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McQ's '73 Trans Am

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
McQ's '73 Trans Am
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 13, 2013 8:26 PM

I have this Trans Am lanquishing on the shelf and it is in need of a rebuild.  I have been toying with the idea of converting it to McQ's '73 Trans Am.  Now, if you are not familiar with McQ, here's a little back story.  McQ is a motion picture starring John Wayne and it was released to theaters in 1974.  McQ is a police detective living in Seattle, Washington and he, like many other detectives on TV and the movies, has his own style of detecting.  He becomes embroiled in a case of drugs and murder while trying to deal with corruption within the Police Department.  His vehicle of choice is a dark green '73 Trans Am, which seems like an unlikely car for the Duke due to his size.  The dark green color harkens back to Steve McQueen's Bullitt and his '68 Mustang GT as a bit of a tribute.

   

I present to you my Pontiac Trans Am that I built back sometime in the '90's.

For now, my plan calls for Model Master #28120 Fathom Green Metallic.  I do believe that the McQ Trans Am was Brewster Green but none of that color exists in hobby paint and I am not about to special order any paint.

First order of business is deconstruction and a good cleaning!  Then, it'll be prep for paint.

More to come...

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

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Saturday, July 13, 2013 9:24 PM

Hey Mike saw the movie when it was released and I will watch this build. It was bummer what happens later in the movie about is car..........

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:46 AM

Bravo! Loved the car, the movie was Okay, too much scenery-chewing and poor continuity for me.

FIRST movie to use a Cannon-Roll to flip the Chevy at the end of the chase.

The Duke was a little crinkly by then, so they used his stunt double for car-entry scenes.

The first alley-smash scene was wasted because of camera trouble.

One of the five T/As used in the movie was a real SD (Super Duty, Pontiac's hyper-performance motor, very rare...)car

For the uninitiated, the re is a chase from the movie on YouTube, IIRC 'John Wayne Seattle Movie Car Chase Tour' or something to that effect.

Some of the best sound effects ever to that time, regarding the T/A.

I'll be watching this one... Get the stance right!

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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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Posted by Rik_Biel on Sunday, July 14, 2013 7:47 AM

Looking forward to seeing this transformation !

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:10 AM

Thanks guys!  This wasn't one of The Duke's better movies, but it does have it's moments.  The car sound effects were typical of a Warner Bros. movie for the time...stolen from Bullitt.  But, it was kind of nice to see John Wayne in a different type of role.

Last night before I turned in, I blew apart the T/A.  These parts will be cleaned and stripped.

These parts will be cleaned and freshened up.

The body parts are under a good coating of Easy-Off.

More to come...

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

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, July 14, 2013 7:04 PM

Great subject, I've been wanting to do one of these as well.  Looking forward to seeing more!

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 14, 2013 7:28 PM

Thanks Bill!  You are correct as this is a great subject and one that is not often seen or heard of...maybe except by some of us "old-timers". Big Smile  While doing some research, I looked at the steering wheel and noticed the closed holes in the spokes.  I said to myself, "I've gotta open those!"

I rinsed off the body that had been soaking in Easy-Off since this morning and with an old nail brush, I removed the decals, enamel clearcoat, and some of the trim paint.  When the body is dry, I'll start prepping for paint.

Even the wheels look great!  I wished Revell had used these in the '69 GTO The Judge kit instead of the shallow ones.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:41 PM

Man you are moving fast as the Duke.. Keep it coming............

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:50 PM

Small point, Mike...

The movie with the Bullitt sound effects was Roy Scheiders' 'Seven Ups' with those stupid squishy Pontiacs in NYC...

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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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Posted by wabatuckeun on Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:09 PM

Looking forward to this one Mike!!! I to was a big fan of the Duke!!! can't wait to see more Hmmm now where are those cookis???

StaceCool

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Posted by DAYTONA on Monday, July 15, 2013 10:25 AM

...I saw the movie when it was first released, but have never seen it since...cool project, especially redoing an older build...many times, I have found restorations to be more rewarding than a new kit

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:08 PM

Thanks guys!  Rebuilds have a special satisfaction for me.  Enjoying the same kit that I originally built the second time around!  Adding detail to a kit that I never added before when it was originally built.

I've been piecing the body back together.  Some additional cleanup and it'll be ready for primer.

One thing I noticed on McQ's Trans Am was that it had a chrome drip rail over the side windows and additional chrome here and there.  Using some .010 x .030 Evergreen Strip Styrene, I added the drip rail.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:47 AM

Good eye. Looks like you are on the move...

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 7:18 PM

Thanks Bruce!  No work done on the T/A tonight.  Long day at work and I'm tired.  Gonna sit in front of the TV for a few, then it's off to bed.

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:30 PM

Now that sounds like a winner...

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Posted by CarGuy1963 on Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:39 PM

Nice start. Can't wait to see more.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! Michael

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Posted by Big Niel on Thursday, July 18, 2013 2:12 PM

looks good I like rebuilds!!

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Posted by CJTORINO on Friday, July 19, 2013 12:40 PM

great rebuild. and a great movie.

I have this kit (unbuilt) sitting in my pile.


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Posted by W-Machine on Friday, July 19, 2013 6:23 PM

McQ's Trans Am is certainly one of the Duke's coolest on-screen rides, so this project earns my seal of approval.

"People shouldn't be treated like objects. They aren't that valuable." -P.J. O'Rourke

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 22, 2013 8:04 PM

Thanks guys!

After much thought and research, I have changed my mind on the paint.  To me, Brewster Green is not a metallic color.  So, Fathom Green Metallic is out and in its place will be Tamiya TS-9 British Green.  This paint looks closer to Brewster Green than any of the others I have looked at.

Tonight, I took the engine apart and painted the engine block with Model Master Pontiac Engine Blue Metallic.  The intake will be repainted along with the pulley/belt assembly, power steering pump//alternator assembly, and the exhaust manifolds.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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  • From: The Great Northwest (SPOKANE)
Posted by Space Cowboy on Monday, July 22, 2013 9:10 PM

I think you are right about the color. Can't wait to see the body in color...

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by wabatuckeun on Monday, July 22, 2013 11:10 PM

Man this is shaping up nicely Mike!!

Stace

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:51 PM

Thanks Bruce and Stace!  The paint may be changing again.  An opportunity has come my way for some Brewster Green that I can't pass up.  Until the paint arrives, I'll focus on the rest of the T/A.

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 29, 2013 7:15 PM

I detailed the dash this afternoon.  Have a look...

The chassis has been repainted and the front and rear suspensions have been installed.

The 400 CI Poncho motor has been installed into the chassis.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by wabatuckeun on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:48 PM

lookin good Mike!

Stace

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:11 PM

Thank you Stace!

I paint detailed the wheels tonight.

I cleaned the tires of the white letters and installed the wheels

Then I installed the wheels and tires onto the chassis.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:34 PM

Great job on those wheels!

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:49 PM

Wow what detail on the dash and the wheels are so realistic. I can hardly wait for the color..

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/moose5147/

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 02, 2013 1:53 PM

Thanks Bill and Bruce!

After doing more research and listening to some sound advice, I have pulled the engine apart and repainted it with Model Master Big Bad Blue, which looks close to the GM corporate blue used in '73.

I washed the front and rear windows and the interior and seats.  The interior will be repainted and I may use embossing powder on the carpet.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 02, 2013 7:43 PM

I got the engine reassembled and back into the chassis.

More to come...

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

On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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