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Projects Patricia, the kustom shoebox puzzle

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Finnrodder, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,903

    from Finland

    I visited my friend, Janne Lepola at today. At last weekend he did a maiden voyage with his kustom project to car show at west coast. Its getting chilly in here, so i think over 300 miles journey wasnt the most pleasant ride ever. But no guts, no glory..
    I guess its not 100% hamb friendly because of the drivetrain, but i think its worth of posting because its really innovative project with all the parts from other cars.
    So the story goes like this:
    It doesnt look like it much, but this car rolled out of factory as a '49 fordor shoebox.
    From early '60's to '10's it was at the junkyard, so i guess there isnt much miles on it.
    50 years outside in Finnish weather left marks on the body, so there wasnt much left of it.
    Janne's friend Jukka from westcoast, saved the remains from junkyard and most of the car fitted inside in his Toyota hiace van.
    He started to put the remains on newer frame, but at some point he sold it to mr Lepola and Janne continued the work with his visions. I think most people stays away from projects like this, just too much work and its just easier to buy easier project. But with a good imagination and motivation its not an impossible job to do.
    Here's couple of pics of the puzzle:

    IMG_20190923_185523_4 (Custom).jpg IMG_20190923_185546_7 (Custom).jpg IMG_20190923_154304_7 (Custom).jpg IMG_20190923_154323_6 (Custom).jpg IMG_20190920_201027_1 (Custom).jpg
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  2. Cool design, but it looks cobbled together like Frankenstein.
  3. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,814


    Good luck putting glass in that.
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  4. Probably just get new glass made. Finland is where all the high end custom car builders get their windshields made.
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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,251

    Jalopy Joker

    if it was easy everybody would be doing it - keep us updated
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  6. Hows that Johnny Cash song go?Lotsa work there,got to be a labor of love,
  7. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,862

    from Raytown Mo

    I dig it man, he took a pile of garbage and made a car of course on its maiden voyage it’s going to have some work left to be done. Side profile says all I think needs to be said
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  8. 296moon
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 559

    from england

    I think its well Kool and a Great achievement!, some of you guys dont realize just how hard it is to get parts and cars when your the wrong side of the pond.........................
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  9. Smiffy
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 96


    Great car Great achievement!. Keep us updated on the progress. What I like to see taking a pile of what once was a car and building into something, well done.
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  10. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,903

    from Finland

    Thanks guys!
    Its not done yet, lot of finishing and fine tuning work ahead in this project. And the glass, it takes more money than luck in this country to get a custom made glass done. I've heard that John D'Agostino has bought custom made windshields from here. And i've seen alot of custom made windshields and even custom made curved side windows on chopped 80's Caprice stw. So it can be done, but its expensive.
    I think the rear window is the most problematic one in this case. The rest is straight glass, like they are on shoeboxes originally.
  11. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,307

    alphabet soup

    I have never been the biggest fan of full customs. But I can tell you I am a huge fan of your buddies work. And maybe some colored plexaglass would work for glass until he could get the dough for real stuff. Gene.
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  12. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,432

    from Burton, MI

    That's kinda cool! Side profile nails it.
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  13. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,441

    from oregon

    Wow. I like it.
  14. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,244

    j hansen
    from sweden

    For the past 10-20 years you guys in Finland have manufactured som of the best looking Kustoms and Hot Rods in Scandinavia.
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  15. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 739


    Frankenstein wasn't that sexy.

    Great side profile, and what a blend of stuff. Back glass will be fun, but whatever... it's a custom. Major props from this guy, especially knowing that you don't have a ton to work with over there.
  16. ol-nobull
    Joined: Oct 16, 2013
    Posts: 1,279


    Hi. WOW. Just a bunch of custom fitting and filling in the various body panels will make a big difference. I really like the customs of the 50's. Always have and always will. This will be a real showpiece when finished. Keep us updated as work progresses. Jimmie
  17. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,398


    Hell Yeah !

    I like it. Good job, keep it up.
  18. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,580


    Go ahead, I Dare Ya! And you Did. I'd bet you proved a few of them wrong, do you have a vision of the finished product? Thanks for sharing Patricia, Carp.
  19. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,903

    from Finland

    Well, its my friends project, so i have no idea of all his visions. But i know that the headlight frenching rings wont be in the finished product. He just put them there temporarily for the maiden voyage.
    Those stickers you can see in the pics, are our dispensable temporary "plates". They are handy when you have to move a roadworthy but non registered vehicle somewhere by driving it.
    Janne asked me to make a test sitting in that car and it was surprisingly comfort and there was enought room for the head too. Usually heavily chopped cars are far away from that.
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  20. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,697


    Janne had a vision, what hell of work to make it come true from these poor remains. Very sleek bodylines, you Finns are all crazy :D you know how i mean it, Antti. Thanks for sharing!
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  21. This will be good, very nice achievement. Theres never enough customs in our roads.
  22. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,903

    from Finland

    Thanks Carsten!
    And thanks for the rest of you guys too!
    I read that some of you like to see updates, so i guess Janne doesnt mind if i post updates now and then in this thread.
  23. ffr1222k
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,053


    I am usually not a big customs fan but I like that car.
  24. Good use of the '56 Chevy lights.
  25. Lines
    Joined: Jun 11, 2018
    Posts: 170

    from Germany

    Very nice! Building a custom is art. Some like it some don't. The main is the artist likes his work. Keep up posting.

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