Great work on the added details under the hood Sonny, that's gonna look great when it's finished!
1965 Ford Galaxie Street Machine
Posted 31 July 2013 - 02:39 AM
Wonderful work on that chassis. It's going to pay of big time.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:35 AM
Here's some of the work on the interior...
I've never been a big fan of the one-piece interior tubs (luckily the kit manufacturers don't do it so much with newer tooling). The problem in, my opinion, is with the depth of engraving - or lack of it. The newer kits with separate door panels are so much better.
The second problem with one piece tubs is that the door panels always seem to be on a slight angle - never quite vertical. I guess this is due to the restrictions of the moulding process. I have decided to cut off the door panels on this project and I will be scratch building some new ones.
The third reason - and probably the most important one - is that the kit interior's door panels seem to depict the ones for a convertible (at the rear). Looking at some of the reference pics it should look like this (above). Did AMT ever make a 65 Galaxie convertible?
Because of the inclined door panels I have had to widen the interior floor. I have also removed the moulded in foot pedals as I will be replacing these later on.
Before I can progress much further I have a couple of questions and I'm sure someone on this forum will be able to help me...
1) Are the inner fender on the Galaxie structural - can I leave them out?
2) Is the kit interior actually for a convertible?
Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:59 AM
I remember building & ruining this one as a kid. I remember there was a red one built in the 'small talk' pages of the now defunct 'street machine' mag.
They did do a convertible kit of this, pretty sure that the tub for the kit is the conv one & wouldnt be correct for yours.
It looks like its a full frame car, if it is I'd think you can leave the inner fenders out.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:58 AM
Thanks for the info about the convertible kit Si.
I am amazed that you remember that Small Talk project Si. I first saw the Small Talk section in Street Machine magazine around 1985 and that was what inspired me to build better models. Without Small Talk my model building would never really have taken off. That red Galaxie was built by Terry Ross - the editor of the Small Talk section. He went on to create Speed Freaks and you can see what he's up to now on his website www.speed-still.com/index.html - its really worth a look if you want to see how abstract automotive art can be!
Posted 02 August 2013 - 03:14 PM
Sonny, the interior for this one is the same as the convertible, both started life as promos, so to save money AMT just tooled up the convertible interior for both. It's pretty common among the old AMT kits unfortunately...
Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:28 PM
I guess I'll chime in on the "Structural fender well" question. As a person who has worked on a lot of 1:1 cars, the inner fender well isn't structural as much as it is just supportive. The solid frame under the car can actually hold take the load of the car without the fender wells. The radiator cross brace or bonnet slam panel' which ever you prefer to call it, holds the structure and shape of the front end (fenders) by bolting them to it and the rear portion of the fender is bolted to the front bulk head or fire wall. The fender well is there mostly to strengthen the fender due to its length and to keep a fair share of road grime from getting in the engine compartment.
On a true race machine, they can be taken out in the process of loosing weight and it would allow more air flow to cool the engine although you loose aero dynamics (toss that up for debate) Adding a lite amount of bracing would be an alternative to the 100 plus pounds you get rid of by taking them out.
Long winded, but I hope this answers the question.. Good luck and great progress so far!
Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:13 AM
Here's some more progress...
Out of the kit there is a mis-match between the floor pan and underside of the interior floor. I'll try to fix this.
The two holes left from removing the mouled in exhaust silencers.
I have raised the boot floor slightly to accommodate the new exhaust system.
Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:18 AM
The first coat of grey primer on the floor reveals that it is still far from perfect, but its a start. I'll continue with this, but just for a change of scenery I have turned my attention to the body.
I will either have 'shaved' door handles or add them again after the body has been painted. So, for now I am removing them completely.
Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:24 AM
For the smooth look I will be losing the Galaxie 500 script.
The trim on the rear quarter has caused me quite some concern...
Removing this trim was harder than I first thought . Keeping the body line straight was tricky.
I will be adding some photo etched wipers later; so - the moulded in wipers must go. This was another tricky job.
Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:51 AM
Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:14 AM
You, sir, are a MONSTER! I LOVE this! Thank you for showing us how it's done! i had this kit as a NEW release, THAT'S how long it's been around! your doin it RIGHT bro, I'm just have a good time watching your progress! Thanks again!