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'60s Built '34 Pickup with Original Paint: Polished & Rebuilt


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#1 John Goschke

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:48 AM

Late this summer I picked up this old '34 Ford pickup off ebay 'cause I thought the old paint looked cool and I was the only bidder at $9.99! It's an original issue of the kit, molded in red plastic. The paint appeared to be Testor's Burgundy Purple Metallic applied ages ago. When I got the model, even though the paint was a bit rougher than I expected, I still decided to disassemble the model, clean it up (smelled like an ash tray full of Lucky Strike butts!), polish the old paint and rebuilt it using some new-old parts from the stash.

 

Before the rebuild. Note the spare tire cover is a continental kit piece from an unknown kit. Revell U.S. Royal Master tires on custom Barris "flying saucer" wheelcovers from the kit. '32 Ford bumpers front and rear...
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After, rebuild with polished-out original paint...
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Custom taillights from an original issue kit, BMF on all the bed cover snaps. Wheels and tires from an old-tool Ala Kart. Covered the face of the old spare cover with some sheet styrene, smoothed it out and added some stretched sprue around the outside to represent piping before spraying with Tamiya Racing White and Dullcoat to make it look like a vinyl cover...
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'49 Ford steering wheel. Dash and wheel centers painted with NOS Testors Burgundy Purple Metallic...
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Chassis before. Brush-painted flat red. Underside of fenders brush-painted white...
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After. New chassis, original fenders. Wheelbase adjusted, moving front axle forward, rear axle back. Scratch exhaust system from aluminum ground wire. Tamiya gloss aluminum frame, Alclad suspension.
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Engine, before with oxidized plating revealing red plastic. Original worn headlight rims in painted buckets...
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After. Engine painted Tamiya Lavendar with new valve covers. Headlight assembly replaced, with bracket, buckets and horn in Alclad, plus new radiator cap and emblem...
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Edited by John Goschke, 18 December 2012 - 08:53 AM.


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:03 AM

Nice save- good looking model that preserves the style from when it was first built.



#3 ssroczyn

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:04 AM

I think this is a pretty cool post.  I like what you did

with this truck, especially showing the before and

after pics!   Very Cool!

 

The finished version turned out super nice!  Great Job!

 

Question : How did you disassemble it, specifically how did

                 you get the previously glued parts apart?

 

Steve



#4 Zarana-X

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:24 AM

Nice rebuild. Half of my projects lately are rebuilds.

#5 gtx6970

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:42 AM

WAY cool.

I like the ' save the nostalgia' part the most

 

Well done !



#6 TooOld

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:53 AM

Beautiful restoration !   I like that you kept the original feel of the truck and restored it with common upgrades .   Great job !



#7 rmvw guy

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

I love the look and the story. Very Retro. Nice save!

#8 vintagercr

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

That is a very nice rebuild.

#9 chepp

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

Great save! Thanks for replacing those headlights with ones put on straight. The taillights look cool.



#10 thatz4u

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

very nice work



#11 Silver Foxx

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

Nice work , you have turned this into a really neat model.



#12 crazyjim

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

Excellent.



#13 slusher

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

Nice save and a great story. Thats a really nice color..



#14 Sixties Sam

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

Very nice restoration. It's amazing how subtle changes can add up to a major improvement! You've kept the feel of the original model. Good work!

Sam



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Very very cool. I like that you saved the original paint.



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

cool i bet you were a goalie nice save



#17 realgone58

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

This really came out awesome! Looks fantastic, love the original paint. It's hard to find old kits where someone sprayed them decently enough to polish out like this one did. Very cool and good looking truck.



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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:33 AM

awsome , what a difference , i love it



#19 vaughn

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:56 AM

Nice job and post !



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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:51 AM

Great save on this model John! Great idea also on saving the paint. I have a '61 Comet that has a pretty decent paint job on it. I may give your idea a try on it.