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Luis Ayala

1936 Ford Custom Small Update-2/15/2017

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Hello Everyone!!!

 

I have been visiting the forum every now and then to keep track on the hobby & friends and now after more than 4 years off the bench, the dust has settle and its time to get back to building...

 

Just started this project about a month ago and wanted to share it with you. This will be a simple build with a few custom details. haven't decided the color yet so suggestions are welcome.

 

This the AMT 1936 Ford kit that I got as a gift from one of my best friends "Mad Slammer". So far now I "shaved" the chassis, opened the rag top, block sanded the body and fixed some minor details on the body. I am working on the under body since some of this old AMT kits need a ton of work to look decent under the fenders...

 

I will use the custom version engine with the "six pack". Hope you like it and thanks for looking!!!

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Hello Luis, it's good that you're back to building. I like 36 Fords so I'm real interested in what you're doing. Have fun.

Michael

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Hi Michael !!!

It is great to sit back again on the bench, I will post more progress next week.

Thanks for looking !!!

:D

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Great build subject Luis. Good to hear your back at the bench...

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Fenders? We don't need no stinkin' fenders!

Ace start buddy. Gonna be a nice build.

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Thank you all for your comments !!!!

I did some progress on the engine so I will post more progress in a few days.

Glad you like it and thanks for looking!!!

:D

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Luis, are you building the engine from the kit?

3 deuces seem right, does the kit have this engine?

Michael

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Hi Michael,

The kit has two engine options, the flathead with stock carb and a second V8 for the custom version with a tree or six carb intake option. I like the six Carb option but I agree with you, three seems right. I plan to make some custom work to the engine bay so I will test fit to see how much room I have left for the plumbing and then start from there.

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OK Luis, thanks for the info. I'll check in when you post progress.

Michael

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Looks good. Removing the floors and blobular exhaust on these really improves them a lot. Another way to achieve a better frame is to use the Revell '40 ford unit. All Ford passenger cars from '35 through '40 were built on the same basic frame, and the Revell '40 unit actually fits under the AMT '36 kits quite well.

You may already know, but the "ragtop" was not openable on the factory cars. It was built up over a wood frame, padded and skinned with a waterproof rubberized textured material. A popular custom treatment on these cars was to weld in a steel panel that closed the original opening entirely. Another sometimes-seen mod back in the '50s- '60s was to substitute a tinted clear acrylic plastic panel for the built-up top insert. I've seen both red and green. A fold-back fabric sunroof like you see on old VW Bugs has also been done on real '36 Ford customs.

If I recall correctly, the optional engines in the AMT '36 kits were Pontiacs. A very well-detailed and accurate Pontiac V8 with 3 two-barrels is available in the old Revell engine PartsPak #85-7253. AMT also made a beautiful version of the same engine, but with 2 four-barrels, in the old Blueprinter 8158 kit (which has been repackaged and reissued a couple of times...and the engine is available again, now). Because both Revell and AMT did a good job of scaling these models, the engines built up from the parts pack kits fit well in the AMT '36 engine bay, and really enhance the detail.

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Thank you all for your comments!!!

Bill, thanks for the advice I really appreciate it!!!

Time for a small update B)

This old AMT kit needs a ton of work under the running boards and fenders, specially because I want to make a custom car with a nice paint job underneath. I am not adding too many PE parts so I will work out all those details and wrap it up with a two tone paint job.

First I removed the rumble seat to detail it later and sealed the floor to make it look more realistic. Then I started to remove all the excess plastic, pin marks, etc., to get a smooth surface. Below you will see the results on one side and on the other I just highlighted the spots that needed to be fixed.

I will finish up all the body work and hopefully get it ready for primer next week.

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This is just a small update but didnt wanted to let it sit for long without making some progress.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking!!! :D

Edited by Luis Ayala

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Luis, good that you're cleaning up everywhere, I like the idea that underneath gets a good coat of paint, body color? Cool. This cars can look real sweet, I'm nuts about them.

Man, the plastic looks pretty stout on this model. Good info too about the motor possibilities. Just so happens I have 2 of those Revell Pontiac tripower motors. The kit has a bellhousing, just no trans. Nice headers too. Not a big problem though. Now I have an idea where one could go.

Michael

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Another small update… B)

I am almost done with the body work, so hopefully it will get a coat of primer tomorrow to highlight the areas that still need some sanding and filing.

Since I am looking for a custom look, I decided to modify the optional flat hood curtains that came with kit. I didn’t wanted to cut off a straight line so I drilled a couple of offset holes to make some curved lines and used the curtains as a guide.

After drilling the holes I carefully cut off the curved strips using the back of the Exacto blade on both sides. I will probably add some mesh later but so far I am very happy with the results.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking!!

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Luis, that's nice work! Excellent idea to get the proper curve, I really like the look. Good too, I'll bet we'll see some shiny motor parts from under the hood peeking through those clean cutouts.

Michael

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