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Retro Look ~ '57, '56, or '55 Chevy?
« on: December 23, 2008, 11:38:18 PM »
This is somewhat of a Mod that I have in mind for my plain ol' White W/T 1500 truck. I'm wondering if I can make it almost look like a Big Ol Boat of a car that it sure feels like I'm driving these days.  

Here's the truck. ...



A 57 Chevy Pic...


A 56....


And here's a '55.


Thoughts, Opinions or Ideas anyone?


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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008, 12:44:07 AM »
A "Woodie" pops into my mind - a Woodie Wagon! Some trim pieces, adhesive backed woodgrain material and wide white walls may give the illusion of the old surfer style. The two tone paint scheme of the '56 might work. To me, it is a little more defined with the long stripe running forward. The profile of your preferred model could simply be painted on the sides, stretched to the trucks wheelbase. I dunno -

I was just thinking... WHAT A STRANGE IDEA!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008, 09:43:30 AM »
I vote for the '57 look, but only because, long, long, long ago, I had one. Bur the Woody look would be neat, and with the cab-over you have more of a 'wagon' look.
Can you paint in the winter?

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008, 12:36:39 PM »
opinions?... ok we like the 57' look, it will blend with your PU and make look stylish.

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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008, 12:58:08 PM »
Here's your new rig after 5 minutes in Photoshop.


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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2008, 02:10:07 PM »
Hey, Steve - VERY COOL - can you do that with a Woodie?

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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2008, 03:09:36 PM »
Hmmmmm a woodie Evil

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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2008, 04:52:32 PM »
THE PAINT JOB, MAN, THE PAINT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2008, 12:56:37 AM »
That looks pretty darn good, Steve! Wow!!

I was just thinking of having a sign company  produce for me (if possible) the side chrome moldings in a vinyl applique to give it the added stripe. If I went with the '56 stripe, I'd probably also fill in the tu tone look with a blue paint to have it go with the blue interior.

I didn't think the '57 design would work so well, cause the truck is obviously missing the backward sweep of the fins, but I am impressed with how it turned out in that pic you made. Very nice, and that black cap really goes well with the red paint. Some fender skirts would help too I think.

And some '57 door handles, hood ornaments, grille molding.... Wink

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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2008, 06:10:42 PM »
Looks like the '57 is the choice. Our local 'Sign Zoo' makes those skins for autos and busses for ads. We use them to make our banners at the Ringling Museum of Art too. They could make the skin for your truck, without painting. Of course, cost is never a problem???

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« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2008, 06:20:59 PM »
Here's a woodie that could deal with the cab-over!

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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2008, 08:09:05 PM »
that would be an awesome project!

Last time I saw a '57 with that paint scheme was on the side of a bar in Charleston IL we frequented while in college.  I always thought it was a waste of a nice car body to be cut in half and stuck up on the side of a brick building.

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« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2008, 10:07:29 PM »
What started out as an idea (and a strange one too, I'll agree with Twisty on that).... seems to be somewhat of a hit! Big Smile

I saved that Photo Shop pic to my PC, sent it to my new digital camera, and took that with me to my brother's place this afternoon. Everyone who saw it thought it was awesome, even my dad.... and he hates that truck. (big ole gas hog, ya know. I hear it every day now since I drive it only in the winter)

As can be seen in the real pic of my truck, the paint does need some help. NO rust, but I do have that peeling issue going on. As previously mentioned, I had no intention of painting the truck, and I didn't think the '57's design would work. Well, I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

I may have to really take a look at what I can afford to do on this come next springtime. I do happen to have most (if not all) of the shop equipment needed to do this paint job myself. I've re colored vinyl dash before. A gray or black should cover the blue nicely. A seat cover is simple to do. And door panels are easy to find in an auto grave yard. Ohh.... if I do this, believe me. There will be Pics a Plenty! Big Smile

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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 11:02:09 PM »
This Project would have been cool to see it happen. But...

I think it's 'Dead in the Water' at this point.

I should be Upgrading to a '98 E 250 Van in the next week or so. This changes Everything!! Shock

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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2009, 12:36:56 AM »
Hey cowboy, I gotta fond spot in my heart for the tail end of a '59 Impala...maybe you can redo the back of the pu  to make it look like a 59!?!?!

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