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1972 Ford F100 Sport Custom

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1972 Ford F100 Sport Custom
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:54 PM

My new project is the Moebius '72 Ford Sport Custom pickup.  The cab in this kit was badly warped and I had sent away for a new one.  I also have the Moebius '71 Ford Ranger pickup and I tried to get a new cab for that one and Moebius said I would have to buy the cab from them for a replacement.  If and when I do decide to build the '71 Ranger, I'll decide further if the cab is fixable.

I am going for a two-tone paint scheme on this one.  Testors Pearl Dark Green and Testors One Coat Lacquer White Lightning.  The kit wheels don't look right to me with a really wide rim to spoke spacing, so I am using a set of Pegasus Hellas and Holli's (19 " and 23") wheels and low profile tires.  I'll have to shorten the rear axle to keep the wheels and tires under the fender.

The hood fit is terrible and I have been trying to reshape the hood.  The frame is partially assembled and almost ready for paint.  The engine is partially assembled and will need plug holes drilled into the heads for leads from the MAD prewired distributor.

More to come...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:39 AM

Before turning in last night, I tried to take the bow out of the hood by pushing the center of the hood down with no luck.  I tried a different approach by spreading the hood sides with my fingers.  This took out a lot of the bow, so I'll try this after running the hood under hot water, spreading the hood sides again and then running it under cold water.

I had painted the engine a week ago and gave it another coat last night.  I still need to drill my plug holes.

More to come...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, October 26, 2018 10:42 AM

In order to keep the wide wheels and tires within the rear fenders, I had to shorten the rear axle.  Just needed a little careful measuring and cutting.

I made some pins from 1/16" rod and superglued them into the wheels.  I have some Pegasus 19" disc brakes to paint up and add to the wheels.

I'll be adding ignition wiring so I drilled out the cylinder heads.  These heads look different from the 302 cylinder heads that I normally see online.  So I guesstimated where the plug holes should be.

More to come...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 27, 2018 8:36 AM

Last night I assembled the front and rear suspensions.  This morning I added the wheels and tires to the suspensions and mockup the body to check the stance and I didn't like it.  The front wheels stuck out and the nose was too high.  

I decided to cut off the spindles and raise them higher on the I Beam.

Another mockup and this is much better!  An old style rake that I really like and the wheels and tires are tucked in under the fenders!  Now to clean up the modification I just made.

More to come...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: The Motor City
Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Saturday, October 27, 2018 1:32 PM

I like the rake and your choice of wheels. On your engine picture the little lumps between the exhaust ports are supposed to represent the spark plugs I think. 

 

Bronco Billy

 

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 27, 2018 7:31 PM

Thanks Bronco Billy!  If those "lumps" are suppose to be spark plugs, why is there five of them?  It's a V8, not a V10.  

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 29, 2018 9:09 AM

I worked in the F100 yesterday afternoon and I started to think about the colors I have chosen.  They may be fine for a stock F100, but this is more of a modified truck.  These are my colors now-Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl for the roof and lower body and Tamiya TS-42 Light Gun Metal for the hood and upper fenders, bed, and tailgate.

I finished wiring the engine and building the chassis.  The engine is wired in the correct firing order.

More to come...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 05, 2018 5:06 PM

I painted the bench seat this afternoon.  Tamiya TS-48 Gunship Grey and Polly Scale So. Sylvan Green.  I like the color comboination!

While the paintbooth was up and running, I painted the floor with Tamiya TS-48 Gunship Grey and the rest of the interior panels with Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl.

The body, hood, and bed was primed and tossed into the dehydrator for four hours.  

I will masked the body and paint the two-tone color combination of Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl and Tamiya TS-42 Light Gun Metal.

More to come...

 

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 3:07 AM
This is a cool project. it's coming along nicely
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 8:12 PM

Thank you Kevin!  It seems lately that I pick out colors for a build and then change my mind about them.  I am liking my final choices though.

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 4:29 PM

A little more work done on the Sport Custom today.  The dash and the steering wheel was painted, detailed, and decaled.

The side panels were painted in Forest Green Pearl and Gunship Grey.

I started assembly of the interior, but stopped so I can add the seat belts without any obstructions.

More to come...

 

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, November 08, 2018 9:23 AM

Verrry Nice !!

 You are doing this model Justice .

gjgeracci
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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:23 PM

Thank you, oldcarguy!

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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    March, 2015
  • From: Davenport Iowa USA
Posted by Chuckyboy on Sunday, November 11, 2018 11:22 AM

This build looks awesome so far. I've been wondering about these Moebius Ford truck kits, many years ago I had a 1:1 '72 F100 with the Explorer package; it was a peculiar mustard yellow (and rust) with a brown plaid interior. Pure '70's that was. Cool

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 12, 2018 7:26 AM

Thank you Chuckyboy!  The Moebius truck kits aren't bad, but they could be better.  They need a bigger box to hold all the parts they want to out into the kit.  You can build a '72 F-100 Explorer with this kit, just with a short wheelbase.  I recommend getting both the '71 Ranger for the correct wheelbase and the '72 Sport custom for the grille.  You will have to find some Explorer scripts.  A friend of mine had a '73 F-100 Explorer in bright blue with a blue plaid interior.  It was a really nice truck, but he drove it like a sports car!

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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