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AMT 53 F100 custom W.I.P

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AMT 53 F100 custom W.I.P
Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:09 AM

Currently building the foose f100 got me wanting to build this.  Was always gong to be a custom but wanted to do some more serious cutting. Is chopped 2mm,  sectioned 5mm maybe closer to 6mm.   I did the sectioning and then wasn't happy and cut another 2mm out.  This ment a bit of work to rejoin the body parts.  The top was too narrow so i narrowed the bottom half by cutting the rear of the cab and narrowing it.  Making sure it still fit the interior/floor.  

A before pic comparing to Foose f100(which i have sectioned,  build in process in another thread).

 

 

First section attempt.  Followed by second section.   Last one shows the section marked out to be cut.

 

 

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:18 AM

The chop is an even 2mm chop.   Thought about angling the chop but decided against.  Happy with look of it.   Had to cut the roof in half to match up the pillars.   Filled this with some spru.  Will sand this to match the roof profile and then will assemble the roof sections.   I have glued the body back together ready for the roof sections.

 

 

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:47 AM

I intend to build this with a traditonal theme.   Going to use whats in the kit or use  period correct parts.   Having trouble finding info on the kit.   If anyone has an idea of what time period applies to this kit that info would be appreciated.   I'm assuming late 50's?    Thinking about  weathering it to make it look like a survivor rather than nice shiney paint.  Workshop truck use at one time i thinking.  

First pic shows where i cut the body to narrow it to fit back together.    Next one shows how much the hood will have to change.   Will start on the hood once the body is back together.

Last one shows a bit of a mock up.   Will use the custom fenders.  Shows the gap to fill in the roof sections as well.

 

 

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:11 PM

Top is back on body together.   Glued the back half first on after sanding the spru filling the gap between front and back parts.   Next to do is section the hood. I have a feeling it will be about 4 or 5 mm to cut out of the hood.    Thanks for looking.   Comments always welcome..

 

 

 

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, November 11, 2018 1:07 AM
wow, wild cut. it should make for a hell of a hot rod. i would have been tempted to cut off the front fenders and moved them so the bottom of the fender meets the bottom of the door sill.
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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, November 11, 2018 9:30 AM

Nice work so far! This is going to look awesome when it's done. 

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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, November 12, 2018 7:56 AM

Thanks guys.   aussiemuscle308 I looked at the front fenders and decided to leave them alone.  

The hood is sectioned, i cut out  4mm and was the right amount.   Hood has been cut in half down the centre.   I get a little nervous cutting hoods and reshaping them.   Should only need the one cut. Will need to make a filler panel down the center and the rear of the hood.  Had to remove some of the radiator so the hood would close.   Had thought of using the multi carb set up on the hemi but will use the fuel injection set up due to the lack of space. Thanks for looking.   Hopefully photobucket keeps working so my photos stay put.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:13 AM

Looks good, Peter! I appreciate that skill because if I chopped something up I'm sure it would never go back together again! Nice work! CoolThumbs Up

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.

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:16 AM

Thanks modelcarjr.  It's like anything else a little planning helps.  I've made some mistakes and thought at times things wouldn't work out.    Getting the hood back together is being a little tricky.   Think i will have to cut the the two halves again.  I'm thinking towards the front will be the best way or i could do it towards the back.  Think it will towards the front.  Didn't want to cut again but i think it will give the best result. 

 

Anyone wishes to way in with there advice is welcome.   The following pic shows where my choices to cut are.  Thanks for looking

 

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Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 11:19 AM

Thanks for the thorough blow by blow on this ambitious project. I am about to begin a similar project and this is invaluable. I have a friend who did one of these several years ago and it was beautifully propotioned but quite different than this one. Rather than section it, along with the chop, he left the main body stock height with a similar amount of chop to yours, but wedge cut the hood along the sides to bring the nose down somewhat and fairly dramatically alter the proportions. I had thought to work along those lines myself, but now must consider the idea of a section job as well. That's because the care with which you are approaching the bodywork changes is ensuring a really good looking overall design. That's clear already, even at this early stage.

Looking forward to seeing more!

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, November 19, 2018 6:55 AM

Your welcome gbk1.  Glad to help with ideas for your project.  Sectioning this body was pretty straight forward and the less you cut out the easier it will be.  I prefer a flat hood rather than doing a wedge cut but thats just my opinion.   I had hoped to post some photos of the hood in progress but photobucket is down.   I cut the two pieces towards the front and added some spru to lengthen the hood.   Will sand it to shape before reconecting the hood.   Will need to add a piece down the middle too. Will get some pics up of the process when i can.   

Suspension changes will include a dropped front axle.   Mounting the front and rear axle on top of the springs instead of underneath as per factory.  I believe this was done back in the day. Hopefully this will get it sitting a bit lower.    

Thanks for looking.   Hopefully get some pics up soon.

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, November 19, 2018 7:21 AM

Here are some pics of hood progress.  First one is with spru added and sanded to shape.   Next two give an idea of what it will look like.   Thanks for looking.  Comments and opinions always welcome.

 

 

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 7:52 AM

While the hood is coming together i looked at the truck bed height and decided some changes were in order.   I sectioned the truck bed 4mm to bring it down.   I cut so much to allow for some frame changes I'm doing.   I then added 2mm spru to where the bed mounts at the front.   This means the bed height only lowered by two 2mm and by adding the 2mm to the base allowed me to zed the frame by 2mm.  I know this redced the bed area but it is a show/shop truck.   Think i will also shorten the bed by 1mm or 2mm.  

I thought about notching the frame but i figured the single cut to zed the frame easier then adding a nothed section.   I only moved the frame 2mm.  Nothing too crazy just giving some room for planned suspension modes.   

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, November 25, 2018 4:18 AM

Hood is finally back together.  Cutting hoods up isn't something i like doing.   Will still need to address the gap between the hood and body.   I think i will glue a strip of spru to the rear of the hood to fix this.   Will get some primer on shortly to see where filler will need to be added.    I shortened the bed by 1mm at the rear.   This means the fenders will meet the rear of the bed.   Will be using the custom rear roll pan.  Thanks for looking.  

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:12 PM

LOTSA work going into this one!!! Wow!!!

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:43 PM

Thanks for the great WIP of the tasty modifications to the body and frame on this pickup! You really have the bodywork looking great. I'm wondering if you have considered sectioning the rear fenders or are you leaving room for some big rear tires? Either way, this is going to be a very cool piece. Looking forward to seeing more! Dinner 

chucky

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:51 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys.   Body mods are just about complete but will require some body filler work.   Chucky funny you mention the rear fenders, I had thought about adjusting  them, they could be sectioned in height and width.  I assume you mean the width of them with reference to tyre size?  Had a little mock up with some wheels and think i'll leave the fenders alone.   They do look a little heavy but they sit at about the same level and width as the front fenders.   I think adjusting these will then make the front fenders appear too fat.   Others may disagree with my styling choice and I don't mind if you do,  opions always welcome here.    Tyres will be the kit white walls and using the custom caps.  Thanks for looking.   Get some pics up shortly of propress made.

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:11 AM

Little progress but i have the fenders, bed and interior tub glued together. Rear roll pan still needs to be attatched.   With this done chassis construction can start.   Grill has been changed.   I'm not sure what the grill is but it's out of the 48 ford custom coup kit,  not usually a fan of the angled headlights but kind of felt right.   Was a pretty easy swap to do.   Thanks for looking.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by hachirokami on Thursday, November 29, 2018 11:43 PM

Great work!  Reminds me of the DREAM truck.

 

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, November 30, 2018 3:58 AM

Thanks hachirokami.   Funny you meantion Dream Truck,  I did have it in mind as inspiration for my build.  I planned this to be a, leave nothing untouched on the body custom.    I should have looked at few pictures of the truck and it would have helped with a few styling choices.  Seeing the 1:1 pic has made my mind up to leave the drip rails in place.  I was still deciding if to remove them.     I nearly changed the lights to horizontal as well.   I like how it has no tailgate,  this was something i had considered and think i will follow suit.   Thanks for posting those pics.

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Posted by hachirokami on Friday, November 30, 2018 3:48 PM
No problem!
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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, December 14, 2018 2:01 AM

Time for an update here.   Decided that the area between the drip rail and and the roof needed some cutting.  Felt it was just a little too tall in that area.   So i cut all the way round folllowing the drip rail but leaving it in place for now.   I then just sanded until i got the look i wanted.  Probally cut about 1 to 2mm out.  Should measure against the stock body in my kit collection to see how much.   I had to quarter the roof to allow for the changes.   I moved the front of the roof forward by gluing the leading edge of the roof to where the drip rail is.   This will mean changes to the drip rail running around the sides but how exactly i'm not too sure.   Once i get the roof finalized I'll decide what to do with the trim.    As always thanks for looking and comments/suggestions welcomed.

 

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, December 14, 2018 2:05 AM

Got some photos comparing to the Foose build and the stock body i have.   Can't believe how different the stock body looks.   Loving the changes.   Little hard to tell in the picks but the roof comes to the top of the door frame on the Foose kit.   Thanks for looking.

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, December 15, 2018 12:23 PM

There's some serious work going on here! Looking good! 

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:12 PM

Thanks maniacalmodler.   Little more progress here.   Removed the quarter vent windows and the drip rail trim.   I may add these back but not how they were from the factory.    I added some sprue to the rear of the hood to addess the gap there.   Body work is coming along which is good.   Will need some more filler work.  Thanks for looking.


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