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  1. gwolf added a post in a topic Another Gluebomb '32 Ford   

    Thanks all, it's appreciated!
     
  2. gwolf added a post in a topic Another Gluebomb '32 Ford   

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  3. gwolf added a topic in Under Glass   

    Another Gluebomb '32 Ford
    Before: 
    Body is cracked, it's filthy, there's possibly bleach spilled on it, there's glue burns; all that good stuff.
    After:

    If you'd like to see part of the progress in building it, follow along below:

    An older 32 Ford model I'd bought had an ingenious way of achieving a deep channel over the body without the "read end sink" that AMT 32's get when built without the fenders. The builder has inserted these flat backed cylinders in the body, so that they raised the rear when sat onto the frame. Did they come from the kit? Did they come from another kit? Where did they come from?
     

    A quick trip to a small, old school hardware store and I was able to acquire these; I forget what they're called, but they were 20 cents each, so I bought enough for a few builds.

    I was able to trim these down with a hobby knife to just about the same size as the ones on the red 32 pictured above.

    An almost perfect fit.

    The firewall has to be cut out and lowered and a new drivetrain passage area created. Above is a untouched AMT 32 Ford firewall, below is my trimmed one.

    Now I've got the stance I want. The engine is a donor from an AMT Proshop 32 Ford, a four cylinder like the kind that came in a 32 Ford. There wasn't enough room for the engine using the frame that came with this car. I thought maybe they made it different then (it's an older kit), it's a little shorter, something doesn't fit right. Turns out the floor piece that has the molded-in gas pedal was (heavily) glued slightly too far forward, so the engine wouldn't fit. So now that I know that I may end up using the original frame and removing the floor piece by force if I have to. Big and little whitewalls are from the parts box, wire spoke rims are from another donor 32 Ford. The radiator and shroud will be lowered to match the cowl height as I go on. I'll need to find a donor windscreen at some point, too.
    Here's the untouched original frame whose floor I had to remove with pliers. Here's the same frame sanded, filed, and washed. I can make a new floor with 1/32" birch plywood or sheet styrene. I'll also need to make some points for the engine mounts out of thin dowel (not sure why those were cut off). The body has been sanded, filed, and washed as well. There will be imperfections after I put a coat of primer on and I'm ok with that; in fact, I want those imperfections.

    The firewall was sanded so that it will fit well against the body. The radiator shroud was sanded as well.

    I got one coat of ruddy brown primer on the body tonight as well. Not as bad as I thought it would be. The really bad places are a few areas on the trunk, the area below the trunk, and the passenger side door. I'll salt those areas (thinking of using something finer, powdered sugar maybe) to get the ruddy brown to show through then apply rusting solution, then salt those areas again, then paint.

    Probably old hat for some of you, but while playing with this extra frame and suspension I thought, wow, I could really get this front end low if I reversed the spring and cross-member. On this new frame I could just cut out the recessed area further, then drop in the tab on the suspension from the other side and voila, you're done. Also, do I need these parts in red on a channeled 32 without fenders?

    Since the suspension on the glue bomb 32 was literally glue bombed to the frame, I couldn't drill the cross-member, so I tried something I'd never done before; I cut out the whole section of the crossmember containing the suspension and flipped it. 

    While the adhesive on the glue bomb suspension dries, you can preview what it'll look like by using the extra frame and suspension. I'm not used to it yet, and it seems like a drastic change in stance.

    The glue bomb 32 didn't have a windshield frame or glass, so I'll use this one from the parts box, from an AMT '29 Ford.

    It fits well, but I don't need all of it.

    I trimmed off the areas of the frame I didn't need.

    The chopped a few scale inches off of it.

    The interior doors got the pinup girl treatment and the seats were lightly cleaned then sprayed flat black (which looked convincingly dirty and old).

     

    By the time I was doneI had rusted the frame and suspension, used a parts box stock '32 Ford 4 cylinder engine, cut the radiator and radiator shell down to match the cowl / hood height, and weathered the body using crushed sugar. I used the wire wheels from an extra 32 Ford kit and rusted the caps, then put them on the grungy, bald, hand painted whitewalls that came on my previous glue bomb build. I think it was a good match.
    I generally like how it turned out, but there are some things I wish I'd done different: 1) Be more careful cutting / trimming parts. 2) Be a man and actually have a few new kits of the same year and model that I can grab parts from.
     
    Thanks,
    Greg
     
        
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  4. gwolf added a post in a topic Another Glue Bomb 32 Ford Roadster   


    This evening I got the seat area, firewall, and radiator painted.

    I got one coat of ruddy brown primer on the body tonight as well. Not as bad as I thought it would be. The really bad places are a few areas on the trunk, the area below the trunk, and the passenger side door. I'll salt those areas (thinking of using something finer, powdered sugar maybe) to get the ruddy brown to show through then apply rusting solution, then salt those areas again, then paint.

    Probably old hat for some of you, but while playing with this extra frame and suspension I thought, wow, I could really get this front end low if I reversed the spring and cross-member. On this new frame I could just cut out the recessed area further, then drop in the tab on the suspension from the other side and voila, you're done. Also, do I need these parts in red on a channeled 32 without fenders?

    Since the suspension on the glue bomb 32 was literally glue bombed to the frame, I couldn't drill the cross-member, so I tried something I'd never done before; I cut out the whole section of the crossmember containing the suspension and flipped it. 

    While the adhesive on the glue bomb suspension dries, you can preview what it'll look like by using the extra frame and suspension. I'm not used to it yet, and it seems like a drastic change in stance.

  5. gwolf added a post in a topic Another Glue Bomb 32 Ford Roadster   


    Here's the untouched original frame whose floor I had to remove with pliers.

    Here's the same frame sanded, filed, and washed. I can make a new floor with 1/32" birch plywood or sheet styrene. I'll also need to make some points for the engine mounts out of thin dowel (not sure why those were cut off).

    The body has been sanded, filed, and washed as well. There will be imperfections after I put a coat of primer on and I'm ok with that; in fact, I want those imperfections.

    The firewall was sanded so that it will fit well against the body. The radiator shroud was sanded as well.

    So I'm going to try to use as much of the original build as possible including the frame. A new engine, wheels and tires will be donors.
  6. gwolf added a topic in How To Use This Board   

    What's the correct way to update your topic?
    Hi all,
    What's the correct way to update your topic? I think I've been updating my On The Workbench the wrong way, by choosing Edit, then adding in the new info and images. What is the correct way?
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  7. gwolf added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Another Glue Bomb 32 Ford Roadster

    This weekend I started working on another glue bomb 32 Ford roadster, and this one is a real dog. Body is cracked, it's filthy, there's possibly bleach spilled on it, there's glue burns; all that good stuff.

    We know already that this is going to sit low, so we ditch the one piece fenders, cut out the long interior door pieces, then figure out how to give the body a nice wedge over the frame.

    I cut one inch long pieces of 1/4" round dowels, then sanded two sides to make it fit into the recessed area of the frame. This will raise the read end of the body, creating the wedge. Scratch that, I don't like how it looks, they stick out too far in order to work, I don't like that the pieces fall out easy,etc; I just don't like it. 

    An older 32 Ford model I'd bought had an ingenious way of achieving a deep channel over the body without the "read end sink" that AMT 32's get when built without the fenders. The builder has inserted these flat backed cylinders in the body, so that they raised the rear when sat onto the frame. Did they come from the kit? Did they come from another kit? Where did they come from?

    A quick trip to a small, old school hardware store and I was able to acquire these; I forget what they're called, but they were 20 cents each, so I bought enough for a few builds.

    I was able to trim these down with a hobby knife to just about the same size as the ones on the red 32 pictured above.

    An almost perfect fit.

    The firewall has to be cut out and lowered and a new drivetrain passage area created. Above is a untouched AMT 32 Ford firewall, below is my trimmed one.


    Now I've got the stance I want. The engine is a donor from an AMT Proshop 32 Ford, a four cylinder like the kind that came in a 32 Ford. There wasn't enough room for the engine using the frame that came with this car. I thought maybe they made it different then (it's an older kit), it's a little shorter, something doesn't fit right. Turns out the floor piece that has the molded-in gas pedal was (heavily) glued slightly too far forward, so the engine wouldn't fit. So now that I know that I may end up using the original frame and removing the floor piece by force if I have to. Big and little whitewalls are from the parts box, wire spoke rims are from another donor 32 Ford. The radiator and shroud will be lowered to match the cowl height as I go on. I'll need to find a donor windscreen at some point, too.
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  8. gwolf added a post in a topic Another Glue Bomb 32 Ford Roadster   

    I've gotten really into these builds. It's almost (but not entirely) taken the fun out of building a perfect new kit.
  9. gwolf added a post in a topic Another Glue Bomb 32 Ford Roadster   

    Thanks James! I'm excited to get back to my desk and work on it tonight! 
  10. gwolf added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Another Glue Bomb 32 Ford Roadster

    This weekend I started working on another glue bomb 32 Ford roadster, and this one is a real dog. I paid $5 for it at the Mid-Atlantic NNL back in May. Body is cracked, it's filthy, there's possibly bleach spilled on it, there's glue burns; all that good stuff.

    We know already that this is going to sit low, so we ditch the one piece fenders, cut out the long interior door pieces, then figure out how to give the body a nice wedge over the frame.

    I cut one inch long pieces of 1/4" round dowels, then sanded two sides of the dowel to make it fit into the recessed area of the frame. This will raise the read end of the body, creating the wedge. Scratch that, I don't like how it looks, they stick out too far in order to work, I don't like that the pieces fall out easy,etc; I just don't like it. Update: It's the combination of lumber and car parts that I just don't like.

    On an older 32 Ford model I'd bought, the builder had an ingenious way of achieving a deep channel over the body without the "rear end sink" that AMT 32's get when built without the fenders. The builder has inserted these flat backed cylinders in the body, so that they raised the rear when sat onto the frame. Did they come from the kit? Did they come from another kit? Where did they come from?

    A quick trip to a small, old school hardware store and I was able to acquire these; I forget what they're called, but they were 20 cents each, so I bought enough for a few builds. UPDATE: I think they're just small nylon bushings. 

    I was able to trim these down with a hobby knife to just about the same size as the ones on the red 32 pictured above.

    An almost perfect fit.I'm so psyched about finding these things. 

    The firewall has to be cut out and lowered and a new drive train passage area created. Above is a untouched AMT 32 Ford firewall, below is my trimmed one.

    How in the hell did metal get embedded into the lower door area of this car? It looks like some kind of foil, but it will not come off. Whatever, the more beat up and weird, the better the outcome.

    Now I've got the stance I want. The engine is a donor from an AMT ProShop 32 Ford kit, a four cylinder like the kind that came in a 32 Ford.
    There wasn't enough room for the engine using the frame that came with this car. I thought maybe they made it different then (this is a an older kit), maybe it's a little shorter? Something doesn't fit right. Turns out the floor piece that has the molded-in gas pedal was (heavily) glued slightly too far forward, so the engine wouldn't fit (make sense, since the finished model didn't have it's original one when I bought it). So now that I know that I may end up using the original frame and removing the floor piece by force if I have to. UPDATE: The floor piece was forcefully removed and broke during the process. The kid must've used a tube of glue just on that. I'll grind all that down and either find a parts box replacement or build my own like the last model I made ( http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/123172-amt-32-ford-roadster-gluebomb/ ).
    Big and little whitewalls are from the parts box, wire spoke rims are from another donor 32 Ford. The radiator and shroud will be lowered to match the cowl height as I go on. I checked photos of a 1:1 32 with that same engine, and I can just shorten the hose part, as it's just rubber. I'll need to find a donor windscreen at some point. 
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  11. gwolf added a post in a topic Model Car memes   

    I hate seeing those words on an auction site..ugh. Fabulous pro build though!
  12. gwolf added a post in a topic Show me how you lower or raise the stance of your 32 Fords   

    Glenn,
    This is what I found on an old AMT kit someone built; not sure where this exports came from but they work perfectly.


  13. gwolf added a topic in General   

    Show me how you lower or raise the stance of your 32 Fords
    I love building 32 Ford kits (especially the AMT ones) either high or low, I ditch the fenders and build it. I've seen different methods of raising the rear (pegs in round notch that sits over the axle, for example) and making custom dropped front axles.
    I'd like to see how how you all lower or raise the stance of your 32 Fords.
    Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
    Thanks!
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