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Chevrolet Fleetmaster (1948)


Chevrolet Fleetmaster (1948)

Post-war Chevys were often regarded as too bulbous and weighty to make decent hot rods out of, but that all changed with the trend for 'fat fendered' cars among the custom and cruising fans. With naturally rounded lines, the cars could be further smoothed by de-badging and de-trimming, thus making them fuss-free externally, and very striking cars. This car not only has the smoothed lines, but its body has been channelled over the chassis for a low ride height, which is further enhanced on the Mustang II independent wishbone front end by 2-inch (50mm) drop spindles that effectively bring wheels up inside the arch without changing suspension geometry. The rear end is a basic live axle with leaf springs, built to be tough and durable to take the power from the Tri-Power (triple carburettors) small-block Chevy V8 with performance heads and a low restriction exhaust.

Chevrolet Fleetmaster (1948) Specifications

Top speed:139 mph (222 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:325 bhp (242 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:340 lb ft (461 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Weight:3,450 lb (1,568 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (4.95 km/I)
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