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1972 Ford F100 Sport Custom Is Completed!

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1972 Ford F100 Sport Custom Is Completed!
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

 

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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.  

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 29, 2018 9:09 AM

I worked on 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...

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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...

 

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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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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.

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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...

 

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

Verrry Nice !!

 You are doing this model Justice .

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:23 PM

Thank you, oldcarguy!

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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

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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 put 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!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:01 AM

This was an hour of masking the cab and the bed.  I hope it was worth it!

This was three mist coats and 1 wet coat of Tamiya TS-42 Light Gun Metal all in about 25 minutes.

Into the dehydrator and when this is dry, I'll remask and shoot the Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl.

More to come...

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:58 PM

Hi!

 As far as the comment about driving it like a sports car , that's the way I drove mine ! 

 By the way , mine was so plain you would think a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich was prettier . Now with that . No chrome on the outside except the Bumpers and the grill plus badges . Inside fully loaded .

  But , no Air , P.S. , Auto or Power Brakes . Go Figure . The seat was from the upgraded model as was the Radio and the Dash . oh , and the door panels too . It actually came that way . Gentleman Farmer pick - up ?

 Wheels , The upgraded wheels , tyres and wheel-covers . Maybe a do it yourself weird set of upgrades ? No , I bought it new that way . I told the dealer I wanted a Cheap comfortable truck . That's what I got !

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:23 AM

That's sounds like a unique pickup!  My friend drove his truck like a sports car trying to swing out the back end and then he would complain that his cap shifted and was coming off the truck.

I painted the second color on the F-100 yesterday and then threw the cab and bed into the dehydrator for five hours..

I may have painted the roof a little too heavily to start with as there is a line down the center of the roof.  The plastic may have crazed a bit, so wet sanding is in order here.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:11 PM

Well, enough of the wetsanding and polishing.  I used my hand to block the reflection of the background so I could show you the line on the roof.  I think this is where the plastic joined after filling the mold.  Now it's back into the paintbooth for another coat of paint that I hope will cover the line and the high spots where the paint was sanded and polished.

I unmasked the bed and other than the white line along the top of the tailgate emblem, it came out good!  Hopefully, a fine paintbrush and some Tamiya Light Gun Metal will take care of that white line.

Other than seat belts, the interior is done.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:29 PM

I fired up the paintbooth this morning and added another coat of Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl to the roof.  Because of the humidity, the paint blushed on part of the roof, but that polished out by rubbing a terrycloth towel on it.  The join line on the roof is barely visible, but once I add several coats of gloss clear to the body, it'll probably come back.  When you consider all the problems I have had with these Moebius kits, I don't think I'll be buying anymore.  I do have other Moebius kits in the stash, but I'll build them when I want to and it'll be a while before I do.  Moebius has a long way to go before they can be considered a good kit manufacturer by me.  Right now, they are way down on the list!  

I removed the tape and mockup the body with the interior, chassis, and bed.  Looks good so far, but it has been a lot of extra work!

More to come...

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Posted by nottheband on Monday, November 26, 2018 12:51 AM

I like where you're going with this build, mrmike.  The light gunmetal is a beautiful classy colour, and I would never have imagined it with green, however, it looks really sharp.  Your wheels selection and slight rake also enhance the 'look'.  Is that flocking used for the carpet?  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 26, 2018 8:18 PM

Thank you Steve!  I have seen this color combo before used on something else.  I was about to paint the truck with the other colors I had chosen and thought somemore on it and chose the Forest Green Pearl and the Light Gun Metal.  I did not use flocking, but I did use embossing powder and then painted over it with the grey.

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:24 PM

mrmike

 I did not use flocking, but I did use embossing powder and then painted over it with the grey.

 

OK, mrmike, thanx for the info.  Cheers
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:26 PM

nottheband

 

 
mrmike

 I did not use flocking, but I did use embossing powder and then painted over it with the grey.

 

 

OK, mrmike, thanx for the info.  Cheers
Steve
 

Steve, you are welcome!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 2:40 PM

I was going to continue foiling the '72 Sport Custom today, but after looking over the body and hood, I decided to add two more coats of Tamiya TS-42 Light Gunmetal Metallic.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 4:56 PM

Bare Metal Foil is applied and done!  Now I can get onto other aspects of this build like...everything else! Big Smile

I even foiled the tailgate release handle.  The ends of the tailpipes will be shortened and replaced with aluminium tips.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 05, 2019 7:13 AM

I sprayed the '72 F100 with four coats of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear and then four hours in the dehydrator.

A wetsanding and some polishing and onto the rest of the build.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 2:29 PM

My '72 Sport Custom Pickup is done with the exception of exhaust tips.  I'll get some aluminium tubing tomorrow to make them. 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 2:30 PM

A few more...

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 12, 2019 3:27 PM

I was able to get my hands on some aluminium tubing to make some exhaust tips.  Thank you my friend Paul A.  I took a 2 inch section of tubing, cut it at a 45 degree angle, polished it and inserted onto the kit exhaust.  Done!

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