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#1 Foxer

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:14 AM

This is based on AMT's first '32 Ford kit and the first '32 I ever built back in the early '60's when it was first released. I've wanted to do a radically sectioned and channeled '32 for some time and got started a few years ago. With my daughter's van nearing completion and Christian Pamp's AMT 32 Ford community build rearing it's head my interest got recycled. I can't post this in Christian's thread because it uses a Revell frame and maybe some other pieces. I posted a thread 3 over years ago asking weather to chop it or not and got many opinions that helped me decide where it was going. The top is staying unchopped but I did change the grill to an aerodynamic one I had from something else. I've thought had on the tires and I'm leaving the Prowler big and littles .. I like the rake it has.

The body was glued to the fenders today and the hood sanding completed. It looks like the bottom of the front shroud needs to be raised, although the front wheels are just slipped in place and the front will go up a little when they are centered on the axle.

I tested many engines and those that had a low enough induction to fit under the hood were too wide. I settled on a Ford SHO from a Taurus kit that donated it's front for another build .. my Dad's '92 Crown Victoria. I always liked the look of the first SHO engines and some engineering to turn it 90 degrees and fit should make it right for this build. It's not a period correct rod, just something correct for THIS period I'm building it in.

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The fenders have widened 3" each and this photo shows it before primer to see..
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Edited by Foxer, 05 June 2014 - 10:53 AM.


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:20 PM

I really like this one - especially that nose.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:01 PM

Very nice section job on the body. The widened fenders and running boards look great. I personally like the '32 grill shell, but the "track" nose gives it a different look.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:06 PM

That is looking super cool. Nice work!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:01 PM

I love this rod. Just the overall look with the rims, channeled and not chopped with that different grill really seperate it from the rest. I'm pretty sure I've seen this somewhere else but not sure. Nice work,keep it going, I can't wait to see it done.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:43 AM

Yes, I think it's the different look that makes this one stand out.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:06 AM

I stuck the track nose on a whim yesterday and was still debating cause I like the '32 grill, but you guys have sealed it ... will start making it fit! :) Thanks for the comments.

Lots of body work to fit the grill, trim out the hood and mold the rear fenders in. Headlights have me really wondering what to do.

Edited by Foxer, 28 August 2012 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:58 PM

Cool idea. Very different. I love different.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:54 PM

Liking this one. It goes against all of my hot rod likes, but I like it.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:50 PM

wow! that looks wild!

nice work on extending the fenders, looks great.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:24 AM

Not much to show for it, but this is in the research phase, mostly concerning the SHO motor. It looks good for a fit. The height is still the major dimension .. going to try to use the cast on motor mounts but need some larger angles to make mounts to the frame. Also meed some new brass tubes for the front wheels. It looks like a trip to the far away hobby shop since th eLHS ower is away on vacation this week and this build is BURNING! :lol:

I got the nose tied down with some added side pieces and looks like it needs about a one eight strip to extend it from the hood. This puts it in a good position in front of the fenders and will help with the transition.
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Adapting the SHO motor has been involving most of my research. The chrome was stripped although it will be Alcladed in the end after cleaning up the mold lines. Some research on the distributor "box" cleared up hot to do the ignition wiring. The box will be detailed with an aftermarket coil box on top and look better. A transmission of unknown origin has been mated the SHO. It;s the right length and size and will get a frame support later once the motor mounts are done.
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Thanks for all the comments as they are especially helping during this research, fitting and FUN phase! :)

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

I was thinking about this a lot and I thought that if you have prowler rims why not do the same headlight setup. It would go great with the narrowed front and wouldn't take away from the nose or overall look. just an idea

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:55 PM

I like this, Mike. It's very different and I think it'll look great when it's done.

That car needs to be finished in some kind of subdued yet flashy color- like a deep candy or pearl color, like maroon or navy blue.

Those wheels I think would look best chromed.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:57 PM

I was thinking about this a lot and I thought that if you have prowler rims why not do the same headlight setup. It would go great with the narrowed front and wouldn't take away from the nose or overall look. just an idea


I'm thinking now! It's late for me right now, but will be in the shop tomorrow looking back on those Prowler headlights ... I was thinking of something molded in and this may be perfect! Thanks for the thought , Jason!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:11 PM

I like this, Mike. It's very different and I think it'll look great when it's done.

That car needs to be finished in some kind of subdued yet flashy color- like a deep candy or pearl color, like maroon or navy blue.

Those wheels I think would look best chromed.

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The color has been edging it's way into my head lately, Charlie. It's always been black in my head, but I know it needs something more noteworthy. Dark just seems natural. I'm leaning heavily toward some clear over chrome on the engine .. the intake pipes and cam cover like in these photos ...
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a deep red or blue candy would fit these engine colors. Not sure where I'd find a maroon candy .. but I'm gonna be looking.

I'm so happy I had such success with my first Alclad job on my daughter's van . this one is going to need some chrome replaced for sure! Definitely the wheels!

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:08 AM

I was thinking about this a lot and I thought that if you have prowler rims why not do the same headlight setup. It would go great with the narrowed front and wouldn't take away from the nose or overall look. just an idea


It's tomorrow, but have a few duties before I get full down in the shop. I pulled out the Prowler and WoW! The headlights are installed in a separate pod from the body ... this will be a pretty simple operation. It looks like I could even cut the shroud back short and leave it open as a hood vent! What an idea, Jason! .. thanks again for the input. I have to get the front extension for the nose on before I can really fit the Prowler headlights but they look good! :) I know all the :old school" guys will hate this but I"m old school too .. started building car models in 1958 with AMT's first .. and this is 2012 .. I build what looks good to me and this will LOOK GOOD!

I should have looked back on the Prowler as it has other parts that could be useful. The engine could have been a better fit, but it also has a rear trans-axle so maybe it would be more work adapting the suspension. Anyway, I like the look of the SHO engine too much and it's staying.

Edited by Foxer, 30 August 2012 - 03:40 AM.


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:41 PM

It's tomorrow, but have a few duties before I get full down in the shop. I pulled out the Prowler and WoW! The headlights are installed in a separate pod from the body ... this will be a pretty simple operation. It looks like I could even cut the shroud back short and leave it open as a hood vent! What an idea, Jason! .. thanks again for the input. I have to get the front extension for the nose on before I can really fit the Prowler headlights but they look good! :) I know all the :old school" guys will hate this but I"m old school too .. started building car models in 1958 with AMT's first .. and this is 2012 .. I build what looks good to me and this will LOOK GOOD!

I should have looked back on the Prowler as it has other parts that could be useful. The engine could have been a better fit, but it also has a rear trans-axle so maybe it would be more work adapting the suspension. Anyway, I like the look of the SHO engine too much and it's staying.

Glad I was able to help mike. I'm excited to see how your going to incorporate them with that nose. I personally think all the old school guys will still love this rod. It still has that old school feel with a modern touch. Anyway you look at it, just remember your building it for you, not everyone else, so if it looks good to you then that's all that matters.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:47 AM

Work on the nose AND Prowler headlight adaption to the hood has been progression, abet slowly. I began thinking the nose should be extended 1/8" to the hood and added some tabs around the nose to wrap some thin sheet. The tabs can be seen in the first photo. With the decision to use the Prowler headlights I could see they needed to extend beyond the front edge of the hood to clear the fenders. So, the extension is being added to the hood. It still needs another wrap or two of .2 styrene and then can be filed and sanded to match the hood. I can see I have to shove the headlights back a bit from the location in the photos to get the clearance. The front edge of the extension will be the blue line at the hood top. Once I get the hood extension shaped I can get the placement of the headlights fixed in place. I cut the back of the headlight mounting to form a vent/scoop to the engine and a little thinning with the dremal gives it a nice opening. The headlight area will have to be ground out from the rear to allow installation of the headlights themselves from inside the hood.
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I've been working on the engine mounts to get the engine position set so I can carry on with that installation ans see what clearances I need. The air intake on the SHO engine faces to the rear so I had to grind out some firewall to allow the new intake plumbing to turn 180 degrees back into the side of the engine. This will be bent from some soft planters wire and just end in a K&N filter I happened to have.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:51 PM

I love it! that nose n prowler headlights look great on there........

keep it goin
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:06 PM

Those painted engines are pretty cool, Mike. I like the blue.

I was actually thinking body-color, but if you did some type of blue on the engine with a coordinating or matching exterior and a light gray interior, I think you'd have something there.

I would suggest a candy blue using silver with Tamiya or Testors clear/transparent blue.

I was giving thought to a candy maroon. You might be able to achieve that using Model Master Burgundy Metallic enamel thinned out to near-transparent, over a gold base. I would recommend a tan interior with that...or, for red overload, Humbrol Crimson, overcoated with flat and semi-gloss as appropriate. If you can't find Humbrol out there, let me know, Spare Time stocks it and I can grab you a can if you need it.

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