Newest project for a customer. Slant chop, full bubble skirts, molded lakes, shaved, rounded, extended quarters, etc. FULL ON KUSTOM!!!! All Ford also, using Ford engine/trans/rear/Mustang II
SWEEET WISH I HAD THE BALLS TO CUT ONE UP LIKE THAT. GUNNA BE A REALLY BITCHEIN RIDE. CRAIG
Thanx Craig! This is the start with extended quarters, 62 Mercury taillights, and full bubble skirts being the next big things on the list. Keep stopping by and check it out every couple of weeks!
Crazy build! You have some hours racked up on this one. Can’t wait to see more pictures.Rod
THAT’S A HELL OF ALOT OF METAL WORK ! LOOKING GOOD. KEPT THE PIC’S COMING.
Oh yeah! Didn’t realize how long those quarters were until I started welding on the skirts- lots of jumping around with 1/4” welds trying not to warp it. Decided not to use the 62 Merc taillites and french in and extend the original 49’s by 1 inch, and use his parts cars quarter panels to make some bubble skirts. The original plan was to remove the wind splits on the bodys’ quarters and the donor panels, but he and I thought that’s what defines a Shoebox and I like ‘em. Was gonna slide the donor quarters ahead a foot and whack off the front edge behind the doors, but when I slide that panel up with the lites and wind splits still intact, we stood back and thought “Wow, that looks kool! Kinda jet age? And it make the car look longer.” So I decided to go with it. Now I need to french in and extend 4 taillites and come up with some filler pieces to tie into the edge of the trunk. Pretty sure I’m gonna make a roll pan with a license plate recess for below the trunk, but thats a few weeks down the road. Thanks LOUD PEDAL, it’s the positive comments that keep us all forging ahead on our projects. I appreciate it. Jim
THAT’S WHAT KEPTS ME GOING ON MINE.THE POSITIVE THINGS I GET FROM MY FREINDS. YOUR DOING SOME GREAT WORK.
You’re right Beppie, without a good network of close friends to bounce ideas off from, it would be hard to finish some of these “parts cars” I’m building. The cars up here are so rusty that you have to spend lots of hours just repairing the floors and body mounts and stuff before you can even think of chopping it or shaving that. It becomes frustrating sometimes right from the start, but you fight through it with support from your friends-and the fact that it will be kool when it’s done and you can’t wait to drive it! Thanks again and keep me updated on your latest projects and keep stopping by every couple of weeks to check up on mine.
I’m liking where this is going! What’s the plan for the front? I hear Ya on the rust issue. Ya gotta restore’em before you even start to do the “TRICK SHIT”.
Not sure about the front yet. His rear bumper was in fairly nice shape and the brackets were straight, so I thought I could drill out the front rails to locate the bumper farther in or out on the front end, then weld the studs on the backside and fill in the existing holes and have it rechromed. The owner wants all Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury parts only used, and preferrably ‘62 or earlier. So, a grill bar or section from a mid-50’s Merc or ??? Maybe I’ll whip up another tube grille? I think I’m gonna add lips to the ‘49’s front fenders from a mid-50’s Ford and use the eyebrows over the headlites from the same car. We also talked about adding a mid-50’s Merc faux hood scoop to the hood but more out to the front edge. Illija said you’re from Iowa so you know what I’m talking about with rust in these cars up here. Even the “good” cars we used to drag out of the Dakotas that weren’t exposed to the salt are getting scarcer as time goes by. Even the occasional “barn find” up here was still exposed to a decade or more of salted roads, so it’s pretty rare that a barn find lead turns into something worth a crap. You get there all excited, see the 1968 tabs on the car and are still excited ‘cuz the outer panels don’t look too bad, then you crawl underneath and you could throw a cat through the frame without touching any metal! Speak up all you Midwest Rust Belt brothers if you hear me!! We should post some albums of the rust we’re talking about so people from the warmer climates understand- that would be interesting…with the Salt Belt cars it isn’t what you first see, it’s after you drag that turd home and cut out a section to patch it-then you get to look behind and see what the salt did in every nook and cranny- it almost makes you wanna cry…and the “fun” begins all over again, after you’ve told yourself this one will be easy…hahaha
Sent one car off to a “media blaster” once and brought it home in two 5 gallon pails! Now that’s RUSTY!
The worst one I ever did was a 59 Eldorado convertible that literally fell in half, (frame & all) on the trailer before it got to my shop. It took parts from 13 doner cars to save this number matching jewell. After going across the auction block at BJ’s it ended up in someones prized collection. Beauty is only “SKIN DEEP” ! (”,) If cars could talk! LOL
It’s Gona Be …One Koool Ride !! Keep Us Posted On Build !!
I’m Now, Back To Working On My “Long Term Project” A 1937 Ford 2-Dr. Flt. Bk. Sedan… That Will Be A Resto. Rod With A Modern Drive Train & Amenities !!! Can’t Wait To Get It Out & ’’Pound Some Gears’’ !!!!!....John
Dude, I’m digging you ‘37. I always liked that body style. What’s your plans for the drivetrain? Man, there are some inexpensive stroker kits out there to bump up a 460 BBF! Been looking lately, a dude could build a stump puller on the cheap! That baby would be fun…
Thank you my friend! Alot of cold weekend all-nighters to get this baby in primer and running for Back to the 50’s…
Thanks For Your Comment On My 37 – Ford !!The Drive Train Has Come Out Of A 67 Firebird-400 That I Was Keeping!! But… Was Hit From Behind In A Wreck That Totaled The Car! But ..All The Drive Train Was Salvageable. The 400-Engine Will Have A Thumper Cam, Dual Quads, OFFY Intake & Valve Covers To Give It Da Vintage Look !! The 400-Trans Will Be Rebuilt With A Shift Kit For Positive Shifts, Shifted By A Genny Floor Shifter -Dressed To Look Like Da Original. Even A Dead Clutch Pedal To Give Oroginal Appearing Interior. The Firebird 10-Posie Rear End, Rear Springs, Shocks, Factory Traction Bars & Sway Bar Have Been Grafted To The 37-Frame. Up Front = 4’‘Dropped I-Beam, 4-Bar Suspension, 3-Way Adjustable Shocks, Race Car Style Sway Bar, Currently Working On The 67-Corvette 4-Piston Disc Brakes, That Have A Special Engineered – Mounting Bracket Mated To The 37 Spindles That Have A G.M. Snout For The Disc Brakes To Run On. Next,, Will Be A Power Brake Booster Mounted On The Frame, Etc.Etc. On & On!! I’ve Been Told By My Son This Is The Fun Part !!!Hope I Haven’t Bored You With All This Info. ???....John
Just tooooo KOOL!!
It’s seeing builds like this that make me fall in love with the classic car all over again.
Thanks for breathing soul into this beauty, Buck.
Lookin’ forward to more pics.
The catfish grill with the floater grill bar is nice choice, ‘cause it’ll have that look of grinning from fender to fender. LOL
Well, it sounds like you’re putting together a pretty solid dream ride for this fella. I can almost see it racing under the Seventh Street Bridges. swoon
Thanks for keeping me in the loop…Can’t wait to hear and see more. HUG
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