Last we checked in with Marshall Foxworthy and his U.S. Mark II Sports Car, he had just received his sports car body and was up to his neck in research on the car. Click here to review that story.
In the time that’s passed, Marshall has continued his research into the car and its history, and has done a superb job in both planning what needs to be completed and moving forward with key parts of the restoration of the body and completion of the sports car.
Let’s review where he is today with his special sports car – the U.S. Mark II.
Designs and Redesigns:
Marshall Foxworthy is an artist and designer extraordinaire. And he has been getting feedback and assistance through discussions with both Raffi Minasian and Dan Palatnik. Here are some sketches for completing the car with the grille influences taken from the Ford Comete and Cunningham C1. The door panel, though, is of Marshall’s design.
Finding a Chassis:
Here Marshall is removing the body from a nicely acquired 1953 Ford donor car – just like they would of done it back in the 50s but with a few new twists ala Marshall:
Fitting the Body Over the Chassis:
This is a one-man operation for Marshall and he did it like a champ:
Testing Out The 1953 Ford Dashboard:
Should he use this dashboard from the donor car for his Mark II? Let him know your thoughts in the comment area at the end of the story.
Fitting the Steering Wheel and Column:
Marshall also took the time to get a feel for how the 1953 Ford steering wheel and column would look in the car – if he chose to use them. Thoughts here gang?
Cutting the Trunk and Taillight Openings:
Since this is an unused body from the 50s, Marshall had to plan carefully where he’ll need to cut the trunk and taillight openings. Typically there are scribe lines or indentations in the fiberglass that show where to cut – but not on the Mark II body.
Marshall traveled to the legendary (and secretive) Fiberglass Farms to measure one of the Victress S4s we have hidden away. Here’s the car he took the measurements from:
Here’s how he put into play what he learned from the car above:
Testing Two Windshields:
Marshall also tested two different windshields for the Mark II – a flat windshield from the donor car and a wrap around windshield too. Check out both versions below and let him know what you think:
Bumpers ala Virgil Exner’s Chrysler Falcon:
And here is the first version that Marshall has worked up for a front bumper. I can’t wait until we see his plans for the rear bumper. Let him know what you think below gang – in the comments at the end of the story.
It’s clear Marshall Foxworthy still has quite a bit of work ahead of him to complete this sports car. But when you have a firm plan in place, a great design team to work with (Raffi Minasian and Dan Palatnik), and an inspirational design and goal to achieve – anything and everything is possible.
We and the fiber-gang across the world, Marshall, wish you the greatest of success. And keep up posted with progress pictures too 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…