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Projects 1939 Lasalle Pre War Custom Project

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by pushrod_mike, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. pushrod_mike
    Joined: Aug 22, 2006
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    I have recently purchased a 1939 Lasalle Opera Coupe and am going to try to turn it into a pre war custom. I am going to start with lowering the rear and adding skirts. I am going to be adding small subtle touches such as an art deco firewall heater that is gutted and turned into an audio system for my phone to plug in to. I really want to chop it 2 inches but I will wait on that for a while. I am also going to change to 6.00-16's from 7.00-16's to bring it down a little lower.
     

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  2. pushrod_mike
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    Here are the first steps complete. I will post more details as I go.
     

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  3. Apenaut
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    That's a nice looking car!
     
  4. Eagletucky
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    Which war are you talking about, Korean?
     
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  5. Wow, what a great looking custom already
     
  6. suedestude
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    Nice looking!! I have a 1939 lasalle to. Very cool cars.
     
  7. Nice looking car...how is installing larger diameter tires going to lower it?
     
  8. Jersey Joe 67
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    That is one of the most beautiful automobiles I've ever seen!
     
  9. kcbeardclub
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    That is an amazing car!!!!!
     
  10. chevy54man
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    That's really a beautiful car!
     
  11. bobwop
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    wow, you have made a good car a GREAT car.

    good job Mike
     
  12. Jay71
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    x2!
     
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  13. nice car.. is that a pre-war phone you are talkin about?
     
  14. J.B.
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    Great looking project. I will be following this one. Keep it on track and don't lose focus! :cool:
     
  15. Marcy
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    Maybe you read that wrong Chris,
    He went to 600-16's which aren't larger diameter than 700-16's;)



    Marcy
     
  16. pushrod_mike
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    I was referring to our entry to WWII
    6.00-16 is 28.8" dia
    7.00-17 is approx 31"dia
    The pre war smart phone was developed by the Germans in a secret lab before the war but was smuggled out and held in a warehouse in the US for 50 years. Ha

    Thinking about 16" flipper caps? I like the Lasalle caps but....
     
  17. pushrod_mike
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    Oops meant 7.00-16 is 31" dia
     
  18. froghawk
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    Great looking car! In your second shot it looks like its got a bit of a forward rake (lower in the front). Generally, customs with skirts look better sitting level or just a bit lower in the rear.
     
  19. pushrod_mike
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    Yea it was already that low in front. I am going to raise it to just above the rear.

     
  20. NashRodMan
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    Nice car Mike. Thats the look I went with also (see avatar). I still gotta lower mine 1 1/2" in the back since the chassis engineering kit raised it up! The avatar pic is before the CE kit.
     
  21. RainierHooker
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    Great looking car. Makes me wish I had kept my '38 Buick, these late '30's Big-GM's just plain look great with little to no trouble. I'd have a really hard time convincing myself to chop that one...
     
  22. shadams
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    I just realized that I have never seen one of those, or at least didnt know what I was looking at if I did. What an absolutely beautiful car.....sorry if that was a bit dramatic, but it is awesome....
     
  23. fordsum
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  24. Very nicely done - I would not chop it, looks spot on as is!
     
  25. A little chop off the top should look good, maybe get it photoshopped first to see what looks best. Two or three inches should be good.
     
  26. Race City Rodz
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    That is a really nice looking car, post mor pictures please!
     
  27. 33sporttruck
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    Mike, You have a Great Looking Car !!! Back in the early 70's a friend had a 38 LaSalle Coupe with an Olds Rocket V-8. Steve drove that car everywhere.
    Harley Earl and GM Art and Color really were on the mark when the LaSalles were built. They looked good then and they look good now.......................... Jeff
     
  28. haa! :D
     
  29. Gary Addcox
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    A candlestick phone would round out the theme. Really, that is a very classy looking machine.
     
  30. fryguy
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    Beautiful car that can be a gorgeous custom. Cant wait to see you do it right


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