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Old 05-22-2018, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hey hi guys, I wonder if an expert here can help. My neighbor insists that his buddy, back when, had a '55 with factory equipped cruiser skirts. My memory sees these only on modified ( mild customs) cars. What say y'all? Thanks for your time.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:47 AM   #2
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I remember those skirts as coming out on 57 Turnpike cruiser's. Am I wrong?
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I remember those skirts as coming out on 57 Turnpike cruiser's. Am I wrong?
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:11 AM   #4
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Hey hi guys, I wonder if an expert here can help.
... well ... that leaves me out...

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My neighbor insists that his buddy, back when, had a '55 with factory equipped cruiser skirts. My memory sees these only on modified ( mild customs) cars.

What say y'all? Thanks for your time.
I don't know for certain, but I think only the wheel shields were available OEM.

That's not to say they were not available or were dealer add-on. Sorta in the same league as CONT KITS.

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great styling back in the day...
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:56 AM   #6
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I would take a guess and say your buddies neighbor probably bought a '55 that had the cruiser skirts on it and assumed they were original. I doubt they were available on 55's.
Like mentioned by Ole Don, I don't think they were even offered in aftermarket until '57 or so, inspired by the Mercury Turnpike cruiser.


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[QUOTE=KULTULZ;1632162]I don't know for certain, but I think only the wheel shields were available OEM.
That's not to say they were not available or were dealer add-on. Sorta in the same league as CONT KITS.

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I would take a guess and say your buddies neighbor probably bought a '55 that had the cruiser skirts on it and assumed they were original. I doubt they were available on 55's.
Like mentioned by Ole Don, I don't think they were even offered in aftermarket until '57 or so, inspired by the Mercury Turnpike cruiser. Sal
Well now I know how to approach this issue. Thanks men.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:29 AM   #8
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I have a 55 fairlane 2 door club sedan with rear fender skirts. Are you saying it did not come that way from the factory?
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Fender skirts were a factory accessory in '55. The big cruiser skirts that went from before the rear wheel opening to the rear bumper were not. Like in the picture in posts #3 and 4. The factory accessory skirts fit into the actual wheel opening in the rear fender.


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I have a 55 fairlane 2 door club sedan with rear fender skirts. Are you saying it did not come that way from the factory?
FOMOCO called them wheel shields-

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Old 06-02-2018, 02:24 AM   #11
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i got these ones, they're not a cruisers , and they fits on my 56 ford ,but i prefer originals....
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i got these ones, they're not a cruisers , and they fits on my 56 ford ,but i prefer originals....
Those are original (OEM) aren't they?
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KULTULZ what's (OEM)??
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what's (OEM)??
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Original Equipment Manufacturer...

...as opposed to aftermarket manufacturer/parts supplier.
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i don't know if it's originals, it was in the trunk when i bought the car
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here's two pics with the fenders skirts
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:06 AM   #17
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Thanks to all for the input. Now I'm thinkin', the lad misused the term cruiser. I was certain at the start that cruisers were add ons. Since only the 'big' players, with extra money went for them, along with the other usual add ons of the day. : Glaspacks, whip antennas, chrome tailpipe tips, flipper caps, inside trunk release, any thing that would hang on the mirror, extra bumper guards, lakers, and dumps, and maybe louvres and pinstriping ( not the stuff from Pep Boys) ooops, pardon the rant I must have gotten lost again!
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Don't forget curb feelers...

If you were a big player you put them on both sides of the car...
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...here's two pics with the fenders skirts

I think she looks good in skirts...
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