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History A Shoebox of a Different Shade

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by J.Ukrop, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,810

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    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    A Shoebox of a Different Shade


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  2. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    That looks pretty nice and all the front chrome seems to work together, although the lower side spear and/or the skirts need a re-think.
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  3. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


    I am totally with you on the side spear. It is not symmetrical with anything else on the car and is out of place, resulting in dreadful clutter. There is so much to brag about on this car, but my initial focus was on that lower spear. I like the way the nice hood bead drops into the void of the 2 piece grill. and the rounded hood corners are in symmetry with the curvature of the neat headlight hoods. The bumper is interesting, with the upper, narrow extension.
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    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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  5. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Lose the grille and the spear and you've got a nice looking ride.
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  6. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


    Yeah! I'm not too keen on those 2 piece grills either. What would you use? 54 Pontiac grill? Teeth?
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  7. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,734


    I agree about the lower side trim and the skirts, but I really like the grille treatment (perhaps because I owned a '55 Dodge in a former life).
  8. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,010


    It might not be the most elegant part, but, I'll defend the lower side spear.

    I think with the upper trim being so high up the body there's too much blank, empty real estate until the bottom of the rockers. It's a whole lot of sheet metal with nothing to draw the eye.

    Maybe a thinner spear, or shorter/longer one would have looked "better," but it works well enough to break up that expanse.

    I like everything about this one.
  9. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    I'd probably go with teeth.
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  10. Gabe Fernando
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 309

    Gabe Fernando

    Over all great stance and proportion. I agree that the lower spear has to go. And a little different skirt treatment might 'clean up' the sides.
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  11. ahshoe
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 833


    I was going to use the 55 Dodge 2 piece grill. Actually had one and held it up to mock it. But changed my mind as the center space looked as if something was missing. It is amazing however how close the front fender on the shoebox matched the Dodge grill.. Instead I went with '53 Chevy center bar and teeth on my '50.

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