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Handmade 1950 lincoln leadsled WIP - AFTER 12 YEARS THE BEAST IS FINISHED and Pictures Posted!

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Posted by najohns2 on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:42 AM
Very cool Dave! That is just an amazing build, breat proportions and lines!
Nate, Virginia Tech, Class of 2000 We are the Hokies! We will prevail! My Photobucket
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Posted by Duane on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 3:58 PM
Dave,
on builds like your Lincoln and Merc, they are right up my alley as well !!!! leadsleds and customs are my favorite builds.

your work is really cool my friend keep buildin what you are cause they're great !!!!
http://www.photobucket.comDuane_063.59586@uploads.photobucket.com
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Posted by oldeguy on Thursday, April 03, 2008 3:40 PM
Dave your builds are real fine. 34 is great, colors are right on. Your in the running for the king of scratch build in my book.CoolApproveBig Smile
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Posted by Lolife on Thursday, April 03, 2008 3:47 PM
Alright, now; how about a front shot of the Merc ? (Please?)
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 03, 2008 3:52 PM
Hey oldguyCool
Don't we love this hobby. We all build what we love. Been doin' this a long time decades, and the fire of passion still burns brightly.
I'll be doing this 'till they plant meSmileApprove - LOL

What would would we do without plastic ????QuestionQuestionQuestion

Thanks for the encouragement. Keep building my friendTongue

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 03, 2008 4:15 PM
O.K. Lolife. Here you go.Cool
Pardon the sparkles - Metalflake.



This is an old build. About 5 years ago. It's a curbside.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by just-for-me on Thursday, April 03, 2008 4:35 PM
ok dave you got it now im thinking of just giveing up there is no way i can come close to that BowBowBowThumbs UpThumbs Up
shack
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 03, 2008 5:12 PM
just-for-me Big Smile

Don't even think about giving up. Dead

This isn't about competition here. It's about sharing, having fun, encouragement and new idea's. We can always improve on what someone else does.
Keep building my friend Approve, and keep lovin' what you doCool

Dave


 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Lolife on Friday, April 04, 2008 6:13 AM
That's just beautiful, Dave. The opened up windshield is especially trick.
Thanks for posting !
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, April 04, 2008 12:55 PM
Dave is right its about helping others and having fun. One thing I learn of meeting Dave and every one at the GSL that its about helping an sharing with each other on how to achive the next step.
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Posted by najohns2 on Friday, April 04, 2008 1:07 PM
Dave, I think next time you should use a shinier paint. And lower it a little, it sits up waay too high!Big Smile

Serioulsy, though, it looks great!
Nate, Virginia Tech, Class of 2000 We are the Hokies! We will prevail! My Photobucket
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 04, 2008 1:25 PM
najohns2
LOL ApproveBig SmileCoolSmileTongueApproveLaughSmile,Wink, & GrinSmile,Wink, & Grin

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Friday, April 04, 2008 5:17 PM
Dave, I'm still lookin' anda likin' everything you've built.ApproveBig Smile. I to am retired and I've gotta couple of oldies in steel, Chopped 31Ford cdan and a 48 Chev convert. and my wife thinks I crazy for "playin" with those toys[models]. I just tell her it's an addiction. Keep on postin those pics. ApproveBig SmileCool
D.Krallman
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Posted by del austin on Friday, April 04, 2008 5:30 PM
Love the great work your doing on your Lincoln. My dad had a 1:1 of these with a tree growing around the front bumper. Just about killed myself taking the 10 ton front bumper off!
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Posted by RanVan on Friday, April 04, 2008 6:23 PM
Treehugger?

They should call you Groundhugger!

Your work demands the question: How low CAN you go???
It's not what you build, or even how well you built it that matters, but why you build it.
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 04, 2008 6:49 PM
Hey RanVan

I grew up in SoCal in the 50's. Is there any other way to build 'umQuestionQuestionBig SmileApproveCoolSmileTongue - LOL
I love tail draggin lead sleads Laugh.

Another dragger


 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Lolife on Sunday, April 06, 2008 10:27 AM
Well, I just can't let this slip by without one word. (I guess the other guys are
just speechless. [:0] Big Smile )

How about a shot with the top on?

IMHO, it may have been nice to paint the inner hood's ceiling been red, as well. Tongue

Another real stunner!! Maybe it should have its own thread?

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, April 06, 2008 3:33 PM
Hey LolifeBig Smile
Maybe I'll post a few on it 's own thread like you suggested.
Thanks - DaveSmile

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 8:59 AM
Dave, what wires& tires did you use on the Lincoln? These Lincs. were really unique, I saw one afew yrs. back sitting in the parking lot at the DMV, of course since I had never seen one, or didn't even know what it was, from a distance, I had to walk over and check it out. The car was blk. the chrome around the side glass was wild, they seem to be a little shorter than a Merc., this car looked to be completely stock. I didn't know what a Cosmopolitain was, until I checked it from the frt. Yours is gonna be cool, neat and all the other words associated with lookin' good.CoolApproveBig Smile
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:16 AM
WOW THAT car is just truly awesome keep up the excelent workThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 8:00 PM
Thanks for the kudos oldguySmile

The wire wheels and tires that are there for now, are from a 1/24 diecast Danbury Mint 1954 Buick Skylark. I like to mix diecast and plastic to get what I like at times.

A bit of HISTORY On the 1950 Lincoln.
There were two different , but similar body styles of the Lincoln produced in 1950, as you'll see in the photo of an ad brochure I'm including here.
The black and white version at the bottom, was called the Lincoln "LIDO", and was a modified Mercury with a Lincoln front , but retained the Mercury chrome trim, as well as having the famous body "dip" on the side.
The yellow and black car on the top is called the Lincoln Cosmopolitan "CAPRI", and although looking similar, was a totally different and larger and more expensive body style, looking much more like an elegant, yet sporty hardtop. This look was to compete with other hardtop styles that had just come out in other makes of cars.
The model itself will take some time to finish. Big plans take a lot of time. It'll probably take one to two years to finish this, depending on how often I get overwhelmedCool - LOL.
The last big project about four years ago took two years, around 2000 hours and nearly 2000 parts. It takes a big committment for something like this, so I'm taking my time getting to that point. I have a few things still to finish, so I'm moving SLOWLY - LOL - getting there.
Thanks for the interest and I'll try to keep updates posted once I get started - Dave

Some projects just require more "INSANITY" than others - LOL

Click on the photo and it will enlarge.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by FreightTrain on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 9:34 PM
Beautiful work Dave and sure does have that custom Calif. look too! Theres something about those custom cars like yours that you never forget and it speaks for itself too.
Great job! Thumbs Up
~ Jeff
~ Jeff Scott ~ "Have You Driven A Ford ... Lately?"
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:23 PM
Thanks JeffBig SmileGood to hear from you again.

Over the years I've been a pretty prolific builder and a bit of a lightening rod at times, in the style that I build. At times, I like to cross-over acceptable lines and break rules in my building and do things sometimes a bit edgy, risky and un-traditional.
Sometimes it can work for youBig Smile, and other times against youDisapprove.
I like both the traditional building, and builders of the 40's and 50's, but I also like the contemporary builders such as John D' Agostino, Boyd Coddington and others that influence the design and style of today. Troy Treppanoir and his art deco street rods are amazing, as well as "FOOSE" a genius in detail and elegance.
These at least for me are the people we look to for inspiration, and then add our own twist on things with a bit of "RISK", which I think everyone should try.
I try to blend the old and the new with some flavor of "Art Deco" and a taste of individuality as an artist and in some cases elegance.
I love color and contrast, flashy wheels, chrome, and I seem to be always looking for that "bouquet" of color from my Garden of metalflakes, candies, pearls and whatever else I can find.
All of this and more give this hobby for me something to be passionate about that I can love and share.

For me, these pictures say it all !!!






 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by zed on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 9:22 AM
Your merc is fantastic !Tongue I don't really like those wheels, they're a little too big for me ! I 've got nothing again modern wheels, even if i prefer white walls on such a beautifull kemp ! Wink
Never too low ! http://public.fotki.com/Zedskustoms/my-models/
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Posted by oldeguy on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:48 PM
I kinda thought the whls. might have been Buick, but didn' know anyone made them or the car for that matter. Buick Skylarks, just happen to be one of my favorites. I'm backing up, i'm sure you know that i'm talking models here don't you. I have to be careful with zedra on, he has a nasty habit of using the,i'm with stupid , sign if i make a mistake.Big Smile
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Posted by oldeguy on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:52 PM
Dave, the 34 is *****in. Guy you have some real talent.
D.Krallman
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:29 PM
Hey oldeguyCool
Do you do eBay? If so, check out their diecast models. Lot's to drool over and use for plastic projects.
I've bought diecast for the last 10 years. Cool stuff out there that's not in plasticApproveCool.
As you can tell I like the "BIG" tire/wheel look.

Good to hear from you again - DaveSmile,Wink, & Grin

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:48 PM
Dave, I'm not tellin' what I'm biddin' on. You'll go in and up the price. Knock off's centers is what kinda gave it away. An old bud of mine had a set on a very rusty blk. Chevy van, that I could never get to sell his to me, they ended up on a 56 Olds. hartp. painted yellow, that car was owned by Sonny Rodgers, It was on the cover of a book entitled, How to paint flames. As you probably guessed it had flames all over the frt. looked great. I liked the one I bought from him in 67, a 57 Olds. mild custom, shoulda never, you get the pic. Sonnys a good friend of Doug Thompson, theysat up the first louver press Thompson bought, by puchin' his tow trks. hood full of louvers. Looked wild, 1 ton Ford , louvered hood, pullin a backhoe. LOL.... Stories I got stories.Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile
D.Krallman
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:30 PM
Hey oldeguyCool

Thanks.
Check out Fotki.com
You'll be there for month's - LOLSmile

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:12 PM
Hey treehugger D; those big tires look just right on you Linc custom. I got one of those Buicks of ebay the other day, the wheels are great. Trying to figure out how to get the thing apart without completly distroying it. Bought a cheap one, if you have a spare pass. side frt. fender trim, I be interested in buying it or your left overs. I think make the part , but if have it laying in your parts box it sure be easier. I'm going to nose & deck it an try to make an up top for it. Just do alittle customizing to it .EvilEvilBig SmileBig Smile
D.Krallman

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