|02-13-2011 09:09 AM|
Grafting is a lot easier to get started.
Heres a set of tailights I grafted onto my 48...I simply cut the whole assembly out of the doner car and welded it into mine
Check out some of the tailights some of the guys grafted on they're pretty cool...
|02-13-2011 08:38 AM|
|deadbodyman||As you can see pugs has a lot more shaping experiance than I but like I said you'll develop the talent as you need it so If I were you I'd start with the easier stuff like taillights and go from there....it took two years before I could get to reshaping my hood the hard part was duplicating the half you just did...|
|02-13-2011 06:49 AM|
If you want to start a project like this, you'll have to be in it for the long haul.
For a simple headlight change, I had to modify the whole front end of my car including the hood.
You'll have to move enough material to ''blend'' everything in.
|02-12-2011 08:17 PM|
|deadbodyman||its best to have a second set of fenders around before cutting them up.....just in case I got about a week into these rusted fenders but I got a second set if it all looks good|
|02-12-2011 08:07 PM|
55-57 headlight sections are usually rusted out and the sections can be bought and grafted on fairly easily and might be the best place to start other than reshaping something new.
When I decided I wanted to change the look of my 48 (I never liked the way the headlights looked) I wanted the layed back look so after finding the prices of headlight assemblies I went with 66 VW headlights they cost about 50.00 ea. I started with some manilla folder paper and started making what I wanted out of paper after a couple days of trial and error I had something I thought looked right and called my son to see what he thought ,after getting his opinion it was on and I started forming the sheetmetal using the paper as a template and the VW trim ring for the contour...Heres some pics I took of the job .I'm reshaping the front of the hood and grill also.I really like the shape of the willies hood and the 39 lincoln Zepher is where I got the idea for the grill.
|02-12-2011 06:30 PM|
|123pugsy||I'm always in to help out with metalshaping for sure.|
|02-12-2011 02:44 PM|
|02-12-2011 08:07 AM|
|02-01-2011 07:15 PM|
Yeah I bought the dang thing last year when I wanted to get into the art threads but I'm totaly hopeless with it I even got some books and got even more fasinated and more lost .Then I got photoshop for dummy's and gave up. I still got everything .somewhere...If I remember corectly I have photoshop 8 but right now I dont feel so smart so I'll stick to hammering ,welding and grinding...
and tearing it all up and redoing it...
|02-01-2011 10:02 AM|
|01-31-2011 07:20 AM|
|deadbodyman||Those 54's are pretty popular for customizing...I saw one that was sectioned and chopped,it looked real good.The transformation was amazing..I wish I knew how to use photoshop like I do cutting & welding.|
|01-31-2011 12:48 AM|
|Riot Racing||U guys are most definitely correct about those headlights. Definitely a 55 chevy. I need to do some custome work to the exterior and i was trying to get ideas.|
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|01-30-2011 10:06 AM|
|geezer69||i agerr.i see parts from several cars on that front end.|
|01-30-2011 09:47 AM|
theres a lot more there than just the brows...57 upper grill molding,vette grill and a 55 (i think) bumper. It all looks nice together and done by someone with a lot of experiance...
If you really want to have some fun do what pugsy suggested and take a few metal shaping classes www.metalmeet.com
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