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Customs Time to make the 51 mine sorta build thread....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by koolkemp, May 26, 2011.

  1. koolkemp
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    As most of you know I swapped the old Dodge kustom with Leadhead51 for his driver 51Chevy , I wasnt sure if I was gonna keep the hardtop style or try and put door tops etc back on. It rains a fair amount here and although JamesD did an awesome photoshop of it for me with Hirohata style windows I couldnt see an easy or most importantly ,a quick way to clean things up and make it water proof. The whole reason for the trade was to get a roadworthy cool car and drive it , not make another project out of it. The decision to do something else was made easier by the offer of a friend to steal the doors and upper b pillars from a Pontiac Fleetline parts car he had sitting in the yard....

    Heres the car the day after I got it home...

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    Heres a couple of pics with my "new" home made white walls and some 58 Olds hubcaps I had in stock...

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    And here is the photoshop JamesD did....I love the lines but at this point and time it wasnt a feasible option.....

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  2. koolkemp
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    Oh yeah I did a quickie on a 59 Impala wheel and stuck that on...Aaron if you want I can send the trophy winning wheel that was on the car back to you:D

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  3. chaddilac
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    pretty cool looking!! dig the shoebox tail lights!!!

    What's the plans??
     
  4. koolkemp
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    So after I got the Fleetline parts I booked an extra day off work to make last weekends long weekend into a 4 day one and I put in about 50 hrs over those 4 days.....

    A few before pics...

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    Tin foil is a great protector for sparks and slag, plus it keeps the aleins from getting into my brain :D

    Door top and vent window removed...

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    Door top cut up...past the point of no return now!!

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  5. koolkemp
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    I love the tail lights and Caddy bumper, I have wanted to build one of these cars just to do that tail light swap lol. Keep watching !

    If you dont know these cars the fleetlines are different beasts compared to the reg sedans I wasnt sure exactly what was different but I knew it had to do with windshield height or angle so that added some extra work....

    first piece of the puzzle tacked in place after tons of measuring and trimming, i used the beltline on the out side and the stampings on the inside of the doors to align the "new" pieces up..

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    I sandblasted all the donor parts before I welded them on as well..

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    I then decided to do the B pillar so I could line the door up with it.
     
  6. koolkemp
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    Haha it looks like it was so easy in these pics !
     
  7. koolkemp
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    heres a couple of inner shots with every thing all welded solid...I dont have any of the guts for the back windows so the will just get glued in , but that may change in the future

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    Figured I would round the door tops while I was at it, I was pretty close to doing slanted pillars but that would have added more time to this and I would have had to get new door glass as well, for now I will use the stock glass, remember I dont want the car off the road for more than a couple of weekends :rolleyes:

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    I wasnt gonna do anything about driprails but the roof looked kinda big without them so I had some 1/4" rod in stock and tacked it on, I really like the look and to me it makes the roof seem a bit lower.

    These are all the pics I got up on photobucket but I have a bunch more to add hopefully by tomorrow night...unless I am in the shop too long !
     
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  9. DYNODANNY
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    Wow what a difference, looks really good.
     
  10. RG49MERC
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    Looks much better with the door top..
     
  11. Midwest Rodder
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    Nice work so far.
     
  12. AA/Fuel34fordpu
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    Yes you are right way better
     
  13. bonez
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    just what this car needed.
     
  14. chopolds
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    You're a hero, man!
    Wonderfull to see that stuff fixed up right!
     
  15. koolkemp
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    Thanks guys I will add afew more pics when I get in tonight...I hope to have it in primer before the end of the weekend! I am pretty happy with how its gone so far and glad I made the decision to go ahead and do it.
     
  16. heywacha
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    Lookin good. I think you made a good decision. Lookin forward to more pics!
     
  17. TerrorSwain
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    looks great!!!!
     
  18. Thats the proper thing steve . Looks good my friend !! Andy
     
  19. captainjunk#2
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    wow nice job on the doors , makes the car look much better ,
     
  20. koolkemp
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    Thanks again guys the positive comments make it all the more worthwhile !

    Got it outside on the morning of the 3rd day to clean up some of the mess in the shop and turn it around to start on the pass side..

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    And now to do it all over again on the pass side...

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    First piece tacked in..

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    Everything blasted before it gets welded in

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    Started on the B pillar

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  21. koolkemp
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    I didnt take as many pics of this side, I was going pretty quick till it came to fitting the vent window and I pissed away alot of time with it but it was worth it and I am very happy with the fit

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    I have about 2 hrs of metalwork left then I can get some mud on this side and start sanding...I hope to get some primer on it before the end of the weekend !
     
  22. Royalshifter
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    100% better...great job.
     
  23. thunderbirdesq
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    Looks great! BIG improvement.
     
  24. iammarvin
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    Nice, for some reason I like straight up and down B pillers as opposed to leaned forward ones. You are rockin this one.
     
  25. fitzee
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    Man How did I miss this!!! That is nice work Steve. I knew you come around with the drip rails.lol
     
  26. koolkemp
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    Thanks Fitzee I got all the welding and grinding finished , including the garnish moldings (that was a chore with what I had to work with) and got a coat of mud on most of it before my back said Enough ! Do you think buddy is gonna take yer offer on that Pontiac?
     
  27. fitzee
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    you been busy!! No the guy won`t let it go for no less then 2 grand.cool car but the frame is ruff. Looking at something else now for the nats runner.If the weather was going to be good I try taken the bucket!!I`m too old for getting caught in rain storms any more. been there done that tooooo many times!!
     
  28. fitzee
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    Oh Steve what is your plan for paint?? Just the roof or a quick all over??
     
  29. gsport
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    looks real good... wish i was that motovated to get back to work on mine.
     
  30. SlamCouver
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