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1966 Chevy Impala SS 396 WIP- Finished! Outdoor Pics!

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1966 Chevy Impala SS 396 WIP- Finished! Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 29, 2013 8:01 AM

Although this might not exactly fit in this category I am going to post it here because the skinny tires and hubcaps will have to go for some wider tires and maybe some slotted mag wheels. I did look in my Muscle Car book and found a 65 Impala SS 427 so it might be close. Putting it here might give me a little more leeway for color and I might go with one coat Revving Red, although it might look good in blue as well. This is the last year that I like in the standard Chevy line. I'm not talking about Novas, Chevelles, etc., just standard Bel Airs or Impalas.  I don't even remember what 67 through 97 look like but I do remember the long, fat fendered Impala that came out in 1998, I think. So this will complete a line of Chevy builds that I like from 1955 through 1966.

Everything looks well molded and the hood fits well. Only a little work to do to get rid of the mold lines at the base of the B pillar and I am also going to scribe the door and trunk lines in a little better. Suppose to rain today so I don't know if I'll get any painting done. Maybe I can sneak some primer on before it rains. 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 Space Cowboy on Sunday, September 29, 2013 8:53 PM

Looks like  good start....

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, September 30, 2013 4:55 PM

Hi jr,

Okay, you can put it in this "section" but according to "some people", you'll probably have to spend a week or so ....... you know.... "down there". Devil

Barry Fadden

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 30, 2013 5:25 PM

Thanks, Bruce and Barry!  I appreciate your comments!  I keep forgetting that the Hot Rod section also includes street machines. If the site had street rod and street machine sections my brain wouldn't be so confused!   But I did a little homework and the 65 Chevy SS 427 as well as the 1961 Chevy 409 are listed in the Ultimate Guide to Muscle Cars, by Jim Glastonbury as the pre-muscle muscle cars.  I figure a 396 should have just about the same horsepower as a 409. So I guess I'll leave it here instead of moving it.

Not much done today since its been raining but I did assemble the engine block for painting and got it in white Tamiya primer and the body also, yesterday. Its ready for paint if I get a window!  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 Snake45 on Monday, September 30, 2013 5:44 PM

There was no factory SS 427 Impala in 1965. '65 was the year the new 396 replaced the 409 so either one of those engines is correct for a '65. The 427 came out in '66, in both the big Chevies and the Corvette. '65 was the only year for the 396 in the Corvette; the big Vette engine became the 427 in '66. I'm not sure if 396 was available in the full-size Chevs in '66 but the 427 sure was. The 396 and 427 are of course almost identical visually so you can call the kit engine either one. It's just a matter of decals and emblems.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 30, 2013 11:31 PM

Thanks, Snake!  Sorry, I mis - identified this picture in the book and it must be a 67 or later with the 427 but I have forgotten what each year looks like. Anyway, here's a pic of it in the muscle car book and what I am building will look similar for paint and wheels only in a 66 hardtop. 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 Snake45 on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:00 AM

That red droptop is a '69.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 7:27 AM

Thanks, Snake!  The book doesn't always identify years and my memory of the standard Chevrolet has failed as well. I remember that 1969 was the year I graduated high school and the only year that Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 (although there was some controversy in a later year when he was disqualified as the winner) but the standard Chevrolet wasn't cool anymore, giving way to GTOs, Chevelles, Road Runners, 442s, etc. None of which I would ever own. In the fall of 1969, a 1963 Chevy Biscayne became my 4-year commute to college.  In my mind, the standard Chevrolet faded into history as family transportation and a grocery getter, never to replicate the tri-five glory days. I'll get to building this 66 as soon as the weather allows! 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 SLUSHER on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 8:29 AM

Another great project Jr, looking forward to your build.......................Slusher

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Posted by lazyman on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 12:17 PM

    Keeping busy I see JR. It didn't take you long to get back at it after the 32. My very first car was a 67 327 four door Impala.one of my favorites was the 70 350 "biscuit" my wife and I drove through 2 western NY winters.Big heavy barges and almost as nimble.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 6:46 PM

Thanks, Slusher and Lazyman!  I appreciate your comments!  Lazyman, I remember those winters in Indpls. and also remember loading down my 63 big empty trunk with a couple of big bags of sand and some concrete blocks to keep the rear end from sliding around.  The sand also come in handy if you got stuck!

Not much done as it has been raining! I am not complaining as we need the rain. So I have turned my attention to the wheels and tires.  I found a set of rally (I think that's what they are called) wheels from the MPC 69 Camaro. Finally, I may have found a use for that kit!  The chrome is a little brighter and less chrome appearing due to age. I looked at the wheels in the Revell 69 Camaro but they look more like wheel covers than wheels - no depth. .

 I have two sets of tires from the parts box both marked as L-60 15s but obviously one is 1/24 and the other is 1/25.  I like the small tire because it is a solid tire and I won't have to use a wider wheel back to compress the tire line I will with the bigger hollow tire. But the smaller tire may not look good in the wheel well - may look too small. Or maybe i'll try big ones on the back and little ones on the front!

I have also order a parts pak that is suppose to be out at the end of October that has tampo printed white letter tires.  I may wait and see what they look like as well.

I also wanted to use the chrome valve covers but they are too big for the engine cylinder heads. I may search again or just go ahead and Alclad the kit valve covers. Slow progress is better than no progress!  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 modelcarjr on Friday, October 04, 2013 6:14 PM

Just passing some time and waiting for a window to paint the body.  Painted some of the flat black parts like the chassis with cheap WalMart flat black.  Next day I brush it with a toothbrush to get a little sheen and then brush painted the frame rails with some Poly S clear.  Taped off and painted the gas tank with some Metalizer Aluminum. Doesn't look to bad. I got the engine block together and painted but it's a little dull.  I may have a window tomorrow to paint the body and put some clear on the engine as well.  Should be lower humidity. 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 modelcarjr on Saturday, October 05, 2013 9:20 AM

I'm working on the wheels and tires and have decided to go with the bigger tire all the way around to fill up the wheel well.  I have installed the upper control arms in the rear so that they are level. I think they are suppose to be at an angle but I want to get a lower stance and hope that I have enough clearance for the pumkin/drive shaft to clear the chassis floor.  I have to paint the other piece of the differential and then AI can test fit.

I found some inner wheel rings that AI am gluing to the kit wheel backs to span the width of the tire. Then I glue the ring to the back of the Rally wheel and I think that will work. I have also sanded off the keepers on the ends of the axle and sanded down the axle itself in order to push the wheel as close to the suspension pieces without rubbing so that the tires and wheels when mounted are inside the wheel well. I have also put a little epoxy on the tire/rally wheel joint in the front to keep the wheel from coming apart from the tire. And I don't like to put glue on tires but it seems necessary here. Then I have to blackwash the wheel a bit and use some silver chrome trim paint to touch up some edges of the wheel. Hope all this works.  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 modelcarjr on Sunday, October 06, 2013 10:04 AM

I got the front end lowered a bit by notching where the crossmember attaches a little bit deeper. It hard to see in this pic as I can't get the body positioned exactly right without the interior. But I think the chassis looks level and a bit lower (not a lowrider). I was hoping to paint the body this morning. The front came in late last night with a little wind and it cooled down nicely.  Now this morning, although it wasn't forecast, we have a bit of rain too! Maybe later today.  In the meantime, I concentrate on the engine and interior.  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 eshaver on Sunday, October 06, 2013 12:09 PM

J R , how many projects have you got working  currently ? I have hard nuff time on one job ! Ed Shaver

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, October 06, 2013 5:21 PM

Hey, Ed!  I only work on one model at a time!  I am not good at multi-tasking.  Its hard enough for me to remember what I'm doing on one model.  If I had multiples going I would certainly get mixed up!

Well finally, I got paint on the body. Used Krylon Short Cuts Red Pepper and I really like the bright red color. Two coats of paint and two coats of Krylon Lacquer Clear. I almost could get away without rubbing it out but I will - probably 8000 & 12000 cloth only. I also painted the Alclad chrome on the valve covers and air cleaner that I found in the parts box.  So most of the painting is done. Now on to polishing, foil, engine and interior. 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 mikemodeler on Sunday, October 06, 2013 6:29 PM

coming along nicely, should look great when you have it done! Hard to beat a red Chevy, especially when it has a big block!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, October 07, 2013 8:42 PM

Thanks, Mike!  I appreciate your comment!  The paint is pretty much gassed out now so I'll start rubbing it out in the morning. In the meatime, I taped off the interior seats and used some gloss on the sides of the seats to emulate a vinyl and cloth type interior. 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 SLUSHER on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 6:40 PM

JR, great shade of red. l have not used it on a body so far just interiors. l also like how you did the interior with gloss and flat....................................Slusher

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 7:03 PM

Thanks, Slusher!  As always I appreciate your comment!  Almost finished rubbing out the body. A little foil, some touch-up on the edges of the hood and I'll be ready for some assembly!  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 jroc1989 on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 7:18 PM

This build is looking great!  Keep up the good work!

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Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:54 AM

JR, may l ask if you have any trouble with fingerprints on the finish? do you use a rag or glove to hold it?................Slusher

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:45 AM

Thanks, Jason, Slusher and SFD!  I appreciate your comments!

Slusher, to answer your question, yes I do have some issues with fingerprints but I try to hold the body from underneath to prevent that.  Also, on the hood I put it on one of my LMG sanding blocks to hold it so that I can minimize touching the edges.  But I still get some and then just rub them out again and use some Scratch X or wax to get them out.  The biggest issue I have with using Krylon gloss paints is that they have a sort of texture to them and its hard to get rid of it completely. You might be able to see what I am talking about in the picture below.  But the paint is much cheaper. 

When I go to my LHS and buy a 3 oz, can of Testors or Tamiya (and they have no coupons) its $7.01.  The seven dollars is bad enough but the penney drives me crazy because I never have a penney in my pocket! So I have to carry $.99 in my pocket until I can get home to throw it in the change jar.  I much rather buy a can of Krylon for $3.27 at Hobby Lobby and with a coupon pay $2 plus tax even if I have to work a little more to eliminate the texture.  I can't eliminate all of it but it will still look good, generally. And I have had my issues with Testor's and Tamiya as well so they are not without problems for price they charge.

If I want a really good paint I buy the MCW paint and pay the $6.50 an ounce, plus shipping, for my airbrush.

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 modelcarjr on Friday, October 11, 2013 5:18 PM

Working on the foil and the left side is almost done! 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 justmike on Friday, October 11, 2013 9:45 PM

That's what I like so much about a polishing kit; it can fix a lot of issues which is good because like you I can't afford no ten bucks a can of spray paint. You got a nice gloss with what you used

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, October 12, 2013 4:10 PM

Thanks, Mike!  I'm glad someone thinks like me! 

Finished the foil, rubbing out the fingerprints as I went. I had to repaint the hood but it came out well and now just have to rub it out again and foil the center dart and the body will be done, except for decals.  I do have the emblem decals in the kit for the crossed flags and the trunk emblem but I prefer to foil and then put on the decal. The SuperSport on the side is foiled and I used a red sharpie to add some filler in between the letters and rubbed it out with a toothpick. I'll foil the inner wing windows before I install the interior.

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 modelcarjr on Saturday, October 12, 2013 4:18 PM

Here's what I am doing with the engine.  I cut the base off the kit distributor for the spark advance. Then I mounted it on the base of a MAD pre-wired distributor and ran a piece of hose to the carburetor.  Also added the hose from the right side valve cover to the carburetor. Now I just have to run plug wire.  I also will run a gas line from the carburetor to the fuel pump and I'll try to put a line filter in as well. Valve covers and air cleaner were painted with Alclad. That's about the extent of my engine detailing abilities.   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 gloozalot on Saturday, October 12, 2013 6:56 PM

JR, every time I follow one of your wip's I just shake my head in amazement.  You paint 'em, detail and assemble 'em before I can get one out of the @!%$@ Box!  With the way the old eyes are today, you have me thinking about the pre-wired spinners.  ALL my builds to this point have been one at a time wires by hand.  My peepers are starting to protest even with glasses and an opti-visor.  I know your having a blast so keep glooin' cause I'm gonna keep watchin'!    Glooz

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, October 12, 2013 8:21 PM

Thanks, Glooz!  I appreciate your comments!  Yes, pre-wired distributors I will pop for because its a hell of a lot easier! I decal and detail the air cleaner then install in the morning.  Here it is - the flying 396! 

 

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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