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‘60 Ford Starliner build

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  • Member since
    April, 2018
‘60 Ford Starliner build
Posted by GlueSniffer on Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:11 PM

While I wait for parts or ideas for my more important builds, figured I would do a “busy work” build of one of my all time favorite cars, the ‘60 Starliner!

I am glad AMT did such a fantastic job with this kit so far! My only complaint is Intake manifold to cylinder head fitment. 

The plan for this is a mild street custom with modern air-ride. If sparks don’t fly, you’re too high. It will be 1960 Ford Aquamarine with a pearl white roof possibly with a 60’s lace treatment in the same aquamarine color on the roof. Turquoise interior, all stock. Shaved door handles and slammed on Astro Supremes with Sportway 520 tires supplied from the Pegasus Astro wheel set.

Here you see the poor intake fitment, but otherwise awesome detail from a stock kit!

I used Tamiya putty to repair the gaps

The finished engine. PPG Deltron Base Coat Black on the engine, Duplicolor Cast Iron on the manifolds and gear box, Testors Aluminum on the bellhousing, Testors Steel on the splash guard. Gofer distributor with clips added, Detail Master wire loom, and a gold I mixed for the carbs.

Started scratch building the air bags from styrene tubes, O-rings, small washers. Will have air lines going into the trunk.

Test fitting the rear seat for clearance. I figured the drive shaft tunnel, frame rails, and wheel houses would need to be modified for the car to lay frame like it would need to be on a real car. so far it looks like just the wheel houses need to be raised up a little. Plenty of roo under the package tray. The frame may need only a small notch, but it almost lays out as is. I began the wheel house modification, just need to decide on 4-link or 2-link super lift set up with a pan-hard bar. Began shaving the rear axle as well. 

Test fitting with the body to see how it sits together after the wheelhouse was cut. 

Tags: Bagged , Starliner
  • Member since
    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Monday, May 14, 2018 11:26 AM

This will be a great build with an excellent tutorial built rigt in to watch. That engine is gorgeous

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  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:34 PM

1 - Love the Lloyd Bridges picture . 

2 - Love these Starliners when they're done right 

3 - Great job with those airbags !Smile, Wink & Grin

  • Member since
    April, 2018
Posted by GlueSniffer on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:46 PM

Glad you guys are digging it so far! 

As today’s progress, I decided on a 2-link that will have a triangulated 3rd link above the pumpkin similar to X-frame GMs of the era. Started building the 2-link and bag brackets as well as the axle brackets. This is my first time doing any real scratch building, so a bit of clean up will be required and hopefully putty and paint will make it what she ain’t.

Turns out the frame did need minor notching, nothing the Dremal couldn’t take care of. The pinion bump stop also needed minor grinding.

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:07 AM

Some nice work there, Glue.

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


  • Member since
    April, 2018
Posted by GlueSniffer on Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:23 PM

Today I started figuring out the front suspension. First had to check oil pan clearance. The car will still roll when done, the frame will be about .015” ground clearance. It will look layed out, but I like my kits to still roll. A peek at the next bagged car I will be building In the background. I received PE sets for both cars this week as well as many parts I have needed for a few of my more important van projects. 

Test fitting a few parts, air bags tucked into the frame’s spring pocket. Also used Tamiya putty to fill in the hollow portions of the top side of the frame as well as unused holes.

Here you can see a few modifications needed on the right. Opened up the spring pockets to fit the bags. Modified the lower control arms to accommodate for the angle change of the bag when the frame is dumped. Also drilled out the upper A-arm to accomo the ball joint angle. The steering knuckle arms will need to be bent.

Mocked up using a piece of scrap styrene for ride height. I cut off the lower control arm mounts from the frame and reglued them on at a more relaxed angle to the arms. Brushed on a coat of Tamiya surface primer that helps clean up glue lines and sanding scratches in the frame rails where the putty was added. Will sand down with 220 grit to smooth out before I airbrush on the full coat of primer and paint. Next to address the front splash tubs that will not clear the wheels!


  • Member since
    September, 2007
  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:33 AM

One of AMTs best-ever kits! I like what I'm seeing.

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford


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