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Help make this car cool BIG CHALLENGE

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by murfman, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. dartracer
    Joined: Apr 18, 2009
    Posts: 184


    I woulgn't touch it, maybe some Chrysler wires thats it.
  2. motorhead711
    Joined: May 7, 2008
    Posts: 738


    I dig the car the way it is. Lower it a bit, that's all I would do with it man.
  3. moparjack44
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 467


    Amen !!
  4. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,665

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Drop the rear a couple inches, could go either way on the visor (it looks good on that car but removing it gets away from the "restored" look). Darker colors make cars look smaller, nose and deck it (rest of the trim stays), and call it good. Oh and build that 440 into a firebreather for the ultimate sleeper.
  5. twofosho
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,153


    Ditto on the wires, forget all the rest. Again, why screw up a nice car. If you really want to do something to it, break out the garden hose and wash mitt followed by a little paste wax.

    I guarantee when you're done, you'll feel like you've done something!
  6. Billybobdad
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 904


    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 103

    from MASS

    what a dick... chop the car, it will look awesome. some guy did a chop on one of these and put the whole thing on Utube if you search it you'll find it.
  8. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,496

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    no the only chop you could do to make it really worth doing would be with a completely different roof,,that is the only way the proportions to teh front end could even look close to right
  9. The question I have, is what does your Dad want? It is his car, and if he runs it that much, sounds like he likes the car.

  10. My 2 euro cents. The bumper needs to be pulled in closer to the body. I also pancaked the hood and rounded the nose some. Chrysler wires and fat ass whitewalls finish it off.

  11. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,805


    Kool James D - Little Wing might have the right idea with a totally different roof, your rendering looks a lot like a 49-54 Chevy sedan's roof.

  12. Ata girl Cheyenne....

    You have one of the best "sleepers" on the HAMB in that Chrysler. Don't mess with at all. Just have fun whipin' the kids at the traffic lights.
  13. Yeah, I should probably admit to having `chopped the hell out of it to get it to look like that! Can´t help thinking that a different roof might make life easier. Although with enough pie cuts, anything could be possible!!
  14. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,496

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    A 50 or so Hudson roof ,,or some sloping type roof section,,that I feel is wat ya need if you must chop it,,plus you'll have a unique look
  15. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,805


    Yeah, the more I saw this car chopped and messed with, the more it screamed Hudson... especially with the skirts on.
  16. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 641


    Look at the trees behind the car, you might notice they don't have any leaves? That probably means it's fall or winter time when the temp is cool or maybe even cold? It might actually be an indication of a well running motor, combining the H with the O2 and thus creating H2O vapor? :p
  17. dawg
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
    Posts: 346


    yea, a Hudson roof and blend the decklid, that pancaked hood is perfect...
  18. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,092

    john walker

    looks good as is, but...that roof could be moved forward without much effort and you could have a 3 window coupe that never was.
  19. rixrex
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,433


    Lower it and drive it seems to be the is a good lookin car..back when, one of my drivers was a 50 Dodge Coronet 4D Deluxe w/Gyromatic, lowered, slightly lower in front, WWs, kept the visor and full caps, changed to 12V for decent got the 440! what else?
  20. 4woody
    Joined: Sep 4, 2002
    Posts: 2,083


    I like it fine how it is, but if you must change it, I've always liked how this '51 was done. Especially the front end:

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  21. X426X
    Joined: Jul 22, 2009
    Posts: 174

    from OhiO

    Hack it up, its not cool at all the way it is now. Torch the springs, flat black paint, krylon flames, coat hanger chop, paint or ditch the chrome, eight straight pips out the hood, coon tails, N50-15s...

    Just kidding, I would NOT change a thing on it that could not be easily changed back. A wheel change perhaps, thats about it. Great car!

    How did you guys hook up the OD transmission to the engine?
  22. maybe one of these?


    SMR transimissions have Big Block to small block trans adapters, from putting 904's behind Hemis in super stockers

    I'm sure a bunch more companies make them as well.
  23. ricky from va
    Joined: Aug 4, 2004
    Posts: 116

    ricky from va

    that 50 is cool 440 alone has a cool factor plus 10. loose the viser maybe
  24. Gasser1961
    Joined: Nov 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,104


    Don't touch it. Just drive it like it is.
  25. SteadyT
    Joined: Sep 11, 2007
    Posts: 483


    Shouldn't be much of a challenge, she looks perfect as is.
  26. Ice man
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 968

    Ice man

    Leave it alone, why mess up a nice car. Find some rag, and do stuff to it, But LEAVE that one ALONE. Iceman
  27. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,236


    I really like it as-is, but the one thing that struck me is the wheel/tire combo.
    They look a bit small (a common Mopar problem).
    I'd go with a set of Chrysler wires, and a big set of WWWs. Try for something that is at least 3, preferably 4 inches taller. You would probably have to lower it 2 inches so it has the same ground clearance, but it would take it to another level.
  28. The things fine.Look at other mopars,a 50 dodge coronet has a sportier look may bolt on.Stripe it, put on a hagen lite kit or 57 ford lite rings to take away the slab look Extend and french.
  29. murfman
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 539


    That is what I was thinking right there. I like the front and rear MUCH better with the cleaned / tucked bumpers, and a small chop gets the roof where it should have been originally. Thanks for the Ideas. My only other thought is laying the rear window a bit forward, as the roof looks a little "Fat" in the back.
  30. murfman
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 539


    I cut off the bell housing, and used an Utrabell bell housing that bolts to the front pump housing bolts. It took a little work, the torque converter hit the bolts that mounted the bell housing to the pump, so we counter bored the casting and used allen head cap screws, and had to do a little clearance grinding on the bell as well. It was definately worth it. The car is running a Dana 44 from a 1980 International scout. It is the same width as the original rear, and has the same 5 on 5 1/2" Bolt pattern. The 3.73 gears were a little too much on the highway with the 727 trans, now its just right, and cruises @ 70 very nicely.

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