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Technical 4 DOOR TO 2 DOOR CONVERSION?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by papajohn, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
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    Cut the back doors off and shorten the whole shabang....we all know how that will turn out
     
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  2. Hey, I don’t know whether you posted that Pic as an example of good execution or a bad execution, but I’d rock that!


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  3. anthony myrick
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    Good.
    It needs tweaking but I would drive it
     
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  4. BigDogSS
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    IMO, shaving the rear door handles on a 4-door car or wagon is lame. No one is fooled...
     
  5. 31hotrodguy
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    Good job!


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  6. 31hotrodguy
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    I agree, shave them all or none!


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  7. bschwoeble
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    And in the end, are you willing to live with this car forever. If you decide to move it off at some point in time, it is only going to appeal to a very small group of people.
     
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  8. anthony myrick
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    Here is a 59 Buick rendering
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  9. falconvan
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    Yep, nothing wrong with a good old crew cab. the best part is the experience of driving something from that era, regardless of how many ways you have to get in and out of it.
     
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  10. I could be wrong but I think he was saying he wanted to do a wagon LIKE his only get another one that was is a little worse shape.
     
  11. anthony myrick
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    Here is a 58
    9B21E755-89CB-4BFE-8F94-295DC86498E3.jpeg
     
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  12. raymay
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    A 60 OldsAmino would also be a nice project. You would still want to consider longer 2dr doors to get the proportions right. I designed and built my 56 ElCamino using a 2dr 210 Wagon as my donor. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/some-pics-of-my-friends-1956-elcamino.399170/
    In your case a 57 ElCamino roof would be the right width and give your Olds a great design flow.

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  13. raymay
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    In 1960 Pontiac actually built the ElCatalina concept but it never went into production. Note the similarity to the Chevy ElCamino and how nice the longer 2dr doors go with the flow of the design. The second picture appears to be a conversion using a 4dr wagon and not replacing the doors. You can see that the shorter wagon doors simply look out of place.

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  14. My chopped 51 Merc 4 Dr with the rear door handles shaved and Carson top from a sedan looks OK to me if you stay away from ugly and stay traditional. Way too much "Ugly" going on today. JW[​IMG]
     
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  15. anthony myrick
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    9DD17BCC-9D4B-429C-A75C-6280DF2FF892.jpeg 79407758-3CA2-430D-AC71-49231E0E4EDB.jpeg
     
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  16. Hnstray
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    This is quite the ‘mashup’ of two year models. ‘58 front clip, ‘59 windshield, roof and upper quarter panels, ‘58 lower quarters.......:confused:
     
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  17. 56sedandelivery
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    Locally, years ago, there were a couple of body shops that would do the 55-57 Chevrolet shorty wagon conversions. Some of you guys could go into the 4 door to 2 door conversion business; ya'll have some talent!!! That 58 Chevrolet "El Camino" is pretty cool, especially compared to some of the others. JMO. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
     
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  18. COCONUTS
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    I would guess that if you found a set of doors from a two door sedan, might as well spring for a set of repro quarter panels. I remember while in high school several guys welded up the back doors of a 4 door wagon, painted the inside of the side glass the same color of the car making it a 50 foot sedan delivery complete without a rear seat or that the rear seat was always folded down. This was great for prom night because you did not have to spend the bucks for a hotel/motel room. I often wonder what occupation those auto re-design specialist took up.
     
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  19. A Boner
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    Gives you the opportunity to leave a door open to show off all your labor, and at the same time screw up the opportunity for a photographer to take a good picture of your car!
     
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  20. oldsman41
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    I would keep the four doors and maybe shave the handles, really not worth all the work to make it a two door, guess how I know that.
     
  21. bobscogin
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    It won't be me. I dislike them, even on early Fords.
    Bob
     
  22. anthony myrick
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