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What? Two More '63 Lightweights

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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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SWEET!!!

glad to see you doing more of these, I've been wanting to do a 64 galaxies Holman and moody race car, this will definitely help!

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john..............thanks for remerbing them (seats)  ... oldr-n-drt

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I'm always excited when it comes to the lightweights..!!

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Bring on the lightweights can't wait for more on your builds. 

 

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I'll be watching!! 

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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.  

  

 

 

 

I've got a couple of '63s I'm trying to decide which verisons to build. Do you have any color shots of Ritchey's car?

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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.

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Count me in on following this thread. While I wasn't a TOTAL fan of these cars, I did have a small soft spot for them. I had a good buddy that had one. I was always amazed at how that car could punish the back tires.

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John here's a picture of Gas racing Strickler at York US30 1st pic.Does anyone make decals for this car or do you plan to make your own?

 

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Great photo, Thank you.  The decals are available from Jack Smith -Top End Decals.

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Thanks for the tip about getting Gas Ronda's decals fromTop End Decals.

Do you know if Bill Lawtons Tasca Ford was one of the 5 preproduction lightweights? I've started to collect the necessary pieces to do both these cars.

Edgar

 

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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   

  

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Jack Smith Decals.

https://www.facebook.com/Top-End-Decals-134521409998295/

I used his sheet for my Reynolds Ford and Phil Bonner Thunderbolts. VERY nice stuff.

 

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John thank you very much for clearing things up for me. 

Bill thanks for the list! I spoke to Jack last night.

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Hi John, great to see your further Ford updates, and new models.

Question if you don't mind:  Back in the late 60's there was a Ford Dealer in my area who sponsored race cars.  A real nasty SBF Falcon and a T-Bolt too.  Lynch-Davidson Ford in Florida.

So, did Ford offer the performance parts for these cars over the counter?  I was GM, later Mopar in this era.

I remember them in the garages late at night working on these cool cars....probably also partially owned by employees there.

Did Ford offer hi-po parts over the counter for anyone?

Thanks, Michael

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