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Projects 1957 Chrysler Mild Custom

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Gotgas, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. scotty t
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    So the avatar pic is photo shop? Real or not it's beautiful!
     
  2. Gotgas
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    Man, thank you for that Phil. I haven't seen you since then. That's entirely too long. Please reach out if you make it back here, we'll go for a cruise. Hopefully it will be in the Chrysler, but I do still have that POS wagon! ;)

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    Thanks!

    Yeah, I photoshopped that a while back. I've seen a few people post it as their 'favorite custom' which is both funny (since it's fake) and encouraging (since I'm building it). Thank you!
     
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  3. straykatkustoms
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    What a kool project, looking forward to watching it come together.
    Good luck with the LSRU deadline. The hood scoop idea is just too kool!!
     
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  4. flatford39
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    Why did you paint the trunk first??? For practice??
     
  5. Gotgas
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    I had a friend that said he could fill the license plate hole in the trunk for me. I gave him the trunk and didn't see it again for three years. When I saw it again, he had warped the thing badly with his welding, and to make it worse, he had it on its side and backed a car into it. It was ruined... or so I thought. My dad said a body man at his shop wanted to take a stab at fixing it. So they worked it over pretty good and painted it. I was pleased to get it back...

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  6. Atwater Mike
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    Scoop is slick, looks like it 'grew there'... Decklid is mirrorlike...
    That paint on the engine...not 'gold', really...more like a 'pewter'? It's ideal, looks great against the black as well as the chrome. What 'color' is it???
     
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  7. R Pope
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    Love that car! Had a 57 4 door HT with a 354 Poly many years ago, great old tank.
     
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  8. Gotgas
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    Thank you, Mike. It's a Hyundai color, just something I picked out. It looks wildly different in or out of the light. I wanted something that would still be vibrant in a black engine compartment, I hope it works out.
     
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  10. chevy57dude
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    Nice tail fins! Way more ''space age'' than GM or Ford in '57.
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    Caddy came close.
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    But this long beauty has a sleek look the others don't.
    That rust free start sure helps your cause. Great build. 1,000 lbs is no joke on the engine crane!
     
  11. razoo lew
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    Can’t wait to see more of this one. Really nice cars, those ones.
     
  12. Brand Apart
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    Love the mid 50's Mopars. I couldn't believe how many where at Carlisle last summer including a collection from Herb Mcandless.
    Subscribed! And going back to Carlisle this year too
     
  13. Squablow
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    Love the FL Mopars, I'm following. What happened to the rotten DeSoto? Stripped for parts?
     
  14. gatz
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    Great project and skills. Nice to have your Dad in on it.
    Followin' along as I've always had a thing for 50's Mopars.
    I had a 57 Dodge Coronet 2dr hdtp in HS. Wish I had kept it. Body & glass were in great shape....no rust.

    When you mentioned the Em Brake setup using cables/brackets from a Ranger; would that be from any year?

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  15. unclescooby
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  16. Gotgas
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    Thank you! That means a lot coming from a Kustom aficionado!
    I meant to say thank you for this comment, and also for your story about the 300C. That is too funny. The 300s were effortlessly fast. I guess The Hot One found out the hard way! ;)
    Thank you!
    I love all the 1957 cars. Every manufacturer had a good looking car that year! I'm really glad to have found a rust free coupe body that needs everything else, and a rusty four door where everything else is nice! Serendipity. Thank you!
    I think so too ;)
    I sold that car years ago, ended up going to a Hamb'r in Austin. It was only good for parts. The frame was toast and the body was rotten at every structural point. I pulled the front seat out without unbolting it!
    Probably. The basic rear leaf spring design was used on all of them, so I'd assume the e brake from any year would work. Brake sizes would change for each bodystyle. I got mine from a '97.
    Thanks, Scoob!!
     
  17. missysdad1
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    Glad to see some progress! Going to be a spectacular custom! Keep up the good work!
     
  18. @Gotgas -

    ‘Bout time you started this thread! :)

    Although I’ve enjoyed your progress posts on the "book of Face," nothing compares to a good ol' H.A.M.B. build thread ... so much more comprehensive and easier to follow than on those social media platforms.

    The car is looking great!

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  19. You know my feelings since we just talked a week or so back! I am not much of a MoPar guy...however I think your car is once of the coolest 50's cars built. Those tail lights are to die for! Glad to see the ol girl getting some love
     
  20. Not to hijack your build thread ... but ...

    My father and Bud were pals too ... they went to Bonneville together in the late '80s.

    I couldn't find my pic of Bud's Gauguin Red '57 300 C Coupe flat-towing his Gauguin Red '27 track-nosed T ... but here's a circa 1983 snapshot of it parked next to our (then unrestored) Jet Black '57 300 C Coupe (now owned by @johnl):

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    @StillOutThere is my Forward Look Hero! :D
     
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  21. Gotgas
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    Thanks, Eric! We'll have to go cruise some day. Hot rods and customs go together like peanut butter and jelly.
    Thank you, Todd! I know you know a little something about black Chryslers and Hemis. :D And yeah, Wayne is a helluva good guy to have in your corner.
    Thanks man! I am too.
     
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  22. Hyfire
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    Absolutely love it. Can’t wait to see more.

    Spending car time with Dad.... Awesome!


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
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  23. What tires are on it, the ones mounted to the chrome reverse rims?
     
  24. :cool:
    Keep up the good work on Exners best !
    (I know and you do too, I'm a bit biased ;))

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  25. This car, or one very similar, was in Sunland Ca in the late 50's always parked at a gas station on the intersection of Sunland Bl and Foothill Bl. good one to model yours after, Black and wires and you're set.
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  26. This is known as "Cliff Inman Chrysler" based on a 1958 year model and IIRC, was built around 1962.
    It was the inspiration for the car in my previous post, a 1957 "Chrysler GT" a friend in Europe commissioned me to build over 20 years ago.
    Last I heard, both cars still exist today in their pictured forms.
     
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  27. Not to derail Danny's build thread any further ... but I must correct you ...
    • That Andy Southard Jr. photo of Clif Inman & his (Joe Wilhelm built) Custom '57 Chrysler was taken in 1964.
    • Inman bought his '57 Chrysler in 1960 and brought it to Wilhelm's shop for some mild customizing & lowering. It wasn't until 1962 that Clif had Wilhelm chop the top and further customize the car.
    • Clif Inman has never lived in Southern California (i.e., Sunland) ... to this day, he still lives in the Willow Glen district of San Jose, CA
    On this we can agree! :D
     
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  28. Unless Wilhelm changed the front or the entire roof and windshield design of "Inman Chrysler" to a 1958 style, the car maybe 1958.
    Last I heard it ("Inman Chrysler") still lives in California, in L.A. area private collection, but this is or was second or third hand information from many years ago...
     
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  29. @TTR -

    Nope ... I'm positive it was a '57 Chrysler ... with a '58 Dodge windshield ... and '58 Chrysler frenched taillights.

    Yes ... the Clif (one "f") Inman Chrysler is reported to still be stored in one of William McEuen's Southern California warehouses.

    I could go on & on about the car (my father briefly owned it) ... but we've hi-jacked this build thread enough already ... and there's already a dozen or so threads on the H.A.M.B. about the car.

    @Gotgas - Sorry for the derail :(
     
  30. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    Great car, great father/son build. I have always liked your wagon, hope to see its stablemate at the Roundup.
     

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