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JollySipper

'37 Ford Coupe done up '60s style

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Here's what I'm working on now.... I'm going to try back-dating this kit to build a custom that may have been done back in the day. I'll be using the stock front suspension, which necessitated using the Sedan chassis, since it has the cross member that is missing from the Coupe's frame. Also using the awesome louvered hood from the Sedan......... 

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I'll be mounting the brakes to the frame instead of the firewall...... the wheels and tires are from the Moebius '56 300B

Let me know what you think! 

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Thanks for the interest, Fellas! I have a good feeling about this project, I think it's gonna turn out good..... Plan is to use this gray from DupliColor, that is if I can find some at the parts store.

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A question for you guys...... Would a custom car in the '60s have an MSD box for ignition, or just a coil?

Again, thank you for looking in..........

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Some progress to show...... filled the hole in the firewall and the fuel door, and started on the engine........

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Tell me what you think.......! 

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14 hours ago, JollySipper said:

A question for you guys...... Would a custom car in the '60s have an MSD box for ignition, or just a coil?

Sounds like a coil would be better for the '60s.  From Wikipedia:

"MSD Ignition was the first company in the world to experiment with Multiple Spark Discharge for the ignition system of internal combustion engines in 1970. The idea was first proposed by a group of engineers working on the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico...After a great deal of research and development they were able to introduce the first multiple spark system using capacitive discharge and put it on the market under the name Multiple Spark Discharge (MSD)...Shortly after coming onto the market, the new ignition system was also shown to work particularly well in racing applications in 1976."

Edited by Mike999
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Thanks, Mike... One would think that as much racing went on thru the '50s and '60s they would have developed MSD before then........

Some progress to show, basic frame stuff painted, and a final ride height check..... I lowered the front by using a spring with less arc than the kit piece, the rear is out of box......

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Thanks for lookin'! 

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I wasn't happy with the stance of the rear, so it came down some......... Looks much better to me now!

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Now I'm working on getting the body parts to line up as they should. I just need to get the main body to nestle down into the fenders, then the front pieces should line up......

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Hope you guys are enjoying, and all comments welcome..........

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I really like what I see so far. Maybe bring the rear as low as the front?
Looks great!

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On 1/11/2018 at 11:20 AM, JollySipper said:

...One would think that as much racing went on thru the '50s and '60s they would have developed MSD before then........

Not really. Some history is in order here.

Magnetos and multi-coil ignitions were quite sufficient for the compression ratios and cams that were in use at the time.

HOWEVER...the capacitive-discharge (CD) ignition system had been in development for many years, but advances in solid-state electronics (NON-tube type) were required before a reliable system could live for long in an automotive or aircraft environment.     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_discharge_ignition

The multiple-discharge ignition is a development of the solid-state CD ignition system, and followed it quite soon. Another similar unit is the Multi-Strike by Mallory, and is much the same as MSD technology.

Higher compression pressures and more radical cams that provided very uneven mixtures at lower RPMs required an ignition system that could fire a charge consistently in these more difficult conditions.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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Thank you, fellas.... your comments are always appreciated! I painted the interior with Tamiya "Dull Red". I really like it, nice color and sheen.

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I also want to use some '48 Ford bumpers, we'll see how it works out.....

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The steering wheel from the '56 300B will replace the Grant GT wheel that comes in the kit.

Thanks for your interest and for looking in..............!

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On 1/9/2018 at 7:54 PM, JollySipper said:

A question for you guys...... Would a custom car in the '60s have an MSD box for ignition, or just a coil?

Again, thank you for looking in..........

Why not put a dual coil Spaulding Flamethrower magneto in there for some true '60s interest?

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2 hours ago, torinobradley said:

Why not put a dual coil Spaulding Flamethrower magneto in there for some true '60s interest?

That sounds pretty High Performance! :P

Nah, just going for a mild cruiser........ Thanks for the idea, tho!

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I've got the chassis pretty much finished...... With it and the interior done, all I really have left is to paint the body, then it's assembly time!

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I need to decide if I want to run the kit's headers, or a pair of wrapped headers from a nascar kit........

Thanks for looking, and all comments are welcome

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I finally got some primer on today! Couldn't resist seeing how it would look flat black..........

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This is the color I wanted to paint this one. As you can see, the can was no good! I guess it wasn't meant to be......

I'll try to find some perfect match like I usually use and can get good results from........

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Primer may get another coat before wet sanding with #2000, then it's on to color coats.........

Thanks for checking out my progress!

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Real nice project TJ,keep up the good work, love those wheels and tires..

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Thanks, Guys! As soon as I get a decent can of paint, I can continue..........

11 hours ago, junkyardjeff said:

I have built every 37 kit,all but one got a traditional suspension.

If you'd like to share, what did you use for the rear suspension?

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1 minute ago, JollySipper said:

Thanks, Guys! As soon as I get a decent can of paint, I can continue..........

If you'd like to share, what did you use for the rear suspension?

The last one I built I used the whole frame from the Revell 40 standard and on the other two I cut up the frames from the monogram 40 p/u for the rear suspension and the front crossmembers.

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So I got to do my favorite part of building today, the paint! Had to go with my second color choice, which I think will look pretty good with the red interior.......

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I have some wax/polish that's made by Formula1 (it's in a big yellow bottle) that I may go over it with once it's fully cured

feel free to comment, and thank you for checking it out!

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Thank you, Jeff........ It's a GM color from DupliColor, it's just called "Dark Blue Metallic"......  It's over black primer which gives it a nice rich finish!

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Wanted to show you guys what this is gonna look like in it's final assembly........ Still have some small parts to add, door handles, etc.... I think the color combo looks pretty good, it's hard to get a good pic, tho.......

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Thanks to you that have watched this one, I guess the next post of this build will be "under glass"......... :D

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