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1957 Chevy 'Tribute Car' - Done 3/8/13 - Thanks Guys.

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1957 Chevy 'Tribute Car' - Done 3/8/13 - Thanks Guys.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 9:45 PM

Many moons ago when I was a youngster in jr. high, a couple of older guys about 25, sorta took me under their wing and mentored me through my high school years.

I was raised in SoCal, and they took me to all the local car shows and some in L.A. and all the drags, Orange County, lions, Irwindale, you name it, we went there, and they always paid my way. Wouldn't let me pay for food or help with their gas or anything.

Wayne Alexander and John McKnown. My dad and I didn't get along much, and the guys kept me busy and gone!! Wayne drove a brand new beautiful '57 Chevy all shiney and with a "rumpy" engine and four speed.

He taught me to drive in that car and shift a four speed. Once I got my license, he let me drive it by myself quite often - He trusted me, and for a young guy with older men, that was huge.

They accepted me as one of them and never once looked down on me or criticized me. They always encouraged me, and spoke well of me to my parents.

It wasn't until many decades later in my life that I realized what they did for me and how grateful I feel now about how these two average, everyday mailmen, could take a skrawny nobody kid and change his whole life by caring unselfishly. This model is for them, with all my thanks.

The car is done with opening doors and so forth, and ready for paint. The interior will be the focal point, as there will be a huge contrast in color like the real car. This is one of those side projecs, so I won't bore you with the build, I was just proud of the way the seats turned out and wanted to share them. I won't bore you with the whole build.

Thanks for being patient with me Thumbs Up.

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Posted by chucky on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:40 PM

Wow! Great story of your inspiration in additon to your usual "over the top" execution! My first "legal" car was a '57 Bel Air 2-door hardtop with a 327 4-speed transplant so I still have a love for these cars despite my addiction to Mopars for the past 40+ years. Looking forward to more photos, as always.

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:03 PM

Wow, you really have some great friends and they took good care of you. That '57 Chevy is lookin' good so far.

High octane

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:03 AM

There you go again with that annoying habit of making your models look real. Laugh
Seriously, if the rest of the car is as nice it'll be a killer. What, incidentally, ever became of your two chums?

                                                                                      Regards.
                                                                                            sfd Smile, Wink & Grin

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:42 AM

Those seats look great Dave! Perfect execution, can't wait to see what the finished build looks like.

And yeah that's coo; story too.

Cheers TJ

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9:56 AM

Thanks guys.

Here's the body done and ready for paint. It'll be black with a lot of BMF. All the jams are done including those on the doors. It's ready for the door panels, so those will be next to paint and detail to match the original car and the seats.

The sailfin cutouts are because that area was molded with a radius, and they should be flat.  I'm using the PE inserts that came in some of the kits, so the piece I cut out I filed flat and will be re-installed.

Thanks again for your comments.

Dave

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:12 AM

Dave the interior is flawless and detailed to the best you have done. The body looks like its on the factory line.

Keep us in the loop on this one with those sweet pictures........................................

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by streetrod on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:42 AM

Hi Dave,

Lookin' real fine, as usual. Believe me, your build progress on all of your projects is never, ever boring. Amazing YES, boring NO!!

Barry Fadden

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Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:48 PM

Hey Dave....great story line....I think most of us with "many moons" behind us had an older person that showed some interest as a friend  other than us being treated as a "little squirt". I can still remember them and their "hot cars". Back in the late 50's..  I remember how cool it was to see a car with an actual 4 speed and not a 3 speed with a 4 speed shifter knob.....

Dennis

 

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Posted by Lowlife ! on Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:36 PM

Love seeing your work Dave, really cool story and an amazing build so far...But please show us the build photos, i love to see what goes into a show winner like this......Lowlife ! !  

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:46 PM

Lowlife !

Love seeing your work Dave, really cool story and an amazing build so far...But please show us the build photos, i love to see what goes into a show winner like this......Lowlife ! !  

I'll do my best to share whats going on with this from time to time. I'm really a" finiky" builder, and can be slow as molases at times. I'm also doing the door panels on the imperial, so it's fun bouncing back and forth as things are drying. Two totally different builds keep it interesting. Also want to start the chassis for the Willys Victoria here pretty soon too.

Going 100 miles down south of where I live this weekend for a model event and get to be master of ceremonies, help judge, pass out awards, and also eat their grub Thumbs Up, so should be a great time with getting to see two of my best friends while I'm there, and enjoy all the guys that show up. Got a great little place down there that serves up the best sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. I'm already drooling Dinner. Add a bunch of Tabaco Sauce, man that's close to heaven.

Everyone have a great weekend too.

Dave

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Friday, April 13, 2012 1:19 PM

Excellent work, Dave. I grew up with some fellows who treated me well too, and when I was able to return the favor, I did..

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 13, 2012 6:35 PM

Ron Hamilton

Excellent work, Dave. I grew up with some fellows who treated me well too, and when I was able to return the favor, I did..

Very cool Cool. Friends like that really make a difference.

Made a little more progress. I decided to try a few things I haven't done before. I liked the floor mats in the pics, so decided to try my hand at a little extra detailing. I cut out the floor mats using a #11 blade like I do for doors and such, and detailed them, then slid 'um back into place. Matches the seats pretty nicely Cool.

Everybody have a great week-end.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

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Posted by streetrod on Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:00 PM

Hi Dave,

It's looking better and better all of the time. But, you didn't answer the "smelly ones" question. I was curious too. Whatever did become of your two friends, unless maybe it is too personal?

I DO love to see your work.

Barry Fadden

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:05 PM

It's looking better and better all of the time.> But, you didn't answer the "smelly ones" question. I was curious too. Whatever did become of your two friends, unless maybe it is too personal?<

Sorry about not answering the question. Thanks for reminding me Thumbs Up

My two friends eventually got married, started families, my parents moved the family quite a ways away, and I started college. Basically life jumped into high gear, and we lost touch, but their graciousness and friendship has lasted a lifetime for me, and gave me a direction that has benefited me my whole life.

Several years ago I started volunteering at a mens homeless rescue mission as a 1 on 1 mentor, to help men get a new start in life and have a fresh, healthy  new direction. A way to pay forward what I think a part of being human and caring like my friends did for me, is all about.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:19 PM

Yikes, The Treehugger goes Factory Stock - who woulda thunk it! The interior really is a stunner, thanks for sharing it.

And a truly wonderful story. You were indeed fortunate.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:16 PM

gbk1

Yikes, The Treehugger goes Factory Stock - who woulda thunk it! The interior really is a stunner, thanks for sharing it.

And a truly wonderful story. You were indeed fortunate.

Miracles do happen once in a great while Smile, Wink & Grin.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by robkat on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 9:27 PM

Dave - Your builds as well as your words are always inspirational! 

"You can have it fast.  You can have it safe.  Or you can have it cheap.  Pick two." 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:58 AM

robkat

Dave - Your builds as well as your words are always inspirational! 

Thank you "robkat".

Over time I've found that living in a mental state of "Gratitude" is a healthy place for me. It keeps me humble and thankful that where I have come was because people cared enough to want to make a difference, and helped me realize I am the sum-total of all those in my past , my todays, and all those in my future.

Couldn't  take credit for much of my life, when so many helped create who I am. Probably true for most people.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:12 PM

Been havin' fun with a model of a 1/25 scale 1900's wood burning locomotive, so all my car stuff has slowed down a bit, but the train is coming along fine and it sure is a nice change.

Also got some progress done on the interior floorboard and the door panels. Still need to foil the door panel trim and handles, and paint the trunk mat black. Otherwise she's coming along nicely.

After the foiling, I need to finish trimming the dash to fit into place.

Anyway, thanks for looking and any comments welcome Thumbs Up.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by del austin on Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:19 PM

Looks great as always Dave. Would love to see that Locomotive sometime (hint, hint)

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:30 PM

del austin

Looks great as always Dave. Would love to see that Locomotive sometime (hint, hint)

 

Thanks Del Big Smile

The train is posted down below in the "Other Models" catagory.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by gills7 on Friday, April 20, 2012 1:38 PM

This interior is stunning Dave.

Graham

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Posted by vwrabbit on Friday, April 20, 2012 1:42 PM

Fantastic work on the interior!  Can't wait to see more!

Tim

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 20, 2012 6:51 PM

Thanks everyone. The comments are always appreciatedThumbs Up.

Got the trim on the door panels foiled and all the handles painted. I also got the trunk floor mat painted, and the spare set in place as a mock-up.

All the little details make such a difference. The dash is almost finished being fit in. It's from a diecast with chrome inserts, so it  will really sparkle Cool.

I still have to drill holes for the door magnets, and then finish the body work where the hinge attachments are mounted. Some filler and primer should take care of that, and then I think the body will be ready for urethane primer and then some two-stage black urethane.

Here's some interior and trunk update pics.

Trunk floor mat painted.

Both door panels in place - Mocked up.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by gbk1 on Friday, April 20, 2012 7:32 PM

Yum yum!!!

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by mopar fan on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:48 AM

Wow! That looks awesome. I like the fact that there is a story behind the build. That's what makes the build even more special. Keep the pics coming, the car is looking great!

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:07 AM

Stunning build... What kit is this?  Revell? Anyways great progress that interior is incredible.Stick out tongue

Currently working on: DUEL Plymouth valiant, 1958 Biscayne 4 door RHD.

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Posted by SLUSHER on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:02 AM

Excellent detailing...Wow...Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:06 AM

IMPALA SS 427

Stunning build... What kit is this?  Revell? Anyways great progress that interior is incredible.Stick out tongue

Thanks so much everyone Cool.

Lot's of really cool projects going on and I get lost reading over everything, so  it takes me a while to get to posting my stuff - LOL.

Impala SS - The kit is a 1989 Pro Shp edition from AMT with over 160 pieces. Incredible detail on everything, and it comes with a good size sheet of photoetch. Just the engine has at least 30 parts, and there'll be much more with detailing.

The dash came from a donor diecast, and has nice chrome inserts. Got it cut down and other mods to fit and now painted. The steering wheel that came with it is black now, but will be painted red to match the dash and interior.

Here's some pics.

Been busy detailing and painting engine and chassis parts - there's a bunch. Here's some shots of parts I'm working on right now.

Like I said - Lots of pieces.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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