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  • 1966 Auburn 866 Speedster by Glenn Pray

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    I found this 1978 copyright Hot Wheels Auburn 852 at the same antique mall my Lesney Regular Wheel Ford Anglia came from. Due to being off-proportioned, and too short and squatty to be the original 1930s-era classic, I chose to build this one as one of the Ford Galaxie chassis-based, fiberglass-bodied, smaller in all aspects replicas built by Glenn Pray of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma starting in 1966, into the 1970s. (Top car in below photo is an original Auburn, bottom car is a Glenn Pray replica)

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    I've now gotten the body stripped and paint prepped, gotten the grille/dash/steering wheel/side pipe/headlight piece detailed, and gotten the windshield chrome touched up. I still need to fill in a casting defect in one bumper with some JB Quik Weld and paint the body & fenders/interior floor/seat. The interior in this will get the inside side/door panels painted to match the seat, sandpaper scrap used to make simulated shag carpeting, and a floor shifter added in.

    I'm planning on painting this in a color scheme more typical of the late 60s/early 70s continuation Auburn "replicars" than of the original E.L. Cord-era grand classic. Likely maroon with black interior like the above pictured real Glenn Pray Auburn, or kelly green with tan interior.

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  • #2
    Nice! What are the tires and wheels from?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JeepXJ View Post
      Nice! What are the tires and wheels from?
      M2 '57 Chevy emergency wagon that got damaged. I black-washed the wheels at one point

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      • #4
        I vote for green and tan.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ivantt View Post
          I vote for green and tan.
          Thanks, I like the idea

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          • #6
            My can of kelly green paint malfunctioned as I was trying to spray this. Instead, I put on a light mist coating of primer that I covered with General Motors Bahama Blue Metallic, to match the 1974 Stutz Blackhawk I built last summer. It's not inconceivable at all that someone wealthy during the early 1970s could have had an Auburn 866 Speedster replica and a Stutz Blackhawk in matching/similar colors.

            More progress to come on Sunday


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            • #7
              First coat of paint on the body & fenders of the Glenn Pray Auburn Speedster... needs another coat or two, which I'll get at the auto parts store on Sunday, but no fisheyes or cracking at least.

              The seat will be painted to look like white leather, and what can be seen of the cockpit floor will be covered in sandpaper scrap cut to shape and painted blue to look like late 60s/early 70s era shag carpet. The inner cockpit walls will be painted white to match the seat, as well. The color is General Motors Bahama Blue Metallic, which is close enough to the blue shades used in the era, but most importantly, painted to match another neoclassic luxury car in my collection, as seen above

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                Showing the work I put into the chassis, bumpers, wheels/tires/axles, underside detail, etc., and comparing the wheelbase of the Glenn Pray Auburn design to that of 1964-67 Ford Galaxies from my collection ('64 factory lightweight dragster shown in my pics)

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                I got the final paint job done (there is no "orange peel" on the hood, it was a shaky pic and bad lighting), just need to let it dry properly and buff it out. Interior will be white leather with brown or black "carpeting", and the chrome will be highlighted to bring out the detail fully.

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                Finished grille/dash/side pipe piece. Still need to repaint that one headlight lens.




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                Detailed windshield with a replica WWII rationing sticker hand-painted on


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                A better look at the Ford Galaxie frame comparison. Wheelbase and track are the same,


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                • #9
                  I can now call this project finished... had zero trouble with the detailing and assembly, and I'm very happy with it.

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                  • #10
                    The blue looks good.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ivantt View Post
                      The blue looks good.
                      Thanks!

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