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Sublime '70 Challenger T/A Build Updated: New paint finished!

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Posted by Useless on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 4:24 PM

Thanks for all the great comments guys, sorry it took me so long to respond to them!

Sublimegreen, yeah... I hated the way the lower valence looked not molded in, so I cut it in half behind the bumper with a hack saw blade. It's a little tricky getting the grille in straight but once it's in for good it'll be fine.

 I'm still working on this thing a little but at a time, I still need to go back and re-do the BMF on the front and rear because I'm not happy with it, paint the air cleaner, do some more interior detailing and it should be nearly done.

The big hold up on this thing has been the tail panel, which is of course is two colors. I did it green, masked it off and painted the flat black and then decided to dullcoat the black. It didn't craze but it looked like it pulled the black apart where you could see the green underneath. In the soak it went, maybe I'll get a chance to shoot it soon.

A few more pics for your pleasure....

 

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  • From: Keene, New Hampshire
Posted by MoPars II on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 4:33 PM

Looking REALLY AWESOME!!

Current Projects: no models, possibly getting a '69 Dodge Dart Somedays you're the pigeon, somedays your the statue...but if you can, you should only do things you love-Bruce Dickinson
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Posted by burlllee on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:02 PM

  Really looking great Curt,

  good luck, Earl Thumbs Up

burlllee Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA
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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Thursday, June 5, 2008 5:57 AM
finely useless, I've been waiting for you to come back and to see more of my fav color challenger, its looking beastly, just a few things for you to consider, on the mopar rally wheels center cap, i cant remember if its the blackish color or steel looking but you should paint that whichever color, if its blackish, mix steel and black to get the perfect look and for the motor, put some sticky tack under the air cleaner to remove it when you want to show the motor since the air cleaner takes most of the motor up(Trim your carbs down and get a black marker and color the tops of the to make them look real but keep the wholes that go into the air cleaner), these just add a little detail to it and id say it looks better even though yours looks great enough right now, cant wait to see it and good luck.
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Posted by Useless on Thursday, June 5, 2008 5:38 PM

thanks for the comments guys.

 

Sublime, it's hard to tell in the pics but the centers are actually a different color than the rest of the wheel, though they aren't quite how I want them...thus the one wheel on the car, I may go back and redo them. Personally I prefer the dark argent centers of the '71 rallys....but I was was trying to be correct this time. I'm gonna black wash the centers so I can pick up the depth around the lug nuts, hopefully that'll mess with the color enough.

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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Thursday, June 5, 2008 8:44 PM
Cool, yeah i know the real wheels are hard to tell in 70, cant wait to see, good luck.
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Posted by bills72sj on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:30 AM

Cool Challenger! That is one of my favorite colors too. I did a 71 Cuda.

Sublime 71 Hemi Cuda

http://public.fotki.com/drasticplasticsmcc/1/bill-newcomer/muscle-cars/71-hemi-cuda/

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Posted by Useless on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 11:59 PM

Nice work on the Cuda, looks great.

 Update:

Well, I've neglected the interior quite a bit thus far and it's been holding me back a lot on finally getting it together....so today since I've got a staph infection and couldn't work, I did something about it. I did a little more bare metal work on the door panes and did all the woodgrain. The pics didn't turn out great, it didn't help that everything is really dusty and I can't light things properly since my better half is asleep in the room. The wood is quite a bit darker than it looks in the pics.....it turned out far better than I had hoped. I've skipped doing it a lot in the past out of sheer laziness and my brown paints always getting too thick and pretty much useless.

Anyhow, here's what I've got:

 Note the reverse light on the dash, it was a PITA to get the BMF to stick to that thing!

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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:15 AM
Looks great man, do you think its one of your best builds ever, it sure seems like it would be and if it isn't, than i cant wait to see some of your builds that would turn out better than this, good luck.
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Posted by burlllee on Thursday, June 12, 2008 7:36 AM

  Great job on the interior Curt.

  Good luck, Earl Thumbs Up

burlllee Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA
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Posted by Useless on Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:16 AM

sublimegreen
Looks great man, do you think its one of your best builds ever, it sure seems like it would be and if it isn't, than i cant wait to see some of your builds that would turn out better than this, good luck.

I would say it's on of my best builds, overall. I know I've done cars in the past with better paint, or better interior, ect. Though I can't say it's aways came together in the same car, either I haven't finished the build or something has gone wrong (why does that always happen?).

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  • From: Lexington, KY
Posted by ViperDave on Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:43 AM

Don't sand it.   Use oven cleaner, Brake fluid, Dawn Power desolver, 91% alcohol, or some of the other methods to remove the paint and start over.   Sanding is just asking for problems of sanding the wrong thing and you might get it smooth but you will end up with paint that is too thick and it will look out of scale around the edges and on the chrome areas.

Home of "Chrysler Vintage Racing" Mopar Trans Am racers and the Prototype Challenger Petty kit car.
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Posted by Useless on Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:39 PM

ViperDave

Don't sand it.   Use oven cleaner, Brake fluid, Dawn Power desolver, 91% alcohol, or some of the other methods to remove the paint and start over.   Sanding is just asking for problems of sanding the wrong thing and you might get it smooth but you will end up with paint that is too thick and it will look out of scale around the edges and on the chrome areas.

 

I'm confused as what needs to be sanded, everything I had repaint was stripped with Purple Power. BTW, I forgot and left the tail panel in the stuff for nearly two months and had no adverse effects, which is great to know.

Speaking of sanding Dave, when are we gonna see more of that 4-dr Cuda? I'm really liking that build. Thumbs Up

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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:49 PM
What ive done sometimes is sand it quickly and then easy off/ purple power it but with very smooth sand paper for thing like wet sanding and then sometimes give it another quick little sanding to get my tooth brush thingy marks out, so far im happy with my results. Good luck.
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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Sunday, August 3, 2008 4:50 PM
Were have you been on this one?
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Posted by Useless on Monday, August 4, 2008 11:35 AM

sublimegreen
Were have you been on this one?

 

Finished! I'm finally done with this one. I'll try and get some pics of it soon but I doubt they'll be very good, someone bashed the window in my car out a few weeks back and stole my stereo and new camera from the console, so I'm back to the crappy Kodak.

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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Monday, August 4, 2008 9:15 PM
Awww that really sucks, glad to hear its done though, are you on an A Body only forum, theres a guy named useless from Va. on there, i just joined, same name for me.
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Posted by Useless on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 9:13 AM

Yeah, that's me. I've been hanging out there some since I got my Valiant, which I should be working on instead of models right now, but that's how it goes sometimes.

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  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by sublimegreen on Sunday, October 26, 2008 4:53 PM
You get a camera yet, i wanna see the challenger!!!
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  • From: Tucson Arizona
Posted by Camaross1stgen on Sunday, October 26, 2008 6:49 PM

Very nice build!

Ray Parkman aka Raging Asian

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