Chopped '38 Ford pickup: More cab mods, April 20, '13

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Just for the record, I started this build in December of 2010 on another forum. It's still there. I started it up over here because it's back in the rotation, with a deadline.

This is probably my favorite pickup of all time. The 1:1 was built by Dan Collins a few years back, and I think it's almost perfect. I'm not gonna copy it exactly, but I want the same stance and feel.

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Though one of the Revell '37 kits has a '38 optional nose, the cabs on the '37 and '38 are entirely different. Similar, but different. When I started this build, I was lucky enough to have access to a 1:1 to take measurements from. This is the beginning of the cab mods to make it right.

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Top chop inprogress.....I actually re-chopped it 3 times to get the right height.

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The '38 fenders are also entirely different from the '37, and looked to me a lot like the '36 car, so I started trying to use old AMT fenders to get the look. It took a lot of cutting and hacking and temporary structure to get it to work.....

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Pretty good, but no cigar.

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That's when I got to measure a real one....Seems the fenders are indeed a lot like '36 car fenders, but they're larger. Hmmmmm says I, how about using 1/24 fenders from the Monogram '36 kit.

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Bingo....right proportions, finally. They DO take a little modification, but we're definitely on the right track now.

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great progress and attention to details i cant wait to see more

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Yes, yes! Gonna be interesting, Pretty cool how the 1/24 fenders work!

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Finally... a '38 Ford pickup model that actually IS a '38, not a Revell '37 with a '38 nose misidentified as a '38! :D :D :D :D You can bet I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

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Some extensive body work, but the payoff is going to be BIG with this one. Keep it going.

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Agree with chuck and doc...those are killer lines!!

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This is gonna be sweet. Good job so far.

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This is headed in the good direction !

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Great start on this one and great attention to detail to get the look you're after. I'll be watching for sure.

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Thanks for all the interest guys. There's going to be so much work in this one, I'm definitely going to make resin copies, or at least conversion cab parts using the '37 frame and the 1/24 '36 Ford as donors. Probably do two versions, one with open doors and one without.

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That sounds excellent, Bill.

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Cool truck. Looks like you are doing a good job with it.

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Looks like another Winner ! Looks like there is a use for those 1/24 kits after all !

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I like the look.

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Wow cool begininngs for a 38, love that you have chopped the top. Yesterday I was looking thru my old Rod & Kulture magazine and saw the same great looking 38 and thought hey I could put the 38 grill on the pick-up that I started. But you beat me to it, darn it. What's funny is that someone else told me about seeing the same truck model being built buy someone else and ask if it was De'ja vu? I would like to think it was great minds thinking a like.

I am going to steal the way you changed the bottom of the cab, it looks a lot better than mine.

Tony

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Hey TonyN, glad you like it. Actually, I started this build on another forum back in December of 2010. It's at:

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There's a little more info about what it takes to make it work over there. I started it up here because I've got it back in the rotation again, having finally figured out how to do some things better, liike getting the right roof curvature, etc.

Do you have a build thread here for yours?

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Bill it looks like I am way behind the curve on this one. I don't belong to that other form and that's why I didn't see your build two year ago. I have a build thread here, in which I see you found it. It was in on the workbench. How its here, I guess was only a1/4 car so it was move here.

Tony

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A little more fitting and minor adjustments....

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Deciding on a smallblock Chevy or a Dodge Red Ram....

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The big ZF 6-speed gearbox will take some X-member mods to work.....

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that scale switch is a trick i like to use, too. a 1/24 flathead in a 1/25 roadster looks "beefy".

i'm also trying to figure out how to shoehorn a Revell midget flathead into a 1/48 scale Davenport locomotive. it will be used on a 1/35 scale railroad layout.

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hmmm cool build and cool 1:1 !!!

love it

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that scale switch is a trick i like to use, too. a 1/24 flathead in a 1/25 roadster looks "beefy".

i'm also trying to figure out how to shoehorn a Revell midget flathead into a 1/48 scale Davenport locomotive. it will be used on a 1/35 scale railroad layout.

Yes, I know what you mean. The little scale-correct flatheads do look very small in just about anything. They look small in 1:1 too.

The 1/24 fenders on this though actually provide correct 1/25 dimensions. The '38 truck fenders look much like the '35-'36 (which themselves are different) fenders, but the truck parts are larger in 1:1. I was lucky enough to have access to a 1:1 to measure early in the project when I wasn't getting right proportions with the 1/25 '36 car fenders.

Is the Davenport loco you're doing one of the small diesel switchers? I'd like to see that.

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This is looking killer!

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I used to live right around the block from him in Camarillo CA back in 05-07. That truck was all ready built by then and he was building his wifes car.....

A lil hint that no budy knows is that his battery was never fasined down so every time he drove it he had to go very slow around corners. He never got that fixed that I belive.

Real kool guy.

Here's the truck at the Back to the beach show in 05 or 06.

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Paso in 05 or 06, he's there in the background to the right.

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Mooneyes show in Japan in 05 I think.

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