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Lee,  I used silicon spray on the distributor cap and wires -- a similar concept. :-)  It's great that your father passed on so much information from his extensive experience owning and driving trucks. And, four generations is impressive!  Per your suggestion ...

Here are some photos of the '64 1/2 Mustang. It's from the Ertl "Classic Vehicles" series from 1989, although I bought it new last year or so.

First, I painted the door handles and the front running and rear lights to match photos of restored cars:

I also painted the windshield wipers and "washed" the vent on the hood with black paint but I really should have used a grey instead of black.

At minimum, I wanted to paint the seats white. In my dreams, I also wanted to add "glass" to the side vent windows and maybe the backseat windows.  The model disassembled:

The hump for the stick shift is detailed enough to include chrome and wood -- with a steady hand and magnification.  It would be good to remove the steering wheel and give it the chrome and wood treatment, but it doesn't look easy to remove -- the plastic is kinda melted on the reverse side.

It's hard to see in black, but there's nice dashboard detail and room to paint the radio (translation: or "suggest" it with a dash of silver):

I've started the first coat. It needs a second one and the embarrassing "paint slop" cleaned up afterward :

Here's another view showing the potential for dashboard and etc. detail:

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MELGAR posted:
Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

I agree Mel, 1940 to 60 were the best looking cars of all time.  I think part of our affection for them is the fact that those are the cars we grew up in and traveled to trips with our families.  We have such fond memories of those years.  Plus the simple fact there was something special about them when we started driving them ourselves.  The sounds, power, handling and the ride itself.  With all the technology today, I miss not changing my own spark plugs, adjusting the carb, and changing the oil....  

The days of our youth, as well as changing our own spark plugs and oil, and adjusting carburetors, are gone forever. The best we can do is remember...

MELGAR

Yes Mel, unless we obtain a classic car...(LOL) a 50s model, and we can again be shade tree mechanics....

PRRronbh posted:
MELGAR posted:

The days of our youth, as well as changing our own spark plugs and oil, and adjusting carburetors, are gone forever. The best we can do is remember...

MELGAR

MELGAR, those were the day's.  I was 14...  My best buddy...had just gotten an English Ford. ...doing a ring and con-rod bearing job.

Lots of engines since...

Ron 

Those British 4-cylinder engines often had three-bearing crankshafts and did not have robust bottom ends - like my Sunbeam Alpine.

Like everything else, cars are changing. The gasoline engine may someday disappear altogether. I heard a few weeks ago that General Motors is looking to hire more electrical engineers and fewer mechanical engineers - to support future electric vehicle development.

To keep the thread on topic, and with due deference to the 21st century, here is a picture of the 1930s gasoline truck on my layout.

MELGAR

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MELGAR posted:

The 33 Ford is nice but nothing captures the style of 1950s American iron like the Willys Aero!

MELGAR

I ordered the Aero last night after thinking about it for a spell'.. Just out of principle,  I've never let myself spend a 100 bucks on a 1/43 diecast model.  Lee, said go for it, and my wife said, "Great, that will be your father's day gift'... So I went for it, what the heck...I deserve it.. Speaking of favorite cars, I had a used 64 Falcon sea foam green..was a decent little car and I enjoyed driving it to and from work.  I blew out a freeze out plug, and it was to expensive to repair it.  While stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, after returning from Nam, I bought a 63 Impala, from a fellow solider that was shipping out.  Needed a lot of work, but at 200 bucks a good deal..

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No problems changing plugs and oil on this 327 CI, with glass packs. Drove this baby back and forth, Kansas,/New York several times.. Finally blew a rod, by over revving.  Had well over 200K on the clock'...And in those days going through Indiana, @ 70 plus MPH, the legal limit, the State Troopers would wave the high sign back at you'...Truly one of my all time favorites'..  Best ever, was a 1970 Dodge Coronet. Coast to coast pulling a Uhaul and family twice and shipped to Germany and ran on the 'Autobahn and around Germany/Europe.  Only thing I ever changed was tires and exhaust pipes.  Great car, and fast 302 V8 4brl... Sold it when I returned to CONUS...   

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Quarter Gauger 48 posted:
MELGAR posted:

The 33 Ford is nice but nothing captures the style of 1950s American iron like the Willys Aero!

MELGAR

I ordered the Aero last night after thinking about it for a spell'.. Just out of principle,  I've never let myself spend a 100 bucks on a 1/43 diecast model.  Lee, said go for it, and my wife said, "Great, that will be your father's day gift'... So I went for it, what the heck...I deserve it..

Glad to hear that you ordered the Willys. Please post pictures when you get it. You clearly liked it too much to pass it up. Money is not everything!

MELGAR

MELGAR posted:
Quarter Gauger 48 posted:
MELGAR posted:

The 33 Ford is nice but nothing captures the style of 1950s American iron like the Willys Aero!

MELGAR

I ordered the Aero last night after thinking about it for a spell'.. Just out of principle,  I've never let myself spend a 100 bucks on a 1/43 diecast model.  Lee, said go for it, and my wife said, "Great, that will be your father's day gift'... So I went for it, what the heck...I deserve it..

Glad to hear that you ordered the Willys. Please post pictures when you get it. You clearly liked it too much to pass it up. Money is not everything!

MELGAR

Mel, that is what my wife say's all the time'...However, I'm VERY, VERY< frugal'...I keep telling her, it don't grow on a tree..........

A few days ago I asked about sources for several trucks including an F model Mack.

Look what I found at the MackShop.  1/50 by Tekno.  Really nice trucks at half or less than a WSI.  I can find no mention or listing anywhere except the MackShop.

Wanted to share the source ASAP, this hasn't even made it to the shop yet.

Check out the MackShop, you will be glad you did.

Another that I haven't received yet will become my Smith Transfer successor to Bell Lines tractor. 

My only concern is they are so detailed how to get it apart to repaint without messing things up-  Anyone ever done one of these before?

Gray Lackey

 

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Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

...take a look at these new release from diecast direct'.. 100 bucks a pop, but  I'm having trouble from stopping myself from ordering  the aero willys, I've  always loved that car'...

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Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

I ordered the Aero last night after thinking about it for a spell'.. Just out of principle,  I've never let myself spend a 100 bucks on a 1/43 diecast model.  Lee, said go for it, and my wife said, "Great, that will be your father's day gift'... So I went for it, what the heck...I deserve it..

QG48,

As I said before, given how much you like that Willys Aero, you did the right thing by ordering it, no matter the price. My father used to say that the name "Jeep," as first used by the U.S. Army during WWII, came from the initials "GPW," which supposedly stood for "General Purpose Willys." I keep this model on my layout to remind me of him.

MELGAR

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Smith's Transfer F700 Mack.

I would say a simple repaint, but not so simple.   

The tractor started off as a 1976 red/white/blue/stars by Tekno from the Mackshop.

The cab will come off and all cab details will come off VERY DELICATELY.

The frame and wheels were hand painted black from factory white as attempting to dissemble the running gear was more trouble than is worth.

Use Testors window glue when reassembling as some press fits don't work on the second try. 

Trailer is a KLine.

Smith's Transfer was an LTL carrier so show was not an important feature on their trucks as the model shows.  Smith's as an independent company sold out to ARA Services in early 1980 and was gone entirely by mid 1987.

 

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Another car for my used car lot:

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Added fog lights

Changed to left hand drive

Painted wheels and hub caps

Changed interior colors (two different shades of Suede Green)

Detailed the grille

Redid the dash using photos of the real instruments (did not come out quite as well as I wanted, but they are better than what was there)

Redid the steering wheel.

All in an effort to make a model of the real thing:

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