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Old 09-25-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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I arrived in Santa Rosa, CA late last night and am about to head to Costco to get some dogs for the open house at Vern's. As such, I don't have a ton of time for a post... I mean shit fellas - I've got a...


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Old 09-25-2009, 11:27 AM   #2
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1. Nose it.
2. Deck it.
3. Floating bar grille- Kaiser?
4. 4 bar Lancer caps - 15" re-pops, I guess.
5. French the headlamps.

That should all be pretty affordable. Maybe some seat covers too-- That Naugahyde is hard on the eyes...
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:29 AM   #3
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I would stick a grill in it, detail the engine compartment & spend the 4k that was left over on gas!
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:29 AM   #4
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Owning a 51 Tudor Sedan I have been drolling over the car since it was first posted, only trouble I am about $15k short of the $15k asking price.
What I would do would be french the taillights, french the headlights, shave the bumper bolts, & add a 49 grille bar & turn signals with the Cal Custom centre piece to eliminate the bullet (already have that piece), &
wrap it all up by lowering it a couple of inches. After those mods are done nothing left to do but drive!
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:48 AM   #5
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Lower it a tad,DeSoto grill,spend some money warming up the motor.
Donate the balance to the Alliance .
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:52 AM   #6
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Just add a grill, simple is better most of the time.
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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Chop the hell out of it!!!! suicide the doors, canted quad headlights, skull grill and spider webs all over it!!!! Seriously very cool car, I would lower it and drive it!!!!
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:55 AM   #8
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add a grill, lower it and go!
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:57 AM   #9
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wait, no.... drive it till the weather turns crappy, work on it then
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:59 AM   #10
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I'd put the grill back in, drive it, and put the $5k in a CD...
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:01 PM   #11
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I think I would get it first and drive it around for the first year and begin to decide which way to really go with it. Lowering and a grille would be the most I would do to it. Like I said drive it and then you can get a feel for what you like and don't like about the car. But going off your previous cars you seem to be a suttle and simple type of person when it comes to your cars. I also appreciate this whaen they are tastefully done and not over the top. I hope you get the car and if you do post up build pics of what you do with it.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:12 PM   #12
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Drive it, put 5k into another rod
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:12 PM   #13
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I agree with most here that say it looks good the way it is, but if i *had* to customize it, I'd go for a Desoto or Olds floating grille, Plymouth Bumpers, maybe Crestliner trim and add a nice complimentary color for tu-tone.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:20 PM   #14
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This is definitely a cool car and a good buy, but like alotta folks, I'm out of a job and out of money.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:25 PM   #15
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Nose
Deck
Shave handles
French head & tail lights
Lancers
Lower
'56 Plymouth grille bar integrated with the original surround
Drive
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:37 PM   #16
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front bumper under the gravel pan (later fill in the bolt holes and smooth out the bumper). drop the rear an 1" or 2". shave the antane, move add 2 to the rear gravel pan. I like the look of the peaked and hooded headlight bezels (like brewsirs '57 wagon). Floating tube grill. (but do the Bass/Barris style internal grill surround treatment, with the rounded sides). Shave the door handles, or maybe push buttons. lop the top off the side trim, so it is just a smooth bullet.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:44 PM   #17
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>>>Newly chromed Stock grille
>>>Skirts
>>>.5-1" lower out back
>>>Detailed engine
>>>Frenched headlights with '52 Merc rings but that would require paint to cover the work up.

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Old 09-25-2009, 01:47 PM   #18
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I think someone should buy it so Mrs Bleed has a car to drive this winter!!!!!!!! Help a brother out!
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:22 PM   #19
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I am contemplating ,VERY HARD, buying this car for my wife but im trying to figure out where to get the extra money..... Oh, and I would nose it, deck it, shave the door handles, french the headlights, grille and taillights
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:54 PM   #20
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I would use the '54 Chev grill with 15 teeth that came out of my friends '51 Convertible, dig out the '49 Plymouth bumpers and Olds Fiesta spinners I 've been saving for "one of these days", put the top down and head out.
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