My second entry for the LUGNuts I Wannabe Like You challenge honors Ralph Savelsberg and his no nonsense approach to vehicle building. This 1960 Ford Starliner is surely something Ralph would build, but it also combines my own scale and style with his clean and sensible aesthetic. In order to build like Ralph, I had to think like Ralph. This involved nixing my usual hod rod research material in favor of original ads from 1960. Resisting my urges to drop the suspension, chop the roof, outsize the engine and give the whole thing an obnoxious flaming paint job, I instead went purely factory equipped...or “bog standard” as Ralph would say. This enabled me to build in a color I wouldn’t normally think about...clean white with a demure gray interior, a color option straight from the 1960 Ford factory line. This model includes my first ever brick built steering wheel, detailed engine and interior, fully functioning hood and trunk (or bonnet and boot in Ralph’s world) and building like Ralph has helped me learn new ways to open side doors. The end result is a stunning factory standard model I call Stock Beauty. Ralph, learning from you has been an honor. In doing so, I’ve glimpsed into the past and gained new insight on tricky build techniques and the subtle beauty of “bog standard”. Thanks, my friend!
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