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Barris style 1950 ford Half-top custom like back in the day. DONE

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Barris style 1950 ford Half-top custom like back in the day. DONE
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 07, 2017 9:40 AM

Been wanting to build a period style piece for some time now. This was a blast to build. Brought back lot's of great memories as how I built as a kid. Nothing fancy, just plain fun to build Thumbs Up.

Not quite done yet, but the chassis is finished with souped up flatty installed but not wired yet and wheel choice not figured out yet either but will be period. Maybe some wide white and Fiestas, and she'll be a tail-dragger for sure Cool.

I'll add more pics when she's done.

Any comments greatly appreciated - even if you don't like 'er Big Smile.

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Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, September 07, 2017 10:13 AM

All the right stuff from the more recent re-issues of this still-superb classic kit, impeccably done to maximum effect. Love all the chrome trim work, especially. It highlights the stylishness of this customizing so well. Do the landau irons come with the kit? Also the interior patterns and style really oustanding. Did you do them as decals?

Can't wait to see this puppy down low in the weeds - and it occurs to me that you'll most likely use something less than 20" wheels this time around, LOL...

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by big-e-models on Thursday, September 07, 2017 1:54 PM

Nice work on every thing love the color an. Pattern seats! 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 07, 2017 2:39 PM

gbk1

All the right stuff from the more recent re-issues of this still-superb classic kit, impeccably done to maximum effect. Love all the chrome trim work, especially. It highlights the stylishness of this customizing so well. Do the landau irons come with the kit? Also the interior patterns and style really oustanding. Did you do them as decals?

Can't wait to see this puppy down low in the weeds - and it occurs to me that you'll most likely use something less than 20" wheels this time around, LOL...

 

Hey Bernard - thank you.

You're right about being a great timeless kit with great custom pieces. Landau bars from a '66 T-Bird kit and the seat pattern is a decal I made up to suit my likes and then printed on white decal paper, then cut to a shape that would be period to what I remember.

Decal design is especially fun for me so this was a treat.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 07, 2017 2:41 PM

big-e-models

Nice work on every thing love the color an. Pattern seats! 

 

Thank you Big-E. much appreciated Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by TnT on Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:51 PM

Nice job. You made it look good. Better than the box art for sure.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, September 07, 2017 5:48 PM

Yes x 1,000,000 ! Fantastic looking shoebox Dave Big Smile

Great colour , chrome work & that interior is a great match too. 

I also love the green 'Westergard'  looking '40's ?? coupe in the display case behind it . Those swoopy fenders are amazing .

Have you put it on a post on S.A.M. ( or even T.R.A.K. shhhh ! ), or can you tell me about it here ? 

Cheers , Spence . 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:24 PM

TnT

Nice job. You made it look good. Better than the box art for sure.

 

Thanks TnT. Very nice of you Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:42 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan

Yes x 1,000,000 ! Fantastic looking shoebox Dave Big Smile

Great colour , chrome work & that interior is a great match too. 

I also love the green 'Westergard'  looking '40's ?? coupe in the display case behind it . Those swoopy fenders are amazing .

Have you put it on a post on S.A.M. ( or even T.R.A.K. shhhh ! ), or can you tell me about it here ? 

Cheers , Spence . 

 

Thanks Spence Cool

I don't know what S.A.M. or T.R.A.K is, but the car you mentioned that's in the background in the case is a customized Jimmy Flintstone resin body (I just can't leave things as I fine them Big Smile).

The cars "Swoopyiness" as you called it (One of my favorite words "Swoopy) is what "Grabbed" me in the first place. Loved the design and style. 30's and 40's cars of the "Art Deco" period have a special place in my heart.

Instead of going wild on the color I wanted something a bit more "Period" - kind of subdued so the design would stand out instead of some wild colors and graphics.

Nothing else is done on it. No interior or chassis. What you see is what's done.

Not sure if I'll ever finish it, but it's nice sitting there for me to enjoy front and center Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by HineMotors on Thursday, September 07, 2017 8:10 PM

Wow Incredible, this is one where you just set an let it all soak in! Very Very Nice, and thanks for posting it up...maybe some shots of the 57 Ford Wagon Too? Please

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, September 07, 2017 8:46 PM

Love it, Dave! I've been waiting for another one from your bench. The color combo is perfect for the era. I bought this kit for the custom parts, but I may have to reconsider after seeing your build which is a superb representation of what many of us admired in our youth. 

chucky

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, September 08, 2017 4:31 PM

HineMotors

Wow Incredible, this is one where you just set an let it all soak in! Very Very Nice, and thanks for posting it up...maybe some shots of the 57 Ford Wagon Too? Please

 

Hey HineMotors

Thanks so much.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, September 08, 2017 4:33 PM

Hey Chucky my friend.

Nice words. Much appreciated Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, September 08, 2017 6:43 PM

Embarrassed SAM= scale auto magazine (that'll be this one then , Spen ! )

TRAK= traditional rods and kustoms! Yes

Beercheers again , Spen ( I'm a poet & I didn't know it !) 

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Posted by High octane on Friday, September 08, 2017 10:38 PM

Wow Dave you made that "shoebox" beautiful and it feels like the 60's again.

High octane

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, September 09, 2017 2:36 AM

Manoman that golden tan with seats like rattan makin the scene in a custom 50s machine you can not outfox nothing with out a 50s shoebox awsome

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Posted by Foxer on Saturday, September 09, 2017 11:14 AM

The front looks like something that was on the drawing boards when this was new. I like that interior. The back looks interesting but could use a photo looking there.

Looking great, as usual, Dave!  :)

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, September 11, 2017 5:54 PM

High octane

Wow Dave you made that "shoebox" beautiful and it feels like the 60's again.

 

Hey man - thanks so much Thumbs Up

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, September 11, 2017 5:57 PM

Moparlover64

Manoman that golden tan with seats like rattan makin the scene in a custom 50s machine you can not outfox nothing with out a 50s shoebox awsome

 

Moparlover

Thank you.

Lot's of fun building this ol' girl. She's almost done. Got a little done today.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, September 11, 2017 5:59 PM

Foxer

The front looks like something that was on the drawing boards when this was new. I like that interior. The back looks interesting but could use a photo looking there.

Looking great, as usual, Dave!  :)

 

Thank you Foxer.

One of those builds that turns out to be more fun than I expected Cool.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, September 15, 2017 6:47 PM

Got Lakes pipes installed and a little done on the chassis.

Got front and rear suspention in and engine glued in place.

More progress to come as there isn't much left Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, September 18, 2017 10:27 PM

Lakes pipes are very period and the wheels/tire package is simple but great for the day.

This has been a simple, fun project that really went well and gave me a lot of pleasure and  it's nice to sit and look at. Great memories from the past.

Hope you've enjoyed it.

These are the final pics.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:36 AM

Excellent work! Youve captured the spirit of the time when those cars started to appear at SoCal car shows. Well done.

 

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:13 AM

Only ONE thing wrong with your build that I can see Dave, and that is that the car is NOT on my shelf. Your custom is "drop-dead-gorgeous."

High octane

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:03 PM

rickr442

Excellent work! Youve captured the spirit of the time when those cars started to appear at SoCal car shows. Well done.

 

 

Thank you Rick Thumbs Up.

What a great privilidge we all have to enjoy this great hobby at whastever level we build.

To me it doesn't matter how well we build, but how much our building adds to our personal quality of life and also adds to others ability to build better and enjoy their life more because of that.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:13 PM

High octane

Only ONE thing wrong with your build that I can see Dave, and that is that the car is NOT on my shelf. Your custom is "drop-dead-gorgeous."

 

You've always been so supportive - much appreciated (And I'm glad it's on my shelfBig Smile)

 

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:50 PM

I met Budd 'the Kat' Anderson in San Diego over 30 years ago and talked with him at length about his years at AMT. He explained that the original '49 Ford kit was the brainchild of George Toteff, at the time the head of the company. That kit was in the planning stages when Budd came to the company, and one of his first suggestions in his Kat position was that similar tooling be adapted to do a '50 convertible, which had been Budd's first new car. That kit was also one that incorporated many of the features that George Barris had used in his real Kustoms, based on his massive photo collection. You did it proud.

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:07 PM

Incredible looks fantastic

Moparlover64

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:32 PM

Moparlover64

Incredible looks fantastic

 

Thanks so much Mopar lover. This is a FORD ya know - LOL.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:42 PM

rickr442

I met Budd 'the Kat' Anderson in San Diego over 30 years ago and talked with him at length about his years at AMT. He explained that the original '49 Ford kit was the brainchild of George Toteff, at the time the head of the company. That kit was in the planning stages when Budd came to the company, and one of his first suggestions in his Kat position was that similar tooling be adapted to do a '50 convertible, which had been Budd's first new car. That kit was also one that incorporated many of the features that George Barris had used in his real Kustoms, based on his massive photo collection. You did it proud.

 

Thanks for the history of the kit and the people associated with it. This was a great kit when it came out and even if it's ignored a lot, still a nice kit for any period of time.

Growing up in SoCal in the late 40's, and also the 50's and 60's, I did meet George Barris, Watson and a few others, but never "THE KAT" BUD ANDERSON.

This hobby has been great for all of us whether we just stepped into it or been with it since it began. So relaxing, and yet so challanging at the same time Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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