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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by volksjunky, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. merc-o-madness
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    nice you got a good deal on that for it being a hardtop, like the olds headslights, grill can use some work tho
     
  2. volksjunky
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    I think Fat man is the only place making them as far as I know ?
     
  3. volksjunky
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    Yeah, Im at a total freeze on the grille, I really dont know what I want to do yet. I have some ideas, need to kiss ass to someone with some photo shop skills...

     
  4. mob53
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    Fatman
     
  5. mob53
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    The build is coming along great. Keep those pics coming. Whatever you figure out is one less thing I have to figure out.
     
  6. slim tempo
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    My Dad had one in 1961. I was 11 years old. Loved it!
     
  7. merc-o-madness
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    maybe 54-55 desoto, 56 chrysler, maybe earlier desoto, 55 plymouth,53 chevy with extra teeth,
     
  8. Pucker up. :D

    No idea if this is what you have in mind, but this is just stock 53 parts rearranged and lowered a little.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. volksjunky
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    You sir are my hero ! I was actually hoping you would offer up some of your magic ! I honestly have this strange idea of the center porttion of a 57 Chevy truck grill stuck in my head ? I dig tube grills ,I dig kaiser grills. The possibilities are endless....
    Its cool to actually see my car with a bumper,makes it a bit easier to visualise things a lot better !
     
  10. merc-o-madness
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    i was thinking about the 57 truck grill as well.
     
  11. vickswhips
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    that is a damn nice fender! My fenders are rusted completely out around the headlight and the bottoms! Very nice!!!
     
  12. volksjunky
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    Seeing that I dont have a front bumper at all, what do you guys thing of split 55 Pontiac front bumpers ? I can get a hold of a set at a decent price ....
     
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  13. BOP-Nut
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    Don't know how I missed this thread. You are doing some damn fine work on her.
     
  14. volksjunky
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    Thanks guys,compliments definitely are motivating !will have some good pics to post,maybe tonight.Pulling the motor back out and shooting the frame and firewall this weekend !
     
  15. OahuEli
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    Here's a quick 'shop with the 57 Chevy truck "floater" and a 55 Pontiac split grill. Something like this maybe?
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
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  16. volksjunky
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    Frickin' cool ! I would probably just use the two splits and mold the front in . The grill is sweet. Ive got folks looking for one, well see what happens....
    Thanks !
     
  17. OahuEli
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    Yeah I thought the whole bumper looked kinda heavy, I'll rework it with the splits and some sort of valance.
     
  18. OahuEli
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    Here's a quickie with just the splits and a simple valance.
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
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  19. volksjunky
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    That looks really cool ! Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out !
     
  20. Strange Agent
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    This thing is coming along nicely! Makes me want to get back home to wrench on my pile. Keep up the good work with this car! I'm following this one.
     
  21. OahuEli
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    No problem, hope it helps.
     
  22. volksjunky
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    Lots of progress ! Got all the fab work done. Got everything primed ,seam sealed and painted !


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  23. volksjunky
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    Still looks kinda shiney , it's more on the flat side when fully cured , almost a satin ...


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  24. BJR
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    Isn't the lip on the front of the hood made of pot metal? If so how did you mold it to the hood. I have the same issue with my 49 Buick and would like to mould mine in also.
     
  25. volksjunky
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    The Pontiac is stainless.

     
  26. BJR
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    Thanks, now I know.
     
  27. volksjunky
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    Im curious about this also,Id like to mold in the tailights and they are pot metal ?
     
  28. BJR
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    Arn't some of the 53 Pontiac repo tail lights chromed steel? If so that would solve your problem. Not to hijack, but I would be interested to know how people with potmetal grill surrounds mold them into the body. Or do they have to re create the lip in sheetmetal?
     
  29. SIC98
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    Hey Volksjunky, the Poncho looks great, awesome metal fabing it's gonna be cool when it's done, subscribed! BTW, don't ya just love photoshop, I remember when my Dad would cut pictures of grilles, bumpers and headlights out of car mags and paste them to blown-up pics of his car! Ahh how times have changed.... Brian
     
  30. mob53
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    Lookin really nice! Where'd ya get those front shock mounts?
     

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