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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by gassersteve, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. If the front is custom, does the rear need to have something done or is it off balance if not
  2. Guess that would depend on the extent of the front-end modifications. Only a custom grille, no problem. Not absolutely necessary to do anything to the rear.
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  3. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,407

    Dick Stevens

    Pictures would real helpful in this case!
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  4. Custom grille, frenched headlights, dechromed and peaked and/or pancaked hood now we're getting to the point where at least de-chroming the deck and some sort of custom tail-light lenses may be in order.
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  5. I put 1949 oldsmobile headlights in. Shaved the door handles. And I curved the corner of the splash pan above the running board below the cab. I do not want to change the bed or fenders, just thinking about a different tail light. Maybe a 49 merc or roadmaster

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  6. I have 1949 plymouth bumpers I plan to use also
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  7. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,407

    Dick Stevens

    It probably doesn't need different tail lights but the right choice would look good along with the mods already done!
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  8. 296moon
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 663

    from england

    They will match the front well......................
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  9. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,280

    from Ks

    Those would look good on the rear. Up to you how you mount them and where. Lippy
  10. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,912


    Get off before she bucks. Looks good. Too much is worse than not enough.
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  11. If you're doing the rear, lose the tailgate chains. Retrofit some fleetside tailgate supports :D
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  12. I never liked the chains, but anything else is newer than I want to use
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  13. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 776


    The headlight change is subtle and once painted it will look good. There have been
    a couple trucks on here with 49 or 50 Mercury tail lights that look like they belong.
    Agree with the comments on the tailgate chains. Here is a an idea to latch for old tailgates.
  14. Dusty roads
    Joined: Nov 29, 2016
    Posts: 179

    Dusty roads

    The rear should complement the front.
  15. Dusty roads
    Joined: Nov 29, 2016
    Posts: 179

    Dusty roads

    Here is an idea - 100_3182.JPG 100_2723.JPG

    Here an idea for the rear.

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020
  16. A lot of real customs (as in traditional) have he bulk of the custom work on the front.
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  17. I know it's not a Chevrolet photo I think 55-56 Corvette taillights would be a good match for the Olds headlights.

  18. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,616


    I disagree. Corvette tail lights look gaudy and, literally, out of place as if you used them
    because you had them.
    Don't even think about 59 Caddy tail lights.
    Keep it clean and simple. Less is more.
  19. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,912


    ^^Yup-those back fenders need machine guns in those Vette bezels.
  20. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 2,790


    I guess it depends on if you are looking at it as it shows up or sneaking up from behind
  21. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,559


    Hell no on the Corvette tail lights. They look too frigging stuck on in the first place and I doubt that anyone driving behind the truck can see them from closer than 50 ft out behind the truck which isn't good in tight traffic.
    I've got photos somewhere of an AD with 49/50 Merc taillights in the rear fenders but again they may be hard to see from behind from close up.It's probably best to sit in a few different rigs behind the truck to see how well you can see the spots on the fenders where you would place the lights before installing them. Looking great isn't that great if drivers behind you can't see the lights. I have my tail lights under the tailgate on mine and the cops don't seem to like the lights I have very well or didn't until I did a lot of work to make them a lot brighter.
    I don't know what lights I am using this time. I really like the looks of 48 Car taillights under the tail gate on these trucks and may go that way or go with some burb or 37 Chevy style bullet lights in about the same location as stock AD lights. Truck will have 49 Plymouth bumpers front and rear with a 49 Plymouth Suburban rear bumper on the back with the drop down center for the license plate.

    From personal experience on mine, don't cut away on the rear stake pockets to "smooth them off" or remove the bolts that hold the bed sides to the rear cross sill and weld it together to slick it off.
    This is what was the closest to perfect bedside I could find after looking at around a hundred AD truck beds that I got the idiotic idea that I needed to modify the corners to slick it off. The side rails are still really straight as I removed the bed after the welds broke too many times and replaced it with flatbed for a while. That setup cracked out in under a year of driving it in 1982.
    I like your plans and really like the Olds lights. Obviously I like the ribbed Plymouth bumpers. it sounds like you are shooting for a clean no nonsense build with no added clutter that some AD guys tend to think they need these days. less is more on these trucks for sure.

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  22. Welp, you have Olds headlights, why not 49/50 Olds tailights on the tops of the rear fenders?
    I'd go with an Olds dash too.
  23. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,077

    scrap metal 48

    Good comments here....
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  24. I missed out on a set of 49-50 merc taillights last weekend at a local swap meet because I didnt have $35 in my pocket at the time. Left and went to the bank to get the cash and they were gone.

    I picked up a set of the 48 buick roadmaster taillights, but I think they are too long to put on the rear fender.

    Maybe just keep the stock driver side tail light I used to run previously. I run 6v electrical so I am used to the cops and others telling me my lights are not bright. I tell the cops that if they cant see me, how did they pull me over.
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  25. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,464


    There is plenty you can do to the back of that truck without going overboard. To begin, go back to the basics, meaning simple smoothing and molding. You can weld the fenders on and smooth the seams. Getting rid of the chains on the tailgate is another nice touch. Also, tucking that bumper up in the back so it's not quite so hanging-in-space looking would look good. Using some Olds parts would be a nice touch and bring the theme throughout the build. Remember, it's a custom, so you can do whatever you want. But some subtle mods can go a real long way.
  26. Not exactly; OEM 55 56 57 Chevy Nomads & Station Wagons used Tailgate Cables that retracted through two lower guides.

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  27. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,091


    You stop when it looks the way you want it too look.
    On a truck I would look at different tail lights and since you are going with the Plymouth rippled bumpers I say that you are there. On my custom truck I used two 49 Plymouth front bumpers instead of a 49 Rear bumper on the back, as it wrapped too far around the corners. I've got a freshly re chromed 49 Plymouth rear bumper stashed up in my rafters because I didn't use. it.
  28. I would do chrome chains to match the ribbed bumper and maybe cut the center of the tailgate out and put a louvered panel in it's place, then cap and round the bottom of the stake pockets.
    All subtle changes that don't stick out like a sore thumb, think smoooooooth.
  29. I'm out of my element here on the custom side but
    what about '49 Olds tail lights to match the front Olds headlights?

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2020
  30. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,199


    Those are '50 Olds; The '49's don't have the stand-up "88" part.

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