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1973 GTO
Posted by am73grand on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:32 AM

I posted this on another forum but I figured I would share it here.

I wanted to build a model of the '73 GTO I used as a daily driver when I was younger. Here is what it looked like (It is the beat up one)

As you probably know there is no 1/25 scale kit of the '73 GTO. What to do?

I started with a Johan '75 Cutlass

After a ton of bodywork here is what I ended up with:

Not perfect, but close enough for me. Thanks for looking!

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  • From: Quebec,Canada
Posted by mikemopar70 on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:46 AM

Nice work!

Really close to the real one!

I like it!! :-)


Let's keep on building!!!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:26 AM

Wow! that's a lot of work. Body work is not something I do well, so I am quite impressed when I see what some people manage to do to convert a body from one style to another. Very well done, and a nice replica of your old ride. I would, however, love to see one of these conversions done as show room new.

Very impressive. I like it Thumbs Up

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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  • From: South Central Pa.
Posted by CarGuy1963 on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:34 AM

Wow dude you did an amazing job. Great work!

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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Posted by Idonthavetimeforthis on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:17 AM
That's great! Not just for the conversion, but that you replicated your old ride.
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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by tabbysdaddy on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:42 PM

Yea man, awesome work.

"Why do they call them buildings when they're already done building them? They ought to be called builts." - Gallagher


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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:34 PM

An excellent build of an uncommon subject.

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  • From: Tennessee
Posted by SLUSHER on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:49 PM

Very good body work...Slusher


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Posted by Big Niel on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:56 PM

thats coming very nice!!

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  • From: Shelburn Indiana
Posted by 50 Coupe on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:57 PM

Wow, now that's cool !  Cool   Great job!


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Posted by Ondahl on Monday, February 11, 2013 3:49 AM
Cool car!!!
How did you do the vinyltop??? Pics always helps!!!
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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Monday, February 11, 2013 4:40 AM

Quite nicely done! Any engine pictures?

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by wabatuckeun on Monday, February 11, 2013 9:46 AM

GREAT JOB!!! Nice rendition of your car! Very Cool


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  • From: Central Pennsylvania
Posted by Dodge_Driver on Monday, February 11, 2013 3:30 PM

Nice work! I guess I'm an oddball in that I like many of the much- maligned '73-'79 coupes from the Big Three and AMC.

   BTW, Ma's resin has a '73 Pontiac body with a choice of a Grand Am or GTO hood/nose combo. I might take a shot at a Grand Am myself.

More a model starter than a model builder!

Planned Builds: '78 Dodge Sweptline street machine; Revell '69 Charger-440/6spd/18" wheels; Monogram '32 Ford Highboy.

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Posted by am73grand on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:52 AM

Thanks everyone for the compliments. I had no idea Ma's did the '73 GTO/ Grand Am. I will be ordering one of each.

The vinyl top trim was done with Evergreen strips and the 2 part paint system from Testors. The seams in the roof are evergreen strips as well. Because of all the bodywork I ended up sanding all the window trim off. I replaced that with Evergreen as well.

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  • From: The Great Northwest (SPOKANE)
Posted by Space Cowboy on Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:02 PM

Very impressive body work......

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Posted by am73grand on Friday, February 15, 2013 10:16 AM

I forgot to mention. There is no engine in this build as the hood does not open. The chassis isn't even detail painted....

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Posted by hemi hunter on Friday, February 15, 2013 10:18 PM

kool nice body work Big Smile

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:28 PM

that's excellent work, and a hilarious subject (did all our cars suck in high school?) Your lucky the Johan kit was close enough.

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  • From: Vantaa, Finland
Posted by W-409 on Monday, February 18, 2013 2:43 PM

Very nice! This body style is very nice, too. It's just a shame that there are only a few Models of these cars. We have '74 Chevelle Stock Eliminator project in the garage, that's why I really enjoy seeing these. You did excellent job with the body, it really looks accurate.

Stockers Forever!

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  • From: Watertown ny
Posted by gratch73a on Friday, February 22, 2013 8:27 PM

Hellova a nice job! Hoe about a 74 GTO.

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Posted by 84Interceptor on Monday, August 25, 2014 11:05 PM
Very well done!
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Posted by Timonator on Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:14 AM
That looks really good. I would like to do one of my 73 GS but I don't think that I could do it as well as you did the Pontiac.
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Posted by w451973 on Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:32 PM

I love the 73 GS and would love to see one done. The GTO is cool and if I'm not mistaken he is also doing a 73 wagon.

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Posted by 76 maverick on Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:57 PM

Very impressive that turned out fantastic !

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  • From: flushing NY
Posted by montelsc on Friday, October 10, 2014 8:35 PM

Very impressive great build  Bow

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  • From: Fallon, Nv.
Posted by helipilot16 on Friday, October 10, 2014 9:08 PM

Just plain piperacks!

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:49 PM

Your conversion looks so good (er bad) it  makes me want to take it so I can RESTORE IT! You got the shape and the feel of it well. It looks just right! Now if only the rest of us could have a copy.

BTW your real car looked very restorable, what ever happened to it? Please don't tell me it got wrapped around a pole or something like that.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

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