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I started this one a few days ago. So far this is a very nice and easy build. Everything so far fits together nice. This might be a slump buster or a nice build to do after a tough kit.

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Good project. I hate to say it but your valve covers are on upside down.

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Thanks. And I thought I was being so careful reading the directions.

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You're welcome. I have owned a bunch of 1:1 Ford FE engines and know them too intimately. I have gotten model BBC valve covers on wrong on numerous occasions.  

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An Excellent choice

Probably my favorite kit to build.

Ive got 6 of them done.

 

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On 7/16/2019 at 5:00 PM, Johnt671 said:

Thanks. And I thought I was being so careful reading the directions.

Sometimes, in many kits, the directions are wrong. 

Off to a great start. The only two things I don’t like about this kit, is the way the hood fits near the grill, and that the windshield could fit better. 

Over all, it’s one of my favorite cars, and kits, of all time. I’ve built over a dozen, and plan on a “do over” of the Platt car, that I did years ago. 

I will definitely be following this build. 

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Today's update. I changed the valve covers after these pictures. Tight fit in the motor bay, but it went together without a problem.

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Thanks. Today's pictures. Body primed and interior flocked.

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just in case it matters to you.

but the T-Bolts had a black rubber floor covering , not carpet

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4 hours ago, gtx6970 said:

just in case it matters to you.

but the T-Bolts had a black rubber floor covering , not carpet

Thanks. I did look at some pictures but didn't look far enough down the page to see that. I'll be painting my nice flocking black to correct this.

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Corrected the interior floor, and found I lost the kit shifter. I found one that looks like the shifter in the picture below. I'm debating over trying to cut the vents open on the hood scoop, but I'm not sure I am skilled enough to pull that off.

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Looking real good. This kit is easily my favorite kit to build.

as far as opening the hood vents is really not as hard as you might think

A dremel on low speed is all thats needed, I did one several years ago , then used some scrap door screen I had around to fill the opening.

 

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Looks good.
But I see one thing that bothers me...the fuel, speedometer and temp gauge faces are silver on a 1964 Fairlane and also the Thunderbolt, not black.
I had a 64 Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe for 12 years but sold it 3 years ago when I bought the 1963½ Galaxie 500 XL I have now.

Bildresultat för 1964 fairlane gauges

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Thanks Force, but it's too late, and although it's inaccurate I like the look of the gauge decals. Too bad they didn't do it right.

Other than the seats the interior is done, and the hod is painted the final color. It's a little lighter than the original, but it sure is a pretty color. I did get the hood vents open, Thanks gtx6970.

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Yes I fully understand.

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