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1969 Chevelle restoration project

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1969 Chevelle restoration project
Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, August 16, 2014 5:18 PM
Doing this one a la "Overhaulin'." It's an AMT kit that I built over 20 years ago, and I didn't do a very good job. Was taking the summer off from modeling, but this one should be a quick project. This is how it looked after sitting for a couple of decades:      Getting "hauled away" for restoration (oops, the front wheels should be on the ground...oh, well):  Deconstruction. Had to get some donor glass from my junk bin, as the rear window cracked while trying to pry it loose:  After paint stripping:  Primered the body and dullcoated the interior (in the old days, I just sprayed gloss black on everything):  More to come! Thanks for looking.
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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:11 PM

While you've got it apart, you might as well remove the incorrect chrome strip off the lower body sides. They're left over from 1968, and incorrect for a '69 396 (though correct for a Malibu).

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:18 PM

Yeah, I discovered that. However, I did remove the "SS" badges, except for on the grille, so this could be a Malibu whose grille is an SS wannabe.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, August 17, 2014 7:30 PM
Progress!
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Posted by Antwon on Monday, August 18, 2014 6:09 AM

Looking good so far Joe. Should be cool when done.

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Posted by Snork56 on Monday, August 18, 2014 6:49 AM

Wow, What a difference a color change will do!  Like it!

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Posted by Samiches on Monday, August 18, 2014 11:48 AM

Nice color combo!

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Posted by BrassBuilder on Monday, August 18, 2014 7:59 PM

I thought the original model looked pretty good, but gotta admit the redo is outstanding.

Mike

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Posted by mrchevyblack on Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:01 PM

Super nice! Cool project!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, August 22, 2014 10:07 PM
Thanks again, guys! Was thinking of adding a stripe to trim off the color transition, and I found a cheap solution at my hobby shop. I think I will remove it and reapply it *after* the clear coat goes on, though. That way, if the stripe comes loose, it wont bring the clear off with it.
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Posted by mod3llover on Friday, August 22, 2014 10:22 PM

   Joe,

 It's amazing what a difference adding the red stripe

has on the over all look of the car now. I love it!!

 This is a very cool combo of colors and execution, etc.!

You really shine with your Chevelles Joe.   Oh . . and by

the way, thanks sooooo much for the decals. Batman forever!!

   David S.

Hobby time is Happy time!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, August 22, 2014 10:43 PM
Thanks David, and no problem for the decals (sorry I took so long to send them). I saw a flawless red 70 SS at the Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids tonight. Might be the inspiration for the Monogram kit that we swapped hoods on!
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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:25 PM
Today's progress: Bare Metal foiled the window trim, clear coated the body, and started freshening up the grille & taillights. Made emblems for the grille and fenders.
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Posted by High octane on Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:49 PM

Lookin' real good on that Chevelle. I would cut the red stripe in half (lengthwise) before putting it on as it looks a bit wide IMHO.

High octane

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:42 PM
I thought the same thing about the stripe at first. They do make it in a 1/32" width too (and even 1/64"), but I just finished applying the stripe that I have. I can always remove it, but the hobby store that carries it is 60 miles away. The 1/16" stripe went on nice and smooth along the curves like I wanted, so I think I will like it the way it is. It's not really meant to be a pinstripe, just a contrasting graphic stripe to smooth out the silver to blue transition.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, August 24, 2014 9:16 PM
The 2nd weekend of my '69 Chevelle "Overhaulin'" project, and it's almost complete. Just a few more details, and final fitting/assembly to do.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:08 PM
All done! Some before & afters:           Not bad for basically 2 weekends of quick restoration work. Thanks for looking!
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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:38 AM

I don't usually like the two tone paint as I feel it's been done too much. But on your car it looks natural! I really like the color combination and those wheels fit the style perfectly.

Well done.

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John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by MikeFo on Thursday, February 01, 2018 12:32 PM
I'm currently doing a couple of 1969 SS convertibles and you've given me some ideas. Nice looking model!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, February 01, 2018 1:17 PM
Thanks! After I restored this one, I built a convertible, but turned it into a 68. Of course, that requires body work & conversion parts, and that was when Modelhaus was still in business. There should be photos of it in this forum somewhere.
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Posted by MikeFo on Friday, February 02, 2018 7:57 AM

Found it!  Two tone blue. Looks real nice.

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Posted by MikeFo on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:02 AM
If I could figure out how to post pics without using a secondary website, I would post a pic of one that I have finished. Tried posting to the gallery section here, but never appeared.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, February 03, 2018 6:37 AM

MikeFo
If I could figure out how to post pics without using a secondary website, I would post a pic of one that I have finished. Tried posting to the gallery section here, but never appeared.
 

You cannot post pictures straight from your computer.  You will need a photohosting site to accomplish that.  Do a Google search for photohosting sites and select the one that suits you best.   I use IMGUR.  You can post only one picture to the photogallery and it takes at least a day for the picture to be approved and for it to appear.  

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Posted by MikeFo on Monday, February 05, 2018 1:13 PM

Thanks for your help.

Here is a pic of the model. Obviously, my photo skills need some work.

 

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Posted by MikeFo on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 8:16 AM
I keep coming back to the two Chevelles that Retro Joe posted (one actually) and am amazed at the paint job on the new version. I am curious Joe, as to why you did not just start a new kit? The original black one looked good to me.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 2:13 PM
Thanks for the compliments, MikeFo! It really wasn't painted or built very well, and the photos hide a lot of the flaws. I never really liked how plain & boring it was, so that's why I redid it.

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