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Chopped and Dropped Deuce Tudor Highboy - W.I.P. - Updated 11-6

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Chopped and Dropped Deuce Tudor Highboy - W.I.P. - Updated 11-6
Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:58 AM

About 6 years ago, a couple of years into rediscovering the model car hobby, I picked up a copy of the then newly introduced Revell ’32 Ford Tudor Sedan kit, as much for the flathead as for the body style. As a died in the wool hot rod modeler I immediately set to chopping the top with an idea to building a “chopped & dropped” highboy with a z’d frame and a lowered stance (the latter being something that IMHO all Revell Deuces desperately need). Unfortunately I made a total mess of the chop, eventually losing bits of the A-pillars, and the project was shelved. As the years passed by the kit was gradually stripped of most of its key parts, leaving only the butchered body and some of the more sedan-specific bits, the chassis, which I had already z’d, and the ubiquitous Ford small block  (just how many of these do I now have in my stash anyway?).

Along the way I had acquired another copy of the kit, and although it too lost its flathead, it was largely intact and its body untouched. Over the years my skills have thankfully improved somewhat, and I began thinking it was time to pick this project up and complete what I had originally intended. Then recently a handsome black Deuce Tudor commissioned by George Poteet and built by Johnson’s Rod Shop was featured in The Rodder’s Journal and I took this as a sign and an inspiration. I decided that I would attempt as flawless a chop and paint job as I am capable of at this point, and make a jet black fenderless highboy from the original z’d frame and what few parts still remained from the project.

My first step was to remove about 3 scale inches from the top and execute a basic black paint job using Duplicolor Black Acrylic Lacquer, 3 coats of color over hot rod gray primer, wet sanded between every coat and then sealed under 3 coats of clear. The clear will be left to cure good and hard before I rub it out for its final polish, but so far it looks promising. No sense in doing this project if I couldn’t pull off decent paint and bodywork… I’ll be running a full hood with the stock louvered side panels.

While the paint cures I’ve started on the additional bits. First off was to attempt to do something with the Ford small block. I decided to fabricate a dual 4-barrel intake manifold using 3 of the countless copies I have of the kit’s single 4-barrel manifold. Along the way I also smoothed the script off the kit’s Ford Motorsport valve covers, although I think I might use the ribbed valve covers from the 5-window kit instead. We’ll see. The carbs and air cleaners are from a Revell Small Block Chevy Parts Pak.

The wheels will be classic Halibrand kidney bean mags courtesy of Historic Racing Miniatures, finished in magnesium Testors Metalizer with polished rims simulated thanks to my handy 1 mm. Molotow Chrome paint pen (the Molotow is really a breakthrough allowing instantly realistic polished chrome-like surfaces for small parts). Tires will be narrow bias-ply big and little blackwalls all around, the fronts from a Revellogram ’37 Ford Panel Truck and the rears Herb Deeks truck tire items, my current rear tire of choice for old-school hot rods.

Below is a summary of where I’m at so far, including the original z’d chassis which I’ll be using.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:53 AM

Big Smile The black really suits the tudor Bernard . Those wheels are superb too. 

Well done for using the SBF too !! Yes

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:07 PM

This is going to be cool. Nice work on the chop.

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

Trevor

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:10 PM

Love all your builds Bernard. They always have the right look and combination of parts IMO. Looking forward to watching this one come together.

 

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, November 06, 2017 4:17 PM

Thanks guys!

Slow but steady progress is being made. Given the highly degree of finish I’m aiming for I’m trying my best to be careful and meticulous, to whatever degree I can muster…

I’ve gotten most of chassis work completed including the front and rear suspension. The front suspension  features my favorite dropped front axle in scale, from the Revell ’40 Ford Street Rod Coupe. I believe it can also be found in other Revell ’40 and ’48 Ford hot rod variants. I like it because it’s a finely constructed I-Beam, has a very deep 4” drop, and comes separate from the front spring. I used the front spring from the Revell Deuce kits, but shaved down to a mono-spring configuration for maximum degree of front end lowering. The rear suspension will be largely stock from the kit since the chassis I’m using is from the original build started in 2011 . Doing otherwise would have meant starting an entirely new chassis, which is not my plan this time around. Total focus on the final fit and finish is what this project’s about. However, I had run out of rear end covers and was trying to avoid raping one from an intact Revell Deuce kit. Much to my delight I found that a hub cap from a Monogram ’37 Ford Sedan Delivery kit is a perfect fit – not only do I get the shiny chrome but it has a V8 logo engraved in it. What luck!

Also, if you look at the front suspension photo you’ll notice that the chassis horns have been reworked. After the usual filling and smoothing of the outer surfaces to eliminate the indentations for the bumper brackets I also added .020 styrene strips to simulate the stock unfilled U-section chassis rails. It’s not very clear due to the black paint but I inserted the chrome cross bar to highlight it in the picture.




The wheels got a little more attention, now that the suspension is completed. I had a set of resin Buick finned brake drums of now unknown origin. I smooth the front details to fit inside the wheels and drilled the centers out to accept the axle stubs. Then I added some resin ’40 Ford backing plates. The finned parts are finished in Krylon Chrome to simulate polished aluminum.



Another piece of detailing is being lavished on the hood side panels. This is a detail I saw done several years ago on one of Lyle Willit’s exquisite Deuces – real opened up louvers. Lyle did it by grinding out the inside of the hood sides to thin them and then cutting open the remaining thin plastic between the louvers. When he did it I was inspired to try my hand at it but found that it was very critical how much you thinned the plastic since the ultra-thin louver bits tended to warp. So this time I decided to leave the hood thickness untouched and just cut into the surface from the front with the back of a #11 blade. It works quite well, .but I’m not sure, at least with a black car, whether it’s worth the effort. It’s not hard to do, but to say that it’s tedious and boring would be a gross understatement. I don’t seem to be able to do more that 4-5 louvers at a sitting before I need to move on to something else. So far I have one side done and the other not quite half done. I’m hoping they’ll be enough shine and sparkle on the motor so that something shows through them on the final build…



Another piece of detailing was the grill, done with black bars and a chrome rim. Normally this would involve some tricky foil work but with the introduction of the Molotow Chrome paint pen it was radically simplified. Just strip, paint it black and, suing the 1mm Molotow tip, draw in the chrome edge. Thanks Molotow!

And lastly I’ve got the interior pretty much completed. Most of it is from the kit with some material added to the rear of the side panels where the rear seat would have been. There’s no room for the rear seat because of the kick-up from the z’d frame. Instead I made a simple floor panel from styrene grooved sheet (Plastruct corrugated roof material) and styrene semi-circular rod for the skid rails. It’s finished in gloss black with foiled rails. The tank is the kit gas tank cut out, glued together and finished in Metalizer Aluminum plate. The seats are some really nice, simple, and authentic old school race car buckets from Big Donkey Resins. The dash and steering wheel are stock kit items.



That’s it for now. The motor needs plumbing and wiring before it gets installed. The suspension locating arms needed to be decided on and then on to ,final assembly. The trick will be not to mess up the nice, shiny body…

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, November 06, 2017 5:10 PM
That deep red interior will look fantastic with the black gloss paint Bernard . Why not paint the engine bay a similar colour to see through the open louvers ?? Might look a tad like fish gills though !!!
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:12 AM

It's coming along nicely, Bernard. I like where this is heading. Nice brake drum detail.

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

Trevor

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