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Features Can a kustom be kool without skirts?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by straykatkustoms, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 15,356


    Amen Tom. Just because you're building a traditional kustom doesn't mean you lose your creativity and copy what already has been done. Kustoms are works of art and its kool to try new ideas. If it doesn't work its only metal, you can always try something else.
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  2. 53chevtrev
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 403

    from Langley BC


    No skirts on my 53 project.
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  3. Tom
    You just gave me a little to think about, I noticed that you only skirted the cars with wide whites. In my mind there are wheel and tire treatments that don't seem to fly with skirts. Pinners for one, or Astros with or without pinners. They just are not from the right era by my way of thinking. They just don't look right with skirts.

    The top rendition of the Lincoln for me, at least the stance that it has, needs to be skirted to look finished.

    I have discovered over the years that sometimes it is just the car that says skirts or no skirts. I bought a Buick Lesabre once ( a '61) cheap with the sole purpose of building a street brawler out of it. I had everything saved up, 2x4, headers, bigs n littles on steelies (the fronts were pinners).

    The car was a stock looking car with skirts and dual antennas when I got it. I pulled one skirt and walked around it several times. The skirt went back on, I dumped it and pin stripped it, then had one of my Mexican friends stitch me up some rolls'n'pleats and that was the way that it stayed.

    It would have made a good street brawler, but it had its own personality before I ever owned it.
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    YES - they can be totally Bitchin without skirts - Like the Roy Dunn, Valley Custom built 50 Ford - both versions
    End of conversation
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  5. 39-2dr
    Joined: Jun 4, 2007
    Posts: 284

    from MISSOURI

    Mick, you may end up putting airbags on your Merc. Then you'll really be confused. But again you can change your daily. I bet you'll keep the skirts after all.
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  6. Brentphx
    Joined: Aug 12, 2014
    Posts: 256



    ^^^ Agreed... that is one fantastic looking car. I could stare at it for hours, always an inspiration!
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  7. TinWolf
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 187

    from Sweden

    Skirts on a custom , yes please , lowerd suspension with a speedboat stance , shaved body , chopped top and Appletons , thats what I dream of ! You need to build what you like , try both with and without , stand back and look , what look do you dream of , if you dont like them sell them to someone that wants to build a pre53 traditional custom cause they will look awesome ! my two cents ......
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  8. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,945

    Special Ed

    Yeah ... I know it's an old thread, but apparently it's been resurrected ... :cool:
    Seems like it's running about two to one against skirts on customs on this thread ...
    Personally, I think it depends on the particular vehicle being discussed. My Jet, for instance, came STOCK from the factory with 'em, and I'm not going to argue with Frank Kurtis's original design ... ;) Well, except for chopping the Carson top those three inches that it definitely needed ... :p
  9. mercman@bulldog
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 882


    I like the look better on Son disagrees. Soon as it comes back from the trim shop they’ll be back on. Beauty is still in the eye of the beholder. IMG_0405.JPG IMG_1201.JPG

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  10. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,987

    from DFW USA

    Personal opinion. Mine is that chopped, lowered mid 30s to early 50s cars look far better with skirts. Moonglow below as an example.

    As fins got bigger, skirts generally started to look out of place.

  11. mercman@bulldog
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 882


    100% agreed. IMHO

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  12. Rick & Jan
    Joined: Apr 9, 2008
    Posts: 450

    Rick & Jan

    I think it's against the law to have a Custom without Skirts, I read that somewhere!! Didn't I ???
  13. I don't think cars or men should be wearing skirts.
  14. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,870


    I think Mercs are just fine without skirts. I think they tend to add to the bulbous look.

    Z IMG_7442.JPG
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  15. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 20,752


    I'm open to skirted and skirtless customs. Having no skirts just makes it a little more difficult to categorize for me. I refer to some unskirted customs as hybrids...part Hotrod/Custom. I am also a firm believer that events without a mix of Hotrods and Customs are short of complete.

    Old threads never die...;)

  16. japchris
    Joined: Apr 21, 2001
    Posts: 343

    from England

    I'm going skirtless for the hotrod look with my Merc.
    Here it is pre-lowering -
    I was inspired by these -

  17. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    I like this one. :cool:

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018
  18. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,579

    from red oak

    Kustoms do not have rear wheels. Scan0586.jpg
  19. milo1303s
    Joined: Jul 4, 2010
    Posts: 221


    for real my favorite shoebox been working on one ia1/25 th scale version love this !! skirts are for girls LOL
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  20. Without a doubt they can be cool without fender skirts!

  21. For my taste I like I prefer the look of the Grapevine without hubcaps and skirts.
  22. Corvette Fever
    Joined: Feb 18, 2014
    Posts: 142

    Corvette Fever
    from Michigan

  23. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,042


    This. 100%.

    IMHO, the biggest factor in determining whether or not skirts look appropriate is stance. If the back end is down, then skirts. If the back end is up, no skirts. If the car sits high, no skirts. For those latter statements, the idea is to cover the tire, so if the car is high in the back and a substantial portion of the tire sticks out, it defeats the purpose. But covering the wheel gives the car a longer, lower look, and virtually every car pictured on this thread (with few exceptions) looks better with skirts.
  24. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,579

    from red oak

    No hubcaps makes the Grapevine look unfinished. Scan0246.jpg
  25. Can a kustom be kool without skirts?

    Sure they can but they can also enhance the look.

    Now a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr coupe looks like crap without them. HRP
  26. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,840


    Purchased a set, decided to not install as the few Merc's I see, always have them, same deal with painted bumpers, they have grown on me, bought this Merc, because it was not chopped, makes it different, like ME.
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  27. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,174

    A Boner

    With custom cars:
    A tail dragger needs early look.
    One with a rake, no skirts.....a later look.
    When they sit level.....owners choice

    But.....most custom car builders liked to break rules!
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018
  28. mercman@bulldog
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
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  29. mercman@bulldog
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 882


    Read the thread. With or with out is cool. Chrome reverse w/spiders on www’s on your ride, StrayKat...well that’s Way Cool! In the words of the big rig guy’s “keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.” Roll em easy, an that’s ultra Kool. Later

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