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Projects 54 Chevy tail lights on a 52 Chevy

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by RICKY~RICARDO, Feb 9, 2024.

  1. RICKY~RICARDO
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    I’m looking for pics if anybody has done 54 Chevy tail lights on 51–52 Chevys I think it would look cool I just have to see the actual image anybody have some pics please post them thank you
    Also, does anyone know if they sell the tail light chrome housing in plain steel?
     
  2. hrm2k
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    You would probably have to French them. I have a 51 Fleetline . The rear fenders have very few flat spots which a 54 Chevy tail light iscompletely flat.
    good luck
     
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  3. The Chevy Pope
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    Guess you could turn them sideways and mount under trunk lid
     
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  4. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks for the input. I haven’t really thought it through just yet. I’m not even sure I’m gonna do the mod but I just want maybe get some different ideas out there thanks for replying
     

  5. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks for the reply. I would not put them on the tail pan.
     
  6. My opinion you could find a better light. The 54 is nice but my opinion is it will not look good in your chevy. Maybe early vette?
     
  7. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Vette is a nice option I will have to dig through my deluxe magazines see what I find
    thanks I’ll keep digging for something different
     
  8. fastcar1953
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    55 tail lights would be easier . I'm thinking you need to look at some customs for ideas.
     
  9. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Yes, I seen those. They look great. They look nice too with the fender headlight mod but for now just looking for ideas packard tail lights would look great too but they’re kind of pricey and hard to come by
     
  10. RICKY~RICARDO
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    My 52 current project
     

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  11. fastcar1953
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    Not sure what these are but they are close to 54 lee lenses. 52chevy-032.jpg
     
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  12. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Those look good.
     
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    Dunno if interested but when I get around to putting the correct front bumper on my 53 I'll have a decent rechromed 49-52 Chevy front bumper to fit that left over
     
  16. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks I have a new one piece chrome bumper for the front just waiting on my splash pan to be painted
     
  17. The Chevy Pope
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    Ah nice. An actually good splash pan for the front is something I still need for my 53. I really dig the look of your car. Really wanna go dual quad on my 53
     
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  18. snoc653
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    I love the way your front end sits. How much did you drop it to get that stance? I'd love my 51 to sit like that in the front and just a touch higher in the back to give it some rake. :)
     
  19. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    go on the Photo shop thread and see what they can do. Sadly, I had rear quarters I saved of a 54 hardtop that I parted out 20 years ago for a possible use on something. took them to Jefferson for years and had no takers, finally tossed them last fall. I am just outside of Wisconsin Dells, never fails, you save it for ever and them toss it and then fined a use for it, I actually have 54 chevy Lee custom lenses. frenched into my 51 Merc. 20220817_132245.jpg
     
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  20. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks I think it looks pretty wild also
     
  21. RICKY~RICARDO
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    I have 3”drop coils with 1/2 coils cut out and 54 Chevy steering arms and uprights the rear are possey springs super sliders
     
  22. RICKY~RICARDO
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    I was at Jefferson last fall. I’m actually only 45 minutes away and I live in Waukesha.
    I know what you mean you hang out the stuff for so long and then eventually you toss it cause you end up collecting a bunch of crap and nobody wants and you end up running out of space to store your own good junk lol
     
  23. lo-buk
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    Fastcar, those look like 59-60 rambler american tail lights.
     
  24. hrm2k
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    I’ve posted this else where. We reshaped the rear fenders to match an O/T tail light. A crap load of work but worth it in my humble opinion IMG_2166.jpeg
     
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  25. mr.chevrolet
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    not exactly what you want but the idea is the same. you'll have to graft a section of the 54 fender + the lights like this buick piece has been done. P.S. i stole this pic from the web. 53chev.jpg
     
  26. RICKY~RICARDO
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    That’s a sweet Kustom
     
  27. Lone Star Mopar
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    @RICKY~RICARDO nice project, Love the 49-52 hartops. These are Fleetlines but should give you an idea of how it'll look. I used Mopar lights in our 52.
    Screenshot_20240210_095031_Chrome.jpg Screenshot_20240210_095320_Chrome.jpg
     
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  28. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks I think that looks great. In my honest opinion post a picture of your Mopar lights. I’d like to see it. Thanks for posting.
     
  29. modified1927
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    Those look like Studebaker late 50's and they look Great, good Job
     

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