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Shoebox Fords- "Continental Kit"

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  1. fordstandard
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    What is the story on - "Continental Kits" for Shoebox Fords?

    * I don't see many of them
    * Were they orig.options or are they custom /fabricated to fit from other cars?

    *** Who sells them and what have you done-show pics
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  2. modelAfan
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    just say no.
  3. SlowandLow63
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    There needs to be a D.A.R.E program for continental kits gone wrong.

    Cars that never need to be within 5 feet of a conti kit:

    '49-'51 Merc
    '49-'51 Ford
    '55-'57 Chevy

    And thats just a start!
  4. thesupersized
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    the only way i like conti kits is when the car has extended quarter panels with kit in between....
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    gee...where is the love ?
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    I am interested in seeing these pics as well
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    yea they dont look so good! but if you like it? do it.
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    in not a big fan off them but I would have to disagree with one car on the earlier post. They do look okay on 56 chevys imho
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    The Barris Shop built this one... with extended quarters... they really are needed when you want to use a Conetinental Kit.

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  10. I have one that was on a 50 ford convert. I am going to post soon...
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    Just say no to the continental kit on a shoebox!
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    Heed these warnings.
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    My 50 Crestliner has one, believe to be Ford option. Have to run air shocks to use rear view mirror. I have often thought about taking it off. Probably will when and if it gets new paint.
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    O.K. I'll offer one up. I do agree with Rikster, these do look a lot better with extended quarters. This was my intention whenever I put this one on. But other projects got in the way and since this is the only one running and driving; I haven't done anything yet. I do like the Barris car.
    Thanks for posting it Rikster.

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    Lighten up, fellas, he's in Pennsylvania - can't help it. My dad and uncles in Northeast Ohio all thought continental kits were awesome on some cars, including shoebox Fords. It's an Eastern thing; you wouldn't understand.
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    Oh MY Gaaawd! the stock set ups are ugly as sin. destroy the cool lines of a shoebox. the Barris car looks marginal OK. maybe, just maybe, with extended quarter panels and Packard tail lites, etc. would have to be a radical full custom to make it work. some longer body styles look good with continental kits, so I ain't against them entirely.
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    I'll Offer up one ...

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    Heres the continental kit on the '49 I'm currently looking at. Not a fan, hopefully someone else is and I can use the funds for tires.

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    they look like poop without extended quarters.
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    That was the first thing that "had to go." Coronado kits arn't any better looking either.

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    To me, it looks like a spare tire with a cover attatched to the trunk. No bumper bracket extensions, no wide gravel pan. Could be wrong. Take a sideview and post it.
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    I doubt that FoMoCo ever produced them as a factory option, but they were a common dealer-installed feature in the early '50s. My mom bought a new '54 Merc with one; the day she turned it over to me, I took it off.
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    well, I lived in a semi-affluent neighborhood as a grade-schooler (lots of nuclear engineers) in the early 50s. Half the newer cars in the driveways had continental kits and wide white walls. Very popular, I always assumed they came from the dealer that way. When I became a budding hotrodder (as opposed to taildragger) we referred to connie kits as "manure spreaders" and as with 50Fraud, if we acquired a car so equipped, those things came off quicker than a prom dress.

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    Here is one from West Virginia, belongs to a friend.
    I'm not much of a Conny Kit guy either but it must be a East coast thing!
    Here is a '54 Olds and a '59 Impala both from WV.

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    i,m not a big fan of the connie kit but i,ve seen cars that look good with them and cars that look bad so i posted some east coast cars with them see what you think and as someone post even barris put them on some cars

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