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Old 08-12-2013, 10:55 AM
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I know you say true to pre-55; but what about a late model corvair taillight in a bullet shaped pod? mounted on top of the fender or hanging like a twin jet engine pod on an early jet?

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:16 AM
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That is what I am planning at this time but it will simply be an early fifties lens like a 53 Buick.

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:44 PM
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Yes - you do have to be true to Earl and to the early 50's BUT - remember that motorama cars had stuff never seen anywhere before - that was the purpose of the motorama! So - something that would be unobtainium in 1952 is still something that maybe shoulda/coulda/woulda been on a vehicle in a motorama in 1952.

If a (suppose) '55 Packard tail light looks right on your truck - do it!

maybe narrow vertical light running up the rear-most stake pocket might be something that GM would have done way back when to stir up interest in the pickups.

You are already chopping & sectioning to make it look more modern, more sleek. You will already be making some changes to the schnozz, so why not do something a bit more "futuristic" to the hindquarters? You do not need to just pirate lights from stock vehicles that existed then - the tails of the other cars in the 1952 motorama mostly featured lights that never appeared anywhere at any time - so why would GM have been so constrained if the cab was chopped & sectioned?

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You are very right Dave, it's wide open....within reason. This is how I see it, the further I go out of the box the harder it is to recognize what the theme is. The harder it is to recognize the theme, the less sense the theme makes so what's the sense of one to begin with?

The chopping and sectioning isn't really chopping and sectioning in the sense of a chopped and sectioned hot rod or custom, well more of a custom. But the dream cars they made had this look, so I am following it.



These are just my thoughts, I asked for yours because I want to hear them. You guys have given me some super great ideas, some of those ideas opened up my thinking some more, which is exactly what is exciting.

I can not make it clear enough to you guys, because I say "I don't want to do that" doesn't mean your idea isn't perfectly valid. I am simply saying "I am choosing to do something different", NOT that you are wrong.

I know this theme of mine is odd, and I am having fun with it. I am certainly not saying you are wrong Dave because you are very right, and I agree with you on every point.

Thanks, and thanks go everyone for your ideas!

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Old 08-13-2013, 10:13 PM
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Yes - you do have to be true to Earl and to the early 50's BUT - remember that motorama cars had stuff never seen anywhere before - that was the purpose of the motorama! So - something that would be unobtainium in 1952 is still something that maybe shoulda/coulda/woulda been on a vehicle in a motorama in 1952.

If a (suppose) '55 Packard tail light looks right on your truck - do it!

maybe narrow vertical light running up the rear-most stake pocket might be something that GM would have done way back when to stir up interest in the pickups.

You are already chopping & sectioning to make it look more modern, more sleek. You will already be making some changes to the schnozz, so why not do something a bit more "futuristic" to the hindquarters? You do not need to just pirate lights from stock vehicles that existed then - the tails of the other cars in the 1952 motorama mostly featured lights that never appeared anywhere at any time - so why would GM have been so constrained if the cab was chopped & sectioned?

(Just thinking ....)
And that is exactly why I asked! You just said something that opened my eyes and that is what I wanted to hear! That line says volumes! Thanks!

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If this is what Mr. Earl envisioned, built and drove as his daily driver, then you have free license to do about anything with your tail lights...

This is a 1951 Buick Le Sabre



"Not only did this become GM design boss Harley Earl’s daily driver, but this jet fighter-inspired convertible (complete with an altimeter, jet-like air intakes and tail fins) had a water sensor on its center console so if it sprinkled while the top was down, the top automatically powered itself up into place to keep the cockpit dry."
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You are correct, I can do just about anything but it has to "fit" too.

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Not that I disagree with anyone else, but I figure if you added a set of lights from a model year 54-57, it would be in line with your theme. If it was a hit on this supposed motorama truck, there's no reason GM wouldn't or couldn't use them later on a production vehicle.

I think the big picture is that if you pick something that looks right and isn't instantly recognizable (like caddy lights or something) you're going to end up with that look you're going for. We as a community following this build may know, but joe-blow-at-the-car-show won't. I know that your theme is something that I as an "automotive journalist" (I use the term loosely) would definitely be very interested in. It has that "bigger picture" look and theme.

Not in line with what you're doing, but last year at SEMA the runaway hit was this car called the Mach40. It was a 1969 Mustang turned chassis-wise into a Ford GT40. It had that "bigger picture" look and theme. Everyone and their brother could tell.

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You are very wise Grasshopper.

I really like that "Mustang" all except the front wheel wells. I just don't like them going above the body line like that. I don't know what else you would do but the rest of that car is frigging crazy awesome.

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that belongs in the come on man thread
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Just saying ,, note hood,,
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:05 AM
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I've seen this truck, I dig it. I don't see my vision of a Motorama "Corvette/pickup" ala "Cameo" in it but I DIG that truck big time. And of course there are things that could be used in it. I have really thought about the hood and scoops of some sort. I am tossing around the idea of the Corvette style scoop somewhere.

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This truck really has a great "Motorama" look. Every time I see it at a local show I have to stare at it a while.





If he threw some white walls and 58 Corvette wheel covers, lost the mirrors and a few other small things like of course adding a pile of chrome it would be right there!

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I thought the 53-54 hood vents might work, but I think oval or if you use vette taillights then round ,,I like the headlight rings but not in your design .

what bed is the yellow truck using looks 63-66 chevy
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:47 PM
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Check out the thread on local cruises I posted a photo of how he made the bed, damn cool and a ton of work.

I was looking at the look of these lights on my truck, adding a fin of course is in the plan as of right now.





Also standing back and looking at these trucks I am thinking on possible mounting them up at the top of the bed as Randy and some others have mentioned, I never thought about it but this may work.

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