Telstar ~ James Laga’s 12 Year Custom Build. Continues…

James Laga's Custom Car Build ~ Telstar
 

Spotted on Facebook ~ This is ‘Telstar’, James Laga‘s Shoebox Ford-based original custom build, a project that he’s been working on-and-off for roughly 12 years.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build (the bubble in the cover photo is PhotoShopped)

James started with a shoebox Ford and sectioned it 4 inches, then grafted on Studebaker fender sections.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build

James made the spinners from ’53 Cadillac hub caps and some 1950s accessory spinners.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build

A ’53 Studebaker hood section was used because the stock shoebox Ford hood was, for his liking, too flat across the front.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build

James reshaped the door openings and crafted the handmade fins.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build

The rear deck area is made from the front-end of a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build

James does not have and English wheel or other fancy metal shaping tools, so he cut compound curves from donor cars and pieced them together to achieve the shape he was after.

James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga's Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build
James Laga’s Telstar ~ A Custom Shoebox Ford Based Build

James has also built a scale model of Telstar…

James Laga Testar Scale Model
James Laga Testar Scale Model
James Laga Testar Scale Model
James Laga Testar Scale Model
James Laga Testar Scale Model
James Laga Testar Scale Model

We’ll keep our eyes on this project. Stay tuned…

 
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