At last I have finished one of my long overdue restoration projects - a Cox Ford GT :-)
I bought the body last year on ebay with the "mystery chassis" features elsewhere on this forum. The chassis has been waiting for at decent body for some years as the original body was not OK.
My intentions were to restore it to an honest, original state without making a it an overdone "Concours" model.
I would have loved to start with a fresh body, but this is what I had, so I wanted to make the best out of it :-)
The body shown as bought with the home made Cox clone sidewinder chassis. Its not perfect but the price for the car was OK.
The body parts had been glued together with plenty of tube glue which made it difficult to separate most parts. The clear parts, dashboard and smaller details were let in place. Unfortunately the body has some small "glue sink marks" due to excessive use of glue,
Here is the cleaned and stripped body. The surface was slightly yellowed except for the areas covered by decals, but a thorough polishing helped a bit.
The lower part of the wind shield was damaged by glue, but I choose to let it be like that as I was afraid to damaged the body by trying to remove and replace it.
Driver has plenty of lipstick on
Details were OK on the body
Headlight glass not that bad :-)
And the result:
Decals were reproductions and not too good. The blue colour did not match the body colour and the print quality was not perfect (ALPS raster). Why they had bothered printing blue is a mystery - white stripes etc would have been perfect.
Rims and chassis were washed and cleaned with a stiff brush, then having several baths in my ultrasonic cleaner. When dry all magnesium parts received a coat of Testor Model Master Magnesium Metalizer, which gave the "magnesium look" and hopefully seals the porous surface af the magnesium.
Only the decals has been replaced by repro decals, otherwise all parts are original - and the motor spins and feels punchy :-)
All in all a nice little job and great to put a finished model on the shelf