Those bubble skirts have always looked stuck on as an afterthought and take away far more from the looks of the car than they add. That 59 that Moriarity posted in post 25 is prime example of an added accessory drawing too much attention away from the total car and not being a flowing component of the car. You see bubble skirt and then you see car. I'm not a fan of skirts at all except those on 49/51 Mercs and a few others that have been flush fit. Paul Harper did that on Barb Johnson's 51 and it looks perfect that way. Not a fan of cruiser skirts on cars that are too short in the tail end. The Turnpike cruisers they originated on between 57 and 59 have long quarter panels and that is why they look so good. My theory on items on a custom or hot rod for that matter is if your eye focuses on a particular component on the car before you see the whole car as a unit it probably doesn't belong on that car. My best bud used the term "radical" on cars that I knew before I saw the photos had some part that commanded your attention away from the whole car such as a blower scoop sticking though the hood of a low slung late 59's Caddy coupe. I knew if he raved about this "radical" car I wasn't going to like it.