Post by Bernard Kron on Dec 1, 2011 21:54:11 GMT -5
This is the Charles Kraft Deuce 3-window. It was featured in the May, 1958 Rod & Custom. The first picture is from the 50’s Years of Rod & Custom book. I have long been somewhat mistrustful of the authenticity of the extreme chopped and channeled look so popular among the "Tats 'n' Rats" crowd, but it does have its basis in hot rodding history.
Several things jump out at me about this car. Firstly, the lowering job is about as extreme as you are likely to see, even today. Secondly, many of the styling cues are ones that wouldn't be done today (or at least rarely and likely not all together) , particularly on this type of car. And lastly, I keep having to remind myself that this is a mid-50's car, with a May '58 publication date and Kraft's clothing implying it was probably photographed in the fall or winter of '57 and thus started sometime in '55. The strongly 50's traditional vibe is on full-tilt and this look will survive into the early 60's, although by then the Flathead would almost certainly not be present.
Please feel free to add other period examples of extreme chopped and channeled cars, either to this thread or in another one in this section.
......and if those fenders look like an afterthought, they are likely the result of a California law that required fenders on cars weighing more than a minimum weight (that I can't remember) that was enforced "occasionally".
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