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32 Ford Tudor Resto-Rod - W.I.P. - Completed with Final Photos

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  • Member since
    February 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:49 AM

Thanks to you all. You are too kind!

Adter having been locked out of the forum due to the software glitch for more than a week. I can post at last. In the ensuing period I was able to finish this project. I have to say it fought me hard in the final 10% of the build. It was all those little detail parts, such an important part of the "Resto-" aspect of the project - those tiny little cowl lights, tailight brackets and door handles, even larger parts like the bumpers. They're all those parts I don't normally include in my Hot Rod models so I'm not used to handling them. They just flew from my fingers and tweezers and took repeated trips to the carpet monster. Fortunately, with the exceltion of the fog lamp, I was able to find them all. Whew! The fog lamp, by the way, is a tip of the hat to the inspiration car, the Kokoska Tudor.

So below please find the final "beauty shots". A most appreciative Thanx! to all who followed along.
B.






Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    September 2008
  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Monday, November 26, 2018 4:05 PM

Hi Bernard,

I have to agree with Tim but in fact alredy knew, you are talented. I loved the "Poteet car",lLove this one too as well as the '32 roadster. They are all done just the way I like them. Cool, cool, cool!!!!

Barry Fadden

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    January 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Monday, November 26, 2018 1:19 AM

Beautiful work on a timeless classic rod, Bernard, thanx for the inspiration.  Go to the top of the class.  Cheers

Steve

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    October 2015
Posted by Tim Boyd on Sunday, November 18, 2018 8:31 AM

So I'm reading along, looking at the pictures and reading the background behind the project, and thinking, wow, this guy is really talented. Then, only then, did I see Bernard's signature. Now it all makes sense!  Bernard, once again, way to go, very much looking forward to seeing the final result. TIM

  • Member since
    February 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 6:08 PM

Thanks everyone!

After wrapping up my Trophy Series Deuce Roadster box art project I’m back to the Tudor. It’s largely an out-of-the-box build so, with the car finally up on its wheels and the main body glued in place it, it was time for a stance check. Those artillery wheels sure do fill the fenders! Now it’s ready for final assembly. In the style of 60’s Resto Rods that means lots of antique details like cowl lights and bumpers. From here on out it’s a matter of staying disciplined for a clean outcome. Shouldn’t be too long now…

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:51 PM

Looks to be another case of less is more! I can see why you were inspired by that photo! Stance is everything. Dinner

chucky

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    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:16 AM

Nice build for sure! Great color combination!

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    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 1:58 AM
Looks good. always going to enjoy seeing an early ford build

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle, WA
32 Ford Tudor Resto-Rod - W.I.P. - Completed with Final Photos
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, October 29, 2018 8:45 PM

Like many of us, I’m certain, I often get inspired by the articles and photographs in The Rodder’s Journal for my hot rod projects. Last year I built a jet black open-wheeled ’32 Ford Tudor inspired by a feature article about George Poteet’s 2017 Street Rod of the Year winning car. While not identical, since I seem to be congenitally incapable of building true replicas, it came close. The closing 2-page spread, the traditional panel with all the detailed specs, showed the car paired alongside a stunningly handsome unchopped, full-fendered Tudor belonging to John Kokoska. It looked virtually stock excepted for some striking big ‘n’ littles based on ’37 Ford truck “artillery” wheels and a tasteful rubber rake. Even as I was building that first Tudor I already knew I would have to build a companion full-fendered version.

Inspired by the Kokoska car, I’ve made some changes. Most obvious is the two-tone maroon (Tamiya TS-11 over Duplicolor Bright Red) and black (Duplicolor Universal Black) paint scheme. Also, perhaps less obvious, is a mild 2 ½” top-chop. The wheels and front tires are from a Revellogram ’37 Ford Delivery Van and the rear tires are my go-to traditional rod rears, Herb Deeks bias ply truck tires. Most of the rest of the car is straight out of the box Revell ’32 Ford Tudor. The small block Ford V8 gets the same hop-up I did on my Poteet-inspired rod, a Cobra-Jet 3-carb setup courtesy of BNL resin. The front suspension was lowered by removing 3 leaves from the front spring, and the rear suspension lowered a like amount, so that the rake on the car will be due to the difference between the tire diameters, like on the Kokoska car.

This is a relatively simple project, although the wheel and tire swap combined with the full fenders and the lowered suspension has required a surprisingly lengthy process of fettling to get things fitting right. This w.i.p. would be very brief since I’m ready for glass, foil and final assembly. But, while I’m waiting for some custom decals for a couple of other projects this seemed like a proper candidate for some bench time.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Last year’s Poteet inspired fenderless Tudor:



The John Kokoska full-fendered Tudor in TRJ:



My progress so far:



Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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