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PostSubject: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 20 Apr - 8:32

What's more fun than watching your paint dry? Going to the salvage yard and look for your next project.


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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 20 Apr - 8:42

I have an idea that I'd like to try. It's gonna involve some serious plastic mayhem.
First step will be the top chop. That, I know will be necessary. The rest will be new territory....sort of. I will be using a different front clip  that's been in the salvage yard for quite a while, and a lack of a '40 hood forces me to try to modify what looks like a '50 Chev hood.
Removing the rear window.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 20 Apr - 10:16

Sounds interesting.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 20 Apr - 20:09

Taped layout lined for the chop.



Before chopping, I removed the roof. Testing the position, it appears that I have to rethink where'how I have to chop



And now, I have to remove the bottom edge of the section portion to see how it affects the rear fenders of the Ford with the roof relocation.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Fri 21 Apr - 5:58

Interesting Clay.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sat 22 Apr - 6:21

I have done my share of top chops, but because I'm going bonkers on this one, not quite my standard method. It's getting a little complicated. I have yet to address the Bonneville windshield slant. I think the roof will be my biggest challenge.
The 40 front clip is off and I'm fitting the other one which is requiring some repairs. I'm having to jump around doing stuff to see how it'll affect  other other things I want to do. I have the rear fenders attached to the sectioned, from the bottom, body.




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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sun 23 Apr - 8:45

I dug up a front axle  for the 40 frame carcass and then was able to locate the new front clip. You can see where I had to restore the rear bottoms of the front fenders

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sun 23 Apr - 9:00

front end looks like an XK 140. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sun 23 Apr - 9:47



You go Clay!

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sun 23 Apr - 14:10

Awesome mod! A lot of work for sure but it looks great already. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Mon 24 Apr - 11:07

Getting more interesting by the minute. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Tue 25 Apr - 7:19

Putting the butchered top pieces back. After rethinking back and forth several times I finally figured that what I'm aiming for wouldn't look all that good with a hot rod chopped top. There is still a slight chop, maybe a tad under 1/16 inch. The fun part of the top is yet to come. That could end up being the fabled  violent toss against the far wall.




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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Tue 25 Apr - 19:59

It's days like today I wonder of I  MAYhave bitten off more than I could chew ! The rear quarter windows set too low and there is so much butchery there that I figure modifying the front might let me get the windows more in alignment. So, after some deliberation, I cut the whole front of the roof off and will lower it about 1/16 inch. I sure hope the finished model won't end op looking too hokey !!
Stay tuned, tomorrow I'll know if I can pull it off or not !

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Wed 26 Apr - 4:36

Waiting with baited breath. Major surgery there Clay!!


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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Wed 26 Apr - 10:30

Wow! popcorn popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Wed 26 Apr - 17:02

I WIN !! Got it all back together with a piece of top from a Camero and a couple of portholes (police wagon?).  Not quite a sleek as I would like, but I'm still going to try for a 30's Art Deco look.



I knew that this would take quite a bit of body work, so I made sure I had a new supply of my favirite filler.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Wed 26 Apr - 17:50

Cream Hardener, didn't think they'd invented it yet Clay! lol

Fabulous work with the plastic though
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 27 Apr - 2:39

That's some serious hacking, I'm liking that a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 27 Apr - 11:04

Really cool lines.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sat 29 Apr - 8:10

The anticipated buttload of Bondo bodywork



First guide coat primer.



I have 2 hoods ( bonnets) neither of which is remotely close. I'll have to do some serious bashing !
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Sun 30 Apr - 23:40

It looks great! The new curve to the body line is fantastic.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Mon 1 May - 7:26

I think I got this. Severely restructuring the 50 Chev PU hood (will have to extend the rear portion), and the lower half of a 36 Chev coupe grill.

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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 4 May - 16:12

Modifying this hood, mating it to the 40 coupe body, and the unknown front clip, has involved so much savage butchery, that it is necessary to have this a CLOSED HOOD curbside.



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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Thu 4 May - 20:47

Hood looks pretty good from the top.
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PostSubject: Re: 40 Ford butchery   Fri 5 May - 9:31

Whoa, what a chop job! Looking very interesting Clay. Looking forward to where this goes.

I recently used some of that exact filler on an old MatchBox plane kit. It never bonded to the plastic, I was able to peel it off. Any thoughts on what I might have done wrong. The seconda attempt was no better. I pre sanded the surface and wiped it down with iso alcohol, it still did not bond.

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