SEARCH SCALEAUTOMAG.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

1958 Ford Thunderbird WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

1748 views
26 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
1958 Ford Thunderbird WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, February 25, 2018 6:59 PM

I'm starting on this one that I bought at a model car contest about 2 years ago. I'm putting it here as I will probably change the wheels and tires. It is in pretty good shape and goes together pretty well with some tape. There are a couple of things to do - fill the sink marks in the front quarter panels where the opening door mounts are molded on the inside. I also want to deepen the panel lines of the trunk opening. So I have a couple of things to do while it is raining again. I'm going to paint it metallic blue with a black and white interior. The wheels will be standard 5 spoke chrome wheels. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, February 26, 2018 9:08 AM

I've always liked the 'Square-Bird" and maybe someday I'll get to building mine.

High octane

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:57 PM

Thanks, High Octane! I like this second generation too, but after that not much!

Finished the body work, primered and white base for the body. Taped the interior off for the two-tone black and white.

Painted the body with the Mopar B-5 Blue pearl, two coats of paint and 3 coats of clear. Interior painted with semi-gloss black after taping off the white.

So tomorrow I'll rub out the body and and start the foil. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:18 PM

I like your paint stands for the doors, hood and top. I myself use one foot rulers or paint can mixing sticks and tape the parts onto those to hold such parts while I spray them.

High octane

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, March 01, 2018 7:58 AM

Nice ;

 Always have liked the " Square-Birds " as well as the Swoopy ones that came later . Kinda looked liked rockets from the sides . 

 I have been partial to " Square-Birds " in very dark colors . They are so darned REGAL looking .

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, March 01, 2018 11:06 AM

Yes the "Bullet Birds" did look nice especially with the tonnau cover to make it a two seater. I've built a few of those models back-in-the-day.

High octane

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, March 01, 2018 12:24 PM

That colour looks great Jr . I've seen " other birds " in that colour too Zip it!

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 01, 2018 4:53 PM

Thanks, All! I appreciate your comments! The 8 oz. (I think) stubby bottles make great paint stands. Drink it first, fill it at least half full with water and double up some tape on top. They stand by themselves and won't tip over.

Rubbed out the body today and touched up the seats in the interior for bleed-through. It scares me that the doors look like they fit and will maybe close OK. I'm sure once I get glue on them that will change! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, March 01, 2018 5:16 PM

Bleed through? After you spray the base color or first coat and it dries, you then mask over the parts you want the base color. BEFORE spraying the second color, spray a little clear coat around the edges of the tape. And if there's any bleed through it will be??? Exactly clear. After 15 min. or so you can spray your second color. This method has worked for me a number of times. Try it.

High octane

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 02, 2018 7:08 PM

Thanks, High Octane! Yes, I keep forgetting to try that method, but I will next time. Thanks for your suggestion!

finished some foil today and then I wanted to get the doors done and make sure that the wing windows will fit with the windshield. Windows looks pretty tight but the left is better than the right. I'll try to bend the right side a little to see if I can get it to align better without breaking it. I also cut some foil for the headlights and then I painted the edges of the headlight lenses (not shown). Headlights on this kit must have been an after-thought in production. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 04, 2018 1:58 PM

I put the chassis together and found the set of custom wheels from the 62 Corvette Roadster in the parts box. So I think I've just about got this one figured out. Waiting on a MAD pre-wired distributor in the mail to put the engine together. This one won't be as detailed as the one in the April 2014 SA "One Great Model" but hopefully, it will look OK! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 3:33 PM

Received my pre-wired distributors so I built the engine. I'll also add heater hoses as I finish up. I'm in process of gluing the door hinge plates and adding Detail Master thresholds. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 9:16 PM

Doors are hung and kept shut by a little Handi-Tak on each door. One of these days I'll buy some mini magnets. That's about all that I've gotten done today! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by MikeFo on Thursday, March 08, 2018 7:12 AM

Looking Good! I like the body color.

Building more muscle Automobile

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 08, 2018 8:32 PM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! Yes, this B5 Blue Pearl looks good on any car, IMO!

The body, interior and frame are all together! Hood is a bit warped so it doesn't fit as well on the left side. Everything else went together failrly well after some adjustments. I added a small piece of sheet plastic under both door hinge keepers so that the doors would open wider. I need to find a master brake cylinder in the parts box and I am also adding heater hoses. I have a Keith Marks Thunderbird decal for the font fender from a 56 T-bird decal sheet.  I'll add the finishing hardware tomorrow and this one will be done! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, March 08, 2018 9:30 PM

Been a while since I've poked my head in here but I always enjoy watching your builds come together JR. Good lookin' bird there buddy.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, March 08, 2018 9:31 PM

High octane

Bleed through? After you spray the base color or first coat and it dries, you then mask over the parts you want the base color. BEFORE spraying the second color, spray a little clear coat around the edges of the tape. And if there's any bleed through it will be??? Exactly clear. After 15 min. or so you can spray your second color. This method has worked for me a number of times. Try it.

 

Can you elaborate on this a bit please High Octane? I just read this and maybe it's because it's been a really long day but I'm trying to understand this better. Thanks in advance.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:02 PM

Thanks, Joe! I appreciate your comment! On think that what High Octane is saying is that after painting the first color of a two-tone interior and taping it off that you could spray a light coat of clear along the tape edge to seal the edge to prevent bleed through and then paint the second color after the clear dries. It would be hard just to paint the tape edge with a spray can but hopefully a light coat would prevent the bleed through from the second color and when removing the tape you wouldn't pull any paint from the second coat because the clear coat is underneath it but on top of the first color. I haven't tried it yet but will on my next two-tone.

Finished the build! The rear bumper didn't fit well and I had to cut away about 3/16" from the center mounts around the license plate. I added a master brake cylinder with booster from the parts box since I have mounted disc brakes. I also added heater hoses. So outdoor pics when I have some sunshine. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:01 PM

Here are the outdoor pics! The sun is pretty bright today so it sparkles pretty nicely!

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:07 PM

A few more:

I didn't push the hood down well enough in this pic and I think I need a little more blackwash on the grill.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:12 PM

Sweet! Thumbs Up

chucky

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:14 PM

Last ones!

Oops, I forgot to paint the water bottle and add the Thunderbird decals on the front fender. Both are easily fixed!

Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, March 10, 2018 4:18 PM

Outstanding build! It turned out great! The wheels and color choice suit this model well. 

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:14 PM

Thanks, Chucky and Maniacal! I appreciate your comments!

Just an update: I applied the decals which are very old, the first ones I bought from Keith Marks. I hit them with a coat of clear lacquer and hope that they won't silver. Still drying. I painted the water bottle and will try to find a Ford decal for it. Finally, I added another coat of blackwash to the grill. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:51 AM

I finished the foil on the hardtop and glued in the back window. Now I have a hardtop convertible! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, March 11, 2018 2:10 PM
Superb looking T-bird , those wheels are perfect !
  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:24 AM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comments! I've been gone for a few days but I'll get started on another build soon.  Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our privacy policy