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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by MannyK, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. looking for some examples of nice shiny black on customs, no flat or primer. You rarely see black on a custom now a days, were there many back then? Thanks
  2. Sondre-kvipt-1949-chevrolet2.jpg Only one I really know of is Superfleye's Chevy
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  3. Not really. If you're talking front line early Merc customs. I think they were looking for something a little more interesting than black back then. Lime gold, maroons, dark purples, dark greens, metallics, then candy was invented, and so it goes.
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  4. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,372


    My old Merc.


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  5. Just to be clear, I have nothing against black, I was just referring to the early days of customising Mercs etc. I think there are more black ones these days than ever before.
  6. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,755

    from Dublin, OH

    Early show cars showcased the latest in painting trends.
    Black was not on the top of the list of most custom painters in the post war era.
    Candies and metallic colors were the preferred top coats!
  7. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 14,370

    Staff Member

    This a 55 I had back in the 70's and eighties

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  8. heminh2o
    Joined: Oct 28, 2013
    Posts: 98

    from Tulare, CA

    Beautiful 49 Hudson...

    Never finished
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  9. Eric H
    Joined: Apr 2, 2006
    Posts: 943

    Eric H

    Mine will be.
  10. its_a_nick
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 236

    from Sweden

    I sorta like this one. :)
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  11. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 6,863


    There were many black customs.
    Cliff Inman's Joe Wilhelm-built Chrysler is a famous example.


    The Valley Customs-built Ralph Jilek Ford is another.


    Sectioned Hudson, "Night Train".


    "Black Panther".


    Westergard built a slew of black customs.


    And let's not forget the Calori coupe!


    Larry Watson's own '62 Caddy, painted "Black Platinum Pearl".


    Though not its original color, the Barris-built Herb Ogden Buick never looked better than in black.


    There used to be an old bodyman's saying; "If it's perfect, paint it black!"
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  12. raprap
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 765

    from Ohio

    Black is always good for any car.

  13. Man do i love a black custom, thanks for posting the pics guys.
  14. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 594

    from Idaho

    On my mild custom truck build I can't decide what color to use. All candy's, gold, green, orange,seafoam,
    and I will likely fall back on my all time favorite, black. Every new vehicle I bought has been black. I still have 2 black cars, and that's why I wish I could make up my mind. Black works
  15. Black is my favorite color. Elegant and, evil all at the same time.

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  16. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,623

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    My opinion on black. I'm building a late 40's style 47 Chevy coupe. My first plans were to do it black, perhaps with candy red outline scallops (yeah, a bit later era paint touch). Everything I've done still allows for a change of least from black to all Candy Apple Red.
    So one day I'm looking at cars with a buddy, and we see a new black Camaro. While I don't like the design, I say, "they don't look bad in black". Thinking about it more, a lot of poor designed cars look OK in black. Why? Black tends to hide the lines and contours of the car, as well as making them look smaller. So, all the hard work I'm doing on this Chevy, very intensive recontouring and customizing, will kind of get lost in the back paint!
    so now I'm leaning more toward the Candy Red, to show off the custom work, and also attract more people to it. Only crazy bodymen who know how much work it takes to get a black car straight, and detail freaks, really appreciate black cars. The public, and even most car guys, just walk right past them without taking too much notice.
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  17. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,683

    from Nor Cal

    Its hard to beat black, especially for an early custom.

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  18. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 594

    from Idaho

    I think that Merc looks great black.

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    52 ford.jpg mine
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  20. Stan Orness built this Merc a number of years ago. Take the flames off, and it still would be an outstanding custom.

  21. lucas doolin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 327

    lucas doolin

    Fred Cain's 1940 Ford Coupe, built in 1948. Truth be told, black is my least favorite color, but it definitely looks right on Fred's 40. "Elegant and evil" as Dustin - jadegrenade 51 - wrote above. Every rebellious teen's dream.
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  22. Nothing to add but I like your username!

    My pal Deuce Roadster was with his dad watching the filming of Thunder Road. HRP
  23. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,161


    In addition to looking good, black is also the fastest color.
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  24. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,193


    Black is the best base for flames! 015.JPG
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  25. These look great! I really like that sectioned Hudson
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    Just found these on another thread
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
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    James Dean 1.JPG used to be mine
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  28. hacknwhack
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 474

    from mass

    A lot of extra work for black. But worth it.

    Attached Files:

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  29. Strittan
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
    Posts: 134

    from Sweden

    The first black custom that comes to my mind is Lee Pratt's '58. That car is perfect and one of my all time favorites.

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  30. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 6,863


    Andy Southard's was another '58 Chevy that was black and beautiful.



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