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Old 06-23-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default John Dietrich 51 Chevy (Valley Customs)



John Dietrich was a true custom car nut. He was one of those guys that bought an almost-new car like his 1951 Chevrolet 2 door hardtop, and took it to Valley Customs in Burbank for the full make over inside and out. They immediately swapped the front...

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Old 06-23-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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I always really liked that car....Very Simple and Classy!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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All class, love it!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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Default Re: John Dietrich 51 Chevy (Valley Customs)

very cool. some of those photos were recently on ebay for sale. look at that killer tuck-n-roll..
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: John Dietrich 51 Chevy (Valley Customs)

Now that's a perfect custom!!! Great looking car and I love the rear treatment as a whole from the Lincoln lights, dodge bumper to kaiser overrider. Great example!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:58 AM   #6
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All class and just what a custom should be. Improved but not having an identity crisis.

That car is one of those "the more you look the more you see" customs but no one modification overpowers the car.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:06 PM   #7
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Now that's a perfect custom!!! Great looking car and I love the rear treatment as a whole from the Lincoln lights, dodge bumper to kaiser overrider. Great example!
pure class with a touch of perfection
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:08 PM   #8
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Default Re: John Dietrich 51 Chevy (Valley Customs)

I always loved this car... very stylish... like all of the Valley Custom Shop built Customs...


Car craft made a nice article on step a frame using John's Chevy.








And here are some of the photos used in the article. From the Valley Custom Shop facebook.













Tad Hirai on the left and Clayton Jensen on the right

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Old 06-23-2011, 12:12 PM   #9
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very nice although I gotta say I would love to have seen that car done with a set for frazier tail lights
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:19 PM   #10
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Whoa Valley Customs even used a Gambino Notch!
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:33 PM   #11
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Safety goggles? don't be a p*ssy, just hold it while it whack it a couple of times with this sledge.......trust me.

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Old 06-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #12
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Awesome custom! Nice article Rikster.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:44 PM   #13
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Really makes airsaws and cutoff wheels look pretty damn awesome, huh?
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:34 PM   #14
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Awesome custom! Nice article Rikster.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:15 PM   #15
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Default Re: John Dietrich 51 Chevy (Valley Customs)

Love the "how-to" pics. Making do with what you have. It seems crude by today's standards, but it still gets the job done! This is a simple, clean custom that yields a great result. Complimentation is the word of the day, Cat
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:18 PM   #16
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Thanks Jive-Bomber should have fully read your post sorry.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:22 PM   #17
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Default Re: John Dietrich 51 Chevy (Valley Customs)

I gotta say the tool he is using there is actually pretty damn efficient,

I have used similar tools for panel removal at junk yards with pretty stellar results.

of course I have also used a flat blade and a chisel. works in a pinch but kindly messy!


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Old 06-23-2011, 03:36 PM   #18
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great stuff right there. just the way a custom should look
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:26 PM   #19
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Wow that is perfection! Everything is proportionate and subtle. I love it this car a lot.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:12 PM   #20
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That car is gorgeous.
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