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Revell '31 Ford Woody

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    January, 2018
Revell '31 Ford Woody
Posted by TR4-Tim on Sunday, January 28, 2018 6:32 PM
The problem I've always had with the Revell Woody is that the body is so flimsy. It's great to look at but really difficult to assemble and have it come out right, not all twisted and warped, and actually functional. The hinges aren't really right either. They should be piano hinges. 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. 
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. Somewhere along the way I got a set of Herb DeekTubbed Fenders 1s photo etched wire wheels as an upgrade from the cast wires in the Buttera kit. And to resolve the body issues, I decided to learn how to solder brass. I built a frame out of brass to attach the plastic body panels to. Now that I'm used to it, I think it would have been better to make the chassis out of brass too.
Anyway, please take a look at some of the attached build photos and let me know what you think. It's just mocked up, so the panels look a little off. They do actually snap into the brass frame really well, but I'm leery of breaking them, so I just gently draped them in place for the photos.
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 all 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 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. 
  • Member since
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  • From: long island, new york
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


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Posted by TR4-Tim on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:24 PM
Thanks, Chucky! :)
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  • From: Brighton England
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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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
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


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    January, 2018
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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    January, 2018
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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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
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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