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Decided to customize a 1949 Ford. Sectioned on a slant to reduce the height of the rear fenders. In the parts stash I found a coupe top and glass from the AMT 1957 Thunderbird and decided to graft it in. The windshield will be laid down to match the new top. Headlights are stock Avanti with the stock bezels filed down at an angle. Pix next to a stock Ford for comparison. More to come when I get more done!

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Jantrix, the final sectioning is already done- had marked some other ideas but decided on a wedge section to reduce the rear fenders. We shall see if that is the only body mod! Opinions wanted- should I radius the rear wheel openings? use skirts? other ideas? Want to do a late 40's- early 50's look but maybe with up to date paint?

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I think I'd radius the rear fenders at least some; maybe even mimic the shape of the front opening. It would "lighten" the bulk of the semi-fastback rear end you're creating, which is working out pretty dang well!. The section relieved some bulk from the side-view, but you gained some back from the roof in a 3/4-rear-view (a fair trade!). Just my 2 pennies...

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The great looking body mods sort of move it more into the late sixties or even newer. Something to consider is the transition of the bottom edge of the rear window and how it flows onto the trunk lid. The redesigned rear wheel well opening looks more balanced than the stock opening. 

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Great project! The only thing that looks off from these angles is the rear window, a bit too bulky, however sectioning and opening up the rear wheel wells helped a lot!

Can't wait to see more progress, major customizing, so cool!

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Thanks for all the comments! I will probably modify the top to flow more smoothly into the trunk, and maybe modify the side and rear window openings. Many possibilities and directions at this point!

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i love a good 49-51 merc / ford build...

never liked the term "shoe boxes" though...

i seem to get bogged down on the frame/suspension portion and... back in the box it goes!

loving what im seeing

i vote for long flowing skirts

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Just a suggestion, if you move the top forward (so the rear pillar lines up with the back of the door) it moves the rear off of the trunk and lowers the rear profile. I mocked up on a 50 body with another 57 coupe top.

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I agree, just tried that myself! Will probably add a filler piece to the side window areas similar to door window on the Matranga Merc. Also added filler pieces at the back of the removed roof area, just got the super glue applied. Also cut the front roll pan off the mild custom grille surround and moved the roll pan back to tuck in the front end. Do you notice, from the top, how the slight teardrop shape of the body is accented by the top contour? Cutting down the windshield frame (narrower at top) and tidying up somewhat sloppy cuts to lay in the frame, which will dictate the final length of the roof and also any alterations in the B pillar area. This is getting fun!

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Really like what you are doing with this build, looking forward to seeing more. Admire your creative process and the results; and that you enjoy doing it. Thanks!

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Sanding and filling and sanding. Pie cut the interior vertically at the rear, then pie cut again horizontally to fit inside the new roof. Trial fit shows things fitting pretty well. Need to dial in the ride height. Rear fenders are shaping up nicely. Will be adding 0.10" half round as upholstery on the rear seat, similar to the new front seats. Engine will be an Ardun with fuel injection, and a Columbia 2 speed rear axle with lowering blocks. More pix when I get more done!

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