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History Proper Scallops

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,676

    from Austin, TX
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Proper Scallops


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  2. I have flames on my 40 Peckup, and have had them since almost day one ( as a rod not production), 20 years ago. But it is time for a change as it has been down for over 5 years. I was debating redoing the flames or not having anything, but I have been a junkie for scallops, but with 40ish's you have to be real careful.
    It would be interesting to see a Gee Bee (corrected) plane in color. Inter-web here I come.
    Found it, and my interior was red and white from some business before me.
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  3. Big Plan Dan
    Joined: Sep 16, 2015
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    Big Plan Dan

    I have my own large file of hot rod graphics. Here's a scallop job that's tasteful, effective and 68218f942e0a5dce7d54411ddd41ef7e.jpg rather unusual.
  4. Big Plan Dan
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    Big Plan Dan

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  5. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,555


    Hey BPD,
    That Jocko's streamliner always shows well. We saw it at the Porting Service in Northeast Long Beach and it was amazing way back then. It was too bad they did not continue to compete as the years rolled on without problems. It was just a very cool design and race car. Those are also Proper Scallops...!

    As far as scallop(s) is/are concerned, we learned to do scallops first, before flames. They were the mainstays on our school notebooks and Pee Chee folders. Anywhere there was an edge, scallops mysteriously appeared. They were a little easier to do from point to point. The swoopy design seemed to go on anything, bikes, lawnmowers, wagons, etc.

    But, as the car designs changed, so did the scallops. Now, it was pick and choose a spot to get creative and still look good. Some were good, some were bad...IMHO. We also loved flames, even to this day, but they were hard to draw to get it right. Kudos to those flame painters of all kinds. I like the flat surface flames more so than the 3D shadow flames. Old vs New... in scallop(s) and flames...
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  6. "It makes me ponder scallops on my own ’38 coupe."

    I double dog dare you!
    @Ryan You won't do it.
  7. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 881


    I agree Gee Bees are the gold standard of scallops. They follow the less is more rule of thumb.

    There are exceptions, but I think that for the most part they work the best on cars built before 1955. The angularity of scallops gives a more a more aggressive look to the round lines of the pre-'55 cars.

    Whereas on a car that's more sharp lines and boxiness it looks too predictable and boring.

    This Chevy is spot on!
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  8. 32Stoker
    Joined: Jul 1, 2015
    Posts: 287


    Love me some flames/scallops! They look best on fender cars with more surface area (as shown above). Slippery slope though. If not done properly, they can ruin everything from 100' away...
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  9. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
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    Automotive Stud

    Well, that fender mod is pretty questionable. The car sure was sharp before that mod though.
  10. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,798

    from Raytown Mo

    Really dig the feel of the scallops on the plane, I feel like there was possibly a draft of your 38 with scallops at some point? Maybe around the same time as the side exit headers
  11. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    from Raytown Mo

    Umm you do realize “that fender mod” was part of channeling the entire car not randomly cutting a fender right?
  12. SO-CAL Speed Shop "Scallops":

    HOT ROD Magazine - January 1949 - Cover.jpg
    Best Hot Rods - Issue Number 1 - Cover.jpg
    HOT ROD Magazine - May 1954 - Cover.jpg
  13. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
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    Automotive Stud

    Yea, I just liked it better prior. Maybe if he kept the rear wheel opening round it would have worked a little better to me. Maybe my taste is just all in my mouth.
  14. Harland grunder
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    Harland grunder

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  15. And Pierson Brothers:
  16. Amen on the Gee Bee
  17. Jalopy Joker
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    Jalopy Joker

  18. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,994

    from Tacoma, WA

    I'll take my Gee Bee in Black on Yellow...


    I keep waffling over flames, scallops, or nothing on my '39 Ford. Dammit, might have to waffle some more...
  19. Or both:
  20. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
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    anthony myrick
    from al

    nice simple accents like Watson did here would look cool
  21. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,798

    from Raytown Mo

    I bet he kept it flat because if he cut it round you may expose the top of the tire. Probably cut it enough to not hit but still clear the tire and went with it?
  22. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,049


    Love scallops, love the Gee Bees. I think Jimmy Doolittle was the only guy that raced them and didn't die in crash sooner or later. Great pics, guys.
  23. When So-Cal speedshop did the reboot in the 90's and they built the first scalloped 32 Roadster, I thought it was the prettiest paint job I'd ever seen. It's old hat now, but it made an impression on me as a teenager. socal.jpg
  24. 34Phil
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    Here is my fave

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  25. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Kinda hand in hand to the traditional package and even Criss Crossing the Hotrod/Custom movement's with pleasing results. Like everything understanding of layout and careful execution helps set the complete package. It would be nice to see what became of the coupe you posted as it was only pictured in transition. It sure highlights the big decisions one has make as once the scalpel is inserted the turning back is difficult. Art is a big complimentary player in the metallic sculpture created from once factory vehicles we enjoy...I say go for it.
  26. barrnone50
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from texas

  27. It always seemed to me that the best scallop jobs were always at Bonneville
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  28. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,610

    from Michigan

    Those are my favorite..... :cool:
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  29. Have to agree with Ryan on this one. Love the old style scallops. Gee Bees and Nick Bertolucci's Chevy coupe are perfect examples.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2018
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