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1969 Olds 442 W-30 Rebuild - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
1969 Olds 442 W-30 Rebuild - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 07, 2018 8:23 PM

I built this in the early 90s and goofed up the decals on the side. I thought they looked so bad that I put it in a drawer. While looking for other parts in the drawer the other day I stumbled upon it. The paint looks great and I thought maybe I could rebuild it, especally since its gonna rain for the next couple of days and I think I can simply remove the decals and clean it up. 

So I soaked the body in a mixture of hot water and white vinegar and the decals brushed off easily. now I can repair the foil in places and touch-up a couple of spots. Not sure what paint I used but it still looks good. The interior bucket is going to take a little work. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

The dash gauges have yellowed because I used to put some epoxy over the gauges to simulate the glass covers but I have since quit doing that since it yellows after a few years. 

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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, December 08, 2018 7:06 AM

Great color. I now use Elmers clear glue. Speedway Decals has a round gauge set that may have the right size gauges.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by 60Buick on Saturday, December 08, 2018 7:46 AM

I agree with Prowler, nice color! It looks like it was just painted. 

Thanks for the tip Prowler, on the clear Elmers glue! That's a new one for me!

Jeff

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 08, 2018 8:13 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Jeff! I appreciate your comments! I wish I could remember what paint it was that I used. Its a Candy Blue and doesn't have any metallic in it. I thought it might have been the Candy Kobalt Blue by Kustom Kolors that was sold at WalMart for awhile before they got out of the model business. But that was in the early 2000s and I painted this one well before that. I have a 49 Merecury (see picture below) in that color and it definitely is not the same color. Its also not Tamiya light blue metallic because I painted the underside of this hood with that due to peeling paint. (see below). Although it doesn't match exactly it will be good enough for the underside of this rescue. I also don't think its Testors Candy Blue metallic enamel because it doesn't have any metallic and I can't imagine getting Testors enamel out of a can and on the body that smoothly. It might be an airbrushed color but I just don't remember. 

I'm going to paint the firewall black since I don't have the color and it needs to be repainted. I'm also in the process of foiling the front grill area that has tarnished and lost it chrome appearance. I'll also replace the headlight lenses. Although the bottom of the front and rear bumpers are a bit tarnished I will leave them alone as they are hard to see.  Thanks for looking! Cool

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 modelcarjr on Sunday, December 09, 2018 5:20 PM

The front bumper/grill cleaned up pretty good. The hood insulation was painted black. I have also been working on the interior tryiing to brighten it up so I decided to paint the seats and door panels white. I added the chrome trim with a molotow pen because I didn't want to spend a lot of time with foil on this poorly engraved bucket. Once I get some gauge decals I can finish. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 Sunday, December 09, 2018 8:10 PM

Looking good Jr!  I love that blue!  Keep up the good work!

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

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Posted by 60Buick on Monday, December 10, 2018 5:45 AM

Jr, nice transformation on the interior! Project looking real good! 

Thanks for sharing! 

Jeff

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:46 PM

Thanks, Mike and Jeff! I appreciate your comments! I'm waiting on some decals for the dash gauges and then I can finish. Cool

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 nick63 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:29 PM

That's is a great re-fresh, rebuild. Looking great.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:00 PM

Thanks, Nick! I appreciate your comment! Cool

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 midnightprowler on Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:53 PM

modelcarjr

Thanks, Mike and Jeff! I appreciate your comments! I'm waiting on some decals for the dash gauges and then I can finish. Cool

 

Be patient waiting for them. My friend does it on the side when he's not on the road.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 14, 2018 7:53 PM

Thanks, Prowler! He sent me an e-mail that they are on there way earlier this week. So maybe tomorrow! Cool

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 modelcarjr on Sunday, December 16, 2018 9:11 PM

So I received my gauge decals from Speedway Decals and installed them in the dash. Finished rebuilding the interior installed it and then mounted the body on the frame and added the front and rear bumpers. So its on wheels and I only have to add a few decals (see next post). I have another W-30 in the closet so I am going to use the hood stripes from it as well as the 442 and W-30 decals. I'll also try to find an exterior mirror. Thanks for looking! Cool

I cleaned up the wheels with a Q-tip, then re-painted the gunmetal on the spokes, touched up the nuts with a Molotow chrome pen and also used it to touch-up the rims where the chrome had warn off. In the photo the front has been re-done and the rear was still untouched. May not be able to see it but I can. 

I didn't do anything to the engine compartment. Just box stock.

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 modelcarjr on Sunday, December 16, 2018 9:18 PM

A photo of the completed interior and two of it on wheels. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, December 17, 2018 7:59 AM

Looking great. I really like speedway decals.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 17, 2018 9:46 PM

Thanks, Prowler! Yes, the Speedway decals look good and I will use them in other builds as well. 

The other 442 kit that I have only has black stripes for the hood so I thought about buying some Keith Marks decals but didn't want to pay $13 -15 just to have a couple of stripes (I won't try the side decals again) so I used some 69 Camaro decals. I could get them to be pointed at the front and had to cut part of the rear decal to put on the front but it will have to do for now. I may get some Keith Marks decals later. I had to put some decals on the hood because I have a rub through in the clear that I had to cover. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 mmthrax on Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:25 PM

Nice work JR.  I love the "mystery blue" as well.  Great tip for creating guage lenses.  The dash looks great.  I like the underhood treatment.  The stripes turned out great, and I will have to get one of those pens for the chrome.  I also like the stance.  Period correct.  It just looks right.  YesYes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:40 PM

hanks, mmthrax! I appreciate your comment! 

Finished the 442 decals and painted in the rear marker lamp. I didn't add the W-30 decals that I have as they are black and won't be seen on this blue paint. Maybe I find some better decals for the hood and the w-30 decal later. I wanted to add an outside mirror but the ones in the extra kit I have are terrible and I don't have any other spares at the moment. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Friday, December 21, 2018 10:16 PM

Yours is easily one of the best builds of that great kit that I've ever seen!
That year Cutlass.4-4-2 is one of my favorite cars ever- not a wasted line on the whole car. Tim Boyd may recall my white '69 Supreme from that trip he made to SoCal many years ago...

You did well with everything I can see. My white car had a black firewall, I think that may have been up to the assembly source. Only thing I see is, the trim rings on the rims on the real one aren't shiny-shiny, they have a tiny bit of 'satin effect' to them, and the center caps have the Olds Rocket emblem on a black field. Didn't matter on my car, it wore a set of used American 200S rims and GoodYear white letters most of the time.

I don't know of any accurate ball-stem door mirrors available, the kit morrors are 'close' even if they look a bit funky. 

Again, excellent work! I did a shade over 150k miles in mine, '81-'87, 235k total, gave it up when it was vandalized while parked. Broke my heart. I'm planning another... Youirs looks like it could do twice that...

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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, December 22, 2018 9:10 AM

Thanks, Rick! I appreciate your comment! I did put a some red on the rocket on the wheel center caps but you might not be able to see it in the photos. Maybe I'll try to add a kit mirror but it would be nice to have some sort of base instead of just a rounded stem that may of may not glue on well. Maybe I can sand and shape it a bit to make it less clumsy. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:31 AM

Looks great. I may have a mirror that will work. Give me some time and I will look.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by 60Buick on Saturday, December 22, 2018 2:18 PM

Absolutely a stunning looking car! I have been following it along! 

Excellent work JR

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 23, 2018 9:06 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Buick! I appreciate your comments! Cool

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.

KWT
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Posted by KWT on Friday, December 28, 2018 5:17 PM

Very nicely done!

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 28, 2018 7:03 PM

Thanks, KWT! I appreciate your comment! 

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 rickr442 on Monday, December 31, 2018 1:18 AM
Dredging up a memory or two 30+ years after the fact, I now recall that when the ball-stem mirror on my car wore out I installed a pair of aftermarket 80s-style Corvette mirrors. I left them black and they were practically invisible.

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'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 Monday, December 31, 2018 7:23 PM

Thanks, Rick! I may just use a two-piece Revell GM mirror and call it good! 

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 modelcarjr on Saturday, January 05, 2019 12:55 PM

Outdoor Pics!

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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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 05, 2019 12:58 PM

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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  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Saturday, January 05, 2019 2:22 PM

Another Gem! As usual, just another day at the bench putting out eye candy!

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