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JoHan 1959 Oldsmobile 98 4 door hardtop

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JoHan 1959 Oldsmobile 98 4 door hardtop
Posted by certifiedcarnut on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 4:40 PM

I am going over models that I built and were disassembled for some reason. I have been rebuilding them lately.  I have a JoHan 1959 Olds 4 dr. hardtop. All the parts are there, but the roof. I don't remember why it was removed, and it is not in any of my parts boxes. I'm wondering if anyone could suggest what to do (the roof is flat, should I make a replacement out of styrene sheet, find a body with a good roof, resin (I have looked, no 59 olds 4drs found yet).  It is unpainted and in good shape otherwise. Thanks for any help.  Russ

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Posted by hayes on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 10:57 AM

One suggestion is that Resin Model Ranch make a resin body for a 1960 Chevy Impala 4 door "flat-top" (see https://rmrmodels.com/collections/1950s-1960s-1/products/1960-chevy-4d ). You could cut the roof out of the resin body & graft it onto your '59 Olds body. I did this with a '59 Impala kit &, admittedly, a Modelhaus roof, which is, unfortunately, no longer an option.

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Posted by certifiedcarnut on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:51 AM

Thanks for the advice. I had seen a resin Impala body somewhere and was wondering if that might be a solution. I remember when the "sports sedan" roof for GM cars came out and all of their divisions had a 4 dr. hardtop like that.  Thanks for the quick response. One more question, the bodies at Resin Model Ranch are all 1/25 scale? The JoHan Olds is 1/25.

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Posted by hayes on Thursday, January 10, 2019 6:20 AM

Doesn't actually say so, but I wouldn't imagine that they would be any other scale than 1/25th. He does do a few 1/16th scale items. I should have said that he is reputed to be a slow or unresponsive emailer - try his Facebook page.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:47 AM

You can always keep an eye towards ebay.

There are many times distressed promos for sale relatively cheap.

Often the bodies are un-usable due to the obligatory warpage that these models suffered, but occasionally you can find one with a good roof.

This one is for sale on ebay right now for $29.95, or best offer.

You could try making an offer.

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by certifiedcarnut on Thursday, January 10, 2019 12:26 PM

Thanks Hayes and Steve. I will take your advice. I am getting closer to restoring my '59 Olds now. I have had that model since 1959 and for some reason I used the roof from it for something in the distant past. I looked over my collection to see if it was incorporated into any of them, but no signs of it. I have around 100 models dating back to the mid-'50s when I started building. Also a number of boxes of parts.   Russ

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Posted by certifiedcarnut on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:00 PM

Concerning the '59 Olds again, I emailed Resin Model Ranch again about the scale. I only wanted to know whether the scale of the '60 Chevy I was thinking about using for the replacement roof was 1/25 or 1/24. I don't want 1/24 because it may not fit the 1/25 body the Johan Olds has.  I have yet to receive an answer.  I went back to searching  online, ebay etc. for a parts car for the roof.  Either out of site prices or junk.  Unless anyone knows where I can find a roof, I am back to 2 choices - try to figure out what guage styrene sheet I need to make a roof from scratch (it is a flat GM sports sedan roof from that era) or turn it into a 4-door convertible. I would rather have a roof since the sports sedans were unique.  Any advice or help would be appreciated. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, January 24, 2019 3:45 PM

If Modelhaus was still up and running, your quest would be a simple one.

Without them, you're at the mercy of the vintage kit purveyors.

I still have an extremely nice built '59 Olds to rebuild......someday!

 

Steve

 

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Posted by certifiedcarnut on Thursday, January 24, 2019 3:59 PM

Hi Steve,  Nice looking car! Mine looks mostly like it, minus the roof.  I still have the vent windows. It is unpainted also.  You have a good car to start with, so that takes any extra work out of it. Good luck with your finishing painting and detailing.   Russ

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