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1950 Suburban body mods

Lowering the Lid

1950 Suburban body mods
Posted May 16 2007 05:31 PM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Opinions, Tech Tips, Chevy

Chopped Sectioned 1950 Suburban

I recently hitched up a low profile, Jim Glow EZ-Tilt trailer to Truckin's Big E (Ford E350 Econoline Van). Then wenched up my phat phendered, '50 Suburban "Sublime" and sinched it down with four, Diest Safety ratchet, tie downs, Don't forget to X both the front and rear, eliminating any laterial movement on the trailer.

After a 6+ hour tow from Huntington Beach, California to Dolan Springs, Arizona, which is somewhere between Kingman Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. I finally arrived at Street Rods By Dowdy. There I met my good friend and custom builder, Dan Dowdy who has been building high-end custom rides for the past 30-years. His latest creation is the '37 Hudson Terraplane pickup featured in last months #09 Truckin'. Dale Taylor is the "Master Of The Chop".

Dale began customizing cars way back in the 50's, he's buds with guys like Barris, Watson and Winfield. He chopped Billy Gibbon's ZZ Top '32 coupe (Eliminator) that is on the Eliminator album cover. After spending some time brainstorming over the body mods to be performed, we decided to lower the lid three inches through the side windows. Then to retain the smaller stock rear barn door windows that would match the chopped side windows we decided to take the three-inch chop out just above the beltline of the barn doors and just under the rear windows.

To acheive a real hammered long low profile appearance it was decided to remove the C-pillars making a one-piece glass side window with activated electric window action! Or fabricate smaller C-pillars out of H-channel to divide the glass making two separate windows, that also would be activated virtically by electical power. After the lid was lowered, Dale removed a one-piece, windshield from an ol' 51 Buick sedan, replacing the two-piece post windshield of the '50 Suburban. Would you believe the roofline and A-pillars fit without any modifications.

The next major body mod was to section the body three-inches, keeping the Suburban's lines proportional. Yes, a three-inch section was taken out of the middle of the body, doors and cowl, then butt/hammer welded. The hood was also sectioned and pie-cut. Stay tunned for the progress of Project Sublime.... Remember, Old Guys Rule!

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