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`23 Fad-T Surf Runner Last WIP Update

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What do you get when take the frame and front suspension from the AMT L'il Hot Dogger, the engine block/trans, intake maniold, carb and rear end from the Raiders Coach, the AMT 23 T Racing body, rims from the Monogram 31 Ford A, some parts bin tires, a can of Rustoleum Gloss Seaside paint, and a couple of plastic spoons?  Well, here's the first dry mockup. 

Haven't picked any of the interior components yet, or most of the engine detail, but I do see a couple surf boards getting involved in this one. 

Thanks for looking!

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Finally found something that makes a decent radiator insert. If you know a smoker, get a piece of the foil liner, and hit it with a black sharpie. I cut a piece wide enough to fill the gap, and long enough to wrap around a piece of .010 styrene, then glue into place.

More pics coming soon of the engine, most of which is scratch built, and almost ready to be mounted in the frame.
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Alternator, heads, valve covers, thermostat housing, air intake, motor mounts, and distributor are all scratch-built items. Some cleanup left to do, and work on the exhaust progresses. Still a fair amount of detail left to add.

The air intake is Seaside blue to match the car exterior, with a chrome highlight, the block is Bahama Blue with a metalizer, and the water pump is Blue with metalizer.

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome.

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Starting to come together. Engine is almost complete and mounted. Exhaust is under construction. Still need to wrap up the front suspension, the interior, get the finished exhaust mounted and routed under the running boards, dress up the rear end, create the custom headlamps and get those mounted, and add a windscreen. Surfboard is shaped, just needs to be painted. Body color is on, but there are some details that need finishing. 

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Just when you think you've seen [Ed McMahon Voice] EVERY POSSIBLE VARIATION [/Ed McMahon Voice] of a Fad T, along comes someone like you to kick the sides out of "the box." Drive on! B)

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Thanks, Snake. This one is definitely presenting some challenges. Did get the surfboards shaped, painted, and got the graphics on. Slowly building up clear coats to get them nice and glossy. 

Still tweaking how the body sits on the frame so I can get the running boards in place.

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Work continues. Scratch-built dash, parts box steering column and steering wheel, pedals are scratch.

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Dash is made from three layers. Styrene, with a layer of clear acetate, then a paper backing for the speedo and tach. The round grill , and the round speaker covers on the sides are punched from cigarette foil. Lower ones are hit with a Sharpie.  Still need to add some detail for the small guages, and the 4 black dots and rectangle shape are going to be built up to look more radio-like.

Pedals are just built from styrene, and the shifter is a bit of sprue, with a ball-head wire piece trimmed to the right length. And yes, that is an automatic. The tranny in this one looks to be an automatic, so it got this shifter. 

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Just when you think you've seen [Ed McMahon Voice] EVERY POSSIBLE VARIATION [/Ed McMahon Voice] of a Fad T, along comes someone like you to kick the sides out of "the box." Drive on! B)

ED McMahon!!!!

lol

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More or less into the home stretch with this one. Still need to add head- and tail lights, a steering linkage, firewall detail, and the exhaust pipes. Also made some bungies to attach the surf boards.

Then I can tie the running boards in and finally get the body glued. Then it's going under glass!

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Thanks for looking!

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