Custom Ford P/U (Done)


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We are going through a relocation and have packed up almost all of the models and tools for the move. But in the mean time I thought I would keep this one out for my plastic fix!

Inspired by a custom ranch truck model in SA Enthusiast, 1998.

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It was my first real attempt at Body modifications (open door not hinged), chassis mods and drive line swaps. Metalizer paint where new to me and polishing paint was for cars not models! But I thought I would try that as well. I smoothed the fenders, sectioned the cab and cut the hood down. The 50 Ford was combined with a Boyd's Smoothster.

This model has gone through some rough handling over the years and has collected quite a bit of dust. I have always wanted to restore it so here we go.

The tires shrunk up and cracked, the glue is brittle and showing, the paint needs something and I would like to detail the engine more. Any way take a look and let me know what you think.

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MAN THAT HAS ALL THE RIGHT STUFF ,THOSE TIRES ALL WAYS SPLIT :angry: ,TO BAD THAY ARE COOL,CANT WAIT TO SEE HER PUT BACK TO GATHER ,

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I think this looks great. The sectioning on the hood looks remarkably well done. Looking forward to seeing the new version.

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Don't know why the History channel show "American Restoration" comes to mind.

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Thanks guys. Hard to believe I built this one 15 years ago!

I always thought the bed needed something more. Last evening I bit the bullet and shortened it up 1cm. And flipped the fenders around to keep the wheel base the same.

I'll notch the running boards and post pix later, I think it looks pretty good.

I guess this should be considered more than restored now?

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That was a very cool build James, love the chassis. looking forward to the rework of this build...

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This truck has tons of potential, like Blair said you have all the right ingredients. Good luck. - Bill

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sweeeet !!

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Thanks guys, here are a few pix of a lose mock up. I shortened the floor boards, flipped and tacked the rear fenders and set it on the chassis. The wheel base fits perfectly!

I may not be working on anything for a while, as I said we are getting ready to move. But I will keep this one close to the top of the boxes...

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Been busy relocating, but have much of that out of the way now. Here is a little progress I have managed to accomplish.

Molding the fenders in, filing the fender to accept the tires and hinged the driver door. (Instead of gluing in position)

Also made a new bed cover and roll pan for the tail end. Thanks for the interest...

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This is really cool, love the new updates!

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a beautiful project with loads of potential.

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Thanks guys....

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I found time to smooth things up a little, add some cool tail lights from my parts box, hinge the hood and apply a little Tamiya primer.

I also made a panel for under the hood that will get BMF. Thanks for the interest...

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Looking good.

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James, you do some awesome work.. I love what you have done so far. Keep it up!

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Thanks James! I'm working on the chassis waiting on the body paint.

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awsome !! i love this one

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With the heavy sectioning of the hood and the appearance of the rear axle being pushed back, I fully expect one of those "Oh look, no engine!" hood-up shots and an accompanying "Here it is!" shot of a Toro drivetrain sitting in the box. :P

And if that's not what you're doing, I may have to steal the idea for myself. ;)

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Thanks Richard. No the engine will be in the normal location, feel free to try your idea!

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Real nice work and progress James. l enjoy seeing your work..........

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Thank you Carl, and I yours as well.

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Really like what your doing here. Flipping the rear fenders was money! Looking forward to seeing this one done, keep up the good work.

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Had a little window of warmer weather so I got a good base on the Ford yesterday...

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Wet sanding and final paint to follow....

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LOOKS SHARP!

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