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Features Billy Gibbons' 1950 Ford "Kopperhed"

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Billy Gibbons' 1950 Ford "Kopperhed"


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  2. I too remember picking up that magazine and thinking to myself that this the nicest shoebox Ford I have ever seen and my feelings haven't changed.

    The car is a prime example that wild modifications can be accomplished with restraint & simplicity and the end results can be jaw dropping, I would love to have this car in my garage.

    The Eliminator and Cadzilla are cool cars but the shoebox IMHO is the real stand out in the collection. HRP
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  3. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,793

    anthony myrick

    That car stood out so much in the billet laden monochrome custom world it was created in.
    One of my favorites.
  4. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,073

    scrap metal 48

  5. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,037

    from Burton, MI

    BFG is one of the coolest guys ever. He has great taste in damn near every aspect of life. Kopperhead proves this. One of my faves. Hard to believe it was 23 yrs ago!
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  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,833


    Sorry, not feeling it at all. From a customizing perspective, the chop is high in the back. Also, the lack of a quarter window makes the car look stubby, like one of the big-butt Mopars, which is an unappealing look IMHO. The car simply doesn't have the fast-looking flow like a well chopped car should. The C pillar is gargantuan and the window size and C pillar are disproportionately large in relation to the quarters, which almost gives it a sectioned look. Obviously a well built car with lots of great workmanship, but stylistically I'm not a fan.
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  9. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 651

    from Idaho

    When that car was built I liked it. Today I prefer the lines of my stock 49 better IMG_4141.JPG

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  10. It's a little bit of a throwback to the style of the coupes from 15 years earlier.........
    which I have always liked so I like the style of this '50 that 'evolved' from it's past.
    To paraphrase, "I give it a 10, Mr. Clark, because I like the words and the music".
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  12. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,647

    from Berry, AL

    Loved it then,still love it now!
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  13. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,808


    I like it a lot better than many tail draggers and there's nothing about it that I would change.
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  14. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
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    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Ford should have built one like that.
  15. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,098

    1. 1940 Ford

    Love it,kinda surprised no one else ever tried to pull this off.
  16. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
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    jim snow

    I liked then and now.jmho. Snowman
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  17. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
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    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Drooled over that magazine for weeks, always going back to look at Kopperhed
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  18. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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  19. Always respected the restraint from what was typical of the era.

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  20. love the photo in the back alley - you wouldn't take Eliminator or Cadzilla. No rear quarter window? Nobody's business whats going on in the back of the car :)
  21. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
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    That car is very striking and I have thought that from the first time I saw it. I dig subtle. However, I've always thought that the "C" pillar or "sail panel" was just a tad to big, a tiny bit too wide and a tiny bit too high where it meets the roof. It just seems a little too "flat" on an otherwise roundish car. An inch or two lower and narrower would make it perfect.
  22. I've always been a huge shubox fan. My first car was a 50 crestliner and I've had several since...all coupes except 1 two door sedan. I wondered what a 3 window would look like using the sail panel from a 4 door. Billy's car is better. I love it but would still like to try building one without the chop. .
  23. This car was a radical and mild custom and factory prototype all wrapped up into one. I too remember it well gracing the magazines. A nice change of scenery from Cadzilla.
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  24. anthony myrick
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    anthony myrick

  25. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
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    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    I think it's beautiful.

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  26. Great stance and the roof has a nice crown to it- an aspect of the chop that is often lost.
    The guys that built it have an eye for this kind of stuff. There’s a term for that... Oh yeah -Vision,talent and experience.
  27. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 984

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    Jake did all the body modifications .
    I did the chassis , plumbing , exhaust , all the " hook up " , Radio surround , & more .
    The rest of the team at So Cal did the paint etc.
    I really liked this project , and the end result !
  28. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 18,254


    @Jive-Bomber, Thanks for sharing this Jewel...ZZ has helped keep the Vintage Dream Alive and have a distinct respect for the past despite some Modern themed Classic Customs and Hotrod...They have pretty good taste in those that execute those dreams as well...;)

    Great Job Pete and fella's get to meet some Interesting Folks indeed...

    @HEMI32 thanks for the added in work pics that just add to the flavor of the thread...I love bare metal excellence...
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  29. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,793

    anthony myrick

    I can see where some can critique. I love a chopped kustom.
    However, I see this car as a phantom, a car the factory could have created.
    The factory would not have over chopped or pancaked the roof.
    The proportions look like a factory build.
  30. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,166


    I've always liked the car simply;y for it's simplicity and lack of stuck on frufru that is so popular now.
    I must not have studied the photos that well back when it showed up on the scene though as I always thought it was a cut down business coupe with no back seat.
    I'm thinking that it is one of those cars that looks far better in person than in photos though.
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