November 28, 2021 at 16:48 #72363
I just bought my new project Car.
A 1940 Chrysler Convertible.
The car is already disassembled and been in storage for a long time. No engine, no tranny, no axles.
But all body panels and most of the interior is there.
This will be a lot of work and a long time built/project.November 28, 2021 at 16:54 #72364
Some of you might know my current Car and last project, my golden 1952 Chevy Styleline Coupe from the Kustom Styles Thread.
I want to do the Chrysler in a late 40’s Style,
Or maybe shortly after WWII.
Here are some pics of an original convertible when done.November 28, 2021 at 17:03 #72365
Since there are not many of them kustomized, and even less as a convertible i just take my Inspiration from some 40’s Styled, high class early 40’s Cadillac, or Buick Kustoms.
Because i think this is the style i want to go.
If someone has any pics of 1940 Chrysler Convertible Kustoms, maybe even with a Carson Top, it will be great to post here.
Maybe someone could also make a Quick Photoshop of the Chrysler i posten before, with only lowering it and make a +-2,5″ Chop with a carson top. That would be awesome.November 28, 2021 at 18:07 #72366Larry PointerParticipant
Tobias, with your eye for style and skills, this will be the perfect project. The Chrysler is just begging to become a mild custom. Love the simplicity there, especially the grille.November 28, 2021 at 18:08 #72367
So as i said i think this will be a long time project, also because of the fact that i have some changes in my life and have to wait at least 1 year until i can Start.
But i will take this time to see what i like and what i want to do. Maybe also collecting parts for it.
Here are my plans for now:
+-2,5″ Chop, Padded Carson top
1948 Cadillac Grill
Frenched Headlight rings
1941 Cadillac Bumpers
Fenderskirts (maybe 41 ford?)
Molded fenders and splashpans, rounded corners
Nose and Deck it
Set in licence plate
Taillights in Bumper Horns
Super Cushion www and Cadillac Sombreros
46 lincoln door Buttons
Shortened hood trim
Maybe 1 piece hood?
I also like the 49 Plymouth bumpers, i have to think about that.
Since the whole drivetrain is missing i will go for late 40s Chevy front axle, 235cui straight6, th350, camaro rear axle, something like that. I already got an engine for it.
November 28, 2021 at 18:13 #72369
- This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by Tobias Binsch.
Before i Was not really into early mopars, but i Fell in love with the lines of this Convertible i think it will make a great kustom.
We will see how mild it would be.
But i think it will become a really mild and classy looking Radical kustom 😜November 28, 2021 at 19:47 #72370
Where are you based? Germany?November 28, 2021 at 19:55 #72371
Yes i am german living in south GermanyNovember 28, 2021 at 22:08 #72375
Thanks. Yes i am german living in south Germany
I’m an English guy near Frankfurt. I’m really interested to see how you get on with this and also the TüV.November 29, 2021 at 15:22 #72380
I will post my progress James.
For TÜV you need to know where to go, some of them are really square and got no sence for cars like that. If you get to someone like that there is no chanceNovember 29, 2021 at 17:53 #72383
That’s been my experience too, even trying to get some small modifications on my Käfer through the TüV! It seems easier for them to just say “no”, than actually help you.November 30, 2021 at 07:01 #72389Rik HovingKeymaster
Fantastic new project.
One suggestion on the chop. These cars have a rather wide top, compared to many others from the same era. The windshield opening on these is very square compared to for instance a 1941 Ford that have the A-pillar lean in at the top. On regular top cars this is hard to fix, but on a convertible it is a relatively “easy” fix.
So my suggestion is when you take out the about 2.5 inches from the A-Pillar, you might as well take out some metal from the windshield header and narrow it a little bit so that the A-pillars will be bent inwards a little, making the roof of the car narrower when viewed from the front. This will make the car more streamlined, and more elegant… in my opinion.
Enjoy the beauty of CustomizingNovember 30, 2021 at 09:27 #72392
Thanks for your input Rik. That is a great suggestion . You really got the eye for it.
So maybe a good inch out of each side and narrow it👍November 30, 2021 at 10:45 #72393TinwolfParticipant
Design trumps function for me as well , one thought is how the window in the door will mate with the carson top edge , for some cars there is enough room in the door to angle the mech to match the “futher in” top edge but some has narrow room in the door , just “my two cent” !
WolfNovember 30, 2021 at 14:37 #72394
I will check this before i start cutting😅
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