I've had this idea rolling around for some time. After building the '36 last year, the idea for this one really set in. Unable to resist any longer, I started hacking. The chassis is from the F-1. But, will have to be modified a lot to get the wheelbase right and the stance I want. Right now, it's literally resting on the axles. But, it's where I want the stance to be. The body is made from the '48 convertible clip, partial cowl and partial doors. It also supplied the rear fenders that have been widened and made to fit. The F-1 supplied the roof, partial cowl, top of doors, rear of the cab, bed floor and sides. Not sure if the chrome strips on the fenders will stay or not. Also, trying to decide on the interior whether to use the F-1 or the convertible. The F-1s would obviously be easier. Maybe I'll do a combo of both. We'll see. The plan for the engine is to use the truck block/trans with the convertible heads, intake, carbs and headers. The plans are subject to change at any time though. I did get enough cobbled together to get an idea of what it will look like somewhat.
Thanx guys! The old '48 is now resting on it's own suspension! Most of my time has been spent on the chassis: cleaning up the frame, converting the suspension to axle over and getting the wheelbase figured out. The stance is just how I want it. I need to get the engine together to check it for clearance. I've made a few tweaks to the body. Just a little more fine tuning and it'll be ready for primer.
Thanx guys! I've hit the first road block with this one and it has me rethinking a few things. I got enough of the engine together and did a test fit. Not good. To get it to fit right, I'm going to need to move the motor mounts and the trans cross member forward a few mms. Not a big problem. Just something I don't want to do. It has me thinking that if I have to do that, I may just switch the engine and transmission so I won't have to move the trans cross member. It's just figuring out which engine and transmission to use now.
I wonder how it would look if the running board bottom and rear fender were flush with the cab/front fender. To me it just kinda hangs down there for no good reason. (My 2 cents, Gary)
That's because the cab wasn't setting quite right in the mockup. If you look at the first photo at the top of the page, you'll see that it lines up like it should. I'm going to add a .010 strip of styrene to the bottom front of the rear fenders to continue the strip of chrome.
I figured out an easy solution for the engine fitment issue. I cut the old transmission off and replaced it with an automatic from an old Revell '57 Ranchero. Somehow the mount on the transmission landed perfectly on the cross member! I had to do a little clearance work to the floor pan. But, everything is fitting like it should now.
Final mockup photos! Everything that needs to be installed has been. Still some tweaks left. But, now I can blow it apart and make some progress. I'll start with the chassis and work my way up. I haven't got a color nailed down yet. It's a toss up between a light gray that may be too subtle or orange that may be too loud. I don't have either one in the stash. So, I may just go with something I have on hand. I also can't make up my mind about keeping the gas door on the fender or putting the filler neck back on the cab. Tail lights are another issue. Use the car's or the truck's?
I say fuel filler on the cab corner and use the truck taillights.
Thanx Dennis! I'm going to keep the gas door. That way, I can relocate the gas tank to the rear and it'll give the cab a clean look. I am going to use the truck's tail lights. I now have the color choice narrowed down to two different colors. One that I'm really leaning towards is Tamiya Mica Silver. Straight on, it looks silver. Other angles, it has a bluish hue to it.
The other color I have in mind is Tamiya AS-29 gray green. It's an aircraft color that will probably be flat. But, a coat of pearl and clear should juice it up.