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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by cabong, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. gc427
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
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    gc427
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    from SoCal

    Congrats you guys did an amazing job of finishing this car!

    I love the color and the look of the outside.

    Thank you for sharing all of the great fabrication pics and the wonderful story of Leland and his bride. Outstanding stuff!

    I know this isn't going to be popular.......BUT....... I just think that the interior looks out of place, a little too monochromatic looking for my taste. In my crazy head I think that it should have cool 2 color tuck and roll type interior that provides some contrast to the exterior. Just my 2 cents.
     
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  2. cabong
    Joined: Nov 29, 2005
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    cabong
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    Hey.....Whoaaaa.....back the truck up!!!!!! We ain't done yet...... We're close, but not quite there. Remember, we're being watched, and every post counts.
    As for the interior.....I agree, I'd love to see a white roll with contrasting smooth, but we can only do so much, and actually, in person, this stuff doesn't look too bad. It all comes together with the 'burple' on the outside. The original seats were modified to have the butt further down, to compensate for the chop. It was done by Hans Kretz here in our little valley, as was the top material, and I cannot say enough about the great work he did.
    Stay tuned!!!!!!
     
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  3. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
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    No soup for you!
     
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  4. cabong
    Joined: Nov 29, 2005
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    "Leland Grantz is not a hot rodder, but he sure is a custom guy". Seems I made that statement just a few short months ago. I sure did not realize when I me Leland that I would be in store for several months of hard work. It didn't take much for me to realize that this was way beyond my expertise to tackle, so I groveled before my friend Nick. He accepted the challenge and the rest is history. Leland and his young bride, Margene, are tickled beyond words, at how this puppy has turned out. As you may recall, Leland could never quite make up his mind as to how the grille area should be completed. So Nick and I started scrounging parts and ideas, and the result speaks for itself. The lowtop lifttop heads for the local muffler shop tomorrow to git the tailpipes corrected, then it's off to Lozangeleez on Wed. My profound thanks go out to all who have helped in this endeavor, especially Nick. Remember, he and his brother Ken own a machine shop, and quickchange build and repair shop, so all work was done on weekends and evenings. By the way, that's Ken's captivating coupe facing Leland's Chevrolowster in the pics. Enough said, cast you peepers upon the pictures, then respond, so that Leland and Margene can see that what they have maintained for all these years has come to something for all to enjoy. Done Chev 023.JPG Done Chev 018.JPG Done Chev 010.JPG Done Chev 007.JPG Done Chev 003.JPG
     
  5. safari-wagon
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
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    BRAVO, sirs. A masterpiece!
    You guys have really aced this one!
    Leland ought to be on cloud 9 today.

    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
  6. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 857

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    Wow! That is so beautiful – I can't believe how perfect the profile of that top is! Congratulations to all involved!
     
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  7. Unbelievable! It's even better than I could imagine through all the build pics. And I was in awe then. It has the feel of a legit 50's custom 10 fold. Which it should because it is. The car will no doubt be covered with lookers in L.A. You sir have accumulated a ton of good karma for this job. Congratulations and good job.
     
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  8. Wow, just wow. That top makes the car. The revamp is worthy of its original builder.

    My favorite view:
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Ray C's son
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
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    Ray C's son
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    That car is absolutely beautiful! The profile can't get any better. You guys hit it out of the park with the front end, it's stunning.

    Kevin
     
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  10. cabong
    Joined: Nov 29, 2005
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    Hey guys, thanks for the quick comments. Nick and I knew from the git go that Leland's slinky sled had all the elements of a fifties custom. Not like the ones that simply have changes for the sake of changes, but changes for styling improvements. I will say once again, Leland is a true hero to me and should be to all custom crazies everywhere. He guided Gene Winfield in the right direction throughout the original build. I can say without a second thought, that the work involved in making the original changes is absolutely mind boggling. The number of welds, all within an inch or so, and all gas welded, is overwhelming. Gene is the master, period.
    Nick just sent the following picture to post, which shows a great angle, and low pose. There is really no place on this kempster where I thought, we should change that......... IMG_3752.jpg
     
  11. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
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    CABONG, Nick, Leland and Margene and all the other people who worked on this car.......
    As one of the many who have been watching this thread from day one, thank you for allowing all of us to be involved. Car is perfect just as it sits. To add anything would be to take away from it in my opion.
    The final workmanship is a credit and continuation of Mr Winfields original craftsmanship. And the top is the jewel on the crown.
    Enjoy the fruits of your labor........
    Torchie.
     
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  12. Just beautiful! Great job
     
  13. Looks stunning I can't wait to see the look on Lelands face when he lays eyes on it.
    Everyone involved in the cars evolving restoration should be proud of what has been achieved.
     
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  14. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
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    Simply outstanding.
    Leland and Margene, what a great rebuild journey for all involved. I hope this car has brought you wonderful old and now some new memories. Looking at the recent pictures I have to say I think it still needs one more thing. That would be a nice picture of the two of you in this beauty.
    Great job everyone.
     
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  15. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
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    from SW Wyoming

    High Fives to all involved. Best of luck on the trip down there.
     
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  16. ev88f
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
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    Wow this turned out perfect!
     
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  17. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
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    Stunning, simply stunning, the work you and the team have done is beautiful everything flows nicely. Leland and Margene are very lucky.
     
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  18. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
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    One fine street rod.
     
  19. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
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    Yep, it sure does!

    Great story with some great folks and a real cool car. Wonderful to see it completed; not a bad line anywhere on it.
     
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  20. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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    Leland and Margene are very lucky to have some GREAT people helping them realize their dream car come true. You helpers ALL deserve one giant pat on the back for doing all this for them GOOD WORK.
     
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  21. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    Wow! I've been following this epic journey from the first post, and I'm pleased as punch that the car turned out so nice.

    And I doubted when you said that the top "made" the car, but now I see that it is absolutely true. The sharp white color and sleek profile are dead on.

    This is one for the history books, fellas, and I'm glad I got to see it happen through the HAMB.
     
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  22. racer_dave
    Joined: Nov 16, 2012
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    To see the car finished is such a treat. The proportions are wonderful and yes, the top is perfect for it. Congrats to all who put in so much work to see this beauty restored and revitalized. Great story and a great car. Well done folks. Take a bow, you deserve it.
     
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  23. Good job guys! I think the details you finished up and filled in fit the car perfectly! The grille in particular is phenomenal!
     
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  24. briarpatch27
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
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    The view with Ken's coupe really says it all. It is hard to believe that the vert began life with the same body lines as the coupe and one forgets all the parts/pieces incorporated into the original build. This has to be one of my favorite custom cars, right up there with the X-51. Great job!
     
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  25. cabong
    Joined: Nov 29, 2005
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  26. Great work guys! The car turned out is stunning. Such a huge improvement over the before picture.
     
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  27. I can't add more than what everyone is saying... The car is absolutely stunning! Congratulations to all involved!

    Dave
     
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  28. Hope this ends up in TRJ!
     
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  29. Cabong, the before and after picture says a lot. Thank you for taking the time and putting out the extra effort to chronicle this wonderful build.
     
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  30. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
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    Stu D Baker
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    from Illinois

    You guys have excelled at this project. I mean EVERYONE involved. Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us. Stu
     
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