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Projects Mild custom '57 Ranchero

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Aushotrods, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. Aushotrods
    Joined: Jun 19, 2003
    Posts: 619


    Hey guys,
    Thought id throw up a few pics of my ranchy, formally the banana enchilada now known as the slippery gypsy! haha

    i brought the car in mid-late 2014, basically a stocker with some mild custom touches that had been done a long time ago, im guessing around '65, including shaved badges and tailgate, frenched headlights, GTO pontiac hood scoop and a few little other details. Put the wheels and tyres off my spinner on it, slammed it, cleaned it up and cruised around for a year, was a neat driver! put it up for sale to finance the completion of my coupe, but didnt really get any serious takers so after chopped last year (mid oct) i pulled it off the road for a little birthday!

    was a little tooo low here, shitty original exhaust hit everything and the driveshaft enjoyed attacking the floor haha.
    drove like shit but looked awesome! haha just couldnt go too far as the ride wasnt exactly friendly on the car or my bones
    put some aerostar springs in the front and raised the rear an inch, drove it a fair bit like this, heading to chopped last year.
    the rear tray is quite the comfy spot to drink and talk shit!
    a couple days after that i attacked the body, the car was originally colonial white, which was then repaint pale yellow with some red pinstriping not too long after, then blown over in the final yellow maybe a decade ago. most of which scraped off with the razor blade in sheets, making my job a lot easier!
    anyway, a few hundred hours of bodywork (after hours and on weekends) over the next two or three months and it got to this stage, using splines to sharpen up the body lines and get the body a little more fluid than pillowed look most fifties cars have.
    Next came spraying it in all u need primer to seal the bodywork up and get ready for paint. This was the start of january this year.
    Here you can sorta see the results of using splines
    lots of work to get it to this stage!
    and about two weeks ago, we got it in white!
    painted on thursday, blocked down on friday night, ready for a big weekend of paint.
    Last saturday, a few mates popped round to the shop to lend a hand.
    after an all nighter finished around 3:30 am last sunday morning, we had paint! later that day me and my boss Carmine at c.a.d custom came back to wrap it all up in clear.
    Here pictured is my mate jonesy giving me a chop out, my stock grille is at the platers still, so he knocked up a tube grille for me, as i had the great idea of getting it to queenscliff rod run, this weekend just gone haha.
    this was about tuesday, i wanted the car to have a real larry watson feel, so decided to flame the shit out of the roof. haha
    most nights one or two mates were around to lend a hand, which was awesome!

    and the almost finished result! didnt get a chance to block the car down to polish (only so much you can do in a week hahaha) but we got the car done enough to drive to queenscliff!
    EVL401, Texas57, tomkelly88 and 24 others like this.
  2. bryan6902
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


  3. fantastic
  4. Sweet ride man, it looked good in yellow but now looks a million times better. makes me wish i had a ranchero. Lol:D

  5. Very very very nice......thanks for the 3M support.....your support makes retirement for me a hopeful reality on day.
  6. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,226


    Wow! Nice job, i love those 57 rancheros
  7. 1936dodge
    Joined: Jul 26, 2015
    Posts: 41


    Really nice.Cool paint job.
  8. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,834

    Inked Monkey

  9. That's very Watson.
    Digging the paint, and love the flames on the roof.
  10. DERPR30
    Joined: Jun 3, 2010
    Posts: 833

    from HARVEY LA

  11. pgj
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 140

    from aurora co.

    Very cool! I like it!
  12. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


  13. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,583


    Drooooool! I'm saving up my $$$ for a '57 Ranchero.. This one is just plain TASTY!
  14. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,303


    always liked those Rancheros. When I was a teenager, guy in my little town had one that was Hondurous Maroon (it was the early 60s), lowered, Lee taillight lenses with Ace of Spades in them, white tuck and roll tonneau cover with black Ace of Spades in the center, a 430 Lincoln and a three speed stick. Man I lusted after that car.
  15. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    I totally love your car!....truly, it's very, very nice;) some good 'vibes' going on there!--- Ray
  16. xrosczech
    Joined: Oct 28, 2012
    Posts: 97


  17. That is killer!!
  18. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 29,384

    Jalopy Joker

    ya done good - great transformation
  19. mcnally351
    Joined: Apr 12, 2011
    Posts: 448

    from boston

  20. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,896


    Man that car is super straight....when you say using "splines" what are you referring too?
    Chili Phil likes this.
  21. Yeah, translate "Splines", into American English.

    Love your Ranchito.
  22. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 18,606


    You are going to have a lot of fun cruising that around town.
  23. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,566


    Outstanding job, this is a fantastic build
  24. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 14,196

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

  25. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,848

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    Great job! Love the dedication and persistence. Great enhancements.
    Keep workin'
  26. Cooon
    Joined: Feb 2, 2009
    Posts: 312


    Very cool. I hope you knocked back plenty of vomit bombs while doing all that hard work. Also known as VB.

    Light treatment on all four corners looks rad.
  27. skipperman
    Joined: Dec 24, 2002
    Posts: 1,837


    Sooooo... what's the answer on the "SPLINES" ?? NICE RIDE brother ......... ;)
  28. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,077

    scrap metal 48

    WOW!! Really cool...
  29. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,042


    Stunning... Like this VB commercial best viewed on mute!

    Cooon likes this.

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