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Art & Inspiration I need your opinions on color choice

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by crapgame, Dec 31, 2021.

  1. Hemiman 426
    Joined: Apr 7, 2011
    Posts: 679

    Hemiman 426
    from Tulsa, Ok.

    YOUR car, YOUR choice... The Photoshopped yellows doesn't look too bad. Different! If you decide on wire wheels, get a can of that water soluble spray paint and see how you like it in person.
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  2. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,592

    from Berry, AL

    Lose the white walls and keep the Torque Thrusts. White walls and mags don't go well together, they work better with oem steelies or chrome reverse wheels. Wire wheels on cars after the 30's were primarily used on luxury cars or ones wanting to make a luxury statement, most Ford's don't fit that mold, exception would be the TBird.

    Just my .03, adjusted for inflation...
  3. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,680


    Just me but if you look closely at the two pics Stogy posted and do it quickly looking back and forth between the two cars, the one with the chrome wire wheels seems to have a thinner profile to the body from the side. Maybe because it picks up the belt line trim? I don't know? The yellow on the other hand seems to make the body profile look a little wider. Probably an optical allusion. Just my 2 cents...
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  4. I think the first question to answer is: Is it a hot rod or a custom?

    Second: What stance are you going for when you lower it?
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  5. First reaction: Yellow wires?!
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  6. All that car really needs is ditch the whitewalls and go with black walls. I love yellow and I love that car, but yellow wire wheels?? Nah.
  7. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,781


    I'm with those that say keep the current wheels and go to blackwall tires. Beautiful car!

  8. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,913


    Yeah, I just love a high end trim car with a nasty stance.
    It's a great looking car no matter what wheels are chosen. If wires, go chrome.
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  9. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,257

    Kiwi 4d

    Another vote for no painted wires. If you insist on wires they should be chrome, for as long as the chrome lasts anyway.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2022
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  10. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,812


    I like this. So x2. No wires, any color.
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  11. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 1,367

    from Michigan

    I definitely agree if you keep the current wheels, blackwalls. But depends what look you want. Bias plys and steel would look great. Guthrie's car is beautiful.

    Slammed regardless. Low as she'll go imho, sitting even.

    Beautiful car btw, congrats.
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  12. I say uneven. Higher in back for a hot rod; lower in back for a custom.
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  13. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 1,367

    from Michigan

    For me it takes a certain car to be a tail dagger, and this car ain't it.
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  14. I too am casting a no vote for painted wires. And, a question back to you...have you ever tried to keep chrome wires polished up?

    I can see your car with blackwall big and slightly smaller littles, on chrome reversed wheels. It would look like an early 60's era cruiser where the owner found a 6-8 year old cream puff and was starting on a mild custom. The next on the owners plan would be saving money for a white tuck and roll interior.
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  15. crapgame
    Joined: Apr 3, 2014
    Posts: 23


    First off, to everyone who offered his/her opinion on this question, a sincere thank you. H.A.M.B. is a great forum and to be able to hear the thoughts of so many interested and experienced people is invaluable. A special shout-out to Stogy, whose Photoshopped pic of a yellow '56 with yellow wires gives me a great idea of how the car would look if I went with this unusual idea. A decision about wheels is very much a work in progress. Priority 1 is to get the car lowered, and after throwing out $1,000 for a high-quality lowering kit, another $2,000 for wires isn't immediately in the cards. I will say this, though: Mike, my street rod main man, always talks about "OOTO," which is his acronym for "out of the ordinary." Like most of you, Mike objects to the yellow wires. But in Stogy's two photos, I found both the yellow and chrome wires attractive, and the yellows get huge bonus points for OOTO. (TAKE THAT, Mike!) Even if the chromes are a shade more attractive on an absolute scale -- and I think that's something of a toss-up -- doing something just a bit unconventional has an appeal that I might not be able to withstand.
  16. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 3,560


    Glad you stayed up so made me a convert;). Both versions, with a little lowering, look pretty good:).

    Admittedly, I've been guilty of the same thing. Picked up a set of pretty rusty 80 spoke rims at a yard sale for $25. I painted them silver/gray, added stainless trim rings and used them on my Wife's Panel Deliv.
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  17. I was surprised. The photoshopped yellow wires look pretty good! I would remove more of the badging to give it an even cleaner look. Chrome wires would better fit a hardtop than a Tudor ,imho.
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  18. I look at the photochop with the yellow wires and wonder if a larger diameter wheel would be an improvement in the front arch.
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  19. Yellow would make your car confused. that era car an chrome wires.
    Remember it is not a '30s car its a '50s car.
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  20. I have painted wires on both my 32 Fords. Do not put them on that 56 Ford! My choice would be regular rims with Dodge Lancers . It’s your ride so do what you want. You did ask!:rolleyes:
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  21. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,360

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    OP stated he likes the idea of "out of the ordinary", likes yellow with the chrome wires, and it is an original idea of his own for his/this car..seems a no brainer to me OP needs to love it, and live with it.
    Since he did ask, I'd go with chrome wheels and spyder caps on that car, after it's lowered.
  22. Since you are in California go with the west coast style. Level drop, chrome TBird wires, no gee gaws like skirts and a continental kit. Tuck and roll in the package tray. A little Tommy the Greek style striping. Glass pacs with pencil tips. That’s a really nice car. Treat it right.
  23. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,812


    That is why why it is YOUR car.
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  24. The painted looks better than I would have thought.
  25. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 1,015


    Well, I love it the way it is except maybe a smaller white wall. That said, if it were mine, I'd give it a mild rake with a smaller white wall & a set of 15" Lancers from this guy : I love Lancers .....& the ones I got were nice quality.
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  26. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,635

    abe lugo

    For the tire fix. You can just have the tires flipped to the black wall side out.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2022
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  27. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 23,174



    :rolleyes:...Wire Wheel Cover/Rims with Chrome rims? & No Skirts


    :rolleyes:...56 Lincoln Wheel covers with Yellow rims & Skirts


    :rolleyes:...56 Lincoln Wheel covers with Yellow rims & No Skirts


    :rolleyes:...55/‘56 Ford TB/Pass Wheel covers with Yellow rims & Skirts


    :rolleyes:...55/‘56 Ford TB/Pass Wheel covers with Yellow rims & No Skirts


    :rolleyes:...Lancer Wheel covers with Yellow rims & Skirts


    :rolleyes:...Lancer Wheel covers with Yellow rims & no Skirts

    @crapgame, here's an array of combinations of inspirations for you and the others to look over to aid in decisions...I'm not sure whether the wires are Wheel covers or actual Wheels...and I've left the whites over blackwalls as it seems to me your leaning Custom over Hotrod with lowering and wires...So elegance over Moonshine running is where I was leaning...

    I did raise up the front about an 1" to give some minor slope over the near level I had it in the first offerings...

    As mentioned a team of Artists in the Photoshop Thread I shared are more than willing and capable of any other combinations you might seek...

    I have enjoyed these, quite varied complimentary mods to this Fairlane...

    Regarding Painted wires I honestly am hoping more of those that were on the street and at those shows in 60 too 65 could weigh in on validating what they saw...

    If they saw painted wires that's really all that is needed to validate it as a plausible me I like to believe and feel like I'm truly in the warp so to speak as best as possible...My old Hotrod to a large degree achieves this despite a couple minor non visible details...

    ...Customs are not like Hotrods in the sense that Traditionally they are built in a One off, One of a Kind theme with some typical commonalities...

    I suggest you have some fun here and go through some Threads on Tri Five Ford Customs or just Customs to get some inspiration on Vintage Themes based on 1965 and prior in Styling and to be frank, the mid 50s to mid 60s were the golden years for these Automobiles...

    I look forward to your journey with this beauty...

    Credit to All That Inspired These

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2022
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  28. For me I would actually give the car a level boost towards the sky .....blackwalls and hubcaps. The color combo is awesome and no need to accentuate it with glitter . These are just my likes . Also depending on the look or theme sound weighs in too . Is it a quiet reserved stock sound , a soft rumble , loud attention getter, etc? There are a lot of things that define a car for a perfect blend of wow factor. Good luck with the decision .
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  29. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,307

    from Quincy, IL


    Minor correction. Pretty sure those “57 t-bird wheel covers” are standard ‘55/‘56 Ford passenger and t-bird full wheel covers. As I recall, ‘57 t-bird covers have ‘fluted’ or ‘louvered’ look and were t-bird only.

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