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Old 06-14-2010, 10:21 AM
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Opinions please-removing Chrome

Vehicle 53 Bel Air.

The more I do the inside the more the flat black and older chrome are looking worse. So I think I'm going to paint it either black or super dark metal flake green.

So what opinions on stripping some or all of the chrome? Obviously I'd weld the trim holes up and store it all incase I sold the car.

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Old 06-18-2010, 09:11 PM
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Anybody?



Thinking about the side stripe and gravel guards/runner. I'm missing the hood ornament but I may replace it.

No idea about the grill. It would be great on a ratrod but now that I'm pondering paint/body

Opinions?
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:19 PM
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That's all stainless trim and can be straightened if dented and polished like new. You can send it out or do it yourself.

I like it on there myself. But it's totally a personal preference. I wouldn't do what other say. I would do what I wanted.

It's your car. Please yourself.
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The brite trim gives the 53 character, and I'd keep it.
The window surrounds are also brite stainless, and the car
would look unbalanced with the side trim gone.

Nice pics; the car looks too solid to mess with much....

But as Roger1 says, do what YOU like. Me, I'd polish the trim
and spray it the dark metallic green.....
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Thanks for the thougtful input. I've been trying to invision it both ways. I don't have a true love for either way over the other so I keep staring at it. I'm just looking for opinions and pros/cons since it may get sold during HAN or in the future.

This is my practice hotrod project. I've built a buch of other rigs but this is me dipping my toes into this. When i do a project car for me I'll go nuts but I havent gotten to that part yet. The closest I've seen in a tube chassis 2 seater with 700hp thats gotten me interested.

This 4Klbs 340hp rig is fun and should be a great driver but it wont be a monster by any means.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:54 PM
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Really?

I think that is a cool looking car and would be a good keeper. You just don't see them around and I like unusual stuff.

I think it would look better in black but the green would look good too. Either way, I like the stainless on it. But, I'd polish the heck out of it.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:27 PM
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This is what you can do with a '53 4 door. It really turned out to be a sharp car.
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Thank you.

Dan that is hot. I really like the out of the box thinking paint job. Flames don't do it for me but those I like.

I went for a 4 door since I want to rock my Son's carseat for a bit. Gotta love Father and Son time
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smooth hood

I remember in high school trying to weld up the seam in a 53 chevy hood. I really warped it. took 2 months to find another one and it took 2 month of my part time paychecks
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I remember in high school trying to weld up the seam in a 53 chevy hood. I really warped it. took 2 months to find another one and it took 2 month of my part time paychecks

Unless your unemployed I'd take 2 months of your paychecks for my second hood...we have a deal ?
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Thank you.

Dan that is hot. I really like the out of the box thinking paint job. Flames don't do it for me but those I like.

I went for a 4 door since I want to rock my Son's carseat for a bit. Gotta love Father and Son time
It's not my car, I just did the interior. I just wanted you to see other options, and to know your car can be super.

P.S. I like the chrome on your car, and I think you should keep it and accent it in some way.
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It's not my car, I just did the interior. I just wanted you to see other options, and to know your car can be super.
P.S. I like the chrome on your car, and I think you should keep it and accent it in some way.
Wow. I wish you lived close to me. I'd have you do the interior on my '55 Bel Air.
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My vote

I vote to keep the trim..its really essential to the character of the car, unless you're going to be doing some truly epic changes to the overall thene of the car, which doesn't sound likely.
Good luck.
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Wow. I wish you lived close to me. I'd have you do the interior on my '55 Bel Air.
Thank you. It's done in 3 tone Ultraleather. The sad part is the owner had an accident and totally wrecked the car.
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