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

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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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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

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    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

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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

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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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  • 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  • 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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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

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

ls6454

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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  • From: Canada
Posted by ls6454 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:51 PM

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

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 3:52 PM

nottheband

She's looking great, Joe.  The extra bits of detailing on the interior and adding brake lines, as well as painting the firewall wiring etc really stand out.  Cheers.

Steve

 

Thanks Steve. I really appreciate the comments man. 

After painting and weathering and masking and trying to air brush Molotow onto the rocker covers(and not succeeding at it this time around) I'm at the point where I think I can post something worth lookin' at. I must've stripped those rocker covers 3 times and tried the Molotow treatment on them. Just wasn't working out this time so I finally grabbed a set of chrome rocker covers from one of my spare Revell Hemi Dart kits that had a 440 in it and put them on. Still have some detail painting on those to do, exhaust manifolds install, carburetor & return spring & bracket and throttle linkage build and install, engine electrical harness and plug wires to put together and install but after a long couple of weeks I figured it was time to post something. I've still got a long way to go on this engine but here it is so far:

 

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Friday, January 31, 2020 5:15 PM

She's looking great, Joe.  The extra bits of detailing on the interior and adding brake lines, as well as painting the firewall wiring etc really stand out.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, January 31, 2020 12:22 PM

Today saw the completion of the engine bay prep. The one thing I couldn't get over was the clear windshield washer bottle out of the box. I%20dunno_zpsgjbxiscc A little weird but I guess they were trying to appeal to the average modeler.





I made the necessary corrections to it and managed to finish up the engine bay today. Shock studs and retaining nuts were added to the shock towers, brake lines were fabricated and added and I brought out the highlights of the steering column with a silver lead pencil. Anyhow ....here's the engine bay all prepped for that 440 engine to be installed hopefully shortly....




Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:27 PM

Okay......I managed to get the hair raising task of installing the wheels all done. Sounds simple but I made the wheel mounting holes on the rims an oval so I could get this one just wee tad lower. Had to get all the wheels at just the right height so I wouldn't wind up with a "3 wheeler". The stance is now locked in.

I also got the back panel all painted up, detailed up and bumpered up and installed. I hit the body with a little more polish but can tell I need to do it again just to get it just right.





Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:48 PM

First off.....I worked on the battery a couple of days back and decided not to go with real cables for this one. Gonna concentrate most of my efforts on the brake lines coming off of the master cylinder and more so on the engine which I still haven't decided which way to go with yet.  icon_hmm_zps07rcoppf

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Secondly.....If you wanna know about stress...…I can tell you about that. I have never seen an interior that fought the whole way going into a car body before. I just knew one of the windows were gonna pop out or that there was going to be an interior side panel pop out of place or something was gonna break while installing it. I can't really turn the car body upside down to do all of this either due to all the flocking going everywhere during the popping and all from fitting this interior up into the body. I had to do all of this with the body upright which made things really hard to do. But............…I got it. Thank God-I got it.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 27, 2020 11:22 AM

Thank you Trevor.

Well I've officially completed the interior tub. All that's left is installing the door lock knobs into the holes that I drilled in the top of each door which will happen after I've got everything installed neatly and securely up into the body as to avoid damage to the knobs during the interior install.
Revell really did everything right on this kit. If you look up under the dash on the passengers side you'll see the HVAC case. AM items include the seat belts and buckles, PE foot pedals, PE steering wheel spokes, PE keys and key chains and of course the carpet/ flocking. All chrome was applied with a Molotow Chrome pen except for the chrome endcap on the rear of the console. I'm pretty pleased with this.

 



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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:29 AM

That's coming along great, Joe. Your tenacity has paid off with those wheels, they look fantastic. The interior work is top notch also. It's going to be cool!

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:41 PM

Got the interior carpeted, seat belted and mostly underway guys.


Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 20, 2020 2:31 PM

Thanks Billy. I got the tires from the Revell/ Monogram Challenger T/A kit and the decals came from Slixx if I remember right.

This'll be my second go round with these door panels as I didn't prime them before painting the first time and the paint lifted when I tried to apply the BMF to the trim areas. Bummer! So I stripped them and began with priming this time but ended up using Molotow Chrome the second time instead of BMF.
Picked up this new acrylic primer from Badger called STYNYLREZ. It's an acrylic polyurethane primer and I was pretty impressed with the results.

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Just apply in thin coats and it goes on smooth as a baby's butt:

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Finished door panels. I used RLM 79 with some shadowing here and there and chromed the details and trim with Molotow Chrome:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: The Motor City
Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Monday, January 20, 2020 3:41 AM

Really nice job so far. Which kit are the tires from and decals?

Bronco Billy

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:06 AM

Ok.....this may not seem like a whole lot of work but believe me....after FOUR friggin' paint strippings to get these wheels right I finally got it done. Additionally I sanded off all of the mold seams on the tires with 1000 grit sanding sticks and worked my way to the 12000 grit range and then chucked 'em up in the drill and spun 'em up with the sidewalls held against my blue jean pants to polish up the sidewalls. After that these two tires got a treatment to some BFGooodrich Radial T/A decals. This deep dish rear wheel/ tire combo really benefited from the white letters and it's gonna look great on the car:


Did a mock up to see how it's all gonna look and was pretty pleased with the results. I'll have to move the front tires just a smidgen more under the fenders but other than that it's sitting exactly how I want it. The decaled white lettering and staggering the tire sizes to wider tracks in the back as well as dropping the whole car a scale 2.5" all the way around were well worth the while and gave the car the more aggressive stance and look that I was seeking. I ended up using the deeper Eckler Corvette wheels all the way around.








Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 13, 2020 10:08 AM

Thanks Trevor and Spencer! 

To get this car to look right there are three major areas that I'll be focusing on: 1.) The car body-It's gotta look the part and it's gotta be near perfect in regards to the look and finish...……….and 2.) Then stance. I'm not going for the high water pants look of the original. It's gotta be lower and more aggressive looking. and 3.) The wheels. If the wheels are a flub job then the whole thing looks off balance. I've got one of the rear wheels pretty much completed and I feel pretty fair about the outcome. The wheels will come from the Eckler Corvette and are a little wider/ deeper for a more aggressive looking Lee. I stuck the tire on a 14mm deep socket (next time I'll use a shallow socket for more control and less wobble) and spun it up on a drill with the tire on some sandpaper to achieve the worn tire tread look.

 


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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 10, 2020 6:36 PM

Good looking chassis work. 

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:13 AM
This is looking great!

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