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Top 3 Custom Shoebox Fords of the 50s

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. Gambino_Kustoms
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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
    thanxs again
    alex
     
  3. S.F.
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    Theres only 2 shoebox fords. The buster litton coupe. Steve Sellers coupe.
     

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  4. 49ratfink
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    I like this one:

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    no list would be complete without a sectioned coupe:

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  6. Rolleiflex
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    One built by Bailion.
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  7. S.F.
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    x2... :cool:
     
  9. Bass
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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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  10. mustang6147
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    The Shoebox is my dream car.....Love-um !
     
  11. sanfordsotherson
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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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  12. happy hoppy
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    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.

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    Another favorite, as is.

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  13. Finnrodder
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    Anyone got more pics of the Bailon shoebox?
     
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  14. Rolleiflex
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    Another favorite, Lee Pratt's(picture is from Kustrama).
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  15. shoebox1950
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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...
     
  16. 'Mo
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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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  17. independentcustoms
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    exactly!
     
  18. S.F.
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    Always liked the way the Utopia looks from the back, in its first iteration
     
  19. Lobucrod
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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.
     
  20. alchemy
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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?
     
  21. Jeff Norwell
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    My buddy Dave York's shoebox....
    before paint..and done.
    One of my faves.......


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  22. 4rod
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    the yourk shoebox is one of my favorites customs from that period
     
  23. need louvers ?
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    If we are talking customs it dead simple-

    1 Buster Litton's
    2 Buster Litton's
    3 Buster Litton's

    If we're talking hot rods, (much more relavent to MY tastes)

    1 Brian Bass' End of story...
     
  24. S.F.
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    yes....
     
  25. Zapato
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    X51 does it for me....
     
  26. Rolleiflex
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    I love this car as well! I've got some shots of it at the Goodguy's in Puyallup when it was still in primer.

     
  27. msalamanca
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    The Buster Litton's, Juniors. but then this one has my heart

    Simple, Clean and Classy
    Fred Calvins, Barris built.
     

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  29. eightbanger
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    Keith Weesner's is my favorite. I love all of The Burbank Choppers' cars.
     
  30. cracker head
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    Shoeboxes of the 50's, I agree with the above.

    Modern day

    'Ol shit head, I mean Brian bASS' '49 coupe for a hot ROD!

    The Royal Victoria Custom, is a bad mother fucker!
     

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