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Post by clea on Mon 13 Jun 2016, 8:44 am

1966, age 18 I bought my first humpy, 1956 ascot grey over white FJ special sedan. Stock, red interior....$1250 Bill Patterson motors in Ringwood.
Up until 2007 I had 5 fj,s 1 fx at home in Diamond creek.
Always wanted to do models of them...this started out as no 35 of 200 trax 1:25 scale FJ black beauty when they released them years ago. A couple of weeks back I stripped the Trax, and popped a couple of bodies off it.
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Promptly cut it all apart....so I could put it back together...?
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Had a look around, found that a 57 chev pan, was the least work to use, so cut and shunt the chassis to suit; wasn't worried about taking exhaust etc off.
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Knocked up the interior, 53 chev front and rear seats suited the purpose
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Made up the firewall, inner guards, and front sheet metal.
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Mine had (at this stage) 186, triple 1/1/4 su's...no motor so had to make one.
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And the carbys
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Jump forward.
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Jump again
Mtr painted, plumbed carbys painted, plumbed.
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Interior done, my old smiths tacho on dash.
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Starting to come together.
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Jump again. Basically all together
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Have to do the rego, clean it up....then it can move to completed.
So far.....a couple of weeks of enjoyment.
What else do you do in old age ?

Cheers
Clea.
Just a caveat to this:
Sitting in the shed at Portland, you concentrate on what you have, and what you can do. The Trax Black Beauty model was probably worth...$200 ? in box with certs etc. Now...I've got to try and put it back together.
Talking with Antwon (AJ) about FC's...he put me onto the Parts Box, so I got a couple of their bodies to try.
They have FJ bodies..$30+....don't know what they are like, but I reckon if I had got one, would've saved about $300, with body and resin etc ????
And they have the motors.
The things you learn.
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Re: 1956 Special

Post by 70cudatj on Mon 13 Jun 2016, 10:20 am

That come out well mate, looks great twothumbsup
I love the raw scratch building you do, that red motor looks spot on wowwee

Great stuff Clea, a good fortnights work, wish I could get that kind of time to work on mine.
And this is unique too, you don't see FJ's in resin or styrene, Love it bigthumbsup bigthumbsup bigthumbsup
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Re: 1956 Special

Post by Antwon on Mon 13 Jun 2016, 3:06 pm

Brilliant work Clea, as TJ said you don't see too many of these around.
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Re: 1956 Special

Post by Deaf as on Tue 14 Jun 2016, 8:53 pm

Nice work Clea! My first wheels were on FB that I never got road worthy followed by an EK that I did get to the streets.
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Re: 1956 Special

Post by Cols56 on Wed 15 Jun 2016, 8:16 pm

Looks good l will check it live tomorrow Cheers

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Re: 1956 Special

Post by mgy125 on Wed 15 Jun 2016, 10:22 pm

Nice.
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Re: 1956 Special

Post by Jerry Ol'55 on Thu 16 Jun 2016, 9:14 pm

mgy125 wrote:Nice.

G'day mate!... waiting on your "mug shot" jerryjerry
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Re: 1956 Special

Post by Jerry Ol'55 on Thu 16 Jun 2016, 9:30 pm

"Clea"... Fantastic work on the "Old Hens" mate twothumbsup

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