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Projects "Jersey Girl" Full Custom '47 Ford Coupe!

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Pinstriper40, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Thank you very much! It's been a great car to work on!

    This one is big and smoooooth!

    Thank you! I'm loving it as much as you guys are! More updates to come later in the week...
  2. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 607

    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    You’re going to be famous Joel!
  3. kustom famous is the best kind of famous! Regular people don't have a clue...

    Anyways, I've been doing bodywork on the back half and my buddy Chris helped me get the front end back on... Lots more to do!
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  4. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,514


    Now it looks like a Mayflower
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  5. Customer choice on the grille. It's growing on me! I think it looks better in a Ford than in a Plymouth!
  6. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,514


    Pinstripe 40 I agree with you Frank
  7. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 771

    jim snow

    That grill looks amazing. Never seen that before. Good stuff. Snowman
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  8. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,384


    Wonder why folks remove the rain gutters as they actually make a chopped car look better.
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  9. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,514


    It's hard to make them look correct is my guess.
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  10. I like it too! I hadn't seen one before either. It's unique!

    This car is meant to have a late '40's early '50's feel to it, where removing the drip rails was commonplace. It was a "must have" on my checklist and the customer's!

    That is correct. With the way I chopped this car, a molded drip rail would have to be added later in order to get the flow right. Thanks!
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  11. I got a bunch done yesterday, welded the front fender seams and ground them down, started on the new grille structure. I'm going to take my own approach to how to tie the grille, body and hood together visually. 20181117_202505_HDR.jpg
  12. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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  13. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 771

    jim snow

    Thanks. Snowman
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  14. Well, since there's another one out there with a plymouth grille, I've gotta be a bit different, right? I am taking a bit different route when it comes to how the fenders, hood, and grille will go together. I hope you like it!
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  15. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,932


    You are building this for a customer so they may have seen the other custom and were inspired...still leaves room for individuality...really enjoying this adventure in altered flow...;)

    It's kind of like music...some songs sound earily similar but originated worlds apart.
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  16. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,553

    Peanut 1959

    I like the other version, but I'm glad you're taking a different approach! Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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  17. The Dick Bertelluci effect.... 20181118_195533_HDR.jpg 20181118_211331_HDR.jpg
  18. 47 ford
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 218

    47 ford

    Nice car where is that from?
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  19. 47 ford
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 218

    47 ford

  20. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,140


    The car wears Texas plates.
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  21. 48fordnut
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 3,599


    You do amazing metal work.
    In one of your post you said that the fords 46 8 have a way of showing up at your place. Find one for me that I can trade my 27 t roadster for. I need a closed car for the wife.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  22. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
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  23. 34toddster
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,467

    from Missouri

    I wish I could just get my deck lid to fit my 47
  24. HotRodDean
    Joined: Jan 11, 2007
    Posts: 243


    That was my 46, from the UK.... recently sold it to a fella in Germany
  25. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,741

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Just beautiful..... you have extreme Talent.
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  26. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 814


    I have read through this a couple of times and realize that your experience in ''Eyeball Engineering" includes extra special abilities in Esthetics. Your uncanny talent for form and making things flow is commendable. Although these are Old School modifications, you have a mastery of getting stunning results, and by mentioning the work of Bertolucci, it made my day, as his work is my favorite of the period when outstanding Customs came from Northern California. I will be watching to see the final results of your current project. Put me down as another fan. Now that have established my high regard for your work, (buttered you up, some might say) I have a question. I have Forty-Eight Coupe I want to build a daily driver out of and wish to preserve the drip molding. And, though I admire your results and would go whole hog, I won't be the eventual driver. My daughter will. That said, my question is, if I chop mine three inches, how much more should I remove from the rear in order to remove all traces of the hump in the rear? I am sure with your skills and, even though you did say you go by 'feel', this is a question you must have been asked before. I am only looking for some kind of ratio. Or, a common sense approach that works simply as a rule of thumb. If you would prefer not to answer I understand that an artist's thinking and feeling is best appreciated in his work. As a matter of fact it may be presumptuous to even ask. The second question is have you ever done a mild chop and are there photos? Is 'The Jersy Girl' going to get a traditional paint job in Old School colors, or black? Skirts? Wide Whites? Sombreroes? I know if I wait the answers will be forthcoming, so you can take my questions as rhetorical. Good Luck and good wishes. Keep it coming.
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  27. Jim, thank you very much! My metalwork doesn't hold a candle to some of the guys on here, but I'm getting better at it...

    The more I look at it, the more I dig it, too! This car could be one of the "lost customs" of the past, built by the Ayala Bros. or Dick Bertolucci in '51...

    They don't fit all that well, do they? I'm doing the best I can with this one.

    Wow... Thank you Jeff! YOU have extreme talent! I wish I had the space and time to do the upholstery and detailing on this '47... I've got it built in my head! I am just grateful for the opportunity John (47Ford) has given me on this car to do the restyling. I hope this thread and the next one I'll be doing on the '41 Buick in my shop will garner enough attention to do a full build and hopefully set me up with a bit bigger shop. A guy can dream, can't he?

    Well, Mr. Fortynut, I appreciate all of the kind words. I'm flattered! I think I've said it before in this thread, but in order to get the flow that I've gotten with this chop, keeping the stock driprails simply isn't possible. I could go over this more, but you'd have to bring some coffee and sit in my shop while I lecture for an hour on aesthetics and limitations. HOWEVER, that being said, a smoothed out round-rod drip rail could be added post-chop to flow as needed.
    As far as the rear window goes, yes, it's by eye, and I don't have a measurement. I chopped this car about 4 1/2" vertically, and the entire quarter window and back window flow was created in my mind's eye. I'm just glad that my hands were cooperative. Again, I could talk aesthetics for hours, but I've got to get back to working on this car!

    On a side note, I'm very humbled by your comments, fellas. I'm blessed to be able to do a full-custom job on this car. I hope to have the opportunity to do many more. I think my greatest inspiration for design would be the Ayala Bros, as they seemed to really get their cars "melty". I'm going to be starting a full custom Bettancourt/Zupan inspired '49 Mercury next fall but I've got to get my shop truck done first.
    If you are interested in having a car chopped or a full build, please send me a PM. I offer very reasonable hourly rates and I absolutely love what I do. I'd love to build more pre-1955 style customs, but I really want to build an Alexander Bros. style '59-'62 custom as well. Thank you!
  28. Getting close to being done with the Jersey Girl's new nose. She's getting there.... 20181127_223713_HDR~2.jpg
  29. The back end is getting meltier, too. 20181128_001014.jpg

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