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johnwitzke

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  1. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Tasca Ford Thunderbolt. Playing with our new camera   

    Really nice work on that T-Bolt!
  2. johnwitzke added a post in a topic What? Two More '63 Lightweights   

    Tasca's car was not one of the 5 preproduction cars.  It was a lightweight car and had red interior like the other 200 or so cars.
    The 5 preproduction lightweight cars were as follows.  All had code 24 beige interior and black steering wheels
    Romy Hammes - Dick Brannan - Corinthian White / Beige Interior  - The very first 63 lightweight
    Bob Ford - Len Richter- Raven Black / Beige Interior
    Downtown Ford - Gas Ronda - Heritage Burgundy / Beige Interior (according to sources, car was originally Viking Blue the same as Les Ritchey car but repainted Heritage Burgundy)  
    Vels Ford Sales - Les Ritchey - Viking Blue / Beige Interior  (later sponsor was Downtown Ford same as Gas Ronda's car) 
    Ed Martin Ford - Rangoon Red / Beige Interior   
      
  3. johnwitzke added a post in a topic What? Two More '63 Lightweights   

    Great photo, Thank you.  The decals are available from Jack Smith -Top End Decals.
  4. johnwitzke added a post in a topic What? Two More '63 Lightweights   

    Sorry but no color photo exist at this time.  Will be able to show decals based on what is known about the car soon. It was Viking Blue with beige interior.  All five pre production '63 lightweight interiors were beige.
  5. johnwitzke added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    What? Two More '63 Lightweights
    Sneak Peek.  Two more 1963 Galaxie Lightweight bodies are being prepped.  These two will take me longer as I am focusing on a WingNuts Wings 1/32 scale Sopwith Camel.  I will building these two along side the plane.  These will become Ronda's (Vintage Burgundy) and Ritchey's (Viking Blue) lightweights.  I will provide updates as I move along
    Harry....I will provide step by step photos for making the Bostrom seats once I get to that step.  
      



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  6. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished   

    Placed third in documented replica class at the 2017 IMPS National Convention.
     

  7. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Fujimi Ferrari P4 Spyder   

    Wow, beautiful builds!   
  8. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished   

    Thanks all.  As mainly an airplane builder (I still like the weathered look), I learned a lot building this one, the ups and downs.  Paint for one thing (airplanes are more forgiving due to flat paint).  I know what I will do differently to make the next two even better.  A plane is my next build (WingNuts 1/32 scale WWI Sopwith Camel).  I will however be building Gas Ronda's and Les Ritchey's pre-production 63 Galaxie lightweights along side the plane. I already have purchased the correct colors for the next two from MCW.  I will post up my progress on the next two, however, the updates will be spread out over a longer period of time.
    Thanks again for all of the comments.   
  9. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished   

    Thanks all.  One done four to go.  Yes, the M&H Racemaster slicks are from Speed City 
  10. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished   

    Making an accurate 1963 Ford Galaxie Lightweight
    There were five pre-production 1963 lightweight Galaxies produced each differed slightly
    1963 Romy Hammes – Brannan Super Stock Ford Galaxie Lightweight Pre-Production #1
    Kit – AMT 1/25 scale Prestige 1963 Ford Galaxie
    Donner Kit – AMT 1960 Ford Starliner
    Exterior Modifications
    ·         Remove Galaxies emblems from front fenders
    ·         Remove FORD lettering from hood
    ·         Added Pro Tech photo etch hood pins
    ·         Exterior paint single stage Model Master and polished to replicate factory paint from 1963
    ·         Bumpers and grill painted Vallejo Metal Chrome paint to replicate the real aluminum bumpers
    ·         Decals from Slixx
    ·         Air valve stems on wheels
    ·         Bare metal foil trim
    Interior Modifications
    ·         MCW Resins 1963 Ford Lightweight Interior
    ·         Extensive modification of front bucket seats to replicate real Bostrom lightweight seats
    ·         Added black mat to floor in place of carpeting
    ·         Painted to replicate Code 24 beige using Ford colors Lt. Beige, Rose Beige and custom mix beige
    ·         Thin wire used to replicate chrome trim on door panels
    ·         Steering wheel and column painted black as the original
    ·         Rotunda column tach
    ·         Added cloth Headliner and dome lights
    Engine Compartment Modifications
    ·         Ford 427 engine with correct “THUNDERBIRD” valve covers.  Production lightweights have 427 decals.  The 1960 kit includes a dual 4bbl intake and carb that accurately depicts a 1963 427 low-riser
    ·         Oil breathers added to valve covers
    ·         Ignition wiring routed per actual firing order
    ·         Firewall modified to replicate actual lightweight cars
    ·         Weathered to replicate “as raced” and not restored
    ·         Accurate red Rotunda oil filter with correct decal (Whoopie Kat)
    Chassis and Underbody
    ·         1960 Starliner underbody and chassis modified to fit the 1963 body
    ·         Traction Master style traction bars included in the 1960 Starliner kit
    ·         Underbody painted red oxide with body color overspray
    ·         Front control arm tips left bare metal color as the original car
    Finally, a very special thanks to Mr. Dick Brannan who through his guidance and the countless question that he answered, made this project possible.
     
  11. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished   

    Here are some additional photos


  12. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished   

    The decals are Slixx from 2005.  I was able to locate a set.  For a 12 year old decal set, they went on without any issues. 
  13. johnwitzke added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    Ford 63 Lightweight "Lively One" Finished
    It has been a long haul but here is a photo of my finished Dick Brannan's 63 Ford Lightweight.  The very first pre-production 1963 lightweight built, and most successful with 65 wins and 22 records 

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  14. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1964 ugly duckling comet wagon   

    I would say yes to a off white headliner, it would be consistent to other cars.
  15. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1964 ugly duckling comet wagon   

    The interior is black