The St. Joe Valley Street Rod Club, with members located in the South Bend, Indiana area, have created a unique car show display to highlight several members street rods that were entered this last weekend in a local car show presented by another local club, the Coachmen.
Our display, including the box, replicates an early 1960's AMT plastic 3-in-1 model kit of a 1940 Ford coupe BUT in full size, using an actual '40 Ford and associated car parts and kit building items (paint bottles, glue tube, etc.).
Our box (14' long, 6' wide, 4' tall) holds an actual unfinished '40 Ford coupe and has the exact artwork used on the original AMT box. A local printer, using digital technology and the ability to print banner-size items, was able to print the art work used on all 5 sides of the box cover.
A "tree", one of two, was created to hold actual flathead engine parts, including a block and heads. The second tree replicates one that held chrome parts such as nerf bars, bumpers and wheel covers.
Testor paint bottles (36" tall) and other tools typical to model building (glue tube, brush, x-acto knife) but scaled up in size, are included.
An authentic Buick nailhead with Hilborn fuel injection and a pair of slicks are also displayed, again to duplicate the items shown on the original 60's box.
Completing the display is a typical 1960's kitchen table/chair with the actual 1/24 scale 1940 Ford kit being assembled on the table top along with 1/24 scale models of the 5 club member cars also in the display (finished '40 Ford coupe w/SBC, '70 Nova 2 door w/ BBC, hemi powered '39 DeSoto sedan, '48 Chevy coupe w/ SBC and '56 T-Bird).
Our Club feels your many subscribers will enjoy and easily identify with our display of a nostalgig hobby we all enjoyed (or still do) but only in full size. Ric Stran, St. Joe Valley Street Rod Club