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Old 02-23-2020, 12:36 AM
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...That front grill including the Ford script is one big sticker, I found a Ford script that will go nicely, still not sure how I'm going to recreate that grill effect with paint though.


Remember some of the custom paint from the 60s and 70s (vans, etc) where they used to spray lace patterns ? I think they sprayed the lighter color first (aluminum or gold or your preference for the grille color), then clear, and after drying they put on the mask layer (an actual piece of lace, or expanded wire mesh in your case) then fog it sparingly with the darker color.

If it comes out to your liking, add a coat of clear to protect your work it and give it some depth.

BTW, I am NOT a paint guy, but having tried a similar thing, I would suggest practicing on something first (slick side of poster board) oriented the same way you plan to paint the grille,, and keep the spray light when applying the background color through the mesh (or lace) so you get a sharp pattern without runs.

Your project is looking good! Nice work !!





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gegcorp2012 I was thinking of something along those lines also, and yep I will definitely practice first!

The seat came today so I was able to make a mount and get that finished. Here is the seat mounting setup for the original seat, where ever that is.


I cut that off, cleaned up the old welds and made a bracket out of 1x1x1/8 angle iron


And here is the seat mounted. The cushions are not snapped down yet, the green upholstery will tie into the paint scheme for the body.


It's actually a boat seat from Amazon and folds down which is perfect because once the body is mounted that will really help with access to the pull start. Also I mounted it a little further back than the original seat, every little bit of leg room helps!


And finally I made a little dashboard for the tach/hour meter and engine stop switch
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I wouldn't put the kill switch there. To have to reach through the steering wheel to cut the engine, well, I see too many possible wrecks.
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Yeah reaching through the steering wheel wouldn't be the best idea. It may not look like it but if I mount the switch on the right side of the dash, because I'm right handed ya know, then moving your hand from the steering wheel around to the switch is a pretty quick motion, I was testing it out to make sure.
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@stew ,
That boat seat seems like a great idea, especially that it folds to give access to the rip cord.

I love to see original ideas like that.

BTW... on the grille, did you consider upgrading to a real grille to match your real Ford logo ? A screen window frame and a piece of expanded mesh would be easy to make the right size since the target shape is pretty square. If you can find those pieces cheap, and are able to make some hacksaw 45 degree cuts to the screen frame, it would add a classy touch of authenticity. Bonus points in the looks department if you add a piece of brass kick plate to simulate the top radiator tank.

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I learned something from a race kart frame builder he says, always have your kill switch where you push it down to turn the engine off. because its quicker than pushing it up. also have it to where if the thottle is stuck you can quickly slap it down and it turns off. Jim white told me that he used to make race karts and travel alot. So he has seen many wrecks.
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gegcorp2012 If I'm being honest the boat seat wasn't my idea, I ran across the idea elsewhere, and in fact in the customer reviews on Amazon a guy had a picture of him using them on his golf cart! I did kick around ideas about cutting out an opening to make a realistic grill, and that is still on the table.

Budget GoKart those are great points.

I test drove it with the heavy body on a few days ago and found it has another built in way to quickly scrub off speed in an emergency, with the live axle and grippy tires and 3 hp motor just stop going in a straight line

In all seriousness though the stop switch will be nearly at my fingertips quickly accessible in an emergency.
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