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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FestersGarage, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Got this car free off a friend it's been chopped badly and the back doors have been welded shut. any ideas of where to begain or should i even mess with it?



  2. CJ Steak
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,377

    CJ Steak
    from Texas

    I don't know, but I love that you have a pic of the redesigned Telstar on your page lol...

  3. Hell yeah I'd mess with it. Have any pics we can see. How "bad"is the chop. Most things can be fixed, it just depends on how much you want to deal with. But you can't beat free!

  4. Shawn M
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 408

    Shawn M

    I think thats a sedan, not a fleetline by looking at the trunk. Hmmm, what to do? How much you want to spend? That's where I'd base my decision. Good Luck and where do you folks keep getting these free cars?!
  5. The photos don't look too bad to me.. I'd definetely work with it. Some body filler, a week of sanding and flat paint would be in my future. Yeah, go for it!
    Oh yeah, that car is a "styline"..not a fleetline.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009
  6. ChevyRat
    Joined: Oct 12, 2007
    Posts: 575


    I agree. How bad is it and how much do you want to spend.
  7. Cut out that rear window and lower it down several inches toward the trunk line reinstall, patch panel and mud the rest, lay on the suede finish and ride it like you stole it. ( practically did steal it).
  8. vintagetinman
    Joined: Oct 22, 2007
    Posts: 157


    replace and relocate the rear window . i would use a 50 olds rear backglass and set it 2 inchs lower . staighten out the rest of the sheet metal and then shoot it in black suede wide whites on chrome reverse rims baby moon caps and call it done !
  9. 21tat
    Joined: Jun 8, 2006
    Posts: 829


    Looks like a project. Have fun with that.
  10. budrow
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 115


    A lot of work, a lot of scrounging and a few pay checks and you'll have a cool ride. Good luck and keep us posted.
  11. Cut the top off and make a roadster..... hell the doors are already welded shut.
  12. BettyBlue
    Joined: Dec 21, 2008
    Posts: 377


    pancake the trunk, gives it a better flow. the chop doesnt look too awful bad in the pics. lower her, pancake the trunk, spray it with suede and drive the piss out of her!
  13. they guy who chopped it cut the roof right down the center and then welded strapping over it its set up for a v8 but what to do about windows? plexi?
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    It all depends on how far you are willing to go.Like do you have the ability and tools to cut it apart and fix it right.Do you want a finished nice custom,a roughed out rat rod or just a cool looking driver?You could whack the top off clean up the edges do the mechanical work fairly cheep with a donner parts car to keep cost down .Its all up to you ,how bad do you want it and what $$ are you willing to spend.It is a lot of work no matter how you look at it but worth it in the end when driving it down the road.I would go for it.Good luck and have fun with it.
    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
    Posts: 440

    from Manor, TX

    What do the inside of the pillars look like? or the back window area? How bad is it there and is it structurally sound? These would be my first question.
  16. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,892


    I had a stone stock '50 Fleetline that I parted out for good money. If you have time and space you may make some money, and scrap the rest.
  17. jonny rocket
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 26

    jonny rocket

    I think Mizz Moonshine is right about flatening out the trunk. Its all about the lines. It really doesnt look that bad from the pics you have. Embrace the challenge, or give it to someone who will.
  18. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 3,644

    Ian Berky

    You can do it!!!

    What i started with!!! And i didnt know how to build a car!!!

    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
    Posts: 440

    from Manor, TX

    Wow, I didnt know it started out like that.

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