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

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

  1. Ratatouille
    Joined: Sep 3, 2014
    Posts: 560

    from France


    Cuttin' glass? fuck, someone stole my Zippo..Oh well...

    Great job,i love your (Clark?) windshield concentration pic ;)
  2. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,911

    from Finland

    I think pretty much same way than you do.I think some rare cars are worth to get restored .But usually restoring cars to the original state is just a sign of lack of creativity and imagination.
    Keep up the good work!
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  3. Thanks! Nice pic! That works too!
    Thanks, too each his own but like you 99% of the time I prefer a kustom done well!

    Here are pics of the winshield IMG_0454.jpg IMG_0810.jpg IMG_0424.jpg IMG_0425.jpg IMG_0429.jpg IMG_0431.jpg garnish molding finished and the back glass cut down.
  4. Cutting the glass must be hard on the nerves.
    Clark is da man.
  5. AlkyWagon
    Joined: Aug 13, 2014
    Posts: 99


    Awesome work!!! Gonna be a nice lookin' car.
  6. Ok, so do you have any tips on cutting the glass?
  7. kustomitch
    Joined: Sep 2, 2015
    Posts: 277

    from Monson MA

  8. IMG_0554.jpg IMG_0555.jpg IMG_0557.JPG
    Yes, it is nerve racking! I agree Clark is the man! I'm a little biased though, since he's my husband!;)
    Being that we are still new to this, we probably aren't qualified to be giving advice. There are some great tutorials on You tube. One great clue was to heat the area cut primarily on the glass that will be cut off. Also not lifting your glass cutter once you start your cut.
    Thanks Mitch!

    Here are a few more pics: It's getting closer, but it's not done yet so excuse the areas that are still rough & need some metal working! IMG_0530.jpg IMG_0542.JPG IMG_0544.jpg IMG_0548.jpg IMG_0551.JPG IMG_0552.JPG
  9. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,684

    from NC

    Wow, that's some beautiful work! Best to you man, she's a beauty already!
  10. carlitoswhay
    Joined: Oct 2, 2013
    Posts: 15


    Awesome work man!!
  11. VERY NICE profile!
  12. SLAMIT
    Joined: Sep 9, 2002
    Posts: 930


    Rad!!! And stop apologizing for the "rough" work. you are an amazing team that owes no explanation. keep it up and never look back. I'm inspired now to get off my computer and actually do something cool. Thanks
  13. Aaron Thomas
    Joined: Feb 4, 2016
    Posts: 2

    Aaron Thomas

  14. xrosczech
    Joined: Oct 28, 2012
    Posts: 97


    very nice work, digging the slanted pillars, looks legit!
  15. Amazing work!
  16. Thanks!
    Thank you!
    Thanks, we're glad you like it!
    Well thank you. I just want to make sure that people know that it's not done and still rough. But, thank you for the compliment!
    Thank you, we try!
    Thanks, so much!

    Here are some more pics: We made the outer skin of the B-pillar as well as the B-pillar itself. This week we will be getting the windshield and back glass in, possibly the side glass as well. We are waiting on the vent windows that are getting chromed. So we might take it to Bob's in Toluca Lake this Fri. since it could be leaving in the next week. IMG_0596.jpg IMG_0597.JPG IMG_0602.jpg IMG_0604.jpg IMG_0606.jpg IMG_0610.jpg IMG_0949.JPG IMG_0950.JPG IMG_0952.jpg
  17. Baldies
    Joined: Nov 16, 2015
    Posts: 133


    I don't want the car to go, because I don't want the thread to end. :(
    Will you start a new thread for me? :p
  18. Baldies
    Joined: Nov 16, 2015
    Posts: 133


    Sure it's been done before, but you are special. You didn't go: Here is the car we started with. (picture of car) Got the roof cut off. (picture of car with stumps) (picture of roof on floor) Got the roof fitted. (picture of roof on car) Got the sail panels done. (picture of car and roof all welded up) Didn't turn out too bad. (picture of car with primer and filler) The end.

    You went the extra mile, and I appreciated it. I know there are a lot of good build threads. I was having a little fun. But yours is right up there with the best of them. You know what I mean. Eh?
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  19. That's funny! Well....we have a build thread going on a kustom 40 Plymouth & a kustom 54 Studebaker truck. I'll keep posting builds.
    That's nice of you to say but I kinda posted what you said with a few too many pics, minus the primer & filler. But I'm glad you liked the thread. Thanks again!

    Here are some more pics: Getting an idea of what it will look like with the stainless trim. Clark had to cut the windshield down another .5" to make more room for the rubber. Cut down the D.S. garnish moulding & we extended the back of it to match the new B-pillars. We made the B-pillars a little wider for better aesthetics. IMG_0653.jpg IMG_0654.jpg IMG_0655.JPG IMG_0657.JPG IMG_0661.jpg IMG_0662.JPG IMG_0663.jpg IMG_0664.jpg IMG_0666.jpg IMG_0667.JPG IMG_0668.jpg IMG_0669.jpg IMG_0672.jpg IMG_0673.jpg IMG_0674.jpg IMG_0675.jpg IMG_0677.jpg IMG_0679.jpg IMG_0680.jpg IMG_0681.JPG
  20. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 533


    Nice work! I enjoy that you share techniques & the excellent work on a number of cars. All the best to you both.
  21. VNTGE41
    Joined: Mar 4, 2007
    Posts: 713

    from l.a.

    ill be at bobs this fri, hope to see ya there.
  22. Baldies
    Joined: Nov 16, 2015
    Posts: 133


    That trim sure sets it off. That chop is balls on.

    Too many pictures? Are you nutso? When is there ever too many pictures? Just keep them coming.

    Have you been posting on the Plymouth and Stoody? I thought I was subscribed.
  23. Right on, we are hoping to be!
    Definitely 5150! Glad you are down with excess. There will be a lot more coming on the Plymouth. Not so much on the 54 Studebaker truck since now it will be getting slammed w/ Accuair & I know that's not super Hamb friendly material. But lots of progress coming on the Plymouth in the next month. Thanks!
  24. Unfortunately, it's gonna be next Fri. not this Fri. we have to cut the back glass down more to fit in the rubber properly.:( We will be there Fri. the 19th though.
  25. Here are pics of the windshield. Have to mess with the rubber a bit but it is getting closer. IMG_0690.JPG IMG_0694.jpg IMG_0699.jpg
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  26. Baldies
    Joined: Nov 16, 2015
    Posts: 133


    I love this chev. That chop and those 55 rear quarters just work together. I know you didn't do the 55 thing, but you could have if you wanted to.
  27. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,040


    Maybe it doesn't matter in California, or it was a test fit, but wouldn't a coat of sealer and weld dress up, around the windshield be a good idea? Not trying to a be a wize guy or finding any flaws in a perfect chop, just pointing out something that cought my attention. Bob
  28. Hi Bob, you are absolutely right! Yes it's a test fit and it does matter in California. We prefer to do a test fit, then install the glass after paint. We have explained the need to remove the glass and trim before paint to our customer. We don't do any paint at our shop, so all we can do is suggest this to our customer. At the end of the day if they want glass, trim etc. installed before body work & paint even though it will need to be removed to paint it properly then we do what they ask. The car is going over 150 miles back to where it came from for paint, so it's really out of our hands at that point. That would be an expensive house call!

    The welds visible on the four corners of the windshield are factory leaded seams that got the lead cooked out of them during the chop. They will need to be re-leaded or bodyworked before paint. The other option would be to cut those areas out and patch in new panels to smooth those areas, but that would be beyond the scope of this project's budget.

    p.s thanks for the compliment on the chop, we are happy with it, but it is not perfect.
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  29. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,040


    ^^^^^^ Thanks Tracy, test fitting things before paint can add to the cost, buy save tons more if you have to fix something after paint. I really like the looks of this chop. Bob
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  30. Thanks Bob!
    Here are more progress pics: IMG_0970.jpg IMG_0972.jpg IMG_0974.jpg IMG_0975.jpg IMG_0980.jpg IMG_0981.jpg IMG_0982.jpg IMG_0983.jpg IMG_0985.jpg IMG_0717.jpg IMG_0718.jpg IMG_0719.jpg

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