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Revell '31 Ford Woody
Posted by TR4-Tim on Sunday, January 28, 2018 6:32 PM
 
Of all the projects I've had in my mind, this one is the oldest, going back to when I was a kid. The Woodstock model and the Buttera T sedan came out in 1973 and 1975. I always wanted to combine the Buttera chassis with the Model A Woody. As a 10 year old kid, I knew I couldn't handle it yet. I didn't want to screw it up, so I kind of set it aside and moved on to other projects, figuring I'd get back to it after I developed more skill. Yes, I still have these same kits from childhood. Funny how we latch onto these things, right?
 
Fast forward to many years later and I've built three different cars with the Buttera suspension adapted to them, along with a couple variations of the basic Buttera T kits. The time was right to re-engineer the Woody. I decided to heavily modify the stock frame to adapt the suspension to it. Below are some pictures of the fenders. The orange pair is undergoing surgery, widening at the rear for the bigger tires from the Buttera kit. Tubbed Fenders 1 
 
 
Tubbed Fenders 2
 
In the photo below you can see the floor cut out for transmission clearance. 
 
Floor 1
 
Stock Revell chassis cast in orange, modified original Woodstock chassis cast in tan, lots of tubing added. 
 
Chassis 1
 
The brackets at the front are for Buttera IFS, and the kickup at the rear likewise for Buttera IRS. 
 
Chassis 2
 
Using the Buttera 302 small block Ford and C4 auto trans as well. 
 
Chassis 3
 
Chassis 4
 
The headers are from a Revell '32 kit, pinned to the cylinder heads. Motor mounts fabbed up, setting the engine and trans really far back in the chassis. 
 
Chassis 5
 
Chassis 6
 
Custom firewall fabricated for set back engine clearance. Notice how it compare to the stock firewall. 
 
Firewall 1
 
Firewall 2
 
Here's what it looks like on the backside of the firewall. Some loss of leg and foot room, unfortunately. 
 
Firewall 3
 
So, the basic idea with the brass framework is for it to be an inner skeleton that the body panels attach to. The beauty of brass is that it's so thin. You can build a structure that will disappear inside the plastic it's supporting. 
 
Brass framework 1
 
Brass framework 2
 
Brass framework 3
 
Brass framework 4
 
Brass framework 5
 
Brass framework 6
 
Brass framework 7
 
Brass framework 7
 
Brass framework 8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mocking up the stance, body panels dropped over the brass framework. 
 
 
 
Creating the exhaust system from the headers back. The exhaust tubing is polished solder. The mufflers are plastic pieces with BMF for the end caps and thin aluminum wrapped around the middle (cut from soda pop cans). 
 
 
Closer look at some of the suspension pieces. Utilized the kit coilover end pieces, but cut out the springs and made replacements from wire. Converted to outboard drum brakes instead of inboard discs, just because I want to see the brake drums through the wire wheels. Going for more of a vintage flavor with this car. 
 
 
 
 
 
Small block Ford engine coming along. The coil is aluminum tube. Fuel junction block is brass. Polished stainless wire for fuel line. Throttle return spring is the filament wire from a burned out automotive tail light bulb. The air cleaner assembly started as a little chrome piece we almost never use from the AMT '27 touring. In the firetruck version of that kit, there are these chrome tank ends for an under-seat fuel or water tank. To that I added photo etched screen and stainless wire mesh behind that. The distributor is scratch-built from bits of aluminum tubing and styrene. 
 
 
 
The alternator is made of brass too.....
 
 
 
 
 
Paper clips come in real handy for creating dropped headlight bars. 
 
 
 
 
 
Sneak peak of the two-tone green interior. These are the Buttera T seats, modified for the Model A. The angle is more upright for the buckets up front, and reconfigured quite a bit for the back seat. 
 
 
And still a long ways to go, but getting closer to what I had in mind, all those years ago. 
 
 
 
 Some Updates on the project.....
 
The frame and fenders are painted, need to be color sanded and clear coated. 
 
 
 The woodwork has been painted, doing woodgrain using artists oils. It just needs the final gloss clear coat. 
 
The carpet flocking has been glued down. The seats are done. So, just kind of mocked up at the moment, you can get a feel for how it will look when completed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by chucky on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:45 PM

That looks like a solid solution to the lack of structure issue. Your brass work is very impressive and your details look great, too. I'll definitely be following along. Dinner

chucky

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:24 PM
Thanks, Chucky! :)
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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:51 PM
WOW ! that thud noise was my chin hitting the keypad ! ! Superb detailing , stance & the colour choice is great too !
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Posted by Bainford on Monday, January 29, 2018 7:45 AM

There is some very impressive work here, Tim. It's an interesting concept/kitbash, and your brass work looks well done. That should go a long way to supporting the wooden body. I'm liking your colour choices so far, as well. Good stuff!

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

Trevor

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Monday, January 29, 2018 9:34 AM

Spencer Mopar Fan
WOW ! that thud noise was my chin hitting the keypad ! ! Superb detailing , stance & the colour choice is great too !
 

SMF- LOL! thank you for the kind words. 
Spencer Mopar Fan
WOW ! that thud noise was my chin hitting the keypad ! ! Superb detailing , stance & the colour choice is great too !
 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Monday, January 29, 2018 9:40 AM

I'm still very much a beginner with brass, but having fun with it. I can see where it opens up new possibilities.  Thanks for the encouragement! 

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:47 AM

Just found this thread.  Some really good skills on display.  Keep up the good work.  I will be following this one for sure. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by HineMotors on Friday, February 23, 2018 8:36 PM
Wow Nice work, I agree the Revell woody can be a challenge getting everything squared and fitted up including getting the doors hinged and working right, but you nailed it! Hope to see more of this build :)
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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:11 PM

Thank you, HineMotors! Glad you enjoyed......So, here's an update:

The project has been in hibernation while I worked on some orphan Diecast cars. I'm always on the prowl on ebay, looking for damaged diecasts than can be repaired and/or modified. Sometimes they're just good parts cars to help make a better plastic kit. Anyway, done with that. 

So, what's a model look like in hibernation? Thought I'd show you how I do it....

 

 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:13 PM

Found these at Home Depot. 

 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:15 PM

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:47 PM
Those colours look superb on the woody ! & I'm liking that storage idea . I'm a skinflint ! , so I have my old medication boxes ( 8 different types - a month for 2 1/2 years.... !! Heart , diabetes , paracetamol etc etc ..) And they're stored in cat food pouch boxes . Upcycling ! I love it LOL
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:17 AM

I'm digging the hibernation box. I'll keep an eye out for a couple of these.

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

Trevor

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, March 05, 2018 2:15 AM

Coming along really well!

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:06 PM

Here are some current pictures of the body. I've finished applying a coat of varnish to the "wood", installed all the panels on the brass frame, glued the doors to the brass piano hinges, etc. 

 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:13 PM

Here's what the Revell Buttera kit wheels look like. These are two rear wheels mounted in different size tires. The kit includes smaller 14" wheels for the front. I was originally going to use these, but decided to go with Herb Deeks photo etched wires instead, using the rims from the Revell '32 sedan. 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:15 PM

Here the's other pair....

 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:19 PM

Here's the kit supplied upper and lower control arms and upright with disc brake caliper. 

 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:20 PM

I glued one pair of these together to aid in building the brackets on the chassis. 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:21 PM

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:29 PM

For this project, I didn't want everything to be chrome. I wanted more of a restored vintage car feel to it, with contrasting paint colors. Also, I wanted drum brakes that could be seen through the wires. So, I created new uprights from brass and drilled and tapped them to be able to use small screws to attach the upper and lower control arms. The backing plates came from the Monogram '32 roadster, modified a bit. 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:33 PM

Moving on to the chassis, it's coming together now too. 

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:41 PM

And what good is a chassis without an engine? And maybe a pair of curvey fenders draped over the tires?

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:24 AM

Super detail work well done!

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:06 AM
Thank you, Patrick! Much appreciated.
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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:35 AM

Outstanding work, Tim. The chassis looks great.

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

Trevor

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:51 AM

Bainford, you made my day!!  Smile Big Smile Thank you, very, very much.

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, March 16, 2018 10:41 AM

Wow Tim.  That is loads of progress!  I like the green.  I agree regarding not having too much chrome.  You have the right amount of contrast.  Looking great sir.  Carry on.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by TR4-Tim on Friday, March 16, 2018 1:19 PM

SmileHowdy, howdy, MMthrax! I've been to Plano, but I think it's grown in leaps and bounds since way back then. Big Smile Thank you for your kind complements. Glad you like it. Trying to get it done in time for the NNL's in Chatsworth coming up May 6th. Fingers crossed......

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