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1970 HEMI Challenger Convertible WIP

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
1970 HEMI Challenger Convertible WIP
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 08, 2017 8:42 PM

I've been working on painting several bodies in another thread. I am starting this WIP as I have all the parts painted and am itching to start building something! So here's where I am:

  1. Painted and rubbed out the body, revealed the Challenger script on the front fender that I had foiled before paint.
  2. Painted the chassis, trying to use the article in SA April 2014 by Tim Boyd on the 70 'Cuda.
  3. Painted the interior and detailed the dash with brown paint, foil, blackwash and red paint. The radio face is a gear selector decal from Mike's scale speed shop.
  4. The hemi is from the 70 'Cuda. I think it is an outstanding model engine (See Orange R/T's beautiful build-up of this engine in his WIP). I used a 440 in the last 'Cuda I built so I have it as an extra.

So now I am going to add the foil to the body and see if I can add some extra detail to the interior. I continur to paint additional parts for the three other builds I've started and maybe I'll even get a couple of other bodies painted. I want to get some painting done now while the weather is nice. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Friday, September 08, 2017 11:44 PM

Thanks for the reference! So far so good, like I said I'm looking forward to seeing this one come together! Next year at Mopar Carlisle I'm gonna be on the lookout for this kit so I can build a tribute to the one I built as my first model 20 some years ago! 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, September 09, 2017 2:32 AM

Looking quite perfect Awsome dash immoparpurpleplumcrazy fanatic 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, September 09, 2017 2:42 PM
I agree with 64 ! There's something about plum crazy Mopars ! Panther pink not so much though LOL Have a look at the " from the brochure " post and see what mess I've gotten myself into !
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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 09, 2017 8:56 PM

Good job on the dash. The radio turned out superbly with that decal

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 11, 2017 4:55 PM

Thanks, All! I appreciate your comments!

Finished the foil on this one and I am just mocking it up to see what it might look like. I didn't use the working tie downs as I am out of fine needles (will have to make a trip to the sewing department) and the engraved ones on the hood have pretty good detail. Next, I'll try to add a little detail to the interior and see if I can fit the 426 Hemi in it. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:34 PM

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:08 PM

Those seatbelts really make that interior detailing complete . Good luck getting the elephant in the front , the shaker might make the hood sit high as my 71 cuda did . (Its white , with the black billboards- based on the 1:4 / $4.2m (!) "FRENCH export" )

I simply removed the flat underside of the scoop so it sits perfectly now .

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  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:32 PM

Great work on the interior!!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:45 PM

The interior looks excellent, nice work!! Does the kit come with a boot for the convertable top? Been so many years i don't remember.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:51 PM

Thanks, All!  Yes, there is a convertible boot in the kit. Haven't even thought about test-fitting it yet - hope it fits because the vinyl top is a definite no! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, September 15, 2017 4:19 PM

modelcarjr

Looking good Jr!  But, you've got to find a pistol grip shifter and replace that 3-speed stick!

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 18, 2017 6:55 PM

You never know, MrMike, there might be a 4-speed transmission linkage under that boot!

I do agree a pistol grip shifte would look better but I don't have one in the parts box because I usually use them if there is one in a kit. Now I just have to figure out which kit I want to rob.  Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:41 PM

I think there is a resin caster who makes them.  I just can't think of who it is.  Maybe you might be able to make on out of styrene?  I just check my parts box and I don't have any.  Sorry!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:00 AM

Well, I found a shifter in the parts box finally. Not sure where it came from but it had a really long throw and about a 45 degree angle and it looks like Hurst on the shaft. So I cut it down, removed the stick from the kit boot, cut a slot in the boot, put it together and added some paint.

Might be a little tall but looks better than before. Thanks for looking and thanks for the suggestion, MrMike!

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:07 AM

That looks much better than the 3-speed stick you had in there before!  Good job!  BTW, that shifter came from the AMT '70 Dodge Superbee.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:10 PM

Thanks, MrMike! I appreciate your comment!

Here is the completed engine. I originally had the "Cuda exhaust headers on it but had to change to the Challenger kit exhaust manifolds since the headers wouldn't fit the frame. I also couldn't push myself to use the 'Cuda intake manifold and carbs as I wanted to save them for another "Cuda build. I bought a extra "Cuda that was on clearance but I'm gonna leave these pieces in that kit. Instead, I used a manifold and carbs from the parts box. I shaved down the carbs so that I could get the shaker to sit as low as possible. Now I'll see if I can get everthing to fit under the hood! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:32 AM

Ok, I can see the finish line! Mocked-up the engine, frame, interior and body and everything looks like it will go together well. I had to add a piece of plastic to the bottom of the air cleaner under the shaker to mount on the carbs to bring it up just a little and fit in the hole in the hood. Much better to do that than to try to shave height because the carbs were too tall. So now I just need to find a nice set of stock wheels since the Keystones in the kit don't do it for me. Wheels, tires and suspension are next. I'll also have to shorten the driveshaft a little. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:56 AM

Yes Beautiful. Steels & dogdish caps would look nice , but theres also plenty of kits with Rallye wheels to choose from .......

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Posted by DAYTONA on Friday, September 22, 2017 8:13 PM

...there is a real one, it has the "Road Wheels"...not my favorites

...another part of the story, I was at the MOPAR Nats many many (30 some) years ago, took my 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, had a buyer, tried to buy the Plum HEMI Challenger vert., he wanted $25k, we were just a very few thousand difference, deal didn't work.....I should have paid up LOL

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:22 AM

$25k....... ! Crying 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:15 AM

Thanks, Spencer and Daytona! I appreciate your comments!

Well, as they often say in England, I think I finally have this thing sorted! First, I removed the pins on the bottom of the interior and the raised receivers on the chassis as I wanted to get the wheels in the proper position in the wheel openings. I found some better keystones than are in the kit (chrome on the kit wheels looked pretty bad) and mounted them on some Goodyear L60-15s also from the parts box.

I shortened the driveshaft but apparently not enough as it pushed the engine up in front and the hood wouldn't fit over the shaker. So the engine mounts broke loose and I shortened the driveshaft again, re-installed the engine so that it sat level and removed the plastic plate I had added to the bottom of the air cleaner (taped in) so that the hood would sit down. So now, I think everything looks good, wheels and tires in the wheel openings, hood closes and engine and shaker are level. Now I'll detail and install the firewall, glue in part of the radiator, glue in the interior and frame to the body. I'll glue in the rest of the radiator after the body is on to avoid any issues with clearing the engine fan.  Then its on to finishing the exterior hardware and some decals!  Thanks for looking! Cool 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:40 AM
Looks great, but then your stuff always does!

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:43 AM

Looks great, but then your stuff always does! Wish Round 2 would step up and rehab that kit so that the engine was usable...

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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