After slamming the suspension, it was time to resculpture our '50 Chevy Suburban project. In order to deliver the ultimate wow factor on project Sublime, it was decided to alter its profile with five major body mods: We chopped the roof and sectioned the body side panels, cowl, hood, and doors.
To physically hammer the fat 'n sassy 'Burban, it was very important to keep the body alterations proportional. These fat-fendered '48-'54 body style trucks and SUV's have tall doors and side body panels. Chopping only the top three inches through the windows and windshield would exaggerate the height of doors and body panels. To keep the 'Burban's profile proportional, the doors, body panels, cowl, and hood would be sectioned an even three inches. The 'Burban's two-piece split windshield was removed in order to graft a '52 Chevy coupe one-piece radiused windshield, along with A-pillars, and top of the cowl onto the 'Burban's cowl.
To accomplish these critical body transformations we called on Dan Dowdy and Dale Taylor at Street Rods by Dowdy in Dolan Springs, Arizona. The customizing experience between these two metal masters is damn near a hundred years. Dan and Dale were definitely the right sheetmetal sculptors for the job. A total of 6 inches of metal was removed from the old 'Burban's body to totally change its profile.
Follow along as we will show you how these mind-blowing body changes were created by Dan and Dale.