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Projects 1953 mild custom build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oliver westlund, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Have '54 Mercury caps on mine.
     
  2. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
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    I had '55 Olds Fiestas, centers rode on the rim centers. Fix is mid-50s International pickup 15" wheels, 5 on 4.5" pattern, deeper 'dish' is prefect for 'shallow back caps'.
     
  3. Crayons
    Joined: May 31, 2019
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    Here's how I did mine. ..first you have to grind the nubs off that hold the stock ford cap on (don't worry, it won't hurt a thing ) . Next drill out the spot welds holding the large cap to the back of the Caddy wheelcover. The plastic medallion or a chrome bullet will cover the holes. Next take a 15" trim ring (I used 49-50 Ford ) and make one cut inorder to spread it apart. Tack weld the trim ring to the outer edge of the Candy wheelcover. Tack weld three even spaces around the cover. You can Tig, mig, or braze the tacks. Done correctly they will not show or discolor the cover. If there is discoloration, just polish it out. ...it's stainless. This technique has been on my car since the 50s with no problems.
     
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  4. oliver westlund
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    yes im still alive! finally hauled this thing out to the shop, a whooooole lotta metal work is to follow. dads 80th birthday is dec this year so ive gotta get cookin! 20200321_165400.jpg
     
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  5. JeffB2
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  6. JeffB2
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    For plenty of like minded Ford info check out the 1952-59 Ford Social Group here.
     
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  7. oliver westlund
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    started on the metal work today, fair warning, im no pro. i know just enough to get into trouble typically haha 20200403_172838.jpg 20200403_182528.jpg
     
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  8. 41rodderz
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    Hey bud. At least your moving forward .:)
     
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  9. oliver westlund
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    yeah, feels good! my 47 sits in the shadows but i have 9 months on the 53 before dads birthday and hes getting it one way or another so its gonna be a 9 month dash!
     
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  10. oliver westlund
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    hey look...more rust....yaaaay 20200405_180924.jpg 20200405_181844.jpg 20200405_183347.jpg 20200405_185100.jpg
     
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  11. oliver westlund
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    aaaaand more rust... 20200406_174823.jpg 20200406_192518.jpg 20200406_191754.jpg
     
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  12. oliver westlund
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    1 more pic, multi stage rocker rebuild, cut the cancer out, trying to keep some structural integrity, once the top is all back together the outter skin is coming off and ill be making a new one which should give me a chance to weld the bottoms of my repairs and paint the inside 20200406_172702.jpg
     
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  13. JeffB2
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    That is some major rust repair ! It reminds me of a build way back in the archives before EMS came along he was doing a '55 Ford project his sheet metal source was from used metal school lockers. It's great to see you doing a budget build and showing your fabrication skills I will be following this thread. You might get a few pointers from this video.
     
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  14. 41rodderz
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    Go man go. Silver lining is you will be an expert at metal work by the time the 9 months are up . :)
     
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  15. oliver westlund
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    thanks! ill check it out!
     
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  16. oliver westlund
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    haha idk about expert but i am getting better as i go, shaking the cobwebs out!
     
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  17. oliver westlund
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    well today i....frenchified one of the headlights! planning on maybe doing the other one too haha. id like to french the tail lights too and maybe an olds tail lense. anyone have any tips for that? 20200407_171334.jpg 20200407_172839.jpg
     
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  18. oliver westlund
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    also finishing up these finally! my first seat covers ever on my goodwill sewing machine so no judging haha 20200407_174314.jpg
     
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  20. s55mercury66
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    Bodywork and upholstery, you're multi-tasking away on this one. Keep posting, this is gonna be cool.
     
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  21. oliver westlund
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    i have to... 9 months goes by quick! hunting season will be pretty much zero progress time too so striking hard now and trying to keep building momentum into the summer!
     
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  22. oliver westlund
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    Well....been back and forth about even posting this but here it is! not too happy with how it turned out. a little loose and a little crooked and took FOREVER. discouraged and disappointed 20200410_182528.jpg 20200410_182532.jpg
     
  23. s55mercury66
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    Nothing was ever gained without trying. Don't give up, you will never do better if you quit trying.
     
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  24. Flattop Tiki
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    Hey, don't lose faith!

    First time, better than most of us, and at least you can say you did the seats yourself.
     
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  25. Firedup
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    Looks like a project. I see you are in Oregon? I have some spare parts if you have trouble finding anything. Let me know and I can let you know what I have and am willing to let go. Good luck on your build.
     
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  26. oliver westlund
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    im looking for a 4 barrel intake for the 292, also a drivers side dual exhaust manifold. also looking for a trunk deck! im sure more things will pop up in time
     
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  27. oliver westlund
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    if at first you dont succeed....get pissed off and stay up half the night redoing something that took you almost 8 hrs to begin with! I am thinking with strategic foam/cotton batting placement, i can make both of these work! 20200410_234358.jpg
     
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  28. s55mercury66
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    Time and patience will help you on your quest, Grasshopper.
     
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  29. s55mercury66
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    Also, a heat gun can help with smoothing out some wrinkles, take your time.
     
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  30. oliver westlund
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    i will probably try the heat gun, maybe a little more foam to get the wrinkles out but hey, i guess for a first try they aint half bad. got to do the bottom next! 20200411_214544.jpg
     
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