For the "Modern Recreations" segment of the "Known Survivors" theme at this year's NNL East I've decided to leave the Southern California-style cars behind for a bit and return to the East Coast-style of mild custom with skirts and continental kit which characterized the customs in the early AMT kits. I realize this style of custom isn't to everyone's taste, including mine these days, but this has turned into a really fun diversion from my usual thing! I hope you get a kick out of it, too!
While the '59 Ford kit has a connie kit and long cruiser-style skirts, and the build would've been relatively easy, I opted to go with my "first love" again, and build a '58. First, the chassis was lowered with a slight rearward bias to get the right look. Then I reshaped a '59 Ford skirt to fit and added the stainless molding featured on genuine cruiser skirts. Next, I scratched a bumper extension from laminated sheet styrene. The spare tire is from an AMT '60 Pontiac. A set of five Lancer caps from '60 AMT annual kits give the desired amount of sparkle on the wheels.
Now I've got to make extensions for the bumper tips and reshape a skirt for the other side...
Last Edit: Jun 1, 2020 11:32:29 GMT -5 by froghawk
I'm not really a connie-kit fan, but I absolutely respect the challenge you've taken on in building one! The skirts fit beautifully so far. I'm very curious to see how you tackle the bumper extensions. I really like how that lancer cap looks, centered in the spare tire cover like crosshairs.
Post by chrischabre on Feb 9, 2020 16:08:31 GMT -5
seeing it reminds me of hanging out at my best friends house back in HS. His father was a huge 57/58 guy and had them everywhere. At one point, they had 6 57 retractables. I was always a 59 ranchero fan. Being from CT, Connie kits were everywhere at shows (even with me being 40 currently), though not so much now a days thankfully haha
Anyways, Ive always dug most mild customs more than radical stuff. Cant wait to see where you take this
The skirts and continental kit are not my favorite items when Customizing something, but especially those skirts look really good on this one! And being your project, I'm sure it'll look fantastic when it's finished anyway. So I'll be following with great interest.
Never really been a big fan of Continental Kits, but you pulled it off nicely and I like the way it looks. This one will finish out nicely once you get some paint on it! Sure will be a lot of tail to drag too!!
My man Dale Horner came through again with some pretty bling on the bumpers, taillights and connie kit ring! Plus, I shaved the emblems and door handles, in addition to reshaping the windshield and rear window openings to more closely resemble those on the real car...
Little bit more progress. The connie kit and skirts are in the paint shop along with the dash and steering wheel. Meanwhile I cut in a stock license plate housing (just 'cause it's supposed to be there - it'll be hidden by the spare tire.) Also scribed the panel lines for the rear fender caps and headlight bezels, and grafted in a cowl vent from a '57 Ford (just 'cause it's supposed to be there.) And detail painted the taillights and chassis. The chassis is my preferred flat black with gloss black suspension and drive shaft. Painted the engine and trans green to represent a car equipped with the 1958/59-only 332 cid FE engine.
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2020 9:00:11 GMT -5 by froghawk