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#1 Jairus

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 12:24 PM

Walked out to the mail box today expecting the normal raft of late notices from creditors and found only one box.... this:
Wonder what is in it and who is "Flint"?
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WOW
Was not expecting this!
Jimmy and I talked almost two weeks ago and I guess I forgot that he was sending something....
Anyone know what it is?
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A little history:
Back in the late 90's my life was very stressful and I was going through a terrible personal issue. All my models were in storage and I had nothing but a few tools in little box to use with which to give me something to do. Lindberg had just released the 1953 Ford victoria kit so I started cutting that up and ended up with a beautiful Country Squire station wagon and plans for a neat GSL project. This car really brought me out of my doldrums! (Gregg also called me for the FIRST time about then too, but that is another story) :)

A resin caster at one of the shows saw my creation on the "in-progress table" at a local show and said that he would like to cast and sell it. NO, was his answer, I would receive no payment for this of course.... :(
I contacted Art Andersen, a friend, who at the time was running a more reputable resin body business by the name of "All American" who then ended up sitting on the project for a little more than 4 years.
Art did eventually give me back the body I worked so hard on... however the plus side is that he improved the piece a bit by correcting the curve of the roof and modified the posts a little.
I met Jimmy Flintstone while taking in iHobby last year and told him about the '53. He said he would love to check it out and so I sent it to him shortly after arriving back at the homestead.
Jimmy gave the master to his master builder who I met at Atlanta in '06 and he suggested he would like to make some improvements before casting.

The short of it is that the piece you see here has been worked on by three professionals! It really is the best and most correct that can attempted of any 1953 Ford Country Squire wagon.
SoCalCarCulture will be wanting one of these....
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The interior is pretty smooth leaving little evidence of previous body work other than the tiny pin ends which became the stovebolt heads for the wood sides.
The chassis from the coupe or convertible should suffice but modifying the cargo area will remain a challenge until someone works up a suitable resin part.

Me, I am going to scratch build that myself by filling the area with suitcases, coolers and other travel parifinalia as-if the car is on vacation. Simple huh? 'Cause that was the plan way back in 1997 before the body started traveling all over the country... ;)

My Country Squire has finally come home! ;)

#2 Tom Jackson

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 01:21 PM

Thank You for starting this project. i bought one of theses bodys From Jimmy at Toledo This year . It will look good pulling The shasta Trailer From the Modelhaus .




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Posted 29 October 2007 - 01:27 PM

Have you shown the original in public? I sort of remember seeing something like this in a catalogue . . . I am probably wrong.

It looks great . . . the work that casters do really fills a void in the industry.

#4 Billy Kingsley

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 04:01 PM

Very nice Jairus. But the story of how it came to be is even better!

Gotta love how Jimmy doesn't even worry about last names or even spelling first names right :)

#5 Jairus

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 06:31 AM

Thanks guys. I will probably be finishing up this build on this here thread and eventually move it to the "On the Workbench" section once progress is being made.
Virgil, the only time the original was shown in public was at a Puyallup, WA NNL sometime in 1997 or '98. After that it was all over the country.

Billy, Jimmy is like that. But in his defense, my name is not that easy to spell much less pronounce. When I meet some of you guys for the first time, it seems the ice breaker generally starts out with: How to you pronounce "Jairus"? B)
Not to mention seeing it spelled a bunch of different ways right here on this forum!
At any rate, if any of you want one of these bodies, email Jimmy at:
flintstonestudios@wi.rr.com

Or simply click on the logo below to be taken to Jimmy's web site. ;)
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 09:47 AM

That's mighty fine lookin' Jairus! That's the one you were mentioning before............

I may have to pick one of these up since I've got several Lindberg '53 Fords to be used. :D


Billy, Jimmy is like that. But in his defense, my name is not that easy to spell much less pronounce. When I meet some of you guys for the first time, it seems the ice breaker generally starts out with: How to you pronounce "Jairus"? :D


You oughta hear how some folks pronounce "Geary"......... :lol:

#7 Billy Kingsley

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 04:05 PM

Indeed, I've met Jimmy many times, he's a funny guy.

I don't know how to pronounce your name either! Of cource, I'm lucky I can pronounce my own... B) :lol:

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 04:23 PM

I don't know how to pronounce your name either!



OK, I'll be the one who asks... Is it JI-rus, JAY-rus, or something else? B) :lol: :lol:

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 04:33 PM

Jare-us? B)

#10 Jairus

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 05:36 PM

Jair, as in air.
rus as in .... ah , russ!
Two syllables and no waiting.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 05:43 PM

THANK YOU!!!

Now we know! ....and knowing is half the battle. B)

I was one of the people who looked at your name and thought it was JAIR-ee-us like Darius. Boy did I feel dumb when my mind finally did put the letters in the right order!

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 09:42 AM

The mystery is solved! ;)

Nice refrence, Jonathan :lol:

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 03:54 AM

Hmmm,

Now, that does look FAMILIAR!

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#14 Jairus

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 02:37 PM

Hey!
Someone finally build one of these...
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This car is on eBay, just click on the first picture to be taken to the auction.
He did a nice job huh? :(
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 05:38 AM

That's an incredible piece of work there, Jairus. The long gestation and professional help (no, not that kind) really puts it in a league of it's own. Killer stuff.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:47 AM

That sure is a sharp wagon!!

I'll betcha Paul will get a huge chunk of change for that one!

I follow his auctions all the time and his models are always super clean, and the price he gets for 'em shows and are well earned!


#17 Jairus

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:17 AM

Bill, you built one of these yet? Would have been fun to have had Paul, YOU and I build one each and post them on ePay..... :(

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 02:39 PM

Jairus,

You did a wonderful job mastering that one. I have to get one of those for myself. Now, will it be a straight Replica Stock, or a street machine (Arter-Lowered, on a set of Pegasus' American 5-Spokes, or MCG Caddy Sombreros on Wide Whites). Black with the wood trim, and either Tan, or Red & White guts.

By the way, Paul's model is exquisite. I wish I could afford one for my collection.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 03:02 PM

Bill, you built one of these yet? Would have been fun to have had Paul, YOU and I build one each and post them on ePay..... :)


No I haven't built one yet........................The woodgrain alone would be a first for me as I've never done any like that! :blink:

Does the kit have a separate hood, or was everything molded in? Also would the '53 Lindberg Ford chassis need some changes for a wagon, or is it standard fare?


#20 Jairus

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 04:06 PM

You use the kit hood. The chassis needs no modification unless you want to be absolutely correct. (Spare tire should be horizontal rather than vertical)
There is no cargo space and the kit interior panels need be modified to match the 4 door, door lines.
Other than that..... :)