This 36 Ford is based on the 3-in-1 AMT kit many of you know. It took me some time to figure out how I wanted to build this car – specially while thinking about the question “fenders / no fenders”. I went for “no fenders”, as you can see. I saved the fenders for the junkyard diorama, though. They will look great, all rusted through in a junk pile or so
I figured this car could be a “in-between-hot-rod-and-rat-rod-kind-of-thing”. The picture above shows a test fit assembly. I admit that the black paint didn’t turn out really nice, but as this car was to be a junker, I didn’t bother to repaint it – instead, I saved the finish with some weathering effects. I went for a two tone combination to make the car look more unique. A plain red or yellow is just nothing new, plus a complete black would have made the car look too small. Note that front wheels are straight in this pic – I later decided to turn them, as you will see further below.
The engine features some special detail work. I took some time to look at junky flat head Ford V8s to see how they look like with missing parts. This engine features some details such as the cable tubes for the ignition cables, a carburator with a hole on the top and the fuel line along with the gas pedal linkage. Not visible on this pic are the holes were the sprak plugs would be (I left just one spark plug, including a cable) nor the scratch built oil dipstick (in fact, you may see it right below the flat head).
I tried a few new things in this build, along with some other stuff I have been doing already. If you have been reading this blog, you know that I like to scratch build the inside of the doors with missing panels. In this case, I was pretty much forced to do so. The reason is that the kit had very poor door panels plus the doors were much shorter in the “interior tub” than what they are on the body… and I just couldn’t live with that.
New thing here is the seat. I wanted to scratch build the seat, showing the springs and the seat structure. Note that the cars from the 50 and up have a different kind of springs – the look like “snakes”, sort of. In the 30′s, the cars had round springs. Compare the two last pictures to see how the seat looks like unfinished and finished.