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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
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    jcmarz
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    from Chino, Ca

    I love the look of your car with the skirts on.
     
  2. Definitely skirts on that '49. Beautiful car. I'd lower the butt slightly too.
     
  3. mammyjammer
    Joined: May 23, 2009
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    from Area 51

    My own car proves that point. It's a 1958 Fairlane 500 and they do look pretty good with skirts....and a low stance, wide whites and the RIGHT wheel.
    Mine is stock height with mag wheels and I think it would look like hell with skirts on it.
    Once you pick a style you need to stick to it.....
     
  4. sfeldma
    Joined: Jan 31, 2011
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    I like skirts but for some reason which I can't explain I like your car best without skirts.
     
  5. 52 buick riv
    52 olds skirts
     

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  6. R&C RON
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
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    I've had skirts on my custom chevy since the 1970's , but the previous owners never ran them!
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  7. Skirts in my eye.
     
  8. Anybody have (or photoshop) a 36 Tudor sedan with some skirts?
    Yeah, I know it's an ugly duckling compared to a 3W or roadster, but I thought it might be an improvement ????? (Or not)
     
  9. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
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    from NC

    Skirts work with wide whites & and a lowered rear. 1st thing I did when I got my '55 was put Posie's 2" lower springs on - then it looked right. After enjoying for 13 years it now lives in PA & is funding the roadster.
     

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  10. BRENT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2005
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    Couldn't imagine mine without skirts, they sort of just become part of the landscape. Sort of like a speedboat beginning to plane out of the water.

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  11. jcmarz
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    jcmarz
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    from Chino, Ca

    Cherry 55:D
     
  12. U-235
    Joined: Dec 18, 2010
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    "so I took them off and returned the car to its hot rod stance"

    hmmmm Tony, I think you made the wrong choice...
     
  13. creepjohnny
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
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    from Sunland,CA

    Needs em

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  14. creepjohnny
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
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    from Sunland,CA

    Also needs em. This car was built to have skirts all the time. It almost looks like a panel is missing without em.

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  15. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
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    No. It looked good both ways, but it felt more agile without them.
     
  16. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
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    I agree with both of these. These cars were clearly designed with the skirts as a part of the whole, and look incomplete without them.
     
  17. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
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    I personally favor skirts on shoebox Fords, '49-'51 Mercs, '49-'52 chevys, and '35-'36 Fords especially. They look so choice.
     
  18. terrarodder
    Joined: Sep 9, 2005
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    from EASTERN PA

    I think my terraplane looks better with skirts
     

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  19. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
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    It's funny, I had to pull the bloomers and skirts off my 53 yesterday to deal with the hubcaps ( one came off, one rotated on the wheel). My car looked good with no skirts and no hubcaps, but as soon as I put the wheel covers back on it looked TERRIBLE without the skirts!
    (Bloomers are the wide stainless strips that mount at the bottom of the skirts on 53-54 Chevies; aftermarket accessories)
     
  20. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
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    from red oak

    I like skirts so much I have 3 sets for my car. But they don,t fit the build style I was going for. Pants look good on a woman, but skirts add a bit of class and style.
     
  21. toucan
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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    from sc

    skirts are for low and slow.open wheel wells are for doing burnouts.just never put them on a mustang!
     
  22. I love skirts.... especially on a '49-'51 Merc.!
     
  23. Blade58
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    from apopka ,Fl

    Nice how they incorporated to ZZ Tops CaddZZilla
     
  24. rbantique
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
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    from maine

    Skirts work for me

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  25. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
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    gnichols
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    from Tampa, FL

    I hate to ask, but were skits ever used on the more "upright" and therefore aero / deco / style challenged Model 28-34 Fords? Fireproof jammies at the ready. Gary
     
  26. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Bobert
    Member Emeritus

    Agree on the mustang. Did you see the cover car on the Rod & Custom April 2014 issue? Shoe box with skirts doing a burnout. That should confuse the "custom"/"hot rod" police.
     
  27. Flop
    Joined: Jun 8, 2006
    Posts: 3,885

    Flop
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    some flush fit skrits i made for my 47


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  28. 35cab
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 253

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    Ever since seeing Spence Murrays' 36 roadster with skirts I lusted after a 35/36 roadster or cabriolet. When I got my 35 the first things I sought out were a pair of skirts. I got them from a 36 coupe, they did not fit but as my fender edges were messed up I built the fender round the skirt.
    The jury is out according to some friends but in my humble opinion they help the stumpy 35 gain a bit of gracefulness.
    It is not an out and out custom, I was aiming for the fixed up old car look.
     

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  29. Ulu
    Joined: Feb 26, 2014
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    Ulu
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    from CenCal

    I've been scouring the place for pics of a P-15 with skirts, that I like, but so far I don't like any of them, and I hate the way mine fit.

    I'm afraid I'm just gonna screw mine up on the wall for posterity.
     
  30. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,557

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    I've never liked fender skirts on any car. Throw away every pair I've ever got with the car.
     

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