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Old 32 Ford Rebuild


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Bought this old AMT 32 Ford roadster AS/IS either at one of the last model car events before COVID, or on the bay. She is salty looking for sure. This is a project where I won't use anything other than what it came with it (except the trunk lid and a donor windshield). Kind of a fun approach.

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No trunk lid, no windshield, but plenty of grime.

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I used a clean AMT 32 Ford body to set up a new trunk lid out of sheet styrene.

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Took a lot of bending and time to get the bend just right.

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I'm satisfied with the fit of the new trunk lid.

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The 32 came with three tires, all broken spoke wheels, and a spare tire mounted on the fender. We're ditching he fenders, so we'll use that tire.

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I think every single piece of the spoked rim assemblies were broken in one way or another. But this is a project where I won't use anything other than what it came with it. Kind of a fun approach.

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With a little patience, a magnifier, and glue, I was able to piece them back together, albeit, they are not perfect. But that's ok.

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So here's where we're at: I had to make a new firewall from sheet styrene to accommodate the channeled body. I trimmed off the side panels from the hood. I didn't want to paint the body because I kinda like how it looks being so dirty, so I just touched up a few areas of the original red on the frame and engine with a Testors enamel paint marker, and the same with any silver areas with a silver paint marker and brush. Also gave the engine a little black wash and a Mexican basket draped across the seat. It still needs some work; headlights, side mirror, a little detailing on the steering wheel. I like how it's turned out so far, kinda rough, kinda different, but a neat way to breathe new life into an otherwise "discarded" old model.

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1 hour ago, Oldcarfan27 said:

Glad you saved the patina, it came out exactly what builders strive for.

Sometimes you can't beat mother nature.

Yeah, I wish I didn't have to handle it as much as I did, lol. Didn't want that mother's nature to rub off. 

I have a 57 Chevy project I'm working on that's the same way (it may even have mildew on it!). The body and interior are filthy as all get out, and I was able to get the windshields out, soI think I'll build the Boyd Coddington's American Hot Rod 57 Chevy kit and just use the old, raggedy body to make a nice sleeper hot rod.

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10 hours ago, gwolf said:

Yeah, I wish I didn't have to handle it as much as I did, lol. Didn't want that mother's nature to rub off. 

I have a 57 Chevy project I'm working on that's the same way (it may even have mildew on it!). The body and interior are filthy as all get out, and I was able to get the windshields out, soI think I'll build the Boyd Coddington's American Hot Rod 57 Chevy kit and just use the old, raggedy body to make a nice sleeper hot rod.

Spray it with matte fixative, dullcote or even a non-sticky hairspray to hold the dust in place.

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