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Cross Kit General Lee......ish--Completed-02/09

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 3, 2020 7:23 AM

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One of the best general lee's I've seen in a long time !! Keep up the great work 

 

Thank you. I do appreciate you droppin' in and commenting. Yes

Details added. Now it's time to top it all off with the air cleaner but before I did that I figured I'd snap one more shot so that all the details could be seen. All that's left is the air cleaner and it's time for the assembly to be installed into the car. From there......it's radiator core support install and off to final parts installations.


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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:01 AM

Now I can move ahead with the rest of the build now that I've got this part out of the way. I may come up with another air cleaner out of the stash as I'm just not feeling 100% satisfied with this one. But I'll call this completed.....for now.

 


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and this one just for a little fun:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:40 AM

Its looking fantastic, Joe. Nice detailing. 

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:26 AM

Thanks Trevor! 

Got the engine and transmission installed this morning so now progress should move right along.
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Oh.......in being pretty much unhappy with the air cleaner that I had on the engine I searched high and low and found one more air cleaner in my stash that actually goes on a 440 and shot it with Molotow Chrome through an airbrush. 


This looks like a MUCH better fit to me....

 

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:01 AM

I'm to the point that I'm now working on the grille/ front end of this bad boy. I can't really fit anything into the engine bay as far as the radiator core support (which has now been extensively modified to fit. Don't ask folks....I really don't know what happened with the fit of everything up front. All parts were test fitted prior to even painting and it all fit perfect. Now ...the front fenders have to be spread in the front some to get the brace and hood to fit. Weird.

As far as the grille goes, there's some more mods that I'm doing. Looks like the inserts from the MPC kit turned around backwards fit perfectly in the openings that I cut out of the grille. I've still got some filling and sanding to do to get rid of those nasty ejector pin marks but that's not really a worry of mine. I cut the PE grille inserts out and test fitted. Looks like it's all a "go" at this point. One more side to go...…..






Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, February 7, 2020 11:53 AM

Ok......I've been throwing everything I've got at this one for the last week and haven't made very much progress on it but it's been a lot of little things that all add up to the bigger picture.

Engine bay is......finished!!

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And I've got everything done here except for some work on the hood, some R/T badges, windshield wiper install and custom exhaust tips.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:09 PM

I didn't like the kit supplied exhaust tips and decided to fabricate my own out of aluminum tubing. I angle cut a stalk, cleaned both sides up and polished them up. Then cut them to length and installed. Still gotta add the black soot to the insides of the pipes but I'm fairly happy with this result.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 8:54 PM

  When I started this build I had no intention of building the General Lee as everyone knows it. I am a Charger fan long before I am a "Dukes" fan but still like the look of the General Lee so I hope I don't hurt any GL purists out there looking on.sorry%20bout%20dat_zps1nny96hw.gif  I built one as a kid and have always wanted to have a second shot of it. Only this time I got to add my own touches to it. I started with the stance. I didn't like the high stance of the Lee at all so I set out lowering a bit all the way around. I also went with wider wheels from the AMT Eckler Corvette kit and used a set of tires(which I turned into Bf G's by way of decals ) from the Revell Challenger T/A kit so I could have a more aggressive look. Secondly, if I had one of these it only makes sense to have opening doors....hence the door handles. Third, I love the looks of the 69 Charger R/T grille.....a true testament to the aggressive looking front ends of the time so I opted to show the R/T grille unobstructed by not installing the grille guard up front. Just couldn't do it guys. Lastly, the GL is NOT an R/T which I simply could not have. If I'm going to build a Charger then it's gonna be an R/T and it's gonna have a 440 and not a 383. You're also not going to find a roll bar or CB radio inside. I love the looks of a factory interior in any car and have always liked the Charger interiors in particular so I couldn't "spoil" any of that.

   The kit is from Revell. Paint is Testors "Go-Mango" lacquer with Testors "Wet Look" clear. Decals are from the MPC GL kit which was really the only visible part that I took from that kit except for the front and rear license plates which came from Thomas Logan at Speedway Decals. Exhaust tips are aluminum rod cut to length as well as bevel cut and polished, all scrips and details are from the Model Car Garage PE set for the Revell kit. 

 

Anyways here she is. I'd like to thank everyone who followed along, peeked in, and for those who commented or had input along the way. 

 


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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 9:20 PM
Beautiful job on this, it turned out great!
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    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Sunday, February 9, 2020 11:31 PM

Stellar work! The Duke boys would be proud. If anyone has a set of those wheels from the Vette to trade... I'm kinda inspired now. :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 10, 2020 8:15 AM

Thanks Spencer and 195X. I appreciate the very kind words guys.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:19 PM

It's beautiful, Joe. That stance is killer. Detailing is top notch. You have done a fantastic job on this build. 

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:18 PM

Thanks Trevor. I really appreciate that. I had ALOT of fun building this car. Been wanting to build another one for a long time now.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    March 2006
Posted by RAMBENNA on Friday, March 6, 2020 10:44 PM

one of the finest General Lee's I have ever see done fabulous job.

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