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  1. '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe Is Done

    Something to ponder...……….In real life, back in the 50's and 60's when Hotrodders were swapping in Firepowers to early Fords, many builders used a trans adapter that not only mated the Hemi to an early Ford trans, but also moved the starter from it's stock location on the driver's side, ( where it interfered with the Ford steering box ), to the passenger side of the block, upside-down. Cragar and Offenhauser for sure made these bellhousings I know. Anyway, an interesting detail to emulate when building a "period" style model, for those into it.
  2. Parts box special

    Did the souped up flathead come with one of the kits? I need a hot flathead ( center water outlets ) for a deuce highboy I'm wanting to build.
  3. The Little Rod - A Monogram "Never Was"

    Right on the money! Sure would love to own a "T" hot rod for real just like that!
  4. Halibrand Quick Change

    Thanks all of you who responded. It would appear that most of the suggestions are of older kits. Hopefully, I'll rustle up a few. My project just won't allow anything other than a quick change. Looking forward to finally starting it and posting my progress.
  5. 55 Chevy Drag Car

    Great looking "55. The "55 has always been my personal favorite of the tri-five Chevys.
  6. TROG true Gentleman's car

    An interesting color choice that may work for you, is Wimbledon White, as used on Mustang GT-350s. It's offered in an aerosol by Testor's, or Model Masters, if I remember correctly.It's not an icebox white, but more of a creamy white, not unlike the creamy colors used on classic bodystyles. Anyway, I'm enjoying your projects and thought perhaps you'd like to give the Wimbledon White a test shot.
  7. Monograms 29 Ford P/U Rat Rod Done

    As I'm collecting Ford roadsters and early suspension parts, I have purchased this Pick-Up kit, should be fun.
  8. Monograms 29 Ford P/U Rat Rod Done

    Oh yeah.....Earl Scheib, good ole' Uncle Earl. I would guess quite a few young car owners got their first paint jobs from that chain. I see you're located in Pennsylvania. You may not be aware of this, but my reference to TJ, was short for Tijuana, Mexico....where lots of southern California hot rodders could go, across the border, to get upholstery work done very inexpensively. Another forgotten fact, is that Western Auto, Pep Boys, Eastern Auto, etc, sold slip covers for most sizes of car seats back then, and guys would go that route for a while until they saved up for new upholstery. We also tend to forget that, in the fifties, 60, almost 70 years ago, hot rods started out in better shape. These thirties cars might have old paint on them, but otherwise would be in generally fair shape, all things considered, when bought by a hot rodder, spare original parts and sheet metal was everywhere, and fairly cheap. Your model reminds me of a Model A pick-up a good friend had when I was in High School. Kip was his name, and Kip had it painted bright yellow a year later after graduating. he added hydraulic ( 40 Ford ) brakes, a "B" engine, and of course, a then-new 8-track tape stereo system. It was cool.
  9. Monograms 29 Ford P/U Rat Rod Done

    Johnt671, enjoying your build here. I thought I'd just comment on various terminologies used about car styles. Someone posted that there were "rat rods" back in the fifties. No. Emphatically, No. I've been into cars and hot rodding, and racing since I was a wee kid. There are always "unfinished" or, "works in progress" cars from any era, but even the Rattiest build from the good old days was only because of lack of enough money to finish the job. Bad welds come from bad welders, and aren't done intentionally. Nobody who had a primered car really considered it finished. The owner dreamed of the day he could get that bitchin' paint job done. Odd wheels or blankets over shot upholstery, or lack of paint, were only interim until resources allowed stepping up to get it finished. Hot rodders from the past never intended to leave things in hack shape. Today, cars of the "rat rod" movement are purpose built, and owners who were never there will tell you that they are emulating what was, when it wasn't. Rat rod builders consider their cars a finished statement, but it is, in fact, a semi-current trend, not a historically accurate re-creation, rather one's prerogative. If you follow the history of any old rod lucky enough to get some ink from magazines back when, you'll find most all started out from humble beginnings, and constantly evolved until FINISHED. Maybe the owner was not flush with cash, but so many went to TJ for inexpensive tuck n roll, or to places like Earl Scheib for a low buck paint job, but got completed. Many owners were going to school or work and used their "shorts" for daily transportation, so they weren't full race, or show cars per se, and certainly weren't the abstract, pan-dragging , interior-less, open headered, cut up cars so lauded by today's "rat" culture. Obviously, by my description of "ratters" you can tell it's not my style. I see a car's finished potential. But, what a person does with his own time and money remains his own business, and if it makes them happy....OK.
  10. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    Hoo Boy! Did I ever get my tit in the ringer by calling the kit "trash"! What I was meaning to say was that the box art represents the car as an 80s style build. I am interested in building highboys only, so the body and fenders were to be kept "just in case", you know, I decided to cut them apart and create a highboy from the kit. The bulk of the other parts of that kit are good for my use, and, I'm certainly aware of the early suspension components , louvered hood, etc, that can be robbed for my purposes. No need to shame me by asking me to send it to you ( I'm sure you meant it in good fun ). Since my initial posting, I've bought two Revell Highboy kits off the internet. It seems though, that I may find myself buying separate component from companies like Scale Masters ( did I get that name right?) , instead of paying 20$ for a kit just to get "a piece". Some of you have been doing retro style cars for a while, and have spare kit parts and such...I have a wall of kits, but mostly drag cars, show cars, so the parts to make the cars "correct" for their era will have to be dug up . Dave Van, and Dave Darby, you both are building in the eras I am pulling from. Nice cars, both of you. Check out this glossy black Model A on Deuce rails, teardrops, steelies, flathead V8, quick change, wishbones, at the lakes....it sure is cool. I believe this is one of Vic Edelbrock's.
  11. Any of you guys out there know which kit(s) might have a Halibrand quick change rear end, for early Ford axles, as part of the components? There's got to be a handful, but it's been a while since I've built a kit with one.
  12. 1930 Ford Altered

    The photo of the Magic Muffler Fiat launching it's bottom end is an all time classic shot! I was pitted just across from the car at the California Hot Rod Reunion a few years ago, and it is truly a cool hot rod...the re-creation that those guys did is just perfection. Rock-on with your choice in front hoops.....I dig both the wires and the 12 spokers.
  13. Revell 32 5 window Coupe

    ...Offy Power-Ram for big block Oldsmobile, and most likely out of a hot boat...
  14. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    Mr.Metallic.......absolutely, front axle, rear end, backing plates....that's the kind of stuff I'll need to build accurate reproductions of some 40s/50s/60s historic cars. I love the cars you posted up, you have a knack for vintage and they're well done. I've built some show car kits in the past and display them in a case with a photograph of the real car, ( I.E. Drag-U-La, Boothill Express, Monkeemobile, etc ), and I will be replicating in miniature some famous roadsters from the past, again, displaying them with a photo of the original car. I was in a car club just out of high school and had a few rods, but my inspiration was from those who came before me who built exceptional cars. I have Vic Edelbrock Sr's 40s car in mind, as well as two done in the 50s, but one of the "newer" roadsters that I want to do, is Tom McMullen's in-your-face street/strip/lakes driven hot rod....check out the tires in the black&white photos...before white lettered tires were manufactured for the street, we used to buy whitewall tire paint and hand paint the Firestone or Goodyear lettering on, and that's not Armor-All on those sidewalls, that's brake fluid rubbed on the rubber tires to make them shine. Oh the stuff we did back then.....
  15. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    Mike 51, I looked around the internet, e-bay, various hobby shops.......and as you and my model shop confirmed, the Revell Highboy kit is not in production, but I found two and bought them an hour ago. And so, It starts, re-creating a handful of famous Deuce roadsters from the glory years of hot-rodding. I hope to post them up on the boards here when I'm done. As fate would have it, the Monogram fendered roadster kit has a dropped I-beam front end and a banjo rear end with wishbones, so those will be harvested. Thanks for the tip on old '40 Ford kits and such....as I'll need a few flatheads and accessories ( wheels/ tires etc ). Onward....