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1969 Ford Torino Talladega Rebuild

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1969 Ford Torino Talladega Rebuild
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 12, 2019 10:33 AM

I found another model on the shelf that needs a rebuild.  My '69 Torino Talladega!  If I can find another set of decals for the Talladega, then I'll repaint the body.  I'll take apart whatever I can safely take apart and repaint and/or repair it.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 12, 2019 7:43 PM

I continued breaking down the Talladega today.  Some parts are coming off with the flick of a finger and others are requiring a little more effort.  So far, nothing has been broken!

I removed the grille, rear panel and the side mirrors easily.

Time for a good bath!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:53 AM

Looking forward to it. Got one in the works myself.

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  • From: Peoria, IL
Posted by markdoo on Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:55 PM

This is one of those often-overlooked kits that was extremely-well produced and portrays the 1:1 so very well.  I've always liked this kit; I have one 90% completed; wasn't happy with the paint I applied to the body, so have stripped it, but not yet repainted it.  I think your project will help me pull it outta storage and get it finished-up. I'll be watching as you finish yours, too!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:28 PM

Thanks Lee and Markdoo!   I am happy to be the inspiration to move you to finishing your Talladega!  Git-R-Dun!!!

I've been thinking about the wheels and tires for this rebuild.  The kit wheelbacks seem to be a tad soft around the edge of the rim.  I decided on a set of Pegasus Chrome Shuey's with tires.

I drilled the distributor and heads for plug wires.

I repainted the rear differential and the air cleaner and made a set of shocks for the rear.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Monday, July 15, 2019 12:01 AM

Hey Mike,

Just a little suggestion. paint the rear springs steel and the paint the brakets that hold the leaves together black with a fine Sharpie pen and I think it'll look good back there.

Barry

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 15, 2019 7:14 AM

That's a good idea, Barry!  I was thinking about doing something like that, but I haven't done anything yet.  So many projects, so little time!  SurpriseWink

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 15, 2019 4:42 PM

I spent some time on the Talladega chassis this morning.  Repainted the chassis and suspensions, detailing the suspensions,and adding the wheels and tires.

The engine is coming along slowly.  The distributor and the heads have been drilled for plug wires and paint touchups on the block.

The hood and body were washed and now I am thinking more about painting the body and not worry about the decals.

 

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:48 PM

Been working on the Talladega today.  I added the distributor and fanned out the wires to be criss-crossed later.  I'll make a ignition coil as well.

When I removed the fan and belt assembly, I broke the mounting pins.  I drilled the water pump, engine block and the fan belt assembly for new pins.

This should tell you a lot.  I was on a 4-speed kick when I built this model, so I drill a hole into the floorboard for a parts box Hurst shifter with T-handle even though the transmission was a C6 automatic.  I filled the hole and will added embossing powder and paint it all flat black.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 19, 2019 2:01 PM

I know, I know...it's humid outside, but it's nice and cool here in the house.  I decide to paint the Talladega this afternoon with Model Master Royal Blue Pearl over Model Master White Primer and it looks really good!  I'll let this dry for a few days and go from there.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, July 19, 2019 5:44 PM

I may have the black stripes if you need them.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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  • From: Regina Sk Canada
Posted by Grumpy468 on Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:47 AM

mrmike

I found another model on the shelf that needs a rebuild.  My '69 Torino Talladega!  If I can find another set of decals for the Talladega, then I'll repaint the body.  I'll take apart whatever I can safely take apart and repaint and/or repair it.

More to come...

 

 

Cool. I have that kit as well, i have just started to get into it, i have had it for close to 20 years, lol 

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  • From: Sydney
Posted by EdwardThirlwall on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 1:33 AM

I would love to undertake a project like this! How long did it take you all in all from dismantling to reassembling? Seems to me like it'd be a nice afternoon project to just fiddle around and t weak all the old bits off an old model - therapeutic even!

Re-inventing the concept of storage 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:18 AM

Thanks Grumpy468!  Welcome to the Scale Auto Forum!  I'm happy that you have gotten back into model cars and have found this Forum.  Hope to see you around!

I have finished rehabbing the interior.  Since I used flat black on the entire interior, I coated everything but the floor with Model Master Semi Gloss Clear Lacquer.  I misted several coats and it didn't interact with the enamel paint I used twenty years ago.  The floor was flocked with black embossing powder and I misted a couple of coats of Model Master Flat Black Lacquer over the embossing powder.  I created a new shift lever for the automatic transmission with a piece of thin sprue.

A mockup with the chassis.  I need to finish wiring the engine and add the radiator hoses and the air cleaner.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:20 AM

This morning I decided to foil the Talladega.  Almost time for clearcoat!

Then I started to paint the engine compartment.  Some additional detailing is needed here.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, July 27, 2019 6:03 PM

Nice refinish on that interior.  I've only ever rebuilt one model and I found its not easy to make some bits look as good as new. Your build is looking great.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 28, 2019 7:12 AM

Thanks Mike!  The idea is to "refresh" the model as much as you care to do.  Some require a complete and total dismantling of the model while others just need a good cleaning and an update of some components.  I decided on a complete rebuild of this model to bring it up to my more modern standards.

I clearcoated the Talladega yesterday and tossed it into the dehydrator for the night and now to wetsand and polish the Talladega.

More to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:33 AM

Looking great.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:44 AM

Thanks Lee!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 29, 2019 8:19 PM

Well, it was bound to happen...I broke the windshield into two pieces.  A simple fix, just need a piece of clear plastic, trace out a new windshield and glue it in place.  Done!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 11:02 AM

I have finished my '69 Torino Talladega.  Have a look...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 11:04 AM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

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