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50 Ford Pickup and Kurtis Midget Racer, Done

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
50 Ford Pickup and Kurtis Midget Racer, Done
Posted by Johnt on Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:37 PM

I'm starting this build since the weather is nice enough to do some painting. I'm doing the truck as a tow vechile for the Kurtis racer. I'm painting it gloss black because the gold stripes on the black racer shown on the box art looks nice.

I'm going to try to use the old school hemi for the truck, or maybe a parts pack 427 Ford or the 390 that was in the Tall T kit. I'm wanting to use the kit motor for another build, but I need to see if I can make one of those motors fit. We'll see.

I ran toto a problem almost as soon as I opened the box. I sent a request to Revell for a replacement part, and hoping they have one.

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:41 PM
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Posted by Gary Davis on Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00 PM
This is looking like it going to be a very interesting build John. I like the idea of using a big block in the Pickup. You might have to do a little slic'in and dice'in but...that's the fun of FAB work.. Looking forward to your next update...
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Posted by Johnt on Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:04 AM
I've been away for a couple of days so I haven't done anything with this. I took the pins off the frame and while it's not perfect, it's a lot better. If I can't get a replacement I think I can still use this one if I have to.
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Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:32 PM

The frame is slowly getting there.If the Revell replacement isn't here soon I think I'll work with this one.

I played around some with the old hemi but with the automatic trans, it would be a lot of slicing and dicing for me.

If I mountt where it fits the rear crossmember the front of the motor is way far to the front.

If I move it back I'd have to work on the rear mount and cut into the floor of the interior.

I'm building a arts pack 427 Ford motor that I think will be a better fit, plus keep it all Ford. But now I have a parts pack 283 that may fit the race car. So many decisions!!

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  • From: Wisconsin
Posted by jwrass14 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:58 PM

John,

Looking good! You and Gary doing these combo builds is awesome!

My two cents..... I'd stay all Ford on the truck as it would be more period correct. No matter what you decide I know this is going to be a interesting build.

Way Cool!

Jimmy "RASS" 

"I Have Flying Monkey's And I'm Not Afraid To Use Them"

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Posted by bugs-one on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:52 PM
Real cool idea. Definitely looking forward on updates.
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Posted by Johnt on Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:01 AM

This will be the motor. It's a parts pack Ford 427. It will be much easier to fit in. I'll have to make a motor mount, but I think I can handle this.

Working on the wood for the bed.

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Posted by Johnt on Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:47 PM
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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 04, 2017 11:47 PM

Sweet little trailer, and I'm liking the 427. It's looking good

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Johnt on Sunday, March 05, 2017 4:18 PM

Bainford

Sweet little trailer, and I'm liking the 427. It's looking good

 

Thanks. I had a frustrating day today. Woke up with a gout attack, and almost everything I tried to do on the truck went wrong. I started to do the holes in the motor for the plug wires, dropped the pin vise and broke the bit. T waxed the hood and started gluing the chrome trim when I saw one of the pieces still had some flash that showed up against the black hood. When I took the piece out I got glue on the outside of the hood and messed up the paint. My third attempt at setting the motor up failed so I can only see one other way to try it. I did get some detail work done and painted more of the small parts.

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Posted by Johnt on Monday, March 06, 2017 5:32 PM

Good day today. Nice weather so I got to paint. The fenders and bed are clear coated, but not the cab. I want to do the decals, then clear, what a difference. After the paint dries on the fender/bed assembly, I can do the suspension and make it look like a truck.

I found a single four barrel intake so I don't have to use the dinky carbs that came with the motor.

Using a resin carb and started the plug wires.

 

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Posted by Johnt on Monday, March 06, 2017 5:44 PM

Interior flocked, but I have to strip the door panels. I got my new Molotow chrome marked too wet and made a mess.

Wheels ready to go plus the fenders and my resprayed dash.

Now I can buff the front fenders and bed so I can start the suspension. All the pieces for that are painted.

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, March 06, 2017 10:00 PM

It's looking good.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 4:35 PM

Bainford

It's looking good.

 

Thanks. I got some big stuff done yesterday. It now looks like a truck.

Got the decals on the cab. Now I need a non windy day to clear the cab.

Buffed the fender and bed assembly. Also got most of the suspension done.

Looks like a truck. The real wood bed worked out nice.

 

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Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 4:36 PM

Wooking on the wood for the bed stakes.

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Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:42 PM

I had to step away from this for a day. I took advantage of the only good day to repaint the bed. The tail gate and one side of the bed and fender came out nice, but when I sprayed the final coat of clear on one side dust got into it, so I get to strip it again and wait for a decent day to paint it.

The warped frame caused so many problems when I tried to mount the motor. It took me hours to finally do it, and I'm not happy with the way I did it, but it won't show went it's done. There was no room to work since I had already superglued the frame in. It would have been much easier if I could have put the motor on the frame first. It looks OK now.

I had a tough time finding headers to fit the 427. I found a pair in an old Mustang GT kit that I had to do some custom bending to match them to the big motor.

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Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:49 PM

I got the chassis done. In todays mail was a nice replacement frame for the warped one thatcame in the kit.. Plus a set of decals. Nice job Revell, and thanks.

The motor finally in its final resting place.

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Posted by Johnt on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:33 PM

Almost done with the tow / push truck.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 19, 2017 6:44 AM

Truck looks good, John! 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 Johnt on Monday, March 20, 2017 4:54 PM

modelcarjr

Truck looks good, John! Nice work! CoolThumbs Up

 

Thanks. Other than some touch up and a radiator hose the truck is done.

On to the race car.

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Posted by del austin on Monday, March 20, 2017 6:53 PM

Truck turned out great. You'd never know the frame was so warped.

 

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, March 20, 2017 7:16 PM

Man John...your perseverance really shows in this build. I'm glad you stuck with it because, that truck really turned out good. Looking forward to the car and Trailer now.

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:22 AM

Gary Davis
Man John...your perseverance really shows in this build. I'm glad you stuck wit it because that truck really turned out good. Looking forward to the car and Trailer now.

Thanks del and Gary. Here's a shot of the truck and trailer together.

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Posted by Johnt on Friday, March 24, 2017 4:23 PM
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Posted by Johnt on Monday, March 27, 2017 1:26 PM

It's looking like a race car.

Chassis mostly done.

Test fitting the body.

First time on trailer.

 

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Monday, March 27, 2017 1:32 PM

When I glued the front wheel stops on I glued them inside the frame rail of the trailer the wheels wouldn't fit in the stops. See the last picture in the post before this one. I had to move them to the top of the frame so the wheels fit in and the car wasn't way back on the trailler.

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