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I mentioned the other day when I posted my Corvette that I had another resto on my mind instead of jumping back into the Shelby......... just yet. This is a model I started way back in 2005, but got shelved due to bad paint. It's been sitting languishing all this time, and it's literally sitting on top of the cigar box where I'm keeping the Shelby for the time being.

I took some quick pics on what the Ford looks like now. I hope to be able to find the rest of the bits and pieces I made before I shelved it, such as the grille, rear chrome piece for the trunk, wheels and tires and a couple other odd and ends.

On to the pics!

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What's going to happen is I'm going to totally disassemble this and repaint it as there are some trouble spots. Thin out the door jambs and I may reconfigure certain contours on the body.

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This is a MAJOR trouble spot for me. I tried using Future as a barrier for some of the bodywork. I must not have used enough as the bodyword ended up showing up in the paint. So back on the shelf it went undone for literally YEARS.

I have a new angle of attack to ward off the ghosting and hopefully no new snags will turn up so I can get 'er done.

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I'll be thinning the door jambs a bit as there is some interference with the seat. Also, I may add a bit more detail as the jambs are rather 'plain'.

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Definitely some engine bay detail needed here. Much too bare looking even for a '55 so along the way, I'll have to see what's needed.

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I'm going to try and make new taillight bezels as the ones that came off a diecast are a touch too big. I'll either get them chromed, or use the Molotow paint.

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I have the grille (somewhere) so there's not much needed here except some chrome around the headlight eyebrows.

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The chassis will need some tweaking to make it a bit more tidy. I might make new exhausts as the ones shown appear a bit thin. I'll have to see what's in my supply box. If you're interested, here is the original work done to the model years ago on Fotki. This will show how I did the roof and other mods.

Well, it's bedtime for me (third shift) so thanks for looking! If there's any questions, I'll try to answer 'em before I go into work tonight.

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I like it.  I went ahead and bought the diecast mint car in this combination.    I Have the 56 in plastic though and these are great kits to mess with.  Nice to see the "Obssessive" treatment given to one.

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Cool project! If you think you can get it finished by the end of September, you might want to register it in the current round Bring Out Your Dead Completion Build, as it certainly looks like a candidate. We'd love to have you! 

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That'll be a real stretch Snake, but we'll see as the days go by.

Right now I'm REALLY struggling to get the dash out without wrecking the cowl. It's not so much that it's epoxied in tight, but it's resting on the clear stencil sheet windshield that I made and that's the real struggle getting it free as the A pillars want to come with it. I hate to ruin the dash as that did come out of a Franklin Mint junker with some mods, but it's a real hassle right now.

I have to modify the windshield header somewhat (don't like the shape of it) so maybe it's just as well.

2 hours ago, randyc said:

I like it.  I went ahead and bought the diecast mint car in this combination.    I Have the 56 in plastic though and these are great kits to mess with.  Nice to see the "Obssessive" treatment given to one.

Thanks Randy! I originally was going to do a '56 four door hardtop using that roof (would have saved me some side trim work), but decided to go for the '55. The '56 four door hardtop is a rather rare bird as that was essentially a one year deal with the '57 being a completely different car. Maybe way down the road if I get the ambition again, I'd like to build that one. I've not seen anyone else do that in scale.

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Looks good.  I haven't started work on my 56 Victoria kit that I will be downgrading model wise.  Its a shame they don't come out with some newer molds that are a bit more detailed especially under the hood.

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Glad to see you back on this one as it's my favorite out of all your various projects. Hope you can resolve the issues!

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Thanks John! Yes, I was able to get the dash out with no damage to the A pillars. Everything's been disconnected now.....glass is out, original hinges cut away from the doors and body. I have some epoxy I'd like to get clean up from the doors and inside the body and tomorrow it'll get a Easy-Off Oven Cleaner soaking to get the old paint off. I have to be careful what I use since the fender skirts are actually resin ones I got from Modelhaus (I think) years ago.

After the old paint is all cleaned off, I can go about doing some body tweaks that I want to do and then see about reconstructing the door jambs and hinges, among other things.

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Glad you brought this out again. I've saving parts for a similar project and just scored a '55 diecast to glean from. Love the color scheme; reminds me of an old '56 Meteor 4dr seen lurking behind a gas station many years ago in the same livery ^_^  

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I finally was able to get everything apart. There was no way to fix the damage on the roof without doing paint damage to surrounding areas, so I thought it best to simply disassemble this and sorta start over. One casualty was the dashboard as the top part of it cracked trying to get it out. I'll just rebuild that section as it was where work was done originally to get the dash to fit along the doglegs of the windshield posts better.

Unfortunately since I used Oven Cleaner to take off the old paint, it also took away the body putty that was originally used (Dynatron). That's OK as this time I'm going to be using as much plastic as possible to fill in the voids and when it comes down to final painting, the entire thing will be barrier coated with BIN Zinsser sealer. Something I didn't know about in 2005.

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Here was the original culprit of the trouble. Too much putty in this area which reacted with the paint when fully cured. This will be filled with as much plastic as needed and then smoothed out. Any pinholes or very shallow voids I'll use a little putty, or simply fill it in with more plastic.

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I don't have pics yet, but I did get this side of the car (rear fender) filled in with plastic so far.

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I'm going to try my hand at vacuforming a headliner down the road. It'll be a different technique for me as I'll be using a very dense (virtually non shrinking) type of clay to make a mold of the inside, let it harden then using my vacuform machine to do the rest. This is a ways off as I want to make sure the bodywork including the windows template/molds are done first.

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I'll be tackling other things as this comes along. Making new door hinges (brass) in sort of the same style as I did the '59 Chevy so some soldering is in order, new trunk hinges, and reshaping the tulip panel as the rear window aperture is not quite right in that area.

So I've got some work cut out for me but I'm determined to get this thing done once and for all! ;)

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This is going to be GREAT - I’ll be watching!  I’ll be interested to see the vacuum-forming especially, when we get that far along 👍🏻

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1 hour ago, Chromecop said:

Nice to see a '55 being built !

Thanks Darryl! Still plugging away at the bodywork. Got the roof and sides mostly done now and it's on to the doors. While I'm at it, I'll make new hinges (brass) and probably end up crafting new door jambs as the ones on the doors were breaking apart from the stripping/disassembly.

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Not the greatest pics, but some engine/bay ideas. Those of the 55 I used to own.

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I always enjoy following your work Bill. I'll certainly be along for the ride on this one.

David G.

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Tom, just seeing your post.........thanks for those pics! I see something on the engine which I will be changing...........the angle of the distributor. I had it straight up and down and it should be at an angle as seen here. Thankfully I do have the correct air cleaner as I got the one off of the junker Danbury Mint car.

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20 hours ago, David G. said:

I always enjoy following your work Bill. I'll certainly be along for the ride on this one.

David G.

Thanks David! :D

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Beautiful model! Are you planning on doing it in the same color combo? Looks awesome! I wanted to ask what grille you used/are going to use? 

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Here's the latest on the bodywork...........more work than I thought, but at this point I can feel confident there won't be anymore "mishaps" as far as the bodywork showing through a completed and cured paint job.

The roof split was the largest (and hardest) to fill in. In hindsight, this should have been the route to go....use as much plastic to fill in the deep split/valley and not rely solely on the putty to not have a reaction with whatever paint/primers that are going to be used.

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Bodywork is at this point about 80% done. Both sides as can be seen by the pics are
totally filled in and this time I tried to use as much plastic as possible, with just a very small amount of putty to fill in any divots and tiny voids.

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1 hour ago, fordf-100 said:

Beautiful model! Are you planning on doing it in the same color combo? Looks awesome! I wanted to ask what grille you used/are going to use? 

Phillip, the grille I'm using is a modified one from the Danbury Mint diecast. It had to be narrowed a bit as that one is 1/24, while this model is 1/25.

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The middle trim piece will need to be fastened back in place as it's broken loose on the bottom over the years. To make things fit a bit better on the sides, I'll rework the leading edges of the fenders to better conform to the outer edges of the grille.

That's it for now. At the moment, I'm working on the doors as far as getting the outer door skin work done on those and then it's on to making new door jambs, hinges and hinge supports. More work than I anticipated, but I'm going to try something a bit different in making them open/close and fit better in the body. The hood has a bit of work needed too as where I filled in the scored lines with putty, the oven cleaner made that come loose as well. So far I got those filled back in with plastic and then it's on to smoothing things out.

Thanks for tuning in!

EDIT: I almost forgot......yes Phillip, I'll be using the same colors as before. Snowshoe White with Regency Purple two-toned. I still have a bunch of paint left over from PaintScratch.com of the purple and not long ago I had to order some Snowshoe White as I had no more of that.

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Posted (edited)

Great resurrection Bill!  I'll be watching you perform magic!  🙂

See you at Super September Showdown?

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It always a really pleasure to watch and follow your projects Bill. This is looking great and it's going to be fun to follow. 

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Thanks for the nice words guys!

14 hours ago, Tom Geiger said:

Great resurrection Bill!  I'll be watching you perform magic!  🙂

See you at Super September Showdown?

If there's no bad weather like there was last year, I hope to be there Tom.

Last year it was raining so bad and I'm not a fan of driving the Challenger in heavy rain......especially here in PA with trucks everywhere you turn on the highway. :huh:

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