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02-13-2011 08:09 AM
deadbodyman 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 07:38 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 05:49 AM
123pugsy 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 07:17 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 07:07 PM
deadbodyman 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 05:30 PM
123pugsy I'm always in to help out with metalshaping for sure.
02-12-2011 01:44 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by 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.
I started cutting stuff up back in my twentys (late starter) The best advice I can give you is dont show anyone what your doing until its done.Thay'll say your crazy.your ruining it,and will try to discourage you at every step...dont ever listen to people that have no vision....If you can see something that would cool DO IT chances are everyone will think it looks good too (after its done) Your only limited by your abilitys and THOSE you can learn as you go, its the imagination that seperates run of the mill body men from custom car builders. Sounds to me like you already have the important stuff...GO FOR IT ...if you get into a jamb we'll help you out.. Right, Pugs ???
02-12-2011 07:07 AM
speedydeedy
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman
there's 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 experience...
If you really want to have some fun do what pugsy suggested and take a few metal shaping classes www.metalmeet.com
Those are 55 headlights and brows,but the bumper is 1956.Looks cool.
02-01-2011 06:15 PM
deadbodyman 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 09:02 AM
Riot Racing
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Originally Posted by 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.
Do you have photoshop? I can explain how to use the basic features that everyone else uses.
01-31-2011 06:20 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.
01-30-2011 11:48 PM
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.
01-30-2011 10:00 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman
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
Oh yeah, but we were talking about just the lights. Yes it takes a heck of an eye to put something like that together. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make is putting something on a car just because they liked it on another car. This is a VERY good point DBM, thanks for pointing that out! JUST putting the headlamp brows on an otherwise stock car is not going to have the same look as this full custom!

Brian
01-30-2011 09:06 AM
geezer69 i agerr.i see parts from several cars on that front end.
01-30-2011 08:47 AM
deadbodyman 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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