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Projects CUTTING UP A 53 CHEVY .......

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by cgc1958, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. Chopping up this 53 Chevy Sedan. I know, I know it's been done. We are trying to do a few things a little differently, like making new B-pillars from scratch etc.
    Here are some pics: IMG_0053.JPG IMG_9049.JPG IMG_9155.JPG IMG_9214.JPG IMG_9217.jpg IMG_9219.jpg IMG_9228.jpg IMG_9240.jpg IMG_9244.jpg IMG_9271.JPG IMG_9300.jpg IMG_9301.jpg IMG_9303.JPG
     
  2. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
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    I saw the B-pillars on instagram, looks great. I'm interested in your method of making them, could you tell me about it?
     
  3. Thewanderers
    Joined: Aug 4, 2013
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    from Australia

  4. I'm hooked already. :D
     
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  5. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
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    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I like where you're going with this, and the custom '55 tail lights.
     
  6. slo-dat
    Joined: Mar 5, 2010
    Posts: 87

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    from Coulee, WA
    1. Upholstery

    Digging the '55 tails. Looks good!!
     
  7. looks nice, are those all your cars?...any info on the Pontiac in this pic?
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  8. Yeah, of course! It's made from 2 pieces. 1 piece is the radius of the window opening that is stretched at the top and bottom. The other piece is the door jam and front of the B-pillar. There's a weld right through the center, vertically on the outside. The inner structure of the B-pillar got welded and reinforced before the skin got put on. Hope that helps!
    Feel free to stop by the shop sometime since we're not too far from Hollywood Hotrods. That Mulholland Speedster is a real work of art. Congrats on that!
    Thanks, I will.
    Thanks Jeff!
    Thank you! Yeah, those lights look great they were done by Radford Customs up in Santa Maria. We're just doing the chop.
    Thanks! The 58 Ranchero shop truck in this pic, the 47 Pontiac & 2 others are ours. The other 8 are customers cars.
    The 47 Pontiac is my daily driver but it will be coming off the road while Clark & I are chop and section it (leaving the rust in the dust).

    Here are some more pics of this chop:

    Me tig welding up some visor holes on the front. Clark figuring out the radius for the B-pillar. B-pillar progress shots. 2 pieces of the new B-pillar Clark tig welded through the center, vertically on the outside. New B-pillar next to old B-pillar. The new B-pillar ready to have Clark tig weld it in. IMG_9312.PNG IMG_9315.JPG IMG_9329.jpg IMG_9351.jpg IMG_9352.jpg IMG_9353.jpg IMG_9364.jpg IMG_9379.jpg IMG_9382.JPG
     
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  9. motoandy
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    from MB, SC

    Looking great . What's the Instagram name?
     
  10. xpletiv
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    from chiburbs

    Holy shit, that's some beautiful work!
     
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  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Cool - so, what are you doing about front glass? did you get '55 tail lights from this guy? DSCN4143.JPG
     
  12. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    Looks great, really nice work. Bob
     
  13. Thank you! clarkgilliecustoms
    Thank you so much!
    Thanks, cutting down the 53 Chevy windshield. We didn't do the tail lights. They were done previously by Radford Customs in Santa Maria. We're only doing the chop on this car.
    Thanks Bob!
     
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  14. _justakid_
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    Awesome, I started following you on IG about a year ago I think. That car inspires me loo
     
  15. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
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    Awesome, Thanks for the info. And thanks for the compliment on the Mulholland Speedster. I'll have to take you up on that offer, I'd love to come see the shop.
     
  16. VNTGE41
    Joined: Mar 4, 2007
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    and you TIG too!! :):):) man you guys are busy, thats a good thing. ill be following along on this one too. those b pillars are soo purty
     
  17. VNTGE41
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    those were supposed to be heart eyes on that smiley face lol
     
  18. Awesome, thanks!
    Thanks! Yes, I do. You won't see us complaining about being busy! We are very grateful! I'm glad you like the B-pillars. Clark did a nice job on those. Thanks again!

    More pics:
    C-pillars are made. Now we need to make the sail panels and the window frame.
    IMG_0419.JPG IMG_0427.jpg
     
  19. The37Kid
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    That looks so nice, look forward to seeing the sail panel work. Bob
     
  20. layedout49
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    Glad you just laid the rear window , I'm not a fan of seeing window moved off the belt line where in creates an un even picture around the belt line
     
  21. Thanks so much Bob!
    Thanks! Glad you like it!
     
  22. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,181

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    from Commack NY

    WOW looks great cant wait to see her done
     
  23. You guys eehh and girl are doing very nice works. Smart move on the b-pillar.Looks like you´ve cut out the lower part of the rear window frame. Are you gonna make a new one your self?
     
  24. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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    Very nice work. Like others have said, I'm loving the 55 tail lights
     
  25. bisquick59
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 49

    bisquick59
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    from wahoo,ne

    Cars looking great. Keep up the great work.
     
  26. Caddy-O
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
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    Nice work....I like it a lot.
     
  27. taildragger1957
    Joined: Mar 18, 2009
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    I love your builds. Keep em coming
     
  28. Thanks!
    Thanks kenneth! We are reshaping the rear window corners.
    Thanks! The tail lights look great, they were done by Radford Customs.
    Thank you!
    Thanks, glad you like it!
    Thanks, we appreciate that!

    Here are more progress pics: C-pillars, passenger sail panel, start of d.s. sail panel, re-shaping rear window corners etc. (all rough & unfinished)
    IMG_0333.jpg IMG_0346.jpg IMG_0390.jpg IMG_0392.jpg IMG_0419.JPG IMG_9651.jpg IMG_9655.jpg IMG_9660.jpg IMG_9662.JPG IMG_9690.jpg IMG_9692.jpg IMG_9698.jpg IMG_9703.jpg IMG_9706.jpg IMG_0546.jpg IMG_0549.jpg IMG_9728.JPG
     
  29. chevrolayd
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
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  30. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    WOW! Will this be done in time to show at the GNRS? Flawless work. Bob
     

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