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Took a bit of head scratchin' to work out the interior due to the wheel wells taking up real estate in the cab but got it sorted out.  More photos to follow as assembly progresses.  Still working on the body, mostly sweetening up the rough stuff.  The grille area is all planned out, so's the engine and placement.  I think even the kit wheels look ok for this version.

 

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Thank you all for the shout outs everyone, much aprecated.  Lunajammer, the idea just presented itself with no forethought to where I was going with it so unfortunately no earlier still-in-pieces-pics.

 

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Lol Slusher.  Full reveal, the yellow wheel wells are from a partial glue bomb Deora kit I somehow acquired from...somewhere.  I'm also using the Deora seats for the Fedora's interior.  The Deora was a cabover, the Fedora is a cab forward.

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A couple of things.  In the shot below, the smooth bed walls are made from a single piece of styrene strip.  Once the cab was in it's new position, I went around the new box interior with it, test bending to make sure the bends were in the right place and applying heat to make them permanent, one bend at a time.  The ends met in a butt joint with a  tiny amount of overlap.  I sanded a little at a time between them with a double sided sanding stick, test fitting till only the smallest amount of friction made the rectangle fit snugly in the bed.  A small dab of filler and some primer makes the joint invisible.

The half bed is the original, ending where it met the cab.

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The new bed floor was made with evergreen siding styrene sheet.  I measured the inside length and width of the opening (before the new wall was installed) for a close fit.  I then cut out openings for the new wheel wells, having sawn off the originals.  Notice the shadow under the wheel well.

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The new floor was dry fit on the bed.  The wall was then cemented permanently to the sides resting on top of the new floor, and the wheel wells (cut from a Deora glue bomb) attached to the walls, also sitting on the new floor.  Nothing was attached to the floor.  As shown below, I was then able to slide the floor in place or remove it easily as there will be some cutting to do for engine mounting.

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Seamless without a whole lot of fuss.

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Comments and observations welcome

 

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Meatman, its been an itch needing a scratch for a while.  Hope it turns out.

Many thanx slotto.  Still a lot of small things to do before paint but it'll get there.

Slusher, there's space to park a  flathead with direct drive potvin and short drive shaft in the bed.  I've kicked around the h.a.m.b looking for ideas and I think I can make it work.  The 4 hoses will enter a plate on the front wall of the bed.  An imagineered interior 'case' would be how the  hoses get routed under the cab and forward.  The rad front will be visible thru the grille.  The header pipes will go thru mating holes in the bed. That's the plan anyway.

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This is what I have in mind for the grille.  The center piece is the rear tail light assembly from the Ol' Pro Nova kit.  I sawed it awaway from the bumper.  The SS will be replaced with a blue ford oval decal.  The thin horizontal bars piece is from the amt Pontiac Catalina.  It'll be separated into 2 pieces to fit the upper and lower openings

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I should have it cut to fit soon for a mock up photo

Comments and observations welcome.

 

 

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Also got a good part of the interior done.  I took the original dash and cut it to fit between the wheel wells.  I then added styrene sheet and filler to make it take up the larger space to the windshield.

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The floor was rebuilt and carpeted with my floor covering of choice, 150 grit garnet sandpaper.

The yellow pieces are cut from an actual Deora kit (glue bomb).  I honestly don't know how it got in my parts stash lol.  Anyway I drilled the seat backs for headrests, we'll see if that happens as the build progresses.  The yellow pieces are part of the door assemblies.  They were part of the fender well in the Deora kit interior bucket.  I cut them away and reversed them to suit their new home.  I'll be modifying the Deora steering wheel to suit also.  The interior will be tan and black.  The box behind the seats would be where the hoses from the flathead in the bed enter the cab to travel down under the floor to the radiator up front.  

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I gutted the dash and replaced that area with a strip of styrene and woodgrain vinyl.  The automatic floor shift, gauge panel for the dash and a few other things arent in the photos.  More to come.

Comments and observations welcome.

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