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Supernatural Impala Conversion - Finished 6/23!

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Supernatural Impala Conversion - Finished 6/23!
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:41 PM

I started this as a part of the recent TV/Movie CBP, but it ended up extending way past the deadline.  So I figured I'd start a new thread to post my progress.  The base kit is AMT's '67 Impala 2-door HT, and my first step was to modify the body to the 4-door HT configuration:

 

I used the rear corners from a '68 Camaro to get the basic shape, and did a lot of filling and reshaping to flatten the trunk and blend the old and new roof components together.  I also rescribed the door lines, filled in the old door break, and removed the original trim.

 I used the stock 427 from the kit, mated to the automatic transmission from AMT's '76 Impala:


Show-accurate wheels came from Fujimi's Suzuki Jimny kit, and parts box tires provided the correct stance:

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:45 PM

I wanted to try adding some extra details to this kit, and one of the things I did was make a working 4-link rear suspension:

I made it by drilling & pinning the individual arms, and using springs cut from a ballpoint pen spring. The shocks are made from aluminum tubing and plastic rod.

I also modified the interior panels by adding armrests from a second '67 Impala and filling/rescribing the door breaks:

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:52 PM

At this stage, I have the roof work finished and have added the drip rails and rear window trim.  I had originally filled in the hood scoop before I realized that the shape of the regular and SS hoods were completely different.  So I removed the SS bulge, added a center rib, and smoothed everything together:

My next steps will be a light wet sanding and the final top coat, and detailing/assembly of the interior components.

Any comments, criticisms, or suggestions are welcome! 

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Posted by elwoodz on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:28 PM

It looks fantastic so far. Keep us updated.

Mike Aylward

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:39 AM


 Thanks, Mike!

 I did a little work on the body and interior this weekend, but the chassis received most of the attention.  The pan was painted and weathered:

 

 ...and installed onto the frame along with the exhaust system, steering box, and some minor odds & ends:

 I then assembled the front wheels, added the firewall, and started detailing the back of the engine bay:

 

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Posted by malibudan on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 7:08 AM

Very nice work so far!!Thumbs Up

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Posted by henri1 on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:31 AM

What a beautifull change is this! This is one I'dd like to build myself later on. Silvergray with a black vinyl top as I remeber one from back than What a chique car that caprice was, Caprice onely the name in itself was like a dream as Monte Carlo was. Remeber the good old days......... Keep building this one!

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Posted by sublimegreen on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 2:43 PM
Very nice motor and chassis, cant wait to see this one finished.
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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 2:52 PM

 Hey Spencer, good to see this one again, glad it wasn't lost.

Great progress it's really coming along well.

Mike 

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Posted by sk8erdave on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:43 PM

great work!!!! i love that programme

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Thanks, guys!
 

Cycolac Fan

 Hey Spencer, good to see this one again, glad it wasn't lost.

 

Not lost, but the roof took a lot longer than I originally anticipated to get smooth & straight.  There were days where it seemed like I'd never get all the ghosts out of it and be able to actually paint it.  My wife is a fan of the show as well, and she's excited to see it finally in its proper black.

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Posted by jims69camaro on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 5:55 PM

i am not knocking you by any means, this looks to be a lot of work and you get kudos for the idea and the follow through.

one thing, though, i like how the rear is a working model and all, but what is it that keeps the rear centered under the car?  you could very easily add a panhard bar or a watts link (google if you need definitions and/or images).  i can't see up into the chassis, so my apologies if you have something in place already.  also, you could do a triangulated 'torque arm' type setup like on the 66 malibu, but without the chrome.  just a thought.

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Posted by piatek_w on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:05 PM

Great job! I can hardly wait to see the finished product.   May I ask what kind of tool did you use to scribe the door lines ? Also, is it hard to scribe? Thanks 

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Posted by mikemodeler on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 8:44 PM

Nice work so far and it should be great when you have it done.

 I am surprised that two of the forum's resident "2 door-to-4 door" converters, MKowaPhd & Space Cowboy haven't commented on this build. I am sure they would give their approval as they sometimes "specialize" in this sort of custom work.

Can't wait to see it done.

 

Mike

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Posted by zenrat on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:48 PM

Looking good.

Are you adding a boot (trunk) full of weapons and a creak to the doors?

 

Re Jims69camaro's question.  Looks to me like there is already a linkage in place to do just what he's asking about.  It's the bar connecting the axle to the chassis in the photos above.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 5:51 AM
Thanks for the feedback, guys.  Please do point out anything you see - I appreciate the extra eyes making sure I don't miss anything.

jims69camaro

one thing, though, i like how the rear is a working model and all, but what is it that keeps the rear centered under the car?

AMT did a really nice job with the rear end in this kit, and I was able to keep all of the original components including the stock panhard bar.  I just added a bunch of hinges and real coil springs so the suspension could really flex. 

 

piatek_w

May I ask what kind of tool did you use to scribe the door lines ? Also, is it hard to scribe? Thanks

I started the new door lines by tracing a profile of the 1:1 car with an X-Acto knife (I had made a printout of the 1:1 and taped it to the side of the car). Once the lines were started, I deepened them with a hobby saw, the back of an old X-Acto, and dental tools.  The hardest part was making sure the lines were clean...it's really easy to nick the edges and make raggedy lines, especially around curves & corners.

zenrat

Are you adding a boot (trunk) full of weapons and a creak to the doors?

 

Yes to the weapons cache, but I'll have to make the door sound effect myself.  I'll have to stop humming "Back in Black" first, though. 

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Posted by Mkowa PhD on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 12:55 PM

I haven't commented as I don't usually head for the Muscle car section much... ie: too many HEMI everything, gets boring! Nothing against HEMI's or MOPARs,but if everyone bought one in 1:1..or anything MOPAR back in the 60's/70's...maybe they'd be #1!

My surprise was seeing the 4 door in here! Hoo-eeey! Great job on the transformation!

-Mike

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Posted by mangodart on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 2:53 PM

 Very nice job, seems so easy when you show it, must have been tons off work !!!

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, May 31, 2008 8:18 PM

 Thanks!  I actually thought about posting this in the "Factory Stock" section, but then I remembered this picture...

 


 ...and thought, "no, she's a Muscle Car."

 Not much to report today, as I've mostly been working on the interior.  The seats are from AMT's 1970 Impala, with the center splits filled in and the head rests removed:


Hopefully I'll have some more photos for you tomorrow evening - I plan on trying to finish off the engine as much as possible.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, June 01, 2008 6:46 PM

Today was one of those days where it was fighting me the whole way, but I was able to finish off the seats:

 

 and get more on the engine done:

 

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Posted by White-Boy Kustoms on Sunday, June 01, 2008 7:12 PM

shes a muscle car leave her where she belongs

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Posted by burlllee on Sunday, June 01, 2008 7:13 PM

  Lot of great work going on here Spencer. It's looking fantastic.

  Good luck, Earl Thumbs Up

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, June 02, 2008 6:35 PM

The first coat of gloss is on:

 

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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, June 02, 2008 10:29 PM

Looks great!

I always thought this was one of the best modern-day TV hero cars, all the way down to the Earl Scheib black paint! Love the spotlights, too!

SpenSer, do you have a Mannix Roadster kit? The first season comes out on DVD Tuesday, I'd love to see your take on the car!

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Posted by gto guy on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 10:10 PM

Very Nice...Cant wait to see more~~~~~

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:59 PM

Thanks, guys.  The humidity has been really high the last couple of weeks, so I had to wait longer than usual for things to dry.  But I got the chassis finished off, with front brakes, brake lines, and fuel lines:

 
 

rickr442

SpenSer, do you have a Mannix Roadster kit? The first season comes out on DVD Tuesday, I'd love to see your take on the car!

 

No, I never got a chance to pick one of these up.  I see them on eBay every once in a while, but something else always seems to grab my attention (and cash) first. 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, October 11, 2008 7:47 PM

The body & interior are now pretty much done, all I need to do is install the steering wheel and door locks before dropping hte body over the chassis:


After that it's pretty much just body trim and trunk details. 

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Posted by musclecar on Saturday, October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

Great job so far.ever thought of doin one & having it cast in resin. i'd buy one. also do you know of anyone doing a 2 door caprice?

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:39 PM

Thanks!  I did think about doing resin copies, but ended up chickening out until my casting skills get better.  I'll be trying a full-body recast next summer (of a different model).

Well, I got the interior done, and the body popped on (ignore the gaps in these pics, the body wasn't fully seated when I shot them).  The good news is, I'm fairly happy with how the steering column/wheel turned out:


The bad news is, she sits too high in the front:

 

Nuts.  I forgot that the fact that this kit has a stock front suspension, while John and/or Dean has her nose in the weeds.  So I'll have to modify that before I go much further.

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Posted by mcmainstribe on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 9:07 PM

Nice work!!!  Could you fix the front height by switching the spindles side to side?  I recently built the stock version of this kit as a street machine and the front sits lower than what you have on your build.  I believe that is how I did mine.

 Larry

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