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#1 James2

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:48 AM

We are going through a relocation and have packed up almost all of the models and tools for the move. But in the mean time I thought I would keep this one out for my plastic fix!

 

Inspired by a custom ranch truck model in SA Enthusiast, 1998.

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It was my first real attempt at Body modifications (open door not hinged), chassis mods and drive line swaps. Metalizer paint where new to me and polishing paint was for cars not models! But I thought I would try that as well. I smoothed the fenders, sectioned the cab and cut the hood down. The 50 Ford was combined with a Boyd's Smoothster. 

This model has gone through some rough handling over the years and has collected quite a bit of dust. I have always wanted to restore it so here we go. 

The tires shrunk up and cracked, the glue is brittle and showing, the paint needs something and I would like to detail the engine more. Any way take a look and let me know what you think.

 

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:56 AM

MAN THAT HAS ALL THE RIGHT STUFF ,THOSE TIRES ALL WAYS SPLIT :angry: ,TO BAD THAY ARE COOL,CANT WAIT TO SEE HER PUT BACK TO GATHER ,



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 12:05 PM

I think this looks great. The sectioning on the hood looks remarkably well done. Looking forward to seeing the new version.



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:41 PM

Don't know why the History channel show "American Restoration" comes to mind.



#5 James2

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 12:22 AM

Thanks guys. Hard to believe I built this one 15 years ago! 

I always thought the bed needed something more. Last evening I bit the bullet and shortened it up 1cm. And flipped the fenders around to keep the wheel base the same. 

I'll notch the running boards and post pix later, I think it looks pretty good.

 

I guess this should be considered more than restored now?



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 02:42 AM

That was a very cool build James, love the chassis. looking forward to the rework of this build...



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 02:42 AM

This truck has tons of potential, like Blair said you have all the right ingredients. Good luck.  - Bill



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:41 AM

sweeeet !!



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:05 PM

Thanks guys, here are a few pix of a lose mock up. I shortened the floor boards, flipped and tacked the rear fenders and set it on the chassis. The wheel base fits perfectly!

I may not be working on anything for a while, as I said we are getting ready to move. But I will keep this one close to the top of the boxes...

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:47 AM

Been busy relocating, but have much of that out of the way now. Here is a little progress I have managed to accomplish.

Molding the fenders in, filing the fender to accept the tires and  hinged the driver door. (Instead of gluing in position) 

Also made a new bed cover and roll pan for the tail end. Thanks for the interest...

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:36 PM

This is really cool, love the new updates!

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:28 AM

a beautiful project with loads of potential.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:06 AM

Thanks guys....



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

I found time to smooth things up a little, add some cool tail lights from my parts box, hinge the hood and apply a little Tamiya primer.

I also made a panel for under the hood that will get BMF. Thanks for the interest...

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:33 PM

Looking good.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:56 AM

James, you do some awesome work.. I love what you have done so far. Keep it up!

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

Thanks James! I'm working on the chassis waiting on the body paint.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:23 PM

awsome !! i love this one

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:23 AM

With the heavy sectioning of the hood and the appearance of the rear axle being pushed back, I fully expect one of those "Oh look, no engine!" hood-up shots and an accompanying "Here it is!" shot of a Toro drivetrain sitting in the box. :P

 

And if that's not what you're doing, I may have to steal the idea for myself.  ;)



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:40 AM

Thanks Richard.  No the engine will be in the normal location, feel free to try your idea!