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'61 Ranchero (Old 60's Custom Rescue)

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John, I'm going to use it but I'm going to have to go through quite a bit to do so. Admittedly, I really like it. But it doesn't fit worth a darn. And it's really glued down! Lol.

So, I'm going to have to carefully grind it off using my dremel. Then I'll use the one from the newer kit but I'll work it over so that it snugs down nice and tight. I will be painting the whole roof white and on the Klingon, I'll paint the center section a gloss white and the upholstered part will be done in a flat white.

Although, another idea I have is to just use the center section and graft it onto the roof, leaving out the upholstered wings. Mmmmmm....

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I've seen just the center scoop used from the roof overlay, and that looks nice, kinda '59 Impala-ish. I think that tip may have even been in the original 1961 Styline instruction sheet under "Advanced custom tips from the pros", or some such.

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Well, this is what I came up with. I think it cleans it up quite nicely.

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I was able to remove the custom top from the roof by working it very carefully as to not to do any damage to the roof itself. It will require some filler to fix the pitting caused by the glue that was used but it went pretty good. 

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I removed the upholstered panels from the rear-facing scoop and I will end up just attaching the scoop as seen by itself.

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I think it looks better without that roof scoop. BUT, of course, it's YOUR model. B)

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Bet it was a relief to find so little damage! By the way, remember the trim on the back edge of the roof should be flush with the roof, not sticking up.

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Bet it was a relief to find so little damage! By the way, remember the trim on the back edge of the roof should be flush with the roof, not sticking up.

Yup. I'm about to sand that thing off one I'm working on.

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How about turning the back of that roof part to the front so that the grills are facing the front, then at the back of the roof vent you can add a small vent inside the roof to act as a vent system to bring fresh air inside the cab

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Nice save on the roof!

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How about turning the back of that roof part to the front so that the grills are facing the front, then at the back of the roof vent you can add a small vent inside the roof to act as a vent system to bring fresh air inside the cab

If I HAD to have it, I'd leave it the way it is, and paint the rear of it stoplight red like a huge CHMSL.

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I'm definitely going back and forth on it. But, it was something I was originally drawn to and the original builder used it so I think it'll stay.

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Yes, I think if you're going with the "original intent" of the builder you need to use the scoop!

Here are some shots of what that rear pillar and trim look like in the real word, if you're interested in going for that. AMT got this part of the car pretty wrong.

C pillar & roof left

door & C pillar left

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The roof scoop is an interesting idea indeed and am looking forward to seeing how that's gonna mix with the rest of this fantastic build. Nice work on that hood Greg.

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Greg, what if the roof scoop were reduced in height? Maybe by half or more, particularly toward the leading edge, where you could thin it down and blend it in so that it starts further back from the windshield header.

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Ya know John, I think this is why I love your work so much. We think a lot alike. Lol. I was staring at the car and the roof scoop quite a bit yesterday and I had this same thought. I think it would make a huge difference to lower it's height. I think it would flow better. Great idea!

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It was starting to become difficult seeing where I'd been and where I needed to go so it was time for it's first coat of primer. Boy oh boy, I've got a lot of work ahead of me! This baby is rough! Lol

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Very nice! It could very well be one of Tom Daniel's sketches in an early/mid '60s Rod & Custom, when he was still designing with taste and style.

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Very nice work.  Perhaps something could be done where the lower front fender meets the nose.  It looks rather abrupt - how about rolling it into the front pan? maybe a filler piece...

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Hats off to you Greg for saving this one.  I think I would have given-in and started with a fresh body.

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