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Customs fancy pants frenched aerials

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FuManchu, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. FuManchu
    Joined: Dec 25, 2010
    Posts: 86

    from Mesa AZ

    It's been awhile since I've been on here, I'm still working on that 54 chevy which is getting real close to paint.

    I've moved shops, and am doing work out of Eric Rowlands shop in N. Phx. This T-bird came in for some candy on the roof, and some frenched antenni. I was picturing something kinda vertical, I have some airfoil shaped tubing, like in the grille of the Matador, was thinking of that for a real exagerated opening. Then started thinking of what shapes I could make pretty easily, like if I quartered a pipe and welded it back together. I did some quick sketches and saw I'd need a much bigger diameter pipe, I had some stainless tubing left over from these guys for the van...
    Did a quick mockup. Then I started thinking, what if you used stainless and polished the inside, when done it would look alot like chrome, which on this t-bird, would go really well with all the stock trim. Did another mockup to see how the welding would work out, if it could be polished afterward etc. Everything would have to be perfect, but it seemed do-able! Here is the rough sketch...


    And here is the rough mock up...


    Talked to Eric, and the owner, they were both cool with letting me run with it. I went ahead and fabbed up 4 of them, polishing the pieces before fusion welding them with TIG.


    Looking through the tube...

    It turned out to be way more work than I thought. Typically I can bang out dual antennas in 2 days tops, This ordeal turned out to be about double that. Way less room for error.


    Here you can see the bungs for the drain tubes...

    From these pics, I still had to true up some of the lines a bit more. I think the mid-century design transfered pretty well, Has a real 63-65 kinda vibe I think. Real primer tomorrow, can't wait to see the end result in the sun!
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012
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  2. Please be sure to continue posting pics of this car.......the hook has been set. Centurion9
  3. cool interesting ......ummm ive seen things that look REAL simular to those

    good work
  4. FuManchu
    Joined: Dec 25, 2010
    Posts: 86

    from Mesa AZ

    Like what? in what sense?

  5. Motor_Psycho
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 81


    That looks insane, nice work!!
  6. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 6,023

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I've been doing, and have seen sunken antennas for 35+ years, and those are the coolest I've ever seen! Nice work!
  7. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    Man, they are so far gone they're coming back again!:eek:
    Stupendously cool.
  8. FuManchu
    Joined: Dec 25, 2010
    Posts: 86

    from Mesa AZ

    Thanks! They were more work than bargained for, but we're pretty stoked with them!
  9. C. Montgomery
    Joined: Dec 18, 2003
    Posts: 1,010

    C. Montgomery

    those are bad ass. nice work.
  10. jerseymike
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 680


    i would have never in a million years thought to do them like that. excellent idea and work.
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,223

    from California

    people think that looks good? not that you didn't do a good job on it... just frenched antennas in general, a modification that makes no sense to me. I can't think of any car where frenched antennas were an improvement.
  12. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,708

    from Hypocrisy

    Mike is the fanciest of fancy lads, I like his vision.
  13. Fu, you changed the height placement front to back from your original tape layout. Just curious why ? They look great must have been fun keeping that panel from warping any tips on how you controlled the heat ?
  14. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,504


    Perfect for that car. I love it.
  15. Nappy
    Joined: Jul 6, 2001
    Posts: 797

    from York, PA

    Then why the fuck did you even open this thread???? Morons make no sense to me.

    Nice work, Mike.
  16. Terraizer
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 518


    Those look really good. Nice Job
  17. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,938


    Lot of work in these... Looks good,love over the top custom tricks.. Thanks for posting
  18. Lild
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 260


    Nice work. I like that
  19. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,884


    That's classy. I agree, it fits the cars era, nicely.
  20. Like customizing a car makes sense. Let's take a perfectly good car and cut it up. Doesn't make sense but it fuckin' looks cool and that's why we do it.:rolleyes:
  21. CanUFelix
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 497

    from venice CA

    those are the raddest antenna i have ever seen. i get so stoked when someone comes along and proves that there are still new ways to innovate in a traditional genre, Fu you are a master..........truly inspiring man!
  22. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,877


    Love the looks of them. I have thought of putting antenna's on my 59 still undecided though. But looking at those I can see some killer ideas.
  23. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

  24. tedster
    Joined: Mar 20, 2005
    Posts: 519


  25. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,554


    When I first saw the rough I thought "Uhmm, that kind of looks like lady parts." Does he really want an antenna coming out of that? But when I see the finished product, it looks great and looks kind of like dual starbursts, which I assume was the design intent.
  26. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,278


    That's badass, we need more pics of this car
  27. Big Nick
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 847

    Big Nick

    Im diggin the shit out of those! Nice work!
  28. Man those are cool!
  29. dt50chev
    Joined: Mar 15, 2005
    Posts: 596


    Great work on those. You are truly an innovator.
  30. Zeke
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,716


    Nicely executed! Meh I'm not sure if I like them or not yet.:rolleyes:

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