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Projects 1939 Lasalle Pre War Custom Project

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

  1. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,346

    Chuck R

    I have to admit that I was in the camp to not chop it, but after seeing PhatCaddy's 40 I have changed my mind. WOW WHAT A BEAUTY!
  2. J.B.
    Joined: Jan 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,246

    from Sweden

    Very nice -40, Phatcaddy. :)

    The -39 do however have a very different body, compared to the 1940 Series 52 that is chopped here. The 1940 Series 50 have a more similar body to the -39, but the Series 52 is a whole other thing. So, it's hard to compare.

    And! Great to see the photoshop, James D! So much easier to visualize. I think I prefer the lowest version with the quarter window. Maybe a more leaned post. :)
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013
  3. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,867

    from DFW USA

    I love the chopped versions. And as each version got lower, I liked it better.

    You absolutely cannot go wrong with this car. It is gorgeous now and it seems you have the right idea with every change so far. Can't wait to see more progress.
  4. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    Removing that rectangular hunk of trim from the hoodsides is also a huge improvement, it really lengthens the car.
    That 3-window version is damn nice.
  5. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,301

    hombres ruin

    beautiful rendering,the hood trim removal and the removal of the rear window make this a eye catching kustom.classy and simple.
  6. pushrod_mike
    Joined: Aug 22, 2006
    Posts: 668

    from Austin TX

    I think my new plan is to run it with a few more changes until we get some shop time opened up at Atlas and the the 3 window version is going to happen. James D you just cost me a lot of money. Ha.

    A message to DaddyO. Get ready cause this is about to get real.... Oh yea I need it in a couple months....
  7. PhatCaddy
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,453


    James is the best. So active in helping EVERYONE with photoshop. He did a few colors for me on HAMB about 3.5 years ago that got me on the right track for what color family I wanted.
  8. Please keep up us updated as this project progresses!
  9. daddyo54
    Joined: May 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,402

    Member Emeritus
    from Denison Tx

    Of course it will be a short timeline!!

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  10. :eek: I should keep quiet in future.

    Not sure if you noticed, as it´s not that obvious, but the roof is shortened a few inches on the three window version.
  11. Jersey Joe 67
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 427

    Jersey Joe 67
    from J Town

    I've just had my fix for today. Ahhhhhh
  12. pushrod_mike
    Joined: Aug 22, 2006
    Posts: 668

    from Austin TX

    Man i can't believe how good the 3 window looks. Thanks a lot for doing the photoshop. Did you shorten the body any? I can't see the pics good enough on my phone to tell.

  13. No, nothing that serious - just "couped" the roof/extended the catwalk a few inches, having noticed how long the roof profile was. (Don´t ask how many inches, there´s no way to know for sure).
  14. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    just scale that profile shot James know wheel size, etc....
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    This is dead on! Very nice. Definitely has that look.....
  16. 1 KooL "MoFo"
    Joined: Aug 16, 2011
    Posts: 300

    1 KooL "MoFo"

    I agree go for it !!!
  17. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,435


    My favorite, too. By far.
    But alas! It appears the die may be cast.
  18. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,770



    I like this version best too.....can't help wondering what a carson top would look like on it tho. JamesD ...any chance? :)
  19. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 675


    G'day from Down Under, I have just begun a similar project. I've got a 39 Cad Sixty Special that I want to convert into a two door hardtop. Maybe with a lift off top. I'll be keeping tabs on your progress to help push me along. Good Luck. Q

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  20. norw las
    Joined: Oct 5, 2013
    Posts: 2

    norw las
    from Norway

    Hello, this tread is something i will follow.
    I am building a 1939 Lasalle, old kustom styled, and i have been looking for some tips for how to do.
    I have found some dravings from a man in Finland,Janne Kutja, it is a 1937 Cadillac, but the flow in the rooflines can be used on a Lasalle to.
    Keep on!

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  21. I love Janne´s work - he´s on here sometimes.

    You´ll have some work to do to copy that roofline - it looks rather more curved above the windows than the stock roof line. But totally worth it if your metal work skills are up to the job.
  22. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 675


    This is a friend of mine's 41. He filled the side rear windows and increased the windshield and back window rake. Q

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  23. Wow! That looks terrific. /\
    More pics please.
  24. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    Two more photos and some info on how the car was build can be found on this CCC-Post
  25. Thanks Rik. :cool:
  26. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 675


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  27. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,770


    that Caddillac is STUNNING !! WOW !!!
  28. Janne
    Joined: Jan 12, 2004
    Posts: 1,177


    ´37 Cadillac I did is 90 Series V16, I believe it's complitely different.

  29. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,721

    from Nor Cal

    Very nice Janne!
  30. layedout49
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 483


    Those are great looking cars . I think the 39/40 lasalle's are very easy to ruin. I like the 3 window version by James D a lot . Looking at PhatCaddys in person is where I really see how much of a difference his is to a stock one . I believe Brian did an amazing job on re creating the flow of the car from the roof to the rockers

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