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1955 Chevy Bel Air WIP - Finished!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
1955 Chevy Bel Air WIP - Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, June 28, 2020 7:34 PM

I bought about 4 of these kits when they first came out about 2007. The retail price on the box is $14.99. That was a long time ago. I built one, I have one still in the wrapper and two that I have used for various parts. So I have combined those two together and I think I have enough parts to build one. I am missing the interior mirror, exterior mirrors, tires and wheels and engine block. I know I have tires and wheels in my parts box and I think I can find an engine to fit it. So I'll have to scrouge around for mirrors or buy some. 

I primed and painted one part of the two-tone with Ironlac light blue. This paint my son bought for me on a markdown at Hobby Lobby for Fathers Day. Its an acrylic lacquer that smells terrible but seems to go on pretty smooth out of a spray can. He tells me its what taggers use but he uses it to do murals from time to time on his garage walls. I figure if he works all day in construction out in the hot sun and wants to paint murals on his garage walls for release, more power to him. Testors doesn't have a light blue lacquer and Tamiya's is really a medium blue it seems to me. So I am going with this paint. 

So the colors are light blue for Skyline blue and Krylon Ivory for India Ivory. Not sure this is going to be stock, maybe more in line with Street Machine. I'll tape it off and do the Ivory tomorrow and then clear both colors after that. Thanks for looking! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, June 28, 2020 8:14 PM

Those light understated colours look good, should be impressive on a mild street machine.  Looking forward to following along.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by Manifoldhead on Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:08 PM

I think those colors will look great! I'm looking forward to seeig how it looks.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, June 29, 2020 8:56 PM

Thanks, Steve and Manifoldhead! I appreciate your comments! 

I ran out of Ivory and didn't feel like running out to get some so I used Krylon Semi-gloss white. I've got to wait at least 24 hours before re-coating and I would assume that means Clear Lacquer as well. I think it looks pretty good! I've also been rounding up missing parts and have a 283 engine block built up for paint. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Manifoldhead on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:14 AM

Nice. Do you spray the krylon out of the can or decant it and airbrush it?

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:46 PM

I normally do not like to use the Krylon paints on a body but there are certain colors that are not available in Testors or Tamiya lacquers. I am not aware of Ivory or white lacquer in Testors. I had a bad exerience with Tamiya white so I haven't tried it again. Maybe it was a bad can. But using Krylon Satin or Semi-gloss seems to work and just needs to be cleared and rubbed out. Yes. I spray it right out of the can! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:44 PM

Got some clear on the body and I am making progress on painting the two-tone interior with the same colors. I'll rub out the body tomorrow after it dries overnight. Also making progress on painting other parts like the engine, chassis, etc. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:35 PM

Those are great looking colors. Very typical for the era.

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Posted by 60Buick on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:11 PM

JR, loving that blue. In regards to Krylon white that's my go to paint. I get the gloss white in the Krylon "Short Cut" spray can (Hobby Lobby). Not much polishing with that one. 

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:19 AM

Thanks, Johnny and Buick! I appreciate your comments! Buick, just be careful with gloss Krylon. It can run and sag quickly! Cool

I worked on the chassis and suspensions a good bit of yesterday. First, I had to find some springs so that I didn't have to open another kit. I found some springs from an old AMT kit that had a chrome rear suspension with the springs, axle and driveshaft all fused together as one piece. I cut the springs away, removed the chrome in Super Clean, drilled a hole for the axle using the Revell 57 Chevy Sedan spring as the pattern (same chassis and suspension) pinned the axle to the springs using a parts of a straight pin. I also had to find a driveshaft, lenghten it about 1/8" and make sure that suspension, driveshaft and engine all hook up. 

The basic interior painting is done and foil will be next after rubbing out the body. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, July 3, 2020 5:45 AM

Rubbed out the body. Not perfect but looks pretty good. Foil next.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by Classic Plastic on Friday, July 3, 2020 9:26 AM

Hi JR, I also built one of these when they first came out. Same (classic) color combo. I'm excited to see this finished build.

Kevin
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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Friday, July 3, 2020 9:40 AM

Your Chevy is lookin' good, real good.

High octane

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:40 PM

Thanks, Kevin and High Octane! I appreciate your comments! 

Here are some interior pics. Engine is next.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:46 PM

Oh, I almost forgot! Here is a pic of the body with foil. I also took a little time to paint a body for my next project. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, July 6, 2020 9:02 PM

Engine is complete and it is a patchwork of parts from several different sources. The block, intake, and water pump from a 57 chevy sedan, oil pan and fan belt from a 68 Camaro, fan and fuel pump from a old Revell Hot Rod kit and some parts came from this 55 Chevy parts box. Windows in next and then on to final assembly. I hope I have all the parts to finish! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, July 13, 2020 3:54 PM

Well, its been about six days but I am back! Apparently there was a change to the Forum that required me to clear my Browser history, etc. Who knew! It took six days and a calll to customer service to get them to respond but I guess better late than never!

So here are progress pics where I left off and the finished pictures. I don't have any outdoor pics yet. Its 100 degrees outside! 

Its on wheels, the engine and interior are installed! I created a winshield washer motor out of a steering box that I cut down. The cylinder might be a little big but will serve the purpose. I added plug wires bu using MrMike's method of stuffing 9 wires into a drilled out distributor since you can't see it anyway. The fuel filter is a distibutor spark advance piece that I cut off and sanded down the flat side and glued to the wire for the fuel line.

  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, July 13, 2020 3:59 PM

Finished pictures of the front and back. Both look simple and that's the beauty of the tri-fives, but they are not simple to detail in any scale! The bumpers I had were the custom bumpers with the continental kit that I didn't want to use so another completed build had to give up its bumpers. The hood doesn't quite close but can't fix now!  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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