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

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

  1. 47 ford
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 221

    47 ford


    Just a little background on how this car and my relationship with Joel started.

    I was surfing the HAMB when I came across a post of a 1947 Ford that Joel had chopped during one of his classes and gave away car to one of the members of the class. I gave him a call and told him that I loved it and would be interested in buying that car. Well it wasn't for sale but Joel assured me he would look for a solid 46 to 48 Ford to chop for me.

    I want to make this clear, I have never met Joel or spoken to him until that day, and we still haven't met face to face, crazy right. This was all done on a gut feeling, which luckily for me was dead on.

    While out in his travels he finds this super rust free 1947 Ford, negotiated the deal, and I buy it based on his recommendation

    We discuss our vision of how the car should look, because that's the way it should be in my opinion, and he gets to work chopping the top

    And as most can see, he KILLED it!!!!!

    We discussed grill options - I had to share my vision with Joel, which he reluctantly agreed to do, like I said before a shared vision right. Turns out the grill is growing on him and I think he likes it.

    There are many more mods that Joel did to the car, and still more to go.

    The bottom line is that Joel has the passion, the talent, the personality and professionalism to be a huge success in this field for years to come. This is our future.

    Did I mention I still haven’t met him yet?
  2. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 635

    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    I have known Joel for quite a few years and may have even taught him a couple things. You can rest assured that he has a true passion for what he’s doing. A true credit for someone his age. Something missing in many youngsters today. You have one hell of a build going and I’m anxious to see the finish. Good luck to both of you.
  3. Countn'Carbs
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 869

    from CO

    @47 ford I know you know this but you're in good hands with Joel. You two have a great build going in 'Jersey Girl' and it just keeps getting better and better.
  4. Thank you for the opportunity, John! You're going to have a really neat car! Time for me to get back to work!

    Thanks Jake! You definitely taught me a lot and helped fuel my interest, as well as encouraging me to follow my dreams in the field of hot rodding/ custom cars!

    Thanks, Dave! It does keep getting better and better!
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  5. Another full day on the grille treatment. Minimal bodywork will be needed after all is said and done. It's still going to take some fine tuning. I had hoped to get the metal work done today but I had a few interruptions. Pictures are from start to finish. I hope y'all like it!
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  6. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 11,430


    You are making it look easy, love your attention to detail.
  7. Thank you! It's just a rolling sculpture! I look at it as an art project so this custom stuff is more fun than work. Work is putting in new rockers and body mounts!
  8. Got some skirts in the mail today! More bodywork is scheduled for this week. Hopefully some primer, too! 20181203_145228_HDR.jpg
  9. 47 ford
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 221

    47 ford

    what a profile!!!!
  10. Primer is going to be just around the corner!
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  11. Hey fellas! It's been awhile since I posted anything about the '47! It has been a couple of months between Christmas, getting sick after Christmas, going to Phoenix for one of my chop classes, and thrashing on the coupe to get some progress before going to Phoenix again next week... But here we are!
    Still have a long way to go, as now I will be painting the car! It was fun getting it out of the shop, it started up and sounds great! It looks good between my '40 sedan and my friend Jon's '53 Olds!
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  12. gsnort
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 199


    Looking real good. Your work is, indeed, admirable. Thanks from a gear head in training.
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  13. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 485


    Are those new skirts, Joel?
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  14. Terraizer
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 493


    Seen the car at the show today looks really good. Keep up the good work Joel.
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  15. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,562


    Why were the drip rails removed?
    Would look much better with them.
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  16. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 14,426


    Last edited: Jan 27, 2019
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  17. I think they are old skirts. They are missing the rubber and have some lightly pitted areas. They were a bit flat, I fit them and have some finishing to do on them.

    Thank you very much! Will do.
    Thank you! It's funny how opinionated some people are about drip rails. To further my explanation of why they were removed, I think that a drip rail is the "base line" of a roofline. The height of the roof above the drip rail should be proportioned well with what is left below the drip rail, all the way to the end of the drip rail. I will agree that some cars look better with a drip rail. Furthermore, if you follow any of the other cars that I have chopped, 10 of the last 12 have retained their drip rail and it has, in my opinion, enhanced the roofline. However, with the era that this car is built to capture, such cars as the Marcia Campbell Ford and the Jesse Lopez '41 Ford were major influences and the look at the time was to smooth out any and all unsightly protrusions that distract from the overall lines of the car.
    In this case, I believe this customizing theory works well.
  18. 47 ford
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 221

    47 ford

    I requested them to be removed, in my opinion it looks better.

    But everyone is an individual and I respect your opinion.
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  19. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 902

    jim snow

    Your car, your call. Looks great. Snowman
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  20. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,337


    I know how much you like these cars, John. So glad to finally see your vision start to become a reality.
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  21. 47 ford
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 221

    47 ford

    Joe, thank you.

    looks like this one will be a keeper
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