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Customs Pete Millino's Shoebox Ford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,714

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 804

    Theo Douglas

    This is great stuff for those of us who have shoeboxes.

    I, myself, am going for an earlier look, but this later stuff is very interesting to--obviously--see how, and to think about why they did it.

    Then, too, I always wonder how so-called "late" cars like this, with extensive adding of late-'50s parts, would look to our modern eyes if they were built today.

    Would we think it was too much? What do you guys think?
  3. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 703


    I like most of it a lot, but the big flat blank area above the license plate looks a bit odd. It could use something, I'm just not sure what.

  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

    Wow-very Kool-Thanks for posting
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  5. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Front end looks happy, like a clown.
    Back end looks sad, forlorn.

    Not feelin' this one.....
  6. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,238

    hombres ruin

    The overall look of the ride is nice. The grill not so much why people screw with the stock grill is beyond me. They look killer as is.
  7. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 804

    Theo Douglas

    How 'bout a license plate?

  8. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
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    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    The '55 Pontiac rear facebar used isn't tall enough to fill this void, perhaps the front facebar from a '57 Plymouth minus the ends would be a better fit. The Plymouth facebar is a taller part, and comes with a ''Kaiser'' guard already built in. The ends of the '55 Pontiac would work if grafted to the Plymouth and be a better match for the side profile of this build.
    The Pontiac's split facebar became a default mode, much like the DeSoto grilles in kustom builds-easy & simple, but predictable!

    " Swanky Devils C.C."
  9. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,860

    Retro Jim

    I like just about anything to do with a shoebox since I have 2 of them . I am always looking for some good ideas before I start cutting away on mine . I have to agree that the BIG BLANK flat panel on the rear just has to go ! Something has to be put or painted there . A good airbrush of something would really look nice . Plenty of area to work with for sure .

    Retro Jim
  10. I really like the front end treatment.

    The problem for me isn't that blank area, it is the crossover of the body reveal between the lights plus the trunk lid feels like it has been shortened too much.

    The other way would be to french the License plate into the blank area and run a club plaque on the bumper.
  11. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,258

    from California

    I would not kick that out of my it!!
  12. 76ironhead
    Joined: Mar 12, 2009
    Posts: 504


    i'm with you hombres ruin the grill really dosen't do it for me like the stock grill. The front looks to much like a face. But the rest of the car is killer.
  13. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,077


    Ultra smooth in my opinion.
  14. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,465


    I like the overall look, of course in my opinion it is hard to improve on the stock look of those shoebox Fords. I think the rear would look a bit better if it had a solid and shaved rear bumper without the license plate mounting area. Then the license could be Frenched into that blank panel between the trunk lip and the bumper. I like the tail light treatment the way it is.
    One thing I really have never understood, is why use a convertible for a custom if you are going to keep the top up. I think this particular car would look a lot better with the top down.
  15. sorry guys nothing there a trip through the crusher wouldnt fix
  16. I remember this shoebox from the "Little Books" pages in '58. I drooled over it then and still do !
    The only thing I don't like about the Kustom is that I don't own it :eek:
  17. Federico
    Joined: Feb 27, 2010
    Posts: 8

    from California

  18. Dago Red
    Joined: May 22, 2002
    Posts: 314

    Dago Red
    from Delaware

    People screw with them because different people have different aesthetic senses. If I had a '49 or a '50, the first thing I'd do is ditch that hideous stock grille.
  19. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,077


    My '49 grill is on the garage wall.It's quite spectacular there.
  20. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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    Buddy Palumbo

    I don't know about the stock grille being hideous ... to each his own , I guess . Actually it's what drew me to Shoeboxes . I went to great lengths to find all of the stock '49 stuff (it was all missing) - I'll not be changing mine .
  21. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,951



    I think the overall look of the car is pretty good but would also do something about the grille.
    Even just insetting it a few inches would be an improvement.
    Realistically for me at least, I find it hard to improve on the 49 Meteor Grille in the Shoebox Ford


    Last edited: Jun 11, 2011

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