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1979 Mustang Pace Car - DONE! 11 year WIP

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  • Member since
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  • From: Smokey Point, WA
1979 Mustang Pace Car - DONE! 11 year WIP
Posted by Stew on Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:45 PM

Going on 11 years, time to stop fartin' around and get this finished up. The only previous posts I seemed to have made are here:
http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/tips_techniques/f/8/t/69698.aspx

To recap, at the time I couldn't find an actual pace car kit so I got a similar Fox body Mustang and was going to make my own. I started with this kit:

Almost got the body finished painted:

But when pulling off some masking tape it removed some clear and messed up the paint:

And there it stalled for uh, more than a decade. So... paint was stripped off:

Got the primer on today:

And way back in 2008 when I knew I'd be re-painting it I bought a touch-up bottle of the actual pewter paint rather than whatever silver I had handy, so it will have actual factory correct paint-code paint:

More to come, and this time I'm finishing it.

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Posted by Plowboy on Monday, July 29, 2019 7:45 AM

Since you're starting over, I would get the right body. That body has bulged fenders and quarters like the Mercury Capri. Plus, it has flares from the Mustang on top of them. The Monogram or MPC Mustangs can still be had for about the same price as a new kit and are a lot more accurate. 

  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Monday, July 29, 2019 11:28 AM

Yeah I had considered that but at this point I'm going to finish this one and eventually get the right kit, at this point I've GOT to see this thing through haha.

Another thing that's wrong with this kit is the louvers behind the rear side glass, this kit has obnoxious aftermarket style louvers and just big holes where the smaller factory vent/louvers would be. I finally decided to just make panels to cover this area as in the picture below, so this car will represent someone who did their best to do a custom wide body pace car conversion with their Mustang Smile

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:21 AM

The interior. Reference pics of the real thing showed almost all black interior with some white/black pattern on the seat inserts that I couldn't possibly recreate without printing decals. The dash panels around the gauges are a dark gray-ish accent color although it's almost impossible to tell. But it is flocked so there's that...

I would've liked to drill out the gauges and printed out some gauges to put behind the holes but only have a B&W printer so that wouldn't have looked good. Color printer coming soon.

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:29 AM

The body is painted. I decided to save that auto touch-up paint for another day and used Testors Model Master spray can German Silver Metallic 2914 which turned out to be a good representation of the pewter. The semi gloss black is also Testors.

Since I can't paint a straight line to save my life, did a lot of masking. A lot of masking. I didn't want to try and mask everything and get it all in one shot for fear of messing up the silver so I did different sections over the course of several days.

I had purchased some pace car decals on ebay years ago but they are toast, I scanned them in and will have to print some new ones.

It's getting there...

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    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Saturday, August 10, 2019 3:32 PM

That's starting to really look nice!!

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  • From: Nevada
Posted by American185 on Saturday, August 10, 2019 5:27 PM

Beautiful progress so far !! Color choice is amazing as well. Not a Mustang fan normally except of this body style/era. Your work is amazing. Can't wait to see it completed. Great eye for the little details too.

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, August 10, 2019 6:35 PM

Your end result with the extra masking was definitely worth the effort.  Its a very nice paint job.

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Monday, August 19, 2019 7:33 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys :) It's been a little bit since the last update because I was working some OT to save for a new color printer to print some decals, not a fan of inkjet so I got a laser. That along with some clear laser waterslide paper from Amazon and I've got decals.

It was a little tedious cutting them out but there they are ready to start applying, you can see the original yellowed decals cut up in the background. I scanned those in before cutting them up.

And here it is with decals, I am pretty happy - not to mention excited that I will actually end up finishing this model after all. It's hard to see the thin pinstripe decals on the black portion of the hood, those would've benefited from being printed on white paper instead.

The double stripe orange body molding that goes all the way around was done by painting that big wide trough orange then cutting a thin strip of black electrical tape and sticking it in there, I was trying to recreate it as seen in one of my reference pics below.

Almost done, more updates coming!

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:10 AM

Nice work on those decals. It's starting to look like a pace car now.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:00 PM

Mated the body to the chassis and got everything but the wheels and tire on. Here's a couple underhood shots, it's the turbo 2.3L 4 cyl as you can see.

Next pics will be completed, it'll have the correct TRX tires and pace car wheels, miraculously a single wheel and tire survived from a pace car kit I built as a kid so I made a mould and then 4 resin copies. Almost there!

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:33 PM

And this one's a wrap! Fitting the resin wheels/tires to the kit's wheel backs was pretty straight forward, especially the rear wheels. I glued them on with clear 5 min epoxy, the fronts had to be hogged out a little so it wouldn't sit high.

The chassis

And some final reveal shots





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  • Member since
    September, 2015
  • From: Nevada
Posted by American185 on Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:59 PM

Absolutely gorgeous !! Bravo, looks like the real thing !! I remember this pace car well. All anyone at Ford talked about for months !! Beautiful work..

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Sunday, August 25, 2019 5:20 PM

What a great build!,but shouldn't there be a pinstripe running along the top of the rear taillights?

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  • Member since
    July, 2007
  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:08 PM

Thanks guys, it's not perfect but good enough for me, glad to be done with it finally! mclovin looking at my reference pics it looks like you're right, there's not only one above the tail lights but in fact it goes all the way around them.

I'm not good enough to hand paint those so it's whatever was on the decal sheet. To be honest I'm surprised everything came together as well as it did between the decals I bought from ebay which went to who-knows-what pace car model, the wheels/tires which I think was a Monogram kit from the early '80's - I was around 10 years old back then so my memory's a little fuzzy, and this Revell kit. I did have to scale down the decals to fit this body, and then lengthen the side stripes.

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  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:42 PM

Very nice build! Thanks for sharing.

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  • From: Montreal, Canada
Posted by charger74 on Sunday, August 25, 2019 9:34 PM

It looks very good

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  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Monday, August 26, 2019 8:49 AM

That's really sharp!

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Posted by 72mustang on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:48 PM
Fantastic job on the Pace Car. I've got one in the stah to build someday. Getting the color and decals just right is a challenge.

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