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1967 Ford Galaxie XL, 427 R Code, Build Thread.

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1967 Ford Galaxie XL, 427 R Code, Build Thread.
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:07 PM

This is my next project.

Already have the body nearly ready for paint.

Added top trim for a contrasting top.

No vinyl.

The colors will be "Lime Gold" with a black top.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:10 PM

The chrome was re-done some time ago & I drilled out the headlights prior to re-plating.

I've since added new buckets & chromed them with the Molotow pens.

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:23 PM

The interior is undergoing a few modifications.

aside from grinding off and replacing arm rests & window cranks, I've also started some fairly extensive mods to the seats.

This is one of those kits that has the front seats and console molded together as one piece.

First job was to seperate them.

Then I decided that the seats needed some work.

First I added some plastic strips around the perimeter of the seat back to replicate the chrome band separating the upholstery from the seat back.

I also added a detail strip to the back of the seat itself.

The biggest job was to grind off a large portion of the seat "skirt" and then to fashion the seat bases from reworked Monogram 1959 Caddy bucket seat bases.

I should be able to get them primed tonight, so we'll see how they turned out.

Interior colors will likely be a lime gold over all with some darker green accents.

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:13 PM

Seats are ready for paint.

I think that they turned out quite well.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by chucky on Friday, December 14, 2018 4:29 PM

Good call on the seat trim, Steve. The 1:1 seats were distinctive and your mods will add greatly to the authentic appearance. I like your color selections and the two-tone. Looking forward to seeing it completed. 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 14, 2018 8:00 PM

Really nice work on the seats. Steve! I'll be watching this one! Cool Thumbs 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 Goofy62 on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:48 AM

After becoming frustrated with trying to detail the interior tub, I decided that it would be much easier to cut off the door panels & transform it into a "platform" style interior.

The first task after removing the door panels was to grind off the original arm rests which inevitably run all the way to the floor in these old annual interior tubs.

Next to go was the window cranks.

Removing these items meant that the pleating on the doors had to be re-scribed, deepened & reshaped to eliminate all vestiges of these details.

Next, some of the old trim was removed & replaced.

After some filling, scribing, sanding & priming, I have a nice clean slate to add detail parts to, including new arm rests, courtesy lights & window cranks.

 

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 11:52 AM

More interior mods finished.

The dash had a steering column collar added as well as defroster vents & a speaker grille fashioned from a '37 Chevy grille.

The steering wheel was extensively modified by removing and thinning the horn ring for later re-attachment, considerably thinning the steering wheel rim & cutting in finger "grip" detail, and grinding out the center hub and adding a locator pin to accept the new hub.

The new "flower pot" center hub was fashioned from a piece of reshaped plastic tubing & topped off with the center hub detail from the AMT 1966 Fairlane steering wheel.

 

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 11:54 AM

More pics.

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 10:53 PM

I believe that the majority of interior modifications are now complete.

I added the absent chrome molding around the perimeter of the console as well as the glove box button, and scribed in the glove box door lines.

I realized that I had forgotten to scribe in the panel lines on the front of the door panels & the glove box on the dash, so I did those as well.

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 21, 2018 7:18 AM

Really nice work, Steve! Looking forward to seeing the new hardware on the door panels. Are you using a PE set or Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland? I've thought about doing something like this on the ill-engraved buckets on some of the old kits but I haven't done it. It makes quite a difference so I may try it in the future. 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 American185 on Friday, December 21, 2018 3:51 PM

The car started as a Galaxie 500 XL, ergo why the interior is what it is on the model. The Galaxie 500 part was dropped after 66, and the model was stand alone under the LTD. The LTD became the flagship from that point on. Nice work converting it to an LTD.

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, December 21, 2018 5:16 PM

American185

The car started as a Galaxie 500 XL, ergo why the interior is what it is on the model. The Galaxie 500 part was dropped after 66, and the model was stand alone under the LTD. The LTD became the flagship from that point on. Nice work converting it to an LTD.

 

No, it's not an LTD.

The LTD and XL were both stand alone models in 1967.

If this were a representation of an LTD, the badging and interior pattern would be different.

The AMT annual kit is a pretty accurate representation of an XL model.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, December 21, 2018 5:24 PM

modelcarjr

Really nice work, Steve! Looking forward to seeing the new hardware on the door panels. Are you using a PE set or Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland? I've thought about doing something like this on the ill-engraved buckets on some of the old kits but I haven't done it. It makes quite a difference so I may try it in the future. CoolThumbs Up

 

I'm using "replicas by AMT/Revell" Big Smile

The arm rests were cut from the door panels of the AMT 1967 Mercury Cyclone kit, and the window cranks were shaved from the door panels of a Revell kit. (I forget which one)

This bucket was ripe for these kinds of modifications.

It was relatively easy to change these things due to the fact that it has a separate back seat & no convertible top wells.

Those features can make modifications like this exceedingly more difficult.

This was a pretty easy one.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by American185 on Saturday, December 22, 2018 2:46 AM

You are sort of making an LTD out of it. I worked for Ford and know the difference between the LTD and XL.

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, December 22, 2018 12:39 PM

The largest difference between the XL and the LTD hard top was the roof line.

The LTD had it's own, more formal roof line.

The XL shared it's more fast back style roof line with the Galaxie 500.

The LTD also had added badging on the c-pillar which the XL did not.

 

LTD

 

 

500 & XL

 

 

 

The trunk lid badging was different.

As well as interior door card and seat patterns.

Although the XL could be upgraded to the LTD interior package.

 

 

LTD

 

 

XL

 

 

LTD

 

 

XL

 

This build is being done strictly as an XL model.

There are no LTD influences.

 

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, December 27, 2018 9:00 AM

Hi;

 This is exactly what I am doing to a 56 Chrysler300 . I will send pictures as soon as I take them and send them to Flikr .The idea of a mild custom was my drive for mine .Pleated side panels using Evergreen half round was part of it .Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels too .

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, December 27, 2018 9:02 AM

I like the bottom seats better , for sure !

gjgeracci
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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, January 03, 2019 4:42 PM

Color is on!

I will un-mask the top later to see how the colors work together.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, January 03, 2019 7:30 PM

Color looks great, Steve! Ford had so many cool variations of the greens over the years. Glad to see that you, too, are still using the classic wire hanger paint stand. So many have been needlessly sacrificed as backyard welding rod on 1:1 cars. Laugh

chucky

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Posted by charger74 on Thursday, January 03, 2019 9:03 PM

Wow, i really like that color, looks very good

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 03, 2019 11:54 PM

Hello Steve,

I really like the craftsmanship here.  The seats turned out great, as did the door panels.  Looking forward to how this one comes together.  

Very cool project.  YesYes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, January 05, 2019 10:45 PM

A little more detail.

Ready for clear coats.

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, January 06, 2019 8:04 AM

Awesome work so far.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 1:35 AM

A few more progress pics.

Got the majority of the color on the interior.

The color is not represented very well in these photos, but it is a very pale "gold green" overall with dark green inserts, tub and dash pad.

The lower dash and steering wheel are a slightly different light green.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 1:40 AM

I also applied my 5th clear coat on the body tonight.

I may do some light sanding to remove a few small dust specks & hit it with one more clear coat before beginning the polishing process.

 

Please excuse the blurry photos. Wink

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 3:51 AM

Nice color . The green is a lacquer based paint?

Nick.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:40 AM

Beautiful. To be honest unless it's a contest model I wouldn't polish it. Factory cars didn't have miles deep finishes.

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Posted by 60Buick on Saturday, January 12, 2019 8:53 AM

Steve, 

I have been following this along and now it's time to comment!

Awesome! Love the colors!

I am going to save this thread on my home page for an inspirational build when I get mine on the bench! You are a talented man!

Cant wait until the final pictures!

Jeff

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:10 AM

crown r n 7

Nice color . The green is a lacquer based paint?

 

The body color is an automotive type lacquer from MCW.

I believe their supplier is PPG.

The dark green interior color is Duplicolor paint shot from a can and then dullcoated.

The light green on the interior parts is a acrylic custom mix.

 

 

Steve

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