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Shoebox Fords- "Continental Kit"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fordstandard, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. fordstandard
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 892


    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
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
  2. modelAfan
    Joined: May 16, 2003
    Posts: 119


  3. SlowandLow63
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 5,957

    from Central NJ

    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
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,356


    the only way i like conti kits is when the car has extended quarter panels with kit in between....
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  5. gee...where is the love ?
  6. I am interested in seeing these pics as well
  7. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,943

    big creep

    yea they dont look so good! but if you like it? do it.
  8. dannyego
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,386


    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
  9. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,706


    The Barris Shop built this one... with extended quarters... they really are needed when you want to use a Conetinental Kit.



  10. I have one that was on a 50 ford convert. I am going to post soon...
  11. fordstandard
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 892


  12. fordstandard
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
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  13. nagramos
    Joined: Jun 7, 2010
    Posts: 47


  14. Stefan T
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 2,160

    Stefan T
    from Sweden

  15. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 489


    Just say no to the continental kit on a shoebox!
  16. IL GIMMI
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 222

    from NOMAD

    Heed these warnings.
  17. Crestliner
    Joined: Dec 31, 2002
    Posts: 2,947


    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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    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
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  19. Mr. Clean
    Joined: Jun 21, 2006
    Posts: 87

    Mr. Clean

    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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  20. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 2,988


    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.
  21. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,657

    Jalopy Joker

    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.
  22. acustom51
    Joined: Feb 9, 2010
    Posts: 18


    I'll Offer up one ...

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  23. hodag
    Joined: Jan 25, 2007
    Posts: 12

    from Omaha, NE

    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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  24. thesupersized
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,356


    they look like poop without extended quarters.
  25. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,629


    That was the first thing that "had to go." Coronado kits arn't any better looking either.

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  26. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,231

    from red oak

    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.
  27. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 7,857


    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.
  28. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,837

    from Las Vegas

    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.

  29. Silhouettes 57
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 2,800

    Silhouettes 57

    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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  30. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    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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