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History Early 50's custom side trim or no trim

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by FNG, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. FNG
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 359

    from New Jersey
    1. HAMB Relays

    The build plan for my 48 Plymouth coupe is to build it as an early 50's custom with a modern drive train. so 3" lowered in the rear 2" drop spindles in the front 60" lake pipes spots etc. shaved door handles louvered hood eventually maybe even chop it 3 inches or so. so my question to the masses is to use the side trim or not?
    I've seen many customs over the years some with and some without side chrome/trim, I have an opportunity to pick up a nice clean set of side trim for the car attached to some rusty old piece of crap so not knowing the status of my tetanus shot I am debating weather or not to buy this thing just for its side trim.
    so whats the general consensus of you all.
  2. ...use the side trim, your door handles disappear in it.
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  3. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,522


    I like them with side trim, it gives the sides some shape, other wise the sides look like flat slabs.
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  4. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,095


    I think a Kustom can be too smooth. I like to see some of the stainless left on the coupe. Looks more like it should have been done that way.



  5. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


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  6. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,032


    This one that straykat posted does it for me.
    Rocker molding and door molding left,but with the hood piece shortened. This was done on many customs.
    And if you want to go with out door handels you might be able use the hood trim piece for the door(With some minor mods to square of the one end) if it is long enough and use the door trim to make a shoter one for the hood.
    Or find another rear quarter piece of trim and use that for the door.
    I have always liked these cars as they are very smooth looking right from the factory. And I agree with straykat about things getting to smooth. With out some body lines or trim it is easy to lose definition and end up with a blob....
    Torchie -1.jpg
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  7. flathead4d
    Joined: Oct 24, 2005
    Posts: 885


  8. FNG
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 359

    from New Jersey
    1. HAMB Relays

    Actually Bob Alexander's car is what I'm modeling my car after.

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  9. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,267

    from Idaho

    The car would look shorter without trim. Forget the side pipes, they don't appear until mid to late '50s ...
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  10. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,556

    from Commack NY

    Looks great the way its sits
  11. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,864


  12. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,409

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Where the hell are the pictures?

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