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History The Simple Custom

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,514

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. some times simple is the way to go -cool car !
  3. willys1
    Joined: Oct 31, 2012
    Posts: 1,021

    from South Ga

    Indeed :) I like it
  4. That is my kind of Custom! reminds me a lot of the Hoffman Chevy.

  5. I am a firm believer in "less is more" especially with the mid 50's Fords & Chevys. I think a set of 55 Mercury station wagon tail lights would have really set off the rear end. I like it!

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  6. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    Less usually is more when it comes to customs...there is a fine line to walk when building a custom
  7. As ol' Leonardo once said, Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. In spades, here. Nice car, and that said, it is a wonder we don't see more modern interpretations of this idea.
  8. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,193

    from Ok

    55's make super mild customs in my opinion. That is one of the best. Thanks Ryan.
  9. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Looks like Larry had style in spades. Who is the chick sporting the CT? Big Judy?
  10. srs1
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 206


  11. Couldn't agree more, always liked those subtle mods that most "regular" folks miss.
    I had an uncle who had a similar mild custom mid 50's ford, He had it a little lower than stock and had a set of Mercury turnpike cruiser skirts on it. The cars long gone, but the cruiser skirts were still on a shelf in the basement when I started buying the house from Dad. The skirts moved onto a new owner (courtesy of the HAMB classifieds) somewhere out Californ-i-a way.
  12. ukgav
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 317


    55 hard tops are gorgeous cars.
    Here is one I used to won.
  13. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    White is also a great color that is often overlooked when trying to make a statement, yet it is so simple that it does make a statement.
  14. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,301

    hombres ruin

    Agreed. Less is more when it comes to kustom rides. Alot of cars from that era looked great straight out the factory. Simple, yet effective mods enhanced their appearance. This is the path I choose with my shoebox. For me simple mods that boost the rides appeal and are better than the full radical treatment where by you don't recognize what car your looking at. Today elegance and restraint are lost on some kustoms, but elegance and restraint is something they new about back in the day
    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 591

    from Oregon

    I'd drive it......and the car's not bad either.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,160


    Dammit NEWFISHER ya beat me to it!

    That car is right on. I've always preferred the 56 to the 55 mainly for the parking lights and grille area, but that's a great way to enhance the line that both of them follow. Hombres, you nailed it with the golden rule too. Restraint.

    I hate to pick at it, but is the grille a bit out of whack or is it the picture? Picture #3, it looks like it got bumped and bent down. Camera angle? I wouldn't kick it outta my garage for that, just sayin...
  17. goatboy
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 617

    from kansas

    the women (e.g. the one in the picture ) were better in the simple fashion too
  18. That thing is beautiful! So clean and simple...
  19. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,825

    T&A Flathead

    I'm a fan of the 55, partly because I own one. This is a great example of a well done 55. I'm seeing a lot more mid 50s fords at shows and most of them have been tastefully done.
  20. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 852


    Great car!

    The caps are pretty unique... look like '56 Ford with an Edsel cast metal spinner bolted to them. Don't think I've seen that on any other car. Even so I gotta wonder if maybe Larry had an eye out for a decent set of '55 Dodge Lancer caps!
  21. Bingo! You got it...
  22. murfman
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 539


    Sometimes the most important mod on a custom is knowing when to stop. This Ford is a perfect example of that. I've seen so many over done Pepto Bismol pink Chopped Mercs with way to many mods driving around.
  23. oldthudman
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 85


    I love Larry's long white!
  24. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    Those where some great years for American Automotive.

    I like where the Hamb is headed...
  25. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Simple is always the way to go.Clean and lean.
  26. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE crazy customs (Barris, Starbird, Alexander bros. etc...) But I also love that slight chop, slight lowered, very few moded customs!
  27. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,635


    You took the words right out of my mouth, "cleand and simple" and darned near perfect.
  28. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,659


    This thing is low, Daddy. A good foundation is essential for a great house, I mean, car. Less is more wins again.
  29. texdesoto
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 134


    Man I love the models they used back in the day!

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