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1972 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 FINISHED!

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1972 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 FINISHED!
Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:21 PM

Body, interior & chassis were painted last summer. So excited to build this kit, as it is extremely nicely made, with many many optional parts (2 hoods, 2 grilles, 2 consoles, 2 transmissions, 2 rear axles, etc, etc.)! Building it in Bright Aqua Pearl with white interior & top.

Clamped the parts tree to the workbench & drilled the plug wire holes. The molded-on detail gave me the exact places to drill.

I cut off the distributor shaft that was part of the engine block, and drilled a hole there. The hole on the left is for the alignment pin for the intake manifold.

The instructions have the incorrect part #s for the valve covers (and they have them reversed as well). I believe I have it correct:

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:56 PM

In case anyone else is getting ready to build this, below is a scan of the instructions with the incorrect part #s for the cylinder heads and valve covers. I corrected it on the bottom photo below:

Incorrect:

CORRECTED VERSION:

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Posted by streetmach1987 on Monday, January 23, 2017 7:31 AM

thank you for the heads up, can't wait to see it finished.

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Posted by mclovin on Monday, January 23, 2017 1:21 PM

This is going to look good!!

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Posted by methuener on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:04 PM

You're doing an incredible job! I like the body color being used on the underside. I've got my own build of the same kit going on right now, so I'm going to be watching this thread with a lot of interest!

 

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:42 PM

Man Joe.....this is really looking good! I also like that body color. The white interior and boot will really POP with that blue. Are you going to put body color in the spokes of the mags? Either way...this is going to look killer..

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Posted by RudyOnWheels on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:59 PM

I'm with everybody else I love that color. Going to look great with a white interior and top. Thank you for the heads up on the incorrect parts numbering.

 

Rudy

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, February 04, 2017 12:28 PM

Hey Joe...How's this 72 coming along? I sure like the Gloss Black and Aqua together. I was thinking about using that color combo on a Supermodified. After seeing them together on your chassis...I'm definitely going to use that combo. It really looks good.

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Posted by v6mike on Saturday, February 04, 2017 12:50 PM

I have built 3 of these, such a great kit. Yours is looking nice!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, February 04, 2017 10:57 PM

Thanks guys! I appreciate all the comments. I have a couple of vacation days, so it's a 4-day weekend for me, and I am making some progress. Got the interior finished today, and am working on the engine assembly & detailing. Hope to get it wired tomorrow...

 

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, February 04, 2017 11:00 PM

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, February 04, 2017 11:02 PM

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, February 04, 2017 11:15 PM

Wow on the door panels! Nice foil work, especially the trim around the insert

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Posted by bugs-one on Sunday, February 05, 2017 1:23 AM
Great detail work on the interior. Engine's looking good and that blue is real nice.
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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, February 06, 2017 4:17 PM

Hey Joe...man...that interior looks great....especially that dash. Great job.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, February 06, 2017 11:11 PM

Thanks guys! Here's more progress. Got quite a bit done today, and one more vacation day tomorrow!

Tires before:

Wheels/tires after:

Engine bay is complete, and I adhered the interior/front inner fender assembly to the chassis. TIP: I've been using clear silicone adhesive to affix interiors to the top side of the chassis pan. I put it on like toothpaste to provide a cushion, and allow room for it to "squish" down when I press the parts together. Works well, as I can never get regular plastic cement to find a holding place when doing this assembly.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, February 06, 2017 11:15 PM

For the washer bottle, I simply scraped the semi-gloss black paint back off, exposing the original white plastic. I left the cap black, then used some acrylic semi-gloss clear coat on it. (The instructions don't tell you to paint it, and it is black in the box photo).

Might have to display this one upside down. Just kidding!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:24 PM

Final assembly is complete. Once that stressful moment was over (when the body is half on the chassis, and you're stretching things to get it to snap into place), everything fits perfectly!

I spent today detailing the grille, and it's a good thing I did my research before I started painting, as the grille on a '72 was silver, not black. So I blacked out the headlight and grille surrounds (a trait of the '72), and applied some acrylic flat clear to the grille, which gives it a pretty realistic look. I was torn between trying the kit decals or the PE emblems for the grille, and ended up using neither. The 4-4-2 was painted using a cut-off toothpick (for a flat surface) dipped in red paint, with the excess blotted on a piece of paper before carefully touching the flat surface to the numbers.

Here's the beginning of the process, after detailing one headlight surround:

After painting was complete:

The windshield frame needed no glue! It fits on two pegs underneath the cowl, and the bottom corners of the frame push up and snap securely over the top edge of the fenders! Windshield was glued in, then the visor/rearview mirror assembly.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:29 PM

Taillight trim was detailed:

Last look at the chassis assembly before the body goes on:

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:31 PM

Mockup of the front bumper/grille (still need to install the headlight & turn signal lenses).

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:46 PM

Quite a bit of small stuff left to do, but I will let my eyes rest as I return to work tomorrow after some vacation time.

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  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:31 PM

Simply outstanding build!what color did you use to paint the engine?

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 8:14 PM
Thanks, mclovin! I have a bottle of Olds Engine Blue, but wanted a uniform finish without brush marks, so I sprayed the engine with some leftover Model Master Nassau Blue, which looks pretty close to me.
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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:52 PM
That's really looking GOOD Joe! That blue and white just POPS.
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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:00 PM

Looks great !  I build the Hurst/Olds version several years ago and put the valve covers on backwards.  I glued them on so well that getting them off to correct them would have destroyed the engine, so they are on incorrectly.  Did I say, looks great?  It does!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:17 AM

Thanks, Gary & MrMike!

Almost have this one wrapped up! Somehow, I never painted the side mirrors, so those will have to be added in the next couple of days. I am still considering adding the spoiler, which is painted, but not assembled.

Today, I did all of the foiling. I didn't think there would be much, but I was wrong! Wheel well trim, side markers and the bottom edges of the hood and trunk lid.

Then came final assembly & decals. My usual custom license plates reflect the correct Michigan 1971 plate with '72 sticker (MI did not issue a new plate in '72). The front plate is a replica of the ones we saw frequently around here in Lansing, where Oldsmobiles were built for years.

More photos soon...gotta get to bed & rest these foil-weary eyes! Thanks for looking!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, February 12, 2017 9:02 PM

Mirrors were painted & assembled this afternoon, then put on the car this evening. This one is complete (except I just noticed the hideaway windshield wipers that I never detailed...whoops).

Thanks to all who followed. This one was a VERY enjoyable kit, and is among my favorite builds so far.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, February 12, 2017 9:02 PM

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, February 12, 2017 9:04 PM

I detailed the alternate hood today (foil & hood locks):

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  • From: Portugal
Posted by Charger01 on Monday, February 13, 2017 9:17 AM
Excellent work and great color choice
Joaquim

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