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McNallys 1973 Ford Bronco Is Completed

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McNallys 1973 Ford Bronco Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 08, 2017 10:22 AM

My latest build project and the return of McNally, Boston PI.  The story is called Bolton's Pride and is to show what is driving this build.  All persons in this story are not related to anyone living or deceased.

The Story

Bolton's Pride, NH, located north of Franconia Notch in Northern New Hampshire, is a small town harboring a secret that could cost McNally, Boston PI his life.

On occasion, McNally works in the State of New Hampshire for Browning, Cole Investigations of Manchester, NH.  This case assigned to him involves a missing 19 year old Jason Tate from the town of Bolton's Pride.  He stops at a fast food restaurant in Tilton, NH to meet up with Sgt. Alex Lockland of the NH State Police, hoping to get more information.  Sgt. Lockland gives McNally the most recent info accumulated from the Bolton's Pride Police, Coos County Sheriffs Dept., and the NH State Police.  Alex queries McNally about the '73 Bronco he is driving as he has never seen this vehicle before.  McNally cites the need for a 4-wheel drive truck was a requirement for his winter sleuthing and the price was right.

The Build

My kit is the new Revell Ford Bronco kit #85-7320.

My paint will be Testors Gloss Bright Blue for the body and Model Master Classic White for the roof.  I am using the wheels and wheel covers from the Moebius 1972 Ford Sport Custom pickup along with information from the April, 2017 issue of Scale Auto article Build A Better Bronco by Bob Downing.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 08, 2017 7:29 PM

The Story

Several hours after his meet with Sgt. Lockland, McNally arrives in Bolton's Pride.  The houses are spread apart with neighbors not close to each other.  As he drives through the town center, he notices that the Bronco would fit in amoungst the other vehicles in this town which also consists of a grocer, auto and farm parts store, a clothing store, and the town hall with a Police Dept. on one side and the Fire Dept. on the other.  It was like stepping back in time.

The Build

After reading Bob Downie's article in Scale Auto, I got the wheels and wheel covers from the '72 Ford Sport Custom kit.  Taking the kit wheels, I removed the hubs since they have the locking detail on them.

I plan on using the '72 Sport Custom's wheel covers since I recall seeing them used on a 4-wheel drive F100 many years ago.  I figure that someone, somewhere may have put a set  on a Bronco at one point in the vehicle's life.  The mod for this was easy, just drill a hole in the center of the wheel cover large enough for the hub to stick through.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 08, 2017 7:39 PM

The Moebius wheelcover with the hole drilled.

The wheel cover with the hub inserted.

The completed wheel covers.

McNally will return...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 6:56 PM

O.K. all you bad guys. Time to buy yourselves some 4x4's. lol   I remember that article on improving the Bronco. It'll be interesting to see you do the same idea.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 8:03 PM

Mike, the article gave me several ideas and I used them on these wheels and tires.

The Story

McNally follows the main drag out of the town center on Route 35 and then takes a left turn onto Rollins Road.  Two miles down the road he pulls into the unpaved driveway of the Tate Farm.  The old homestead has been here since the early 1900s and is showing its age.  The front door has a boarded up window made of plywood and painted to match the door itself.  McNally gets out of the Bronco and notices several junk cars, a couple of pickups and an old tractor in the yard as he walks up to the front door and knocks on it.  The door opens with Robert Tate standing there and McNally introducing himself and holding up his PI license for viewing.

The Build

I painted the wheels this morning with Model Master Classic White lacquer and inserted them into the tires later this afternoon.  What a job getting those wheels into the kit tires!

I paint detailed the wheel covers with Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black paint and my Molotow Liquid Chrome pen.  Then I inserted the 4-wheel drive hubs into the wheel covers.

The completed wheels and tires.

McNally will return...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:11 AM

Those are gonna look great on the Bronco.  My sister survived a rollover in one of those along with, of all things, one dozen eggs. The vehicle was a write-off.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:58 PM

WOW!  That's incredible that the eggs survived...and your sister, too!  Just kidding Mike!  I'm glad your sister lived through a rollover in a first-gen Bronco!  The narrow wheelbase and track makes them tippy.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:31 PM

Lookin' good so far Mike. I'd get one of these but I've got waaaay too many kits already. Stick out tongue

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    Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:44 PM

You can never have too many model kits!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:53 PM

You and I understand that concept very well. My wife on the other hand.............need I say more? lol

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by KWT on Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:14 PM

mustang1989

You and I understand that concept very well. My wife on the other hand.............need I say more? lol

The girlfriend thinks like Joe's wife... "Another model/guitar?"

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 12, 2017 12:42 PM

Like I said before, you can never have too many model kits!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, May 12, 2017 2:18 PM
Nice work so far, I've been eyeing this kit but haven't had any good ideas with what to do with it. Looking forward to seeing more!
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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:54 AM

Bill, I'm sure that you'll find a few good ideas for this kit if you really want it.  I usually build cars, but this truck appealed to me and a story came to mind, so I ran with it!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:32 AM

The Story

Robert invites McNally into his home and is introduced to his wife Claire.  They sit in the living room and talk about the Tate's missing son, Jason.  Jason had walked down to the auto and farm store to pick up a couple of supplies like he usually does...he walks everywhere since Robert needs the truck on the farm.  When he didn't come back, Robert got into the old Chevy pickup and went looking for his missing son, only he couldn't find him anywhere.  That's when he called the Police to report him missing.  

After two days, he called Browning, Cole Investigations since he thought that the Bolton's Pride Police wasn't doing anything to find his missing son.  McNally concludes his visit by saying that he will do what he can to find their missing son and leaves the Tate's house.  He drives back towards the town center to inquire at the Police Station only to be followed by a Bolton's Pride Police Cruiser.  Driving at the speed limit, the cruisers lights come on and McNally is pulled over.  The cop demands to know why McNally is talking to the Tate's and he refuses since it is really none of the cop's business.  McNally is pulled out of his Ford Bronco, searched, and arrested for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

The Build

I painted many parts and started assembly of the chassis and the engine.

A mockup of the Bronco showed that the rear tires where cambered at the top by the fenders.  I started sanding the rear axle ends, but that didn't seem to be enough for the clearance needed.  I took the disc brakes and placed them in the kit wheel and the Moebius wheels and noticed a big difference.  The disc brake sat higher on the Moebius wheel than the kit wheel.  I need to shorten the wheel hub on the inside of the Moebius wheels to get the wheel/tire assembly to fit within the front and rear fenders.  This can be accomplished with a Dremel tool and a ball grinding bit.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:45 PM

The Story

When the cop and McNally arrive at the Police Station, he is roughly pulled from the cruiser and brought into the station to the front desk.  He is searched again, relieved of his wallet, keys, cellphone, change, and his belt.  When he asks about his phone call, he is punched in the stomach and thrown against the counter where he palms his cellphone and tucks it up his sleeve.  The jail seems reminiscent of a jail from an old western movie and McNally is placed in one of the jail cells.  When he is alone, he pulls out the cellphone and texts a message to his attorney Charlotte "Charlie" Rothmann telling her he is in trouble and for her to contact his friend Sgt. Alex Lockland of the NH State Police.

The Build

I used my Dremel and a grinding bit and reduced the height of the mounting boss for the brakes inside the Moebius wheels.

The brake is where I want it.  This should give me the room I need under the front and rear fenders.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 22, 2017 8:22 AM

The Story

McNally slips his cellphone back up his sleeve and looks around the cell for a hiding spot when he hears footsteps coming.  Two cops come towards and unlock the door and walk in with the older cop saying, "He looks like he could take a beating," and hits him hard across the face with his fist.  In a voice reminiscent of James Cagney, McNally says, "I ain't tellin' you nuthin' coppa!"  The older cop is the Police Chief and he unloads a barrage of punches onto the Boston PI until he is knocked out and lying on the cell floor.  The chief and the other cop leave the cell, locking the door behind them.

The Build

My work on the wheels was a success!  A mockup shows that the wheels all fit within the fender lines of the body.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 26, 2017 9:10 AM

The Story

McNally comes to lying on the cold jail cell floor.  He has no idea of what time it is, but he figures that it must be nighttime as there is no light coming in through the tiny window located at the top of the jail cell wall near the ceiling.  The light fixture is on, but the bulb must be about 40 watts and somewhat dim.  His left eye is swollen shut and his body and face is very much in pain from the beating he took from the Police Chief.  He pulls himself up off the cold cell floor and eases himself onto the cot that is anchored to the wall and lies down.  He soon passes out again from the pain.

The Build

I taped the roof to the body so I could attach the windshield frame and set the frame angle.

I assembled the back seat and roll bar and mocked up the interior.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by justmike on Friday, May 26, 2017 10:07 AM

I haven't seen a set of cherry bomb mufflers in a long time. The build and progress at this point is in better shape than your P.I.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 26, 2017 1:02 PM

The size and shape of the mufflers lent themselvies to be Cherry Bomb mufflers, so I painted them red and it was done!  The mufflers on the Revell '49 Merc Woody are shaped the same and I paint those red too.  At this point, McNally is in pretty bad shape given the beating he took.  But, he is resilient.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 01, 2017 8:46 PM

The Story

The following morning, McNally is pulled off the bunk and onto the cold concrete floor of the jail cell.  He looks up and sees the Police Chief's face with his right eye and he is hammered a few more times across the face.  The Chief picks him up off the floor and hits McNally several times in the stomach and again in the face.  He asks McNally why he is talking to the Tate's and McNally again declines to answer.  The Chief hits McNally really hard in the stomach and the Boston PI falls to the cold concrete floor again.  It's really difficult to defend yourself when your hands are tied behind your back.

The Build

Another mockup.  The engine has been wired, wheel covers are on, and the decals have been applied to the seats.

The spare tire carrier needs a clamp to hold the carrier from swinging outward so I found a piece of plastic for part of the clamp assembly.  The spare tire has the extra set of black letter decals applied and this will get a coat of semi gloss clear.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:45 AM

The Story

Once again the Chief comes into McNally's cell and again he beats on the Boston PI.  Blows to the face and the body and again he is asked, "Why are you talking to the Tate's?"  And, he still refuses to answer.  The beatings go on for 10 more minutes and then the Chief leaves the cell with McNally lying on the cold concrete floor.

The Build

Now that the humidity has gone, I decided to paint the Bronco.  This time with Tamiya TS-10 French Blue.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 16, 2017 7:48 AM

The Story

A while later, McNally comes to lying on the cold concrete floor.  With his good eye open he looks out through the cell bars while trying to sit up against the cell bunk and he sees Chief Banning leaning against the wall holding a bag of ice over his knuckles.  "You've got a hard head, but you need to tell me why you were talking to the Tate's," says the Chief.  Again McNally says what he said two days ago, "I ain't tellin' you nuthin' coppa'!"  Chief Banning kicks the cell door and walks out of the cell block.

The Build

With the exception of touchups, the chassis is complete.

Since the Bronco comes with a trailer hitch, I went and drilled a hole and inserted a ball head pin with the pin shaft cut down for a hitch ball.  What's a trailer hitch without a trailer hitch ball?!!!

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 30, 2017 7:06 PM

Thanks to Photobucket's $400 extortion, I have started an account on IMGUR and I have re-posted my pictures for this build since it is a current build for me.  I will not re-post my pictures for all of my previous builds.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:36 PM

The Story

The following morning finds McNally being pulled off of his bunk as usual and then being dragged outside into the cold morning air.  Everything is wearing a new 3 inch coat of snow as the Boston PI is escorted to a running Bolton's Pride Police Cruiser without a coat and he is shivering.  Chief Banning and Ed get into the car after securing McNally in the back and then they drive out of the parking lot and northbound on Route 241.

The Build

It's been a while since I have worked on the Bronco, so I am back at it for a bit.  I choose an aftermarket air filter and applied the factory engine decal on top and painted the filter flat white.

The windows have been installed into the top.

I painted the engine compartment with Model Master Flat Black lacquer and as the paint dried, it cracked.  I had forgotten that I don't like this flat black as it is quite thick.  I sanded and scraped much of the paint.  I think I have some Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black left so I'll give that a try.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3:45 PM

The Story

As Chief Banning drives up Rt. 241, the old police cruiser wasn't heating up fast enough to create any heat for the interior.  McNally sat in the back seat shivering and wondering where they were taking him.  After a few minutes, the Chief turned off of Rt. 241 onto Collis Rd. and drives a couple of miles before turning off onto a snow cover dirt path for a couple hundred yards before stopping.  He gets out of the cruiser and opens the back door and the Chief says, "End of the road for you McNally, get out!"  McNally gets out of the back seat slowly still shivering and is lead into an opening and told to stand next to a large mound of earth.  Chief Banning stands next to Ed and they both pull their revolvers from their holsters and the Chief says, "You've stuck your nose in where it doesn't belong.  This is where you are going to die."

The Build

I got the Bronco body decaled and foiled.

I'll let this dry for a couple of days and then start clearcoating with Testors One Coat Wet Look Clear.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:58 PM

Oh Wow!  Does that ever look good!  

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:17 PM

Thanks Mike!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:54 AM

Hey, Mike (mrmike). This is looking real good. I’ve been watching the work you did on the wheels/tires. Great job. And that’s one cool idea with the ball hitch. One question. What color blue did you paint the engine?

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:42 AM

smhardesty

 One question. What color blue did you paint the engine?

 

I painted the engine with Model Master Acryl Ford/GM Engine Blue.  I normally use the Model Master lacquer version of this paint, but I didn't have any and it is a slightly darker blue paint.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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