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'32 Ford Fordor Jalopy; Completed - Final Pics Posted
Topic Started: Dec 17 2016, 09:23 PM (1,008 Views)
Bernard Kron
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For some reason I .thought there was a jalopy Group Build going on, but I can't sdeem to find it. Anyway, because I was probably halucinating said Group Build it got me to thinking how little I know about these cars but that I'd like to do one anyway. So, as is my habit, I've begaun wandering the Internet to learn some about these things. I found this terrific web site about JayCee Speedway in Larned, Kansas, a 1/4 mile track that was active in the 1950;s. The cars appear to be restricted to stock or mild hop ups as far as I can tell.

I was particularly insired by this picture:

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That is one sanitary jalopy. Beautifully constructed and ready on race day morning, Sunday, April 27th, 1958. Pictured are the driver, Gene Coffman, and the car's owner and sponmor, Mrs. Clarice Palmer.

It reminded me that many moons ago someone gave me a resin Hendrix '32 Ford Fordor based on the AMT Deuces. So I got it out this morning and began prepration for my first Jalopy build. The mechanicals will come from the AMT '32 Ford Phaeton kit. So far I've got the roof cut out, the roll cage roughed in and the interior cut up and stripped down. Most of the car will be cream colored with green accent trim and homemade decals with sponsor names and numbers.

Should be fun. Here's what I have so far.

Thanx for lookin',
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Jalopies are fun builds, because they were quite simple in design and almost anything goes for the finished product. Looking forward to your magic touch with this one.
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I always look forward to your builds Bernard, you are off to a good start.

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Thanks guys. This is so much fun, I can't tell you. I love the research part. I'm wrestling with the front nerf bars (bully bars?) right now. It's clear these cars were build for some very rough driving. The same thing goes for the cutaway doors on the driver's side. Not always done but done most of the time, obviously to provide some sort of exit path. I just can't decide if I want to cut up the body that much. But they were jalopies after all...

One thing that has impressed me is the very high level of construction quality on many of these cars. You only appreciate it if they were fortunate enough to be photographed before being raced. Afterwards their condition tended to disguise the fact!
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Great looking start Fella, keep the pics comin...

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Great picture. I love the way they painted the wheels with the tires on
I wonder what color the tires are ? Don't the spare tires on the trailer look
a bit big for the car and the trailer ? So many cool things about this picture.
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bob29579,Dec 20 2016
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Great picture.  I love the way they painted the wheels with the tires on
I wonder what color the tires are ?  Don't the spare tires on the trailer look
a bit big for the car and the trailer ?  So many cool things about this picture.


Thanks guys.

I'm guessing the wheels and the upper part of the body is white. The beltline is some dark color and the lower body is a light color, but not white. Probably yellow. I'm planning on doing my car with a white upper, green beltline and yellow lower. The tires on the trailer are worn out truck tires for the rears and the smaller ones for the fronts are probably small section automobile street tires, again somewhat bald from use.

I made some more progress. Most of the Larned cars had cutaway passenger side doors for easy exit in case of an accident. For the same reason I noticed there's generally no diagonal bracing across the top of the roll cage, most likely to allow the driver to readily crawl out if the cars gets dumped on its side. But most cars did have side bracing tubes in the middle of the doors. The roll cage was completed accordingly. I decided to cut up the body and the interior bucket. The hard part was making sure the body cutout, the interior bucket cutaway. and the side brace bars all lined up. I think I pulled it off. Next step is building the motor and setting up the chassis. That should be pretty straight forward, but fabricating the front structure to protect the radiator is probably the next major challenge.

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One of the members on the TRaK board, Stu Neil, questioned if using the AMT Phaeton interior bucket was such a good idea given the massive roof opening and the door cutout. He thought it might make the bodywork look too thick. I had to agree and I decided to completely re-do my approach to the interior. I started by cutting out the sides of the interior buck, leaving only the firewall and cowl panels. After gluing this vestigial piece to the floor board I fabricated two curved extension pieces to fill the gap between the floorboard and the body sides. Next I made a couple of interior side panels. I researched ’32 Ford interior body structures on the web and was only able to find detailed pictures of a Phaeton shell, although I think the basic approach must be similar to the Fordor. Combining that with the structures of earlier Tudors and Fordors I came up with what should pass for some interior detail. After fabricating the side panels I epoxied them in place and then added additional strips of styrene epoxied directly to the body shell to simulate the rest of the structure. Here’s a summary of that work:

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I was also able to complete the front nerf bar setup. Common practice on the Larned cars was to use later series, and larger, radiators. In this case I used an AMT ’40 Ford piece and fabricated the “bully bars” from .100 styrene rod. While not quite as elaborate (and agricultural!) as some jalopies sported, this design was fairly prototypical of these cars. I also include some wire mesh between the radiator and the bars. Interestingly, the Larned cars almost never had rear nerf bars or side bars even though they had massive roll cages and front protection. Here’s some a summary of this part of the project:

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Now on to the suspension and motor. Then final bodywork, paint and decals. Still shooting for December ‘31st to get ‘er done…

Thanx for lookin’,
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Lookin Good Bernard keep it coming ....
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Thanks!

I’m on the home stretch now. The suspension, just the stock setup from the AMT kit, wheels and tires are painted and glued in place. The suspension is finished out in gloss and matte black and dark shades of Testors Metalizer paints. The front wheels are AMT ’40 Ford front steelies and the rears Revell ’40 Ford rears. The front tires are standard AMT Firestones and the rears are Revell ’40 Ford units with the whitewalls painted matte black.

One detail you’ll notice is that I built a rear bumper after all. I had commented that Larned cars didn’t seem to run them, which struck me as odd given how heavily built up the front bars and roll cages were. Well, more careful examination of the old pictures show that the cars all did have bumpers, it’s just that they aren’t the massive structures you see at the front. So I fabricated a prototypical setup from styrene rod and strip and installed at the back of the chassis.

The bodywork is painted now. The upper half is Duplicolor Wimbledon white, as are the interior and the nerf bars. The frame is painted a medium dark green, a Testors Acryl color. I’ve begun the graphics. The companies are fictional businesses from the area around the Larned track. Great Bend, Kansas is the major town in the area, about 23 miles from Larned. The graphics fonts and layout are based on photos of Larned cars. All the cars wore a number on each side and one on the rear. The layout photo below is a Photoshop mockup and final colors and fonts will be determined when I actually print the decals. Probably tomorrow.

Not shown is the motor which is about done and ready for installation. It’s the Ford Flathead block from the kit with AMT ’40 Ford stock heads and intake, finished in the traditional Ford zinc chromate green.

Still shooting for a 2016 completion!

Thanx for lookin’,
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Lookin real good.... rrr
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Thanx!

All done! Here are the final pics:

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Great Build ,Love to see Four doors being used as most of the Jalopys Down here were four door sedans :)))
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rrr Very nice! rrr :)))
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Great looking jalopy, very realistic. fbr fbr fbr
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Very kool Bernard!!!!!
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Thanks everyone. This was a very satisfying project in many ways. Really a lot of fun. I totally enjoyed the research aspect and the challenge of capturing the proper "look and feel". So it's nice to hear that it's realistic - that was the goal.

Thanks again,
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That is a sharp looking build!!!
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Thanks Ed! I have another circle track project penciled in for later this year, once I get my Souther Fryed dragster out of the way! This time it'll be an asphalt modified.
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Broken Photobucket links repaired. For now I'm only updating completed model pics. Updating w.i.p. links is just too huge a task! I'll update them on request...
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....Thanks for re-posting the pictures.....Every so often I get out in the part of state (Larned, Great Bend vicinity)that this build was based on....even though this era of cars is before my time , you have captured the rural Kansas look/appearance quite well. :)))
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Thanks Brian. I'm quite flattered. For me getting the model to look "right" is the most important thing. In this case getting the graphics, colors and the little details that would be "true to type" was the key. The information is in all those old photographs, you just have to be looking for it!
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