Black '32 Ford Highboy Roadster Jul 16, 2020 13:38:10 GMT -5
Post by Bernard Kron on Jul 16, 2020 13:38:10 GMT -5
I can't believe I never posted the final photos of this project from the beginning of last April! Anyway, here's the scoop...
’32 Ford Highboy Roadster Street Rod
This is a Deuce Highboy done in what I think of as the contemporary Traditional style. It’s got all the Right Stuff: a period correct full dress Flathead, 50’s style solid Halibrand mag wheels, skinny big ‘n’ little bias ply tires, quick change rear end, and a deluxe custom stitched leather interior with a Bell sprint car steering wheel. The stance is raked and the bodywork and paint is straight and shiny.
The base kit I used is the Revell 1/25th scale ’32 Ford Highboy. The Flathead V8 and finned oil cooler are from the Revell ’32 Ford sedan kit. A Revell ’32 Ford 5-window provided the tail lights, hairpins and smooth hood sides. The Halibrand mags, front and rear, are from a Revell Orange Crate which also supplied the front tires. The rear tires are from Herb Deeks. The distributor and coil are aftermarket bits from Morgan Auto Detail. A Revell ’29 Ford Roadster Pickup provided the chrome rear axle bells, rear radius rods and the headlights (modified with clear epoxy lenses). The quick change is from my parts box, as is the fuel block under the hood. The grill is a photoetch piece from Model Car Garage. The cool up-top is an old resin aftermarket item I got many moons ago from the now-defunct Carbon Copy Resin. It’s finished with Testors Acryl Radome Tan applied to simulate a twill weave fabric top. Recently I learned this top was originally cast by Ed Fluck at Drag City Casting which explains the superb quality. (Drag City also did the stock appearing firewall I used.) I chopped the kit windshield about 1 ½ scale inches to fit the top. The kit interior is lightly modified. The dashboard was smoothed and filled to accept a 6-gauge photoetch panel from Replicas and Miniatures Co, of Maryland, the Bell steering wheel is from a Revell ’29 Ford roadster, and the rear seat bolster notched so that it sits above the cockpit molding. The faux oxblood leather finish was done using Testors Acryl Insignia Red paint and various black washes. At the front a v-shaped spreader bar was fabricated using butyl covered wire. At the rear the stock fuel tank has been deleted, the rear ends of the frame rails shortened, and the rear pan rolled using ¼” quarter-round styrene stock. The body is finished in Duplicolor Universal Black and Krylon Gloss Clear.
Thanx for lookin’,