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1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« on: Mon Mar, 26, 2018, 06:42:PM »
As I'm stuck here at home today with a bad case of the stomach grumblies, I decided to dig out the Mustang Turbo Cobra kit and see what I'm up against.  The previous owner had removed a ton of pieces from the sprues, but fortunately it looks like everything's there.  This kit is a proper '79-'82 Mustang, so it's a bit more anatomically correct to be a tribute to my first car, an '82 Mustang GL hatchback.

I started building the 2.3L 4-cylinder (since that's what came with mine).  I'll put the optional 5.0 V8 together later for a future project.

I already have a model of my first Mustang, but it was built in '88 or '89, not even the right kit, and was done in a hurry and quite haphazardly.  That kit was an '84 Silver Anniversary kit I found at Firestone of Alamogordo (of all places), and I found some wheels from some other kit that were kind of close (if 6-lug 15x10s with 12 holes on BFG T/As can be considered "close" to 5-lug 14x7s with 10 holes on Goodyear Eagle GTs, that is).  I'd also taken some liberties and added a sunroof and trunk spoiler, which neither came to be since I traded the car in on an '85 Nissan 4x4 before I got that far.  I also didn't have any rear window louvers on the kit, however the new kit has some so I won't have to scratch-build them.

I just hope I can find that color again - one of the few things I got right! ;)

So, here we go - here's my car:




And here's the kit with my build from back in the day next to the pile of pieces of the new kit:


The biggest thing I'm anxious to correct is the engine compartment - I SO messed up on that first kit.  I mean, who paints a radiator hose silver, anyway? LOL!
Eric

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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #1 on: Mon Mar, 26, 2018, 11:57:PM »
I have no doubt that, after seeing the Jeep, this one will turn out just fine
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #2 on: Tue Mar, 27, 2018, 09:36:PM »
Thanks Man!  Seeing all your work inspires me - I'm so glad I finally got off me arse and got back in the groove.  Now I just need to get my airbrush area set up in 'the shed' so I can turn out some decent paint.
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #3 on: Thu Mar, 29, 2018, 12:22:AM »
Thanks for reminding me that I need to get mine up and running again for some of the smaller kits I have in the collection
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"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #4 on: Sun Apr, 01, 2018, 11:00:PM »
OK, so some progress.

I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and spent WAY too much money.  Among the many things I brought home were a nice fine-tooth saw & miter box... which came in handy today when I noticed (and realized) that the transmission cast with the 2.3L 4-cylinder was a T-5 manual... not the AOD my Mustang had with its 2.3L.  I thought I'd seen an automatic in the kit, and the floor of the car only has a brake & gas pedal... no clutch... and the 5.0L V-8 was indeed cast with the AOD automatic.  Cool - so, now I get to use my new saw and miter box.

First - separate the AOD from the 5.0, and the T-5 from the 2.3:


Meanwhile, with the glue and steel paint on the AOD dry, I've almost got it to rolling chassis (still need some details underneath like shocks, and paint the backsides of the wheels, and whatnot - but the suspension's on for the most part):


The floor of the interior is supposed to represent the tan carpet that was in the real car.  This kit's a little odd in that it doesn't have a proper interior 'tub' like most car kits do.  Oh well, it'll look right when it's all done.

And finally, here we are with the 2.3 mated up to the AOD, as it was in the real car:


Still lots of work to do: gotta wire & plumb the engine, finish up the underside with the rest of the driveline, get the body ready for paint, and get busy on the interior.  Most of the work so far has been painting all the little bits, which has become more of a process since after having actually [re]built some cars in my time, now I'm on a quest to get it all 'right.'
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #5 on: Tue Apr, 03, 2018, 12:10:AM »
Sounds like you're heading in the right direction, Eric
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #6 on: Fri Apr, 06, 2018, 09:06:PM »
So I think I'm [re]learning a valuable lesson about metallic paint and model glue - the glue turns the paint into an icky mess and the pieces don't want to stick together as a result.

Gonna hafta do some scraping of the joint areas of the intake & exhaust manifolds to get this engine together, I guess.  (Now, where's that tube of super glue gel I saw awhile back...)
« Last Edit: Sun Sep, 16, 2018, 08:21:PM by Mister 4x4 »
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #7 on: Wed Apr, 11, 2018, 10:21:PM »
OK, so after taking it all apart a couple of times, I finally found a suitable substitute for a distributor, and also this really cool old pin vise set that belonged to my Grandpa I've been carrying around for 25 years or so.  I used a 68 gauge bit to drill some holes for the spark plug wires, scratched up some linkage arms for the carb and transmission, installed the TV cable (from AOD to carb) along with an automatic shifter cable.  I used a Molotow chrome pen (1mm) to dot the bolt heads on everything, and even scratched up an alternator bracket... and none of this will likely ever be seen again once I get all the rest of the engine components installed.





How 'bout 'dat?
Eric

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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #8 on: Wed Apr, 11, 2018, 11:59:PM »
Starting to resemble an actual motor, Eric.
Good work on that
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #9 on: Wed Apr, 18, 2018, 09:57:PM »
I've kind of hit that place where I need to prep the body for paint, along with the interior door panels/inner wheel wells/front aprons (each side is one piece) and firewall, since it's all body color on the car.

I decided this past weekend to play with the Tamiya weathering master kits to age the underside a bit after seeing a phenomenal build underway of an '85 SVO Mustang.  I didn't go nuts with it, but I think it made a little bit of difference using some rust, soot, silver, and gun metal.  Also drilled some holes in the firewall for the heater hoses after carving off the molded ones.



Hopefully, I'll have a chance to get some color on the body parts and interior so I can press on with those.  Also need to score some embossing powder to make some proper sheepskin seat covers.
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #10 on: Sun Jun, 10, 2018, 09:03:PM »
Wow, so it's been almost 2 months since I last posted any progress.  Been all sorts of busy, and just hadn't gotten back to it in awhile.  I picked up some embossing powder and decided to make some 'carpet' for the Mustang.  Yeah... that turned out like crap.  I picked up the 'extra thick' embossing powder, thinking that the bigger bottle of clear would be what I needed for many years of scale model carpet goodness.  Nope - it looks like I've effectively spread tan gravel on the floor of the kit.  Whatever... it'll be inside and nobody will be looking that close, anyway.



I played around a little bit today and worked on the center console and dashboard.  I just need to touch up a couple of tan spots on both and maybe print some gauge faces (haven't decided yet).  The kit came with front wheels that could be steered (or posed, rather), but didn't have a tie rod connecting the two.  So, I busted out the trusty pin vise and drilled some holes through the 'spindles' and made some tie rod ends out of a paper clip along with an old school tie rod to span the gap between the two.  I'll dress it up to look like the rack & pinion which is also missing on the chassis.

Baby steps, I guess.
Eric

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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #11 on: Sun Jun, 10, 2018, 10:46:PM »
Live and learn, Eric.
Doesn't look terrible, just slightly out of scale
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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #12 on: Sun Jun, 10, 2018, 11:04:PM »
Kinda reminds me of the blown-on foam insulation in commercial buildings.  LOL!!!

I'm over it - movin' on.  I'm thinking it'll probably work well for sheepskin seat covers.  I'll have to pick up some less ridiculous sized granules for future carpet projects.  Fortunately, many of my earlier cars had sheepskin seat covers (fake and otherwise). 

I'm also thinking this stuff would be good for an 'after-action' model of my blue Nissan 4x4 following a day at the lake (mud so thick it looked like it had a 'Shake-n-Bake' complexion).

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Re: 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'
« Reply #13 on: Mon Jun, 11, 2018, 11:40:PM »
Could definitely work for that effect, E
"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
--Bob Dylan, "All Along the Watchtower" 1965--