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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by fordcoupeguy, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. fordcoupeguy
    Joined: Apr 26, 2014
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    I figure its about time to start a build thread on this car,so here goes. Its a 51 Ford coupe from Texas in very good shape as far as rust goes. It does have some issues(dont they all) witch I will get into as I go. I have 6 others to upkeep so this one is on a budget. I am trying to use up stuff I already have for the most part. I am building it as a young guy would have back in the day. I lived thru the 60s and remember just doing mechanical work to keep them going so we could cruise! Just did a minimum of body work and got out the flat black. So thats what this one is going to be-lowered,skirts . WWW ,tail dragger. I have a ways to go ,but I actually pulled a few dents out the other day. Felt good-Im pumped! 2018-07-21%20001.JPG 2018-07-21%20002.JPG 2018-07-21%20003.JPG
     
  2. leon bee
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    from Arkansas!

    I kinda like how it looks now.
     
  3. davidvillajr
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    Cool, looks like a good candidate and a good start.
     
  4. Prepare yourself, it's not as easy as it was back then.
     
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  5. fordcoupeguy
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    I like that washed out look too.Thats the way it will look for now. Pist-n-Broke,I agree ,probably a 2year project.I got that nasty dent out of the trunk the other day along with a few others. Im working outside so I will post as I go(slowly)
     
  6. studebaker46
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    looks a real solid start Tom
     
  7. 41rodderz
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    from Oregon

    Ahhh , I can picture it going down the drag strip now .:cool:
     
  8. fordcoupeguy
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    Ok... with bubble skirts and spots?
     
  9. Casey Riley
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    from Minnesota

    I like that car. If I had it as a second classic I'd leave it like that, and build up the drivability. It looks mean the way it is.
     
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  10. fordcoupeguy
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    Thats the plan. For the paint anyway. Its still gonna be a tail dragger tho.
     
  11. WB69
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    I like the rear quarter/taillight chrome, really sets it off.
     
  12. flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Been driving my '50 a bit lately. It's stone reliable with a 302/C4 8inch combo. Kinda beat up, no rust. So...I like your plan!
     
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  13. D type
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    Great looking project ( flathead ? )
    Have fun and stay safe !
     
  14. fordcoupeguy
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    Thanks for all the nice comments guys. Sorry to disappoint the Ford guys ,but Its getting a 283 with a turbo 350. I already have them so .. Not sure if the old rearend will take it. I have a chance at a 55 bird rear. I read they are stronger. Any comments on that?
     
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  17. fordcoupeguy
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    Love that flat black-stress free paint!
     
  18. Tony Ray
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    8-18 102.JPG nice start!! gotta love a 51! I have a club coupe Im working on too.
     
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  19. fordcoupeguy
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    Hi Pipes,I have been following your build for a while. Will you be on the road this year?BTW, I love that stance in your pic. Thats what I am going for.
     
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  20. flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Shoe.jpg
    My '50. 'Temporarily' sprayed in the driveway 8 years ago...It's Hot Rod Flatz Daytona blue.
     
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  21. fordcoupeguy
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    Sometimes those paint jobs are the best . Stress free-park it anywhere -no worries!
     
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  22. Tony Ray
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    I was planning to but I think I’m going to shoot for next year. I’m hoping to get some of the more custom body mods done this fall, like the merc grille surround , radius hood corners, peaked hood, and few other things on my list. My goal is to build a nice mild to full Kustom, and if I put it in the road I won’t want to stop driving it!


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  23. I don't know anything about Tbird rear ends, but Maverick or Comet is supposed to be the one to find. 8" or 9" I don't know, someone more smarterer than me can chime in.
     
  24. fordcoupeguy
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    Engine is ready,seats are ready,too bad the car isnt ready. thumbnail_035.jpg thumbnail_034.jpg
     
  25. fordcoupeguy
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    Big A,the bird rear end is supposed to be the same width as original but I will measure for sure.
     
  26. Tony Ray
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  27. rosstom
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    Cool project! The seats look great.
     
  28. fordcoupeguy
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    Thanks guys. The interior is gold flake and pearl white.I always wanted to do a 50s-60s custom . I guess I am cheating a bit here because I doubt that a young guy back then would have a very good interior unless he had a relative to do it. None of my customers ever wanted a flake interior so I will just have to do my own.lol
     
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