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Baremetal Deuce HiBoy Roadster - W.I.P. - Update 5-16

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  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Baremetal Deuce HiBoy Roadster - W.I.P. - Update 5-16
Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 8:47 PM

I haven’t done a hot rod or drag car project since the Autorama contest on the TRaK board last December. This is quite a dry spell for me, but I’ve been working on several sports car projects since then, including a couple of Porsches. This project, however, has been percolating in my imagination for quite some time. It’s a ‘32 Ford roadster which will be done entirely in bare metal tones with the exception of the tires and any non-metal items like hoses and seating surfaces. The stance will be that of a “low Highboy”, with a Z’d rear end and severely dropped front axle, providing for a low overall ride height despite the body being mounted atop the frame rails. I’ve done the basic chassis work, based on a Revell Deuce chassis. I’m incorporating as many details that will emphasize the bare metal appearance as I can think of, so I grafted a ’37 Ford truck X-member to the Deuce rails. The rear end has a buggy spring from a Monogram ’27 Ford. The rear axle will feature a Halibrand quick change which will be visible from the back end because I won’t be extending the rear pan despite omitting the stock fuel tank.

The interior will be all bare metal except for the upholstery on the bomber-style seats which are resin pieces I got from Big Donkey Resins. The picture below shows a rough mockup of the interior bits. The interior side panels will be glued and clamped into place to conform to the body shape.



Below are some body photos showing the basic setup. All the metal finishes in the two phtos consist of Duplicolor Metallic Silver lacquer which was treated with Kosutte Gin San metalizer powder and a some thin black acrylic wash.



Still to be determined are some pretty major items, like the motor and rolling stock, but I wanted to get the basic look started in my belated re-entry to things of a hot rod nature. The motor will most likely be something big and powerful, not a flathead, and the motor will determine whether I include hood panels or not. The wheels will most likely be traditional Halibrands of some sort, with skinny big ‘n’ littles.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    November, 2013
Posted by Daddy_O on Tuesday, May 07, 2019 7:08 AM
Impressive!
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    October, 2015
Posted by Tim Boyd on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 7:49 AM

Bernard....glad to see you back at the altar of hot rod modeling!   The baremetal finish looks spectacular.  

Will be watching to see how it takes shape during the remainder of the build process.

As for the engine....not sure this is exactly in line with your current thinking...but how about a hotted-up Y-Block Ford? 

Best....TIM 

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:41 PM
Love it so far Bernard , as always your detailing is perfect! May I be so bold as to suggest something different in the engine bay , like a Stude , poncho or even *gasp* a JAG 6 ?? Still a 354 /331 would fit nice as well !
  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:11 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone.

I’m in the “bitsa” stage of this project. I’m doing some “bitsa” this and “bitsa” that, a natural outcome of my improvisational kit-bashing build style. I didn’t care for the thick look and stiffness of the interior panels so I landed up redoing them completely from .010” and .020” styrene sheet. The original was done from .030” styrene sheet as a base with .010 and .020 strip to construct the details. So the overall thickness is now about ½ of what it was. Because it’s so much thinner it’s flexible and rests snuggly up to the interior surface of the body. I also cut out the triangular areas so that the interior body surface is now revealed, creating a far better depth effect than before. I like it much better, now.

I also added a dash panel from an AMT Phantom Vicky kit. Both the new panels and the dash are shown as part of the composite summary photo below.

The rolling stock is now complete, too. The wheels are a combination of Halibrand mags, the fronts coming from an MPC funny car kit, and the rears are the front mags from the AMT Phantom Vicky kit. The wheel centers have been painted in Testors Acryl Jet Exhaust to simulate a Dow 7 coating. The rims were left in the kit chrome. The front tires are Modelhaus T110B’s and the rear tires are my favorite Old Skool hot rod rear tires, Herb Deeks bias ply truck tires.

Next up, the motor. As I mentioned I wanted a big, powerful looking motor, and considered several of the currently fashionable “alternative” Old Skool power plants, like the Buick Nailhead, or, as Tim suggested, a Ford Y-Block.  I gave a lot of thought to doing a blown Oldsmobile. But in the end I decided on the massive looking DeSoto Firedome from the AMT ’53 Ford Pickup Trophy Series kit. Those 8 Strombergs really command attention!

And lastly I’ve included a photo of the front and rear axles. The front is the dropped I-beam from the Revellogram 1/24th scale ’32 Ford Roadster kits. I shaved the spring to bring the front end further down. The spot brakes are from the AMT Phantom Vicky kit. The rear is a resin Halibrand quick change setup from parts stash. The rods you see protruding from the ’40 Ford brake backing plates are the mounting pins for the rear spring. They’ll be trimmed away to a shorter length once everything is assembled.

With the “bitsas” all cleared away it’s time for final assembly. The exhaust system and driveline will take some fiddling but it shouldn’t be too long before this project is completed.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:23 PM

Wow! Looks like you nailed the bare metal look, Bernard! This one's going to be cool for sure. I'm watching!  Geeked

chucky

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