About 6 years ago, a couple of years into rediscovering the model car hobby, I picked up a copy of the then newly introduced Revell í32 Ford Tudor Sedan kit, as much for the flathead as for the body style. As a died in the wool hot rod modeler I immediately set to chopping the top with an idea to building a ďchopped & droppedĒ highboy with a zíd frame and a lowered stance (the latter being something that IMHO all Revell Deuces desperately need). Unfortunately I made a total mess of the chop, eventually losing bits of the A-pillars, and the project was shelved. As the years passed by the kit was gradually stripped of most of its key parts, leaving only the butchered body and some of the more sedan-specific bits, the chassis, which I had already zíd, and the ubiquitous Ford small block (just how many of these do I now have in my stash anyway?).
Along the way I had acquired another copy of the kit, and although it too lost its flathead, it was largely intact and its body untouched. Over the years my skills have thankfully improved somewhat, and I began thinking it was time to pick this project up and complete what I had originally intended. Then recently a handsome black Deuce Tudor commissioned by George Poteet and built by Johnsonís Rod Shop was featured in The Rodderís Journal and I took this as a sign and an inspiration. I decided that I would attempt as flawless a chop and paint job as I am capable of at this point, and make a jet black fenderless highboy from the original zíd frame and what few parts still remained from the project.
My first step was to remove about 3 scale inches from the top and execute a basic black paint job using Duplicolor Black Acrylic Lacquer, 3 coats of color over hot rod gray primer, wet sanded between every coat and then sealed under 3 coats of clear. The clear will be left to cure good and hard before I rub it out for its final polish, but so far it looks promising. No sense in doing this project if I couldnít pull off decent paint and bodyworkÖ Iíll be running a full hood with the stock louvered side panels.
While the paint cures Iíve started on the additional bits. First off was to attempt to do something with the Ford small block. I decided to fabricate a dual 4-barrel intake manifold using 3 of the countless copies I have of the kitís single 4-barrel manifold. Along the way I also smoothed the script off the kitís Ford Motorsport valve covers, although I think I might use the ribbed valve covers from the 5-window kit instead. Weíll see. The carbs and air cleaners are from a Revell Small Block Chevy Parts Pak.
The wheels will be classic Halibrand kidney bean mags courtesy of Historic Racing Miniatures, finished in magnesium Testors Metalizer with polished rims simulated thanks to my handy 1 mm. Molotow Chrome paint pen (the Molotow is really a breakthrough allowing instantly realistic polished chrome-like surfaces for small parts). Tires will be narrow bias-ply big and little blackwalls all around, the fronts from a Revellogram í37 Ford Panel Truck and the rears Herb Deeks truck tire items, my current rear tire of choice for old-school hot rods.
Below is a summary of where Iím at so far, including the original zíd chassis which Iíll be using.
Thanx for lookiní,