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Posted By: Clifford Read
Posted On: Monday September 9, 2019 at 2:45 PM
(PICS) '63 Jeep Gladiator Thriftside Pickup

I've just finished modifying this jeep Gladiator from the IXO Townside (smooth-sided) version into the basic Thriftside pickup. Once the original pickup bed was removed (hobby razor-saw) an entirely different cab back (small window, visible stiffening indents,etc.) was fabricated in styrene. An appropriate '63 style step-side body was significantly modified from another IXO earlier Jeep pickup (new body sides with lower boxed in panels and wider upper flanges). A fine wire ring was added to the wheel rims to make them a touch deeper, and the correct Parkway Green color was mixed in automotive basecoat/clearcoat to finish the body.
I enjoyed photographing the finished model along with a couple of other appropriate early '60s Jeep models from GLM...the Panel Delivery and the Wagoneer. I've attached a couple of factory pics to demonstrate the Thriftside version.

IXOs original Townside (smooth-side) pickup

The modified body parts (cab back and pickup box) still in primer

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(PICS) '63 Jeep Gladiator Thriftside Pickup by Clifford Read #26364
Wow....you made a beautiful job of this truck! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #26364.1
Beautyful.... (EOM) by renato camesasca #26364.2
Well done, Clifford. The master's touch is evident. (EOM) by David Holcombe #26364.3
Terrific job! Really like the attention to detail and a great color for this truck, which I remember by Curtis Parisi #26364.4
Excellent work! Beautiful model (EOM) by John Roberts #26364.5
Jeep Gladiator by Raymond Paszkiewicz #26364.6
+1. (EOM) by Bob Jackman #26364.6.1
Great job! (EOM) by Sergio Luis Santos #26364.7
Outstanding job from someone who does these type conversions by John Quilter #26364.8
The original model is diecast, the pickup box and cab-back are now styrene (EOM) by Clifford Read #26364.8.1
Wow! What beautiful work and impressive photography. Thanks for sharing. (EOM) by Randall Olson #26364.9
I really like these Jeeps, down to earth, no nonsense... (EOM) by Joop Gisbers #26364.10
I like 'em all! Great job! (EOM) by Harvey Goranson #26364.11
Great modeling job! I especially like the wood stakes above the bed. (EOM) by Robert Bolin #26364.12
Do you mind if we feature in MAR Online? by Marius Woolley #26364.13
Of course you may. I can supply larger format pics if that would help by Clifford Read #26364.13.1

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