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Johan 1968 Oldsmobile 442 W-30. New Outdoor Shots!

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Johan 1968 Oldsmobile 442 W-30. New Outdoor Shots!
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:37 PM

I recieved this extremely rare Johan '68 442 from a member of another forum and it's time to get started on it.

 

This kit will go through the same types of modificatons that were performed on my previous Johan 1965 Plymouth Fury project.

The chassis and engine, as well as some of the interior pieces will be stolen from the MPC 1969 442 kit.

Here are photos of the kit as it came to me.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:40 PM

The first modification was to remove the cowl and radiator brace detail from the MPC kit and graft it into the '68.

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:44 PM

The chrome parts have already been refinished and the headlights drilled out.

 

 

 

The color will be correct 1968 Olds "Cinnamon Bronze" purchased from Scale Finishes.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:52 PM

The interior is going to require extensive modifications.

 

First the interior tub from the MPC '69 was chosen as the base for the interior as the door panel engraving is slightly better and the console is greatly superior to what was provided in the one piece '68 tub.

The door panels were removed to facilitate easier modification.

 

 

 

Next, the original '68 interior tub was completely dismantled and the seats saved for transplantation into the '69 tub.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:58 PM

Next, the seats will be completely revamped to improve appearance.

 

The backs and base skirts of the seats were ground away and are being replaced with backs and bases from the Revell 1966 GTO kit.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 2:04 PM

Next, trim is being added at the seperation between the backs and bases and the upholstery itself.

 

 

 

Also, the modifications to the door panels has begun.

The only remaining original detail will be the pleated upholstery.

All other details will be replaced.

 

Here are the beginnings of some trim and arm rest detail.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 10, 2019 3:41 PM

While this was all taking place, a vent post was repaired and vinyl top detail was added.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:37 PM

Nice mods Steve!  I like what you are doing here.  Keep it going!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:48 PM

Gonna be sweet.

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:18 PM

It's good to see all these surgery photos.  Thanx for sharing them, Steve.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by homeroV8 on Friday, October 11, 2019 7:17 AM

Great, great job so far! Gotta love  68 Olds muscle!Bow

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, October 11, 2019 4:04 PM

Nice work, Steve! I like what you did with the seats and I'll have to keep that in mind when I run into the clunky seats is some kits. Nice job! Cool Thumbs Up

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Posted by chucky on Friday, October 11, 2019 4:13 PM

Another master work in progress. Looking forward to following along once again! Thanks for the great in-progress photos, as usual!  Smile

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:09 PM

Thank you so much everyone!

 

Making a little more progess on the door panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:29 PM

The seats are nearly finished and ready for primer.

But I couldn't resist adding one more little detail.

The seat back buttons. Smile

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:56 PM

Loving the added interior details, as always. Sadly, it makes me think what will happen to these and other of our labors when we are gone. Will there be a generation that knows or cares that these aren't just "toys" assembled out of a box? We will enjoy them now and I suppose that's all that we can do. I think it is overly optimistic to think that our children and grandchildren will place any value on them. Be assured that your builds bring enjoyment to many of us and we can't control their destiny. 

chucky

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:47 PM

chucky

Loving the added interior details, as always. Sadly, it makes me think what will happen to these and other of our labors when we are gone. Will there be a generation that knows or cares that these aren't just "toys" assembled out of a box? We will enjoy them now and I suppose that's all that we can do. I think it is overly optimistic to think that our children and grandchildren will place any value on them. Be assured that your builds bring enjoyment to many of us and we can't control their destiny. 

 

I'm of the opinion that at some point I will likely be an old man living in a small dwelling of some sort where I will no longer be able to hang on to my collection.

 

At that point, all of the non-valuable modern kits can go to just about anyone.

I'm not particularly fussy about that.

The more valuable built and unbuilt vintage kits can either be given to other interested modelers, or sold for ridiculous prices on ebay! Big Smile

In the mean time, I'm enjoying the ride.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:11 AM

"  I'm of the opinion that at some point I will likely be an old man living in a small dwelling of some sort where I will no longer be able to hang on to my collection.

 

At that point, all of the non-valuable modern kits can go to just about anyone.

I'm not particularly fussy about that.

The more valuable built and unbuilt vintage kits can either be given to other interested modelers, or sold for ridiculous prices on ebay! Big Smile

In the mean time, I'm enjoying the ride.  "

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I agree, Steve, that is my attitude as well.  Have fun and enjoy what you do, and do what you enjoy.  We're here for a good time, not a long time.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:19 PM

The majority of the interior mods are finished and the seats and door panels are in primer.

Arm rests and window cranks to be added later in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by steveracer on Saturday, October 26, 2019 8:06 AM

This is a great build thread.  The 68 was probably the most "elegant" of the 442 series.  My cousin had a real one, a darkish green with soft white vinyl top.  Whitewalls and Cutlass wheel covers and was a real sleeper.  That car was fast, and I remember the rides in it at about 10 years old.  Since I was bored at my uncles house I would play outside and just walk around the cars looking at all the coolnes in the driveway.  Keep up the detail on this fine machine, it is bringing back childhood memories for me!!!

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:40 PM

I decided to try something a little nutty and modify an air cleaner to include interior detail. Smile

I'm using a Fireball Rocester carb on this build, so I wanted the option of being able to remove the air cleaner to display it.

Somewhere along the line, I decided to add the interior detail and air cleaner element so that I had display options.

It actually worked out quite well.

Required to make it were 2 '69 Olds dual snorkel air cleaners, some sheet and rod styrene, a wheel hub from an AMT 1949 Ford, an open element air cleaner from an AMT '72 Nova, and a couple of strips from a Pepsi can to make the vacuum diaphragm mounting brackets. Wink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:41 PM

A little primer and it is ready for finishing.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, November 3, 2019 11:37 PM

That's awesome, Steve! Those Fireball carbs are too nice to cover up and that's a great method to have it both ways. Each of your builds is more fascinating than the last! 

chucky

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:39 PM

The body looks a little better now that it's in primer. Wink

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 4:06 PM

Some more progress.

 

I decided that I will replace the plastic suspension springs with ones made from wire, so a few mods were necessary to begin on the suspension parts.

 

 

Just a little technique that some of you might find useful.

I needed to replicate the "carpet protector" mat.

This was accomplished by making a mold from another kit and casting it in acrylic craft paint in the color of your choosing.

This technique works equally well for tasks like recreating floor mats and seat and door panel upholstery patterns.

 

 

Priming is nearly complete on the body and interior parts, so painting can commence in the very near future.

I'm looking forward to getting some color on these parts!

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:08 PM

Great tip! Thanks!  Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:52 PM

Thanks to a big snow storm in my area, I managed to get some bench time in this weekend.

First, I got the color on all of the interior parts.

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:56 PM

Yesterday, I got the engine bay area painted black, follwed by the color coats on the body.

 

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:57 PM

Today I focused my attention on masking and spraying the fender stripes.

 

Now the clear coats can begin.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Bainford on Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:07 PM

I'm loving this build, Steve. Nice updates to this old relic. Great colour choice, too. 

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