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1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, April 17, 2020 11:21 AM

I've built this kit before as a mild custom based on a photo I saw on the internet. Its a nice kit but the putty-filled spots on the hood and tailgate shrank and is noticeable. So this time, I am going stock.

I also wanted to see what a new can of paint looks like. It says Pearl Green on the can but was described on the website as Light Green Pearl, Tamiya TS-60. It looks close enough to Springmist Green to me instead of buying some sort of airbrush paint. I'll do a two-tone with an Ivory Krylon paint instead of white. 

The body is in pretty good shape. There were mold lines at the "C" pillar and sink marks at the taillight tunnels. 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 Friday, April 17, 2020 2:33 PM

Can't tell by the cap, is that a metallic or a pearl? Spring Mist Green is a solid color, not metallic or pearl.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, April 17, 2020 4:28 PM

Thanks, Prowler! Yes, it is a pearl. I know that Springmist Green is a solid color. I know that solid colors are different from metallics and pearls.  As I mentioned in my post, its close enough for me rather than buying an ounce of airbrush paint from an aftermarket supplier, not to mention the time and expense in that process. In addition, I don't have a ready set-up for painting. Setting up my airbrush and then cleaning up after is more trouble than it's worth. 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 Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:22 AM

Yeah I get that. I'm lucky, I work in a paint shop so I can mix just about any color I need or get pretty darn close.  But setting up a airbrush is pretty easy and quick. I use full size guns at work on my stuff and I bet I dont spend 10 minutes between spraying and cleaning the equipment. A possibility for you is to mix your own colors using available hobby paints. I did that when I first got into the hobby in the early 90's. Just trying to offer some help to make your factory stock models as accurate as possible. Not a lot of wiggle room for inaccuracy in factory stock.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:42 PM

Thanks, Prowler! I understand about the strict interpretation of Factory Stock. I am always a little cautious about posting in this category and maybe I should have posted in Hot Rods, Street Rods, and Street Machines as it technically should be considered a Street Machine if it is not the EXACT color of Factory Stock. I find there are more Steet Rods in that category so I often post here.

My interpretation and contest rules are not as strict. For instance, using a different color of plug wire other than black would not prohibit anyone from entering in Factory Stock in a contest and even winning a place. Some folks under a strict interpretation would say that only black plug wires are allowed in Factory Stock vehicles (unless the manufacturer used a different color). Its an ages-old argument and a challenge using this website. So what's one to do! Alas! 

Its nice that you have a gun that you can just plug into a air supply from a compressor somewhere in the building and spray at your workbench. Unfortunately, I have to start from scratch every time. I don't have a paint station or paint booth so I have to take my portable compressor to the back patio table after covering it with an old sheet. Then go to the garage to get my Lacquer thinner and rags because according to the Warden in my humble abode, that's where Lacquer Thinner and rags should be stored. Then I have to dig out the airbrush, usually take the needle out because some residue from last use has caused it to stick, clean it up and make sure its in working order. Then gather everything I want to paint, the paint, and take it to the back patio. Its about a 15-minute process that has to go in reverse upon the completion of painting.

So thirty minutes not counting the time it takes to paint. If I can shake a can, gather parts to paint on a paint stand, and go to the back patio it only takes a couple of minutes.  If I were a rich man...

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 Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:15 AM

Oh I get that. I built a booth for at home back in about 1999 or maybe 2000 so I don't have to worry about going anywhere. It was alot cheaper than buying a ready made one. Only thing I paid for was the exhaust fan and ducting. Made it out of plywood. Used a spare aquarium light for the lighting. That may be a option for you to simplify things. Compressor sits right next to it on the cabinet, and I duct it right out the window. I don't build for contest specs at all. I build for me, and I want things as close as possible so for me it would be worth it even with your situation. I'd take the extra steps. I'm a bit lucky in that I work in a paint shop, makes color matching light years easier. I do quite almost all of my detail painting at home. The wife doesn't say anything about storing paint, thinner, etc in my hobby room, but complains about the smell sometmes. Even with a booth you don't get rid of that completely. Not criticizing you, just offering suggestions. You do fine work.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, April 20, 2020 5:06 PM

OK, Prowler! Thanks for all your suggestions but they won't work for me! 

Finished the paint today. Rained all day yesterday but we finally got a good day today about 2 PM.  I had previously painted the Ivory, so taped it off yesterday and painted the Light Green Peal today. Two sessions of paint, 1 session of clear, pulled the tape cleaned up the tape lines and touched up where necessary (two spots). Now I am going to give the entire body another coat of clear. It may not be Springmist Green but it looks like a Spring Mist to me and the pictures don't do it justice. 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 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:15 AM

Looks good. The pearl doesnt show too much on the pics.

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:17 AM

Love the colours, Junior. They work well with this build. 

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Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 10:17 AM

Thanks, Prowler and Trevor! I appreciate your comments. I painted over gray primer which I think toned down the pearl shimmer a bit instead of using white as a base coat, as recommended. 

I normally rub out the body and foil after paint but this time I built the engine and chassis first. I didn't want to use a pre-wired distributor since there will be very little visible, so I wired the kit distributor using heater hose wire as a boot over the prongs on the distributor to hold the gray spark plug wire. I don't have any black at the moment. 

I painted the air cleaner with an old can of gray enamel I had. I have three colors on this paltform - flat black, dark green for the interior floor and light green for the splash pan. I'll also add decals to the valve covers later. Now I will rub out the body and foil. 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, April 22, 2020 4:22 PM

Looking very nice. On a factory stock car the front panel behind the bumper was actually argent, a dark silver, versus body color. A bit of trivia most don't know.

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:58 AM

Those colors look terrific, jr.! I think that wagon would look sweet with some dog dish caps. But I know it'll look great, however you build it. Thumbs Up

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:34 PM

The kit comes with poverty caps!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, April 27, 2020 11:49 AM

Thanks, Prowler and SFD! I appreciate your comments! 

It's done! There are a few other subtle changes to this stock build but I'll leave that to the strictly Factory Stock aficianados to analyze! Here is some outdoor pics of my "Day Two" Stock Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon! 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 modelcarjr on Monday, April 27, 2020 11:52 AM

There is gold BMF inside the side stainless but you may not be able to make it out in the bright sunlight!  A few more:

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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    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, April 27, 2020 11:55 AM

Last ones:  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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, April 27, 2020 4:20 PM

That looks great. Love the poverty caps. Gold trim 

oops nice, and overall the pearl in the paint isn't as noticeable as I thought it might be. I give it a passing grade, A++! Well done!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:41 PM

Thanks, Prowler! As always, I apprciate your very kind comments! 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 nottheband on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:51 PM

What a clean build!  I also like what you did with the understated colours and plain jane wheels.  She's a gem, congratulations.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by Classic Plastic on Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:30 AM

Super Sweet, love those old wagons! Nailed the paint!

Kevin
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, May 1, 2020 8:00 PM

Thanks, Kevin! I appreciate your comment! 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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