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November 12, 2009
For the Love of Customs: a '49 Ford Custom
'49 Ford Custom This Ford needed considerable work when Jim bought it from a friend of his. Being a retired steel worker, he was eager for the lead slinging to commence, removing six inches in the front and 7 ½ from the rear of this '49 custom.

The seamless design is the result of painstaking fabrication bringing parts like a narrowed '55 DeSoto grille, set of '55 Oldsmobile headlights, '52 Buick taillights, and a '56 Olds dashboard together in unison.

Jim had his work cut out for him when installing a '56 Olds dashboard, "I had to cut the dash where the Ford door opening was because the Olds had a wraparound windshield; the dash wrapped around toward the rear of the car." He continued, "The piece that was left over was welded on to the window frame of the Ford, so it all flowed together."

The act of crafting his vision without shortcuts spills from the interior down through the chassis and drive train on this gorgeous car and can been seen in over a dozen extra photos along with the full story.

Read on for more about Jim Thompson's five year journey to complete his '49 Ford Custom.
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