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Projects 1952 Buick "Pearl" a factory custom. My first chop

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by LiveActionMotorsports, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. 1952 Buick special currently rebuilding the 263 straight 8 adapted to a th400 and an 12 bolt axle. Chopped, nosed , decked, shaved, frenched, 54 Buick grille to come (searching) 55 Buick tail lights and 55 rear Buick bumper (searching) my goal for this car is to do a lot of custom mods but keep that factory Buick style, as if you could have ordered a custom from the factory and using all Buick parts.

    After measuring 4 thousand times and doing my homework I finally made the cuts! Ended with 2.5" in the front and 3" in the rear. At first I was going to use a 51 Chevy rear window but decided to ditch it and go back to the 3 piece. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426774557.988433.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426774600.145835.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426774612.945467.jpg
     
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  2. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
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    Looking great, that 3/4 rear shot looks perfect. Good looking car, please take lots of pics and keep the updates coming.
     
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  3. Good start, like the lines. Now there is nothing left but justa finishin' up. :cool:
     
  4. Looking good thus far,,keep us updated and take a load of photos.

    Your chop could help someone on the fence to decide to proceed with their project. HRP
     

  5. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
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    First 2 wheeler....First Date... First Kiss.... First car.... First job..... First girlfriend.....First...... And now your first chop. Congratulations. These are the things that you will remember the rest of your life.
    Looks real good. Nice to see it not being over chopped. And agree on the pics.
    We are watching......
    Torchie
     
  6. 'Mo
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    Lookin' good!
    Congratulations on the graduation!:D
     
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  7. The37Kid
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    Looks great, keep the photos and updates rolling. Bob
     
  8. Thanks for the input everyone! Too many cars i see are way over chopped in my opinion and is just not my style! To me my Buick is a classy car so it needs a classy chop! I will post progress pics as I go. -Nick
     
  9. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426777537.029511.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426777566.492335.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426777599.129651.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1426777626.843159.jpg
    Here is some more pics of when I taped off where I planned my cuts, and I had to get a fake cruising shot of it as a roadster haha
     
  10. The37Kid
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    No comment on the carpentry skills on the floor above the crewcab project. Is there a HAMB build on that truck project? Bob
     
  11. You guys look ready for a road trip!
    Nice project. Keep the pics coming....
     
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  12. Lol hey man I posted pic of the car not the rafters!! Haha no I don't have a thread on the 4 door will start one when I've got some spare time it's a 61 and 65 big window cab we mated together with suicide doors and no b pillar. We have lots of time into it as im sure u can tell. Thanks -Nick
     
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  13. brady1929
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  14. scrap metal 48
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    Not the easiest chop to be your first chop but it looks great so far.. That's going to be one "BAD BUICK" when you get done.. Keep at it...
     
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  15. Low n Loud
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    looking good homie!
     
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  16. jocktherock
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    I'm subscribed & will follow so please,educate us..... Love those B.O.B


    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
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  17. atch
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    I think that there is a law that during every top chop that a pic must be taken while the roof is off; looking like a roadster. Somewhere in an old photo album I've got pix of Clarence in "roadster form". It was way before digital cameras, though.
     
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  18. Haha awesome! I like that law!
     
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  19. Torchie
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    That and the"here are my buddies lifting off the roof" shot. LOL
    Torchie
     
  20. Drive'em
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    Sweet looking Buick! I agree with your take on the top chop, looks great, keep up the good work.
     
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  21. Jalopy Joker
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    Cool project - what will you do about the windshield? The37Kid is observant. unless you add some type of supports to the above floor by the truck it may get some unexpected custom work with the floor gives out.
     
  22. paul55
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  23. Looks good brother. Now just gotta put her together n weld her up. The amount of chop looks great, I think you really nailed a good looking line. Keep those post and pics coming.
     
  24. 'Mo
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    Please tell us more about the car. It's already a Dreamboat!
    What makes it low?
    What makes it go?
    Further plans?

    P.S. I'm also curious how the lack of door handles matches the patina'ed paint?!
     
  25. joeycarpunk
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    No turning back at this point. Looking good.
     
  26. That will keep you captured in the hobby for a long time. I did my first chop at age 14 (58 Years ago) to a friends 30/31 coupe. The only thing I knew how to do was braze, so that's how it went together. Paint by Sherwin Williams spray bombs. The car never got on the road and went to scrap shortly after it was done. I never looked back and never found a hobby I liked better.
     
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  27. hacknwhack
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    looks good
    i'm in.
    subscribed
     
  28. gonzo
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  29. hacknwhack
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    from mass

  30. The37Kid
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    When you have time to upgrade the mezzanine..........

    [​IMG]
     

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