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#21 mrmike

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:20 AM

Thanks Carl, Ray, and Shane!



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

I have finished the dash.
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And, installed it into the now completed interior.
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I installed the engine and radiator into the chassis.  The exhaust I have chosen will dump in front of the rear tires and will require some bending of the pipes to fit the chassis.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:15 AM

looking good Mike



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

Thanks Bill!

 

 

I did a mockup of the Ford and I didn't like it.  The nose sits too high.
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I took apart the front suspension and cut off the spindles and mounted them higher on the front axle.
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This should help lower the nose a bit.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:40 AM

That is one pretty nice color for this car! Looks great man.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:03 PM

Really nice progress Mike. looking forward to more...



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

Cool color and nice clean work. Sould be a real looker when you're done! :)

 

 

I did a mockup of the Ford and I didn't like it.  The nose sits too high. ... I took apart the front suspension and cut off the spindles and mounted them higher on the front axle....This should help lower the nose a bit.

 

I agree. Get that nose down. You're on the right track but I suspect you're being a little conservative on the drop. I think that front axle is the same or very similar to the one in Revell's '40 Ford Standard Coupe. I lowered the front end on one of those a great deal using the same technique you used but with a good deal more drop. The bottom of the spindles were above the top of the axle on mine. Here's picture of the front end and also one of the result (I left the back end stock and ran big slicks for mucho rake...).

 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:34 PM

BERNARD THAT IS SOME  [RAKE] ! LOOKS GOOD.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:54 PM

Thanks guys!  Bernard, I want a little rake, not a lot as you suggest.  I am using the stock front axle which does limit the amount of drop in the front suspension, but as I said, I want a little rake.

 

 

Some progress this afternoon.  I got the interior in, front grille and headlight buckets in, and the hood in place.  I still need to put in the headlight lenses and windshield wipers and to add more detailing to the grille.

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I installed the taillights and I'm debating whether to add more chrome pieces to the lid or not.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

Nice! I dig the combination of stock grill and louvered hood. Very hot rod!

 

I wasn't suggesting the radical rake of my '40, the result of oversized rear tires and stock height rear suspension, and very much what I was after, It's just that you probably will want to bring the nose down to something along the lines of the rear height and I suspect you might have to add some more drop. In my case I also was using the stock front axle, so a wide range of drop can be achieved using this method.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing more, more, more... This will be one sweet ride when you're done.


Edited by Bernard Kron, 01 April 2013 - 12:34 AM.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

Looks great Mike its really coming along...


Edited by slusher, 05 April 2013 - 03:15 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:59 PM

nice nice .. the only thing i would have done was do the engine block copper instead of the bluw to stay within the colorscheme of the interiour :P



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 03:11 PM

Richard, I had thought about doing that but opted for the Ford Engine Blue instead.

 

 

Last night I got the wheels and tires mounted to the chassis.
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I decided to use the exhaust system from the Revell '68 Dodge Dart GTS.  I started by separating the head pipes from the mufflers.  I'll paint the exhaust tips with gloss black enamel paint and paint them in the morning with Alclad II Chrome paint.  The mufflers and pipes will be paint with Aluminium Metalizer paint.
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I needed to widen some of the openings in the frame for the exhaust to fit through.  I'll touch up the scraped areas with Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black paint.
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More to come...

 



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:24 PM

I like the dark-anodized Torque-Thrusts with that bright green. It sets off nicely.

 

And the good news...I'll be free in May, so I might actually be able to make it up to Lowell for a visit!

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:55 AM

That will be great Charlie!  The next meeting is Saturday May 4th at 1:00 PM.  Hope you can make it!



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:11 PM

I have finished my '48 Ford Street Rod, but I need some (hopefully) sunshine for outdoors pictures.  Until then, here's something to whet your appetite... 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:27 PM

Can't wait to see the rest, come on sunshine!  I love all your color choices and can't wait to see the lowered stance.  I think the engine looks great in the blue and more noticeable.  The Ford Flathead is always the right choice, I.M.O.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

Well, next week is supposed to be nice and sunny.

 

The color looks great.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:15 AM

Thanks Ron and Charlie!

 

My '48 Ford Street Rod is completed and posted in Under Glass.  I would like to thank all those who took the time to view and to comment on my WIP.