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'60 Ford F-100 Custom Shortbed! New Old Custom Grill!!

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A few months ago I finally lucked on to an affordable built-up AMT '60 Ford pickup on eBay. The day it arrived I stripped the decals and junk off, gave it a scrubbing, and started chopping it down from the kit's 118" wheelbase, 8' bed configuration to my preferred 110' wheelbase, 6.5' bed. Took a couple evenings of work, but I managed to get to this mockup stage before jumping back on other projects. Check it out...

Two shots from the auction listing: pretty typical build, but fortunately not painted, and not too much of a glue bomb! No engine, compact 13" wheels up front for a "rubber rake."

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Here she is shortened up. Eight scale inches out of the chassis and out of the front of the bed after cutting it away from the cab. 10 scale inches out of the rear of the bed, just in front of the stake pockets (easier cutting there.) A piece of 1/32" ABS cut to match the rear inside bed wall reinforces the join at the rear of the bed. The bed floor was also cut eight scale inches in front and 10 in back.

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NICE work so far!  Big improvement with those '57 Ford rims too. :wub:

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Love it! I'd love to have a nice hot rodded old truck like that to build

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Lookin good so far!!!! Kind of looks kool with the marks the decals left from the yellowing of the plastic, but I know it won't stay like that!!!! LOL

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WOW!!  I love those old trucks from AMT!!  Yours looks way better being shortened up. I hope you keep that stance also. It appears that you removed the chrome from the hood sides, and filled the opening with styrene. I've done the same idea on my '61 Ford pickup. I'll be watching your progress!

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Very Nice! I've wanted one of these for a while. I wish that Round 2 would reissue these early 60's Ford trucks. Love your work!

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Always enjoy seeing your skillful and tasty work John. (And the photography is as good as it gets.)

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Love what your doing here. Sure would like to see that kit available again.

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Posted these before, but here's mine converted to a step-side. The other is a ModelHaus copy.

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Awesome. I bought one of these at a flea market for $2.50 once. Now I watch as they as escalate beyond my reach on EBay . I wish I had thought of Shortening the bed.

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Cool Project John!

This is one of those kits that I'd like to find someday.

As a matter of fact, I bid on one today that was in very nice condition, but it got too rich for me!

Keep us posted on your progress.

 

Steve

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John this is a very nice work in progress. Great old truck  and as you have said hard to find a good rebuilder reasonable. 

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Oh, man... I'm still kicking myself for giving one of these to a friend when I left CA (decent shape - missing wheels and engine, grille modded with the "V+" from the '57 Meteor grille, but unpainted and not a gluebomb), but I wasn't in my right mind... plus it had a pedigree; it was one of the lot of models I got from H.B. Halicki's estate. Maybe my friend would sell it back to me? Hmmm...

NICE work so far!  Big improvement with those '57 Ford rims too. :wub:

Actually those are the chrome reverse rims that came with the kit; I believe the '60 Vette kit had them as well.

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Coooool! I really love those trucks! Keep it coming!

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Oh, man... I'm still kicking myself for giving one of these to a friend when I left CA (decent shape - missing wheels and engine, grille modded with the "V+" from the '57 Meteor grille, but unpainted and not a gluebomb), but I wasn't in my right mind... plus it had a pedigree; it was one of the lot of models I got from H.B. Halicki's estate. Maybe my friend would sell it back to me? Hmmm...

NICE work so far!  Big improvement with those '57 Ford rims too. :wub:

Actually those are the chrome reverse rims that came with the kit; I believe the '60 Vette kit had them as well.

Correct, Chris. The Chevy and Ford truck kits used these rims, as well as the '60 Vette and T-birds. These are from a T-bird.

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Having just acquired a pristine bed floor from one of the eBay parts purveyors for this old truck I took a break from the '58 Fairlane to fit it to the model and resolve some other issues.

The new floor was shortened to match the original one.2v2uw7EwyxE7U1V.jpg

 

When I originally shortened the bed I wound up with an extremely fragile joint at the front corners of the pickup box where it attached to the cab. So I worked up a new joint method by first cutting the front wall of the bed away where it was molded to cab then cemented it to the box. After which I cemented a new sheet styrene rear cab wall and cut a large notch out of it. Then I cemented the piece cut from the notch to outside front bed wall so that it would fit into the notch when the cab and bed were put together. A sheet styrene tab was cemented on top of the piece from the notch on the bed which would overlap the inside rear of the cab wall when the cab was slipped over it, locking the two together. Hopefully the photos illustrate this better than I can explain it.

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I also tweaked the wheelbase a bit to get the rear wheels centered under the high point of the rear wheel opening and lowered the rear to get rid of the jacked-up stinkbug stance and get it a more subtle rake. The bed was also dropped down a tad from its original position to get the upper body crease lined up through the cab and bed, after which it was necessary to shave a little of the lower edge of the bed forward of the rear wheel opening and too reshape the rocker panels.2v2uw7EQWxE7U1V.jpg2v2uw7E1qxE7U1V.jpg2v2uw7EKnxE7U1V.jpg

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Love these trucks!! Had one painted metallic blue and built stock when I was a kid. It had nothing glued to the body except the stock emblems. It got sold in a rummage sale in about 1967:o  

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Nice John!

I found a nice one of these a few months ago.

Funny how everyone that I've seen has the points broken off of the "arrow" emblems on the hood.

I'd like to find a new set along with some stock hub caps.

 

Steve

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Love the shortbed conversion. 

 

I've been trying to get a clean 60 or 61 F150 for a while now. Always seem to get beat out

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