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Old 06-18-2008, 07:33 AM   #1
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So I got another book from those guys at Motorbooks. "Kustomland" covers the custom car photography of James Potter from 1955 to '59 and it's pretty damn choice, but this post isn't so much a book review as it is a question. Are you clean and su...

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Old 06-18-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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those are some cool customs
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:45 AM   #3
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I like the chevy, It has always been 1 of my favorites, I think the side trim is 59 bel air or el camino. Watson was a genius, a simple outlining of the trim and around the bottom of the car in the scallop color really works for me, I dont know why you dont see more of that today
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:47 AM   #4
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Is the Chevy flashy? Compared to a lot of cars you see from back then, it looks remarkably restrained - but 'showy' enough to stand out in a row of stock ones.

Anyway, I'd take the Chevy on this occasion. If the Ford was up against, say the Golden Sahara, then I think it would be the Ford.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:51 AM   #5
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i question this very same thing often. i look at my Buick and its black paint and sometimes wonder "what if", perhaps that is why there are so many renditions of these cars. changes made from year to year, the owners themselves didn't know what they liked better, no question that they were dead on in just about any rendition they did. Either way works for me.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:54 AM   #6
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These are both very cool customs, but I think they both fall into the "clean and subtle" category. True, the '58 uses bold colors, but the paint is nowhere near as wild as many Watson jobs, and the modifications are all very understated - the clean trim, Pontiac taillights, and what appear to be radiused wheel openings all look like they should have come from the factory.

Hard to pick between the two, but I think I'd go for the '58. And I think I'll be shopping for Kustomland sometime soon.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:55 AM   #7
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Depends on the mood I'm in. Both cars serve different functions for me.
If they were both parked in my driveway, how I felt would determine which keys I grab off the table.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:05 AM   #8
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There is nothing subtle about that '58 in my book. It's just tastefully done is all...
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:06 AM   #9
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The 55 - love the clean look.

And the model beside it looks a lot nicer than the guys around the 58.
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I always go clean and subtle, was raised with my dads 56 Chev straight black nosed ,decked,shaved full moons/wide whites and 56 packard tailights,mild but noticeble
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:09 AM   #11
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both of those are so clean, that it's hard for me to say I like one or the other more.... but if I had to pick one, I'd go with the Chev. It just flows so well, and Ryan is right, the stance is killer.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:15 AM   #12
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Watson was a genius, a simple outlining of the trim and around the bottom of the car in the scallop color really works for me, I dont know why you dont see more of that today
I've wondered that, too. I hope to pull off the Watson look when I eventually paint my Galaxie.

Always being a fan of Watson's work, I really dig the '58. It just doesn't get much better.

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Old 06-18-2008, 08:26 AM   #13
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I'm lazy, so the '55 would be my choice.

Soud screwy? Gimmie a minute.

The 'clean' (and subtle) look they appear to be going with on the Ford looks like (even though it probably isn't) easier to keep clean (detailed, whatever) then the '58. The Chevy has the appearance of wanting constant attention (wax, polish, etc Note: I said 'appears' not 'has to have').

Further, the Chevy as it is finished would need a more complex (showier, higher maintenance) interior to match up with the exterionr. While the Ford would need something more than rubber floor mats, an interior that is easily cleaned, that you don't need to worry about people's shoes (okay, no oil, manure, concrete, etc coated footwear). I guess what I'm saying is the Ford looks to be built more to the idea of 'drive it' where the Chevy (in this case) appears to be more of a 'show it' car.

Hopefully that made sense.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:37 AM   #14
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I love them both but could only see myself parking the '55 Ford in my garage. Cool, Clean and Calm.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:49 AM   #15
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I really dig the newbook and the way its put together. I keep picking it up and flipping through it so i prob. should have gotten another one with the abuse this already is taken...
I've always dreamed of 'cloning' that '58 Chevy and someday i will for sure....
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:50 AM   #16
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love em both,hafta go with the subtle one tho,the 55
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:00 AM   #17
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The '58 is what you would expect of a nice early '60's custom. Very predictable. The '55 is a killer. The restraint shown there is amazing.

I'd take the '55 & never look back.

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Old 06-18-2008, 09:01 AM   #18
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I have always loved the Jim Doss 1958 Chevy. At least the first version as shown in Ryans post. Perfect customizing in body, details and paint. The front section of the side trim is as far as I know flipped side trim from the rear quarters. And is so much better looking than the bulbious stock front section of the 58 side trim.
Watson's paint treatment on this version is one of his best ever.

I'm still waiting for my book to arrive, and with this review I really cant wait any longer now.

Here are a few photos of the later version, more outlines and fades added, plus it looks like the suspention was raised????



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Old 06-18-2008, 09:55 AM   #19
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I love the Chevy.
For me the crowning element (both versions) is the double line striping
that makes the scallops pop (white edged with black).

Ed Roth also was a master at using multi-lines to enhance a shape, rather than draw attention to themselves.

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Old 06-18-2008, 10:07 AM   #20
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I love the impala. The later panel paint job is nice but just not as clean looking as the original painy work. I'm jones'in for a '58 just looking at it.
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