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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Al28ford-a, Sep 20, 2022.

  1. Al28ford-a
    Joined: Apr 19, 2021
    Posts: 6


    Just wanted to introduce myself. I’m Alex from Texas and this is my 1953 ford customline original flathead v8 was found in Chicago and sold to me by my uncle. The new journey begins. 7A54B5C6-57EC-4284-A22F-F7ABA9BEB965.jpeg 3D9A55F5-C80C-4D07-B7BE-74F66B3EDE99.jpeg 26A53F7A-C729-4471-A6A6-A672827531EF.jpeg F653A64A-C399-430E-99F1-A47629579F1A.jpeg D6972383-CA10-4FE7-8199-D9902BEBBC0F.jpeg B5FF3179-1D1D-4061-9402-47923C418ACE.jpeg 313CF199-5016-4A12-B0D0-B4AD7DF291A2.jpeg 5833C3B3-B954-441F-BCAC-D886515559CC.jpeg 68AF1CE2-40EC-4B55-80F6-9959B72FBBFC.jpeg
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  2. Welcome to the HAMB. Love the car, looks like a great starting point for your build. Speaking of which, what are your plans for this project?
  3. Al28ford-a
    Joined: Apr 19, 2021
    Posts: 6


    First Plan is to fix the body. Being from Illinois it has some rust that needs repair. But I just gonna keep it mostly original with a little traditional hot rod. Lowered with bias ply tires and engine hot rod parts. Being from Chicago, I’d like to get grancor speed parts.
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  4. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 9,143

    from Michigan

  5. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,332


    Mmm.. Shiny black, my favorite.

    Don't freak out if this thread gets moved to the intro section. Welcome to the HAMB.

  6. Welcome to the HAMB from Illinois.

    Love the Customline!
  7. ERguitar
    Joined: Aug 26, 2018
    Posts: 182


    Hmmm. No mention of LS, mustang sub, air bags etc,. Well done ! You're on the right track. Dig the "local" grancor desire to use parts. Looks like a great start.!
  8. Hey Alex, nice car man, welcome to the hamb!
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  9. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 2,287


    Hmmm.........familiar pic!



    That's a gorgeous '53! I like your plans for it. Keep us posted!
  10. Al28ford-a
    Joined: Apr 19, 2021
    Posts: 6


    Did my first mod. Just to remind myself that I am in search of some ultra rare and hard to find parts just to keep the car in its roots.

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  11. I like the window decal. Nice mod!
  12. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 17,002


    Neat car. My first car was a '53 Ford 2 door sedan which I still have, and I have a mild custom '52 as well. If you haven't heard yet, there are cheap replacement coil springs for Ford Aerostar minivans that bolt into these and give a 2 or 3" drop in the front without replacing any other parts. There's a thread all about it, including which shocks to use. Cheap and easy swap for a lowering job.
  13. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,695


    Nice lookin' car. When I was in high school, a friend had one like it (different color though), that we changed from an automatic to a stick. I made the spring swap mentioned above on my '51 coupe. That, and going to radial tires, completely changed the handling qualities of the car from scary to competent.

    I like to drive my cars.
  14. Welcome to the Hamb with a nice looking 53. When tackling the rust repair, EMS Automotive carries quality panels for the usual places that rust.

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  15. Welcome ! Nice Ride, Enjoy !
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  16. Welcome aboard, nice start.
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  17. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 14,559

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Yes. welcome.... super nice project...... Following along.
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  18. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 4,019


    Welcome from East Tennessee. Glad you're here. Looking at the key transfer picture, it appears as if you and your uncle are both pleased. He must like you a lot.
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  19. Time to join the 1952-1959 Ford social group here.
  20. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 8,861

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Looks like a great car! Congrats and welcome to the HAMB from your neighbor to the north! As 40FORDPU mentions, you will have to join the group for these cars. Lots of great folks and information in that group.
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  21. Al28ford-a
    Joined: Apr 19, 2021
    Posts: 6


    where can I find this group? I’m still new to the H.A.M.B
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  22. To join the forum, use:
    social forum tools,

    Hope this helps.
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  23. Welcome, Alex. Will look for the 53 at the 2023 Lonestar Roundup!
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  24. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 981


    Welcome and great start!
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  25. Welcome from another Customline owner! Pretty awesome project and sounds like you are heading in the right direction.
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  26. Al28ford-a
    Joined: Apr 19, 2021
    Posts: 6


    yes!! The plan is to be there for sure
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  27. Toms Dogs
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 171

    Toms Dogs
    from NJ

    Welcome to The HAMB__! Been around flatheads, All my Life, my older brother, Walt (deceased) had a '53 Ford ragtop, I remember it as if was yesterday__ It had a Fordamatic transmission, the original engine was of no value (shot). He installed a rebuilt engine ( purchased from Sears Roebuck ), and converted it to manual transmission / 3-on-the-tree. Making it a semi-custom , he removed the "faux" continental from the trunk lid, filled the holes, it was smooth . Fender skirts , lowering blocks, a set of Dodge Lancer hub caps on the front wheels and a new persimmon (orange) coat of paint.
    *Check out a few of my "additions" (posts) on this site ?! :D ;)
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2022
  28. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 3,149


    In High School, my cousin had a '53 Customline with a 6 but that didn't deter him from adding a floor shifter, lowering, a green and yellow paint job and racing rubber on chrome disc wheels with baby moons....looking fast is half the formula and your black car has it
  29. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,915


    Great car. Looks like a really nice specimen to start with, whatever you choose a direction for it. Congrats on the acquisition.

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