(pics) '55 Ford Semi-Custom....project from 4 years ago
Up until 4 years ago, this 55 Ford model had lived quite a rough life. Missing its door handles (and a few other parts) and suffering from some serious paint scrapes, I’d originally bought the model as a derelict, simply as a cheap parts-car to supply a ‘Crown Victoria’ roof and windshield to add to a Danbury Mint ’56 convertible ( DM had never offered a ’56 Crown Victoria hardtop version) and I wound up also using some of the ‘55’s hard-top appropriate interior parts for that swap as well. What was left of the stock ’55 Ford model was looking kind of forlorn in my parts bin for a while and it occurred to me that it might be a great candidate for a traditional semi- custom convertible…… none of the missing parts would be needed and perhaps it could become a cool model on the shelf. (Semi-customs are defined as: more radical than a mild custom but not chopped, channeled, or sectioned).
I love traditional rods and customs but I consider myself relatively conservative in taste…….I’m not a big fan of continental kits or fender-skirts on customs and although I think most customs look more appropriate lowered, I prefer them in a still drivable lowered attitude like they usually were years ago before the trendy, current extreme hydraulic suspensions came along. The model took a bit longer to complete than I expected, but it was never a struggle and it kept me enjoying the winter season as a great time for hobbies. I’m delighted with how it’s turned out, and happy that the once derelict model has a new lease on life. The materials used on the model include styrene, vinyl, rubber, polycarbonate, aluminum, brass, plated jewelry wire, Bondo, diecast, epoxy, cyanoacrylate, Renshape resin, and, of course, the paint.