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1957 Ford Country Squire woody wagon.

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  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Oregon: Beautiful tree country.
1957 Ford Country Squire woody wagon.
Posted by treehuggerdave on Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:56 PM

O.K. Tanker-Builder, this is posted for you as you were so polite and persistent in requesting I post this old girl.

This started out as a beautiful Jimmy Flintstone resin body. Hardly any clean-up work or adjustments needed. 

Just needed an AMT 1957 Ford donor kit which I already had.

Getting it cleaned up didn't take much.

Choosing the colors was the biggest job. Always is for me.

Everything was about the detail from the paint to the wood trim, interior, and engine bay.

Careful taping made the biggest difference for the paint/wood trim, and I got all the holes drilled for the chrome clips for holding the wood in place, made from some mini straight pins.

Here she is getting started.

Phil. 4:6-7   Jer. 29:11-14  John 3:13

On the bench - Hand made '50 Lincoln "Tail dragger"  1956 DeSoto 'vert., Resin '60 Chrysler 300 , Modelhaus resin '58 Pontiac hardtop kit.

Been a "Plastholic" all my life. Love this stuff.

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:05 PM

That takes me back.  Parents bought a new '57 Ranch Wagon.

 

Very nicely done.  Love the wood and trim.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, February 26, 2021 8:13 AM

Oh!

      THANKYOU, THANKYOU! Good and Kind Sir! My all time favorite FORD and the Car I learned to begin "Modern" car ownership on( first car of my own was a 49 Ford Club Coupe.) Mine was a deep metallic wine with that awesome Woodwork. I look forward to the build. Oh, Are there still bodies to be had?

     Funny that. My Foster dad bought one new and only after I had gotten my license by driving Mom's Olds Super 88 Ht. Did he offer to sell it to me. I jumped at it.The old girl served faithfully till the Wife and I had to replace her wth a newer vehicle. She got where she needed monetary outlay almost every outing so we figured it was time. The Odometer had stopped working after my third tour in Nam!

     Ours was the Nine Passenger version. When we let her go the body still looked Pristine. It's everything else that was worn out! 2nd 352c.i. and Fordomatic. Third rear and Second interior. My kids loved her too.The girls wouldn't speak to me for a couple of days after we parted with her. Her name was" Claret" After the nice deep red wine.

     Yes - I name all my vehicles, have since a kid. My present is "Waggy" A Kia Soul.

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 26, 2021 8:29 AM

That's another beauty.  Great color and cool woodwork.

My folks at a 70 Country Squire - I loved the jump seats in the back, being the youngest.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Oregon: Beautiful tree country.
Posted by treehuggerdave on Friday, February 26, 2021 10:03 AM

Your welcome Tanker-Builder Big Smile.

And thank you guys for the great back-stories about the wagons in your childhood.

I didn't take many pics of the building progress on this this one, so here are the finish pics.

Phil. 4:6-7   Jer. 29:11-14  John 3:13

On the bench - Hand made '50 Lincoln "Tail dragger"  1956 DeSoto 'vert., Resin '60 Chrysler 300 , Modelhaus resin '58 Pontiac hardtop kit.

Been a "Plastholic" all my life. Love this stuff.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, February 26, 2021 3:27 PM

Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!! Always loved wagons. Could finally afford to buy one in '70, a Plymouth. Can't remember the model. It was all white with no add-ons. When I had to get a new car 13 years later, she had a blue hood and both front fenders were blue with touches of red body putty everywhere. From a distance, it looked like the local PD cars including the big whip antenna on the back fender. Scared the heck out of the local kids when coming around the corner. All still original equipment when sold but was having a problem with overheating. Always carried a 5 gal. can of H20 in the back just in case.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, February 26, 2021 4:14 PM

Heart

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

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  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, February 26, 2021 6:36 PM

That thing is really cool.  Well done sir.

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Posted by nearsightedjohn on Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:44 AM

That period correct shade of green goes perfect with the wood trim. Did you base paint the wood in tans/browns and then "varnish" it with translucent yellow/orange? Came our very realistic.

My childhood station wagon memory is my mom driving us around town in our '57 Plymouth with the push-button automatic. Two-tone copper and cream. The car was HUGE and she was all of 5' -0" and 92 lbs and drove it like it scared the crap out of her! Miraculousl, I don't recall her getting into any accidents. My dad was happy with the car mechanically other than its tendency to encounter "vapour lock" and radiator overheating on hot road trips....

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:02 PM

Hot Diggety! 

 You're making my ticker go "Pitter-Patter" Beautiful Wagon. Color and detail Spot on! Now, is there a body like that still available somewhere?

  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Oregon: Beautiful tree country.
Posted by treehuggerdave on Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:03 PM

nearsightedjohn

That period-correct shade of green goes perfectly with the wood trim. Did you base paint the wood in tans/browns and then "varnish" it with translucent yellow/orange? Came out very realistic

 

Hi John

I wanted something "sorta period correct" but with an upgrade.

The green is a pearl from Tamiya. Most people pass over this color as it looks very "plain Jane" on the lid color. It needs other contrasting colors around it, and be on the right car to "wake it up."

I'm an artist so colors and contrast have always been my "thing."

No transluscent oranges or varnish. Luckily, I just picked the right colors to replicate the wood tones.

It's always a fun challenge to see if I can get things right.

Sometimes it looks good - Sometimes I start over Bang Head - LOL.

Dave

Phil. 4:6-7   Jer. 29:11-14  John 3:13

On the bench - Hand made '50 Lincoln "Tail dragger"  1956 DeSoto 'vert., Resin '60 Chrysler 300 , Modelhaus resin '58 Pontiac hardtop kit.

Been a "Plastholic" all my life. Love this stuff.

  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Oregon: Beautiful tree country.
Posted by treehuggerdave on Sunday, February 28, 2021 12:08 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hot Diggety! 

 You're making my ticker go "Pitter-Patter" Beautiful Wagon. Color and detail Spot on! Now, is there a body like that still available somewhere?

 

"Hey Tanker-Builder"

As far as I know, these bodies are still available from Jimmy Flinstone on Ebay.

Very reasonable at around $16.99 + shipping of about $4.00 for a really nice resin body, as long as your familiar working with resin, which takes some special skills.

If you buy one - ENJOY!!

Phil. 4:6-7   Jer. 29:11-14  John 3:13

On the bench - Hand made '50 Lincoln "Tail dragger"  1956 DeSoto 'vert., Resin '60 Chrysler 300 , Modelhaus resin '58 Pontiac hardtop kit.

Been a "Plastholic" all my life. Love this stuff.

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