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Old 08-07-2013, 04:44 PM
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Harley Earl was a "fins-a-holic"

If your truck will be something that H.E. might have designed and put in a motorama, it will need fins.

Perhaps the tailgate should have the kind of hinges that station wagons used (hidden) and thus free up the spot where the hinges currently live. That would allow a vertical tail light (or a series of lights arranged vertically) along the back of the stake pocket.

Then there are 2 options:
Bed roll could then become an angled fin or

Each of the lights could get a sideways (horizontal) fin

I'm not in love with either of those ideas, but an early 50's motorama ride would have fins of some sort. Lights might be in the fins or else some sort of "rocket-shape" lights at either top of the box (In the bed rolls, as I suggestd earlier) or where the hinges currently are.

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what about opening up the bed side rails from the rounded to slowly open up at the end to fit these but have the end flush with the end of the bed sides, not sticking out 3"
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What are you planning to do with the bed? Think about this starting with your stock bed.
Top of bed is squared off but with radiused edges. Radius depends on tail lights
The side of the bed is brought out and has a curve to it. It would turn your fleetside into a modified styleside.
The outside fender dimension doesn't change but the fenders are narrower.
The back of the bed is re-worked to look loosely like the Wildcat concept with the tail light sweeping down from the top of the bed. Or styling the tail light area to incorporate the early Corvette design.

All pretty radical but it's keeping in the Motorama idea.

just thinking.

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every one probably already knows that the panel rear fenders are 4 in narrower than the pickup ,Just a refrence.
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Brian I'm sure you can pull some great ideas from the 1950's concept car. You remember it don't you?

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I love it BB, where is that at?

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every one probably already knows that the panel rear fenders are 4 in narrower than the pickup ,Just a refrence.
I have seen a few pickups over the years where they used the back of a Suburban for the bed. GM did a styling exercise with the concept in 50 or so basically forecasting the "Cameo".

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The reason I knew ,I have a friend who is putting pickup rear fenders on a 52 suburban and putting dual rear wheels and a duramax diesel in it ,a 2 year project hope he finishes it I want to see it driving.
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Well, one thing for sure - after tapping into the collective wisdom (in my case - lack thereof!) of a zillion hotrodders worldwide for ideas, it is going to be interesting to see the final result.

Just please promise us, Brian, that you won't try to use ALL the ideas at once and wind up on the "Come On Man" thread!
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Brian I'm sure you can pull some great ideas from the 1950's concept car. You remember it don't you?

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Here something to think on.. Take the same spot on the fenders as this picture...


And take this light and mold it into the fender where the little fin is on top and not on the side like this one..



Or you can do something like this..


I think to pull off the look you want,, The lights needs to be molded off the fenders, Not the bed..Just my thinking..
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There you go. David has come up with the perfect styling for your concept



Section the panel bed and fender so you can use it from above the beltline down and you will have a motorama concept pick-up bed. It will be a great canvas to put your new tail lights on. It will however be pretty far removed from your high school truck.

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That's already been done!

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That's already been done!

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I don't know of much that has never been done. Trucks have been chopped and sectioned and all of that. The finished package is what makes it unique.

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One thing to bear in mind - if this is going to be a "motorama concept truck" then there is no need to use the original box. Motorama concepts were to test fly ideas for future "if you like this, we might make it" cars.

So - just because the "current" (circa 1952) pickup box looked like "this" does not mean that the motorama one would have. When Brian chopped and sectioned the cab he was bringing a motorama future vision to it. So what would a "sci-fi-future thinker" have done with the pickup box? Maybe putting the rear fenders off a "next year's" Buick, but with the Oldsmobile taillights?

This was the era of the "Corvette Nomad" and the other cars that have been seen already in this thread. So what would Harley Earl have done with a future pickup - even if it had to be based off an AD pickup?

Maybe the back half of a panel, but widened so that the fenders were flush, not even the 'pontoon" fenders that the panels used, but more like a fleetside. Now THAT they might have "tested" at a motorama!

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Brian, what about molding partial rear quarters off of a correct era car onto the rear fenders of the truck? Say 55 Bel-air just for example, cut the rear quarters, say, 18" in front of the tail light and then trim and fit, mold it onto the rear fenders of the truck. I can't really explain what I am thinking, but in my mind it would give you the fins, tail lights, and definitely "concept" look. Maybe even Caddy lights?

I think the hardest part would be finding the pieces to cut

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