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59 Lincoln Custom 'vert WIP- With a TWIST! - All Done.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:37 PM

This turned out to be way more fun than I expected, so I had to share it.

I've been collectin' parts for this build for 6 years.

Modelhaus supplied the front and rear chrome years ago before I had a body or any other parts. That's all I had for years and a desire.

Next I got me a donor kit and other spare parts, but still no body.

I wanted a body off Ebay that no one else wanted - a junker that was broken that I could fix and make useable.

6 months ago I found one on Ebay with the right front lower part of the front fender broken off from the front wheel opening forward - all gone, and glue where rear skirts had destroyed the recess's of the wheel wells and glued on fins and strips of louvers all over the hood and trunk lid - just perfect for what I wanted.

$5.00 - now that's a good price for a '59.

So I set out to fix it and the further I got the more excited I got as I found more pieces to complete it,and I wanted to share it.

So here's a couple of starter pics, but there's a lot more to go - FUN Thumbs Up

This right hand side view shows the piece I made from the front wheel well forward for the bumper to fit into.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:55 PM

And here's the custom chrome piece I made for both sides of the body. They replicate an optional trim piece that was available on a '58 Continental.

I made them from some scrap body panels left over from a '49 Mercury that was used for another project.

They will be foiled after paint.

I have this rather large box of left overs from other projects. Always comes in handy at the right time Smile.

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:19 PM

Yes Loving it so far Dave . What do you have planned with wheels / colours etc ??

I just got 2 big boxes of spares out of storage and can't wait to get creative this weekend . (Finally found all the spare lenses and side windows I've turned my room upside down looking for ... Typical , I could have left the mess as it was LOL) 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:27 PM

Looks very nice!

The added trim peice should add a little sparkle.

Don't forget th scribe the door line through the trim. Smile

I have a '59 hardtop as well as a '60 hardtop & a couple of convertibles that I really want to build some day.

They're the only available continentals that I really like the look of.

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:29 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan

Yes Loving it so far Dave . What do you have planned with wheels / colours etc ??

I just got 2 big boxes of spares out of storage and can't wait to get creative this weekend . (Finally found all the spare lenses and side windows I've turned my room upside down looking for ... Typical , I could have left the mess as it was LOL) 

 

Just like Christmas. There's always someting in their I've forgotten about until WALAA and EUREKA and it's time to do a little "JIG" - LOVE IT Thumbs Up.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:39 PM

Goofy62

Looks very nice!

The added trim peice should add a little sparkle.

Don't forget th scribe the door line through the trim. Smile

I have a '59 hardtop as well as a '60 hardtop & a couple of convertibles that I really want to build some day.

They're the only available continentals that I really like the look of.

 

Steve

 

Hey Steve thanks for the door line reminder. I got me a note reminding myself that sits under the car 'till I do it.

Yeah I have about 5 of these '59 & 60's I bought years ago when they were dirt cheap - NOT ANY MORE.

I have a couple of 65's converted back to 62's also that'll be customs too - Man I love this hobby Cool.

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Posted by hachirokami on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:40 PM
Awesome work, Dave. Have a couple of these Lincolns, one a mostly complete promo and one that's just the body. Certainly going to keep watching!
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:14 AM

hachirokami
Awesome work, Dave. Have a couple of these Lincolns, one a mostly complete promo and one that's just the body. Certainly going to keep watching!
 

Thanks hachirokami

This is a build full of a lot of small and intricate changes that are subtle.

The interior is from a 1965 lincoln and had to be widened and notched in a few places to make this work. The chassis is also from a 1965 lincoln.

Here a some construction pics to bring you up to date and see the minor changes.

The arrows point to some small squares of sheet plastic added for the 1959 Cadillac 'vert roof and the front arrow points to plastic added for the new 1959 Cadillac windshied that was modified to fit.

And here they are done.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, September 29, 2017 2:58 PM

These pictures show how there will be some minor changes to the appearance of the cars original design.

I really like the body shape and trim, but the roof has always been an issue for me, so I came up with the idea of using '59 Cadillac parts. A windshield and convertible uptop roof.
It changes the look of the car to be more streamlined and pleasant to look at for me, and has a more elegant look.

Here's some pics of some of the parts I'll be using.

I like this look Thumbs Up with the side trim.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:11 PM

it takes a lot of parts for a build like this.

The first set of pics shows some of the parts, and the second set shows what it too kto open that hood.

The radiator support brace in fron of the car helps stabilize the fenders when I cut open the hood, AND it give the chassis a way to locate to the body. There are pins that actually match so the chassis slides right into location so the two parts align right up like I planned it.( I didn't really, it was just a "Fluke" that worked out perfectly).

I guess I posted these backwards - OOPS!

I added this pic of the installed firewall and mocked up '65 lincoln block in the '65 lincoln chassis under the car. Everything fits superb. Sometimes things just go rightThumbs Up

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:27 PM

I sure enjoy watching what you do with these cars from an era a decade or so before I got interested in cars. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:43 PM

Looking great so far.

What are your plans for an engine, & are you planning on drilling out the chrome headlights & replacing them with clear?

That's one modification that I can't skip anymore.

It just just sits there in the back of my mind & bugs me until I do it. Smile

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, September 30, 2017 3:56 PM

Aah!; Tis a shame :

 I have searched high and low for one of those . Guess I'll have to try resin again .Why do you keep teasing me ? You know I love the T-Bird in the case . I see that and almost don't see what yer doing !O.C.G.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, October 01, 2017 10:36 AM

Goofy62

Looking great so far.

What are your plans for an engine, & are you planning on drilling out the chrome headlights & replacing them with clear?

That's one modification that I can't skip anymore.

It just just sits there in the back of my mind & bugs me until I do it. Smile

 

Steve

 

Hey Steve

There is something old fashioned, romantic and reminiscent about these old style headlights that are chrome and not glass. There a throw-back to by-gone days that exist no more - Like air-cooled Porsches verses the new water-cooled Porsche engines of today.

There is a nostalgia vibe that for me makes them so cool because they are so different compared to what is produced today. There is a personality there that speaks of "the days of yor" when thing were simpleir and needed to be less "Real. Like a painting that is impresionistic and I like that. For me - no headlights changed, I like the originality of that feature. Thumbs Up

 

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, October 01, 2017 10:57 AM

Treehugger Dave

 

 
Goofy62

Looking great so far.

What are your plans for an engine, & are you planning on drilling out the chrome headlights & replacing them with clear?

That's one modification that I can't skip anymore.

It just just sits there in the back of my mind & bugs me until I do it. Smile

 

Steve

 

 

 

Hey Steve

There is something old fashioned, romantic and reminiscent about these old style headlights that are chrome and not glass. There a throw-back to by-gone days that exist no more - Like air-cooled Porsches verses the new water-cooled Porsche engines of today.

There is a nostalgia vibe that for me makes them so cool because they are so different compared to what is produced today. There is a personality there that speaks of "the days of yor" when thing were simpleir and needed to be less "Real. Like a painting that is impresionistic and I like that. For me - no headlights changed, I like the originality of that feature. Thumbs Up

 

 

 

 

Yeah, but the slab chassis are "nostalgic" too, but everybody sure seems to have a problem with those. Smile

I haven't cut open a hood to add an engine in an original curbside kit yet, & probably never will.

To me, that detracts from the originality of a classic kit more than anything else.

Don't take this as a jab, I don't have an issue with people who do it.

I've just never really understood the need to.

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, October 01, 2017 1:02 PM

Firewall is glued in and the engine is just sitting there. Both from the '65 lincoln donor kit and fit well so far. They look right at home.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 10:48 PM

I really like this body style but the roof just never seemed to fit this car for me, hardtop or convertible, so I decided to try a '59 Cadillac windshield and uptop and I like the sleek look that's less formal and more elegant.

The color will be really different too for a Lincoln. Fun to play with style.

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:57 PM

I totally agree, Dave. The proportions are PERFECT! Gonna be another great one! Thumbs Up

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, October 05, 2017 8:53 AM

It's looking good, Dave. I have always liked the Lincolns, and last year I picked up a '60 Lincoln in a lot of built ups and I'm trying to decide what to do with it. The 59/60 Lincoln always struck me as a big brick and not the prettiest of Lincolns, but I must say that the Cadillac roof and windshield is an inspired move. I can't get over how well this seems to work. Looks great.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, October 05, 2017 5:39 PM

Goofy62
 
Treehugger Dave

 

 
Goofy62

Looking great so far.

What are your plans for an engine, & are you planning on drilling out the chrome headlights & replacing them with clear?

That's one modification that I can't skip anymore.

It just just sits there in the back of my mind & bugs me until I do it. Smile

 

Steve

 

 

 

Hey Steve

There is something old fashioned, romantic and reminiscent about these old style headlights that are chrome and not glass. There a throw-back to by-gone days that exist no more - Like air-cooled Porsches verses the new water-cooled Porsche engines of today.

There is a nostalgia vibe that for me makes them so cool because they are so different compared to what is produced today. There is a personality there that speaks of "the days of yor" when thing were simpleir and needed to be less "Real. Like a painting that is impresionistic and I like that. For me - no headlights changed, I like the originality of that feature. Thumbs Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, but the slab chassis are "nostalgic" too, but everybody sure seems to have a problem with those. Smile

 

I haven't cut open a hood to add an engine in an original curbside kit yet, & probably never will.

To me, that detracts from the originality of a classic kit more than anything else.

Don't take this as a jab, I don't have an issue with people who do it.

I've just never really understood the need to.

 

Steve

 

Steve my friend.

For a guy like me who is a scratch-builder, putty thrower and lover of modifying everything I get my hands on since I was just a kid, the question for me is why wouldn't everyone modify them like i do - but that's just me and I embrace how I enjoy this hobby just like you do and everyone here does.

Are they still original - NO. Are some of the one's I modified rare and worth a small fortune - YES.

All my Johan kits have their hoods open and so do all my 1958 AMT kits and my rare resin kits from the early 90's.

Probably 20 - 30 kits. I buy them and build them for the fun not to collect or as an investment. Keeping then original isn't even or ever a consideration For me it's hard to imagine keeping anything original - again, just me.

Such a cool hobby to be blessed with and it's so relaxing - LOVE IT Thumbs UpThumbs Up.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:43 PM

Treehugger Dave

 

 
Goofy62
 
Treehugger Dave

 

 
Goofy62

Looking great so far.

What are your plans for an engine, & are you planning on drilling out the chrome headlights & replacing them with clear?

That's one modification that I can't skip anymore.

It just just sits there in the back of my mind & bugs me until I do it. Smile

 

Steve

 

 

 

Hey Steve

There is something old fashioned, romantic and reminiscent about these old style headlights that are chrome and not glass. There a throw-back to by-gone days that exist no more - Like air-cooled Porsches verses the new water-cooled Porsche engines of today.

There is a nostalgia vibe that for me makes them so cool because they are so different compared to what is produced today. There is a personality there that speaks of "the days of yor" when thing were simpleir and needed to be less "Real. Like a painting that is impresionistic and I like that. For me - no headlights changed, I like the originality of that feature. Thumbs Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, but the slab chassis are "nostalgic" too, but everybody sure seems to have a problem with those. Smile

 

I haven't cut open a hood to add an engine in an original curbside kit yet, & probably never will.

To me, that detracts from the originality of a classic kit more than anything else.

Don't take this as a jab, I don't have an issue with people who do it.

I've just never really understood the need to.

 

Steve

 

 

 

Steve my friend.

For a guy like me who is a scratch-builder, putty thrower and lover of modifying everything I get my hands on since I was just a kid, the question for me is why wouldn't everyone modify them like i do - but that's just me and I embrace how I enjoy this hobby just like you do and everyone here does.

Are they still original - NO. Are some of the one's I modified rare and worth a small fortune - YES.

All my Johan kits have their hoods open and so do all my 1958 AMT kits and my rare resin kits from the early 90's.

Probably 20 - 30 kits. I buy them and build them for the fun not to collect or as an investment. Keeping then original isn't even or ever a consideration For me it's hard to imagine keeping anything original - again, just me.

Such a cool hobby to be blessed with and it's so relaxing - LOVE IT Thumbs UpThumbs Up.

 

I rarely build anything anymore without making a few modifications either.

I was only responding to the statement that you had made about the "nostalgia" of the chrome headlights, but at the same time, you're making all kinds of modifications to the drive train of the model.

I never used to replace the headlights on these old kits either, but the head lights are one of those details that look so unrealistic that I've found myself "needing" to modify them.

I have a stable of vintage builds that I left the headlights alone on, & looking back at them now, I wish I would have changed them all.

 

Steve

 

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Just 2 days ago i opened a johan comet looking for a particular motor cor a fellow modeler on the site. I agree totally my kits no matter how much their worth were bought to build they. Just became a collection cause i have so many dreams now if theyre duplicates or areas i dont particularly build in theyre now up for trades with fellow modelers for some of these juicy rereleases that have missed my clutches over the year so sednd me you want list ill share mine have to many to list easierxta tell me what youre lookingfor ill tell ya whaat im looking for put trades in subject line dmbrickwood6404@gmail.com ive got johans amts revell monograms, 63 customizing station wagon amt original. F85 olds wagon a 36 ford customising kit convertable in the mailer box it came in from the ford dealerback in 36 when some guy actually boughta 36 unbuilt manufacturer name not on box art but instruction says amt vot some others to offer uptoo 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:12 AM

Bainford

It's looking good, Dave. I have always liked the Lincolns, and last year I picked up a '60 Lincoln in a lot of built ups and I'm trying to decide what to do with it. The 59/60 Lincoln always struck me as a big brick and not the prettiest of Lincolns, but I must say that the Cadillac roof and windshield is an inspired move. I can't get over how well this seems to work. Looks great.

 

Hi Trevor

Playing with new idea's is always a lot of fun. To me no matter how "cool" a car may look, it's fun to see if they can be improved on. Sometimes in just small ways can make a big difference.

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:56 PM

As usual Dave, you are knocking that one out of the park. I agree with you about Ebay and the B-J auction being excellent for reference. I have a '60 built-up that I am going to do in Black, with the Black and White Interior, but otherwise Replica Stock, as it is going to be the Oldest Lincoln Continental in my collection.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, October 07, 2017 5:41 PM

Thanks guy's Thumbs Up

A clean and properly detailed build takes time and I love that, and time means nothing to me. The goal is to get it done to satisfy myself and make it to match the picture in my head, and never get in a hurry.

Building is relaxing and enjoyable, so taping this up to spray the radiator and cross-brace was time consuming but it came out very nicely.

A few pics to share. Any feedback greatly appreciated Cool.

 

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, October 08, 2017 9:08 AM

Time.......... Meh ! 

I'm glad I'm not the only one not bothered by time ! Smile, Wink & Grin Unless I'm baking a cake... 

Love the roof fit Dave, its "meant to be ", I like to change the origins too (Convertible "new Challenger " in 'planning stages' - my brain !) 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, October 08, 2017 12:00 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan

Time.......... Meh ! 

I'm glad I'm not the only one not bothered by time ! Smile, Wink & Grin Unless I'm baking a cake... 

Love the roof fit Dave, its "meant to be ", I like to change the origins too (Convertible "new Challenger " in 'planning stages' - my brain !) 

 

Brothers of a different mother. Looking forward to seeing your convertible Challanger. Sounds super "COOL" Thumbs Up

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:27 PM

Unusual colorand kinda edgy for a lincoln but it works for me. Foil helps bring it alive and "POP" a little.

Just mocked up and still need to foil the other side, but it's a start. Had to see it in color.

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Posted by streetrod on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:15 PM

Hi Dave, 

I don't know what the color is but it looks "superfine" on the big Lincoln. I love the white top too!! Always enjoy your builds. Keep 'em coming.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:36 PM

Looks just like hemi red orange or hugger orange even olds orange gto orange dont care looks sweet to me after all wasnt it the 50 n 60s gave us color b4 that was everything blacknwhite? Lol love it

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