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Projects 1953 Chrysler windsor custom

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Bearv81219, Jan 13, 2018 at 12:32 AM.

  1. Bearv81219
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    Bearv81219

    Picked up this solid 1953 Chrysler windsor 4 door a few weeks ago very cheap to learn the skills necessary to build a full custom car

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    Plan as of now is to make the car a 2 door hardtop the hard way (extending stock doors with section from rear door)

    Install rebuilt ford 400 and c6 from 73 ranchero

    Air bags with custom triangulated 4 link and ford 9inch

    Will post pictures of my progress



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  2. Bearv81219
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    Bearv81219

    I got the car 95% complete

    But my deal with the previous owner was I had to take out the glass and drivetrain and some other little things and give them back and he gave me back the headlights and tail lights some trim pieces and a imperial gauge cluster that will fit in the windsor dash


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    I found a guy on instagram who's also got a build post in here who has a 2 door 54 and he gave me his door length measurement

    Four door front doors are 40 1/2 inches and the two doors are 48 1/4

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    Picked up a cheap engine mount crossmember off amazon for less then $50 with a gift card
    That will hopefully make the engine install as easy as it looks
     
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  3. Bearv81219
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    Bearv81219

    Here are some pictures I've found of cars with modifications I'm going to be doing to the car


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  4. low budget
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    What are "you" gonna do for glass?
     
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  5. RaginPin3Appl3
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    I wouldn’t have gotten rid of that rear glass...


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    Think it was in the deal to give it back to the PO but seems like the windshield and back glass might be tough to find. Guess they can be found and will work out with enough determination.???
    This does make me wander what guys do for finding glass seals that arent available, How would one go about finding some that would maybe be kind of universal, I suppose automotive glass experts could help with that question???
     
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  7. ididntdoit1960
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    if you're going "full custom" this would be a great candidate for a carson top....
     
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  8. Bearv81219
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    The local junk yard has a 47 chevy I can get the rear window metal for $100


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    My uncle gave me 2 vw bug side windows that I've been messsing around with
    And stick them together to possibly turn into a rear window

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  9. Bearv81219
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    I'm keeping the front windshield but won't use it after the car has been chopped most likely

    My glass guy said it's too cracked to attempt to cut down
    But he can get me new glass and cut it down for me
    So he says


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  10. xpletiv
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    Just try to keep some arch in the roof, flattening it as shown in some of those shots really kills it.
     
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  11. Bearv81219
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    Yes that's what I'm wanting to do
    That's why I'm leaning for more towards the 47 chevy rear window


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  12. Bearv81219
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    It was part of the deal for the car
    Previous owner wanted all the glass back for his car
    I would rather put a smaller one piece in instead of trying to chop and make a 3 pieces curved glass work with my chop top plans


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  13. Quite a project there,,,too much chop on those makes the fat body even more so,,,:(
     
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  14. Bearv81219
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    Got bored at work and started making a patch for the rear door handle hole


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  15. Bearv81219
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    Pulled the front end apart today and cut the coils
    1.5 coils cut each side
    I'm way happier with the way it looks now
    Just needs the v8 ford in it to see how much it really dropped it
     
  16. George
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    nice to see a 400 Ford instead of a Chevy, but a 400 Chr would have been good also!
     
  17. Welcome.....and go get em.....oh you already are....carry on....looking like progress !
     
  18. Bearv81219
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    Bearv81219

    Supposed to get some ice and rain tonight so I got the car covered up some

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    Cut the 7 3/4 inches out of the rear door
    Need more gas for the welder and need to clean up my edges before I can weld it back together
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  20. steinauge
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    Nice solid car.I reckon you are using the 400 Ford because you already have it?
     
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  21. Bearv81219
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    Yes rebuilt the engine last year and had the c6 rebuilt as well

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