T&J plans, changing their body style to another.

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Project by bruce317 posted 05-27-2016 09:00 PM 1110 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like T&J’s plans, the but is, I like things different. Most of their plans can be converted to a different model. What I call “The Look”. We’ll use the 35 Ford 2 door sedan. By looking at images , side views, of 3 & 5 window coupes, pick ups & panels. The body is basic for 35 thru 38. Also wheelbase appears to be the same, with body types. I like panels, vicky’s & 5 window coupes.

I use a home made light box. Which is better, or you can use sun light in window. Tape first photo copy to window, Then add pieces as needed.

Photo copy front & rear of sedan, tape to light box. I use my computer printer, which only does 8.5×11 paper. Get whole side view on light box. Check the windshield / door post. In this case it looks right. Decided door was to large, so cut it down. Used door, running board, & rear fender to get “The Look”. I used a cut out photo copy of window / door post, to get the spacing I liked. Then I taped that to body photo copy. If I try gluing the paper together, they wrinkle. Then draw door lines.

Next body length. Body sticks out pass rear fender. I got lazy, didn’t want to change rear of frame. That is why I stopped on body length. I like the look. After a few days to think about it. I don’t like The Look. Stopped the back of side panel, inline with the end of T&J’s frame. Added 5/8” to rear of T&J’s car frame. Draw a line straight up this is now the end of body. Just need to shape body for panel rear doors.

The side panel. Used sedan rear window by door post photo copy. Cut in half. Bottom part is in place, from first photo copy add on. Top half goes , in this case, 1 1/2” above sedan window bottom line.

Side panel back. From photos figure out where you want to stop side panel. Draw line. I used end of T&J’s car frame, before the added 5/8”. Again photo copy of new front rear window / side panel. Cut new photo copy for back side panel. Flip over, tape in place.

Roof line. I put 1/8” above side panel.

Roof, I changed sedan roof to fit panel.

Remember to add 5/8” to T&J’s frame.

The rest of build should be straight T&J.

Mainly your drawing line, based off a side view photo of real car or truck. Putting what you see on paper.

Now you should have lines going every were. White Out, lines you don’t need. Photo copy. Use this photo copy for your build. I don’t cut my plans. I use photo copies & light box for builds.

I believe “The Look” is a way to get more out of your plans. For the cost of one set of plans you can get 3 to 5 different model. Extra cost is time & paper. Time, to search out information. Paper, used for photo copies. [I have used this way to get 30 Ford panel, “T” coupe, drawing for 1918 Cadillac Vicky. 18 Cad on top of my build list. One for my doctor & one for me. Have 24 year old son who wants to learn.] Plus you have something no one else has. Unless they went to all the extra work that you did to get the different body.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 02:40 AM

Great Idea for getting multiple designs from one plan, Yes your models are larger than mine. But I find the size very conveniant for display and just plain toys for kids. I once visited the Toys and Joys place, bought a plan and kit but never built it. Interesting place and interesting how I got the directions to the place out in the country, Asked a lady at a gas station where it was, and it happened to be the guys wife.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 03:46 AM

Brian, I don’t remember where, but I read about you getting directions from her. It’s a small world. I like what your doing with the photos. I could take two photos alike. One 3/4 of front end other 3/4 of rear end. Blow them up, by tire size. Then print & join them on my light box. Except I don’t know how to blow them up in computer. I’ve also used die-cast car to get a plan. You showed me how to get the front fenders shape, from top fender to frame. Till I saw your photo with wedge glued to fender. I had no clue how to do that. Going to use that on 1918 Cadillac. When doctor gives me ok to do woodworking again.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 05:32 PM

Thanks for these great tips and instructions, Bruce.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-29-2016 01:01 AM

One easy way to shrink a part to get the size you need to print is to go into the print advanced settings and choose to print two pictures to a page this will cut the picture down by half, need it really small choose 12 or what ever chooses the windows program has.
Another plus is I needed a picture to glue for each tire so it made a bunch on one page.
I used this trick when needing to get my axle holes printed to a good size.
This may also work with going bigger.
Just my $.02

Bruce next time put this in the blog section and you can have your own how to pages to help remember your tips and point other to them.
It’s helping me be able to look back and keep the dates of when and how I did something as my mind starts forgetting after a short bit of time.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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