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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by its_a_nick, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. its_a_nick
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 236

    from Sweden

    Hi all.
    After a couple of years driving my coupe around without the family i decided it was time to sell it and get a bigger car so the family could follow along. After a while a deal was struck on a nice 49 Buick. It had been in a small fire so it needed new paintjob and some new wirering. Plan was to take it apart paint it and put it together and drive it. Things got out of hand and one thing led to another and the next i was building a custom.
    This is how looked when i started pulling it apart. Every panel on it had some burn marks.
    I started thinking that i could just take of some badges, backup lights and clean up the trunk. Then that uggly gasfiller door had to go.
    After some talking with a good friend of mine it
    was decided that we move it to his shop for a bit of work. I am pretty useless at sheetmetal work so it felt good he was going to do the work.


    All marked up.







    At this point i got a little bit nervous and started to think i must be crazy doing this. We had to quickly put the roof back on so we could se the line we were after.



    Not realy sure how much we took out but it was about 2,5 inch. Once we decided on how much the roof was tacked together so work could start on the decklid.




    Thats all for now.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013
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  2. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    cool project, your buddy nailed the chop...killer roofline.
  3. Lovely.Nice flow on the roof.
  4. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,708

    from Locust NC

  5. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,020

    Doctor Detroit

    This is friggin' awesome... Great chop.

  6. greazy john
    Joined: Oct 13, 2007
    Posts: 457

    greazy john

    love it .......... buicks are bitchen...
  7. KFC
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 408

    from UK

    Perfect !
  8. robertsregal
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 743


    Friggen Awesome project-great chop- keep the progress picture coming!!
  9. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,774


    great job!! them Buick's have nice lines
  10. timelord
    Joined: Jun 27, 2013
    Posts: 103


    way cool. gotta like the Buicks
  11. N2 TRBL
    Joined: May 20, 2013
    Posts: 8

    N2 TRBL

  12. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 15,100


    Very kool profile. Gonna love watching this project.
  13. Gotzy
    Joined: May 21, 2005
    Posts: 493


    You've got some really nice lines there, going to be a nice custom for sure!
  14. bgbdlinc
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 522


    ...spectacular already...nice work...
  15. Looks great! I worried when i saw the roof coming off, but your bud nailed it.
  16. its_a_nick
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 236

    from Sweden

    Some more pics of the decklid. My mate Ola Thorslund did all the work. We had a bit of trouble with the decklid. I wanted to get it mocked up before the roof was finished so we could se how it looked. He took the skin of and cut the inner peice into to 3 and reshape the part up towards the roof.


    We put the skin back on overlapping so he could se were to cut. I wanted to put the rear fender on so we could se how it looked.


    Once the fender was on we could step back and sort of see how it was going to turn out.
    I was realy starting to love the new look. :)
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  17. 30FordNerd
    Joined: Oct 5, 2012
    Posts: 274


    This is bad ass.
  18. Are you planning to take the kink out of the rear fender, where the lights fit? It always bothers the eye a little. Can´t help thinking it would look nicer smoothed out.
  19. wex65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,100

    from WV

    What IS it with Sweden?!

    I suspect their three R's at school are reading, writing and roddin'!!

    REALLY nice.
  20. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,327

    from MB, SC

    Nice to have some balls!!!!!!
    You guys are doing a great job.big under taking as so many chops go oh so wrong.yours is nicely planned.
  21. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    The Swedes got it goin' on----
  22. Ya think!! Beautiful.
  23. ausbuick
    Joined: Jan 31, 2011
    Posts: 676


    You have bigger Balls than me buddy, I couldn't bring myself to chop my 49.
    cheers Darren
  24. Excellent! Great job cutting into a difficult roof and making it come out looking fantastic!
  25. Fantastic job on the chop top!

    I have a 1947 Cadillac fastback that I want to chop someday. I'm thinking of doing more of a "wedge" chop like the image below, were we are taking more out of the front than the rear section. I will not have as low of a chop top doing it this way, but it will prevent me from having to alter the trunk lid or rear window.


    One of the things I don't like in chop tops are when people alter/shrink the rear quarter windows to much. Your Buick looks perfect and flows great with the new roof line. I like that you kept the drip rails.

    Great work, subscribed!
  26. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,447

    Barn Hunter

    Awesome looking chop...gonna follow this one!
  27. its_a_nick
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 236

    from Sweden

    We talked about doing something about that but it just didn´t fit in the time frame. I know you shouldn´t rush a custom but i just couldn´t swing it now. The car is actually a bit more further on than the pics show.
  28. 4444Design
    Joined: Aug 25, 2012
    Posts: 292


    you guys doing a awesome job

    the chop looks pretty cool - lookin' forward to the updates
  29. 1 KooL "MoFo"
    Joined: Aug 16, 2011
    Posts: 310

    1 KooL "MoFo"

    GREAT job! chop top looks real clean !!
  30. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,202

    from Michigan

    Love it. If Ola can chop a sedanette so nicely, he can chop anything.

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