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johnwitzke

Building Les Ritchey's '63 Lightweight Galaxie

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Since building my first '63 lightweight Galaxie, Brannan's car, I learned a lot about how I would improve upon my next build.  With that said,  I have started another 1963 lightweight Galaxie.  This one will be Les Ritchey's Viking Blue/Beige interior car.  I figured this time I would put more detail into the engine, specifically the intake and carb areas.  So I ordered resin carburetors, Holley 4160 from Fireball Modelworks.  These carburetors have excellent detail and really make the engine look real.  I highly recommend them.  I have added addition detail making the intake and carb as close to factory correct as I can.  I will be adding to this topic as the build goes along.  Enjoy and thanks for looking.....John    

427 intake (1280x869) (3).jpg

427 intake 2 (1280x794) (2).jpg

427 intake 3 (1280x939).jpg

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John, that looks fantastic ! I have a ton of Joseph's resin and it is amazing !

Alan

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Looking forward to follow along while you build Les Ritchey's Galaxie.

Joesph's resin is amazing.

Edgar

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John, looking like Holley carbs to me.  Excellent! 

I like them old Fords.  Very nice detailing.

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An update on Les Ritchey's '63 Galaxie Lightweight. 

Since the hoods on the '63 lightweights were fiberglass, the underside was rough and unfinished.  To replicate, I removed the bracing detail so that I had a smooth surface, then I used Scale Motorsports textured spray paint, followed by primer, then body color.  

Additionally, I added the black hose that connects between the two carbs 

 

 

63 underhood detail Ritchey 2.jpg

63 intake Ritchey (1280x936).jpg

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Update on engine build.  Making progress, but a lot still left to do.  The wiring will be per original firing order.  Next photo will be of the completed engine.  Until then, here is what I have done so far.  The oil filter is a true red and has the correct Rotunda marking on it.

Thanks all for your feedback

 

 

63 427 engine Ritchey (800x600).jpg

63 427 engine Ritchey 2 (800x600).jpg

 

63 underhood detail Ritchey 2 (800x600).jpg

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Update on body work.  All door and trunk seams have been scribed a little deeper, imperfections, mold lines, etc., have been removed and is now in primer status.  Tamyia white prime lays down a flawless finish.  Simply the best primer.  Moving closer to exterior finish.  I will be using MCW # 6233 Viking Blue lacquer.  

63 Les Ritchey Vels Ford Lightwight Primer (800x600).jpg

 

 

63 Les Ritchey Vels Ford Sales (618x800).jpg

63 xl 100 7 (800x450).jpg

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Oops, sorry about the F-100 XL 427 photo.  Not sure how that got in there.  Could this be a future project?  Stay tune, you just never know.  

 

 

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John.. what paint did you use to replicate the Holley carb color? That looks perfect!! Looking fantastic, can’t wait to see more..

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