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First build of 2004

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First build of 2004
Posted by karbuildr on Saturday, January 10, 2004 5:23 AM
I started this AMT kit last year, paint work mostly, and finally finished this project the first week of Jan. It's painted with Testors enamels, 1/3 Flat Insignia Red and 2/3 Chevrolet Engine Orange, to match Mopar Tor-Red. 3 coats of Boyds High Gloss Clear, then polished out. I swapped in a Viper V10 motor I had. I wouldn't advise doing this. Man, the work it took was incredible, since the V10 is so much larger than a 440 or Hemi. I had to completely scratch build the front suspension to get the motor to fit, using parts from 2 Mopar kits, along with plastic rod and sheet plastic. Getting the stance just right took several attempts, resulting in having to rebuild things more than once. Don't ask why I did it, just to see if I could I reckon. The motor's wired and plumbed, although the wiring is hard to see in the photos. I wound up making the entire forward exhaust system from aluminum tubing to fit the V10 headers. I used XS Tuning chrome wheels, with some old Jimmy Flintstone soft rubber big and little tires.




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Posted by kustombuilder1 on Saturday, January 10, 2004 6:17 AM
Lookin' good!!!!!!!
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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, January 10, 2004 6:19 AM
Wow! Is it AMT's? The body looks like it, but not the chassis. Perhaps the chassis is Revell's? Or AMT's Road Runner chassis?
Lee

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 6:29 AM
wow thats awsome looks great ..
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Posted by karbuildr on Saturday, January 10, 2004 6:41 AM
Thanks folks. The kit is the AMT recent reissue, Buyers Choice Charger 500. It may look like the Revell chassis because of all the scratch building I had to do in order to get the motor to fit, but it's the chassis that came with the kit.
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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, January 10, 2004 8:33 AM
I'll have to take a closer look at mine. don't remember it looking that good.
Lee

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

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Posted by vinnietbird on Saturday, January 10, 2004 8:34 AM
SWEET!!!!!I saw a V-10 Charger a year or so ago in Hot Rod magazine and then onT.V.You did a great job.
"The HEMI turns on where everything else turns off"
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  • From: West of Chicago
Posted by garyo on Saturday, January 10, 2004 11:08 AM
Love the engine
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Posted by karbuildr on Saturday, January 10, 2004 12:11 PM
Dang, y'all are flattering me. Many thanks for all the kind compliments. That engine was a real bear getting in there. Every time I thought I had it fitted and lined up, something else showed up. There's a real domino effect (i.e., change one thing, you have to fix 2 more) doing this kind of swap, but well worth it based on the comments. Again, thanks so much.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 1:44 PM
Dude that's SWEET!!!!!!!!!


LOVE the color!!!!!!!!!


AWESOME job!!!!!

Next you need to put a V-10 in a Honda S-2000!!!

i'm gunna attempt to put a HEMI in one!!! once i get all the parts!!!!
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  • From: Canada
Posted by kevlar86 on Saturday, January 10, 2004 1:46 PM
Great job karbuildr !! Thumbs UpThumbs Up Love the engine. Smile
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 7:52 PM
That car is so incredibly beautiful! I can't say enough good stuff about it, awesome job karbuildr! Great modeling, great color! Thanks for posting the photos.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 8:35 PM
WOW! thats kool! no, it's amazing! nice job on it! keep it up.
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Posted by karbuildr on Sunday, January 11, 2004 4:49 AM
Thank you again. Honestly, I really appreciate all the kind comments. I mostly build replica stock muscle cars, but every now and then, I like to do something radical.
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  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Boss_Hotrod on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:49 PM
Thats not standard equipment....

Nice work.
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Posted by Nathan on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:42 PM
Very niceShockBowBow. I had plans of doing something similar a while back it was a '69 Charger which I was going to cut the floors out build a tub frame with Viper suspension and transmission and graft two Hemi's together into a V-12 Hemi. I tried building the Hemi but it didn't work out very well so I scrapped the whole project and gave the Charger kit to my cousinBanged HeadBanged HeadBanged Head.

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Posted by karbuildr on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 4:43 PM
Thanks Nathan. I gotta tell ya, that was not an easy conversion. It was worth it though, but I think it'll be a while before I do something like this again.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 5:12 PM
swwwweeeeeetttttt nice build!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • From: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Posted by Tiburon on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 5:35 PM
Great looking ride there. I think you over came all the problems very well. Keep up the good work. Wow!!

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Posted by karbuildr on Thursday, March 11, 2004 5:27 AM
Again, thank you so much for the kind compliments.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 11, 2004 11:10 AM
WHOA!!!THATS AWSOME YOU SHOULD TRY TO GET THAT CAR IN S.A.E.
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Posted by karbuildr on Thursday, March 11, 2004 3:12 PM
Thanks Judge!
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  • From: France
Posted by mangodart on Saturday, March 13, 2004 4:26 PM
Nice car, If I remember well, I've seen one at the 1/1 scale on mopar muscle mag. wich was metallic grey with a red rear strip. Will try to find you the n° of the mag if you are interesting with. Nice jobEvilEvil
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Posted by karbuildr on Sunday, March 14, 2004 4:33 AM
Thanks Mango. I used to get Mopar Muscle locally, but everyone's stopped carrying it, including Barnes and Noble and the other book stores. Not sure what happened to their distribution, but I can't find that mag anywhere now.
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  • From: France
Posted by mangodart on Monday, March 15, 2004 1:15 PM
I haven't found the way to send pictures directly tothe site so email me your adress and then I can send you the pictures. Or check the old issue of Mopar muscle mag, it's on the january 2002 issueEvilEvilEvil
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 15, 2004 2:07 PM
Great karbuildr, I like the charger to begin with, so it even more special to me, i love the paint job...very nice build, should be a nice addition to your collection

Peace
Bob
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Posted by karbuildr on Monday, March 15, 2004 2:15 PM
Thanks Bob. I like the Charger too, all muscle cars actually, but I didn't care much for the Revell 69 kit. Nothing but fit issues, a shame because I really wanted to build that one. Wound up using the parts for other projects, and giving the body to a friend. Mango,thanks for the offer. I'd love to see the pics you have, but you don't list an e-mail address. Mine is in my profile karbuildr@yahoo.com.

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