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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KomoG2, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. KomoG2
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    Any one have any build ideas. Got too many things floating around in my head. Needing some guidence on what exactly to do for an Early 50's looking Kustom. I am keeping the 4 doors!

    What I wanna know is what was really done back in the day to kustomize a car like mie, for the look I wanna get. Thanks Everyone.
     

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  2. hotrod-Linkin
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  3. KomoG2
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    Thanks man, cool pic's
     
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  5. KomoG2
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    Rebuilding the front suspension. Have king pin rebuid kit, lowering springs and shocks....anyone know where I can get the rubbers from?? Bushings and such??
     
  6. low budget
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    I like this one.
     

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  7. Early fifties? French the headlights and tail lights. Get a '51 Ford hood and grill surround. Use a '53 Pontiac, '55 DeSoto or other grill from the era. Paint it a color from a '50s luxury car. Get the stance and rolling stock right. That means wide whites and full wheel covers and 3 or 4 inches of drop. In the early fifties skulls were still associated with the Nazi Waffen SS. Feelings were still pretty raw about WWII then.

    And about that 4 door thing? People built mild customs out of the family car all the time in the early fifties. Check out the little books and Rikster's site.
     
  8. custom50
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    My older brother had a 53 Chevy 4dr. nice custom I thought. Frenched headlights, taillights, shaved door handles, button openers, nosed decked, lakes pipes, dummy spotlights, skirts, and lowered. The paint was emerald green with white tuck and roll seats; trim was same as the emerald green exterior. The car had the six-cylinder power glide with split manifold. The dash had a lot of chrome; the car had wide whites with flipper hubcaps. The car was not chopped but with it sitting so low it really looked good.

    This was 1961 I was 15 years old even though it was not legal my brother would let me take it out to cruise. It was a beauty, to this day with all of the cars that I’ve had over the years I would still like to have a car just like that one.
     
  9. KomoG2
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    Thanks a lot guys. I was looking to get rid of all my skulls and stuff anyway, shifter, lock nobs and rear deck lid skull. Now I have a real reason to. I'll try for the drop this weekend, no promises though, have homework to catch up on before my classes end.

    Anyone got any other ideas? How about themed cars?
     
  10. Johnny1290
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    I've got an idea...how about de-crapifying it, adding some rear door handles, and going for a traditional custom theme?
     
  11. BadLuck
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    umm... yeah, I agree! Lose the webs, skulls, maltese cross stickers and remember, less is more. This can easily become a cool little custom with a small amount of work...:)
     

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  12. KomoG2
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    Yeah I know rite. Id like to just clean it up a little bit. Aready taken the skull out of the rear window(dont know if you could see it in the pictures) and a few stickersand Im going to paint over the webs and lower the front end 3 inches this weekend. Id like to know if anyone knows if suiciding the rear doors would be an acceptable thing to do for the theme Im looking for? or should I remove the front handles and go with door poppers for the look and new school tech?

    Also a coat of a silver or similar, mainly lighter, color on the roof for the hot Florida sun to keep the car cooler. Im looking for some advice on how to do it, mainly how far down the pillars and how to seperate the two colors?
     
  13. What color was the car originally? If the dash is in OK condition, paint it to go along with that. Ford had some very cool light colors in the 50s. Just lose ALL of the trinkety shit. No iron crosses, spider webs, checkered flags, none of that stuff. If you want to put stickers on it, look on ebay and find some old Florida tourist stickers. Or some pin up stickers. Don't two tone it. Shoeboxes don't look good in two tone, IMO. Mainly, make it smooth and pretty, get the stance right and put the right wheels and tires (WWWs with Olds Fiestas) and drive it and enjoy it. The rat rod ship has sailed. It's too late to get this Ford on it.
     
  14. KomoG2
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    Yeah I hear that. I dont really want it to be a rat rod anyhow. I want to clean it up, for now get the stance right and now try to find some of those rims. Any one sellin a set? two would work also.
     
  15. KomoG2
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    So I got my Spindles out over the weekend, didnt realize that the set pins needed to be pressed out. Going to take em to a shop have them pressed out so I can redo the King pins before I lower the front end. Should be a cool sight to see, cant wait!
     
  16. hotrod-Linkin
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    they have roller bearing king pins for shoeboxfords. if you're going that far,may as well go first class!!!
     
  17. texasred
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    back in the day nobody would be cauught dead in a 4dr. From the fifties
     
  18. hotrod-Linkin
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    don't be a wipe..there are hundreds of members here with 4 door rods. my first and second car in the fifties were 4 door cars..they were 50 bucks each..all we could get.
     
  19. 51 mercules
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    I disagree.i have a lot of magaines from the 50's like Carcraft,R&C and Custom Rodder.There are quite a few nice custom 4 doors in those magazines.If it were my ford I would look at Rik's site and the magazines from the 50's.
     
  20. KomoG2
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    Thanks for all the info guys!

    I do have another question though. I have a 6v charging system in the 50 now, but I have a 12v battery. The one I have in it is dead, go figuire. It is a red top, was cranking on the 12v bat. but I was told by the guy I bought the ride from, another HAMBer, that it wouldnt crank off of a 6v battery. Anyone have advice on a replacement battery?? Would like to get an ACDelco, Motorcraft or Exide as I can get them through my work. Thanks again!
     
  21. KomoG2
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    Well battery is all situated, getting back on the road in the morning. Thought I would share a few pics of the ride lowered 3". Let me know what you think of the overall stance, Thanks

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  22. rafael
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    KomoG2-
    hows your ride coming along?
     
  23. Flyinsolo71
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    Lousy pic, but here is one I am working on. Should be in primer soon.


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  24. rafael
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    did you go with bags or static drop? good looking 4 door i also have a more door, its alot easier to get the familia in there...hehehe
     
  25. KomoG2
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    Alright, havent posted on this thread for a while now.
    I rebuilt and droped the front end, and it looked every bit as nice as I had hoped.
    But now what about handling?? I would like to have power disc brakes all around to modernize the car a little bit but I dont want a huge booster and master cyl. on my firewall.
    I was hoping you guys knew of anything I can use as far as parts from this and that for spindles, rotors calipers and such?
    Anyone got anything?
     
  26. KomoG2
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    Oh yeah, rafael I used 90 aerostar springs and
    Gabriel shocks for the drop. Found that to be a very easy and inexpensive way to go.
     
  27. hombres ruin
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    Thats my ride,thanks for posting,its a two door,glad you like it.
     
  28. KomoG2
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    Yeah hombre, hoping I can get mine that nice someday. I guess in due time. Nice Box
     
  29. KomoG2
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    Ok. Ive been slacking on the build, and posting anything on here for a little bit.

    Im looking to rebuild, modernize and generaly improve the handeling of the 50.
    What Im looking to do:
    Disc Brakes, front
    power brakes too
    modern spindle conversion
    bigger sway bar
    stuff like that.

    What im asking.
    What have you guys used as far as inexpensive parts, or kits to actualy go about doingthis? Ive checked out a few merchants selling kits and stuff but nothing I want to pull the trigger on just yet.

    Anyone want to share some secrets or give any advice to a young gun?
     
  30. I want to see some pics of the new stance.
     

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