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Features 1957 Buick customs...Are they out there?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fastlane1, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Fastlane1
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    I have a 57 buick and I want to personalize mine with a few modifications but I was wondering if anybody has seen any or have pictures. Also what does everybody have for ideas for me to set apart from everybody else. I don't want to do any major changes to eliminate any long term down time.
     
  2. TULSA
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    Plenty of them. Best part about customs is you get to do your interpretation of what's cool. Asking others what they would do to your car shouldnt matter to you.

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  3. Fastlane1
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    I know its my car and my choices but Im always looking for ideas or suggestions.
     
  4. Fastlane1
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    I have a few ideas so far. Lowering it, white walls, frenched blinkers, frenched antenna and a laced roof.
     
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  5. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    There are a lot of them, and they make cool customs for sure.

    To me, the biggest challenge in customizing the 57 Buick is what to do with the headlights. Just molding the headlight buckets in and calling it a day creates a bug eye look with the headlights seemingly protruding forward. If they're moved back, the forward bumper gives an "underbite" look, which is also unappealing. They're very bulky, and a nice diet of some extra chrome and trim can go a long way in cleaning it up
     
  6. justinsr
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    Here is my work in progress

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    Nice!
     
  8. Fastlane1
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    Looks good Justin


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  9. john walker
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    google image search.
     
  10. Kerry67
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    Sounds good. Just lowering and adding the white walls would make it killer. Great looking cars...
     
  11. Fastlane1
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    I just figured with everybody's knowledge and experience I could could some great ideas from others. Google image search doesn't work for everything.


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  12. Fastlane1
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1373935971.185870.jpg
    As it sits now.


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  13. Fastlane1
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    Hey twochops what does your fender openings at the top measure on the front and back? Also what's the specs on the tires?


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  14. Fastlane1
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    I appreciate everybody's input so far.


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  15. Fastlane1
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    Anybody else with any input?


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  16. 'Mo
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    Stellar examples are rare, but Bailon's "Candy Wagon" is memorable.

    While I have utmost respect for Bailon, my tastes are somewhat different.
    But I do think that what sets this car apart (in a good way) from so many other custom '57 Buicks,
    is the frenched upper grille surround (albeit a bit exaggerated.)

    You can find more pictures under the Joe Bailon customs on Rikster's site.

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  17. choppachris
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    I love these, that car will look amazing slammed on fat whitwalls.
     
  18. robertsregal
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    user64733_pic479049_1376307209.jpg

    57 interior sample.jpeg Here is our 1957 special-1962 401 nailhead-lincoln door buttons-roadmaster headlamp doors-tri color interior with french seams on dash edge, seat corners and rear arm rest
     

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  20. Fastlane1
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    Hey Robert what size are your tires? And beautiful car as well.


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  21. robertsregal
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    225-70-15 on 8 inch rim


    235-75-15 on 10 inch rims rear- Diamondback tires
    and Thanks we are happy with how it looks!
     
  22. hombres ruin
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    the candy wagon is amazing,clean ,simple but effective.
     
  23. Jack James' ranks right up there as one of my all time favorites. Paint by Larry Watson. Pictures from Kustomrama.
     

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  24. jazzfidelity
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    maybe shave it the emblems, insignias, door handles, then remove the plate from the center of the grille, then you have an open field for bullets and knobs, etc.. then go crazy with two tone paint ala Larry Watson, endless possibilities..
     
  25. vintage44
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    Hope they loaded. Nothing fancy - shaved rear handles, dropped some trim, a little hood striping.
     

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  26. RainierHooker
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    One of my old-timer neighbors talks fondly of his '56 Special. Shaved, Dark Purple Metal Flake, White Naugahyde interior, chrome reverses. He tells me (when his wife isn't around) 'it was a panty dropper'...

    Keep it simple, and let the lines of these cars make their own statements. Hard to go wrong there.
     

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