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Another idea I've had burning a hole in my brain pan for a while. And with winter looming, why not let it out...
 
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I propose a Power by Ford CBP.
 
A few rules and guidelines as follows.
 
1. At the risk of stating what should be blatantly obvious... it's gotta be Ford powered. It could be a 2.3 Pinto/Lima four cylinder. Could be a Boss 429. Could be anything in between. Maybe you've 3D printed or otherwise created a 3 cylinder Ecoboost, or even a Mach E Eluminator™ setup. Feel free to go ahead and use it. 
 
2. Other FoMoCo brand engines are a go. Lincoln exclusive engines like the Flathead V12 and 430/462 MEL are welcome to party with us. Or, for example, you want to slap some Mercury valve covers on an FE and call it a Merc-exclusive 410, that works too. Or don't. Just say it's a standard 390 with Mercury valve covers. Whatever works. 
 
NOTE: The 60 degree Fork and Blade V8 found in the MPC Lincoln touring and roadster was technically developed by Lincoln Motor Company before Ford bought them, but I'll allow it mostly due to the fact that it remained in production well into Ford's ownership.
 
3. Stuff that was a co-development between Ford and another company will work in a pinch. Say, for instance, the SHO V6 ( co-developed with Yamaha) is fine.  Shelby, Cosworth, Saleen and Roush tuned examples are also acceptable.
 
On the other hand, the Ford 1160 in the Louisville kits is just a Caterpillar engine with Ford logos stuck to it. So save that for a Power by Caterpillar community build. 🤣 Super Duty 534 gas V8 in the C Series tilt cab is fair game though.
 
Non-Ford engines built by Ford for whatever reason are also excluded. (Looking at you, WWII Willys jeep engine. I have a place for you to stick those bolt heads with the little F cast into them... 😝)
 
Also excluded are any Jaguar, Volvo, Mazda, or Land Rover engines from the time those companies were owed by Ford, unless of course you're talking about a model which used a Ford-developed engine. Not that I believe any vehicles that fit this category exist in full detail kit form. Or at all. 
 
On the other hand... If you want to cut a 289 in half and call it a Saab Sonnet V4, I'll allow it, mostly because I doubt anybody is gonna do it. 🤣
 
4. Any scale, any material. Any type of vehicle, in any kind of build style. Car, pickup, stock, racing, custom, showroom fresh, derelict, what have you. Box stock is fine. So is stock from several boxes. Or several boxes with some aftermarket and scratch built parts. Whatever you need to see your vision through. However mild or wild you like. And of course...
 
5. ...your Power by Ford build doesn't need to be a Ford vehicle. Or a Mercury, Lincoln, Edsel, or even a Merkur. Do you want to be the guy who switches the ingredients in the classic hot rod recipe and build a 1932 Chevrolet Roadster with small block Ford power? Who's to stop you. I built such a hot rod in 2009 but that might not stop me from doing it again. Stick a Flathead V8 in that jeep I mentioned earlier, no matter if it was barfed out of a Ford or Willys factory. Or just build a stock '95 Ranger. It already comes with a Ford engine for some weird reason! 
 
Or for that matter... It doesn't even need to BE a vehicle. Many Ford engines were pressed into service for all manner of industrial units. The Ford 300 I6 has numerous non-automotive applications, that 534 Super Duty was converted for marine use, and I've heard that many an MEL V8 found second lives powering large irrigation pumps. And don't get me started on the various uses for the Model T engine and planetary gearbox.
 
6. As always, participate. Exchange ideas... Good, bad, questionable, or out and out insane. Encourage each other. Encourage yourself. And have fun. It's a hobby.
 
Start date is whenever the first person jumps in, end date is whenever the sun goes supernova. So... No time limit, is what I'm saying.
 
Dig something out specifically for this CBP or pick up a started project, either way is cool.
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ok I'm in with at least two euro fords. the first wil be the tamiya lotus seven (it uses a ford crossflow) but I want that engine for another mk2 escort so will be swapping it for a 3d printed ford focus zetec on throttle bodies.

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the second will be a ford sierra saphire cosworth road car with one of uscp's escort cosworth engine bays which i fully expect to fit as the escort cossie was built on the sierra floorpan. I'll print out a road car interior for it. i need to get another of these before they disappearDSC07934.thumb.JPG.9c49bed8db3e915ec53f5418371a5093.JPG

I might pull my old unfinished mk2 from the cannonball back out too

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19 minutes ago, stitchdup said:

ok I'm in with at least two euro fords. the first wil be the tamiya lotus seven (it uses a ford crossflow) but I want that engine for another mk2 escort so will be swapping it for a 3d printed ford focus zetec on throttle bodies.

 

I'm interested in all of those, but the Zetec swapped Lotus definitely got my attention. I've had a similar idea. As it stands all I've done so far is swap a Zetec into a Model A. I went with side draft carbs instead of throttle bodies but it should have a similar (and extremely cool) look.

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11 minutes ago, Chuck Most said:

I'm interested in all of those, but the Zetec swapped Lotus definitely got my attention. I've had a similar idea. As it stands all I've done so far is swap a Zetec into a Model A. I went with side draft carbs instead of throttle bodies but it should have a similar (and extremely cool) look.

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that would make a pretty useable daily as a 1/1, at least on this side of the pond where fuel is pricey

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56 minutes ago, stitchdup said:

ok I'm in with at least two euro fords. the first wil be the tamiya lotus seven (it uses a ford crossflow) but I want that engine for another mk2 escort so will be swapping it for a 3d printed ford focus zetec on throttle bodies.

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the second will be a ford sierra saphire cosworth road car with one of uscp's escort cosworth engine bays which i fully expect to fit as the escort cossie was built on the sierra floorpan. I'll print out a road car interior for it. i need to get another of these before they disappearDSC07934.thumb.JPG.9c49bed8db3e915ec53f5418371a5093.JPG

I might pull my old unfinished mk2 from the cannonball back out too

That Lotus sounds similar to my last Peking to Paris build. I took that kit and put the 2.2 from one of the Monogram IMSA Mustangs in it.

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21 minutes ago, MeatMan said:

Wow Les, you're really putting the pedal to the metal on this one. Good on you.
One of the builds on my short list is a Ford. Maybe I'll post it here when I get to it.

I was a ford guy before i got into vws, i had a 4 dr mk2 escort that probably spent more time going backwards into ditches than forwards but that was down to cheap tyres, poor driving and a poorly fitted 2l pinto from a mk4 granada that hit the floor on left turns if you went too fast, lol. no mods to the brakes or suspension and it handled terrible but its probably the most fun car i've owned. fast enough to get in trouble but not fast enough to kill myself in it. i swapped a vw camper for the escort and the camper is still in the shed it got put in and nearly forgotten. i dont think it would even be a parts car now as the rust was really bad when i got rid of it.

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23 hours ago, stitchdup said:

I was a ford guy before i got into vws, i had a 4 dr mk2 escort that probably spent more time going backwards into ditches than forwards but that was down to cheap tyres, poor driving and a poorly fitted 2l pinto from a mk4 granada that hit the floor on left turns if you went too fast, lol. no mods to the brakes or suspension and it handled terrible but its probably the most fun car i've owned. fast enough to get in trouble but not fast enough to kill myself in it. i swapped a vw camper for the escort and the camper is still in the shed it got put in and nearly forgotten. i dont think it would even be a parts car now as the rust was really bad when i got rid of it.

My Ford world started when I was 15 with my brother-in-law to be who had a 63 Ford Galaxie 500 with a 289, that we swapped out for a 390' but the water jacket was cracked and we wound up swapping that out for a 352. Then my brother bought a 1964 Galaxie XL with a 289 in it. I then bought a 66 Mustang with a 289 and ran it until it wouldn't run anymore. After that it was all Chevy.

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Ford was a four letter word in my household. Then my Mom and Dad split, Mom re-married a Ford guy, so it was on after that. Dad hated Fords and my Stepdad... well he didn't exactly hate Chevys but he liked torturing my Dad, you see, they were actually best friends at one time. Yikes! Explain that one Mom. But it all worked out in the end like a Dukes of Hazzard ending.😆 I guess my point is that I got the best of both worlds, knowledge about GM from my Dad and my Stepdad was a great influence with Fords. My Brother and I lived primarily with my Mom and Stepdad.

Sadly my Stepdad passed in 2008 and he had a massive Ford collection. One Car he willed to my Brother was this 64 Galaxie XL. It had potential, before he died we had built a 429 for it so the driveline was there, we just needed to restore the rest of it. Together my Brother and I finished the car in his honor. RIP Glenny, who's memory will live on endlessly through a Raven Black 64 Galaxie 500 XL. 😁

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Well I've not even cut any plastic yet and my plan has to change slighly as the zetec is far too tall for the 7, even if i scale it at 1/25 so instead I'll use the bda out of the zackspeed escort kit which should fit as the bda was just a twin cam crossflow. Its still going to be on throttle bodies though

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On 12/18/2023 at 5:05 PM, Chuck Most said:
Start date is whenever the first person jumps in, end date is whenever the sun goes supernova. So... No time limit, is what I'm saying.
 
Dig something out specifically for this CBP or pick up a started project, either way is cool.

OK, I am in for this one too.  Hmmmm, wonder what kits have  a good rendition of a Ford six cylinder?

Flatheads and cammers For(d)Ever ;)

cheers, Graham

 

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2 hours ago, stitchdup said:

Well I've not even cut any plastic yet and my plan has to change slighly as the zetec is far too tall for the 7, even if i scale it at 1/25 so instead I'll use the bda out of the zackspeed escort kit which should fit as the bda was just a twin cam crossflow. Its still going to be on throttle bodies though

Yeah, the engine bay in the Lotus is really tight. I raised mine since it was built for an off road rally so that let me lower the engine a bit but it's still almost touching the hood.

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I may have zeroed in on my project.

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This is the Revell 1992 Mazda Miata. I started it some time ago, with the intent of swapping in a 5.0. Not sure which 5.0 I'll use, but I've prepped it for the swap. Mainly cutting things away 🤣.

The engine bay is going to need some serious reshuffling to fit the engine and the wheels and tires I'm planning to use.

Basic idea is a budget backyard built Cobra, tiny car with a small block Ford.

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And my alternate...

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This is a 1953 Ford F100, set up on a Lindberg 1997 F-150 4x4 chassis. Incidentally that kit is available again now as an AMT kit. The engine is the Lindberg block with Revell Lightning parts built around it. 

It'll most likely have a flat bed and be a kind of "hillbilly hot rod" overall.

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2 hours ago, Chuck Most said:

And my alternate...

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This is a 1953 Ford F100, set up on a Lindberg 1997 F-150 4x4 chassis. Incidentally that kit is available again now as an AMT kit. The engine is the Lindberg block with Revell Lightning parts built around it. 

It'll most likely have a flat bed and be a kind of "hillbilly hot rod" overall.

You go high and I'll go low!😁

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Well, the Miata is missing a few key parts. That might have been why it got shelved years ago. It's definitely why it's getting shelved again for now. So, the '53 got a little attention. 

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The interior was dialed in and dirtied up. Seats, consoles, and levers came from the '97 F-150 kit.

 

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The cab was finished with a " factory" red paint job inside, and a layer yellow respray outside. Tamiya Dull Red inside and Revell Matt Yellow outside, distressed with Doc O'Brien's Weathering Powder.

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