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55 Ford Customline ideas?

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  1. chopper daddy
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    I'm considering trading for a 55 Ford Customline. It's a 2-door with a 289 in it. Anybody got pics of a similar car? Looking for ideas of what I could do with it.

    Thinking it might be nice to bag it.
     
  2. pan-dragger
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    there is one in the new goodguys magazine, check it out. he nailed the look.
     
  3. Silhouettes 57
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    Here is a 60's style '55 Red Customline or you could go the other way as in the other picture!!!:D
     

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  4. chopper daddy
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    hahahaha! Oh yeah, gotta go with that 2nd version!
     

  5. Slide
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    I was looking at a 56 a couple years ago... as much as I dig Kustoms, if I would've got that car it would go more hot rod:

    > Hunkered down in the front, near stock height in the rear

    > Minimal body mods, just some trim shaving... probably just the hood & trunk emblems

    > Blackwalls on chrome reverses

    > painted a solid color: black, light blue, or maroon

    > a roll bar

    > nearly stock interior 'cept floor shifter, tach, and maybe an aftermarket steering wheel
     
  6. chopper daddy
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    I'm thinking somewhere in-between. Airbags, solid color, maybe flamed hood. Possibly lakes, and see what I can do to hop-up the 289 a bit. Maybe bigger wheels/tires in the back if there's room. Interior is real bare on the one I'm looking at, and I would probably keep it that way. - except for some striping of course.
     
  7. The alexander brothers "victorian" has alot of great ideas.

    This is my old car that I flaked and other things the present owner says he built (Pfft.) :rolleyes:
     

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  8. chopper daddy
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    Nice! I'm gonna need white walls!
     
  9. tommy
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    It's kind of funny how 55-56 Ford customlines are always thought of as mild customs. I like them too but a 55-56 Chevy would often be thought of as a gasser.

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    I want mine to be a 50's sleeper with an early NASCAR influence. Maybe a 'shine hauler.:D
     
  10. Squablow
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    Here's my '53. Not exactly the same but similar, and it has '56 side trim.

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  11. HotRod55
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    Check out my avatar or my MySpace Page for more pics of my 55 Ford Customline. Its got a Fairlane Front end on it and radiused wheel wells. Got a 351 cleveland motor with a tunnel ram ready to go in, just doing some engine bay mods right now.

    www.myspace.com/scooter4x is the myspace page for more pics.

    P.S. there are a bunch of pics from my car clubs trip to Americruise in one of the folders on there. So........if you arent a 55 ford guy there are lots of others too.
     
  12. OLLIN
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    here's what ford's designers were thinking at the time...
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    and then there's this one.. I think there's better pics in the barris how to books.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. bonesy
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    You nailed the look. Very nice.
     
  14. I remember one in the junkyard that was done up back in the day in a sort of a Mexcan Road Race style - someone painted it red and it had two narrow white stripes down the driver's side hood and deck. I think it had numbers on the doors too. Don't remember if the side trim had been removed or was just missing. But it was just a stock street car, a 2-door sedan, in fact it must have once been green because the interior was still two-tone green.

    Lots of odd stuff in that yard, in another spot was a pretty solid '53-4 Ford someone gave up on after transplanting a 70's inline six into it.
     
  15. ProEnfo
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    from Motown

    :D CC
     

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  16. chopper daddy
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    I'm not a big gasser fan, but that one is pretty dang cool.
     
  17. i told ya ;)
     
  18. low budget
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    Probably not to worry in kansas, but the front crossmembers are bad to rust out around here on those cars.
    I found that common after I bought a 55 sevral years ago,just something to consider when looking at one.
     
  19. fiftyfiveford
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    Here ya go....
     

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  20. fiftyfiveford
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    more...
     

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  21. Anyone have pics of one with bubble skirts?
     
  22. chopt56merc
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    56 mercury with bubble skirts
     

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  23. chopper daddy
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    I REAALLLLLY like that one.
     
  24. Silhouettes 57
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    That Watson Green '55 is killer! I love '55-'56 Fords almost as much as I love '57 Fords. And they have to have white walls.:cool:
     
  25. wyoming
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    ill tell you from experiance there is not much room for tires out back
     
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  26. JarHead88
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    Doing my 56 Ford Vic all original. In process of tear down right now.
     

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