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1964 Chevelle Malibu SS Finished!

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    April, 2013
1964 Chevelle Malibu SS Finished!
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:49 PM

Been away from these forums for awhile. Just been busy with spring & summer stuff. But I found this gem on eBay a couple weeks ago, and got it for a steal, considering how rare it is. It looks to be the original AMT Craftsman body & interior. Chassis may have been aftermarket, and not sure about the glass & wheels (they look newer than 53 years old). Excited because it will complete my Chevelle collection (the important years, 1964-1972)!

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:53 PM

The Craftsman series did not have opening hoods, I'm told, so someone did some work to open this one up. Luckily, they did a pretty decent job, and the previous owner included an unbuilt engine!

Found some wheels to make this build pop. I will keep the originals in my parts box.

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:56 PM

Just a little body work, like filling in the bizarre mirror holes in the tops of the front fenders, and the antenna hole on the rear fender.

Four coats of Model Master Bright Aqua Pearl lacquer, and voila! It's looking better than new already!

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:58 PM

Next step was to detail the grille and restore the chrome around the grille and on the bumper. Used my new Molotow chrome pen. Really amazing product!

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:00 PM

Next up, four coats of Wet Look Clear lacquer. Interior detailing and chrome trim are next on the list. Thanks for looking!

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    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:18 PM

Great score!,every now and then steals show up on Ebay and great rebuild!!!

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    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:41 PM

Really sweet '64 Chevelle, I like that color.  And yes the Craftsman series had closed hoods, they were basically promo style builds.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:24 PM

Thanks guys! 

Completed this fun, easy & rare build last night! Here are the in-progress pictures to bring it up to date:

Spruced up the interior with some carpet, fresh paint on the dash, and new gauges. Chromed the console with the Molotow pen where it had originally been painted silver. Replaced the steering wheel with one from a '64 Impala because I liked the horn ring.

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:31 PM

Quite a bit of trim to foil. Then did the rear panel details, including making a new tail light (one had been replaced by a previous owner, with a piece of clear red plastic that didn't fit very well).

Final assembly. The holes were too big for the screws to hold, so I made plastic pins out of pieces of sprue, and glued them in the holes, holding the body & bumpers to the chassis. Finishing touches were the front fender emblems, just in front of the doors. On a real car, they are the chevy "flags" emblem, but without the flags flying on either side...just the "V" with red, white & blue inside. So I found some leftover photoetched flag emblems, trimmed the flags off, and painted them.

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:32 PM

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:33 PM

And finally, some "before & after" shots. The "before" ones are how it looked when I got it in the mail. Thanks for looking!

KWT
  • Member since
    July, 2015
  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:22 PM

Oh wow... I love a Chevelle, and this one is a darn good one. I'd love to find one of these. Awesome job!

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

  • Member since
    June, 2015
Posted by topman on Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:31 PM

Way to bring that '64 back to life, those wheels and that glass finish really set it off!

I think another pic with the '64 next to your '65 is in order, this time with both finished Wink

TnT
  • Member since
    September, 2016
Posted by TnT on Friday, August 11, 2017 12:04 AM

Great job. Love the color. A buddy of mine had one his grandfather left him. It had a 283 he wanted to keep. He punched it out to where the lower cylinders had a cut out arch. But man that thing would lope lile nothing else. At stops he would sometimes have to keep his foot on the gas. Man that thing would send chills down my spine.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:40 AM

Really nice, Joe! Paint,foil and detail are excellent! Its nice to see one of these old kits really get the proper treatment! CoolThumbs Up

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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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