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Cad powered '50s era '40 Ford coupe (with handmade brass rad)


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#1 traditional

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

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I've just completed building this traditional '40 Ford Custom rod using a $24 1st Gear CarQuest Auto Parts promo as starting material. This promo from a couple of years ago is, in my opinion, the best proportioned '40 coupe ever.......better than any of the plastic kits and considerably better proportioned than even Danbury Mint's coupe.

The promo comes as a Chevy powered, relatively hi-tech, '90s era rod with updated suspension, steering, interior, and trunk, but since I'm partial to more traditional rods from the 50s and early 60s, I decided to modify all those components back to the simple transverse spring, I-beam axle, old-school pleated interior, and traditional wheels/wide whites etc.

The model was completely disassembled, stripped of paint, any unused holes filled, and the unwanted hi-tech components went into my parts bin for possible future use.

The original dog-leg door hinges were ground off and discrete original Ford style hinges fabricated to replace them.

The engine is now a super detailed 50s Cadillac (starting from a basic Revell engine kit) with hand made tri-power manifold, mesh filters, fuel lines, and linkage. The double core rad is fabricated from polished sheet brass, the transverse springs/shackles (front and rear) are made from individual leaves of aluminum sheet, and the steering front i-beam axle is done in soldered brass starting with a model RR brass rail.

The interior pleated panels are done from model RR grooved styrene siding, the carpet (interior and trunk) is done in white felt, and the custom exhaust is fabricated in polished aluminum tubing, as are the '50s style front and rear nerf-bars. The front and rear windows are made in poly-carbonate sheet with the gaskets done in black wire from a craft store.

Paint is custom mixed automotive two-part basecoat/clearcoat. 

Like all models, I'll probably fiddle with a few details over the next while but for all intent, the model is now complete.

 

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#2 Silver Foxx

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

This looks beautiful - you have done a lot of really nice work.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:14 PM

looks great! love the color!!



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

Wooooooooooooooooooooow !



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:50 PM

Clifford very nice!

#6 slammedi'am

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Very beautiful!



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

Cliff my friend, you know I don't even have to tell you what I think. I can't wait to see more of your vehicles in person. B)



#8 Chuck Doan

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Spectacular!



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

Outstanding Cliff, hell of a nice job B) !



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

WOW, a really detailed build. Super nice...



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

Sweet!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

First thing I noticed, the chrome fender welts, nice touch.  I never see these on plastic models although, I have added them on a VW Beetle and a"37 Ford, not easy to do.  Beautiful paint!  I really like the suspension.  The engine is like jewelry and the Nerf bars are really cool.  Nice job overall on the whole project.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

Absolutely, extremely gorgeous!!! That my friend is one beautiful Traditional '40 built with love, and passion. A true piece of art. I do however think the rear nerf bars are a tad bit to long, but that's the only thing I see. The radiator is stunning, the detail is stellar. and the whole build is just perfect!!! What did you use to replicate the Merc caps?



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

Very cool Cliff! B)

 

I'm diggin' all your usual details, neat use of the eyelets for exhaust hangers :)



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:18 PM

Beautiful model! Superb metal work on the radiator and everywhere! The color is just right too!

 

Sam



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

Very, very nice!

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:31 AM

Clean,clean,clean. Clean build!



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:37 AM

The finished model has turned out beuatifully! Very nice paint job. Love the radiator you built.

 

Kevin



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:09 AM

Wow. That is really nice.



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:17 AM

Stunning!  Very impresive!