Ron Thronson's 1951 Chevrolet

From Kustomrama
Jump to: navigation, search
As it appeared in Car Craft January 1958. Photo by George Barris.
Photo by George Barris.
Photo by George Barris.
Photo by George Barris.
Photo by George Barris.

1951 Chevrolet 4-door Fleetline restyled by Branson's Custom Shop in Artesia, California for Ron Thronson of Costa Mesa, California. Ron's Fleetline featured no door handles, all 4 doors were electrically operated. The hood had been welded into one piece and peaked, it also featured rounded corners, and 64 louvers. A 1949 Mercury grille shell was molded installed, making a new smooth grille cavity. A typical George Branson trademark was the hand shaped front pan, featuring push bar bumpers, cut from driveshafts, then chromed. A 1953 Chevrolet grille was mounted from the rear, giving the illusion of a floating grille. The rear bumper was discarded as well, and all the seams were filled. It also had a set of 1953 Oldsmobile taillights and license bracket was installed in the extended rear pan. Once all the bodywork was done, it was painted Bronze and fit with a white and brown interior. The stock 216 engine was replaced by a full-house flathead Mercury. In order to get the right stance, the frame was C'd, and 3 coils were cut up front, and the rear springs were de-arched. Oldsmobile Fiesta hubcaps wrapped up the style.[1]

Magazine Features and Appearances

Car Craft January 1958


Promote your shop, show or business on Kustomrama - This ad space can also be bought to promote cars for sale or to hunt down rare parts you're looking for. Click here for more info...


Did you enjoy this article?

Kustomrama is an online encyclopedia dedicated to traditional hot rod and custom cars. Our mission is to protect, preserve and share traditional hot rod custom car history from all over the world.

Help us make this article better

If you have additional information, photos, feedback or corrections about Ron Thronson's 1951 Chevrolet, please get in touch with Kustomrama at:

This Article Was Made Possible By:

SunTec Auto Glass - Auto Glass Services on Vintage and Classic Cars
Finding a replacement windshield, back or side glass can be a difficult task when restoring your vintage or custom classic car. It doesn't have to be though now with auto glass specialist companies like They can source OEM or OEM-equivalent glass for older makes/models; which will ensure a proper fit every time. Check them out for more details!

Do you want to see your company here? Click here for more info about how you can become a Kustomrama advertiser and supporter.

Personal tools
Please Help Kustomrama
Recommended reading