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Hot Rods Okay, last time with the roadster proportions, outisde pics!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Lucky77, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,487


    I decided to push the car outside after I moved the body around on the chassis. I also sliced 2.5" out of the middle of the driver side apron to thin it out a bit and see what it looked like. I actually like the look and I'll probably go with it. The apron on the passenger side is unmolested to give you something to guage it against. Last time, how's it look?
  2. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    I think it the apron looks better thinner, it just needs the back end radiused to match the wheel well?....the car is looking good, nice work.
  3. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,921


    I gotta say, I much prefer the stock apron to the diced one... I'd either run stock aprons or ditch them entirely. The stock length apron looks "right" whereas the modified one reminds me of "ground fx" on a honda or something...
  4. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    I don't expand thumbs when I am looking for something that sticks out and steals attention, or sticks out as looking wrong.

    Get the paint, it;s done :)

    What I mean is you can go nuts if you don't start trusting what looks good to you.

    I like the sectioned it.

    I don't like the W/S slanted that much, but I'm not you. The rest is great. Like the tires too.

  5. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    The stock A rail is too dainty to go with the thick stock apron. IMO. :D
  6. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,436


  7. Dig'n the shit out of it!
  8. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,410

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    I'd say the body looks good, the apron, the stock ones look better.
  9. pecdaddy
    Joined: May 23, 2010
    Posts: 197


  10. 53Hattie
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 374


    Overall the proportions are sweet, but I gotta agree with the stock apron faction; what my eye sees is the stance with the stock apron being just about perfect for the overall character/dimensions of the car, but with shortened apron it looks like it needs to be dropped about the same distance the apron has been raised. I also kind of like the front 'sweep' of the stock one a bit better.
  11. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,706


    I'd go no aprons but if you wanna run em they look pretty sweet cut up!
  12. Dave50
    Joined: Mar 7, 2010
    Posts: 1,751


    Looks good i would cut windshield down a few inches just me
  13. I like the sectioned apron, might even taper it smaller towards the front, like another 3/4 to nothing.
    Is your hood going to be too short now ?
    Looks good man.
  14. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,315

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    The sectioned apron doesn't make sense to me... But, oddly, I like it.
  15. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    Im not into the apron thing ,I said that on the last 2 ,But heres my opinion anyway Make a return in the rear of the apron like the front to hide the line that showing in front of the rear wheel well......
  16. Or extend the apron behind the wheel and blend it into the the well.
    It gives it a channeled look being sectioned, may as well complete it.
  17. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,505

    from WA

    Looks great to me...if one is already section then....... ?
  18. i still think you should ditch the approns , but the sectioned one does look ok
  19. I like the aprons. I plan on running them on my T and I even thought about thinning them out as you have done. I like the way it looks sectioned, but I think on your car, I would have left them in their "fenders yanked" configuration.
  20. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,980


    I kinda thought the same thing, becauseI think it's bad ass when it looks like you just decided to take the fenders off (but have the option to throw em back on).
  21. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    I like it. It just seems to flow better with the sectioned apron for some reason on your car.
  22. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,487


    It's all this damn car's fault! It was in the back of HOP UP issue 5. I got it in 2004 I think, right around the time I was getting out of circle track cars and discovering hot rods. It was the first time I ever saw that look and I loved it instantly. I knew I had to get a roadster and do it up somewhat like this; A frame, grille, and aprons. I got my roadster in 2007 with plans to do it up like the one in HOP UP. Then Kris went and built what I consider the most beautiful AV8 ever made and I was sure it was the wasy to go.

    Now I'm up in the air. After 80 years its hard to come up with something unique when it comes to building a Model A. I love the look of an A on deuce rails with a 32 grille but there's a kabillion of them. Probably because it looks so right;) I had plans of running a full hood with sides, Model A grille, and aprons just to make it stand out a bit. Now it stands out a lot but I'm not sure if its in a good way? I think I'm going to section the other apron and run it like that for a while. If it just doesn't work I will ditch the aprons and make some sidepipes. If that doesn't work I'll put it on a deuce frame with a 32 grill like I probably should have done in the first place:rolleyes:

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    I think if you're going to mod the aprons, go all out. Sectioned is kinda kool. The door is open for a full custom apron. Think different shape. How about a custom rolled apron that incorporates a bit of a taper front to rear? The wheelwell/tire relationship looks right on. A rolled apron could disappear "under" the 1/4 panel and retain the balance achieved there. It seems it's not coming out in words like it looks in my head.
  24. Rpmrex
    Joined: Nov 19, 2007
    Posts: 664

    from Indiana

    So, Does the hood fit now?
    I like the stock aprins however if you like the sectioned aprins and was thinking about side pipes, Hold up a side pipe that runs allong the contour of the sectioned aprin and see what it does for ya. Don't forget the pics. :)

  25. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,487


    No, the hood doesn't fit. The body is still moved back on the chassis to center the rear wheels. I'll have to lengthen the hood a bit if I want to run it, which I do.
  26. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,191

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Well since you cut the one you'll have to do the other anyway. Radius the rear to match in front of the rear tire, should be fine.
    Bring the windshield up too. Looks "broken" slanted back so far.

    Very nice car, plans on painting it? Has nice patina already.
  27. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,487


    It will eventually be painted with a full interior. The body is excellent, the only rot is at the bottom of the driver's side cowl and the bottoms of the rear wheel wells. Both easy fixes. I do plan on driving it around like this for a while though.

    Actually I said the same thing about my sedan four years ago and its still in primer:eek:
  28. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,921


    Exactly... the reason they were left on "back then" is that it wasn't worth the trouble, not because it looked cool. I'm not saying the sectioned apron looks BAD, it just feels like you're trying too hard to make the car look different. This is all just my opinion here and we all know what that's worth so please don't take any offense...;) An AV8 should be an exercise in restraint and always lean in the direction of "function over form" while keeping a wandering eye on the aesthetic appeal. Whatever you choose, I'm sure the car will be a knockout, good luck.
  29. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280

    from Anoka. MN

    I like the stock aprons much better for the sole purpose of it makes sense. Aprons were left on because fenders were pulled off and pulling the aprons was too much work. Your car would look great no matter what you decide to do, so do what feels right to you.
  30. Morgan91
    Joined: Sep 12, 2010
    Posts: 560

    from Australia

    Looking good, I kinder like the stock apron.

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