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Kustom frenched in tombstone tail lamps in David E. Wilson‘s rad -40 Chevy coupe!!

More to come =D

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Post by K. Mikael Wallin on behalf of www.Customikes.com.

 

Customikes chopping and modifying David Wilson kool split window that he got from our mutual friend and Customikes DTM; Jim St Pierre

As many of you might have read before, We almost used it when we chopped Jim’s 49 Mercury coupe. In the end Jim decided he liked the Merc window better, so he gave this 1938 Hupmobile split window, selflessly to David for use on his top chop!!

When I put it up to see how it met the 40 Chevy lines, we ended up with similar issues as we did on the Merc. The window have kind of “sad eye” look and the bottom lip does not flow well with the Chevrolet lines,…. Hmmm what to do ?!!!

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson's 40 Chevy

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson’s 40 Chevy

Well since I’d already spent some time thinking about it during Jim’s chop, I went with a similar solution.  I took out an inch at each place with the blue tape showing, cut reliefs in the bottom center at the base of the center post. (Make sure you select areas that have the closest match in contour on each side of the cut to minimize your fit work)  Then we rotated and compressed the frames into submission while carefully, keeping all 5 pieces in alignment. Now we start tacking it back together, while constantly checking it against the ride to make sure we are accomplishing our goal.

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson's 40 Chevy

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson’s 40 Chevy

As you can see below, Its now chopped about an inch and have a pleasing flow with the Chevy’s roof lines =D

From here there’s many other boring grinding, shaping, straightening, shrinking/stretching, filling and sanding operations to complete the swap out during a chop top, which we might show some of later as we make David’s awesome  40 Chevy 5 window into a 3 window chop top kustom.

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson's 40 Chevy

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson’s 40 Chevy

We hope that this little article at least open your mind to other kustomizing opportunities which you might not have considered for your ride

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Post by K. Mikael Wallin on behalf of www.Customikes.com.

Kinsey has been helping a little on David Wilson’s 40 Chevy coupe kustom and we started to weld on the transition pieces she made.

Here’ a short video for you =D

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Post by K. Mikael Wallin on behalf of www.Customikes.com.

Mocking up Jim’s hood peak turning a 3 pc hood into a peaked one piece hood.

We also narrowed it about one inch at the front base, two and a half inches at the peak and pushed the peak of the nose back almost two inches. The peak insert was made by giving a strip of 4″ x5″ 18 gauge some compound shape with a planishing hammer, then adding a peak in the brake with two reverse breaks coming to a point about 4/5 th of the way towards the rear of the hood. Fine tuning with a shrinker/stretcher to achieve a slightly higher crown than needed. This was done to allow some shrinkage during welding. More videos to come as we cut, trim, tack and weld after Jim says that he likes it =D

If you have any questions or are looking for some fun kustomizing on your awesome ride, please feel free to contact us at CrazySwede@Customikes.com and/or comment below.

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