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Chuck Most

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My grandfather's '59 Ford C-600

24 January 2015 - 12:44 PM

First off... my apologies for the poor quality of these pics! I took them shortly after I finished the model in 2005- the only camera I had back then was a cheap little Vivitar point-and-shoot digital. I stumbled onto these images today while clearing some old memory cards. The model has been in my grandfather's possession ever since it was finished, and he's owned the 1:1 for over four decades.


My skills weren't what they are now, so I just did what I could to convert the AMT kit to '59 specs, at least visually. I seem to remember robbing the quad headlight bezels from an AMT '53 F-100 custom grille, and I made the '58-'60 style side spear trim from scraps of plastic. The 1:1 has a square fuel tank on the driver's side, but I used the kit-supplied round one, and left off the passenger' side tank. The white cab/black chassis/red bed are faithful to the 1:1, it is missing the "Maple Wood Farms" lettering in red on the doors- I just couldn't pull that off at the time. His truck is a Custom Cab, so it has a white steering wheel, as all the early Custom Cab C-Series trucks did early on. 


I left the 534 engine and Allison trans intact, though the real truck has a 292 Y-block and a manual transmission. The 1:1 usually had solid sides on the stake bed- it was used to haul grain to the elevator, but after they stopped lifting trucks he got another truck with a hoist and this was promoted to "stock boy" duty... hauling seed and fertilizer to the field. It was sometimes used to transport old tractors- back when his health was better my grandfather almost always had an old Fordson in the shop being restored.


Like my grandfather, the '58 is semi-retired now, it spends its days in a shed with some of the other trucks and tractors he's used/restored over the years.







1979 Ford "F350" 4x4

22 January 2015 - 11:44 AM

I guess you could call this part of that "Throwback Thursday" nonsense, as I actually built this back in 2006 or 2007, shortly after the Model King reissue. While rearranging stuff on the shelves recently, I decided to take some decent photos of it. Much of it is the base kit, with a comically tall body lift made from Plastruct strip, and some So Real Weld wheels/Irok tires that I bought specifically for this project.


I built this in my typical style, just diving into it with all the subtlety of a bull rampaging through a china shop. This was before I really knew what I was doing, and it shows in a few places! Just SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many things on this that I just would not let fly on anything I built today.  :D  One of these days I want to do a new and improved version.







'78 Ford 4x4 beater "un-restored"

19 January 2015 - 08:43 AM

Here's the victim...









I built this back in 2006 or 2007, shortly after Model King reissued it. It was one of the first weathered junker models I ever built, but I've never been happy with it. The more I learned about the 1:1 trucks and the kit itself, the less I liked it. So earlier today I pulled it off the shelf and took it apart for a "resto". It will be rebuilt into something a bit better than it is now, but still a beater.



So far, I have removed the side trim, and I'll be using the '78 Custom (base model) grille from Morgan Automotive Detail. The hood will (probably) stay red, but will be weathered a bit. New cab color will be blue.




I'm not sure what I'll do with the bed-  change it to a 133" wheelbase version (obviously with the frame changed to match) or just stick a flatbed on it. Since I don't feel like tearing the chassis apart, the coil-sprung front axle is staying, so the wheelbase will probably be shortened. An engine/trans swap might be in the cards, as well. And since I have the decals for the dash gauges, I might redo the inside too.

Hudson-powered '41 Chevy "Bobber" Pickup

18 January 2015 - 05:19 AM

My most recent completion, which I actually started a couple of years ago. My main inspiration was the "Nashty Habit" coupe... high-mounted supercharged engine, horizontal radiator, metallic paint (Testors One Coat Bronze) but with no polishing or clearcoat. I left the bodywork less-than-perfect in a few spots on purpose. It's basically a hodge-podge of stuff, though I can tell you the pulleys are from Machined Aluminum Specialties (belt is black electrical tape), the MSD ignition box is from Morgan Automotive Detail, and the pulley faces are from Detail Resources. I just felt compelled to slap some Rat Fink decals on it, too.









MAD 8-bolt wheels

18 January 2015 - 03:56 AM

These aren't up on the Morgan Automotive Detail website just yet, but they are available for 3.00 a pair plus postage. I actually mastered these for a rat-rod pickup and a dragster (a few dragsters/funny cars in the '60's used 8-bolt truck rear axles), but obviously they'd work for a stock pickup.They are 3/4" in diameter and made to fit the tire from Monogram's '41 Lincoln kit. The center is molded open so you can use whatever type of hub you want- flush, full floater, grease cap, 4wd locking hub, etc..