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Looking for a custom builder
Posted by cripp7 on Friday, July 06, 2018 2:40 PM

I'm hoping this is the correct for him to put this in. I'm looking for someone that can put a model together for me since I'm a quadriplegic, here's my story:  

For my 15th birthday (1984) my parents bought my great uncles 1962 Chevy c10 truck for $500 because he passed away. When I got the truck it was all numbers matching, My aunt gave me a folder that had everything from the original bill of sale, every oil change, tag renewal, etc. up until he passed away. He bought it brand-new off the lot in 1962 and only drove it back and forth for groceries, supplies, etc. so when I got it he had 61,000 original miles with the 283/powerglide, . 

Well because I was pretty good at working on engines, the whole neighborhood would bring their motorcycles to me to work on when they weren't working right, I started fixing it up. A buddy of mine, whose dad and him built-in engines for a living, gave me a cam from an L82 Vet motor which gave it a pretty good boost in power! Plus I got a 4 barrel intake from another friend, and LUCKILY my mom worked for Champion Rebuilders so anytime I needed parts I would just ask her for them because she worked in inventory control! :-) (I got a Holly 650 carb, new lifters for the cam, pushrods, 4 generators (because I Burning it goes without racing) water pump, etc.) 

Well I was working underneath it and I had a Jack failure causing a spinal cord injury.once that happened I took it out to our friends who lived in the country and budded up on blocks and it sat there for 3 years. I decided to it was time to sell it, I put a fresh battery on it and changed the fuel filter, sprayed some carb starter and it fired right up.I sold the truck to a friend of mine which in turn she sold it to her brother who has kept it this whole time not changing anything except the drivetrain and the rims and tires. Paint and body and interior is still the same. He was oing to fix it up with his son, but he passed away and willed it to his son. I've contacted is son about it and tried to buy it back, but he insisted that it was his DAD's truck and he was going to fix it up. I'll post pictures of the time I got it to the time it set here recently. But he was not going to sell it I offered him 5K for it but he said no.

So I'm looking to do a 1962 Chevy fleet side model truck with custom Brandywine paint job, and charcoal gray accents on the roof and sidelines. A supercharged LS6 motor, and a lot of little extras.

How much would it be for anyone to build one for me?! I do have a starter truck that's already made for a 62' it just needs all the trim work, you'll see in the pictures. I do have a good budget because I want this to be really highly detailed, almost like show quality





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Posted by Plowboy on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:15 PM



How much would it be for anyone to build one for me?! 



A lot!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, July 06, 2018 10:03 PM

I hate to tell you this but I think your over your head.

The hobby has changed a lot the last year or two and prices for old kits have skyrocketed ,and old truck kits are super hot right now,and a 1962 C10 is one of the hotest kits.

If you don't have a complete kit good luck on finding one, especially a complete kit.

On Ebay maybe once in a blue moon now days and figure $300-$500 and up. Prices on anything that old has just gone through the ceiling.

What your looking for as a builder I don't think exists here. These guys are all hobby builders, me too, that are pretty good but what you described is a pretty rare builder and expensive.

Figure $2000 just for the builder. Then there's the kit, other kits to get all the parts you want in the build and other supplies. Just the paint you described could be a couple hunred dollars. Figure $2500-$3000.

The reason I know is I have built between 40 and 50 specialty 1/25 scale model cars for high-end collectors in the past for some big money. That was a lot of years ago and I just build for myself now.

If you can find a "complete" kit, I suggest you find a club in your area and find the best builder locally and take a look at his work and see if it meets your standards.

Anyone can say there good, but "GOOD" is a relative" term and everyone has a different idea of what that means.

A picture is worth a thousand words or in your case several thousand dollars.

Good luck on your qwest.








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Posted by Dale Gribble on Friday, July 06, 2018 11:43 PM

He did say he has the base kit already ..... 

your friendly neighborhood spam eliminator... 

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....rareity is for sissies ! 

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, July 16, 2018 10:28 AM

Hi Howard !

    I must say , You certainly have an interesting  story . I will tell you this . If you want a Presentation , Museum correct model  ,You are going to get sticker shock . The last auto model I did was priced at  $ 5,500.00 dollars .

 The one before that , for a law firm was over $ 12,000.00 . You might find someone to do it from a local club , whose work meets your desires . I would recommend an I.P.M.S. Auto Builder who has passed the " Judge " test . If his work is respected and quality , go for it !

 Don't seek a  "Proffessional " here because we all have much higher prices than most want to pay and numbers of commissions that would require it to be put in line .

 I truly hope you find someone . Sounds interesting .Besides I do like trucks . O.C.G.

 President and Ceb and Cbw for my one man firm 
 "Dragonstar " 

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Posted by oldnslow on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 7:44 AM

You have a PM .

Robert Lightsey

Lost in Paradise

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Posted by oldnslow on Friday, July 20, 2018 8:49 PM

Another PM .

Robert Lightsey

Lost in Paradise

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:42 AM

Wow! I guess I need to change my line of work if people are getting between $2,000.00 & $12,000.00 for a model car!

Really? $12,000.00 for a plastic model?

A price like that would never even cross my mind.

Maybe it's just me, but if I were to take on something like this, & the OP had an acceptable kit that didn't take a ton of body modifications, I really can't see asking more than a few hundred dollars for the build.

Oh sure, I guess if I'm making a carreer out of it & I feel my labor is worth $50.00 an hour, I guess then I can see asking thousands, but I can also see being very, very poor!

For a comparison, a couple of years ago, I had a local mechanic, & not a cheap one, completely rebuild the entire drive train of a 1:1 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix for in the neighborhood of that $12,000.00.

And that included complete engine & transmission overhaul, entirely new brakes all around, new fuel system, new cooling system, tires, rear suspension, new starter,  alternator, fuel tank, radiator, carb rebuild, belts, hoses, etc, etc.

But to spend that much to have someone build a plastic model?

Not this guy & not in this lifetime!




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