Awhile back I picked up this restorable AMT '58 Ford that was mercifully free of the dreaded "skirt rash" but, as it turned out, does have some nasty, but repairable, scratches from overzealous decal removal by a previous owner. Not quite knowing what to do with it, I kept it by the chair where I watch TV so I could do some moldline cleanup and reshaping of the windshield and rear window moldings during the commercials.
While scraping on the body a few nights ago I remembered an idea that I had to see through to some conclusion. Sometime ago I had picked up a replated '57 Chrysler promo front bumper just to see what it would look like on another '58 Ford, but wound up going a different direction on that one. Now I had another deserving guinea pig! So, out came the razor saw and the other surgical implements along with cement and ABS plastic and here you have the result!
I kinda like it. The '57 Desoto bumper was done on a number of '57 and '58 Fords back in the day, but I don't recall seeing this combo, seems like a natural, though. Has some flavor of the original Ford design, but is a bit cleaner and perhaps lighter. Ultimately I think it needs to be tucked back a bit more and some work at the transition into the wheel opening.
As usual with the '58 Ford kit, I swapped in the much better AMT '59 Ford chassis, along with 1960 AMT wheels and Lancer caps and '61-vintage tires.