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Pro Touring ’69 Ford Pickup WIP **Updated 5/26/2017** misc stuff!

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Pro Touring ’69 Ford Pickup WIP **Updated 5/26/2017** misc stuff!
Posted by ragtop63 on Monday, March 14, 2016 7:20 PM
Ok so it’s time for a new project. My last two projects were of the Pro-Street  flavor, not my usual type of build, so now that I have that out of my system (for now) I want to try something a little more different. I recently  started this one just after I finished the Willys build. I picked up the two new Ford pickup kits from Mobius, ’69 and ‘71. I will be using parts from both kits, as well as several other kits. The cabs of both kits are basically identical, so either will do. I will be using the short bed of the ’69, while using the grill of the ’71, as it looks “tougher” to me and will fit the final build better. I will again be using the engine from the Revell BOSS 429 kit, as I cannot get enough of that engine! Although I won’t be using the tunnel ram version this time. Instead I have scratch built a fuel injection manifold that will use shorty velocity stacks and rail injectors. I will also be using a lot of design ideas and parts from several years of Mustangs.
 
This build will be heavily inspired by some of the creations by The Ring Brothers and Troy Trepanier. This is what I am basically trying to do, within the confines of the Ford Pickup.
 
1970 Mustang Dragon
 
 
1969 Ford Talladega “GTP Special”
 
 
1967 Mustang Reactor
 
 
So here is a rough “teaser” mockup of what I am building.
 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:02 AM

Going to be one wicked hauler.  Will definitely keep my eyes on this one.  Now get busy. ;-)

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Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:41 AM

   Cool project. can't wait to see more of this one. what tailgate are you going to use? they are different aren't they? keep us posted. 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:06 PM

Looks like a fun project! I'm looking forward to more!

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Posted by ragtop63 on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:49 PM

rusty32rod

   Cool project. can't wait to see more of this one. what tailgate are you going to use? they are different aren't they? keep us posted. 

 

 I have the '69 tailgate on it. However the tail gate will be molded into the bed, and I have a few surprises coming on what it will end up looking like. (hint: it won't look like a truck)

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Posted by ford fan on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:40 PM

Great idea ! I have a '56 F-100 pro touring in my mind for a long time, can't wait to see yours completed Wink

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Posted by streetrodnut on Saturday, March 19, 2016 3:16 AM

Can't wait to see more of this one. Mock-up looks killer!

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Posted by ragtop63 on Sunday, March 20, 2016 6:41 PM
So here we are at the beginning, the chassis. I didn’t even think of using the kit chassis, as it is very plain and would need a bunch of updates and scratch building to get close to what I want. So I took a look through the "stash" and found a couple of Revell "Sidewinder" pickup kits I bought a long time ago (just for the wheels and tires) and found the perfect chassis. Well at least its closer to my liking. This chassis is already set up for a lowered cab and even have all four wheel independent suspension, BOUNUS! So I mocked one up to see how close it fits the Ford cab and bed. Not too bad, only a little short on the wheelbase.
 
 
So I took two of them (I had a total of five to work with) and cut them both in half, just about 3/32 inch different from the center point. Then I took the longer of the front half and the longer of the back half and glued them together. This gave me a chassis that was about 3/16 inch longer than the original, making just the right length wheelbase.
 
 
I used Epoxy to glue two brass rods to the top of the frame rails across the cut to give it some strength. I also rearranged some of the cross members to fit the position of the Boss 429 engine and trans.
 
 
The chassis now has all the right dimensions, but still looks a little plain. So I broke out some styrene square stock and rod stock and started adding some flair to it. I added two sections on either side of the frame rails that will be under the cab. To that I relocated the mounts and added some bracing, as well as some protection for the drive shaft. Now it’s looking a little more “pro Touring”
 
 
For the wheels and tires, I am using some Aoshima wheels from a Toyota custom lowrider kit, sanded them down and pressed into Pegasus rings with Pegasus tires, slightly bigger ones out back.
 

That's it for now. I hope to have the chassis painted and assembled soon so I can get the cab and bed modifications finalized and fitting good.

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Posted by notstock on Sunday, March 20, 2016 8:08 PM

wow can't wait to see this one

I can't leave anything stock!

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Posted by ragtop63 on Saturday, April 02, 2016 11:48 AM
With the chassis still ongoing, mostly putty, sanding and primer (boring!), I have moved onto the cab. I started with the basics. I filled in the hole for the fuel cap, as the tank will no longer be behind the back seat, as well as the holes for the wipers (not using them) and the side mirrors (will be relocated). I also filled in the grove that runs across the back window. I guess this is to aid in the color break? Anyway, I won’t be needing it. I also added two brackets to rest on the chassis rails.
 
 
Then I moved onto revising the front. I won’t be using the stock bumper, so there were two groves to fill in. Then I added an air dam to give it a “ground hugging” look. To this I added two bezels for running lights. These will probably have amber colored lenses.
 
 
I also cut open the hole for the radiator. Not sure why this was not in the original tool, as it adds some realism to the build when you can see it through the grill.
 
 
Since this build will be sitting very low to the ground, the inner wheel wells will need some major modification. I decided to cut them completely out, as the modifications were more than could be done with the existing plastic. I rebuilt the wheel well to fit both the new wheel placement and the new chassis.
 
 
 
 
I am trying to add some aspects of various mustangs into this build, so I decided to upgrade the side mirrors with those from the 2006 Mustang Shelby GT kit.
 
 
The great thing about trucks is the engine bay is so huge; you can easily fit an engine as big as the BOSS 429 with no problems.
 

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Posted by ragtop63 on Sunday, April 03, 2016 10:00 AM
Oh yea. I forgot to mention that I removed all the molded in trim. Mostly to keep it smooth, but also to avoid my arch nemesis BMF!

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Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, April 03, 2016 3:11 PM

WOW, a Boss 429.  You may need to add about 1K of lead to the bed area just to be able to plant the tires; those pickup boxes are quite light.  Loving everything about this build.  The "Sidewinder" kit you are using the chassis from, is that the concept/show Dodge pickup?  

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Posted by ragtop63 on Sunday, April 03, 2016 7:10 PM

Rick,

Yes its the Revell kit 85-7662. There are a whole bunch of great parts in that kit. I have bought many of them, but have never built it.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, April 04, 2016 3:06 PM

This thing is rockin'!!! I love it!!!Cool

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 5:13 PM
Very cool. Will be watching this build.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Lowlife ! on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:20 PM

Very Kool !  And very different !  I really like those inner fenders, look simple but a lot of work to fit that well.... 

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Posted by TATTOOTONY on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 9:10 PM

Ragtop really like the start and the ride height of this build! Can't wait to see updates

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Posted by ragtop63 on Friday, May 27, 2016 2:59 PM
So once again, sorry for taking so long to update this build. I have gotten a little farther along. First I have the second half of the engine bay sheet metal completed. It’s basically a mirror of the other side. There are many separate styrene pieces to fit one by one as I built it up. Hopefully when the build is finished and painted, only the people knowledgeable with this kit will even notice it is different.
 
 
Then I moved onto the hood. I knew I wanted some kind of hood scoop, because who wouldn’t? Anyway, my first thought was to use the scoop from the Fox body mustang drag car kit. It looks mean.
 
 
But I wasn’t completely sold on it. So I looked through the photos of the Talladega “GTP Special” I am using for reference and I really like the scoop they used, although it looks hand built.
 
 
I looked through my various mustang kits and thought the hood from the Boss 429 kit had a good looking scoop for the tunnel ram version. This in combination with the stock scoop (with a little modification) from that kit would do the trick.
 
 
I had to build up the sides of the stock part to raise it above the tunnel ram once assembled.
 
 
I then shaved it back down, a little at a time until it had the right height and angle. I also had to shorten it a little. Then I added pins to the bottom that will give me a good way to attach it.
 
 
 
Here is the finished product (unpainted). I cut the scoop from the tunnel ram hood and grafted it onto the truck hood, cutting a hole to match, and then topped with the other one. It has some of the look from the “GTP Special”. I think it’s going to look nice on the finished build. I will keep the other hood for a future Pro Street build!
 

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Posted by bob29579 on Saturday, May 28, 2016 3:18 PM
Really nice so far.
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Posted by smokewagon on Saturday, June 04, 2016 3:56 PM

WHOA NELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is going to be killer when you get it done. I really like the way you are going with this truck. I love me some custom Ford trucks!!!!

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Posted by Jantrix on Monday, June 06, 2016 10:58 AM
This is some really superior work. You make it look so darn clean and easy.

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Posted by ragtop63 on Sunday, June 19, 2016 11:55 AM
In this update I will go through making a new radiator for the truck. The kit radiators just don’t have the look I am going for. I want an aluminum racing type radiator like this: 
 So I bought some different thicknesses of Evergreen styrene; .015, .030, and .060 x .100”. Having them all the same .100” width was nice since I only had to cut the lengths and not worry about the thickness. First I made two jigs out of scrap styrene pieces, one so I could cut many pieces the same length, and then one to hold the pieces while I used a #11 Exacto blade to scrape a chamfer on the long edges.
 
 
 
My plan was to use the .030 pieces for the horizontal sections and the .015 as spacers between them.
 
 
So I stacked them up, carefully gluing each piece as I went, this took a while, and slowly built up the center section of the radiator.
 
 
Once the center section was done, and dry, I used another piece of .030 on the top, as well as two pieces of the .060 styrene on each side. To this I added two pieces of the .015 to the front of each side.
 
 
Then after some filing and shaping with a sanding stick, I added three pieces of .060 styrene tube stock, one for the inlet, one for the outlet and one for the filler neck on top. Here is the finished piece. It will be painted satin silver and I may stencil a logo on it.
 

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Posted by peanutgallery on Sunday, June 19, 2016 12:26 PM

Ragtop....You have eyes and hands of a top notch surgeon.....Bow

Dennis

 

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Posted by smokewagon on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:40 AM

Nice work on that radiator.

I am really liking this build you have going!!!!

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 8:49 AM

Like where this is headed.  Some really clever building.

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Posted by Spex84 on Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:56 PM

This is one of my favorite builds right now. Radiator looks awesome, and the hood scoop is all kinds of tough. Clean fab work, too. Looking forward to seeing more!

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Posted by ragtop63 on Saturday, July 16, 2016 3:12 PM
Here is the latest update. I knew from the beginning that I would be hinging the hood. The real question was, tilt toward the windshield like stock, or tilt toward the front. So I went with a front tilt. I find it hard to do anything stock!
 
 
 
To do this, I first tried using the hood hinge brackets from the 2006 Mustang kit. However I had to tweak them quite a lot to get the hood to clear the grill, and in the process I ruined them. So I had to scratch build some new ones. I actually like the new ones a lot better.
 
 
Originally the hinge pivots were on the inside of the engine bay. But that didn’t work very well. So to finally get what I wanted, I moved them to the outside. This required slots to be cut so the hinges can pass through. They became quite big to allow the hinges to swing up, but I think on the final build they won’t be that noticeable.
 
 
 
Here you can see the pivots and the hinge brackets through the grill. It’s a tight fit!
 
 
The cab is all but finished now, so next it’s on to the bed. There will be quite a lot of work done to that.

 

Until next time….

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Posted by Jantrix on Monday, July 18, 2016 7:08 AM
This looks really slick. Very good work.

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Posted by dragon3870 on Monday, July 18, 2016 4:29 PM
awesome scratch building work I'm like it

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Posted by thiago lowlife on Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:52 PM

WOW man!! This is fantastic... Congratulations.

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