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1937 Ford Coupe Street Rod WIP - Finished!

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  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, February 22, 2019 6:18 AM

Thanks, mmthrax! I appreciate your comment!

Anytime I can get a smooth coat of paint and clear on a build, rub it out, have a reasonable shine, and have no blemishes or junk in the paint I like it! The problem is that I didn't realize that the Hemi Orange had metallic in it. I generally just use it for Mopar engines and the metallic is not prominent on non-smooth surfaces of an engine. Just goes to show you can learn something everyday! 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
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 22, 2019 12:40 AM

Another home run JR. nice work. Very clean and tidy. You can really see the metallic in the outdoor pics. You didn’t say whether you liked it or not. I’d probably decide against the metallic and go for a solid orange like a starburst candy.   Anyway, you did a great job. Always enjoy your builds. YesYes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:45 PM

A few more:

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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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:42 PM

We did get some sunshine today so here a few outdoor pics! 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.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 11:26 AM

A few more:

 

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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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 11:20 AM

Finished! It is gonna be raining so I don't know when I'll get outdoor pics. Everything went together pretty well after getting past the front suspension and cowl issues. One thing I didn't realize is that the Testors Hemi Orange has some metallic in it. i used taillights from the Revell 32 Ford Sedan that I had in the parts box. Also added a Modelhaus interior mirror. Only have a few left. 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.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 18, 2019 9:03 PM

Thanks, Mike, Maniacal and mmthrax! I appreciate your comments! 

Glued in the windows, added the decals to the seats and door panels on the almond colored interior. Dash and steering wheel are installed as well. Should be able to wrap this up in the next day or two! 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
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 18, 2019 10:15 AM

Good grief JR!  That looks like quite the cause of some serious consternation.  

I am glad you posted the heads up.  Thanks a lot.

It does look like a small block Chevy to me too.

So far, your work and detailing is bang on.  Everything looks great.

Looks like you're almost done too.

Carry on sir...

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:59 AM

Looking good! I love that color! 

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, February 16, 2019 9:22 PM

You sure livened up that engine with the extra bits and the car looks great in that color

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:22 PM

And here's the completed chassis and engine, and mock-ups of the body on the frame. 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
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:39 PM

I've built a lot of models. At last count I have 218 models built. I haven't seen a kit instruction sheet that is this wrong ever! Basically, it instructs the builder to install two different front axles on the same build. I am not a hot rodder but after studying the instructions for about an hour I finally realized that it is totally out to lunch! I am posting this so that some of you who have said you have it in your stash have a heads-up! 

Instruction panel #4 shows the installation of 4 A-arms that would be used to hold a spindle-type hub. But the same panel shows a straight axle mounted on the top (the panel shows the frame upside down) of the frame rail. 

The next frame, #5 shows the straight dropped axle attached to the bottom, I guess to the suspension/springs.

Finally, Panel #7 shows the spindle hub attached to the wheel back. Where would that attach to?

 So don't be as confused as I was. Simply install the 4 A-arms and the spindles. I ditched the straight dropped axle and installed the tie rod by just gluing it to the front of the suspension/spring piece but had to cut off the ends off to make it fit. But my only real concern was to install the hubs that will hold 4 wheels firmly on the ground. 

I hope this helps and is clear. 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 Friday, February 15, 2019 9:25 PM

Engine is described in the kit as a small block V8, I think its a Chevy, but I painted it black for contrast with the orange body. The engine is not really built for detail, for instance, almost no place to put spark plug wires. But I added spark plug wires (drilled out the distributor molded into the intake manifold) and a coil. I also found some throttle return springs in my stash so I added that with a throttle linkage and a fuel line from the carb to the fuel pump.

I still need to clean up the air cleaner which I added from the parts box because I don't like the tall one in the kit. 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, February 12, 2019 5:33 PM

Thanks, Spencer and mmthrax! I appreciate your comments! 

Here are pics after rubbing out the body and I also had a chance to paint the hood. Everything looks pretty good and the only drawback was fitting the firewall to the cowl above. You can also see my finished Camaro. The Tamiya Orange is almost the same as Testors Hemi Orange. 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
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 11, 2019 10:53 AM

Just found this.  I have one in the stash so I am interested in how it goes together.

Looks like you're off to a good start.

Carry on sir....

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, February 11, 2019 9:27 AM
Great colour for a curvy fat fender body like this one .I love the shape of all of these Art Deco-esque '37's I have the slope back sedan , now one of these on the list too ! There must be a 3 window kit somewhere as well ... Better hide the credit card again !!
  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:34 PM

Finally had weather good enough to paint! So I painted this one Hemi Orange. Orange is not my new favorite color but there are a couple of reasons I painted it orange. First, My wife saw some mark down Testors Lacquers. She called me and said it was $1.54 a can so I told her to buy all the lacquer. So I have a couple of cans of Hemi Orange and Go Mango. My second reason is that the local model club is having a contest this year where "Orange" is the theme to mark the 25th anniversary of O. J. Simpson's Bronco ride. So I'll have a couple of theme entries this year.

I got some trash in the hood so I have sanded it out and re-primered.  I'll repaint tomorrow. 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 Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:04 PM

Thanks, Scalepeter and Plowboy! I appreciate your comments! 

I'm not quite sure what color to paint it yet. I have a can of Prowler Purple and no Prowler to build. It might work but haven't really decided yet. 

I agree with you 100%, Plowboy! That why I added some plastic to the bottom of the cowl because the firewall, at least in this kit, will not glue to the floor pan and reach the cowl without some help. So I have added the plastic and then also puttied the facing edges of the cowl that meets the hood to get it smooth. I think everything will fit now. Thanks for looking! Here are the pics:

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
    February, 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Thursday, January 31, 2019 8:47 AM

I built this kit a few years ago. The firewall on this kit doesn't rest on the frame. The bottom of it meets and glues to the front of the floor pan on the fender/floor pan unit. The firewall needs to go back up to the cowl. I think you'll have some fitment and or alignment issues if you leave it as is. 

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:12 AM

Nice start. I like this kit.  Will be following along.   What's the colour going to be?  

  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
1937 Ford Coupe Street Rod WIP - Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:52 AM

I started this one hoping to get the body painted before the cold sets in. Unfortunately, I had to do some body work so I only got it in primer and will have to wait for the weather to clear to finish painting. The firewall is not tall enough to fit the frame below and then meet the bottom of the cowl. So I've had to add some plastic to the bottom of the cowl. I think its tight enough now and I won't have to add any putty. The hood sides have been glued to the hood and fit pretty well with the fender unit and 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.

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