 41-48 and the 49-54 front suspensions where closer to being the same. we will have to look at a 49-54 to see the difference. I know where there is one to look.

    lofat46 what did you do for shocks on your 46? how did you mounts them? Our 41 broke one on the road so we just took it off, and will have to fix it before summer.. It was a bad idea for mount on the lower arm. Looking for ideas.

    thank you stano41

  • lofat46
    Jan 1, 2020 at 8:26 AM

  • ‘41 -‘48 are the same. Nothing interchanges with ‘49-‘54. Except when I first built my ‘46 in the ‘70’s I used ‘49-‘54 hubs to convert to 5-lug wheels on the front end. I put Corvette rotors over the early hubs with a fabricated bracket to mount the Vette calipers to the spindles.

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