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Old 03-30-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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I'm with you, 20k is a TON of dough.... but alot less than most are spending, and you'd end up with a pretty cool ride...
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:27 AM   #3
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Belvederes, sure, but I have a hard time believing there are nice restored '56 Furys around for $15K. Double that, maybe. The Belvy is a cool car, but the Fury has the cooler side trim and the dual quad motor, plus they're pretty rare, seems a shame to customize a real Fury.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:34 AM   #4
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C,mon squablow, it's not a shame to customize anything if it's done tastefully. I'm diggin the thought of this as $20 large is alot of money to me too...
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:39 AM   #5
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I've got a nice stock bodied 59 Fury if anybody's interested, send me a PM.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:40 AM   #6
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ok, so you buy a nicely painted car so you dont have to pay for paint. Then do a load of little body mods so it needs repaiting anyway

Ok, so you may get away with not painting the roof, but a few badge/trim changes and the proposed fin extensions will leave the car needing pretty much a full repaint anyway.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:41 AM   #7
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Ok, so you may get away with not painting the roof, but a few badge/trim changes and the proposed fin extensions will leave the car needing pretty much a full repaint anyway.
Not really... The car above was not repainted.

I like the idea of doing it how kids did it then. Just panel by panel as ya can...
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:47 AM   #8
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?????????

Of course its been repainted.
I see no bare metal/lead/filler exposed.

Even if its been painted a panel at a time, all im saying is it was pointless paying extra for a car with nice paint.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:48 AM   #9
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good post ryan
I'm actually in the process of building a "cheap?" custom

My goal is something that would have existed around WWII, mostly period correct to about 1946 and hopefully something that would have stood out as a very classy car in that time period

I've been figuring my budget as under $15,000, hopefully more like $10,000 but with a little window to go more if needed in the end with chrome and paint... but I dont think I will hit $20,000
I'm in about $5,000 so far and have most all of the big(old) stuff covered that needs collected

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Old 03-30-2009, 09:53 AM   #10
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?????????

Of course its been repainted.
I see no bare metal/lead/filler exposed.

Even if its been painted a panel at a time, all im saying is it was pointless paying extra for a car with nice paint.
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good post ryan
I'm actually in the process of building a "cheap?" custom

My goal is something that would have existed around WWII, mostly period correct to about 1946 and hopefully something that would have stood out as a very classy car in that time period

I've been figuring my budget as under $15,000, hopefully more like $10,000 but with a little window to go more if needed in the end with chrome and paint... but I dont think I will hit $20,000
I'm in about $5,000 so far and have most all of the big(old) stuff covered that needs collected

heres a "daydream" photoshop drawing
You sir, however, do...

Another reason I started with something already restored is my lack of talent in the garage. A guy like you could go a lot further for less...
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:57 AM   #11
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Yeah. maybe...

I can understand starting with something that doesnt need months of work ridding it of rot though
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:11 AM   #12
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These cars take money no matter how you slice it. I really wish I could be into a '35-'37 Ford like Zachs for that kind of money.

When I bought by '31 Chevy I got it for $5000 then after selling the fenders for $1400 and the engine for $2000 plus a bunch of other stuff I am at -500 for everything. There are ways to do it cheap but like Ryan said if you want a "finished" car, something that can stand next to some of the heavys then it's going to push some prices up.

$20,000 is a very large amount of money but when you are talking full blown custom customs it really becomes a low number in the schemes of things. Viva La Mild Customs!
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:15 AM   #13
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I've got a guy near me with an almost-mint unrestored 57 Belvedere 4 door. With all the wild trim inside and out, they're almost a full custom from the factory.

Yeah, I could see buying the car for $5000 and messing with it some. Definetly a cheap and fun custom ride
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:16 AM   #14
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The price of re-chroming things these days can push a price of a car way out of control.

The talent to do things yourself and do them well can always save you a ton. For somethings it makes sense not to do it myself. If I can put the time I was going to spend into that particular area of the car into my work that pays the bills and have a better end result then that's just good economics. I think planning can save you ton and sometime it's overlooked by just jumping into things.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:20 AM   #15
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I like the make it yours idea I always have.Jeez in these tough times 20K will get you in a real nice car these days
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:46 AM   #16
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Why not? The 56 in your photo was probably only 3 or 4 years old when it got customized. No major restoration required to get it in usable shape before the alterations began. Unless you just love the anodized aluminum of the Fury, you can save a lot of benjamin's for El Dorado tail lights or white rolls and pleats by starting with a Belvedere. That's a pretty car without a lot of wild hacking and leading. I could do without the lakes pipes even though I know that they were the cats meow then but that's just me.

If that is the year of the 3 piece grill, a 53 or 54 Chevy grill bar and teeth can be shortened and bolted in place of the center piece. Customs from that era loved grill teeth.

Think of the cash you'll save if the restorer bit the bullet for new chrome bumpers and trim.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:01 AM   #17
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Somewhere, I saw a shot of this rearend in primer....so,it was repainted.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:07 AM   #18
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Man, I've had one built in my head for quite a while now. Since about two months after we finished the Shine-O-Matic.

I'd start with a 1960 Impala 2 dr. hardtop. I saw one last month on Craigslist that was a runner and decent body for $8k. I'm sure it needed some mechanical work to be "right".

Shave the emblems, handles and cut the coils for free. Slap on a '60 Mercury grill and '60 Bonneville tailights and call the customizing about done. At that point, I'll let Angie pick out any color she wants, as long as it's HOK Purple Haze over a white base. After Lux sprays that, it's time to sweet talk Fatlucky into some upholstery!

Would I park it next to El Jefe's, or Pratt's cars? Sure. Would I think I've "kept up with the Jones'? I doubt it. Those cars are several different levels above than anything I would put together. I"m fine with that.

Besides, Norm Jones is the Jones I'd want to try to keep up with!
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:08 AM   #19
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Somewhere, I saw a shot of this rearend in primer....so,it was repainted.
Actually, found the car in an R&C tech article.

The car was originally white. All of the body work was done in three days and the car was panel painted afterwards. And by panel painted, I mean they only repainted the panels effected by the body work. Lots of fading I guess, but with white I don't think it would be too bad.

The picture you saw was prolly from a later rendition of the car when it actually got a REAL panel paint treatment - pink and purple panels with a fog down the middle of the car.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:10 AM   #20
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Ryan, stop telling everyone what a good base these cars are for customs! I'd rather see them keep fighting over '49-54 Fords/Mercs/Chevies.

I got a wild idea the other day for a tail light treatment for a '56 Plymouth or Dodge - '67 El Dorado tail lights turned upside down. Am I nuts?

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