Just starting to try my hand at modeling and bought a AMT 1940 Sedan
Delivery. From doing some googling, I know this is an old kit.
My question is what to do about the molded in details.
a: paint over them and add some detailed brake lines, etc.
b: try to get a itty-bitty brush and paint
them the correct colors, etc.
What would you recommend?
Sorry to bother anyone if this has been asked elsewhere.
PS: One quick one on this kit do the frame rails go inside the plastic
body where it fits on top of the fenders or outside? The directions are
not clear. Any tips? I don't want to break anything.
many thanks for your help.
Prewar Fords are near and dear to my heart for sure!
Yes, AMT/Ertl's '40 Ford Sedan Delivery is an old kit. The basics of it,
chassis, fenders, engine, hood and chrome parts date from 1959-60 (this kit
started out as a 1940 Ford Coupe, then a modified reissue of it as a 1939-40
Ford 2dr Sedan followed in 1960, with the Sedan Delivery version coming about
A bit of "pre-assembling" test fitting of the major components (frame, fenders,
body) will show you that the fenders of this one fit on top of the frame, and
the body then fits down on top of the fender unit, all the way down to the
upper surface of the running boards.
As for molded on details, there aren't a lot on this chassis, due to its age,
the main details being the exhaust system and the gas tank (in the correct
position for a sedan or coupe, but shouldn't be visible on the sedan delivery,
which had its fuel tank on top of the frame, but below the load floor, just
behind the driver's seat, with the filler cap on the right side of the body,
just behind the side door.
1939-48 Fords had their brake master cylinder mounted in the X-section of the
chassis on the driver's side, just below the driver's feet, with a short length
of brake line running into the left frame rail channel, where the lines are
pretty much hidden from view. The brake line then splits in this frame rail,
one line to the front, the other to the rear. The lines then split at the
front crossmember, with a line running on top of this crossmember to the right
front, and the same was done at the rear crossmember, to send brake fluid to
the right rear brake. The brake lines were coupled at the sides of the frame
rails to flexible hoses going to the top of each front brake drum backing
plate, and in the rear to the forward side of each rear backing plate.
Unfortunately, with this kit, you will have to "fudge" the brake line hookups a
Engine wiring is very basic on a flathead V8 Ford, consisting of an ignition
wire from the dash, a wire from battery to coil, then 8 individual plug wires
from distributor to plugs. One needn't worry about the firing order when
wiring a model flathead, as the stock distributor (that bulbous-looking detail
on the front of the engine has a cap on each side, the plug wires being divided
inside the housings themselves, and were loomed along the upper side of the
cylinder heads, with each wire arching out of the loom to its respective plug.
Stock detail colors for a factory-fresh 40 Ford were: Engine, bellhousing and
transmission;dark semi-gloss green. Generator, starter, and air cleaner were
gloss black; carburetor a dull metallic silver-grey. Plug wires of the day
were covered in a varnished fabric shieldingwhich when new was a golden tan in
The seat included in this kit is incorrect, as sedan deliveries did not use a
passenger car bench seat, but rather a bucket seat for the driver (standard on
all), with an optional fully folding, bucket seat for a passenger (optional).
If you can find one, the Lindberg 1934 Ford Pickup kit (also an old AMT tool!)
has as custom seats these very same sedan delivery seats, but take the time to
putty in the pleated upholstery pattern, as commercial car seats had smooth
While all 40 Ford sedan deliveries were trimmed out on the exterior as "Deluxe"
cars, the interior was pretty spartan. Upholstery was entirely imitation
leather in a dark brown, with the dashboard being a glossy chocolate brown, but
with Deluxe car chrome trim abounding. Steering wheel was the same chocolate
brown all over, with no chrome trim on it at all. The entire headlining, as
with the side panels in the rear was also dark brown in color, the headlining
being fabric, with masonite side panels. The load floor was wood, with skid
strips, but was glossy black enamel.
Body colors were the same as for any Deluxe Ford in 1940. One thing to note is
that the outer front grille panels are body color (center part of the grille is
plated in the kit, which is correct), with 3 chrome strips on each side grille.
The windshield was set in rubber channel, but with a chrome center post.
Running boards were covered in black rubber. Wheels were the same color as the
body, unless otherwise specified (this was a dealer-installed option).
Whitewall tires were very seldom purchased by commercial car users, but if you
do want white walls, in 1940, white wall tires had white sidewalls on both
sides (inner as well as outer) of the tire, which was standard for whitewalls
prior to WW-II.
The engraved "Ford Deluxe" script on the hubcaps was dark blue on all Deluxe
Fords, this can be done by brushing a bit of Testors #1111 blue on the scripts,
then quickly wiping away the excess, leaving the blue in the engraved scripts.
To see the available colors for a 1940 Ford Deluxe, go to
www.autocolorlibrary.com They have the 1940 Ford paint chips imaged there.
For further detailing information, just do a Google search for "1940 Ford" or
"1940 Ford Sedan Delivery".
Hope this helps!
Wow! Many thanks for the great information!
I appreciate you taking the time to help a new guy out!
What would you suggest about the door handles?
They are really small-->would bare metal foil stuff work, or could I
Also, any recommendations for my next kit? Would like to stay in the
1932-57 years? Any preferred kits?
I would suggest one of the Revell '40 Fords. They just released a
stunning '40 Ford Standard coupe. There's a '40 Ford Deluxe convertible
out there too. Revell also did a couple of '37 Ford trucks, a pickup
and a panel van.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Or, the older Lindberg '53 Ford. I just picked up one of the
convertibles before Christmas. Mine seems to lack a decal sheet but I
won't miss the pace car markings.
If you don't mind that it's an older moulding there's a '49 Mercury
coupe from RC/Ertl.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
I just went to our local shop and saw the Revell models last night.
wow! Seems to be light years ahead of AMT, but I guess most of the AMT's
are re-issues of old kits, right?
Then again, I saw the AMT Fireball 500 which I might try if I can put my
40 together without gluing my fingers together :)
thanks to all for the help! I started the underbody last night and
On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:25:53 +0000, Bill Banaszak wrote:
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