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1969 Dodge Charger 500 Is Complete!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1969 Dodge Charger 500 Is Complete!
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:11 AM

I am starting to hate these little projects that turn into bigger projects.  Case in point...my '69 Charger 500.  I saw elsewhere a Charger 500 that looked really nice with white lettered tires and Magnum 500 wheels.  I have the same model on the shelf with hubcaps and steelies and redline tires.  I decided to change the wheels and tires...wrong move!  

The rear window was in the back seat having broken loose from the body, but everything else was intact.  I tried to remove the wheels and they wouldn't budge, so the chassis would have to come out.  As I removed the chassis, the rear suspension broke loose and the radiator came out.  When I was done taking the Charger apart, the interior remained all together.  I glued the rear window in and called it a night.

I am fortunate enough that the body and paint was still good.  The clearcoat still glossy and shiny and a simple cleaning was in order.  A polishing with Meguiars Scratch X 2.0 and Novus 2 Fine Polish and the body gleams.  When the Charger is back together, I'll wax it with Novus 1 Plastic Polish & Shine. The glass was unscathed and polished out nicely.  

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:40 AM

For the longest time, I have hated detail painting Magnum 500s!  I do it, but I still just absolutely hate it.  

Re-assembly has begun and so far, so good!

The AMT '69 Charger 500 kit is a compromised kit.  The hood came from another version of the Charger, possibly a 1970 version.  I'm trying to figure out a way to fix this.  There was a correct resin hood for this kit, but I can't remember where I saw it or who was the resin caster.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:45 PM

And, my 1969 Dodge Charger 500 is done!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:47 PM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:22 AM
Nice recovery, that turned out great! I'm pretty sure this hood was modified to fit the Daytona nose, and they just never changed it back.
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Posted by 60Buick on Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:15 AM

Very nice restoration. Looks brand new. 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:24 AM

Thank you Bill and 60Buick!

spencer1984
Nice recovery, that turned out great! I'm pretty sure this hood was modified to fit the Daytona nose, and they just never changed it back.
 

It was probably that!  The more I look at it, the more I hate the looks of it.  I wish I knew of a way to correct that hood without having to mess up a 15+ year old paint job.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    June, 2004
Posted by Tom99 on Friday, May 24, 2019 6:47 AM
Very nice, great colors.
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 24, 2019 4:38 PM

Thank you Tom99!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, May 25, 2019 3:45 AM

mrmike
I wish I knew of a way to correct that hood without having to mess up a 15+ year old paint job.

stick a chrome strip across the front edge? Not factory correct, but you know the only way really will be to repaint the hood after you've modified it.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 25, 2019 6:53 AM

Repainting is something that I am trying to avoid.  Yes, I do have the paint and the clear, but I would like to work around that if possible.  For now, I'll just look past it all...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:18 AM

Well, I decided to try adding a thin strip of 0.020 Evergreen styrene to the edge of the hood and glued it on with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement.  When this has dried, I'll sand the upper edge of the strip with a sanding stick.  If all goes well, the lower edge of the strip will match the forward edge of the front fenders.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 26, 2019 7:15 AM

I got up this morning and came down to the Model Cave, sat down and looked at the Charger hood.  After staring at it for a bit, I didn't like how the edge was progressing.  It was uneven and breaking free in sections along the hood edge.  I decided to re-engineer the strip again by removing the old strip, cleaning the edge, cutting a new strip and gluing it onto the hood.  I'll let this sit for a while to dry and then I'll start shaping the edge again.  I used a piece of Tamiya tape to help protect the hood edge from debris created during the process.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:53 PM

The hood is complete!  It's not perfect, but it is as far as I dare go without damaging the paint job.  I am rather happy with it as is, so it will stay as such.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, June 02, 2019 5:41 AM
Nice save, that new edge really helps!
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 02, 2019 8:12 AM

Thank you Bill!  I had considered shortening the hood by about 1/16 inch at the cowl edge, but I nixed that idea.  I thought I might do more damage than good, so I left it alone.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    April, 2019
  • From: Montreal, Canada
Posted by Rockgarden on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:05 AM

You rescued it! Nice work! 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:47 AM

Thank you Rockgarden!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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