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Blog series by crowie updated 09-10-2021 06:57 AM 14 parts 23232 reads 185 comments total

Part 1: Every good FORD has a big V8 engine..

01-01-2018 09:48 AM by crowie | 43 comments »

Every good FORD has a big V8 engine and here’s mine… BUT first a huge THANK YOU to Bruce, aka “htl” for his valuable assistance in helping me get this build off the ground with extra photos, drawings and encouragement… This is my first attempt at both a “blog” and a build project like this… I’ve watched, been inspired and encouraged by so many top toy & model makers on LJ’s, I’ve been challe...

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Part 2: Scaling the model or toy

01-11-2018 02:38 AM by crowie | 10 comments »

I need some assistance PLEASE with the scaling the model or toy. I have a few of the Toys & Joys Plans all say “Scale – Full” !! BUT what is there actual build scale to that of the real vehicle; in particular the 34 Ford or 36 Chevy??. The reason for asking is that I have found the Hot Rod shape i’m going to have a go at making, complete with dimensions and now need to scale those drawings to suit the chassis of one of the T&J’s vehicles and the ...

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Part 3: And we have wheels

02-04-2018 10:26 AM by crowie | 12 comments »

And we have wheels… 2.75” dia a 1” for the front three segments with 20 tread cuts at 5deg 3.5” dia x 2” for the rear.. five segments with 20 tread cuts at 5deg

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Part 4: The body of the Hot Rod is the bucket....

02-04-2018 09:01 PM by crowie | 6 comments »

The body of the Hot Rod is the bucket which is were I thought I should start to get the vehicle length scaled and then make some seats…

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Part 5: The seats

02-04-2018 11:40 PM by crowie | 8 comments »

The seats… Well at first I was going to do something similar to the beaut dowel seats in Bruce’s [aka htl] VW Thing BUT. I had a look around the internet images of some beautiful Hot Rod Ford T-Buckets and they either had a fully upholstered high back bench seat or fancy bucket seats; I decided on bucket seats.

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Part 6: What do we call the back of the T-Bucket?

02-06-2018 09:41 PM by crowie | 8 comments »

What do we call the back of the T-Bucket? Is it a pickup, a ute, a boot, a trunk?

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Part 7: We have a radiator...

02-07-2018 09:12 AM by crowie | 6 comments »

We have a radiator… Not an easy task but a lot of guess work and sanding have proved the deal…. I’ve been working on the chassis, securing the engine in place, the positioning of the rear wheels,also the steering wheel, gear stick, and pedals….The steering wheel is similar to that which Dutchy showed in his “how to”, though I’ve had difficulty finding a good range of timber button at the local large sewing shop. Were I’m in ...

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Part 8: I think the chassis is done....

02-09-2018 08:48 AM by crowie | 6 comments »

I think the chassis is done…. Worked out the front wheels positioning then the radiator position, adding a support to give a better glue surface area… I made up a set of transverse springs for the front, shaped the rails plus added a bumper bar….. I have also positioned the steering wheel, gear stick plus the three [3] pedals…. ALL EXCEPT the rear bumper bar and tail light but they’ll come later….

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Part 9: Exhaust Headers and pipes done!

02-11-2018 11:55 PM by crowie | 5 comments »

Exhaust Headers and pipes done!

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Part 10: The Body and Boot are joined...

02-11-2018 11:58 PM by crowie | 6 comments »

The Body and Boot are joined…

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Part 11: Nearly Finished

02-17-2018 07:56 AM by crowie | 10 comments »

Nearly Finished!! The body and back are glued to the chassis. The radiator is glued in plus added stays. No windscreen/windshield as I’m sure it wouldn’t last the little boys play tests. The rear bumper bar is done, BUT I’m keep that surprize for until the final revival. So all the needs doing is the seats glued in place, the wheels glued into the chassis plus a little detailing before 3-4 coats of satin polyurethane clear…..

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Part 12: Ford Hot Rod T-Bucket’s

07-29-2020 12:42 AM by crowie | 13 comments »

Firstly THANK YOU to Dutchy and LBD for there assistance to get this this blog done on my Ford Hot Rod T-Bucket’s It’s a photo list of how to make your own Ford Hot Rod T-Bucket and it’s for play. I hope that’s enough to help you make this beau...

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Part 13: Hot Rod Ford Truck.

08-08-2021 04:47 AM by crowie | 40 comments »

Hot Rod Ford Truck. Well we have started week 7 of the “Stay at Home” lockdown isolation with at least another 3 weeks to go according to current advise. So in order to keep sane I thought I’d start a new toy build. So far the T-Bucket/C Cab is shaped out along with the engine & radiator. The wheels and front mudguards/fenders have been started. The chassis rails will be about 18” or 450mm. It’s all about making it up as I go.

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Part 14: The Lockdown continues BUT Christmas isn’t too far away so it’s Fund Raising gift donations time.

09-10-2021 06:57 AM by crowie | 12 comments »

The Lockdown continues BUT Christmas isn’t too far away so it’s Fund Raising gift donations time. My wife suggested a couple of Matchbox Toy Car Garages I’ve made about 30 of these over the years developing my own plan, so I’m happy to share it anyone who’d like to build one or a few. The livery I’ve chosen is an old icon Aussie Service Station of days gone by; Golden Fleece. The Golden Fleece decals are just paper print outs off the internet. Most children seem to like the mov...

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