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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RICKY~RICARDO, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. RICKY~RICARDO
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
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    RICKY~RICARDO
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    Hello Hambers i just want to share some pics of my new project car.
    1951 Deluxe Bel Air Hard top.
    I have always loved these cars especially the hard top's.
    Don't look like much but all the tin is there not sure what direction i want to take this car in, not sure when the real project will start since i am not done with my other car, but i always wanted another hard top so i bought this one. Needs front floors and a couple of floor braces and some quarter panel work.
    car currently sports 51 old's taillights there cool but not my flavor so i threw them on eBay,car was a older custom last registered in 86.
    love the red velvet headliner, thinking of re painting it red with a white top and some old school cragars or off white with wide whites and slammed not sure yet in the mean time she will collect dust in my garage lol.
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  2. 48 Chubby
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    Those make sharp rides. Shave the hood and deck, old school frenched head lights, sunken radio antenna, dark red, chrome reversed wheels with spider caps, oh yeah!
     
  3. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Hmmm? sounds good but im a sucker for stock trim lol
     
  4. 48 Chubby
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    Who said any thing about the trim? Just the hood and deck emblems. But hey if you like 'em keep 'em. It'll still be a sharp ride.
     
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  5. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks
    How about this i must have built a dozen of these when i was a kid[​IMG].
     
  6. RDR
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    Ricky,
    looks like a real good start! pretty solid body...Olds w/s in that baby?
    Good luck on your build....
     
  7. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks RDR she is not to shabby i like the windshield has a bb hole in it :(
    what do you think of the tail lights?
     
  8. merc-o-madness
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    nice save love those early chev hardtops
     
  9. 60galaxieJJ
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    Looks like a pretty straight car.
     
  10. RICKY~RICARDO
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    RICKY~RICARDO
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    Here are a few more shots of the car.
    Floors seem pretty solid except for the two front sections and a couple of floor braces.
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  11. Cruiser
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    Here's a '50 Chevy hardtop owned by Bob Nelson of Ventura to get your juices flowing. Good luck on the build will be watching your progress.

    CRUISER :cool:

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  12. fbama73
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    Not to be picky, but it isn't a Styleline, it is a Bel Air.
     
  13. BadLuck
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    Cool ride.. i kinda like the hardtops too :).. that headliner definitely needs to stay!! gonna be a cool project, have fun!
     
  14. R Frederick
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    I'm thinking this is a MUCH better idea than chopping the car up.
     
  15. tbird37821
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    I'm building a 50 hardtop chevy. I'm drooling over the trunk floor, floor pans aint bad either on yours. you have a great car to start with.
     
  16. DJLATIN
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    i always wondered if shipping companies would haul a project w/o a motor. how much more was it from point a to point b compared from a running car to a project?
     
  17. davidbistolas
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    Don't think they were called "bel air" until '53...
     
  18. bonez
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    Since you like stock trim, and you have that cool velvet headliner, how about a bomb w/ some mild custom touches?

    Bob Nelson's car is absolutley perfect, and one of my favorite chevys ever, but its a lot of work to get there and i dont know if you really wanna dive that deep.
     
  19. fbama73
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    Ooh, you're getting into the confusing part of it :)

    A 50-52 Hardtop is a Bel Air.

    Starting in '53 a post car can be a Bel Air (I believe)
     
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  20. davidbistolas
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    See? Ya learn something new every day!
     
  21. RDR
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    If you can...have the BB hole repaired by those glass fixers...I put a new Olds remake in my '52 Chevy($450 in 1998) and it seemed to get pitted pretty badly over years of driving lots...not sure if the new glass is not as hard as the old original W/S...
    not sure on the Olds T/L...definitely different!...notice them right away
     
  22. poorboy
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    Nice! Good luck with the build. Keep us updated
     
  23. five-duece-chevy
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    I've got that model. Built it back in the early 90's and still have it today. That model was the reason I wanted to get my '52 Chevy when I saw it. Now I'm basically doing the car like the model with a couple upgrades.....
     
  24. Nice solid start. They make repop floor braces. Keep us posted!! Todd
     
  25. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks for all the compliments :)
    I cant wait to start this on this car, tugmaster i just found the floor braces thats one headache out of the way. RDR the olds windsheild is like freeken new i am going to see abut having the chip fixed. I paid 350 to ship from MN to my front door not a bad price.
     
  26. Your in good hands here on the HAMB. Lots of 49-54 Chevy guys here. Tons of info and experience. Todd
     
  27. gonna be a cool ride man!!!
     
  28. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Sweeet!
     
  29. RICKY~RICARDO
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    Thanks man your car is bad ass lets trade lol
     
  30. gearheadbill
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    Here's another nice one
     

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