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pbrown
06-09-2014, 06:34 AM
This may have been discussed before, but I just found it:D

http://www.cars-on-line.com/59017.html

This looked like a pretty cool interpretation until I saw the front of the car...

What's up with that?

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pbrown
06-09-2014, 06:40 AM
In my opinion, a fiberglass nose transplant is just what the doctor ordered to make this cool:

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rockne10
06-09-2014, 06:47 AM
Someone mistakenly thought a Chrysler grill was worth more than ten cents a hundred for scrap. They cut the value of this car by at least 60%. :(

jclary
06-09-2014, 06:48 AM
I don't recall this one being discussed. To me, at first look, it looks neatly done. I don't think it is as aesthetically attractive as the original design, and certainly not as aerodynamic. Not knowing the condition of the vehicle, before the project began, (could've been a wreck), I'll not beat up on the builder.

It is a good example of how versatile/desirable these cars are and a testament to the artistic value of the original. Thanks for sharing.

EssexExport
06-09-2014, 07:07 AM
I'd like to see a bit more of chrome/stainless on it. The Chrysler grille isn't all that bad, maybe better if the wings went elsewhere.

pbrown
06-09-2014, 07:08 AM
I don't recall this one being discussed. To me, at first look, it looks neatly done. I don't think it is as aesthetically attractive as the original design, and certainly not as aerodynamic. Not knowing the condition of the vehicle, before the project began, (could've been a wreck), I'll not beat up on the builder.

It is a good example of how versatile/desirable these cars are and a testament to the artistic value of the original. Thanks for sharing.

I agree that it looks well done, and I wouldn't mind having it. I'd drive it as is!

But I do think that a nose transplant would be on my list!

pbrown
06-09-2014, 07:23 AM
I'd like to see a bit more of chrome/stainless on it.

I'd agree with that in general, but since he painted the bumpers maybe an option would be to have even less chrome.

Especially if it were painted black, little punches of chrome really stand out. I found this a while back, and it really spoke to me.

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allstateguy
06-09-2014, 08:24 AM
What an interesting 53. That grille makes it look European, like some 50's Italian car. I hope it belongs to an SDC member, or someone young who want to join the club.

Effie
06-09-2014, 08:50 AM
A Lark or Champ grille would be better. The headlight/parking light setup looks like a poor man's XJ6.

Chris Pile
06-09-2014, 09:41 AM
I don't recall this one being discussed.

It's been awhile, John - but we talked about when it was on eBay once.

GinettaG12P
06-09-2014, 09:51 AM
"Interesting" is used in place of terms like BS, ugly, boring, etc.

Mike Van Veghten
06-09-2014, 10:52 AM
Yea, been talked over.

I saw this car up close and personal a few years ago.
How do you spell...ugly, nasty. The basic bodywork...the sanding was done with about 60 grit sand paper, the hood, fender, grill modifications..don't really "fit".

It was for sale when I saw it. I figured if I could get it cheap enough it would be as someone mentioned...good for a fiberglass panel swap..! I couldn't, I didn't.

Mike

Bordeaux Daytona
06-09-2014, 10:56 AM
"Interesting" is used in place of terms like BS, ugly, boring, etc.

Reminds me of this skit from "Laugh-In"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qf6Sv3A9zs

dean pearson
06-09-2014, 12:18 PM
Its Nice To See That You Guys Are Playing Nice Today,... Good Job!

Dean.

RadioRoy
06-09-2014, 01:56 PM
Another C body FUBAR. :(

clonelark
06-10-2014, 12:44 AM
I thought someone would have noticed the Mustang hood by now.

64Avanti
06-10-2014, 01:11 AM
Oh my, better to say nothing!

stude dude
06-10-2014, 05:59 AM
I see the front of a series 1 Jaguar XJ6. With a Chrysler 300 grille added...Ish!

Chris.

Michidan
06-10-2014, 07:52 AM
I thought someone would have noticed the Mustang hood by now.

Is that a Mustang dash cluster too?
We've seen so many attempts - just what it is about these 53 coupes that invites so many customizers? The original design was hailed as attractive as any ever done. Is it the challenge of trying to make a near perfect look even better? Of course most (or all) will fall short. Look what they started with!
I appreciate the work it takes to fit and finish something like this together. But I think I'd start with an ugly car and work up. No where to go but down with a 53 Studebaker.
I don't think that's being unfair to say.

Chris Pile
06-10-2014, 09:02 AM
I thought someone would have noticed the Mustang hood by now.

Good eye, Bob! I totally missed it.

evilhawk
06-10-2014, 02:34 PM
For some reason I think this look "works". Granted its not as good looking as a stock 63, but it isnt ugly either. The hood needs to be trimmed down to match the front of the car and the painted bumpers need to be stripped down to chrome. Other than that I kinda like it.

Deaf Mute
06-10-2014, 06:17 PM
When you wreck your '53 & there is a MOPAR grill and a 'stang hood in your scrap pile.. this is what you get.... for a small cash outlay. Not my cup of tea though!:eek:

Steve T
06-11-2014, 11:25 AM
This car says "Viva Cuba!" to me...Some of the Studes/neo-Studes down there are really remarkable pieces of work. In photos I've seen a bulletnose two-door that seems to be a crossbreed of a '50 Stude and some European midsize from the sixties...and a bright red sedan, evidently a 1990s Euro (or Chinese?) full-size four-door, onto which has been expertly grafted the entire front clip of a '56-61 Hawk. The red four-door is downright handsome. Picture an 80%-scale Ford Crown Vic circa 1999 with Hawk front sheet metal. Shouldn't work, but it does...

Re this '53, I'd like to think Deaf Mute's hypothesis is correct: the original, gorgeous, nose got run into something and wrecked, and this Ford/Mopar nose job was the best option for keeping the car going. I'd drive it...to every SDC swap meet I could get to until finding the needed '53-55 or Hawk front clip...!

(Or. Hmmm. Wonder if one could make a late-40s Packard grille shell fit that Jaglike nose?)

S.

Dick Steinkamp
06-11-2014, 03:30 PM
My Speedster Kustom had an earlier Chrysler grill...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Speedster%20Kustom/3858.jpg

jclary
06-11-2014, 04:29 PM
My Speedster Kustom had an earlier Chrysler grill...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Speedster%20Kustom/3858.jpg

I think those Chrysler fronts look great...especially on the cars they came on. Apparently, lots of other folks like them too. I've seen them attached to C-cab Studebaker trucks, and all sorts of other vehicles. In fact, there are probably enough customs using that Chrysler grille, complete with the slanted dual headlights, to fill a book.

Nox
06-11-2014, 04:52 PM
I've seen this one with Jaguar fenders & the rest before & I've also seen uglier customs - MUCH uglier even, but for sure this one needs to be finnished since the parts don't fit together good enough.
The only really good 53-based custom I ever saw is my pals who's been done sometime looong ago here in Sweden & it just had the bumpers welded to the body & the top of the light-frames extended a bit, not much but still... nice!

johnod
06-11-2014, 08:23 PM
My Speedster Kustom had an earlier Chrysler grill...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Speedster%20Kustom/3858.jpg


Are the "coves" on that modified, or is it just a shadow?

Dick Steinkamp
06-12-2014, 06:27 AM
Are the "coves" on that modified, or is it just a shadow?

They are modified...frenched.

pbrown
06-12-2014, 06:53 AM
My Speedster Kustom had an earlier Chrysler grill...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Speedster%20Kustom/3858.jpg


Dick, I was trying to figure out why I feel good about yours...

I finally decided that yours looks like a 50's conversion, but the orange one has a very 60's look to the front end.

Nice job on yours, BTW. I take it that you no longer have it?

Dick Steinkamp
06-12-2014, 10:48 AM
Dick, I was trying to figure out why I feel good about yours...

I finally decided that yours looks like a 50's conversion, but the orange one has a very 60's look to the front end.

Nice job on yours, BTW. I take it that you no longer have it?

I no longer have it and I didn't do the changes. It was modified in the late 50's, early 60's.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Speedster%20Kustom/1d6b.jpg

pbrown
06-12-2014, 10:55 AM
I no longer have it and I didn't do the changes. It was modified in the late 50's, early 60's.

That certainly explains why it has that 50s vibe to it! It's not a retro treatment done in 2014 - it's contemporary styling, just 50 years old!