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PostSubject: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSat 17 Mar 2018, 10:04 pm

I've decided to get back to modeling with a kit bash of the Mobius Ford pickups.  I will also be doing some body work.
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To begin with I lowered the front end approximately 3 scale inches.  I realize it brings the front axle pretty close to the ground, but I was looking for a pretty agressive rake.

This was my first attempt at lowering this type of front end.  If anybody has a better way to do it I'd appreciate it if you would share.
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I decided to chop the top of the truck.  I cut it 3 scale inches at the front and 2 scale inches at the rear.  I was looking for an angle that was agressive and roughly followed the angle of the rake.  I also had widen the cab in order for the A pillars to fit.
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Being a closet masochist, I decided to remove the belt line trim for a more custom look.
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Did the same thing to the truck bed.
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Here's what it looks like at the moment.
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That's it for today. It's good to be back at the bench.

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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSat 17 Mar 2018, 10:27 pm

Nice start John. Great to see you cutting up some plastic.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 18 Mar 2018, 10:26 am

Brilliant John, looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 18 Mar 2018, 11:21 am

that will look wild John...!
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 18 Mar 2018, 6:54 pm

Looking good. I've seen where for front end lowering, moving the mounting pins upward is quick, but doesn't get that much lower. sometimes fudging by cutting down coils can work too. once I saw where a builder cut a small disc to simulate a brake, then put a mounting pin off center (higher on the disc. For lowering ideas Geezerman knows all the tricks! Good luck, a windshield will be a pig to get to fit in the new frame.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 18 Mar 2018, 9:24 pm

Nice to see you back John. You didn't waste anytime, nothing like jumping in with both feet. This is going to be interesting to watch.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 18 Mar 2018, 10:11 pm

Thanks for the good wishes guys. Harron thanks for the ideas. BTW I intend to fabricate a windshield from acetate. I already have one that fits pretty well and will use as a pattern for the final windshield. Got to thank Skid for that idea.

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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeMon 19 Mar 2018, 1:53 am

I'll be watching this one John.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeMon 19 Mar 2018, 1:20 pm

A great return project, John. Welcome back.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeThu 22 Mar 2018, 6:06 pm

Here's the truck withe the base color applied.  Obviously a lot of work left to do.  As it is painted with enamel it will be necessary to set it aside for a few days to dry.

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In the meantime I have gotten out a kit that stalled when I got sick; it's the 1948n
ford coupe. I'll be starting a thread on it later today.

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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeThu 22 Mar 2018, 6:28 pm

Now painted, the chopped top looks even sharper. THANX!
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeThu 22 Mar 2018, 9:05 pm

Looks great, love what you're doing to it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeFri 23 Mar 2018, 12:56 am

I like the rake on this John.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSat 24 Mar 2018, 5:09 pm

Great start! The base colour looks good and the 'stance' is something else, very predatory and mean.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 25 Mar 2018, 2:22 pm

A mean rake to the top, John. 1971 Ford Ranger 1705482731
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 25 Mar 2018, 5:03 pm

Glad you guys like the stance and the rake on the top. I was a bit worried that it would not go over as I wanted. I'm going to give it until tomorrow to finish gassing out and then start polishing. This is going to be a curbside (I'm just not ready to do the detailing of an engine.) so things should go fairly fast from here.

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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeTue 27 Mar 2018, 7:30 pm

Looking great John.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSat 31 Mar 2018, 6:16 pm

I've been stalling for the past several days on this project. i'm not sure I'm happy with the green color. I don't think it's in keeping with the agressive chop and stance of the truck. I'm looking for opinions. What do you guys think? If you think another color would be better let me know.

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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 01 Apr 2018, 12:38 pm

I think the color is find John. My grandfather once owned 71 long bed that was two tone black and white with the small dog dish wheel covers...nick old truck. he also owned a 70 long bed 4x4 one.
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 01 Apr 2018, 6:29 pm

I have always liked Orange, I say re-paint it. LOL
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeSun 01 Apr 2018, 7:59 pm

I don't care for the green and to be honest the wheels and tires are too skinny. It looks mean on top like a body builder but with those skins it has the calves of a librarian. ..

Mitch I'll take the wheels under consideration. You do have a point, but I'm not sure I want to change. 1971 Ford Ranger 3887228019
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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeMon 02 Apr 2018, 12:03 am

Zbuckster wrote:
I have always liked Orange, I say re-paint it. LOL

Buck I'm going to go with Orange. I have to decide what shade, but I think Orange is "aggresive" color I'm looking for.

BTW, good talking to you last night. I'll contact Gladstone this week.

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PostSubject: Re: 1971 Ford Ranger   1971 Ford Ranger Icon_minitimeMon 02 Apr 2018, 9:42 am

It's looking good John and as I said on Skype, the rake n chop are spot on.

As for colour, I still think 'Hot Metalic' pink would suit it well. Go on, you know you want to. LOL

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