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1963 corvette WIP my first model in over 20 years

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  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
1963 corvette WIP my first model in over 20 years
Posted by Starting_over on Monday, March 20, 2017 8:27 PM

Well this is my first build in a very long time and id like to thanx all that have answered my questions already and ive just started. Lol. But im building a 63 vette from AMT but using a the chassis from a 67 REVELL because im want side pipes. I was gonna use the AMT chassis but i would of had to cut out the pipes and mufflers so i decided to use a doner instead. My first hickup was the motor and the notch in the oil pan. Fixed that up by filling that in. Cut the pin hole mount on the trans crossmember and actually used it under the trans and crossmember to get the angle on the motor right. Id like to get rid of the spear tire carrier but not sure what steps to take. Any suggestions on how to do that would be great! I also added a fuel pump to the motor

Next i put the firewall on and the interior tub in and ran into my next hickup. The tub is a little short but thats not a big deal, but the chassis wont fit with the interior tub. Its a problem with the rear, where the rear end is and the exsisting rear wheel well. The chassis wont drop in far enough now. So any suggestion on how to get the chassis to drop in the rear would be geat as well. Im racking my brain.

So this is where i am at this point. Not doing this the past 20+ years has me at a lost some times but im hoping someone out there can point me in the right direction.

Tags: Chassis mods

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Posted by trainwreck on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:02 PM

My first suggestion (and don't get too upset) would be to test the water first with a not quite so involved build. Knowing what you're trying to reproduce here (the Z06 Gulf 1) it would take several lengthy steps to get you where you need to be. Why not build a couple kits requiring less mods first. This is the best advise I can give you, Trainwreck. 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:22 PM

trainwreck

My first suggestion (and don't get too upset) would be to test the water first with a not quite so involved build. Knowing what you're trying to reproduce here (the Z06 Gulf 1) it would take several lengthy steps to get you where you need to be. Why not build a couple kits requiring less mods first. This is the best advise I can give you, Trainwreck. 

I would agree with this advice. Breaking yourself in with a couple of quick builders or less stressful projects will serve to build confidence and get your head solidly back into the game. It will also serve to regain your skills and get a model or two on the shelf in relatively quick order, which is always a good boost.

Also, and I ask because I really don't know, do the Vette convertible and coupe use the same chassis at the back end?

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:35 PM

I get what both of you are saying on not doing such a complex build right out of the gate. And i get it, the thought has crossed my mind. I may put this aside and try just a few builds. But on the other hand im the type of guy that you wanna learn you need to just get in and do it and if you have problems or questions you go to the guys who've been doing it longer and they will guide you. I actually restore cars for a living and when i started it was the same thing, go to the guys you've been doing it longer and they'll guide you along. And that brings me to the last question of the coupe and convertible using the same frame in rear. And i do believe they do. The only thing that was changed or added persay was the frame area high up on the frame that tied the chassis together and for the convertible conponents. No offense was taken in your guys' suggestions. All critasisum is constructive to me. Id still like any suggestions on the chassis though so i can look into it

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Posted by trainwreck on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:42 PM

First I should say this is how"I" would start this build. O.K. here we go, first I would dry fit the rear susp. mark the center line on the frame. the next step would be to remove the the rear section of the int..Use the rear door line and cut the the floor straight across. After this I would lose the entire rear center section of the Revell frame (the part with the spare tire).For this you would cut thru the extreme rear crossmember, (this will be replaced later in the build). You would leave the rear frame rails in tact until final fitting. Tuck the rear of the frame into the body to determine how much, if any, material needs to be removed from the rear of the frame rails, this is why you marked the wheel centerline earlier. I'm kinda tired now so I,ll continue this when(if) you get to this point. good luck and build on man, Trainwreck.

  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:59 AM

Trainwreck, you are the man! You have no idea how much that is greatly appreciated. No ideaBig Smile. Believe me im not trying to be that pain in the ass builder that always needs to ask questions cause they dont want to figure it out on there own( i hate those people) but i knew this would be a complex build from the get go and i like challenges. I know most people on here have many years of this under there belt and i hoped i would get lent some of that knowledge. Thats what you just gave me. Thanx again

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Posted by trainwreck on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:19 PM

If you go to the Super Chevy mag. web site there are quite a few articles, stats. and cool reference pics. Trainwreck. 

  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:11 AM

That has been my saving grace. Ive got the super chevy article save to my phone. Use it very offten. Lol i have taken notes on this car so im prepared. Ive go most of the modifcation to the car done the frame is my biggest obsticle.

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