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1964 Pontiac GTO Is Complete!

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1964 Pontiac GTO Is Complete!
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 28, 2017 10:31 AM

I built this model 6 years ago as TV's Memphis Beat '64 Pontiac GTO driven by Jason Lee as Det. Dwight Hendricks.  When I finished the build, the show was cancelled and the model sat on the shelf ignored by me since then.  I have been looking at this model for the past couple of weeks, wondering if I should do anything to it or just put it away in a box somewhere.  That all changed when I discovered a set of Pontiac wheels and knock-offs in my parts box this morning.  The wheels and knock-offs came with the '64 GTO kit and I had put them away for a future use on something else.  

I took the Poncho apart this morning and will wash everything, repaint whatever needs repainting, and reassemble the GTO.

These are the wheels that came with the Poncho kit.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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KWT
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Posted by KWT on Friday, July 28, 2017 11:16 AM

Looks good to me, Mike

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by judge2963 on Friday, July 28, 2017 12:05 PM

Looks great,those pontiac wheels are awesome wish i had a set,can't wait to see the finished product.

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Friday, July 28, 2017 12:09 PM

Too cool. Can't wait. Are you done yet? Dinner

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:13 PM

Thanks guys and no TnT, I'm not done yet.

I finished the engine by re-installing it into the chassis.  The tires have been lettered by hand.  I may do some more detailing to the chassis later.  

My original thought was to polish the body with Meguiars Scratch X 2.0, then Novus 2 and then Novus 1.  Instead I wet-sanded the body since I have plenty of clear on it and it is full of trash.  I still need to polish the body sides and the hood.  You can clearly see my bench light reflection in the roof.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Samiches on Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:22 PM

Nice looking build there!  This is one of my favorite kits.  The kit has great detail and is very accurate.  This post makes me want to build another one!

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Posted by litespeedsae on Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:33 PM

GTO-Most say the original Muscle Car. Good going. Will follow this build.

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Posted by rickr442 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 5:08 PM

Yeah, that show's hero car was a little... what's the word... bland? The show itself was little better.
By the way, those beautiful wheels are actually the optional wheel covers, popular on first-and second-year Goats.
I'm working on a '64 Goat myself, with input from friend/mentor Jim Wangers and my extensive magazine work with the infamous Car & Driver magazine road test Goat from back then. I will be watching this one to see if our thoughts align. 

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Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 30, 2017 8:48 PM

Yeah, the car was kind of "bland".  Maybe the color wasn't correct, but then it was kind of light like the action, the acting, and the dialog.  

How about showing us that '64 GTO you are working on?

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, July 30, 2017 11:56 PM

No pics, and I'm a horrible photog...
Doing two.

One a replica of the Car & Driver GTO- red coupe, black guts, no console, the kit wheels with redlines, tri-power, exhaust splitters correctly detailed (MOLOTOW!) May eventually go to the owner of that car if it passes the shelf test.

The other a Hardtop, dark red, red guts, 5-spokes, lettered tires, set in about 1971, maybe some aftermarket stuff.

I have about 30 projects, including 4-Olds 4-4-2s, 4-GTOS, 3-'57 Chevies, 2- ECs and 2-Mobieus Pontiacs- and no time. I 'model vicariously'through your SA posts.

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Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by litespeedsae on Monday, July 31, 2017 4:54 AM

Rick 442-Lucky you to know Wangers! He is the one that can answer the question of why we never seem to see 421 emblems on the fenders of 64 Pontiac Grand Prix's when other full size 64's when 421 equipped, come with the emblem.Any way to ask him please?

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 31, 2017 7:14 AM

rickr442

I 'model vicariously'through your SA posts.

 

Wow!  I guess I'm honored!  Thank you Rick!  When I do feel like working on a model, which lately has been for a few minutes at a time, I try to accomplish as much as I can.  But, I seem to be spending more time writing my short stories about McNally, my fictional private eye and I do have quite a few stories made and have picked out the kits I need to go with the story.  And, I do have the occasional story that doesn't need a model kit to go with it, so maybe my short stories are branching out a bit?  Anyway, it is something I do enjoy doing during my retirement as it does help keep my mind active instead of sitting in the rocking chair on the front porch, which I do have!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, July 31, 2017 9:38 PM

For you Mike?

Anything!

I talk to him every coupla weeks, did so yestterday. I'll keep you posted.

 

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 12:52 PM

I finished wet-sanding and polishing the body this morning.

I cut some thin strips of Bare Metal Foil and wrapped them around the radiator hoses as clamps.

I cleaned up the bumpers, grille, and taillights.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:13 PM

I have finished my '64 GTO!  I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to view and to comment on my WIP.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:14 PM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, August 04, 2017 4:38 PM

Looks good, MrMike! Is this the Revell kit? I think I have it in my closet. I was thinking of buying the Polar Lights (I think its Polar Lights) kit and using the best parts from either or build both. Nice job on yours! Cool Thumbs Up

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 mrmike on Friday, August 04, 2017 8:56 PM

Thanks Jr.!  The change in wheels and tires and the polishing made a big difference.  This is a Monogram kit, meaning that it is 1/24 scale and I'm sure that the Polar Lights kit is 1/25 scale.  There might be some fitment issues between the two.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by rickr442 on Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:27 AM

Pardon me for barging in on the topic, not trying to nerf you, Mike!

I've done both the Polar Lights and the Monogram '64s and I like the earlier kit a lot better. It just looks more 'real' when (or in my case, if) it gets done.

The PL kit is nice, especially the convertible with the raised top, but it has a disturbing 'bow' to the body, almost like the old JoHan promos from the late 50s. Detail of the drivetrain of the Monogram kit is a little sharper as well. The engraving on the body and components is a lot deeper and sharper, and those wheel covers are magnificent! Maybe a little dullcoat in some of the recesses..

My article on the Car & Driver '64 GTO test car in the August '07 issue of Muscle Car Review tells the history of the car and has some epic photography.

Just my opinion...

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, August 05, 2017 1:11 PM

Thanks, Mike and Rick! I dug my kit out of the closet and its a Revell/Monogram in 1/24th scale. So its a re-pop of the Monogram kit. So I'll build the RM kit eventually and forget about the PL kit. Thanks again!

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 crown r n 7 on Monday, August 07, 2017 7:59 AM

awesome GTO I like the color combo.

Niko

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 2:48 PM

Thank you Niko!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by KWT on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 8:48 PM

Awesome job, Mike!

I have thought about getting this kit several times, but have never pulled the trigger. You sir rocked it! Looks like you could take it for a spin.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 9:26 AM

Thanks Jeremy!  I do recommend this kit!  It's not really big on the parts count, but it seems to be the most accurate GTO on the market for building.  Don't let the 1/24 scale put you off on it, as you can see, it builds up really nice!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:47 PM
Great looking model MrMike Love that blue & those wheels too ... I'm a poet & didn't know it !
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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:35 AM

Thanks Spencer Mopar Fan aka "poet and don't know it".  Laugh

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:26 PM

I was going through my Scale Auto Newsletters and my '64 GTO made the newsletters twice in two months!  August and September!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by TnT on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:28 PM

Nice,nice,nice. I think i have this in maybe, a johnny lightning kit. I know i have one. 

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:05 AM

I have heard of a couple of concerns regarding that kit, but the worst seem to be in the area of the body which has a slight arched look to it.   I haven't built the Polar Lights kit so I really can't say if it's a good kit or bad one.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:49 AM

The Johnny Lightning GTO IS the Polar Lights GTO. Round 2 owns both brands.

 

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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