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Old 10-24-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default A Simple '49 Ford

I was fooling around on Rikster's site this morning and stumbled across the above shoebox Ford. Now, it's no secret that I love 1949-51 Fords, but I've never really appreciated the proportions of unchopped sedans. They've always seemed a little a...

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Old 10-24-2008, 09:51 AM   #2
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That thing is just right. My first car was a '49 Ford Tudor with about the same mild stuff done except for the Merc grille (mine had no grille at all!).
Thanks for the post.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: A Simple '49 Ford

nice car. lose the bumper guards though, IMHO.

the unchopped cars look best when moderately lowered... like 3 in front 4 in back or so.

thanks for the pics...
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:01 AM   #4
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nice car. lose the bumper guards though, IMHO.

the unchopped cars look best when moderately lowered... like 3 in front 4 in back or so.

thanks for the pics...
EXACTLY what I was going to say; it's all about the stance with unchopped cars.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:10 AM   #5
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That thing is just right. My first car was a '49 Ford Tudor with about the same mild stuff done except for the Merc grille (mine had no grille at all!).
Thanks for the post.
That's a Canadian 49-50 Meteor grille and surround.......
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:13 AM   #6
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That's a Canadian 49-50 Meteor grille and surround.......
no shit?
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:21 AM   #7
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Default Re: A Simple '49 Ford

You guys are right on. I love two-door shoeboxes, but you have to give much respect to anything that looks as nice as that four-door.

Also? It runs. I own a '49 Club Coupe that ain't finished and doesn't run. At all. So I can definitely appreciate the nicety of having a running, finished four-door.

Shoeboxes rule!
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:22 AM   #8
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Here ya go, boss: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2427314

Unfortunately, they aren't all that common. But if you can find one complete, the whole front clip interchanges with a shoebox, and it looks real neat. 7/8 scale merc without all the cutting and welding.

Here's a better shot: http://www.pbase.com/xl1ken/image/59663552

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:38 AM   #9
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you guys are right on. I love two-door shoeboxes, but you have to give much respect to anything that looks as nice as that four-door.

where did you find 4 doors?

also? It runs. I own a '49 club coupe that ain't finished and doesn't run. At all. So i can definitely appreciate the nicety of having a running, finished four-door.

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:46 AM   #10
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Here ya go, boss: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2427314

Unfortunately, they aren't all that common. But if you can find one complete, the whole front clip interchanges with a shoebox, and it looks real neat. 7/8 scale merc without all the cutting and welding.

Here's a better shot: http://www.pbase.com/xl1ken/image/59663552
Great call... I can see the difference now.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:53 AM   #11
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you have to give much respect to anything that looks as nice as that four-door.
4 door?
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:54 AM   #12
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Those Meteor gilles are worth their weight in gold, have seen them as high as $2500 bucks at Portland Swap meet and they actually sold before the first day was over. And not too many were ever made. Merc grille cutdown and rechromed would be cheaper and more realistic if you want to finish your car. Took me 10 years to find and acquire a 51 Meteor grille and would have never happened if not for the HAMB.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:06 AM   #13
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Looked at a sedan for sale one time and couldn't figure out why it looked so good.
The guy points out to me that he eliminated all four vent windows. Really subtle.
I think it made the proportions better than a coupe.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:16 AM   #14
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That's one SLICK shoebox......
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:52 AM   #15
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That's the stance I'm goin for!
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:56 AM   #16
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Makes me wish I still had mine.
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:48 PM   #17
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4 door?
Yeah, four door kustoms have their place, especially for guys with young families.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:22 PM   #18
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Looked at a sedan for sale one time and couldn't figure out why it looked so good.
The guy points out to me that he eliminated all four vent windows. Really subtle.
I think it made the proportions better than a coupe.
That's what I'm talking about

Notice how a few people on here thought that car was a 4 door? It's the rear quarter window vents that really make it look like a 4 door. I can deal with the bumper guards, but I think the car would look so much better with one piece rear quarter window glass.

You could leave the front vent windows in, just the back ones look so out of place.

Honestly, I'm not that hot for the frenched headlights on this one either.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:10 PM   #19
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Yeah, four door kustoms have their place, especially for guys with young families.
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...Notice how a few people on here thought that car was a 4 door?...
Doh!
I had a proper look this time, Squablow you're rite about the rear quarter windows.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:16 PM   #20
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The cool thing about a meteor shell vs. a sectioned Merc shell is that the upper corners are slightly more "squared off" than they would be with a sectioned Merc shell. The Merc shell is perfectly proportionate, but when you section 6 or so inches out of the middle, the corners tend to seem very round and bulky. Not that its a bad look, but next to a Meteor shell, its alot different.

I have a line on one but its a million miles away.
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