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Projects ‘56 style tail lights on a ‘53 chevy

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by spydermn, Aug 29, 2019.


What is your opinion of what I should do?

This poll will close on Aug 28, 2020 at 9:04 PM.
  1. Swap ‘56 tail lights to ‘53

    2 vote(s)
  2. Just Rod a ‘56

    2 vote(s)
  3. Just rod a ‘53

    4 vote(s)
  1. spydermn
    Joined: Oct 30, 2014
    Posts: 1


    I am hunting for my next project. I have narrowed it down to a ‘53 Bel Air/post or a ‘56 Bel Air/Post.

    The shoebox cars were what I fell in love with when I was a kid at car shows and now I am in a position to build my own.

    My reason for the 56 are completely stupid: I like the bird and the gas cap cover.

    The ‘53 I love the over all body lines of it and I can get it in a four door.

    My question is this: how difficult would it be to cut and paste a set of ‘56 taillights onto a ‘53, or do I suck it up and keep the sweet Art Deco tail lights of the 53 and hide the filler somewhere else?
  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,317

    Jalopy Joker

    both years are great - forget the tail light swap - whatever you buy/build depends on you and your preferences, skills, budget
  3. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,167

    from texas

    Put 54 tail lights and use the top and bottom red lense. Gives you lots of taillight for the driver behind you to see. No cutting are welding required.
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  4. SayEyeWont_74
    Joined: Jun 5, 2015
    Posts: 17


    Is the ‘56 a 4 door as well?
    Or just the ‘53?

    If you’re going to put ‘56 taillights you will have to work your away around with the flow of the rear fenders on the ‘53

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  5. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,156

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Metal is your bitch, you can make it happen!

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  6. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,342

    from California

    haha metal is your bitch!
  7. cheezwiz
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 147


    you could do this....

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  8. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 13,902


    If you really wanted to, I think it's entirely possible to graft a set of '56 tail lights into a '53. You'd be best off to start with some quarter panel cutoffs from a '56, and it might not be a bad idea to try to incorporate the '56 rear bumper into the '53 as well, otherwise the shape of the quarter under the tail light isn't going to flow into the bumper shape very well.

    I would prefer a '56 since they have ball joints and open driveshaft rearends from the factory but if you want a '53 with '56 tail lights I say go for it. It's custom and the world needs more customs.
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  9. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,292


    My advice? Find the car you like, and take it from there.

    In Re your thread title...
    '55 lights.

    My favorite. Frenched '56 Buick lenses, '55 Chevy bumper...
    (I believe a Mustang tank will route the filler neck to the trunk?)

    DeSoto back-up lights (Good luck!)

    Last edited: Aug 31, 2019
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  10. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,481


    I just thought I'd leave this here.

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