I'll keep an eye out for one of them this weekend, it looks great as it is, but I think a repaint, and slammed on a set of steels might happen. Thanks for the suggestion.
But. Afew weeks ago I had a reassessment of my display case, and a number of cars became homeless. Some are going on ebay, and some have been stashed. Of those that have been stashed, I have these.
I almost bought an A60 once, a really good one, but a couple of days after looking at it I found out I wasn't going to be in a position to own it. Looong before I looked at that car I always had ideas of what id do to a farina and how id make it look. I'm never likely to own one, so I can forget the mechanical side of it (screaming MGB lump), and instead make a smaller version of what might have been.
IVe always liked the more simple look of the Oxford front end, so i'll base it on an Oxford> Ive literaly just noticed that the green and white one, which was my first choice to chop up, has my dads initials on the number plate, so I cant do that, instead it will be the blue and white one. A60's have been around me since day 1, and have never really gone away. The first one will be a 'standard' saloon, but I wonder if ive got the skillz to do a limo
Not really, but its quite cool. I hadn't even started to be honest. Wont be using those wheels either.
I stripped it, and did some cutting and grinding and wotnot
Its missing a couple of pillars, and now ive got to work out a way of recutting the door line about 3-4mm futher back. Might be easier to cut a bigger channel, fill it with putty, and then cut the line into that.
As if by total coincidence, Pid sent me a pic that had been posted online elsewhere this week
Fron left to right. Riley 4/72, MG Magnette, Austin Cambridge, Wolseley 16/60, Morris Oxford. 1983, Syon Park.
That's dads old Wolseley by the way. I love it when stuff like this turns up.
After pistonpopper posted about the Corgi Macdonalds truck, something I didn't know existed, I got a bit distracted away from the A60 and merc and started something else. This is pistonpoppers one
And this is the one I received last week.
Its in better condition than I thought it was going to be, or at least it was in good condition before I took it apart. First thing was to do something about that lump of casting on the front. I found what seemed to be a good doner.
I cut the chassis up and started joining them together. The front of the 32 coupe sits much lower than the truck, It had a bit of a nose-down stance but instead of sticking the 2 halves of the chassis togher straight, I thought id try to get a but of a bend in the front to give it a better stance. To do this I needed to jig it whilst the araldite, so I put a slight bend in a square section of plactic tube, and stuck a wider piece of plastic on top of that. This made it nice and ridged, then I put a couple of pieces of double sided take on it to stick the chassis too, and filled the gap with araldite.
It worked, the chassis no has enough of a bent in it so that the engine sits flat but the rest of it has got a bit of a 'kick' in the rear so to speak
This shows the difference between the engine angle in the 32 and the truck
When it came to wheels I had a good set of old blackwalls, loads of standard 5 spokes, steels that Ive overused, or some RealRiders.
I was going to choose a different colour for the cab, but with the redlines on the tyres I think I'll keep it red.
It would seem that ole' Farmer Macdonald has developed a bit of an attitude.
After lowering the front of it the cab tilted forward, which was fine except my OCD* noticed that the step under the door wasn't level, so I took a bit out of the back of the cab to lower it. Then I noticed the engine sat a bit high so I took some plastic out of the bottom of that to make it a touch lower. In my box of bits I found a Nash metropolitan drag car that had a decent blower on it, so I fitted that, then the grill sat too high and I found a battered 'gotta go' with the bog seat on the back of it, so I carefully cut the grill off that and fitted it. So far that's 5 cars onto one.
Now ive got to decide on a colour. I could do it red, ive got some to use up and it keeps a bit of originality in it, or something else but not sure what.
I know what you mean about the grill, it seemed a perfect shape for it before I put it on, and it looks ok in the metal, just a bit odd in photos. Hopfully it will look better once painted, or ill find another one to fit. Ive just done something else in metallic brown but it would suit this perfectly. Ive got some metallic black which is a possibility, at the moment its in red primer, which is another possibility
Just before Pid mentioned about toning down the wood, id been out and bought some paint to do it, Humbrol 'natural wood', but it was far too light so I used a tin that came from my dads railway stuff, Humbrol 'Stock track colour' Does the job. I went with the original red as I thought it suited it quite well and made the end result look like an update on the original version instead of changing it too much. I added the satin black roof as the casting has what looks to be a fabric or vinyl roof cast in it. After id painted the wood I did the steps under the door to match, and painted the rear arches red but they looked naff, so I redid them in gloss black, and they still looked naff, then ended up doing them satin.
Once id 'finished it I noticed something that really bugged me. Whilst the exhaust exits are upfront now, originally they came out at the rear, so it now had 12 exhaust pipes. Before I cut them off, I had an idea..
While I was going the mooneyes transporter and the farm truck I had various ideas for others, so I had plenty of half builds sitting about. Some were in bits, some were just stripped, others had been painted but no detail or wheels. Over the last couple of weeks ive managed to finnish some of them, and start afew more.
Firstly, take one of these
Take it to bits and completely un-mod it.
Not sure what else to do to this. Ive still got to do some filler on the roof but its almost there
Ive also fitted some different wheels to the first one I did. Smallest I could find on the front, biggest I could fit on the back, and it still rolls.
Had a black estate that I painted months ago. Used up some Nissan met black and Ford Focus orange, couldn't find wheels that looked right on it, until some orange wheels turned up in just the right shade. I don't like the wheels, And a ford Galaxie that I painted gold a while ago, I tried one set of wheels on it and finished.
Ive had a strange looking car transporter and a slammed and chopped midnight otto with a silly engine hanging out the back of it
Currently looks like this.
I gave it a coat of matt humbrol to make it match, and test the paints as ive got about 15 pots of paint that ive never used. Seems to be some decent colours in there. Its only mocked up, joining it all together wont be a quick job. Don't know about wheels or colour yet.