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57burb
Posted 2019-07-15 8:05 PM (#584873 - in reply to #583850)
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I've been wanting to try some full wheelcovers on this car for a while, so this is my first baby steps in that realm.

I kept the same size wheels all around and swapped the tires over. The rears are "dirt track" wheels because they're the only thing I could find with the correct offset for my narrower rear end. Plus they were cheap!

Eventually I might make some mild changes to the Lancers, but I kind of like them as-is with the gold wheels. Or try some different covers altogether. Definitely gives the car a more understated vibe.



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chipplake1
Posted 2019-07-15 10:07 PM (#584876 - in reply to #584873)
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That looks really sharp, I love the gold rims with your black car- very '50s especially with the spinners!
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1960fury
Posted 2019-07-16 8:57 AM (#584882 - in reply to #111659)
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Looking great with the wheel covers but I personally do not like 3-tone or more than 2 colors on a car and the rims should be color keyed to one of the body colors. With a gold-anodized side trim the gold rims would look good. Just my opinion.

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57burb
Posted 2019-07-16 10:45 AM (#584889 - in reply to #584882)
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I hear ya, Sid. Gold has been used to add subtle visual interest throughout the car; the grille, the engine, the instrument pods, door panels, seat piping, etc. So it's not completely out of left field.
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ToMopar
Posted 2019-07-17 5:10 PM (#584939 - in reply to #111659)
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Dennis, great so see it. I likr „your“ style
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57burb
Posted 2019-09-18 12:55 PM (#587709 - in reply to #584939)
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After looking at it for so long, I had it in my head that this car needed some slightly narrower whitewalls to fit in with the '59-61 time period I wanted it to look like. I was also determined to run my wire wheels on this car!

I saved up some money and ordered a set of US Royal (Coker) 6.70 and 8.20 tires with slightly narrower whitewalls, then put them on the wire wheels. And they are all wrong. A side view is the most flattering look for it, but the tires are too short up front, and too narrow everywhere. Especially the rear! Dang it.

I'm back to running the chrome reverse and tires I started with. On one hand it's expensive and aggravating, but on the other hand I'm glad I finally scratched that itch and can stop thinking about it. LOL

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Powerflite
Posted 2019-09-18 4:18 PM (#587718 - in reply to #111659)
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Now you'll need another project to put those tires onto! Something wires would look good on. How about a '54-'56 DeSoto or 300B?

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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-09-18 5:55 PM (#587721 - in reply to #111659)
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Yeah who can have only one fwl car? I mean they are cheap!
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57burb
Posted 2019-09-19 10:29 AM (#587735 - in reply to #587721)
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Heh, yep. I do still have the wagon, but I think a local guy wants it more than I do. If I ever have another "nice" FL car it will probably be a red 300B with wire wheels.
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57burb
Posted 2019-10-25 7:44 PM (#589274 - in reply to #587735)
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Just a couple of small updates. I wanted to put the Trinidad carpet in the car back in March, but I ran out of time and budget for it. But it just had to happen! So I went ahead and paid the interior guy to do it so it would turn out nice, and I'm glad I did. He also made some floor mats for it and put the gold piping around them. At first I wasn't crazy with the pictures, but when I saw it in person it really popped! He said the carpet is like "looking at a galaxy" and he's kind of right. At night, it is really like looking into space. It's crazy.

And then something else I have wanted to do for a long time was run chrome stripes over the roof. This is a "custom" thing I guess, but very localized to the suburbs of south LA in around '58-59. Not many people do this but I just love it! (gotta have something controversial or else it's not a custom!)

And finally, someone accused me of "not driving" this car. I drive it all the time! I took a pic on the street when my wife and I were out this week.





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Powerflite
Posted 2019-10-28 2:35 PM (#589413 - in reply to #111659)
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Those stripes shouldn't be too controversial because most people will never see them, except from above. You say they were popular in S. LA. How did you hear about it?
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1960fury
Posted 2019-10-28 4:16 PM (#589422 - in reply to #111659)
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I like the car, but those stripes....... After 35 years reading 50s/early 60s custom car/car magazines I have never seen them. Anyway they did a lot of terrible things back then too, like the utterly tasteless "Watson-style" cars. The stripes are not as bad, but, in my opinion a mistake. Otherwise that car looks very clean. Also they look like painted, not like a molding, with other words a BIG NO-NO in 50s car design. You will not find a single American car from the 50s with painted on ornamentation, like in the 70s. The car designers of the 50s were styling-gods.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-10-28 6:54 PM (#589434 - in reply to #111659)
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the stripes are fairly subtle... i like em, kind of sets it off a bit. everyone has the black plain cars, and its out of the way.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-10-28 11:46 PM (#589456 - in reply to #111659)
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I like the car both ways, it's such a fabulous car in either case.
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57burb
Posted 2019-10-29 10:47 AM (#589466 - in reply to #589456)
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Heh, thanks guys.

Powerflite - 2019-10-28 1:35 PM

Those stripes shouldn't be too controversial because most people will never see them, except from above. You say they were popular in S. LA. How did you hear about it?


The car is low enough that you can see them. I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to custom car magazines and books from that '55-65 time period. I took a pic below of the area known as 'Kustomland' that was known for custom cars throughout the 1950s.
1960fury - 2019-10-28 3:16 PM

I like the car, but those stripes....... After 35 years reading 50s/early 60s custom car/car magazines I have never seen them. Anyway they did a lot of terrible things back then too, like the utterly tasteless "Watson-style" cars. The stripes are not as bad, but, in my opinion a mistake. Otherwise that car looks very clean. Also they look like painted, not like a molding, with other words a BIG NO-NO in 50s car design. You will not find a single American car from the 50s with painted on ornamentation, like in the 70s. The car designers of the 50s were styling-gods.


Well if you ignore all of Watson's legacy then you're going to have missed the chrome tape on the roof bit. They even laid some down on his casket! I would say the trend was contained almost entirely within The Renegades car club of Long Beach, and only from about 1958 to 1960. Watson wasn't a member but he did a lot of their paintwork as shown below.

And it's just tape. It peels right off. It's just there to catch your eye if you're paying attention to the car. I was surprised how much people have commented on it. I might have to shoot some clear over them.

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Powerflite
Posted 2019-10-29 11:15 AM (#589470 - in reply to #111659)
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Thanks for the pictures. That map pretty accurately maps out the worst part of LA today, except that it extends more to the North and less to the South.
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1960fury
Posted 2019-10-29 4:18 PM (#589484 - in reply to #589470)
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Powerflite - 2019-10-29 11:15 AM

Thanks for the pictures. That map pretty accurately maps out the worst part of LA today, except that it extends more to the North and less to the South.


Maybe there is something in the drinking water that explains the stripes and the delelopment of that area
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1960fury
Posted 2019-10-29 4:20 PM (#589485 - in reply to #589434)
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mikes2nd - 2019-10-28 6:54 PM

the stripes are fairly subtle... i like em


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57burb
Posted 2019-10-29 7:42 PM (#589495 - in reply to #589485)
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Hey it's all good Sid! You can't say I didn't warn all of you back in 2008!


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Denis, that's not bad but it's not my style of car. Take a look at any of the custom car "little books" circa '59-62 and that's the mild custom style this car will be built in.


Even the photoshop I did back then is pretty close to how the car turned out...





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