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Hot Rods Scallops - how to?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Snegrah, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. Ok, guys, I'm thinking about doing some mild scallops on my 53 Chevy coupe. Front and rear wheel openings and the hood. I think I can do it myself. Is there some kind of tips, suggestions or instructions somewhere I can learn from? Oh, and yes, I will attempt to pinstripe the scallops myself!!!!
    One more, I am thinking of striping the louvers as well.

    Thnx ahead of time,

    Tom 20160827_112502 (Medium).jpg 20170603_154030 (Medium).jpg 20170917_134122 (Small).jpg
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  2. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 3,052


    I love your car. Could you maybe build a duplicate and scallop that one?
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2021
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  3. 20190511_155204 (Small).jpg 20190511_155412 (Small).jpg 20191208_092340 (Small).jpg 20200511_105143 (Small).jpg Thanks quick85. I do have another 53 business coupe in progress. And, it does need a complete pint job but I have to strip it down due to a previously poor paint job. That requires a lot of work and I bought the car from a "friend".
    Just though this 53 could use a simple scalloping.
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  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,726


    Tom, you might ask the guys on the photoshop thread.
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  5. I may just do that!

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  6. It might just be me but IMHO that Chevy is perfect the way it sit's. it just sit's right and really doesn't need anything else to improve the looks. HRP
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  7. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,805

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    I think some scallops will look good on that car even though it also looks good like it is now. I have scalloped a few cars and could help with process thoughts if needed. Also, the photoshop thread idea is great to help you visualize what you will end up with.
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  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,282


    I'm just not seeing scallops on that car with that color combo.
    If you feel that you just have to pursue it though, I'd go along with the suggestion of getting guys to do the photoshop art work and come up with a design that doesn't end up looking like you bought Decals at Autozone and stuck them on.
    From knowing guys who did it in the 60's when I was just a followtail kid hanging around it takes a serious artistic eye plus it take a lot of tape and masking paper. Then the other side has to exactly match the first side you did.
  9. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 2,376

    41 GMC K-18

    Purely as a suggestion, and nothing more, practice on the blue Chevy, since you are going to repaint it anyway. That will at least give you some real perspective, rather than having to depend on the photo-shop mode. I agree with others, that silver and black Chevy coupe is just fine the way it is, IMHO !
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  10. get a roll or two of 1/8"masking tape and start playing. Different scallop widths, lengths, and tapers, all make a difference in the look as, of course, does the scallop color, base color, and stripe color. Don't be afraid to keep changing until it is the look you want. Best wishes, and do a lot of looking around at other cars in magazines and the web to see what you like best.
  11. This car is begging for scallops the same color as the roof!
    Here is an idea, I dig this style

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  12. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,971


    Absolutely love scallops done well.
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  13. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,716


    Look at some Larry Watson threads for ideas.
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  14. @Snegrah
    Probably more than you have in mind but I thought I'd give you and idea of how it might look.....

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  15. Whoa! Nice. Bold in size but nice! I was thinking black with white pinstripes, subtle on the wheel wells. Can you play a bit more?

    Thanks a bunch, moose.
  16. HSF
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 185

    from Lodi CA

    Get some fine line of varying widths and have at it!
  17. Motorwrxs
    Joined: Aug 15, 2021
    Posts: 201


    Love the art that Moose did…does it look futuristic to anyone else? I like it!
  18. Boatmark
    Joined: Jan 15, 2012
    Posts: 346


    Just remember less is more.
    The goal should be to accent the car, not overwhelm it.
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  19. Boatmark, I absolutely agree. That's why I wrote "subtle". And I also asked for "how". Moose brought me to a different level on "what" and at least opened my mind to other "what" things! Hey, this is all about ideas and what can/should be done...and how?
  20. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


    I totally agree, Boatmark! I add the suggestion of keeping the scallops symmetrical! One way to "overwhelm" the car is to have the scallops layed out in a helter skelter pattern!
  21. Again!!!! YES! I agree. It must be symmetrical! No Helter Skelter is allowed!
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  22. here's a quick one....

  23. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


  24. Whoa.....that's what I'm leaning towards. No space between the scallop and the start of it. Longer top "spear"? Make sense? Crap, I don't want to wear out my welcome...
  25. Guy Patterson
    Joined: Nov 27, 2020
    Posts: 370

    Guy Patterson

    Agree longer top spear, say just into the door past the gap
  26. Here's another one I did as per Tom's request and he asked me to post it here so he could get some input from you guys on this version....

    20170917_134122 (Small2).jpg
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  27. Color is right. I would ditch the uppers and add some to the rear wheelwells.
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  28. I second this. I like the above but would like to see it as Tman suggested.
  29. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,805

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Yep, I third the suggestion about losing the upper ones and adding behind the rear wheel.
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  30. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,805

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    I might also do some on the hood and maybe even roof in opposing color or decklid, but you likely would see those in a side view.
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