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1958 Edsel - - Mild Custom - FINISHED

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Hey gang. Well the fifth entry into my completed stable of 1958 cars is finally done. Here she is..

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I am TOTALLY happy with the way the custom grille came out. I cut some PE honeycomb mesh grille material (from MCG) to fit in place of the molded-in plastic grille. I glued it in place with CA glue to some thin evergreen plastic strips I attached to the sides of the grille opening. I CA glued the chrome horsecollar grille surround to the mesh and then CA glued 4 small chrome bullets to the mesh in the center of the horsecollar. I got the idea from a mild custom Edsel I googled while looking for reference pictures.

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I attached a pair of Lake Pipes (by Bob Dudek), a second fender mirror I robbed from the Edsel kit I have (without the continental kit), a pair of dummy spotlights and a trunk mounted, swept back antenna from my parts stash. The skirts and continental kit comes in the Edsel "Ultimate" kit. I also added MV lens blue dots to the taillights and an aluminum tubing exhaust tip.

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Here's a shot of the engine compartment. I used a chrome air cleaner from my parts stash for a little bling. I added an M.A.D. pre-wired distributor, a fuel line, a brake line from the master cylinder and a pin head cap, battery cables and an aluminum radiator cap. The heater hoses came in the kit.

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I'm pretty happy with the way this model turned out. Like I said in the WIP thread, it's not my best paint job nor the best BMF work, but it'll do...... "close enough for Gov't. work"...LOL.

Now I can straighten up the workbench and get serious on the '58 Caddy Eldorado that's next in line. Stay tuned for that one.

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Very Nice!!!!

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  • Very nice, I like the dark green and you did a better job than you give credit for with the BMF. Great engine detail as well, I really like the back bumper and rear details.

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Very nice! I agree, the foil looks good to me. I like the grill too.

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Really nice!!! I see you used your glasses for that wiring job. :blink:

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Excellent build Rich, nice color choice, excellent detail, foil looks great and nice touch on the blue dots in the tail lights.....

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She's a real beauty ! Another great looking '58 for your collection !

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Rich, that looks sweet! Love the grille!!!!

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate your comments and encouraging words.

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This one turned out very nice. Good work.

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Another gorgeous build, Rich.

I have ask - what are MV lense blue dots?

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Thanks Codie and Jim.

Jim, MV lenses are small, round glass lenses you can find in the train section of a well-stocked hobby shop. They come in different sizes and colors (Red, Amber, Green, Blue and Clear. I've used them, depending on the size and color of the lens, for headlights, turn signals, taillights, backup lights, dashboard and console indicator lights, and my favorite, the smallest blue ones, for taillight blue dots. The little blue ones run about $2 or $3 for a pkg. of 4 lenses. They're not the cheapest... but they sure look great.

To use the blue dot ones, I drill a small depression in the face of the taillight lens where you want the blue dot to be, using a drill bit just a little larger than the size of the blue lens. Then put a small drop of clear enamel for the glue in the depression with a toothpick, and then put the blue MV lens in. Let the enamel dry thoroughly and install your taillight lens on the model. To me these lenses look a lot more realistic than other things like blue sequin centers. Once you've used them, you'll love them.

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I do like this. But.........

Did you mean to leave off the outer horse collar Chrome??

I can understand if you did being a mild Custom.

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Richard.......turned out GREAT!!!!!!........love these old cars.

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Very nice! Great finish and engine detail. 50's cars are some of my my favorites!

Sam

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This is a really nice example of a kit you don't see built often, great job!

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Kool grill work and a great tip on the blue dots.

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Thank you everyone.

Dan, to be honest, I completely overlooked that outer chrome ring on the grille...!!! I was so concerned about making the inner grille look good that I just goofed on it. It kinda looks OK without it though... :rolleyes:

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great looking Edsel rich..... is the Caddy done yet.... ???lol

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Awesome! I would have bought one. I don't think the Edsel is an ugly car at all. Man I was born fifty years too late! B) B) B)

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Nice work Richard B)

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This is one very good lookin Edsel! I'm not big fan of continental kits and fender skirts but some how those fits to this one very good. Engine details looks very good and paint job is very good also. Nice Job!

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Wow that is Nice! Excellent paint and finishing, I like the engine compartment too, fantastic detailing. Those side pipes fit perfectly on this one. Maybe the Fender Skirts and Continental Kit would be items I left off if it was mine, but otherwise it's just perfect. Great Job!

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GREAT BUILD RICHARD! Nice Paint & Detailing.

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Nice build, turned out great, excellent job!

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