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#1 mrm

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:28 PM

This is another one of my endless Deuce projects and it is ..........a hearse. A hot rodded one at that.
I don't remember what gave me the idea, but it has been in my head for a while now. As a matter of fact it was already in my head last June in Kanzas, where I did not see Dorothy, but I got me a Boothhill Express showrod in a gallon ziplock bag for something like $10. It was exactly what I had in mind for the project. The other part I needed was the Dan Fink Speedwagon, which I already had a couple of from evilbay. The only setback was, that I found out that the supposedely whole kit of the Boothill express was missing its roof. Well styrene sheet it was.

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Since I now had a much longer body, I needed to stretch the frame. I decided to use two separate fromes cut at different places for the job (sometimes it seems like I have an unlimited supplies of '32 parts accumulated over the years before I even gave myself a break from the hobby) Looking at all the issues that would have caused with the cross members etc. I decided to use just the front crossmember and the one at the very back. So basically I had to scratchbuild the frame with some styrene tubing .
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I decided to go fullfendered as I have a vision of a hot rodded but elegant hearse. That meant that not only the fenders had to be stretched, but also the running boards now had to be filled to become smooth.
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To locate the first crossmember made, on which the rear suspention is going to be, I temporarily glead the rear radius rods to the original kit cross member and to the rear end. This way I had the exact geometry that I needed laid infront of me.
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Pretty much the same principal was used for the tranny mounting point and another crossmember further to the front. Then everything was glued together by some design of mine.
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This is pretty much what the new stretched chassis looks like as of now. It still needs some more work and attachment brackets and mounts for the suspention.
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Thank you for looking and stay tuned.

#2 Kris Morgan

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:45 PM

Very interesting. I think I like where this is going. I will be watching this.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:00 PM

This is another one of my endless Deuce projects and it is ..........a hearse. A hot rodded one at that.
I don't remember what gave me the idea, but it has been in my head for a while now. As a matter of fact it was already in my head last June in Kanzas, where I did not see Dorothy, but I got me a Boothhill Express showrod in a gallon ziplock bag for something like $10. It was exactly what I had in mind for the project. The other part I needed was the Dan Fink Speedwagon, which I already had a couple of from evilbay. The only setback was, that I found out that the supposedely whole kit of the Boothill express was missing its roof. Well styrene sheet it was.

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Since I now had a much longer body, I needed to stretch the frame. I decided to use two separate fromes cut at different places for the job (sometimes it seems like I have an unlimited supplies of '32 parts accumulated over the years before I even gave myself a break from the hobby) Looking at all the issues that would have caused with the cross members etc. I decided to use just the front crossmember and the one at the very back. So basically I had to scratchbuild the frame with some styrene tubing .
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I decided to go fullfendered as I have a vision of a hot rodded but elegant hearse. That meant that not only the fenders had to be stretched, but also the running boards now had to be filled to become smooth.
Posted Image

To locate the first crossmember made, on which the rear suspention is going to be, I temporarily glead the rear radius rods to the original kit cross member and to the rear end. This way I had the exact geometry that I needed laid infront of me.
Posted Image

Pretty much the same principal was used for the tranny mounting point and another crossmember further to the front. Then everything was glued together by some design of mine.
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This is pretty much what the new stretched chassis looks like as of now. It still needs some more work and attachment brackets and mounts for the suspention.
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Thank you for looking and stay tuned.

did you take the running boards /front and rear fenders from a 1932 ford

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:17 PM

Other than the yellow parts, everything else on this is from some sort of '32 Ford kit or will be scratchbuild. The only aftermarket item (other than the usual detail wires, grilles etc.) will eventually be a coffin riding in the back, which will most likely come from Jimmy Flintstone.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:15 PM

Here is a quick mockup of the whole thing. I have not decided on wheels yet, but the ride will be adjusted for sure. Because of the frame modifications, now the wheels sit somewhat more inwards in the fenders, which needs to be fixed. Also the front needs to be brought down a little. But there is a lot more work on the chassis and fenders that needs to be done before that. The model will have white wall tires for sure.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:26 PM

nice mods you got going there

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 01:51 AM

Amazing transformation. Looks like a neat subject, never seen before. Keep it going.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:33 AM

This is cool!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:07 AM

Very cool, I look forward to seeing more of it

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:11 AM

Interesting!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:04 AM

I like this!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:01 AM

Wicked awesome! I'm a fan already. Can't wait for more!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:07 AM

I likw how that's turned out so far!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:41 AM

I'll have to jump start this. So many projects, so little time......

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:25 AM

I had a very similar idea using that hearse part and the rest from the Rootbeer Truck.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:28 AM

Liking the look and excellent mods too.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:09 PM

I mentioned in the other thread that I had some unfortunate events to deal with , which put me out of my building for over a year. All of it was followed by some sort of builder's block. My kid, Ryan, helped me overcome it, by asking to build a model with me. His choice was the Boothill Express. This reignited the spark about this build, which survived the chaos in my house. Well, almost, as the chassis was broken in two. 

So I fixed the chassis and reinforced it. Then I picked an engine for it. It is the sbf from the Speedwagon with MCG resin heads and filter. They are really cool Edelbrock pieces with photoetched plates for the top of the heads and filter. For whatever reason the "Edelbrock" writings are upside down. So I filled them and I will figure out what to do with it. 

 

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Then sprayed everything with black primer to show me the million holes I need to fill. Tamiya basic putty for the first round….

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:14 PM

cool !!! the Michael Moskov hearse wagon !!!



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:41 PM

Thats sweet,Looks like your gettin there.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:28 PM

After fighting pinholes in the putty, ghost lines in joints and cheap automotive black primer, I just gave in and finally soaked the roof and the running boards (trouble areas) in polyurethane primer. It is curing as we speak, but tomorrow will be sanded and hopefully, ready for some paint. I am also working on a headliner for the cab. Will post pictures tomorrow.