This Ranchero began as a 1/25 scale 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Skyliner retractable hardtop from Revell. The body of this car is not from a resin body that is available, it was made using the original multi-piece styrene plastic body from the Revell kit. The bed and everything behind the back of the roof was made from scratch. The body has been two-tone painted in the factory offered colors of Colonial White and Grenadier Red with a silver insert in the chrome trim along the sides. The interior has been tri-toned in white, red, and black using 1959 Ford factory interior color combination swatches as a guide. The floor has been covered in plush dark red carpeting. All other chrome trim inside and out was done using bare metal foil.
Some of the modifications that were made;
1 - The front and rear bumpers were stripped of chrome, I removed of all casting seams and had them re-chromed along with the fender ornaments.
2 - Chrome trim was added all the way around the edge of the bed to the top of the rear window and around the back window.
3 - The correct number of ribs and indentations for the screws in the bed and on the inside of the tailgate were added.
4 - The tires, white walls, and 1959 Ford hubcaps are from Modelhaus. The old Revell kit only supplied custom 1950's fiesta style hubcaps.
5 - Brushed aluminum panels were added on the bottom of the rear quarter panels.
6 - The 352cu V8 has been painted in the standard Ford blue with spark plug wires, coil wire, copper fuel line, and two red heater hoses were added.
7 - Red, white, blue, and gold colors have been added to the emblems, and the birds on the re-chromed fender ornaments were color detailed too.
8 - A tailgate latch was made from scratch.
9 - A rear emblem was made from scratch and added to the tailgate.
10 - A rear view mirror was added.
11 - A steel antenna was added.
12 - A side view mirror was added.
13 - The rear window was made from scratch.
14- The fuel filler door was moved from behind the drivers side door rearward and down to the correct position for a Ranchero.
15 - The rear section of the undercarriage was been modified to accommodate becoming a pick-up.
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