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Jim Bailey's '71 El Camino

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Jim Bailey's '71 El Camino
Posted by openwheel on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:47 PM

My father-in-law has a collection of some classic cars that he takes to car shows, and one of his friends who goes to car shows with him, Jim Bailey, has an excellent example of a 1971 El Camino. Jim's wife asked me if I would build a replica of his car as a gift for him, so that's what this build is all about.

 

The build won't be full-detail, but even so, will have a few challenges. This first issue is that no model companies have ever made a '71 El Camino. The closest I found is a Jimmy Flintstone '72 El Camino resin body that uses the AMT '72 Chevelle as a donor kit. While this cominations is close, there will still be some alterations that will be necessary to represent a '71, and then some more work to make it look like Jim's Elco.

 

Here are some pics of the original.

 

 

Art Laski

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Posted by openwheel on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:48 PM

Here is what I gathered up to pull this together.

 

 

I picked up some Keith Marks decals for the graphics. Also, I wasn't sure what to do about the tires, but miraculously, Fireball Model Works had the Cooper tire lettering.

 

I'm stealing the wheels from the '67 El Camino with the soap box car I just got. I'll use the other ones in the kit on that build later.

Art Laski

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Posted by openwheel on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:50 PM

My friend, Chris Sobak, was kind enough to send me his Flinstone kit of the '72 El Camino. While mine was just a body, his was a more of a kit with an interior, chassis pan and rear bumper. I used his interior to measure and cut mine.

 

 

Modified the dash from the SS version to match Jim's. 

Mocked up a printout of the gauges. It will be a little smaller than this.

 

Art Laski

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Posted by openwheel on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:50 PM

I also started in on the seat. The model comes with individual bucket seats, but Jim's truck has a bench, but with split seat backs. So I used the bench back seat from the Chevelle and modified it.

 

Stealing the headrests from the bucket seats.

Art Laski

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Posted by openwheel on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:51 PM

I got lucky and found some images of the exact floor mats that match this car. I printed some up on paper to size and will make a decal to go on some sheet styrene.

 

I scratchbuilt a steering column, adding an ignition switch and the shifter mount. I curt some grooves in a styrene tube to make a boot of sorts at the end.

 

Art Laski

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Posted by openwheel on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:51 PM

The steering wheel is done. I found a wheel in the spares box that had the right thickness on the rim, then used a paper pattern to make the center from styrene. 

This is the original wheel.

 

Art Laski

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, November 27, 2017 8:26 PM
Good luck with this , Detailing looks great so far ! Hope Jim loves it .
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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:13 AM

The piping on the bench seat is a great little detail that you've added. And the steering wheel? Wow! 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:29 AM

Very nice scratchbuilding, Openwheel! Can't wait to see the finished product! Cool Thumbs Up

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Posted by openwheel on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:35 PM

Thanks for your comments, fellas!

Art Laski

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:14 PM

Looks great so far.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 4:29 AM
That's some nice work
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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 9:24 AM
This...is...AWESOME! I will be following along. Keep up the great work!
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Posted by openwheel on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 8:01 PM

Thank you all for the comments!

I've been making some more progress on the interior. This is probably where most of the detail will be to replicate the original car.

 

I completed the bench seat. I wasn't sure what to use for the seat cloth. I was looking for some images of a weave to use as a decal, but nothing seemed right. Then I happened to be looking at a carbon fiber sheet that is part of my product inventory in my store and it looked like it might be perfect. So I applied it and shot it with some flat lacquer after is was on and it's about as good as I am going to get it.

 

The real seats...

 

I made a shifter handle and the wheel adjustment handle. The shifter is a bit out of scale, so I won't be using it. Another one is in progress, so keep that in mind as you look at the further pictures.

 

 

Finished the dash up, including new gauge and lens.

 

 

 

All the parts before assembly.

 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Art Laski

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:38 PM
Some truly outstanding work you've done so far, I'm looking forward to seeing more!
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Posted by openwheel on Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:51 AM

spencer1984
Some truly outstanding work you've done so far, I'm looking forward to seeing more!

I really do appreciate that. Here is some more for you...

Interior is done! I added pedals, which you can't see too well, the dash cover and some seatbelts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Laski

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Posted by mini man on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:04 AM

Someone double tap that wheel I swear it's still breathing!Yes

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

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Posted by Big Gary on Friday, December 08, 2017 3:27 AM
Great project well done, except for backward logo on the driver's floor mat. :-)
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Posted by openwheel on Friday, December 08, 2017 11:14 AM

Thanks for the comments!

Big Gary
Great project well done, except for backward logo on the driver's floor mat. :-)
 

It's funny, Gary, I didn't make that image, but rather found it as is on the web. I noticed it was off, but dismissed it as how the mat was since the "Chevrolet" letters were not flipped. But now that you pointed it out, Jim's actual mats have the correct logo. I just might be fixing that, but it will be one of the last things I do since it can barely be seen, even more so with the body on and time is short...

Art Laski

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, December 08, 2017 4:40 PM
I really appreciate the details here. The backseat/frontseat, the column, the wheel, dash, shifter all look great. Everything has been well thought out and the execution is great. Bravo.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Classic Plastic on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:29 PM
Very fine detail work! Really love the stuff that can't be seen. But YOU know it's there!
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Posted by openwheel on Sunday, December 10, 2017 1:39 PM

I really appreciate all the comments!

I took the headlight buckets from a Revell '70 Chevelle kit and cut the round part off and mated two of them together to make a square lens bucket. I still need to smooth them out and drill the holes for them in the grill, but this is going to work out, I think.

 

 

Art Laski

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, December 11, 2017 11:22 AM
This is why I come to the forums. This ingenuity is priceless! Really cool stuff. Keep up the good work.

Just keep picking away at it...

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