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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. El Pratt
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 24

    El Pratt

    I haven't had much of a chance to check in lately. Moving and watching nearby fires has kept me away. First off I'm glad you are enjoying the car Ryan, I had a lot of fun with it and I know you will too. It couldn't have gone to a better home. The photos look great as well as the article. I always enjoy your writing. To answer a couple of questions, the wheel covers are 55/56 Buick with large accessory bullets and flipper blades off of 54 Olds caps. The ones on my old 51 Merc as well as El Jefe's are 56 Buick Roadmaster wheel covers. The front is lowered using dropped spindles and Aerostar coils. I replaced the coils just before selling it, they raised the front about 2" and I never got around to adjust the height. The rear end is a 8" with 4:11 gears.
  2. Big Plan Dan
    Joined: Sep 16, 2015
    Posts: 129

    Big Plan Dan

    Nice car!!! Outside, I love the absence of door handles, the radiator mouth, fender skirts, and the car sitting on its laurels which is accentuated by the green paint along the rear. But the great part about this car is the dash. It looks like it belongs to a million dollar car. Just extremely well done and on of the nicest dashes I've ever seen. And love the column shifter.
  3. HelmuthBrothers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 711

    from New Jersey

    Congrats on the purchase man. What a way to wrap up 2017. I totally agree with you on the paint change about Lee not being afraid to change things up after such a legendary Car has been around. Not too many guys have to balls to do that shit twice. That body style would look great in a lot of colors I think. Hope to see this thing one day.
  4. Congrads. Seems everyone will have a shoebox in there life at one time. Had 3 myself. Easy to build ,plentyful, and popular. Best bang for the buck.
  5. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,459

    Mark in Japan

    "What are you doing with that car??"

    I'm owning fact, I'm owning the heck outta it!!!
  6. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 9,509


    Welcome to the kustom side. You have been blessed.
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  7. hotrodmano
    Joined: May 3, 2011
    Posts: 262

    from Norway

    Thats one of the most beautiful unchopped shoeboxes out there.
    About a hundred years ago (or so) I was visiting The Lead Sled Spectacular in Davenport, Iowa and I saw this Purple-ish GM custom parked outside my hotel. I was also introduced to the owner and we talked about a fairly radical, chopped mid sixties Buick LeSabre Custom he did some years before. Reason being my friend, wich I traveled With, had a similar 64/65 Riviera Custom at home that some people mixed up with his LeSabre custom-. I seem to remember his name was Lee Pratt. :)
  8. Congratulations! Looks like a nice choice for a first custom.
  9. mkebaird
    Joined: Jan 21, 2014
    Posts: 200


    I can see why you bought it, my favorite shoe box!
  10. Beautiful 49 Custom Ryan, guys got to have rods and customs, something for every mood.
  11. el Roach
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 526

    el Roach

    You sir are a lucky man! What a beautiful car!!!
  12. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 2,945


    :D Very nice Ryan.Enjoy.Drive the wheels off that beauty.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  13. Turk39
    Joined: Apr 13, 2012
    Posts: 38


    image.jpeg I like them shoeboxes can you tell
  14. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,661

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Wonderful car. The third pic really shows the richness of the main color. Don't change it, just refine it.
  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 23,825


    I must have been taking a nap on this one. Seeing those photos that paint job is growing on me after years of loving the earlier version.
    If a guy has to own a car with another gent's name firmly attached to it having and driving the "Lee Pratt" shoebox sits right at the top.
    Something to think about on the air shocks and compresser, Most rear wheel drive Cads from the 70's and 80's have a simple switch attached to the rear axle and frame or body that you adjust to set and control the ride height. Static, loaded or unloaded it stays the same if things are working right.

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