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History Wrong Trend on the Right Car?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,379


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Wrong Trend on the Right Car?

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    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
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  2. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,691


    Uh oh, did you have to start with quads?
    I haven't read a quad lights suck post in several weeks, guess it's time for another one.
    Is there a social group for people who like quads, but are afraid to say it?
    Sign me up.
    I'm thinking about putting 6 headlights on my next car.
    If an Impala can have 6 taillights, why not 6 headlights?
  3. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,760

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    I hear ya! great examples, the shoebox ford would look way better with bumpers than nerfs. And that poor 56 chevy with the floating bumper.... oh my!
  4. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,855


    I think the expression of the statues overlooking that overdone Victoria sums it up.

  5. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,855



    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.....
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  6. There were/are a lot of customizing trends that have not/will not stand the test of time with good results. Many times the most successful custom work and vehicles are the ones with restraint. A lesson that should be learned by all.
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  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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  8. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    Williebill, I have to confess that I am mostly in the "quads suck" camp, but not in all cases. I think its one of those style trends that doesn't work on everything, just because you found a way to stick them on the front of your ride. OTOH, when they work, they're cool. Last time I saw this sort of topic up, someone posted a F-100, about a '56, canted quads, on the same "tilt" as the sides of the grille opening. Not too over the top, just carefully laid out, and they worked! I guess that's the thing about quads, they're just too easy to do wrong.

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  9. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Exactly what I was going to say.99 times out of 100 it doesn't work,the one time it does,was it worth it?
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  10. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    Curiously enough, three of the five cars pictured were by the same (famous) builder.
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  11. Quad headlights don't always work but I have to admit, I LIKE THEM.
    I could post examples but you either like them or you don't.
  12. I agree, Ryan. And some of the best builders of their day could drop some real steamers.
  13. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,226


    In the late fifties, a couple of young guys working in the Newman Bodyshop in Lyman, Iowa customized another "Lymanite" persons 53 Chevy with canted quad headlights, custom grille and to be honest a lot of other nice bodywork that I can't remember, I am not a big custom fan but I have fond memories of it, wish I had a picture (other than in my mind) of it and wonder what ever happened to it.
  14. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,053


    I like quads when they are used at an angle or horizontal. Not so much when used straight up and down. Also. How many of the cars that were pictured were built strictly for shows. More Mods = More Points.
    Like most art forms sooner or later the artist runs out of things to say/do/play that are new. So they either start to repeat themselves or they go overboard.
    I still wouldn't kick any of them out of my garage except for that Valiant pimp mobile that was posted..... :)
  16. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,067


    I wasn't there for it, did the points per modification judging system drive a lot of this?
  17. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,855


    upload_2016-2-18_13-21-28.png upload_2016-2-18_13-21-56.png upload_2016-2-18_13-22-11.png upload_2016-2-18_13-22-41.png

    These were promotional advertising cars build by Gene Winfield and then George Barris for Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Predated photoshop by about 35 years.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
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  18. I don't know why but the quads never did it for me. Even factory just not doing it for me. Can't explain it.
  19. Kail
    Joined: Jul 7, 2007
    Posts: 827

    from Austin, TX

    I have to say I like most of what you mentioned when done in good taste on the right car. Some awesome builds came from that era but a lot of people saw what was done and executed it very poorly. Like today, lambo doors work on a Lamborghini and Bently grills look good on Bentlys but neither work on a 2009 chrysler 300.
    It was a golden era for over the top show cars but an akward phase for the rest of the guys who saw what they liked but didnt actualy understand why it looked good. More of just "4 head lights, yep put these right here.. Nailed it"

    We have had decades to analyze the past and cherry pick each perfect detail for our projects. They were in the moment with not internet, just vague how to articles in rod and custom.
  20. Actually of the cars posted while the paint is a little busy for my taste and the lakes pipes could go easy enough as a whole I kind of like the '58 Chevy.

    The problem with customs by the later '50s and earlier and I believe what killed customs for a long time was excess for the sake of excess. A good clean custom is subtle, but when it came to building show cars and the points system things got out of hand. Hell you even got points for a pin stripped gas can in the trunk. I don't know who's idea the points system was but it was a bad idea.
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  21. All this merely proves (yet again) that not everyone had clarity of design when building these cars... and that can go for the big names too...
  22. Citroen did something similar to the Hanover ads:

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  24. I think the idea here is not that "quads suck" or a that wild paint job can't be done tastefully, but that too often people do stuff to their cars that doesn't necessarily improve the general vibe of the car.
    You usually do not see people doing things to their hotrod that decrease performance or handling, because a hotrod is a purpose built performance machine. When building a custom though, often its owner does not keep the the car's purpose in mind. A custom's job is to look good, damn good. Style is king. Proportions and flow are key, nothing should be added or removed without paying attention to how it flows with the rest of the car. I think of customizing more as beautification than modification.
    Other than that it just comes down to personal preference.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
  25. blackanblue
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 408


    Yuk,I had a paisley shirt once.
  26. HockeyAssLauren
    Joined: Feb 18, 2016
    Posts: 6


    Nice ad - Blast from the past while showing us recoloring will never go out of style
  27. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Sorry guy's lots of 50's-60's Customs were flat out Fugly. The sad part is it takes just as much time and money to build an ugly car as it does to build something good looking.
  28. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    The late fifties were a monument to excess throughout the American auto industry. It is only natural that customs succumbed to the same "aesthetics".

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  29. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,404

    Atwater Mike

    "Custom Royal Lancer" ... reminiscent of "His Imperial Excellence", and "Grand Exalted Wizard"
    Love the descriptive adjectivery...
    Supreme handles like this, and some wore hoods to remain...anonymous... :rolleyes:
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  30. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,584

    from Idaho

    Things haven't changed that much. An alarming majority of people customizing cars & trucks today still subscribe to the "lookie how many things I changed" idea ...

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