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Customs 54 Buick Top Swap & Chop (part 1)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ratstu, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. Lazer5000
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
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    That is pretty bas ass. Get some shots of the ass end.
     
  2. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
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    Awsome work!! Those split back window tops look beautiful when cut properly, takes balls to cut up a clean car and make it even better!!
     
  3. BBYBMR
    Joined: Apr 27, 2007
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    "I also sunk the windows front and rear."

    Can you explain how this is done? Very nice job! Looks great!
     
  4. thesupersized
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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    great job! the headlights are awesome
     
  5. NAILHEAD JONES
    Joined: Oct 28, 2008
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    from Lomax ILL

  6. Is Geoff coming over to the darkside. He and the crazy canuks have always had some of the most bad ass Cal-Look VW's around
     
  7. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
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    KILLER JOB AND IT LOOKS RAD!!

    Ian
     
  8. rick finch
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    Has anyone said: "Holy Shit"????:confused: That car is going to be bitchin, but you guys are known for doing really fine work, so I ain't saying anything new!
     
  9. JEPPA
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    Great idea! It works very well. I would like to see more as it progresses.
     
  10. Fitysix
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    from Md.

    Wow!!!! Keep the pics comin'!
    Fitysix
     
  11. 00 MACK
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    God damn fuckin awesome
     
  12. Abomb
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
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    Awesome......now, can I have the original headlight buckets and trim ??? I bought a 54 special 2dr hardtop for a parts car, and don't have the heart to cut them off yet....sooo since you've already done it, I just thought I'd ask :)
     
  13. rocket8
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    :eek: < 'nuff said. awesome. i'll be lookin for updates!
     
  14. Ratstu
    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
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    Hudsoncustom - This is my personal ride so you will see it at most Northwest events this summer.
     
  15. Gkafer
    Joined: Oct 12, 2004
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    Just wait till you see it in paint!!! It's amazing!
     
  16. scooter P
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  17. Looks great, should be a fun summer of cruizing.
     
  18. tragic59
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    That pretty much sums it up.
     
  19. I was prepared to hate this. Nice surprise, man.
     
  20. elvi411
    Joined: May 29, 2008
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    Prepared to hate this? Chili phil are you the god of "Custom Kustom"
     
  21. 64krusty
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
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    looks good, can't wait to see it next summer
     
  22. glassguy
    Joined: Feb 12, 2003
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    man this car lites me up!! i can not stand waiting to see another update! ive been talking about puting one of those roofs on my 58 olds when i chop it. now i think i have to! awesome biuld man..
     
  23. brentthebarber
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    HOLY CRAP, Great work, You're a GOD!!!
     
  24. Glen
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    very nice...please keep posting updates.
     
  25. chopolds
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    Looking very good! I know how hard it is chopping a 57 3 piece windowed car!!!!!
    Sorry I have to add a negative here, though...I'm not loving the taillights. I think they are too small for the area they are in...sorry...I do dig the headlights!
     
  26. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
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    NOw THAT is a CUSTOM...the top looks like it grew there...and that's the mark of a perfectly built custom...

    Nice work...all of it, it all fits...

    R-
     
  27. Ratstu
    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
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    TwoChops - I studied your chop "thread " many times before I started mine , It was very informative & helpfull. My windshield has been the biggest challenge, mostly because I was not sure of where to cut or wheather to sink or cut. So I started by cutting a channel , dropping the glass into it and checking the fit. This however would create a gap at the dog leg area that would need a filler piece as you know. I then marked the windshield at the pinch weld where it needed to be cut, removed the windshield, welded up the channel opening and then used a diamond wheel to trim the windshield (was already cracked) into shape. This will be the template for the new windshield. My center back glass is the stock size and the corner glass I sunk into deeper channels. Thanks again, Laurie
     
  28. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    Damn, I want to see the painted pictures. Looks like a really clean car to start with, I'd have been nervous making cuts into that one. Can't wait to see it with glass.
     
  29. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
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    Laurie-- Glad to hear my previous thread helped you out.
    The biggest difference in the 57 and 54 windshields is
    in the angle at the A pillar. The 57 has a much more severe
    angle and as the top is lowered it slides back farther. The
    top edge at the windshield can be filled by letting it slide
    into the dogleg. But, it leaves a gap for the bottom. It
    doesn't matter if you sink or cut it; on a 57 windshield you'll
    still have a gap. This gap can be filled by a larger piece of
    rubber gasket or a piece of chrome. Or if you're a "gold
    chainer" send your pattern to a foreign country and have
    a new one made. On your 54 the way you did it seems to have
    worked out great; but, I doubt that it would work on a 57.
    Let's get some finished pictures posted soon.
    TwoChops
     

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