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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 1/2done, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Six Ball
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    If there is anything with a more perfect roof line than a '38-'40 coupe it is one with the right chop. Starting where you did and seeing what you have done is very impressive. These are tough chops not like a T coupe. Thanks for posting this.
     
  2. 1/2done
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    Ok, I'm working on the rear window angle and figure there's 3 basic possibilities.
    The first would be to maintain the side dimension at the rear of 1/4 window.
    IMG00075-20121111-1029.jpg
    I think this would be the hardest and make the trunk look longer.

    The next would split the difference in the distance.
    IMG00080-20121111-1036.jpg

    The third would be to lay it down more to fill the gap at both ends widening the area behind the 1/4 window.
    IMG00080-20121111-1129.jpg
    I know the direction I'm leaning but am curious what the consensus is here.
     
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  3. Personally, I like the sweep of option #3 the best; but it could stand to have the 1/4 window opening stretched back a little...
     
  4. ol'chevy
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  5. Six Ball
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    #3 makes one continuos smooth flowing line with no humps. The others remind me more of a '37. But I agree that the quarter would look better lengthened a little. You don't want a '57 T-Bird port hole.:eek: Great work and a good eye!
     
  6. reece
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    Personally I like option 2 with splitting the difference.
     
  7. 1/2done
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    This is the intended profile using these measurements.

    DSCN0063.jpg

    It looks like it's achieved by splitting the distance. I like the way the 1/4 windows look at this angle. If I was going to section it I would go with the laid down rear and then I'd definitely have to lengthen the 1/4 windows. But I like the subtle look of "Is it chopped or not?"
    The great thing is I don't have a timetable so I can take my time to make a decision.
     
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  8. hallrods
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    Ipick splitting the dif
     
  9. rockfish
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    Since you asked, I'm gonna say option 3. I think it maintains the gorgeous factory lines the best. Looks the most hot rod-ish if that makes sense. Incredible job saving that body. I think you earned the right to finish that profile any way YOU want.
     
  10. kennkat
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    Been lookin since you first posted this ;)... cumm'in out pretty kool!!! :):)
     
  11. motoandy
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  12. flatout51
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    #3 gets rid of the odd "bump" in the top so thats my vote
     
  13. EdselRich
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    #3 for me. The flow is just perfect

    Chrome 'n' Flake
     
  14. Brog
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    Awesome build, I envy your skills
     
  15. edweird
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    yep. what he said, although it'll be more work. no2. aint bad either.
     
  16. edweird
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    ya done good. man that looks fantastic!
     
  17. #2 is the way to go...Looks best of all to me.
     
  18. Tin Can
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    I like number 3. It gets rid of the bump at the rear of the roof.
     
  19. 1/2done
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    If I go with #3 I'm not sure I'll have to change the 1/4 window.

    Doug-rice-1939-ford-coupe8.jpg
     
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  20. 39 Ford
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    My vote is #2, not that my opinion is worth much, its your car.
     
  21. Blue One
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    Through my powers of deduction I have determined that you are leaning towards option 2 splitting the difference. :D

    If that is correct, I agree, the look of that black car has nailed it. It's perfect.
     
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  22. 1/2done
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    Oh Wise One, impart unto me your knowledgeable ways!

    I like #2 for an unsectioned car, #3 I think would require sectioning to balance it out.
     
  23. Buzznut
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    Another vote for #3. I know some think it will make the quarter window look too small, but the reason it won't is because the rear windows are so far away from the quarters that there is enough room to smooth the transition and make it look like it was always meant to be that way. It also affords you less work in filling the gap below the rear windows. #2 or #3 would both look good, but #3 makes the most sense.
     
  24. Koz
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    Your car, but I'm voting for #3. It just keeps those beautiful '40 lines!

    Great build! I love to see anything brought back from the dead.
     
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  25. redstraw
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    great save on the car and im going with #3 also but still something looks alittle off maybe stretch 1/4 window?
     
  26. flatout51
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    3 and section!!!!!
     
  27. flatout51
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    Sorry i voted twice! :D
     
  28. Six Ball
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    One reason I like #3 is because it seems to balance the roof line and the trunk line evenly, at least in length. Which ever you pick make sure the drip rail follows the same line and doesn't get too close to the 1/4 window. That said (again,sorry) that black car looks good.
     
  29. HawgHead
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    I like the split the difference one. It gives the rear of the top a nice sweeping double curve. The others make the rear to round and has to much of a small radius curve at the bottom. (where top meets trunk area)

    Scott
     
  30. Im diggin the first one
     

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