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'49 Chevy Fastback Custom: Update #7

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bass, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,341

    Bass
    Member
    from Dallas, TX

    Well, I'm finally getting around to posting an update for those of you that have been following along on the '49 Chevy Fastback that I'm building.

    If you haven't been following it, then here are links to all the previous threads in reverse order:

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=225392

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=208995

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=202209

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=184711

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=179977

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=168229

    Since the last update I have been doing a lot of the mechanical side of the work that the car needed, so I'm not going to post pics of that. I am however going to post pics of the work I did to the rear of the car, which is almost finished now.

    It took me quite a while to decide on a set of taillights to use on this car. There just weren't a whole lot of options for lights that wouldn't end up looking out of place. My initial thought was to use '54 Packard Clipper, and I even went so far as to buy Packard bezels. But after holding them up to the car and looking at them, I decided that they would be too large for this car. My next thought was '51 Frasier taillights like on Frank Livingston's fastback, and the Barris-built Dan Landon Coupe...but I couldn't find a pair, much less a good pair.

    As luck would have it though, in the process of looking for the Frasier taillights, I stumbled across a decent pair of '51 Kaiser taillights on ebay, and decided they might look good on the car. Once I had them in hand, I knew that they were what I was looking for.

    I figured I would just have to make a pair of housings for the taillights to sit in....which was going to take some time. But by another stroke of luck, I managed to find a fellow with a '51 Kaiser that was willing to cut of the rear portion off the quarter panels! What are the chances of that?!?

    So here's what I had to start with....these and the lights themselves.

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    Getting them to fit the Fleetline now was going to be a pretty large task. I started wittling away the Kaiser quarter panel sections until I got them down to a point where it looked like they fit the Chevy, and tacked them on.

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    As you can see in the pic above, I had also started to fill the original Chevy bumper recess to work with the '56 Ford rear bumper.

    I taped a piece of wire to the top of the quarter to see how the line was going to fall with the shape of the new lights...and I ended up moving the lights a couple more times until I got them to where they looked best.

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    Now that the Kaiser quarter section was tacked in the right spot, I had to fab a new piece that would take up the space between the stock Chevy quarter and the taillight.

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    Tacked in place...

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    The inside had to have a couple of relief cuts made to suck in close to the body.

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    Now I had to make another filler piece to go on the top/inside. This piece would have to have a compund curve, so I beat the shit out of a piece of 19 gauge until it fit pretty nicely. I don't have a planishing hammer or english wheel, so I used the hammers laying on the ground in the pic backed up with assorted hammer forms and dollies.

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    Tacked in place...

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    The pieces are overlapped during mock-up...then after everything is tacked to where it won't move, I cut around the pieces with a cut-off tool and remove the underlying pieces from the inside a little at a time...hammer welding as I go.

    When it's finished, there are no overlapping or double panels. Everything is butt-welded in order to hammer and dolly it out as smooth as possible. Time consuming, but it works.

    Weldin' it up...

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    Weld, hammer...weld, hammer..repeat...

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    The next pic is not for the faint of heart. This car had always had a fucked-up trunk gap, so I went ahead and fixed it on both sides of the trunk while I was doing the taillights. This took nearly as long as doing the taillights themselves.

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    After more welding, a lot of hammering, and some filing...Viola!

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    I think the taillights fit the rear of the car pretty well...

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    Before I could call it day however, I still had a few more things to attend to at the rear.
     
  2. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,341

    Bass
    Member
    from Dallas, TX

    First off, I had to make a filler to go under the taillight housing, and connect it back to the body. Second, I had to form a new edge for the new bumper recess. Here's a shot of that:

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    It's the little details that count, right?

    One of the other things I wasn't happy with was how the bumper now fit the body. See the big gap?

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    I decided to add to the bumper to close it up.

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    Here it is after dressing the weld and test fitting the bumper back on the car...much better, huh?

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    The Kaiser guard now needed a little work to get it to match as well. I trimmed some material off of the backside and added a filler piece to the middle so that it would match the curvature of the body.

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    So here's the finished product, with the exception of the missing bullet on the Kaiser guard, and the trimmed gravel shield.

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    I feel like it's a lot more cohesive now...everything works together and nothing seems out of place. The trunk fits a hell of a lot better now too!

    The car is still scheduled to be at the GNRS in Pomona next weekend, and I'm going to be finishing a few more things before it leaves. In fact, I am working on the grille floater bar right now.

    So again, thanks for looking...and I'll see some of you in Pomona...I've gotta get back to work!

    -Brian
     
  3. cracker head
    Joined: Oct 7, 2007
    Posts: 968

    cracker head
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    looks good, buddy. who is that funny looking fellow wearing the overalls in the reflection of the rear bumper picture?
     
  4. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,097

    57JoeFoMoPar
    Member

    One of my favorite builds on the HAMB thus far. Outstanding work
     
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  5. Awesome as always, tail lights And body mods are top class, and enhance the slick styling......but I gotta ask......the kaisier gaurd.....without wanting to sound negative...I tend to think from the photo's its a bit visually 'overpowering'.....kinda like a big nose on a beautiful lady....is it just me?

    Cheers,

    Drewfus
     
  6. FONZI
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,536

    FONZI
    Member

    Can't wait to see it! I have been blown away be every step of this build. That is going to be one of the nicest Chevies ever built! It IS the little things. Keep up the good work.

    PS-
    Are you hosting any shop tours? I am gonna be in Austin the weekend of Feb. 8th. I'd love to see that car in person!


    FONZI
     
  7. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825

    Terry
    Member

    Very Very nice! You've added a very nice line to the flow of the fender. Good job!
     
  8. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    Bass
    Member
    from Dallas, TX

    Drewfus, I don't mind constructive criticism. The guard does look a little funny in these pictures without both bullets. I think that's most of what your seeing, because it doesn't look too bulky in person.

    The car doesn't absolutley need the Kaiser guard, but I like it, and I think it works pretty good with everything else.
     
  9. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,495

    Dat Dirty Rat
    Member

    Nice,,,nice looking @ss you have there & i thought i would never ever say that to another dude!
    Serious tho, You never 'cease' to amaze me holmes....I like this idea much much better than the Fraiser one at first...I cant believe how you made them work and the overall look with the guard is just perfection!!!
    Nice job and only hope Evel has this in a upcoming MFS dvd!!
     
  10. All is cool, I normally love the elegant detail these gaurds normally offer, and again, I'm sure it's just the photo, as your proportions/vision is normally 'spot on', so will wait till a overall shot at G.L. is availible.

    Cheers again,

    Drewfus
     
  11. 67Imp.Wagon
    Joined: Jun 16, 2001
    Posts: 1,191

    67Imp.Wagon
    Member

    I like how you made the bumper fit the body instead of the body fitting the bumper.So much simpler and looks so much better that way.
     
  12. Eddiesixem
    Joined: Apr 29, 2005
    Posts: 508

    Eddiesixem
    Member

    nice work indeed...always looking forward to the updates on this car....are the new filler panels for the tail lights just lap welded to the existing metal of the car?or was that just during the mock-up stage?
     
  13. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    Bass
    Member
    from Dallas, TX

    Overlapped during mock-up...then after everything is tacked to where it won't move, I cut around the pieces with a cut-off tool and remove the underlying pieces from the inside a little at a time...hammer welding as I go.

    When it's finished, there are no overlapping or double panels. Everything is butt-welded in order to hammer and dolly it out as smooth as possible. Time consuming, but it works.

    Glad you asked....I forgot to point that out.
     
  14. Retroline
    Joined: Aug 20, 2002
    Posts: 1,112

    Retroline
    Member

    Going well with the progress, I was looking at the bumper guard and then saw what Drewfus mentioned. I was picturing split bumpers with the Kaiser bumper bridge but I guess you end up with a big void that needs attention. The whole car flows without interuption which is what I like about it even though I wasn't sure about a chop at first. The bumper bullets work as they taper like the body.
    Thumbs up!
     
  15. Nailhead
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 540

    Nailhead
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    Damn man ! I always look forward to see build pics of this car. Your fab skills are outstanding. I am honestly very jealous ! Keep up the good work, I can't wait to see this one done.

    Todd
     
  16. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,080

    50Fraud
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    You are a brave man! Amazing work, as always.
     
  17. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,744

    kustombuilder
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    from Novi, MI

    NIIIICE!!! i take it the car will be rollin in bare metal to the GNRS??
     
  18. Amazing work.
     
  19. celibaterifle
    Joined: Jul 9, 2006
    Posts: 35

    celibaterifle
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    from Australia

    Fantastic work as usual, Mr Bass.

    This is one of my favorite models among the Chevs and you are making it look even better.
     
  20. JohnJoyo
    Joined: Feb 19, 2005
    Posts: 1,379

    JohnJoyo
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    from Austin, TX

    Looks great man....beautiful
     
  21. mazdaslam
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 2,525

    mazdaslam
    Member

    Man...your fab work is top notch.I have enjoyed and look foreward to all the updates. But ,those taillights and bumper just don't do it for me:eek:.
     
  22. Inspiring as always! That's a sweet rear. But I was doing a ditto with Drewfus on the guard.
     
  23. loggy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2006
    Posts: 282

    loggy
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    As a right beginner at all this,its' really cool that you take time to show the small steps,n not just 'i did this,this,n this heres the before n after pics'........makes the whole thing/the effort involved easier to take in,cheers dude.....rad car.
     
  24. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,447

    Rusty
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    always love getting to see some bare metal shots of your work. Not gonna see it once its all painted pretty. Great work as usall.

    Rusty
     
  25. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,383

    Malcolm
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    from Nebraska

    Metal finishing at its finest! Thanks for sharing the details, Bass - looking great!

    Malcolm
     
  26. It looks like filling the bumper recess worked pretty well.

    Those tail lights look great.
     
  27. well sir i'm late because i was looking at bad ass custom cars online. thinks for making me late to work dude. that car is so fucking cool. you should bring it to sacramento autorama also.
     
  28. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,516

    hrm2k
    Member

    Mr Bass, it looks great. I do have a question for you. You have seen my pics of my 51 Fleetline. When we do major fab work like your tail lights, we cut the old metal out before we put the new stuff in. I notice from your pics that you are overlaying metal over other metal. Is this the way it is done? Do you go back and trim the old stuff out before you go to finish? I don"t want to take away from the very cool work you do, and our Fleetline is the very first complete car we have ever done so we could be doing it wrong.
    And I do understand that trunk fitment thing. Our's was a real piece of shit before we did the same thing.
    Hopefully you can straighten me out and maybe save a shitload of time...
    John
     
  29. bluebrian
    Joined: Dec 7, 2004
    Posts: 576

    bluebrian
    Member
    from dallas

    I really appreciate the great lengths you are going to make it right. The details are where most people fall short. Getting gaps right and making peices so that it looks like one cohesive work.
    I'll swing by one of these days to check it out again.
     
  30. Chad s
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,718

    Chad s
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    Here, from above...
     

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