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landman

1957 Ford Del Rio wagon - DONE

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I have this 1957 Ford with saran wrap damage to the paint from storage. It was on the back burner for a redo. Then I saw this Del Rio body and interior on eBay. The plan was to remove the Fairlane body and replace it with the Del Rio body. I would then cut the back of the Fairlane off and do a trunk couch for the shop diorama.

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Turns out the Fairlane's frame is molded to the floorpan while the Del Rio's is separate and I don't have it. Can't use the fairlane floorpan with the Del Rio interior. I have this old Mercury whose frame will do fine. I get to save the Fairlane this way. Now I'd like to find a Meteor body for it. I think it exists. Maybe Flintstone? Anyway, I started removing bits and pieces of floorpan from the Mercury frame in order to make it fit the wagon floorpan.

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Or.... I could make the couch out of the Merc. However I have only one tailight. If anyone has an extra one.... Meanwhile I'll try casting one.

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Added some side rails to the frame.

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I found these neat wheels in the parts bin. I think I'll use them with the wide whites.

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And then, I have to pick a color.

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Seeing I won't be using the Fairlane chassis I was going to do it curbside. But then while rummaging in the engine drawers, I found this 351 from the MPC Mach 1. I assume it is a Cleveland. Anyway, I'll use that one since I already have custom wheels. It'll just give it that extra Ooomph.

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In another drawer, apart from the others, were these 3 Y-Blocks. That may be a better fit.

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Installed the Merc front suspension. Made it poseable. Looks like everything is in the right place.

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Cast two sets of plain  Y-Block valve covers and one set of Thunderbird ones. Now I have to learn to make a two part mold to do some exhaust manifolds.

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I would have restored the AMT Vicky. The Revell '57 Ford body can't hold a candle to the AMT.  

Not to mention the top of the line Fairlane 500 Club Victoria is a real treat.

But, if you want a wagon...

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30 minutes ago, Lovefordgalaxie said:

I would have restored the AMT Vicky. The Revell '57 Ford body can't hold a candle to the AMT.  

Not to mention the top of the line Fairlane 500 Club Victoria is a real treat.

But, if you want a wagon...

Tulio, if you are talking about the one in the first photo, I may just do that someday. I may even send it to you for a paint job.   :P

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44 minutes ago, landman said:

Tulio, if you are talking about the one in the first photo, I may just do that someday. I may even send it to you for a paint job.   :P

Yeah, that Fairlane is a beauty. I wouldn't have the guts to take it apart. That ones deserves a resto on the paint damage.

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On 6/14/2018 at 12:19 PM, Lovefordgalaxie said:

Yeah, that Fairlane is a beauty. I wouldn't have the guts to take it apart. That ones deserves a resto on the paint damage.

I could send only the body to save you some stress.

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My first two part mold. I'll try it tomorrow, we'll see. The Part A of the rubber mix had turned to gel, but there was some real gooey stuff in the center that I used. I mustn't have closed it properly. I wonder if I could purchase a pot by itself. the other one is good and almost full.

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Took the show outside as it is a beautiful evening and masked off the dark color areas and sprayed the ivory.

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Gathering parts from the bins. Starting to make a firewall using the Merc's as a starting point.

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Laid some carpet.

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1 hour ago, Geno said:

It's lookin' pretty sweet Pat.

Thank you Gene.

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You're welcome Pat, I love '57 Fords and you're rockin' this one. I can't wait to see it when it's done. Please restore the hartdtop, it deserves it LOL.B):wub:

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Cast some exhaust manifolds. Less than ideal but useable with a bit of work.

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Work continues on the firewall. 

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Made a rear motor support.

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Modified the air cleaner inlet to look like what I see on the web. Made some pulleys.

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Fabricated a heater and a wiper motor to add visual interest to the firewall. Found a master cylinder in the stash. I wonder what is going on here. wasn't this supposed to be a curbside quickie? :P

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Technical question. Does one apply the clear before or after the BMF? Or does it matter?

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I decided to apply the foil before the clear.

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Some work on the interior panels and the engine.

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Added the gold "anodizing" to the trim and clearcoated the body.

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Assembled the interior.

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Began wiring of the engine.

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The engine is done. Now, I am trying to make all this fit together.

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Made up an exhaust system using part of the Mercury's along with some solder. Unfortunately I didn't have anything of the same size as the tailpipe. There could be some back pressure. ;)

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Mounted the body to the chassis. It needed a bit of persuasion. After it was done, I realized I had forgotten to insert the hood. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze it in there somehow.

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