'66 Riviera custom Feb 8, 2019 2:03:35 GMT -5
Post by chepp on Feb 8, 2019 2:03:35 GMT -5
Back in the olden days, cars had a single visual unit of a grille/hood/cowl/cabin/trunk that had four separate fenders covering the wheels.
As time went by the fenders were better integrated into the body but they were still bulbous and the hoods/trunks were tapered -- think "fat fendered" cars.
Eventually auto styling became sleeker and sleeker until the car body looked (from above) like a rectangle that covered everything -- such as a '58 Chevy.
In the '60s, some cars evoked earlier styling by tapering (again, as seen from above) the hoods and trunks with the fenders looking sort-of added on -- such as the '66 Riv.
So, here's what the Riv would look like if the four fenders were left in their original locations but the grille/hood/cowl/cabin/trunk was narrowed. The front fenders would allow the doors to open.
On the left, this is what it looks like with the fenders removed and the body narrowed. What used to be the sides of the fenders have been trimmed and reshaped to become the sides of the body.
It sits on a chassis that will use the original-width suspensions and wheel wells but with a narrowed floor pan.
Here is a very rough mockup showing the narrowed body with the four fenders in their original locations. Now the trick will be to fill in the now-exposed parts of the fenders to make them look finished but still separate from the body. The red areas on the first photo are yet to be removed.
Since it evokes an earlier time using a TRAK-friendly vehicle I'm posting it here instead of in the "Is this TRAKable?" forum. Everything on it will be TRAK friendly.
What do you think? All comments -- postive, negative or otherwise are welcome.
Although it's OT, GM stylists made some renderings and models in the late '60s along this theme but they used early '70s styling. They called them "four-fendered farkles" -- you could look it up.