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'62 Ford Galaxie 500


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I got the rain gutters added to the body. The underside of the trunk smoothed and brace detail added. I still have to fill in the holes in the trunk pan and make the trunk hinges. I'm going to have to re-engineer my typical method. I usually glue the pivot to the package tray or tulip panel once the interior is installed. That method won't work with this model since it has virtually no tulip panel and the interior installs to the floorpan. So, I'm going to have to come up with a different method on this one. I have an idea in mind. Just have to see if it'll work.

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I also added flanges to the fenders for the hood to rest on and improve the look. I modified the radiator core support so that it doesn't quite look as obvious that it came from the '60 Starliner. I originally had the flanges meeting the top of the inner wheel wells. But, it didn't look to suit me. So, I cut them down.

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The majority of the body work is done. I still have some more scribing to do. This body has been a tough one to work with! Even scribing panel lines has been a pain! In some instances, I've had to resort to using an Xacto to scribe with.

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Roger! Another beauty in the making. That is some seriously delicate work on the side trim, it turned out amazing. Looking forward to seeing your trunk hinge solution. 
 

Cheers, Steve

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Thanx for the feedback guys! 

8 hours ago, slusher said:

Looking really good, Roger.  What chassis and interior are you using??

I'm using those from the AMT '60 Starliner custom version. 

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Most of my time lately has been spent on fitment. Along with a few modifications. I now have everything fitting like it should. Lots of tweaks, filing and sanding. I have a lot of work in the grille and front bumper. I separated them first. The grille got the headlights drilled. The outside headlight rings got sanded and thinned down to match the fenders. I also made a notch in it for the hood latch. And finally, I made a splash guard. It will get body color. It'll barely be visible. But, it'll make a big difference in the appearance. Plus, I'll have a nice solid mounting point.

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I also had to modify this area on the fenders.

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That's not how it is on the full scale car. So, I filed and sanded it down to how it should be. I had to then fill the backside of the bumper to close the resulting gap. While I was at it, I made the slot in the license plate recess. Pay no mind to the bumper being crooked. It's just resting on the mount.

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At the rear, I only had to do a bit of work to get the rear bumper and frame to cooperate with each other. I'm going to drop the rear down some more. It's way too high. Hopefully, I can get it down enough without having to do a mini tub.

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As you can see in this side view, it has too much rake. I like a little bit of rake. But, this is too much for my taste. I'd like to have it almost level. But, that would require a mini tub. I may just bite the bullet and do it.

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And I finally got an engine picked out. It's from a Revell Mustang Super Stallion. Hopefully, it'll fit OK. My biggest concern is going to be the fitment with the transmission. The engine itself should be fine.

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Maybe it's just me but that rake looks perfect, gives it that badass stance. That rear 3/4 view couldn't be more perfect to my eyes, WOW!!!!! Everything else looks spot on too. Exceptional work thus far.

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On 10/22/2021 at 9:17 PM, afx said:

How is the stance if you raise the front slightly to reduce the rake?

I have the front down where I want it. If I raise it, it'll be too high. I lowered it by flipping the spindles.

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On 10/23/2021 at 11:21 AM, Geno said:

Maybe it's just me but that rake looks perfect, gives it that badass stance. That rear 3/4 view couldn't be more perfect to my eyes, WOW!!!!! Everything else looks spot on too. Exceptional work thus far.

Thanx! It would be OK for an old school street machine or drag car. But, it doesn't work for what I want it to look like.  

I stuck a set of 19's with a little bigger tires on the rear thinking that would get it where I wanted. It didn't and I didn't like the way they looked. So, I decided to go ahead and modify the wheel wells and lower the rearend. I'm almost done with those modifications. I raised the inner wheel wells 3mms. The rearend will get lowered the same amount with set of lowering blocks. It will make a huge difference in the stance! 

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Yeah, I like this stance a lot better! Just enough to be noticeable. 

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It's looking like I'm going to have to mount the trunk hinge to the tulip panel after all. I see no other way to do it. It's going to be tricky getting it to swing properly and mounted to the tulip panel.

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I now have the engine fitted. It wasn't too bad. Just a little trimming here and there. I had to change the oil pan to a front sump. I cut away the old one, grabbed one from a Revell '32 Ford SB, flipped it around, cut away the small sump at the rear and filled it. The frame only needed a small notch in the left spring pocket. Then it was just modifying the engine mounts. The only concern left is having room for a brake booster.

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I was concerned that the hood wouldn't fit with the blower snout and pulley sticking up like it is. But, it nestled down just like it should.

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I'm going to have to modify the radiator support again. I'm going to cut away the shroud on top. Then cut away the radiator and replace it with one from an '85 Corvette. It'll also supply the electric fan and shroud. 

I'm going to have to temp glue everything back together again for a final fitment check after the tub work to make sure everything still fits. If all is good, I should be able to start shooting some primer.

I've picked the color for the interior. It'll be Bahama Blue. I want the body to be a pale blue, almost white. But, I've not had any luck finding the color I want in a spray can. I may have to go with something else. I may go in the opposite direction and go with a dark blue. We'll see. 

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