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1963 Mercury Marauder

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  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, July 28, 2017 3:52 PM

I needed to make a fairing for the air cleaner to connect it to the firewall so i placed the motor in the chassis and the chassis in the body and took an overhead picture of it. I made the picture to scale to fit the model so i could cut out a pattern for the fairing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, July 28, 2017 3:58 PM

The model has power brakes so I removed the booster and reinstalled the master cylinder to the firewall. I also removed the a/c and heater fan motor.

 

 

 

The frame is ready for paint.

 

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:29 PM

I got a bunch of stuff primed and the body is finally ready for paint. I had to get out my 63 Roberts Ford to take some dimensions off of it for the fire extinguisher in the merc. Since it was on the table I took a couple of pictures of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    September, 2013
  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 8:09 PM

This is really looking good Mark.

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 4:51 PM
Thanks, Gary. I have finally gotten to the painting stage, so I don't want to give away the identity of the build, so there wont be very many more wips till completion.
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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, August 06, 2017 12:27 PM
This is going to be interesting. Looking forward to the unveiling...
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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Monday, August 07, 2017 6:31 AM

Gary Davis
This is going to be interesting. Looking forward to the unveiling...
 

 

I've been waiting for 5 days now to do some painting but it has rained everyday and I have to paint in my garage door opening. Maybe some day I will get a chance to paint. When I  did the alclad chrome for the bumpers I just got finished when a shower cranked up. The forecast does not look good either.

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    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, August 07, 2017 8:06 PM

texwardfan

 

 
 

 

 

 

I've been waiting for 5 days now to do some painting but it has rained everyday and I have to paint in my garage door opening. Maybe some day I will get a chance to paint. When I  did the alclad chrome for the bumpers I just got finished when a shower cranked up. The forecast does not look good either.

 

We'll wait! At least you still have the garage and the door! Mother Nature can be brutal at times. StormUmbrella

chucky

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 6:42 AM

chucky
 
texwardfan

 

 
 

 

 

 

I've been waiting for 5 days now to do some painting but it has rained everyday and I have to paint in my garage door opening. Maybe some day I will get a chance to paint. When I  did the alclad chrome for the bumpers I just got finished when a shower cranked up. The forecast does not look good either.

 

 

 

We'll wait! At least you still have the garage and the door! Mother Nature can be brutal at times. StormUmbrella

 

 

 

Thats true, Chucky. I guess I should not complain about a little rain when so much more terrible things have occured for so many others. I was going to airbrush the interior parts, but just so I could have something to do, I am now bristle brush painting the interior.

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:36 PM

Got the interior finished.

 

 

 

 

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:41 PM

Here is the car I based the interior on. It is a reproduction not a real car from 1963 so it may or may not be correct.

 

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:55 PM
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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:30 AM

Thank-you, Sir!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:34 AM

I love the little door in the floor of these old race cars to inspect the tire wear on the FR while racing.

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

Trevor

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:38 AM

Hi,

I was watching a YouTube video the other day, regarding spraying Alaclad Chrome. The one big take-away was: spray at an oblique angle, instead of straight-on. 

I personally don't know the author of the video, but the "Chrome" looked great.

For what it's worth...

Dennis

 

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    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:57 AM

I've been building models since I was 5, and a now going on sixty. You, and your contemporaries, constantly inspire me to think outside the box, and try new things.

It's a challenge, but the rewards are so cool when I a able to pull off a new technique. Keep up the great work!

Dennis

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:05 PM
Thanks, Dennis and Trevor.
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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:07 PM

Bainford

I love the little door in the floor of these old race cars to inspect the tire wear on the FR while racing.

 

 

I was thinking about doing the floor door but decided against it. I have done these in the past on my 61 Rex White Chevy. It even had a rope connected to it.

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, August 11, 2017 5:24 PM

Got some more stuff done.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:03 PM
Did the final color on the body today, so now I just need to sand the body, then clear the body with gloss clear acryl, then sand the body again. It will then be ready for decals and then I can finish it up with "pledge floor care 2x the shine" which is what use to be called future floor care. I'm finally getting some weather I can paint with.
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    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, August 12, 2017 6:36 PM

read your last post, and thought.... "That's a lot of sanding, and future is water soluable. I only use it on "glass"... When I want a high-gloss shine, I spray my models with Duplicolor Crystal clear enamel. Typically, one coat, and you can't get a higher sheen than paint that looks "wet" after it's dry. Maybe you could grab a can @ Home Depot or wherever, and try it out on something that's not too dear to your heart. I love the stuff! Spaying from a distance helps to eliminate puddles. l also use Duplicolor Clear in the quart can. I get it at O'Reilly's Auto Parts, or my local auto paint store. It's  already reduced. Since I live in Arizona, I reduce it a little bit further for my airbrush. It comes in Gloss and Matte clear, metallic clear, (turns ordinary non-metallic paint, into beautiful metallics). 

Well, that's my nickel's worth... 

Dennis

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:18 AM
Thanks Dennis but I put the future on with a large wide bristle brush and it always comes out seamless and glass like. I never have much luck with enamel. But thanks for the info. I'm always open to suggestions.
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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Monday, August 14, 2017 3:37 PM

I just got through clearing the body with model master gloss clear acryl. It came out so glossy I think I might just skip the polishing process. I really dont need a mirror like finish on this model. I might just go 6000, 8000, 12000 and see how it looks.

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  • From: Ohio
Posted by HineMotors on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:16 PM
Awesome build thanks for posting cannot wait to see finished Merc.
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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:11 AM

Thanks , HineMotors. It shouldn't be too much longer now. I went ahead and polished with 6000,8000, and 12000 paper. Its not perfect but you can see light bulbs from above in the finish. I think the future will be whats needed to get the final look I'm after. I need to make an inside mirror because none come in the kit and then i can assemble all the sub assemblies together. After that its just making some hood and trunk locks, a fuel filler and overflow, and then I can decal , future and that will be it.

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:36 AM

I'm starting to decal today, so it shouldn't be too much longer.

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Monday, August 21, 2017 3:50 PM

Finally finished. It took 164 hours to complete. More pictures in the 1963 Rex White Mercury thread.

 

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:38 PM

Here are the decal sheets. Some decals were leftovers from the 63 Fireball Roberts sheets I made.

 

 

 

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Friday, August 25, 2017 11:55 AM

texwardfan

Finally finished. It took 164 hours to complete. More pictures in the 1963 Rex White Mercury thread.

 

 

That... my Southern friend...just looks GREAT! Mark...I'll tell ya...you are a very good builder. It's a joy to watch you make these RACE CARS COME TO LIFE. Looking forward to seeing your next project...

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, August 25, 2017 2:22 PM
Thanks, Gary. I really appreciate the reply.

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