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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. I was hoping that you'd keep the stock rear glass. I smell what you're cooking, and I like it.
  2. Blase
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 80


    Are these frames known to be weak? This looks exactly like the frame under my Olds and I'm concerned about it even more so after reading you bent your's on a speed bump!
  3. I'm reading what your writing and I appreciate it! Hahaha
  4. I don't think so but apparently they are, I just don't want to take a chance.
  5. cmarcus
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 953


    Watching along! Keep up the great work!
  6. Thanks!
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    Well I started off the night with a chunk of slag burning through my glove and through my finger nail and let me tell ya, it did not feel good!!![]

    Then I got the rear window frame mounted in. I mounted the center section first then cut in both corners.

    I need to take a little bit of the crown out of the roof to get it to line up now, but it's close. I love how this window is fitting!
    here you can see where I had to make a few relief cuts on the corner windows
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    I got my belt line cut out and moved forward as well. It's just tacked on for some quick measurements I will need to re shape it a little bit but not a whole lot, I'm really glad I decided to keep the belt line moulding I think a lot of people just give up on it. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439630030.740582.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439630109.197000.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439630125.104641.jpg
    It's 2am my time, I'm gonna clean up shop and back at it tomorrow!

    Also I'm most likely going to run Lexan in the rear for now, what's your guys thoughts on making the rear 1 piece instead of 3? Thanks for the input
  8. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 938

    from chiburbs

    3 window, again, to go with the stock look.
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  9. linkstar69
    Joined: Jul 24, 2008
    Posts: 88


    Love the lines, as you mentioned earlier way to many cars are over chopped these days. Looks like that roof has some work left at the blend but you've got it covered by what I can see. Great skill and great attention to detail
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  10. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,107

    Peanut 1959

    Definitely keep the three-window look. I agree that Lexan would probably be the best solution.
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  11. I think your right I shall stick to all 3!
  12. Yes I plan to have the blending done today then move on to the cat walk area! This is the first car I've chopped so the thanks for the kind words!
  13. I agree with you guys to I think Sticking to the 3 window will be the route I go!
  14. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,251


    "here you can see where I had to make a few relief cuts on the corner windows"
    How are you going to make "relief cuts" in the glass so the glass fits the frame?
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  15. Going to run Lexan in the rear
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    I got the belt line moved to where I need it and one c pillar tacked in, along with the roof shaped and matched to the new angle of the window. Now onto the other side!
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    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 992


    On my Ford I used one piece of lexan to make up the "3" piece rear window. I then drilled it to fit in the window dividers. Can't tell its one piece. Your car is looking great. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439693755.672643.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439693793.789495.jpg
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  18. That's a great idea I may have to go that route! Was it tricky to get the Lexan to bend to the curve?

    Sweet ride!
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 992


    Thank you. It wasn't too tricky. I used lexan the same thickness as the stock glass. Cut it to fit with a template, left it outside for a few hours in the hot summer sun and with the help of a buddy, we fit it into the opening. I welded 2 small tabs to hold the corners in. I used the stock weatherstrip and after the stainless went on, it looks great. It's been in there for about 6 years with no problems at all.
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  20. Could you use the stock glass in the centre section and lexan for the corners?
    Chop looks really good btw.
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  21. Caprice89
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 271


    :cool: Very nice job. Keep up the good work. Subscribed.
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  22. Cool thanks for the advice!
  23. Thanks! It's coming along!
  24. Yes this is my other option! I'm not 100% which route I'll go yet.. Thanks!
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    I made some peices to weld to the out side of the inner structure on the c pillars I will do the same for the interior structure of it. I also marked out with sharpie some even areas to cut it so my patch panels aren't weird small shapes and this was I won't be welding really close to another weld and try to avoid making a bunch of heat! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439739245.967957.jpg
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    And I do a quick mock up with tape and spray paint of my tail lights! Still on the hunt for a 55-56 Buick bumper and 54 grille! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1439739573.532982.jpg
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  26. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,107

    Peanut 1959

    Those taillights look terrific with that body. Great choice!
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  27. Thanks I can't wait to see it with a bumper to!
  28. Who turned up the heat today? 107 in the shop today, it isn't stopping me!
  29. hacknwhack
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 481

    from mass

    Glad to see you are going back to the larger window.
    Thats a lot of work to do over.props to you for taking it on
    The 50 chevy didnt look right in mine either.

    Is your red engine origanaly an automatic with hyd lifters? Did you know, the crank and rocker assy are different from the stick?
    You said you were rebuilding it .wasnt sure if you were planning on using both engines to build one.
  30. Thanks man that chevy rear was killing me.. Yes I also found out after tearing into it that the other motor is a 248.. I decided to just go through the my 263 and pray for the best. It's not in the bad of shape , I don't think "famous last words!" Good looking out tho!

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