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50 Ford F1 - Dad's Truck

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  • Member since
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  • From: Chandler, AZ
50 Ford F1 - Dad's Truck
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:17 AM

Trying to get this done in time for my Dad coming out in a couple of weeks to suprise him. He is building a 1:1 and I have been picking his brain to get as many of the details as I can. A few differences, but trying ot get it close especially with no time. My usual builds take months and I only have a couple of weeks.

Chassis Mock up...

Chassis/Engine so far...

Getting ready to cut the rear window to replicate the 51-52 cab...

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:30 PM

That's a very considerate thing to do. I'm gonna bet he'll love it. If he's still building his 1:1, all you have to do is get the kit close. It'll be perfect.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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    December, 2005
  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:23 PM

Thanks Steve. My dad has had several cars featured in magazines and is quite particular so I am hoping all goes well with this one.

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:40 PM

Actually had a day off (sort of) today and got a lot done. The body parts are all painted and just needs to be cleared. I am using a Tamiya military color so it ends up dull so it will need a gloss coat. My Dads truck will be 51 Ford grey and this color is as close as I could get on such short notice...

I am not sure what he is doing for bed wood, but knowing him I thought barn wood would fit him...

Thanks for looking. As always: comments welcomed. I am having to rush this one a bit and would love to do more, but since I get very little bench time I am happy with the results so far.

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8:21 PM

I realize in the phoos it just looks like primer, but the paint is more of a satin and is one of my best spray can paint jobs so far (except the fingerprint in the hood that I need to sand out). A quick mock up before calling it quits for the night. I painted the 51 dash and door panels and tomorrow will paint the Ranger seat scrounged from a model built for my daughter years age (I will rebuild it to match her soon to be real ranger soon).

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Posted by vtwoodchuck on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8:42 PM

CoolLooking sweet Del. The barn board bed is a nice touch.

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:01 PM

Thanks. This thing is coming together better than I could ever hope for. I can't wait to get it finished and give it to my dad. I hope it inspires him to finish his 1:1 truck. He has done so much for me and this is so insignificant in comparison.

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Posted by bugs-one on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:25 PM
Truck's coming along real clean.
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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Thursday, March 02, 2017 5:30 PM

That's goming out really nice. I started doing one of these to go along with a Kurtis Midget Race and trailer, but you're way further along than I am. I got some painting done while the weaher was nice, but I had to deal with this.

I'll be watching your build.

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Posted by CanesBart on Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:17 PM

Looking great!

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:32 PM

Johnt

That's goming out really nice. I started doing one of these to go along with a Kurtis Midget Race and trailer, but you're way further along than I am. I got some painting done while the weaher was nice, but I had to deal with this.

I'll be watching your build.

 

 

Ouch! 

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:14 PM

I have a (slight) advantage in that I ahave built this kit before...

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Just cleared evrything. Screwed up one rear fender and got a run in one front fender. Will color sand and re clear this weekend. So stressed as I have never completed a build in such a short time.

 

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Saturday, March 04, 2017 10:24 PM

Got the paint done and in clear. Far from perfect, but running out of time...

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, March 05, 2017 9:38 AM

It's coming along nicely, Del. The colour works great fot the old Ford.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Monday, March 06, 2017 7:31 PM

Thanks again everyone for the encouragement. My dad will be out on Saturday and I have a heck of a week at work this week and trying to get this finished in time. Had to take a ton of shortcuts and guess at a lot. I just hope he likes it even though it has a lot of compromises.

 

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Posted by justmike on Monday, March 06, 2017 8:30 PM

When its a work motivated by love like this one is, its the thougt that counts. He's gonna love it!

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Thursday, March 09, 2017 7:51 PM

Thank you everyone for the encouragement. My dad will be here Saturday and I have a ton left to do. I got the rest of the parts painted and it just needs to be assembeled. He has no idea and I realy hope I get this done. One of my kids was in a minor accident (hit and run, not his fault) so I spent the afternoon fixing the car whereas I was hoping to get some bench time. I have a killer day tomorrow so I pray I get home in time to get a LOT of bench time. I know I wont make it by Saturday, but we are also getting together Sunday and I Pray I can have it finished. Wish me luck...lots of luck!

 

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Posted by CanesBart on Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:00 PM

Why did you scratchbuild the '51-52 rear window on the cab?  Curious.  Was your dad's like that, but DIDNT have the '51'52 grille?

Did you bevel the edges of the window?  What glass did you use?

 

I love your work!  Looking great!

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:34 PM

Basically my dads truck was a 50. The sandblaster destroyed the cab. He found a nice 51-52 5star cab. He is still using the 50 front end. I know it is a bit confusing, but trying to stay as close to what he has. The reality is that my dad is in his 70's and has had several magazine and show quality cars in his lifetime. He doubts he will ever get this truck done, so I want to give him one in scale (as close as posible).

 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, March 10, 2017 9:01 AM

Good luck, Del. I know from experience that luck is needed when thrashing on a build.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    December, 2005
  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Friday, March 10, 2017 6:34 PM

Since my trailer door broke today and put me over 3 hours behind at work I will not be getting any bench time for the third critical day in a row. I will try to get a decent amount of work done on Saturday evening and show my dad a mock up on Sunday. I am afraid that is the best I can do at this point. I will have to arrange to get the finished product to him somehow. Good news is that I will have time to fix a couple of things and source a few more correct parts for the truck.

 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, March 10, 2017 11:05 PM

Sounds like Murphy is living at your place lately. Like you said, at least now you can do it right with some of the details you want to correct.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:11 AM

Woke up early today and got a few things done before heading to work. Assembled the interior and bed. Set everything together for a quick mock up.

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:50 PM

 

After spending the day at Goodguys Scottsdale came home and got it done. (Just need to glue on the taillights after the clear red dries) Far from perfect, but given the amount of time I had I am amazed I got it done.

 

 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:37 PM

del austin

 

After spending the day at Goodguys Scottsdale came home and got it done. 

There are worse things to draw a fellow away from the model bench Wink

The truck looks great, Del. Great stance and the grey looks perfect with the red wheels. Love the way it just hangs over the wheels. Cool truck!

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Sunday, March 12, 2017 9:57 AM

Thanks Bainford. I appreciate the kind words.

Took a few shots of the finished model along with my old 50 F1. Again I realize the ton of flaws, but just happy he likes it.

 

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Posted by smokewagon on Monday, March 13, 2017 6:44 PM

Love those old trucks!!!!

Nice build. Bet your Pops will LOVE it!

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Monday, March 20, 2017 7:34 PM

My dad got emotional when I presented the truck to him (flaws and all). He has shown it to many of his car buddies and best part is I think he is inspired to work on the truck. Thanks again to everyone for the encouragement throughout this adventure.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, March 20, 2017 9:07 PM

That's very good to hear, Del. Nice story.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, March 20, 2017 11:57 PM

Wow 2 sharp builds I love customs I posted a few on the bench I'm working on if approved maybe they'll make gallery just figured that part out hope to show 1 of my progress folders when I figure out how keep up the Awsome work

Moparlover64

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