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1940 Ford canopy express truck - It's finished!


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#1 Sixties Sam

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:04 AM

I saw this 50 Chevy canopy express truck at an antique machinery show in September and thought it would be nice to make a model of it or something like it.

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I had a 40 Ford panel truck that I built over 40 years ago sitting on a shelf falling apart, so I decided to use it as a base for my model. I can't find a 40 Ford truck like this on Google, so maybe Ford never made any that year. I found pics of Model A's and 50 Fords,but nothing in between. So maybe this model is a phantom. Anyway, I cut openings in the sides and cut down the rear door to make it a tailgate.

I made side rails for the side openings, and a bulkhead between the cab and bed. The veggie crates and racks are made of balsa and coffee stirrers. Veggies are pictures glued into the crates. I plan to display the truck in the parking lot of my 1959 diner and ice cream stand dioramas. I plan to weather it a bit, since in the 1959 setting it would be almost 20 years old.

This is a mockup.

 

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Almost done!

 

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I plan to make the rolled up tarps for the sides and rear from some landscape fabric.

Sam


Edited by Sixties Sam, 13 November 2013 - 10:38 AM.


#2 Tom Geiger

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:21 AM

Looks good Sam!  I'm sure a huckster was available in 1940, or a body company would offer it since it was a popular vendor truck.

 

For the tarps, I would suggest using masking tape.  Take the tape and spray the glue side with Testors Dullcote. That takes the sticky away leaving you with nice thin material with a pattern on it to work with.  I use it all the time for things like this.  It's also how I make my seat belts.



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:47 AM

I finished the truck today. Here some photos. I used masking tape for the tarps (Thanks Tom Geiger for the idea) Farmer Brown is selling some veggies at Dad's Garage on my diorama. I dirtied up the truck a little, since it is to be a farmer's truck and would probably be a bit dirty and worn after years of use. The chrome is naturally faded from the model being 40 years old. Paint is Krylon with a little bit of clear to keep the shine down. I hope you guys like it. It's something different!

 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:26 PM

Very nice.

But 40 Ford Sedan Deliveries did not have Passenger car tail lights.

 

I sure wish AMT would hurry up and find & re-issue the old T Depot Hack!!!



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:37 PM

Very cool Sam!  And happy to help. The tarps look wonderful!



#6 Sixties Sam

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:28 PM

Very nice.

But 40 Ford Sedan Deliveries did not have Passenger car tail lights

Dan, those lights came with the original kit, so I used them.

Sam



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:11 PM

Sam, that looks really cool.  I love the original idea, and the veggies look good too.



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:18 AM

Great idea, good execution. 



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:18 PM

Very cool!  B)



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 10:09 PM

Different and cool. :)



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 01:17 PM

i like this. it's a well done wreckscue (rebuild) and looks quite convincing.



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:07 AM

Cool I love that. i was at a car show last yr where they had a dodge and gmc of the same vintage like that.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:21 AM

I really enjoy these different kind of builds. It just gives people something a little different to feast there imaginations on. Very nice job, and keep up the good work.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 09:21 AM

Oops! I deleted two of the photos from my Flickr account. Here's a new one.

 

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Thanks, everyone for the compliments. I enjoy building unusual subjects, even if they don't have the mass appeal of the more often build hot rods, muscle cars, etc.

Sam


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 01:15 PM

Very nice.  I think I like this one as much as your Ice Cream Truck.