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

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  • Member since
    September 2015
  • From: Nevada
Posted by American185 on Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:57 PM

But do the wipers and turn signals work ?? That is the million dollar question we all have !!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:32 PM

American185

But do the wipers and turn signals work ?? That is the million dollar question we all have !!

 

Nope!

The wheels won't even turn! Wink

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:28 PM

Superb!

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:15 PM

Bainford

Superb!

 

Thank you!

 

I'm finally moving into the final assembly phases and this project should be ready for display within the next week or so.

 

The molded in head lights were drilled out months ago before the chrome parts were sent out for re-plating.

After some detail painting a couple of days ago, today I added head light buckets, lenses and the grille to the front bumper.

 

 

 

 

I also added the glass and a rear view mirror to the body shell, followed by mating the interior and chassis to the body.

 

 

 

 

Next will be a steering gear box and the wheels.

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    December 2019
Posted by amt68 on Monday, March 16, 2020 5:28 PM

How did you create such realistc lenses for the headlights? That entire grill and bumper section is superb. 

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    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, March 16, 2020 7:35 PM

amt68

How did you create such realistc lenses for the headlights? That entire grill and bumper section is superb. 

 

The original molded in head lights were drilled out before the parts were re-chromed.

Then the buckets and lenses were merely snatched from other kits and installed.

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:26 PM

A couple more details addressed.

 

I felt that the area behind the grille and in front of the radiator brace plate appeared unfinished, so a par of "panels" were fabricated and installed.

 

 

 

I also finished the detailing of the underside of the hood.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:11 PM

I noticed a while back that you abandoned the red inserts on the rear wheel wells. Good move, I think. What inspired the switch?

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:40 PM

Bainford

I noticed a while back that you abandoned the red inserts on the rear wheel wells. Good move, I think. What inspired the switch?

 

After further discussion with people who know more about the subject than I do, it was determined that the red plastic inserts were never offered on the Olds W-30.

Only on some Pontiacs.

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:57 PM

Another one for the history books folks! Cool

 

I will post pics soon when I get a chance to shoot some.

See ya soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:53 PM

Like many of the others, I'm looking forward to it. 
I know you've commented earlier about how much time this project has taken, but as much as anything on this build, I'm impressed with how much quality work has been done in that time span. You must be quite efficient with your time at the bench. I admire that, and wished I pocessed such a quality myself. Such a build would have taken me at least two years. Probably more. 

Well done, Steve. Can't wait for the pics. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:47 PM

Bainford

Like many of the others, I'm looking forward to it. 
I know you've commented earlier about how much time this project has taken, but as much as anything on this build, I'm impressed with how much quality work has been done in that time span. You must be quite efficient with your time at the bench. I admire that, and wished I pocessed such a quality myself. Such a build would have taken me at least two years. Probably more. 

Well done, Steve. Can't wait for the pics. 

 

Thank you much!

I appreciate that!

 

 

I won't torture any of you any longer. Big Smile

I hope to possibly get some better shots tomorrow if the sun shines, but in the mean time, here is what I have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:49 PM

Engine shots.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:51 PM

Interior and chassis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:06 PM

Truly spectacular, Steve! Thanks so much for giving us such a detailed and well-photographed play-by-play on this awesome build. The details totally change the character of the build. Looks to truly be a replica and not the approximation achieved out of box. 

chucky

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 21, 2020 5:56 PM

Nothing short of stunning.

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: San Diego
Posted by Keavdog on Saturday, March 21, 2020 6:25 PM

That's a beauty!  The original cold air intake

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: Montreal, Canada
Posted by charger74 on Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:22 PM

That is a masterpiece !! man i wish i was as talented as you!!!

  • Member since
    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Sunday, March 22, 2020 6:38 AM

Steve, 

As always, simply amazing! How anyone can get any better is beyond me!

Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Based on the current status of our country, I'll probably won't get to see this one in person. 

Jeff

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, March 22, 2020 12:46 PM

Hats off to you, Steve. That is proper model building. I much appreciate the detailed blow-by-blow. The Olds is beautiful. Such justification for a cool and rare old kit. Outstanding!

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:21 PM

I have to thank you all so much for the kind comments!

They are greatly appreciated!

 

We finally got a little sunshine today, so a quick photo session was in order.

 

I believe that the natural light goes a very long way in highlighting the richness of the Cinnamon Bronze paint.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:24 PM

A few more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:03 PM

Absolutely stunning! I think this is the most realistic build I have seen. Your subject, color choice and added details really make this work. Truly outstanding! 

chucky

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:21 PM

Wow.

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:20 PM

Oh yeah! That thing comes alive in natural light. Gorgeous. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:32 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Steve! I'll never have that skill but I enjoy seeing others who do! Cool Thumbs Up Bow

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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