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1976 Ford Gran Torino WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics, Page 2!

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1976 Ford Gran Torino WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics, Page 2!
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:28 PM

I built this kit before as the "Starsky and Hutch" kit. Its a nice kit so when I came across it marked down to $7.50, I couldn't pass it up. I'll see if Revell corrected the instructions as I have the corrected instruction that a fellow modeler posted here when I was building the Starsky and Hutch kit. Thanks for looking! Cool

There is a faint mold line on both sides of the body starting at the "A" post and running all the way to the bottom of the trunk. Once removed and some of the openings cleaned up it will be ready for primer.

Another thing to do is to remove these awful looking hood hinges that will be a disaster for a paint job along the edges of the hood! 

The scripts on the side are very small and faint so I will foil, paint over the foil and them reveal the chrome script with some lacquer thinner and a tiny Tamiya cotton swab. Take some patience to get the paint off just the lettering without ruining the paint around it. 

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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 midnightprowler on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:19 AM

Looking forward to it. What is incorrect in the S/H instructions? Keep in mind a 76 Torino had single exhaust with a catalytic converter. Not the dual exhaust of the kit. Did they change the ride height in the rear?

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Posted by American185 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:49 PM

I built two of these myself. One was a converted Starsky to a midnight blue regular Gran Torino complete with luxury caps ww tires etc., and the next was a '75 in Saddle Bronze Metallic with brown vinyl roof and interior, a twin to my moms actual car. I liked model number two better, because of the memories it held for me !! Used a resin cast 351 for engine accuracy in number two, as I am not into the blower/shaker nonsense from the Starsky car with the wild carb system.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:31 AM

Always wanted that kit I guess I’ll get one now.

Nick.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:52 AM

Thanks, Prowler, American and Nick! I appreciate your comments!

Looking back at the corrected instructions that another modeler had made available, the errors are on number callouts for the engine assembly. Probably self-correcting as the numbers for the exhaust manifolds, water pump, and fan belt are incorrect. However, they have been corrected on this re-issue. I don't know about the ride height at the rear but it looks pretty low and level on the S&H model and I doubt it will be any different on this re-issue. 

Good news is that the engine has some changes. Single 4 barrel carb, stock valve covers, and an air cleaner that has a long, single snorkel that mounts on the carb and on the right side of the inner fender liner. Some sort of air induction, I guess. The exhaust is still a duel exhaust and I don't plan to correct it. I am not a mechanic and don't know all the nuances of every make and model and at my age I don't take the time to research everything. Although I like having all the chassis detail vs. a single chassis with metal axles (childhood), I don't take the time to make sure everything is absolutely correct. Usually, I just try to build a reasonable facsimile using the parts provided in the kit. 

Thanks for looking and thanks for your comments! Cool

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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 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:04 PM

Never sell yourself short. Your builds are interesting and gorgeous.  I picked up a few tips from you over the years as well !! Your paint jobs are always flawless too. I am not one to correct engineering issues with models either. I build them for pleasure and to display, not to shrink myself and get into and attempt to drive them  to work !!! I leave that for some others on competetive sites. They seem to have a tough time separating models from the real thing sadly !!! I always enjoy watching your builds progress to conclusion !!!

'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 modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:57 PM

Thanks, American! I appreciate your kind comments! You'll really like this update for interesting! 

I wanted to paint with Light Blue Metallic (surprised?) but I was concerned with the amount of paint I had left in the can. I also noticed the nice lines on the body sides. The S&H model with the white darts and wrap over the top really doesn't conform to the lines of the body. So I thought about a two-tone to accentuate the lines. I have painted the bottom of the car for now (the top is still in base coat silver). I was thinking of a darker blue for the rest but I may rethink it. Maybe bronze and blue or maybe Diamond Dust? 

I guess I should have posted in the Custom section but I didn't envision this departure when I started so my apologies! Thanks for looking! Cool

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 midnightprowler on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:29 PM

American185

Never sell yourself short. Your builds are interesting and gorgeous.  I picked up a few tips from you over the years as well !! Your paint jobs are always flawless too. I am not one to correct engineering issues with models either. I build them for pleasure and to display, not to shrink myself and get into and attempt to drive them  to work !!! I leave that for some others on competetive sites. They seem to have a tough time separating models from the real thing sadly !!! I always enjoy watching your builds progress to conclusion !!!

 

I don't build for competitiveness. If I am going to build a factory stock model, I simply want it to be just that in every possible respect, so I make the changes necesarry to do that. It has nothing to do with not being able to separate models from real. If you want to build inaccurate models american185, go right ahead, don't knock me for wanting to do them accurately. I enjoy it.

Nice paint job sir, cool colors.

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Posted by American185 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:34 PM

I never criticize anyone for their likes dislikes. Myself, I don't have the patience for it. Once in my case they rarely come out, so no one but me knows anyway. My friends only get to see the outside not underside or under the hood !!! I prefer it that way.

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Posted by American185 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:38 PM

Love the bottom blue already !! Very clean and refreshing. Diamond Blue might be quite interesting. Would that be the same blue used on Thunderbird Heritage in 1978 or on the D[quote user="modelcarjr"]

Thanks, American! I appreciate your kind comments! You'll really like this update for interesting! 

I wanted to paint with Light Blue Metallic (surprised?) but I was concerned with the amount of paint I had left in the can. I also noticed the nice lines on the body sides. The S&H model with the white darts and wrap over the top really doesn't conform to the lines of the body. So I thought about a two-tone to accentuate the lines. I have painted the bottom of the car for now (the top is still in base coat silver). I was thinking of a darker blue for the rest but I may rethink it. Maybe bronze and blue or maybe Diamond Dust? 

Would that be the same as the blue used on Thunderbird Heritage and the Diamond Jubilee Edition Mark V ??  If so, wow, quite interesting !!!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, January 17, 2019 4:11 AM

Nothing wrong with that for sure. I on occasion simply glue hoods shut and do nothing with chassis details,have 3 in the works now like that.

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Posted by American185 on Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:25 AM

[quote user="midnightprowler"]

Nothing wrong with that for sure. I on occasion simply glue hoods shut and do nothing with chassis details,have 3 in the works now like that.

 

Man after my own heart !!!!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:51 PM

Thanks, Prowler and American! I appreciate your comments! 

I thought about the Diamond Dust but thought that it might have too much metallic in it and the foil wouldn't standout. So I went with GTS Blue Pearl because it was a dark blue and its what I had on hand.  So the first picture you can't tell the difference very well but I added a white decal stripe in the second picture and that helps. I don't know if I like it or not. This may go into the catagory of nothing ventured, nothing gained. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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 justmike on Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:19 PM

Personally, I like the stripe.  It accentuates the body lines

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, January 18, 2019 4:21 AM

Very nice.

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Posted by American185 on Friday, January 18, 2019 1:07 PM

I am loving that blue !! The model pops out as fresh and different. Liking your stripe too, but as you said, nothing ventured nothing gained !!!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 19, 2019 3:04 PM

Thanks, Mike, Prowler and American! I appreciate your comments!

Hard to see the two different colors in the indoor lighting but there is quite a difference. I have applied the stripe decal on the right side and have started foil. Spent yesterday painting, anticipating the cold and windy weather that we have today so that I can continue the building process. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 6 on Saturday, January 19, 2019 4:51 PM

John,  I really liked the original silver/blue two-tone!  Why did you bag it?

I'm getting ready to list a bunch of parts for the S&H Tornino kit.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, January 21, 2019 7:42 PM

Thanks, Avery! The silver I had on it was really just a base coat and I was going to use Diamond Dust on the top but I was concerned that the foil wouldn't go on smoothly and wouldn't stand out. PLus, I like blue so I wanted to try the two-tone blue! 

Here are some pics of the interior in blue too! 

Decals are still settling! 

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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 midnightprowler on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 3:46 AM

Very nice.

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Posted by American185 on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:53 PM

The interior really pops !! I think the color choice is fantastic.

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Posted by American185 on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:56 PM

What kind of parts ?? Maybe upgraded seats so we can actually have a Gran Torino Brougham ?? Or just performance stuff ???

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:24 PM

Thanks, Prowler and American! I appreciate your comments! 

Built the engine today. No wiring, just going box stock with this one, except maybe for the wheels. I use Krylon Global Blue as a substute for Ford Engine Blue. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 6 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:29 AM

The cold and rain are back! I don't think we really shook off the wind... Good thing you have the bulk of your painting done.

I want to try making fan blades out of soda can aluminum some time....  Every try that?

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Posted by American185 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:32 AM

[quote user="modelcarjr"]

Thanks, Prowler and American! I appreciate your comments! 

Built the engine today. No wiring, just going box stock with this one, except maybe for the wheels. I use Krylon Global Blue as a substute for Ford Engine Blue. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

Now that looks more realistic to me than the Ford engine blue. You just gave me a great tip and I thank you for that !!!! The Ford blue often has way to much of a sheen for my liking, especially on an engine.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:28 PM

Nice.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:57 PM

Thanks, Prowler! 

Its on wheels. I have more work to do and I will blackwash the wheel covers. I couldn't find a decent set of wheels and tires in the parts box for this one so I just went box stock. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 justmike on Thursday, January 24, 2019 9:23 PM

Those wheels work anyways. lol  Looks good

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Posted by American185 on Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:14 PM

Looking fantastic so far !! Can't wait to see the completed product !!

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, January 25, 2019 10:28 AM

Hello JR.  

Just went through this thread.  Looks really good with your usual high quality work.

I love the dash, and the engine looks great.

My dad's first company car was a 74 four door Gran Torino.  I would love to convert this to a four door, but right now it is probably beyond my skill set.

Keep up the great work.  Always enjoy your builds.

Just keep picking away at it...

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