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Old 02-12-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default Top 3 Custom Shoebox Fords of the 50s



Sometimes overshadowed by the 49-51 Mercury, the 'Shoebox' Fords of the same era were the backbone of the burgeoning custom car scene in 1950s Southern California. 1949 was a big, big year for Ford with new 8BA Flatheads, kingpin independent front su...

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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jay thanxs for the insparation i have to shoe boxs a 49 buisness coupe and a 50 4 door converted to a 2 door
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:20 AM   #3
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Theres only 2 shoebox fords. The buster litton coupe. Steve Sellers coupe.
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I like this one:

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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no list would be complete without a sectioned coupe:

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:31 AM   #6
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One built by Bailion.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:32 AM   #7
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no list would be complete without a sectioned coupe:


ah, yes. The Ron Dunn 50. This car rules.
Here's a link to its full history:
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one built by bailion.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:09 AM   #9
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The Buster Litton coupe is far and away my favorite...but I also like the Clarkaiser Utopia, which isn't talked about a whole lot.

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:11 AM   #10
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The Shoebox is my dream car.....Love-um !
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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Hard to narrow it down to just three! The Buster Litton, Junor Conway, and LeRoy Goulart coupes are all really good choices. I think my ultimate favorite would be the Buster Litton car.

I also really like the Jay Johnston shoebox. It's one of the cars Steve Stanford included in his 'Clock Drive Inn' masterpiece, in it's pink & white version. The car had several different paint schemes.

I also really like the Gaylord-built shoebox convertible owned by Don Carroll. Same side trim Royal Shifter used on their 'Victoria Secret'. I used to work with Don back in the late eighties...un car related.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:27 AM   #12
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Default Re: Top 3 Custom Shoebox Fords of the 50s

In addition to those mentioned,

Frank Barron's (SP?) an LA local. It was rarely shown, but driven A LOT!
Static drop and drove it this height.
Shortly after it was painted Frank was hit by a lady that ran a stop sign and the car was totaled.
Nothing radical, just clean and well thought out.






Another favorite, as is.

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Anyone got more pics of the Bailon shoebox?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:38 AM   #14
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Another favorite, Lee Pratt's(picture is from Kustrama).
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #15
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Impossible to limit it to just the top three...Buster Litton's for sure (probably my #1), Jr. Conway's coupe, and Chuck DeWitt's '50 convertible...along with Hines' Bat, the X51, and Ron Dunn's Valley Custom-built sectioned coupe...
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:56 AM   #16
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So many greats!
But I think the first one to seal my fate was the "Yankee Clipper".

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:57 AM   #17
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theres only 2 shoebox fords. The buster litton coupe. Steve sellers coupe.
exactly!
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #18
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The Buster Litton coupe is far and away my favorite...but I also like the Clarkaiser Utopia, which isn't talked about a whole lot.


Always liked the way the Utopia looks from the back, in its first iteration
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I'm not a big fan of the Stude headlights on Busters car but other than that its a fine looking ride.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #20
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Buster Litton is number 1. It has a flow that makes it look almost as if it's wedge sectioned at the back. Anybody ever do that?
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