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71 Ford Ranger

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Here's my shot at the 1971 Ford Ranger by Moebius.71_Ranger00.thumb.jpg.5a9a9cdc861fee70bd

 

 

This kit is excellent! Everything fits as it should with little or no adjustment. The chassis looks like a model in its own right. I painted the whitewall lines with acrylic paint. They're going to need a little more work.

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Some minor detail work included drilling out the lug holes in the spare wheel and painting "labels" on the shocks.

 
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It usually takes me about ten hours to get to this point- this took about four hours.

 
 

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Test fitting the body.

 

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Or maybe the Racer's Wedge from Model King. I think I'd have to make it a dualie though.

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As Always, Thanks for looking and feel free to comment.

David G.

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Lookin good so far, can't wait for more!!!!!!

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Looking good! 

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Here's a little bit of an update.

One thing Moebius didn't provide in this kit was an alternator bracket. Since I don't like "floating alternators", I decided to make one myself.

 

I fashioned this from a scrap of styrene. I made the slot using a panel line scribe and file.

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To secure the bracket on the alternator end, I drilled a hole in the alternator to accommodate a "bolt" to hold them together.  

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Here's the bracket installed. It's glued to the block with a spacer in between to properly align it with the alternator and held in place on the alternator with a wire "bolt" which will be trimmed and painted later.

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As always, thanks for taking the time to look and feel free to comment.

David G.

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Great looking bracket. Might it stand out a little more in semi gloss black or is that the way Ford paints them ??  

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Great looking bracket. Might it stand out a little more in semi gloss black or is that the way Ford paints them ??  

Thank you David. I thought about painting it black but all the images I found online showed it in the same blue as the rest of the block.

David G.

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I hereby proclaim the chassis done!

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There is some interference between the frame cross member and the transmission pan that doesn't allow the engine to sit as low as I believe it should. 

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So far, this kit builds up nicely

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As always, thanks for taking the time to look and please feel free to comment.

David G.

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Looks good so far.

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I've chosen the colors Tamiya Chrome Yellow and Racing White. After two weekends of masking and painting, here is the result.

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As always, thanks for taking the time to look and please feel free to comment.

David G.

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Looking great!!

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Love the color scheme.

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great two tone

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Thanks for all the kind comments. 

Most of the heavy lifting is done on this one, I'm just working on the little fiddly bits.

Here's a test fit of the major body structures to check the need for any final adjustments before starting the finish work.

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As always, thanks for taking the time to look and please feel free to comment.

David G.

 

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That truck is gonna be awesome,  I love the color combo.

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Looks great! Glad you went for the deluxe two tone paint job, a majority were built that way!  IMO, these trucks look better with a higher rear stance, the rear suspension of the kit seems too low, almost as if there was a built in 800lb load on the springs.

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I know it’s probably too late, but I’ve worked on a lot of 60’s and 70’s Fords. I believe the stamped steel brackets on the front of the engine were painted satin black. I’ve helped in the restoration of the engine compartments of 60’s and 70’s Shelby and Boss Mustangs. They are all satin black. 

Dennis

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