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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Woodlouse, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
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    Beautiful work. Can't wait to see this done.
     
  2. toughnut
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
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    from Arizona


    Here's a cheap idea..
    Raise the slope of the drip rail a bit at the rear and extend it about 2 inches. This would give a slight visual change that would marry the lines of the front fender fades and the roof line.
    If it were me; I would leave the roof line alone.
    Instead of 2/3, 1/3; the "magic ratio" works well on figuring all sorts of design problems.
    Very nice job. Get back to work.
     
  3. jammersspeed
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
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    from herman mn.

    nice fab work!!! car is looking really nice!
     
  4. Dirty30Dodge
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
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    from Argyle, TX

  5. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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    sonofabitch that looks great! Nice work on the fadeaways, REALLY trick!
     
  6. Woodlouse
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
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    from London UK

    Thanks for all the replies, surprisingly the consensus seems to be not to chop.
    I think with a custom it's easy to fall into the trap of ticking boxes sometimes you have to stand back and decide why you are making the alteration.
    OahuEli cheers for the photoshop, I have it as my screensaver now.
    1951 Streamliner your vision is not a million miles away from my vision.
    Hi Mowogler the doors are close but do not foul on the top of the fender, that was one of my reasons to use the front of the orignal panel to avoid such issues, Cheers Tony.
     
  7. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
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    from Hawaii

    You're quite welcome! I really like what you're doing with the car and look forward to more progress. Eli
     
  8. fordflambe
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    if you get a spare minute, please check your PM for a question about spare parts.........

    FF
     
  9. Woodlouse
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
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    from London UK

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=2 width="100%" height="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top colSpan=3>A number plate behind glass was a very common modification for a custom in the forties, not quite sure of the legal implications in 2012 but I went for it anyway.
    To keep the height of the letters the official G.B. size, I had to make the opening a little taller then most of the examples I found in my research, but I think it looks fine.
    A fairly simple weekend sort of job, and for those interested in a little How-to, I've included a run of pictures so you can all laugh at my welding skills. [​IMG]


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  10. speters
    Joined: May 19, 2010
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    Another 48 Poncho! I love it! Mine is a streamliner I am in the process of making into a mild custom. I am definitely steeling your license plate design. I was looking for a new way to mount my plate since I am not a fan of the HUGE stock mount.
     
  11. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
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    1951Streamliner
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    from Reno, NV

    smooootthhhhh

    i cant wait to see more progress. glad to see more 40s era customs being built. Best era IMO
     
  12. Woodlouse
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
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    from London UK

    Nice all the Poncho owners coming out the woodwork, I thought I was the only one in the world.
    Speters feel free to steal my ideas, they are usually stolen from someone else. HaHa.
    51 Streamliner I have seen a couple of pictures of your car, classy I hope mine is going to look as good.
     
  13. 1951Streamliner
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    1951Streamliner
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    from Reno, NV

    Thanks for the compliment, mines actually in full re-do mode.. look out for its re-debut in late feburary. (it will be more early 50s era mild custom rather than a custom of mismatched time periods. they always look better to me when they stick to one particular era)

    Now go get back to work on yours!!! :D
     
  14. Woodlouse
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
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    Woodlouse
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    from London UK

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=2 width="100%" height="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top colSpan=3>I know frenching headlights has been done many times in other build threads, but bare with me it gets better.
    Usual procedure is to find a suitable rim, reverse the buckets and weld away.
    My problem was after trying an assortment of rims, I couldn't find the right combination of outside diameter, inside diameter and depth in a single example. The stockers were no good anymore due to the peak at the top.
    So there I was on my own one evening knee deep in headlight rims, in the midst of chopping up a piece of 2in exhaust pipe into thirty triangles, hoping to weld it back together into some sort of mutant rim.
    When in comes that man again, after he had finished laughing, he casually remarks I could spin those for you no problems.
    True to his word Martin rings me a couple days later, bring the fender to the workshop, where after some final fettling which believe it or not was done with a broom stick, the new rims fitted perfectly.
    It's a strange process to watch very quick once the former was made, reminded me of a clay pot being moulded on a wheel.
    Forget Facebook this is the sort of friend that you want. HaHa.
    Anyway for those who like me spinning metal is a new experience, I took some pictures of the man in action.


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  15. 1951Streamliner
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    from Reno, NV

  16. Very nice work.
     
  17. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
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    Very nice! Never seen it done like this, looks great too!
     
  18. RussK
    Joined: Sep 19, 2010
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    from Atlanta Ga

    looks really good! you are doing an awesome job!
     
  19. Kustom7777
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    from Austin, TX

    incredible work,,,brings back fond memories of my 41 caddy kustom. I did fadeaways as well, but I used pieces from a buick for mine,,kinda makes me feel like a slacker after seeing your wonderful fabrication job :)..here are a couple of pics.....man, I miss that car. By the way,,,the headlight idea = genius...he should sell those..
     

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  20. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
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    from Hawaii

    Thats pretty slick!
     
  21. DamnYankeesKustoms
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
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    Very nice work, love the build....and that caddy..... beautifull.
     
  22. lowkroozer
    Joined: Jun 1, 2006
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    Looks great,nice work,, how about a sunvisor for the windshield to pull the front of the roof line down.
     
  23. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
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    1951Streamliner
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    from Reno, NV

    No not a sunvisor!! Those make any period custom look "confused"
     
  24. Woodlouse
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
    Posts: 74

    Woodlouse
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    from London UK

    Thanks for all the interest, helps me keep at it when it's freezing out there in the workshop.
    Superb Caddy, Kustom 7777 wouldn't mind seeing some more pictures.
    1951 Streamliner is right, won't be no Sunvisor going on this car.
     
  25. vin likes diesel
    Joined: May 9, 2007
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    vin likes diesel
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    Tony that looks amazing, martin certainly knows his stuff.
    cheers vin
     
  26. TULSA
    Joined: Sep 27, 2008
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    from Tulsa

    Amazing!
     
  27. The wood bucks are inspirational, I can see one place on my car that will require the same treatment. Good work!
     
  28. RoosRoast Metro
    Joined: Jan 6, 2012
    Posts: 16

    RoosRoast Metro
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    from Michigan

    You are an amazing metal worker.
    It's impressive to see the progression.
    Thanks for the pics
    Roos
     
  29. emiliedk
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
    Posts: 614

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    from denmark

    woodlouse..your doing great work here! love fadeawayfenders. gives the car the right late 40's feeling!

    -palle
     
  30. David Chandler
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    David Chandler
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    I usually don't like customs, but I do like what you have done. It's not "overdone", if you know what I mean.
     

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