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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Big A, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Ralphies54
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 732


    Great job. We're proud of ya.
  2. mace69
    Joined: Apr 11, 2010
    Posts: 153

    from mass

  3. Circus Bear
    Joined: Aug 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,237

    Circus Bear

    Keep on chippin away bro. I can't wait to go for another ride.
  4. Lookin' good! Congrats on the milestone, you ROCK Andrew! are one Sexy Mutha Fukaa!:D
  5. :eek::eek::eek:

    Oh My!
  6. Murch
    Joined: Sep 10, 2011
    Posts: 103


    I wouldn't have known where to start if I found that much cancer, but you dove right in! Great work, keep it up!

  7. After Xmas holidays and getting sidelined for a couple weeks with the cold from hell, I finally got some time in garage again.

    Bob Bleed might be a helluva good welder now, but when he did this car a long time ago he was definitely not too interested in the details. I spent this weekend cutting out a lot of his old work and redoing it. Nice to have the luxury of a donor roof hanging on my wall to cut some bits and pieces off of.

    I couldn't put the car back together with stuff like this...


    I tried to clean it up a bit, it just made it worse...


    Used the tried-and-true masking tape measuring method...


    Cutting this scared the shit outta me...


    But it seemed to work...


    I figure it's like outrunning a bear. I don't have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun the guy beside me. So, I don't have to make it perfect, I just have to do a better job than this...


    Cut it out...


    I might change my screen name to King Boogerweld...


    Got both B pillars and one doorframe redone, cut out and reworked the hacked-up package tray, made and installed the last two floor braces under the rear seat area, and did most of the finish welding on the big exterior patch panels that I'd been procrastinating about. Didn't get photos of most of it, but progress is good.
  8. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,962

    from Finland

    Thats really nice progress!
    That B-pilar looks much better now.
    I wish i had a donor roof too,i have some rust issues on the top...
  9. What do you need? Once I'm done with mine, if I have pieces you need I'll cut off whatever you want.
  10. Wow man!! I like the out running the bear analogy. Nice work on the b pillar. It's going to be slick man!
  11. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,962

    from Finland

    Thanks for the offer man!
    I'll send email to you.
  12. Circus Bear
    Joined: Aug 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,237

    Circus Bear

    Holy Shit bro.......That looks a hell of a lot better. You have definitely raised the bar for a first build.
  13. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,870

    Buddy Palumbo

    You're definately improving it
  14. Sheesh, now you're making me look like a Slacker, All I have done is make a cup holder over the last two months.

    keep up the good work
  15. firehawgcfd
    Joined: Sep 13, 2009
    Posts: 40


    Just found this thread this morning. Read it start to finish and subscribed. Awesome work, can't wait to see the finished product. Inspired me to drag the 50 sitting outside my shop inside and get busy. It has almost as much rust as yours but you have definitely shown what can be accomplished with limited tools and a lot of determination. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
  16. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,142


    This is so impressive bro, I really love the dual tailights, hope you don't french them. It will really mess with some minds in a stock form. When I first saw the cutout for the additional tailights I thought you were thinking about sectioning the car, oh my god! This thread should bolster some guys courage who are afraid to tackle some rust issues for sure. You are on my H.A.M.B. HEROS list. Thanks for sharing this build. ~sololobo~
  17. HenryJoe50shoebox
    Joined: Nov 8, 2011
    Posts: 12


    Great work fella! you got some good vision on this. I was checkin around to see if anybody else was workin on a shoebox since I just knuckled down on a 50 fordor and am fixing to give it a real low chop and essentially have the fordor look gone and swap the rear exits out to suicide. Gettin a lot of good tips from your visions here friend! great work! maybe we'd have the chance to rip it up sometime when she's on the road since I am shacked in montreal for now. Again, great work!!!
  18. Thanks for all the positive input, it keeps me going back for more punishment :D

    HenryJoe, lots of shoebox builds going on. I had a '49 moredoor for about 10 years, it was a lot nicer car than the tudor I'm mucking with now. Check out the Shoebox Group for lots of info...
  19. GooGooMuck
    Joined: Nov 20, 2005
    Posts: 50

    from Tacoma, WA

    Just read this beginning to end, so inspiring that I am now headed straight out to the garage! I have to go pack for a move, but am freshly inspired to get crackin' on the wife's car, soon I will have space!
    Great build so far, thanks for letting us along for the ride!
  20. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    Jeff told me about this, but I just checked it out for the first time. Sucks that it was such a pile of shit, but you have done an insane job- keep it up!
  21. Lookin' good dude! Eatin' the ol' elephant one bite at a time, eh. Hang in there man, you'll be there 'fore ya know it.
  22. I kinda had it in my head that the rust repair portion of the evening's entertainment was behind me. Wishful thinking, of course. I've been waffling between salvaging the original (already chopped, shaved etc) doors or using a new set I got from Jaker with my parts car.

    Had a gander at the old doors... lovely... I know, I know, what did I expect, right? hard to tell from the photo, but that Bondo is about a mile and a half thick...


    Alrighty then, guess I'm chopping the new doors...


    My palms were getting a bit sweaty as I grabbed the sawzall. Nothing like taking a nice solid set of doors... and fucking them up...



    Going to take a bit of massaging. Got a few holes to fill and dents to undent...


    That's the easy part. I got the various pieces cut, and should be welding 'em up next weekend. As usual, I ran out of time yesterday.

    Stay tuned. Next weekend I'm also going to screw up a perfectly good trunk lid.
  23. Sounds like fun. Loving the documentary.
    How many cans of filler do you figure are in the other door?
  25. so which car has/had more bondo.....the can or the shoebox?
  26. There's probably 20lbs of bondo in each door. Bob is definitely a good sculptor.

    I seem to recall the Can O' Worms had a little filler in it to start, didn't it? :D
  27. haha if you both started out with a handful of empty 5 gallon buckets and see who had the most that would have been cool

    keep at it bro....looking forward to a ride in her again
  28. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,101

    from Awesome

    Hey I diddn't do that to the doors! ( I did though, destroy the trunk lid..... it has to be the single worst thing I have ever done.... damn I wish I could change that)

    I am inspired everytime I see this post.

    That car was so dear to me I guess I diddn't realise how fucked up it really was. Kind of when people don't realise thay have an ugly baby! I was young and dumb and I really thought I would just go back and refine everything later.... Big hurry....

    I know you probably hate me, and damn I can't even blame you, but I really am just proud of you and this build! You are a ruler for sure!

    I still am planning on sending you something good..... maybe a few good things....
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  29. Circus Bear
    Joined: Aug 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,237

    Circus Bear

    looking good bro. Keep at it. You are making me look like a slacker though. :)
  30. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,093

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Looking Dandy Andy.......You gots the hustle on!!

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