Custom Cars

Convertible Cars
May 29, 2012
Custom Convertible Car
May 29, 2012

Newport Convertible Engineering is an original design manufacturer(ODM) that designs and engineers authentic convertible tops and custom cars on all brands of automobiles.

Custom Cars
Rolls royce Pick up truck, Custm car design by Newport Convertible Engieering.

Custom Cars

Lincoln limo convertible, Custm car design by Newport Convertible Engieering.

Custom Cars

NCE has recieved world wide recognition for their original custom car convertible designs, especially on Lexus LX 570.

      Custom Cars

custom car is a passenger vehicle that has been modified in either of the following two ways. First, a custom car may be altered to improve its performance, often by altering or replacing the engine and transmission. Second, a custom car may be a personal “styling” statement, making the car look unlike any car as delivered from the factory. Although the two are related, custom cars are distinct from hot rods. The extent of this difference has been the subject of debate among customizers and rodders for decades. Additionally, a street rod can be considered a custom.

With the change in automobile design to encase the wheels in fenders and to extend the hood to the full width of the car, the former practices were no longer possible. In addition, there was tremendous automotive advertising and subsequent public interest in the new models in the 1950s. Hence custom cars came into existence, swapping headlamp rings, grilles, bumpers, chrome side strips, and tail lights, as well as “frenching” and “tunnelling” head- and taillights. The bodies of the cars were changed by cutting through the sheet metal, removing bits to make the car lower, welding it back together, and adding a lot of lead to make the resulting form smooth (hence the term “lead sled”; lead has been replaced by Bondo). By this means, “chopping” made the roof lower; “sectioning” made the body thinner from top to bottom. “Channeling” was cutting notches in the floorpan where the body touches the frame to lower the whole body. Fins were often added from other cars, or made up from sheet steel. In the custom car culture, someone who merely changed the appearance without also substantially improving the performance was looked down upon.

Customization style

Custom cars are distinct from cars in stock condition. Builders may adopt the visual and performance characteristics of some relevant modification styles, and combine these as desired. There are now several different custom themes, including:

  • Rat rod: imitates (or exaggerates) the “unfinished” and amateur-built appearance of hot rods of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.
  • Street rod: Typically American cars with large-displacement engines modified for speed. They often consist largely of period specific vehicles and components, or emulate visual characteristics of hot rods of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. There is a great deal of overlap here with hot rods.
  • Modern: The style of contemporary cars. Most often contemporary components and paint finishes of modern cars are used.

 

 

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