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De-billet-ated 37 Ford Sedan - Completed with final photos

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  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle, WA
De-billet-ated 37 Ford Sedan - Completed with final photos
Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, July 19, 2020 7:31 PM

Builder’s block. I’m sure it happens to all of us; some, of course, more severe than others. In my case I like to be working on a model car project pretty much throughout the year with little interruption. Some projects take longer than others but I generally have something going. But since May 21st I’ve been pretty much dead in the water. This is not unknown to me, but it’s quite rare. I started a couple of things which turned out to be more like paint experiments than actual modeling projects. Then about five days ago I finally got past it. I decided I would do a simple build to get things moving and then tackle something more adventurous next.

This is the simple one, a Monogram ’37 Ford Sedan street rod. First released in 1987 it’s a real period piece – a classic billet rod with independent suspension front and rear and Boyd-style billet wheels and billet details under the hood and all over the interior. With the Traditional Rod revival of the past several years building this slantback out-of-the-box would be a real throwback – and frankly not to my taste. For this reason this kit sat in my stash for many years. A strange choice to cure a case of builder’s block…

Regardless, I started in on it less than a week ago. One thing about this early release version is that it’s molded in genuine Monogram Bleed-Through Orange Plastic. So the first order of business was to get that stuff sealed off. I thought some Duplicolor Primer Sealer would do the trick (it usually does) but this plastic dye is so strong it went right through it. After a session in the Purple Pond I used my old reliable combo: generic Duplicolor Metallic Silver Acrylic Lacquer over the aforementioned primer sealer (the cheap stuff in the tall can – but it sets up and lays down beautifully). Mission accomplished.

I’m going for a real late 50’s street machine kind of look. So the color I’ve chosen is actually Tamiya AS-5 Light Blue Luftwaffe, a military color of all things. But it gives the car a tough, utilitarian performance look, particularly with the Modelhaus T-120 wide whites I’m using. The sub-text of this project is to use as many surplus bits from my stash as are appropriate to the final result. The kit itself fits that description, as it’s unlikely I’ll build another one. The red-painted steelie wheels and T-120 tires are .from a still-born Revell/AMT ’40 Ford Sedan hybrid I started at least 10 years ago. The rolling stock was glued to Revell ’40 Ford Street Rod front and rear axles and it’s doubtful I could ever remove them without destroying the axles. So the whole wheel/axle set was adapted to the Monogram chassis. This has gotten rid of the billet-era independent suspension, as well as lowering the stance a bit.

The interior is kit stock except for deleting the headrests and the stereo speakers on the package shelf. I’ll replace the billet era steering wheel with something 50’s-appropriate. In keeping with the WWII German paint theme (unconscious, I assure you) the main interior color is Testors Acryl Panzer Interior Beige with Folk Art craft paint Teddy Bear Tan accents, The trim details will get picked out in Molotow Chrome,

Other than the suspension and wheels and tires, most of the build will come from the Monogram kit, modified as needed to de-billet-ate it. Below are some pictures of the work so far, showing the original Bleed-Through Orange styrene, the suspension work, the interior bits, wheels and tires (the wheels will get Moon caps) and chassis and the overall look in the light blue. The dull semi-gloss patina of the military paint makes it look like it’s in tinted primer, a popular look in the 50’s. It’s likely I’ll keep it but I might  go with a clear gloss. I might even give it a pearlescent finish. I’m doing some paint trials to determine what I choose. But other than the lowered stance, the rolled pans and deleted bumpers, and the Moon caps, it will be pretty stock.

As I said – a simple project. It shouldn’t take long to do, and hopefully get the juices flowing again.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.


Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, July 19, 2020 8:00 PM

Your 37 is looking fine, Bernard, good to see you back at it.  Those WIDE whitewalls really suit the car, good choice.  Cheers

Steve

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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Neat piece! I like your plan. I have a few of those in the stash as well, and a couple for rebuild. I built a couple of those, the sedan and the Cabriolet, for the model column in Rod & Custom back in the 90s.

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  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:44 AM

Hmmmm;

 That is coming along nicely. Will be watching.

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:45 PM

Looking good so far Bernard! I'll be following this as you seem always to produce a killer build.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:28 PM

Looks like another cool build, Bernard. I really like the style.

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Trevor

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:50 PM

Thanks to you all! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

This is really a minor update since the basic de-Billet-ing of the chassis was done on my previous post. This is the assembly of the motor and chassis. The motor is the kit Small Block Chevy with a simple back-dating of the carburetion to the Corvette 283 dual 4-barrel, a dealership parts counter hop up popular in the early years of the SBC. Manifold, carbs and air cleaners are all from a Revell Parts Pack 283. The pre-wired distributor is from Morgan Automotive Detail. The kit exhaust system was re-routed slightly to fit the reworked rear suspension. The rear suspension locating arms are from the Revell ’40 Ford street rod kit that contributed the rear suspension and axle.

I’m actually further along than the picture below would indicate. I’m ready for final assembly with the window and hood side trim foiled, the interior done, etc. I’ve always liked how these pre-Revell Monogram kits are designed. They’re engineered for straightforward no-dramas assembly with lots of nice detail. This one is no exception.

My next update will be final one before I post the completed project.

Thanks for lookin’,
B.

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Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 8:36 PM

This the final update. The project is essentially done although I still have to glue the chassis to the body. Below is a final summary showing the stance, the Moon discs from Parts By Parks, and all the detail that was added, either by foiling from the kit parts. The engine bay is complete and trimmed in white to contrast with the exterior paint. The tail lights are from an AMT ’36 Ford kit.

Pretty much your classic late 50’s hop-up from just after the Chevy small block swept the Ford flathead from the scene.

I’ll take final “beauty shots” and post the complete model tomorrow.

Thanx to all who followed along,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, August 2, 2020 7:24 PM

All done. A simple project which was the slump buster I was looking for.

Thanx for lookin',
B.

 

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Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Metalbender on Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:04 AM

Hmmmm;

       I think it looks good from here! The only difference between yours and mine is I filled the upper seam in the trunk and took the panel line up and over the rear windows to make it a true hatchback! Oh and the color.Mine( Built nine years ago) is Glossed Navy Haze Grey body with  Gloss Deck Blue  fenders.

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