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Projects 1952 Chevy custom first full build

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by neilottaviano, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. neilottaviano
    Joined: Aug 9, 2012
    Posts: 15


    Newish to the H.A.M.B.. I’ve been building a 52 Chevy and wanted to share the build. It’s my first custom. Started with lowering car then wanted to stretch front end. So I started splicing in a 56 olds front end. Then wanted to pancake hood. So I took a 49 Buick hood and modified it to fit the new profile of the car. 9B8A2AFE-2BFD-4825-A5AA-5780EE43071F.JPG IMG_1429.JPG E0F79FA5-4351-433C-9DED-DB95D4866B78.JPG
    After working that out I decided the car looked a little heavy decided to section the car 2”. And wanted to change the roofline so swapped it to a fast back. IMG_1916.JPG IMG_1918.JPG IMG_1922.JPG E134C481-2723-415E-B21E-C0332FAABA38.JPG IMG_1966.JPG
    Moving day came and was time to move into new shop
    After settling into new shop continued finishing up the section. IMG_2287.JPG IMG_2295.JPG
    Next I wanted to continue to take design elements from 50’s Buick’s. I took a fender from a 50 Buick and made them into bubble skirts. IMG_2004.JPG IMG_2307.JPG IMG_2027.JPG
    Then I’ve moved onto the rear bumper using a 1959 imperial rear bumper turned upside down and chipped about 15” IMG_0800.JPG IMG_0807.JPG IMG_0822.JPG
    In the middle of fabricating grill for the inside of the bumper. And that’s the progress right now.

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  2. Holy Shiottt....that’s gonna be one hell of a Kustom..
  3. stik70
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 67

    from midwest

    A great project and vision! It looks the part!
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  4. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 12,937


    Welcome to the HAMB and you ave made an impression. Wow, your fastback is going to be too kool ride. Please keep us posted with your progress. I cant wait for the next update.

  5. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,587

    from Michigan

    Well... I started by lowering the car.
    Then I decided to do a little more...

    ... sliced, diced, cut, welded, sculpted...

    New house, new shop...

    Ended world hunger
    Helped the world find peace
    Rearranged the stars
    Harnessed the power of the planets

    And that's my progress so far.

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  6. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,587

    from Michigan

  7. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,587

    from Michigan

    LOL... Awesome, Neil.
    You made my morning.
    Welcome to the HAMB.

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  8. Damn !! First post on the HAMB ?? :eek: Nailed it. :)

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  9. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,057


    That escalated quickly. Looks great!
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  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,186

    Jalopy Joker

    so, in your spare time (?) are you going to chop the new roof?
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  11. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,461


    What an amazing job you are doing. I have the 49 Buick you are taking parts from:D. I love the section and fastback roof. Please keep posting updates.
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  12. chevsotolac
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,856


    Love it....keep up the great work ….any ideas for tail lights?
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  13. neilottaviano
    Joined: Aug 9, 2012
    Posts: 15


    Thanks for all the kind words. Once I finish the rear bumper back to the roof I already took a 1 1/2” out of the a pillar. Nit sure how much out of the rear? Imagine once i like it. Toying with taillights in the bumper and just continuing to smooth out fender. If anybody has a lead on a 51-52 hardtop donor car?looking for the doors. Again thank you all for the encouragement!!! I’ll post progress real soon

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  14. Blade58
    Joined: Mar 5, 2012
    Posts: 330

    from apopka ,Fl

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  15. AChopped1950ford
    Joined: Sep 5, 2018
    Posts: 133


    Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  16. Damn!!!!! I'm impressed...
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  17. Black Panther
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,612

    Black Panther
    from SoCal

    Dude...just make the doors. There has to be some flat sheet metal laying around...duh. Just kidding of course. You had me at...I didnt like the coupe roof so I switched it for a fastback. Awesome looks great already..

    Also...those skirts are AWESOME.
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  18. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,195


    :D Good golly Miss Molly.Gee whiz shazam.That`s what I call a real change up.
    Good luck.have fun.Be safe.
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  19. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,118


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  20. Stooge
    Joined: Sep 9, 2015
    Posts: 417


    Whoooo! And here i would have been happy seeing any '49-52! Impressive work, great eye for whats going to look proportionate and cool and great imagination! Definitely following along with this one!
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  21. I know I didn’t miss this either... 25A8BC2C-046B-47ED-8A0D-4F2AAD09296B.jpeg
  22. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,916

    Peanut 1959

    Now, THAT'S how you make an entrance!!!

    Love the creative eye you have. Seems very old-school, indeed.
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  23. Unique Rustorations
    Joined: Nov 15, 2018
    Posts: 399

    Unique Rustorations

    Very impressive metal work and a lot of experienced builders have already commented and said the same! What’s it going to be powered by? (if it’s going to be an off topic discussion you don’t need to answer). Just curious. Sweet work. Regards, Randy

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  24. Lines
    Joined: Jun 11, 2018
    Posts: 212

    from Germany

    Very very cool build. I like the metal fabrication and the the ideas you brought into this car. Keep on posting.
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  25. Jay71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 856


    Whoa didn’t see that coming!!! Go man go!!!! I like where this is headed.
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 664


    When you extended the front end, I can understand the front fenders and hood but did you extend the frame also. How much did you extend the front end by. I like the way you metal finish the welds as you went. Thanks for the posting.
  27. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,804

    from California

    took a minute to fully appreciate the giant skirts. looking good, now get back to work and do another update soon..:)
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  28. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,128

    Roger O'Dell

  29. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,445

    from oregon

    Wow very impressive. Can you guys imagine him and rytang having a discussion?
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