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Old 12-10-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default Sectioned Shoebox Fords



Of all the custom bodywork performed on a car in the 1950s, sectioning had to be the most radical and difficult treatment out there. Slicing a 'section' out of the entire body made it look skinny and sleek (if not a bit squashed when the top was usua...

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Old 12-10-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

Ive never seen that one, thanks for sharing. It definitely takes on a completely different look with that oval grill and hood treatment.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:45 AM   #3
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Here's my favorite:

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

I love the look of Peterson's car, especially from the rear, it's so clean. It'd be great to see it replicated with the aforementioned mild chop!
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:50 AM   #5
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

Is it just me or is the shoebox ford the most sectioned car ever? I know there have been many cars sectioned over the years, but it seems like the number of shoebox's that had that treatment outnumber anything else by a whole freakin' bunch!
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:55 AM   #6
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

I know I'll get flamed but I think sectioning a shubox is pure blesphamy. I love those cars, have had about 6-8 of them and have never seen a sectioned ford I liked. It's like sectioning a 33-34 ford 3 window to me.
The shubox profile looks dead-on correct as it was delivered from the factory except for some extraneous trim and too-tall ride height....in my eyes.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:01 AM   #7
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I know I'll get flamed but I think sectioning a shubox is pure blesphamy. I love those cars, have had about 6-8 of them and have never seen a sectioned ford I liked. It's like sectioning a 33-34 ford 3 window to me.
The shubox profile looks dead-on correct as it was delivered from the factory except for some extraneous trim and too-tall ride height....in my eyes.
In my opinion nobody should get flamed for expressing view on their tastes...we can all disagree but taste is a personal thing....I can take them either way, agree that they did look good stock, but Valley Custom in particular created some really nice sectioned shoeboxes, because the overall design worked with not only the sectioning, but the wheel radiusing, the simple grilles, etc.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:13 AM   #8
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I love the look of Peterson's car, especially from the rear, it's so clean. It'd be great to see it replicated with the aforementioned mild chop!
I agree, just a minimal chop would have killed it.

Call me crazy, but I might have rounded the top of the windows.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:26 AM   #9
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I just never got real crazy over sectioned cars. I have seen a few that I think are sexy and boy do I really appreciate the amount of craftsmanship and determination it takes to really pull one off. I still just dont flip out when I see one but that orange one is real cool!!!
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:36 AM   #10
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I'm with Rocky and Slamit, I can certainly appreciate the amazing amount of work and workmanship in a sectioned shoebox, but I just think they look better without sectioning. The proportions of glass to body seem off to me.

Ron Cash in the Atlanta area has a beautiful one (I don't have a photo on this computer), probably the nicest sectioned shoebox I've seen. You have to look at it for a minute to even realize it's been sectioned. I talked to him about it a few years ago and he said he just took out all the straight metal (about 2.5-3"), didn't want to get into the compound curves. A lot of work for a very subtle change.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:37 AM   #11
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I always loved any custom wild or mild shoebox, but I thought the section made them look like Corvairs, not that that was bad either, but chopped and dropped was what I dreamed of when I had my '50 in High School and now have my '51 and would love to have it chopped someday.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:39 AM   #12
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

Sectioning, the holy grail of body mods, is really limited to select vehicles. The shoebox being the top of the heap, but 53-4 Chevys wer always a favorite of mine followed by AD trucks. Even some Ford PUs look really good sectioned 'just enuff' to change it up. There was a 58-60 Ford PU done out west that looked really good, nice proportions.

I guess like every other traditional practice you can go too far but I always thought the shoebox Fords carried it well and brought that early sportscar thinking to the party too. I recall someone on here sectioned a 55-6 Ford almost over a weekend (?) and that one was on it's way to greatness from what I can remember. Again, like anything else, just enuff is just perfect.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:46 AM   #13
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One of my altime favs is Billy Gibbons. I think its sectioned?
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:58 AM   #14
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

49-51's always looked better to me sectioned but the 46-48 also take a better stance with a section job. I wish I had some shots but dont but I am sure someone on the Hamb has a few shots of the 46-48 thats sectioned and choped.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:27 PM   #15
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

ive always been a 49-51 shoebox fan but i always liked the sectioned ones. it takes a certain car to make it look right, the shoeboxes i feel fit the bill, but i like my nomad the best !!!! i guess im partial to it.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:28 PM   #16
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

I love a sectioned shoe box!

Here's a thread I started with lots of pics and build pics of my '49 that I'm sectioning 4".

This one is mine, it was built in the late 50's early 60's best I can tell, 6" section!

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Copper Head, awesome car, not sectioned.
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:11 PM   #17
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Default Re: Sectioned Shoebox Fords

HHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMM imagine that ! !

My current project :













Tonight will actually be the first night in months where I will
start the Welding. I have a dilema, Removeable Convertable
-or- hardtop ! ? ! ?
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:12 PM   #18
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HHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMM imagine that ! !

My current project :













Tonight will actually be the first night in months where I will
start the Welding. I have a dilema, Removeable Convertable
-or- hardtop ! ? ! ?
Hardtop. Do you call this a ShoeBird or a ThunderBox? Lol

I love it BTW.
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:16 PM   #19
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I LOVE sectioned shoeboxes!
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:37 PM   #20
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I guess that it'll have to be Shoebird since I used to call my ol' girlfriend Thunderbox ! !
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