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Projects 57 Belvedere 4 Door Gone Mad

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Racrdad, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. HeyyCharger
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    Brian.

    The car is looking amazing!!!!

    Totally cool with an awesome 60's hot rod creativeness......

    HC.
     
  2. Pingar
    Joined: Oct 19, 2009
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    Wow. Awesome build. Not a bad idea to take a four door and make it into a cool rod. I know it has been said before many times. But it does look like something Ed Roth thought up. Subscribed!
     
  3. robleticia
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    Like your sister!
     
  4. flynbrian48
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    I really like where you're going with the rad surround. Quad lites look cool! (I STILL think hood sides, even with the snakey headers, would work.;) No hood top, to show off the cross ram.)

    Looks great!

    Brian
     
  5. ol'chevy
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    Cool rod. I guess they would really hate me.....I took on of those rusted all to hell and made a couch out of it.
     
  6. harrington
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    I dig it! It's gonna look killer. You did great with the proportion of the shell vs. the body of the car. I think I have offically fallen in love with this build. Can't wait for the next update.
     
  7. Mr48chev
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    Add me to the "how the hell did I miss this one" brigade. It gets more impressive with every photo you post. I gave thought to similar rigs of various brands and body styles over the years but so far haven't put one together.
     
  8. FiddyFour
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    lookin better n better...

    some of you need to back off an piss in some other sandbox... lets see what you've done?
     
  9. thebugbox
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    I'm digging it... From this angle the proportions are looking right to me.
     
  10. FuryJim
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
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    criticism is positive! as afan fan of 57/8 plymouths, and owner of a dozen.. this is what 4dr's were born for! after converting 3 4drs into stock-appearing 2drhts... i almost did a very similar build with yet another 4dr i came across- instead it turned into a copped, slammed, 2dr conversion as well.
    keep up the good work and keep posting pics...

    here's what a 54 new yorker, a 79 olds, and an F100 bed turned into in 5 days!
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Steelsmith
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    I have no comment that would be appropriate for 'FuryJim's construction.

    I do feel that the '57 Belvedere Kustom build is an inspiration to all of us who have been followers of the Ed Roth style of build.
    I'm really liking the grill structure you have fabricated. Is it your intention to build the skin by the metalshaping process? (That would be hammerforming and english wheeling).
    Looking forward to further updates!

    Dan Stevens
    dba, Steelsmith
     
  12. Racrdad
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    Well since I dont own an english wheel let alone even know how to use one I will be sticking to the "bend it over my knee" process of metal forming.:D Actually, the curved area with some metal on it now you see in a pic or two is parts of a front door skin. I'll figure out the rest as I go. An english wheel is high on my list of things to aquire before I start another project.
     
  13. Steelsmith
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    Racrdad, I didn't think you had access to that kind of equipment, but thought I'd ask.

    There's nothing wrong with building with the tools/skills you have and upgrading as you can afford to. Before you spend a lot of cash on fancy equipment, start hanging out on metalmeet.com and allshops.org also allmetalshaping.com
    These sites are my inspiration for metalshapping tools, techniques and projects. The guys on there are usually very helpful and are willing to share their knowledge/experience. I think you will find that it takes very little investment to get started in metalshaping. All of the shaping CAN be done by hand tools. It just takes longer. If I was just starting down that path again, it'd be all hand tools until I HAD to upgrade to other methods.

    Congradulations on a fun and exciting project!

    Dan Stevens
    dba, Steelsmith
     
  14. I really like the grille.....very nice proportions. You, sir, have a good eye! :D
     
  15. 1320/150
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    cool build. Best use I have seen for a late 50's plymouth four door in years!!!!
     
  16. Ralph
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    Cool build! I love the "making something out of nothing" threads. I think James D has a great eye for style, though. I thought the car's sides were too blocky, but James' little cuts to the sides really add something. Love those headers!
    Ralph
     
  17. sonim38
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    hey fury jim,,, u should really do a tech on your 4 door to 2 door conversions. people would shit.lol
     
  18. 38standard
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    I think FuryJim just stole the show.... When you first started cutting the quarters off it looked a bit scarey but as you went along I seen that you ment buisness. This has been a very entertaining thread and I cant wait to see this car finished. Keep up the good work...
     
  19. Stone
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    Man, you just made me change from pro-choice...that was one abortion that never should have been allowed to happen.

    But you are kidding that it took you 5 days to make that POS, right? :eek:
     
  21. Toner283
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    Racrdad, what are you thinking of for an insert? an egg crate style or some sort of mesh?

    Looking better all the time, keep it up.
     
  22. Racrdad
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    I have checked out those sites and am blown away by the skills those guys have. Hopefully one day I will posess 1% of the skill some of those guys have.

    Really up in the air about the insert, been looking at pics but just undecided. Somebody throw some inserts pics on here if you have some handy. Thanks!
     
  23. C/Gas55
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    Two words: RAT ROD :eek:
     
  24. Shobra
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    NO no no they have red wheels not blue it can't be. :D Some rear fenders would help get that stink off of that thing, and then some shinny paint. or least not flat black, anything but flat black.

    And then add a front bumper.

    And then get rid of the semi stack exhaust........ ah to heck with it,

    it's a FAT RAT.... just shoot it.
     
  25. How about seeing the finished, painted, upholstered, chromed, custom car before you hang a name on it?
     
  26. BigBlockMopar
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    I had a go at the insert.
    I was thinking you might be able to use the original grille-halves of the Plymouth and lay them either horizontally or vertically in the grille opening, and then a bit recessed to the back about 2 inches orso. You could also use 1" dia. chromed tubing perhaps.
    Don't forget the '58 Plymouth "V" in the grille!

    Although a bit un-inspiring perhaps if you ask me, here are some photoshop ideas to get you 'started' ;)
     

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  27. robleticia
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    I can't make up my mind if I like the first pic or the third pic! Doug, hopefully you saved the V?????
     
  28. C/Gas55
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    "IF" it was gonna get finished, painted, upholstered, chromed and so on......but I don't think that's the case here.
     
  29. lippy
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    I like the first one I think. The middle one looks like an antique car. The third looks "busy" to me. Any other inserts? :D
     
  30. BigBlockMopar
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    I think it's 'too' easy to get into an English roadster-look with a front end like this.
    Perhaps it would be better if a more showrod-like grille was thought up for this ride. But I wouldn't do anything 'off-center' here. A nice symmetric insert would be my choice.
     

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