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'63 Ford Galaxie A/FX


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Hi All. Haven't posted a new model for a while. The various race car models posted here inspired me to finish some of my stalled projects. I built 7 models during the worst of the pandemic but I slowed down when we finally could get out. I just finished my version of a '63 altered wheelbase A/FX drag racer. I created my own decals to represent an independent SoCal racer circa '64-'65. Moved the rear wheelwells forward 14 1/2 scale inches and the front about 4 scale inches. I used spacers under the kit front suspension and created new leaf spring/extended shackle rear suspension. Had to insert a different floor pan to eliminate the molded-in exhausts and extended the frame with styrene. Have a look.

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Thanks for the kind words. Finishing the Galaxie gave me some energy to finish a couple more models. I'm to the paint stage for Bonneville racer and body work stage on an Austin-Healey replica so I'll post something new soon.

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3 hours ago, Vintage AMT said:

Super cool build. Any pictures of how you raised the front end?

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Glad you appreciated the build. I wanted to capture the '60s altered wheelbase look and this Galaxie model is what I had to work with. I don't show my models so they only need to look cool on a shelf. This model did not have very much chassis detail to work with so I took the easy route to achieve the stance I wanted. I cut loose the "A arms" and simply added styrene strip spacers to get the front end height. After I glued in place the raised A arms, I drilled and glued in pins in the "spindles/uprights" to hold rims (I put the pins in the rims with tires and used them to scratch/mark the drill location for each spindle). This allowed me to fine tune the ride height.

Here's the before chassis follwed by the spaced front end:

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I can see this bad boy in the staging line at Lions in ‘65! Very nice job on the altered wheel base body and chassis mods and stance as well as that red&white two-tone paint and decal work. I grew up in Lakewood near Long Beach in the 50’s -60’s and have a soft spot for local sponsors like Reath and Cal Worthington. I’ve had a hankering to build a fantasy early to mid-60’s super stock drag car sponsored by a local no longer existing dealer (Mike Salta Pontiac? Parkwood Chevrolet? Mel Burns Ford?). 

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I too grew up in SoCal in the 50's-60's, didn't make it to Lions but went often to Irwindale and OCIR. I loved the variety of cars and ingenuity of the local independent racers.

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