Cad powered '50s era '40 Ford coupe (with handmade brass rad)

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I've just completed building this traditional '40 Ford Custom rod using a $24 1st Gear CarQuest Auto Parts promo as starting material. This promo from a couple of years ago is, in my opinion, the best proportioned '40 coupe ever.......better than any of the plastic kits and considerably better proportioned than even Danbury Mint's coupe.

The promo comes as a Chevy powered, relatively hi-tech, '90s era rod with updated suspension, steering, interior, and trunk, but since I'm partial to more traditional rods from the 50s and early 60s, I decided to modify all those components back to the simple transverse spring, I-beam axle, old-school pleated interior, and traditional wheels/wide whites etc.

The model was completely disassembled, stripped of paint, any unused holes filled, and the unwanted hi-tech components went into my parts bin for possible future use.

The original dog-leg door hinges were ground off and discrete original Ford style hinges fabricated to replace them.

The engine is now a super detailed 50s Cadillac (starting from a basic Revell engine kit) with hand made tri-power manifold, mesh filters, fuel lines, and linkage. The double core rad is fabricated from polished sheet brass, the transverse springs/shackles (front and rear) are made from individual leaves of aluminum sheet, and the steering front i-beam axle is done in soldered brass starting with a model RR brass rail.

The interior pleated panels are done from model RR grooved styrene siding, the carpet (interior and trunk) is done in white felt, and the custom exhaust is fabricated in polished aluminum tubing, as are the '50s style front and rear nerf-bars. The front and rear windows are made in poly-carbonate sheet with the gaskets done in black wire from a craft store.

Paint is custom mixed automotive two-part basecoat/clearcoat.

Like all models, I'll probably fiddle with a few details over the next while but for all intent, the model is now complete.

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This looks beautiful - you have done a lot of really nice work.

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looks great! love the color!!

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Wooooooooooooooooooooow !

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Clifford very nice!

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Very beautiful!

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Cliff my friend, you know I don't even have to tell you what I think. I can't wait to see more of your vehicles in person. B)

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Spectacular!

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Outstanding Cliff, hell of a nice job B) !

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WOW, a really detailed build. Super nice...

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Sweet!

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First thing I noticed, the chrome fender welts, nice touch. I never see these on plastic models although, I have added them on a VW Beetle and a"37 Ford, not easy to do. Beautiful paint! I really like the suspension. The engine is like jewelry and the Nerf bars are really cool. Nice job overall on the whole project.

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Absolutely, extremely gorgeous!!! That my friend is one beautiful Traditional '40 built with love, and passion. A true piece of art. I do however think the rear nerf bars are a tad bit to long, but that's the only thing I see. The radiator is stunning, the detail is stellar. and the whole build is just perfect!!! What did you use to replicate the Merc caps?

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Very cool Cliff! B)

I'm diggin' all your usual details, neat use of the eyelets for exhaust hangers :)

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Beautiful model! Superb metal work on the radiator and everywhere! The color is just right too!

Sam

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Very, very nice!

Charlie Larkin

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Clean,clean,clean. Clean build!

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The finished model has turned out beuatifully! Very nice paint job. Love the radiator you built.

Kevin

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Wow. That is really nice.

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Stunning! Very impresive!

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Amazingly outstanding work. The piping between the fenders and body is an especially nice touch rarely seen.

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That looks like a million bucks! Very nicely done.

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Amazing work!!!

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One of the best looking '40s I've seen.

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Beautiful job.

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