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  • Champ Front Clip Variations

    Some of us in the Husker Chapter were shooting the breeze at our recent "Orphan Car Show" over a member's just-painted and freshened 1961 Champ pickup and were contemplating what the trucks would look like with (1) a 1964-1966 era front clip or, perhaps more doable because of the wrap-around windshield and cowl design, a 1956-1958 front clip. Has anyone ever 'customized' their Champs this way?

    Studedude1961
    --1963 Cruiser

  • #2
    There was some sort of cobbled up truck that appeared on e-bay a couple of times recently that was touted as a Daytona. If I recall it had a '64 front end and a very low stance, something like an early '60's Ranchero.

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    • #3
      Something like this maybe? http://community.webshots.com/photo/...49749217EiPgLX
      Lotsa creativity...

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Studedude1961

        Some of us in the Husker Chapter were shooting the breeze at our recent "Orphan Car Show" over a member's just-painted and freshened 1961 Champ pickup and were contemplating what the trucks would look like with (1) a 1964-1966 era front clip or, perhaps more doable because of the wrap-around windshield and cowl design, a 1956-1958 front clip. Has anyone ever 'customized' their Champs this way?
        Studedude1961
        --1963 Cruiser
        Here is one that I really like. Note that the front part of a '63 thru '66 Lark was used to get rid of the Champ/early Lark wraparound windshield:


        I really like the look of this.......

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        • #5
          I've actually seen a pic of a Champ with a late '55 sedan (wraparound windshield) front clip on it...

          the problem with grafting on a later Lark front end is that you would need to modify the bottom corners of the front fenders to get everything to line up correctly, also the hood hinges won't work properly. Nothing insurmountable, but you would really want to have to do it, because there would be cutting and welding involved.

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          • #6
            Anyone else think the black truck looks a lot like a 68-72 GMC?

            And the red one in mbstude's post reminds me of an early 70s Toyota.

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            • #7
              68-72 GMC,just the grille shape.
              toy***? I don't think we can say that word on this forum!!!!

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              • #8
                If I was going to go the 'truck' route this way, I'd personally start with a Wagonaire and try to go the El Camino/Ranchero style of truck. Maybe a '64 or '65 using all the brightwork on the front.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, Paul. That black one's the one Guido said was on ebay. It's been listed a couple of time. Don't know if it sold or not.
                  Needless to say, with some resources and ingenuity one can create some interesting T-cabs.

                  I've wondered if anyone's tried to adapt hawk clips to the Conestogas. I know they are sedan based models but, where there's a will, a torch and a welder...[}]
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                  • #10
                    At the York Swap Meet in 2005, there was an early '50's Packard 4 door sedan that was in the process of being converted into a pickup. The fenders and side panels were retained and a bed fabricated for the rear. It was around 85% complete, but I never found the owner. I think Gary Ash has a picture.



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                    1946 M-16 fire truck
                    1948 M-16 grain truck
                    1949 2R16A grain truck
                    1949 2R17A fire truck
                    1955 E-38 grain truck
                    1957 3E-40 flatbed
                    1961 6E-28 grain truck
                    1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck
                    1962 Champ pickup
                    1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
                    1964 Avanti R2 4 speed
                    1964 Cruiser
                    And various other "treasures"
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