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Smitty's Deuce Coupe Pickup- Autoworld 1963

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I saw this page in another thread. On the bottom of the page is a rear view of Smitty's Deuce Coupe Pickup. It says that instructions are available for build# 2325 for only $1.49. This is from 1963. I was born in 1963. This thing has captured my imagination. Now, I want to try to build it. Caption says that it uses the AMT '32 Coupe as a base. That's all the info I have, so far.  Could that be an AMT '34 Ford Pickup Bed? Was the '34 even around in '63? I do not remember the history of the '34 P/up kit. I like the Wide White Slicks in the rear. Can't see much of the engine. Looks like twin carbs, on some kind of highrise manifold. 409 mebbe? Do you think it uses the Coupe Chassis?

I'm on the hunt for a copy of the Building Instructions mentioned in the ad. Also looking for ANY more information, Pics, Ect. that might help with building a copy of this.

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Wow, I remember that from a very long time ago and no we didn't have hi-rise manifolds back then so it would be either a three or six carb setup. Thanks for the memories.

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Very interesting!.... 

You might be able to use the '32 Revell 5-window body for this build.. those rear nerf bumpers look like the ones from the AMT '39/40 Ford Coupe kit... I'm not sure about the pickup bed... Maybe one from the AMT '40 Willy's might work....

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I've actually got the AMT Coupe kit, so there is that to start with. Looking at the picture, it looks like Chrome, Small Block Headers.

So, Maybe the Coupe's Engine? Those Salt Flats discs on the front are in some versions of the AMT '32 Roadster, as well as many old Lindberg Hot Rods.

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I can't see the engine very well. Oldsmobiles have the center ports together like a SBC and some of the 40 Ford versions came with an Olds. I am not sure what was around in 1963 though.

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got a photo of the Shamrock when I was at the museum a few years ago, not sure if it's a clone or the original.

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The pickup version appears to use mostly parts from the '32 coupe kit.  The engine is a small-block Chevy with six carbs and curved intake stacks.  The Moon discs and chromed rear wheels are in early (pre-1976) issues of the coupe kit.

The '34 pickup was first issued in 1962, but that bed does not look like even a modified version of what came in the pickup.  I'm not sure if this build was covered in an early issue of CAR MODEL.  I'd scratch the bed, it would be easy enough to do.

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So, about 75% '32 Coupe then? Could the bed be from the AMT '40 Willys? Or maybe one of the Lindberg Model T Pickup kits?

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The pickup version of the Willys wasn't available until 1969; by then the Deuce coupe kit was out of production.  The bed might be from a kit or could be scratchbuilt.  Sheet plastic wasn't common back then, so it could be balsa or even cardboard.  If you haven't got the article to follow, just scratch one, nobody will know the difference.

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6 minutes ago, Mark said:

The pickup version of the Willys wasn't available until 1969; by then the Deuce coupe kit was out of production.  The bed might be from a kit or could be scratchbuilt.  Sheet plastic wasn't common back then, so it could be balsa or even cardboard.  If you haven't got the article to follow, just scratch one, nobody will know the difference.

Yep! How many of us here save those big pieces of junk mail laminated card stock you get in your mail box from wow tv???? I know I do.... You could build a vintage pickup bed with that stuff... Fenders, wheel tubs, etc, etc....

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I use those laminated Cardstock mail, as Book Marks.  I am always happy to get them.

Thanks for the thoughts on the Bed. I'll probably use something from and old Monogram(Black Widow?), or Lindberg parts kit.

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Smitty's deuce pickup was in the Auto World catalog at least as early as 1961 - I checked my copy. The only suitable pickup kits in that catalog were the Black Widow and AMT's 1925 T. The Black Widow might be the ticket.

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BTW, for $1.49 you got the instructions AND the '32 Ford kit.

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the instructions give you a pattern to cut the bed out of balsa or basswood 

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Jack, Have you seen the instructions? Any other tips you remember?

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If anyone would have a set of these instructions, it would be Mark Gustavson at the Model Car Museum. He loves this kind of stuff. 

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On 6/19/2020 at 2:27 PM, blunc said:

got a photo of the Shamrock when I was at the museum a few years ago, not sure if it's a clone or the original.

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The Shamrock in the museum is the real deal. The rest of Dave Shuklis models are there too

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I had been asking about those instructions from Auto World,  was most interested in the Bobtail Cat. Nobody could come up with a set, but consensus was that they were just a reprint of the articles from Car Model Magazine 

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I checked the first couple of years' worth of CAR MODEL magazine; none contained an article on the Deuce pickup.  The instructions may have been originally planned as a magazine article but not used.

That said, the build seems to be all parts from early issues of the coupe kit, with the body altered to add a scratchbuilt pickup bed.  Where to cut the body looks pretty obvious...just cut it, close off the back of the body, get it to set on the chassis at the right height, then scratch a bed to resemble the picture.

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I have a copy of the flyer if someone could post it for me

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So cool that you had this! First time I’m seeing it. Does anyone have any others? Especially interested in the Bobtail Cat.

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Yes! Thank You, Jason.

Now to print off a copy and get to work.

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Very interesting! I've had an idea to build something along those lines for a while now, but with more of a late '60s vibe. 

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I'd probably cut the body off just a bit further back (like, even with the rear of the roof)...that would save all of that messing around with the interior and glass.

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