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  1. This chassis was built to go under a replica of Mike O'Neil's full-fendered black chopped '32 Ford 3-Window Coupe that appeared in issue #8 of The Rodder's Journal and was their first poster car. CHASSIS Floor cut and fuel tank cut from kit frame Cross tubing added Aluminium spreader bars with pinhead bolts FRONT END Kit tube front axle converted to beam axle with sections from R/M 1/24 Deuce Roadster Kit shocks and mount modified Steering and brakes directly front kit REAR END Four bar trailing arms and panhard bar modified from Revell Willys Street Rod Kit coil-overs All mounted to trimmed kit rearend and brakes FRONT WHEELS & TIRES Kit Torque-Thrusts wheels Parts box Michelin tires BACK WHEELS & TIRES Kit Torque-Thrusts wheels – diameter slightly increased Parts box BF Goodrich T/A Radials narrowed DRIVE TRAIN Chevrolet engine and transmission from the Rat Roaster Shift linkage from Replicas & Miniatures Parts Box supplied intake manifold, exhaust manifolds Corvette LT-1 valve covers from AMT 71 Corvette Pulleys and belt assembly modified from Rat Roaster for air-con pump Carb and air cleaner from kit
  2. With 2022 being the 90th anniversary of the ’32 Ford and Deuce Days happening again here in my home town of Victoria BC Canada this July, I figured I should have a Deuce project on the bench. I have chosen a very ambitious project to build a tribute to one of the most iconic and recognizable Deuces – the Tom McMullen Hi-Boy Roadster. I say ambitious because it featured virtually every component of a traditional hot rod and I say tribute because my model will not come close to being an exact replica like the Danbury Mint Diecast. This is a photo of the actual car as restored to its 1963 configuration which I hope to come close to with my model.. I have collected many of the parts I think will be needed and have make a set of flame decals from downloaded images of which there are plenty. Referencing my McMullen Roadster photo album and various articles, I decided to start from the ground up. Part 1 Wheels & Tires – The Torque-Trust wheels are from the Revell Deuce kits narrowed and combined with just the outer back rims without the centre sections. The front tires are from the Revell Model A kits and the back tires from the Revell ’50 Olds Brakes – The brakes are from the Revell Model A kits with the fin detail removed Frame – From Revell Deuce kits with floor pan removed and various locating notches were filled. There will be a lot more work on the frame as time goes on like a transverse rear spring mount, fabrication and mounting of a K-member and attachment of front engine mounts Engine & Transmission – I decided to use the engine from the Revell ’59 Corvette kit which I have a few of. This selection gives me a stock oil panel, chrome Corvette valve covers and front engine mounts which will give clearance for the headers. The McMullen has a ’39 Ford transmission. I am using a similar dimensioned transmission from the original Ala Kart Hemi found in the old Revell ’29 Ford Roadster kits.
  3. Hi, I'm Roberto from Italy (sorry for my english) . I'm a not a expert builder but I have more passion ?, my method is not perfect and sometimes are raw but I enjoy. Ok, a few years ago I bought this model on ebay, but it was incomplete. every now and then I looked for what was missing but in Italy the pieces are impossible to find and therefore I took in the usa. now because Covid quarantine Ihave time to assemble it and show you my work. I decided to modify the model to make it a salt lake car. This is the beginning
  4. what if ? There's stories of "discussions" between Henry Ford and his engineers with his v8 before he won out with the flathead. But what if he allowed a few of his team to go have fun with his 32 Ford and do what they wanted with a one off? On their own time ... and dime of course... im playing around with rethinking the deuce .. And going gran tourismo
  5. This is a replica of Mike O'Neil's car which was the first Deuce Coupe to appear in The Rodders Journal in bare steel in the first issue and completed in #8. It was also the first Rodders Journal poster car.
  6. This is a project that was in the running for my next “Bring out your Dead” subject. But while I was waiting for voting to close I decided to see if I could knock it out in 3 days. And I did!
  7. The Austin and Impala both got 7 votes The Rallye Olds got 5 Ferraris got 4 and the Deuce 3 Prostreeter69 voted for “the Nova or the Austin” so his vote became the tie breaker!
  8. While waiting for the voting to finish, I got bored and picked up the Nova. Like I said any other post it was pretty close to getting done. Painted in 2008 Decal in 2019! So it was a no brainer! I’ll post more pictures in the under glass section.
  9. I am building a model of the "Chili" Catallo Silver Sapphire Little Deuce Coupe for Deuce Days in Scale in Victoria BC Canada July 21/19 T This is the Eric Rickman photo that appeared as is on the cover Hot Rod magazine and cropped on the cover of the Beach Boys album. The car owner "Chili"Clarence Catallo is wearing "Big Daddy" Ed Roth's jacket to add some extra color to the photo !! I was a car crazy teenager in the early sixties and infatuated with the California life style so the Beach Boys were my favorite rock & roll group. I especially loved their car songs and the associated album covers. For their Ed Sullivan performance of their song “I get around”, there were three hot rods on stage. However I was a little bummed when they used a Model A cab Pickup on their Surfin’ Safari album rather than a Woody. Lately I have focused on the Little Deuce Coupe album. Last year I built a model which more reflects the words of the song. This time I am building a replica of the car that appeared on the album cover which was known as the Silver Sapphire that was owned by Chili Catallo. I was delighted to discover that I would be using parts from kits of two of my favorite cars of the early sixties the Ala Kart and Beatnik Bandit both of which I have never gotten around to building models of – surprisingly enough. I even found a photo of the Silver Sapphire and the Beatnik Bandit at the same show. BODY The well done resin body and custom nose came from Hendrix Mfg. Co. so maybe the most difficult and visible part of this build was already done for me and it did not need much work after clean up, but I would still have to make up lower side wings from sheet styrene, make a firewall and create the rear tube “grill” and taillights. Also required is a complete chassis with appropriate suspension, steering and brakes as well as providing an engine and full interior. INTERIOR Interior tub is from the Revell 3-W Coupe and was sectioned. Foot boxes were recessed between the frame rails. Made up the square button stuff pattern by scribing and filing styrene sheet. Buttons will be pin heads. Dash will be modified for extra gauges. Steering wheel will come from AMT 32 Victoria Shifter sourced from AMT 25 T CHASSIS Frame from Revell Deuce with floor, front horns and fuel tank removed. Z’d in back frame height FRONT SUSPENSION 37 Ford tub axle from AMT 25 T using spring in front of axle so shocks need to be reversed and swapped side to side Steering will use pieces front Revell 29/30 Ford, AMT 25 T and Replicas & Miniatures REAR SUSPENSION Rearend from Revell Deuce with input housing and back cap from the Revell Beatnik Bandit kit to make it look Oldsmobile Transverse leaf spring, shocks and radius rods added [Only photo of rear suspension I could find was of Danbury Mint Diecast !!] FRONT BRAKES Kinmont front brakes from Replicas & Miniatures REAR BRAKES AMT Ala Kart FRONT AND REAR WHEELS AND TIRES White wall front tires and chrome wheels from AMT Ala Kart. Slicks from Revell Tire Set DRIVETRAIN Oldsmobile engine and rearend from the Revell Beatnik Bandit kit 6-71 Blower assembly from Revell Willys Street Rod [Beatnik Bandit had a 4-71] Carburetors - TRANSMISSION La Salle transmission from Replicas & Miniatures INCIDENTALS Background history of Silver Sapphire This car has a very interesting history and evolution as a hot rod, there having been 5 distinct versions of the car - Clarence “Chili” Catallo bought the ’32 3-W as a fifteen year old in Detroit - The first modied version was built by Chili and his friends and family. The body was channelled and ran an Oldsmobile that was initially carburetted and eventually McCulloch supercharged. The rear wheel arch was raised during this time and it got its first set of scallops and lots of chrome - When Chili had more money he took it to the Alexander Brothers who sectioned the doors and added the side wings, custom nose and other features. The engine went back to carburetors - Chili moved to California the rod & custom mecca where the car spent time at the Barris shop. There it was chopped, the 6-71 GMC supercharger was added and it got the paint job and scallops we are all familiar with from the Beach Boys album cover. - Chili eventually sold the car to buy a Porsche. The car was repowered by Chrysler Wedge and got a new frame but that owner kept all the original parts - Chili bought the car back in the mid-nineties but died before the restoration was completed. Chili’s son Curt completed the restoration in 2000 and the car remains in family ownership.
  10. I've had the parts for this build floating around for close to 20 years, and early this year, finally started on it. I've long admired the work of early AMT box artist Al Borst, and this bronze 32 5 window is one of my faves. Here is my initial mockup
  11. This is a model of one of the two Deuce roadsters that appears on the front of the event t-shirt for Northwest Deuce Days which takes place in Victoria BC July 19-21, 2019 and is the largest gathering of ’32 Fords. The model will be on display at the accompanying model car show – Deuce Days in Scale. Marty Still from Colorado owns the real car. Photos of his car can be seen at https://public.fotki.com/phildaupho/deuce-days-in-scale-2019/purple-hi-boy/ Although in many ways the completed model looks almost box-stock, many modifications were made. BODY – door handle holes filled, cowl vent filled, lip on cowl removed, windshield mounting transverse rib removed and mounting recesses filled, bottom of trunk scribed and sanded even, filled and smoothed hood top, aluminum tube spreader bars, taillights from 29 Roadster, license plate frame from 427 Cobra with photo-etched frames and Photoshop licence plate, side rear view mirrors from Revell 40 Ford Coupe Street-Rod kit, windshield frame fabricated with side uprights from Phantom Vickie, top bar from 32 5-W and bottom from Evergreen Styrene. The paint is Colors by Boyd Grape Pearl. INTERIOR – New flat dash panel installed with oval opening for 5 gauge decal made up on Photoshop, converted to three pedals and floor shift, column mounted tachometer fabricated from aluminum tube. The shifter from 5W kit which sort of looks like the old microphone in the real car. ENGINE COMPARTMENT – Installed flat firewall with self-made engine-turned decal printed on clear and applied over bare-metal-foil, installed non-electric fan radiator, installed longitudinal hood sidebars ENGINE – Used Replicas & Miniatures dual quad manifold, valve covers from 5W kit, air cleaner from 64 Thunderbolt, added fan, replaced auto trans with a 4-speed manual, dual exhaust tips adapted from AMT Ala Kart SUSPENSION – The front suspension and brakes are based on the most recent Revell 29 Ford kit. The hairpin radius rods for from the Revell 32 5W. I was not successful trying to come up with a replica of the real Deuce’s shock absorber/headlight mount. I modified the 29 Ford kit mounts, shocks and headlights to get part way there. [I had not noticed it until it was pointed out to me that the artist who did the rendering for the t-shirt chose to illustrate the beam front axle as drilled all the way across but the real car is not drilled in the center] CONSTRUCTION NOTES – I strayed from the instructions a couple of occasions which seemed like a good idea at the time but turned out to be counter productive. The 29 axle is wider than the 32. The track became even wider to give more exposure to the brakes so I also had to widen the rear track. I attached the rear wheel opening inner sections before painting and assembly, which made installing the completed interior virtually impossible. I had to disassemble the interior and install each piece separately I fully assembled the engine but decided to install it after the body was attached to the chassis. Fortunately I had pinned the exhaust headers which I was able to remove and then reinstall once the engine was mated to the chassis
  12. I am well on way to completing the necessary modifications to build a replica of Tom Goly’s Brizio built Lo-Boy 32 Roadster. This is a model of one of the two Deuce roadsters that appears on the front of the event t-shirt for Northwest Deuce Days t-shirt which takes place in Victoria BC July 19-21, 2019. The model will be on display at the accompanying model car show – Deuce Days in Scale. Tom Gloy a former very successful open-wheel racing driver, wanted his Deuce to be very fast and handle very well. To accomplish this the car was channelled over the frame with a Moal torsion bar suspension and a fuel injected Ford small block with a 5-speed transmission. There is a great gallery of photos on the Brizio website that document the construction of the actual car. https://www.roybriziostreetrods.com/progress/gloy_2/index.htm
  13. I could find no record of how many Closed Cab Pickups were built in 1932 but I assume they were pretty popular and many still exist. My starting point was the venerable ’34 Ford Pickup kit, which I first built soon after it, was released by AMT in the early ‘60’s. It was the first model I chopped and channelled. At some point AMT transferred the moulds to Lindberg and it was re-released many times in different colours of styrene. The ’34 pickup was similar in many ways but on close examination differed significantly in a few characteristics and specifications. Most noticeably the wheelbase was 6 inches longer so on ‘32’s the pickup bed hangs out behind the fenders much further and the gap between the front of the rear fenders and the back of the cab is much less. So the first modification necessary was to shorten the chassis and running boards a 6 scale inches. The cabs on the ’34 and ’32 were pretty much identical except the ’34 had an extra stamped moulding across the back of the cab, which was easily removed with some filing and sanding. Up front the grill shell on the ’34 leaned back and the hood sides were distinctive so the shell and hood were replaced with ’32 items. The stock configuration suspension with ’34 kit dropped front axle was lowered as much as possible. Because the kit utilized a straight across plastic [originally metal] axle, I reversed the dropped axle to move the wheels forward a bit to give a more pleasing look of how the wheels and tires fit under the fenders. The stance was established with recent Revell ’29/’30 tires over Revell ’37 Ford PU/Panel wheels. The Revell ’37 Pickup Street Rod kit provided the flathead hop-up parts as well as the side mount which was modified for the ’37 stock artillery looking wheels. The openings around the rims on the wheels were opened up to make them more highlighted with the black of the drum brakes. Although not stock, I have seen a few full scale pickups with rear bumpers and liked the looked so I added one to the model, The body was painted Testor’s Maroon enamel with black fenders, leather interior and Wimbledon White wheels.
  14. I've had the parts for this build floating around for close to 20 years, and early this year, finally started on it. I've long admired the work of early AMT box artist Al Borst, and this bronze 32 5 window is one of my faves. Here is my initial mockup
  15. I have started a new project for a display at Deuce Days in Scale which is the model car show component of Northwest Deuce Days next July in Victoria BC that will be maybe is the largest gathering of ’32 Ford hot rods ever. The plan is to have models of the cars on the event t-shirt displayed at the model show on t-shirts. This particular project involves building a model of the purple H-Boy, which is owned by Marty Stills from Colorado. When this one is done I plan to build a replica of the Tom Gloy owned – Brizio built Lo-Boy Deuce. At first I thought it would be a pretty straightforward build but the car has a number a distinctive features that needed to be fabricated. To replicate the combination of the beam front axle and the finned front brake housings, I adapted parts from the recent Revell ’29 Ford kit. I was surprised to find the ’29 axle to be wider than the ’32. The track became even wider to get the necessary exposure of the finned brake housings. That in turn meant that I also had to widen the rear track. The finned brake backing plates were fabricated from Evergreen styrene siding. To get the front low, the ’29 spring was replaced with a cut down ’32 spring. Another distinctive feature is the windshield frame. I fabricated this using the sides from the Phantom Vickie, top from a ’32 5-W and a scratch built bottom. The cowl of course had to be filled and smoothed. I have also made up a 5-gauge oval dash and have converted the Ford small block to a standard transmission. I probably will not get much more done before October as I am going to be away most of September.
  16. These are the three models I have built for the All 15 Varieties of the 1932 Ford project that will be displayed at Deuce Days in Scale July 2019 in Victoria BC Canada. I thought it would be cool to see them altogether. These were all considered commercial vehicles of which in 1932 there were five in total. Other modellers are building their versions of a Sedan Delivery and Panel Truck. The other twelve varieties of the ’32 Ford have either been previously completed or are currently under construction also by other modellers. It is going to be great to see all fifteen varieties of ’32 Fords together as it will not only represent the history of the ’32 Ford but a good segment of the history of ’32 Ford scale modelling. All three pictured here have also been previously posted separately.
  17. There were 593 Roadster [Open Cab] Pickups produced in 1932. A ‘soft-top” roof was available and although it could not be folded, it was removable. Grill bars for commercial vehicles were stamped as part of the shell and painted black but passenger car shells and grills were available as an option. Also painted black on commercial vehicles were the headlight buckets and bars. Windshield frames were painted body colour. If spare tire was ordered it had to be a side mount. Fuel tank was under the seats. Most pickups were equipped with four cylinder engines. Ford used up left over Model A door hardware on commercial vehicles. I started with a Lindberg/AMT ’34 Ford Pickup. The roof was cut off and the chassis and running boards shortened a scale 6 inches. The cowl and windshield are from a Revell ’32 Roadster as are the hood and grill shell. The side contours on the body were done with Evergreen half round. The model was build basically stock but mildly hot-rodded with a souped up flathead and lowered stance. The side mount that came with the kit was a styrene tire, which I smoothed to give a tire cover look. The twin taillights are 32 passenger car style. The main body paint is Tamiya Blue with Testor’s Black enamel fenders and Tamiya French Blue wheels.
  18. DI decided to re-do a 1/24 Monogram Deuce Roadster I had originally built 11 years ago in order to replicate one of the four cars featured on the Deuce Days 2019 t-shirt. The changes made were different wheels, tires, headlights, hood, dash and steering wheel, chromed the bumper brackets and front suspension, added door & trunk handles, added, grill shell cap & emblem, different license plates and added a horn and rear spreader bar.
  19. The weather is starting to get warmer in Northern Virginia and I'm getting the fever to build again. I figured I'd start out with a bang by bringing this old AMT Trophy Series 32 Ford Roadster back to life. It's an older kit, and some might gasp at the thought of chopping it up, but that's what they're here for. I paid $11 for the box, which included this stripped down roadster and another, almost pristine stock version. As the seller told me, "The roadster is rough.." and rough it is. It looks like it was put together with a hot glue gun or clear caulking. Certain adhesives interact poorly with styrene, so this has some "dents" in it, which is ok with me. The rumble seat that normally fold ups and down on this kit has been glued shut and a wide gap is left at the bottom (don't you love this?). There is no floorboard beyond the bench seat which has been glued to the body with what could be a liberal dousing of JB Weld. That's ok though, a little balsa wood or a flattened out piece of a Coke can will do the trick. The frame is mostly ok and whatever hot glue or caulking was used on this kit to put it together is mostly forgiving (the areas with Crazy Glue however, are not). The front axle is broken in two places, but the broken part is there, so I could be difficult and not use a replacement from he parts bin. In case you're wondering, the axle is broken because the builder didn't have a second metal rod that came with the AMT kits, so he glued the rims straight to the axle. The engine didn't come from his kit and is the kind that has a short transmission area that matchs up with the molded in transmission similar to some of the older Jo-Han kits. In order to make this engine fit, pieces of sprue were cut and glued onto the frame. The nubs for the radiator shroud are still there, so that won't be an issue. The tires are interesting, I can't tell if the whitewalls were painted or if they came that way. I usually replace the tires on glue bombs like this with the nice AMT whitewall Firestones available recently, but I kinda like these. The Cragar style rims definitely did not come with this kit, and even though I do kind of like how they look, they might be replaced with parts box steelies. Appropriately this guy will be turned into a black primer-ed rat rod, maybe with a little rust thrown in. So there's going to be a lot of work; lots of filing, scraping, sanding. I'm looking forward to it.
  20. This is my American Graffiti 2003 AMT deuce coupe model. It took over a month to build. I added plug wires, radiator hose, sanded the tires, painted the gauges, washed the rims, etc. I even added real metal bars above the motor from my Snake Bite monster truck. This kits has a lot of flaws, and many areas that needed a bunch of work. If you go the extra mile, and finish this model. It will turn out to be a nice kit. It just takes a boatload of patience though. This kit is a Skill 2 but felt like it was more like Skill 666.
  21. Here is my 32` 5 window coupe project, its having moon hub caps, spark plug wires, decals from here and there and Auburn gauge panel/dash from Replicas & Miniatures etc... My plan was make satin finish for paint job, but because of decals i had to make it shine first, so decals wouldnt do silvering, but i guess my Humbrol satin clear is bit too old, since it did not work as i tought.. Well model is going to stay shiny now and im going to move forward to get this.. Its all the way brush painted, you can see hint of green on body and rear axle, that was my color choise for this years ago, never got it finished as green, so now i got new take for it as black.... I like it better now..
  22. So heres my new project. I started this while the paint was curing on my 68 Charger build, so no in progress stuff lol. Im using the stock "steelies" that came with the charger, along with the 440 that came with the charger as well. Im modding some of the engine parts that come with the Vicky to work on the 440. I plan on detailing the engine and interior, as well as weathering and channelling the body. Im going for a "previous hot rod turned rat rod" feel.... So ive already set my stance and channelled the body on the frame. Alot lol. It has a true rat feel, especially with the red wheels and pad stamped whitewalls that came with the Vicky. Ive also chopped the radiator and grill shell to match the lowered body. I was going to chop the top super low, but once i had the body channelled i just fell in love with the tall top on the channelled frame lol. The Vicky came with some decent chassis and brake detail parts like brake drums, full steering components, etc. Im going to use the rotors that came with the charger up front, and make some calipers for them I also plan on doing brake lines and fuel lines. If i have the patience that is lol. Ill post some pics of the chassis when i get a chance. For now.... Enjoy
  23. I had an itch to build a '60s Hawaiian-style hot rod after watching the latest installment of Mad Fabricators' Society, so I went down to the LHS and picked up AMT's recently-reissued '32 Ford Vicky. Like East coast rods, island cars seem to be known for being deeply channelled, often running molded, raised fenders, and with as much sports car influence as hot rod style. I started by modifying the interior to accomodate a deep channel (10+ scale inches?). After that, I re-shaped the front fenders: A couple of shots of my mock-up with the kit-supplied custom fenders mounted a few scale inches above where originally designed: Engine for now looks like it will be a Hilborn-injected early SBC, but we'll see how that all works out.
  24. Finished up my version of Stacey David's Rat Roaster last night. Ditched the corny Moon tank and decided to go without the rear fenders but use the kit's front motorcycle fenders. I was glad to be done with this one. I disliked the "padded" interior look, so I drilled out the holes with a variable speed Dremel. I must have not followed the directions properly because the motorcycle fenders do not sit over the tires right. And for the first time in years, the back side of my headlights seemed to get crazed from what little glue I used. The tail lights are adhesive backed dots found at the craft store, pretty inexpensive, too (see below). The interior needs a little touch up on the floor area. Funny how you really only see how bad it it is until after you've taken photos. The Good: Easy to mount front headlights. Love them. The decals for the dash instruments are awesome. This is new technology to me, and seemed a much better solution than using the thinnest brush you have to paint them in. I liked the radiator parts and the detail. Very easy to set up. The small block Chevy engine is nice and looks great when you're done. Just the right amount of detail. The exhaust was nicely done and for the most part fit together well. It would have been nice to have other options (I never cared much for the gaudy headers on any rod), but I understand this isn't just a 32 Ford kit, this is essentially a kit based on a real car from a TV show and that's what they're selling. The Good: Great, rubbery tires and nice rims. Those of us that build lots of 32's always need more big 'n little tire and rim sets. The Bad: However, if I had rims and wheelbacks that fit the Revell axle and suspension, I would have used AMT whitewalls instead. Like I said, great rubber tires and the rims look nice, but why on Earth did Revell decide that a spacer needed to be glued on to the rim in order for the wheel/tire combo to be attached to the axle? A spacer is used to add space between things, in this case it was used not to add space, but to actually be able to attach the rim tot he axle. I hated this part of the kit and IMHO this should have been a non issue and the rims should already have had the spacer attached. The Good: The metal and upholstered interior is pretty cool. The Bad: It's in three sections that need to be glued to the base. Took a lot of glue, masking tape and a lot of trimming to get the interior to stay together initially in Step 5. Once placed in the body in Step 6 the glue would break and I had to set it up over again with glue. In a perfect world a one piece tub with separate seats and separate upholstery panels would have made things much better. The Bad: The front suspension and steering assembly. Brittle parts. Several pieces from my kit were broken while trying to place them correctly. When I heard Revell was kitting a new deuce and it was based on a Stacey David designed Gearz vehicleI was excited. The kit was much anticipated, and like a lot of you, I bought a couple of them. The assembly of the rims and spacers, which IMHO is a terrible and seemingly dated idea is a major disappointment for me. I'll build another one at a later point, but it will be without the kit tires and rims and likely with a Frankensteined front suspension from the parts box.
  25. Hi guys, here´s a Deuce finished at summer this year. The basic is the Hot Rod kit Revell 1/8. I hope you like it. It was mominated at the Revell Award 2011 at best 20 Models. Cu Karsten
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