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Old 10-19-2018, 09:50 AM
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Welcome form Portland, OR. Your Caddy is a beauty. I am inclined to agree with the good doctor. For a bit of inspiration, you might want to check out ZZrodders builds.
39 Ford PU Build. http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36459

The thing about a '39 Ford pick-up is that that ugly grille kinda' grows on ya' after a while.

Not taking anything too seriously.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:57 PM
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Welcome to the site.
Any way you go will be interesting to watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:23 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Berry, Alabama
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Originally Posted by Dr Crankenstein View Post
Welcome to UDS.

Don't butcher it. Slam it low and carry a Tommy.

X2. Low riding luxo rod for sure!
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:42 AM
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Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: NW Washington
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Welcome. Sure like your car. Agree with MM on running that flatty. very cool
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Old 10-20-2018, 08:26 AM
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Location: Dayton, OHIO
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Yes it could be a cool Westergard-style custom, but unless you have some serious heavy fabrication skills (especially with sheetmetal) and a whole bunch of time I wouldn't even think about it. That would be an arduous task for even a seasoned builder, and could easily frustrate a novice to the point of a cut up Craigslist/scrapyard hulk.

So let's get it on the road sooner. Do you have the grille and missing trim pieces? A good way to go with it (that would involve much less work) would be a "Bomba" style cruiser. Original body & brightwork but sitting low, looking right and DRIVING. This appeals much more to me, especially with that sort of ugly-duckling body style. Skip the flat black! While there are some that wear it well, it's also a sure way to get lost in the shuffle of a whole lot of half-assed cars. Check out that original lacquer - it may be salvageable and would be bitchin'! Even if you do go a satin route, do a original-ish color. That body needs the definition or it's just going to be a big flat black blob.

Speaking of on the road, anyone telling you to run that Cad flatty has never built or ran one before.
They're also not funding your build or standing with you on the side of the road when it breaks down.
Neat looking? Very. Practical for any sort of modern driving? HELL no.
If you have some extra funds a 472/500 Cad would be a great powerplant and reliable. If you're on a budget, put a small block of your choice in it. You'll be grinning down the road in no time...
I'm the dirty dozen for the price of one...
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:07 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Dixon, IA
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BED said it all. Personally, I'd leave the paint though.

It's a 4dr - getting what you have to look like what you posted would be a long costly war. Fix it drive it. Drop it, drive it more. Chop it, drive it some more. Slanting the back window would be even more work with little visual gain.

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Not so current build - '29 A Rats-N-Rice. Drivers! - '48 Olds '63 F100. Pile of parts - '30 Tudor.
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:59 AM
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How will you use this awesome car 38? I think that's the key on how to move forward.
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Old 10-22-2018, 12:29 PM
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welcome to undead sleds from bama.
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