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'63 Vette Custom
Posted by 70CudaTJ on Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:47 AM

This one was started a while ago now but was shelved while I finished the '40 Ford. So it's back on the bench. This is the look I'm going for, something close to it anyway...

This what I started with...an old AMT kit I built 25 years ago.

Here's where it's heading...

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:51 AM

I've made a custom grille for it and shaved the front indicators....

Custom taillights and exhausts....

Hood repaired where some dumba$$ cut a hole in it .........

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:55 AM

Got the wheels sorted out....not quite matching the inspiration pic but close enough,

And I've had to repair the rear wheel arches where the same d&^ba$$ cut them out for big drag slicks...

More to come soon.TJ

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  • From: Spokane, Washington
Posted by papadan on Saturday, June 22, 2013 3:13 AM

Did you ever find out the perp was on those cutouts??   LOL

I do like the grill you made.  Are you going paint it the same color as the example.  That is a pretty blue.

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:35 AM

Yeah the perp was a novice glue bomber that used to live here, he's done time and is rehabilitated now Laugh

And yep as close to that colour as I can get without spending too much $$

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, June 22, 2013 6:55 AM

I like where you're going with this! Very classy, tasteful custom Vette and you're doing a fine job of replicating it.

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Posted by Len Woodruff on Saturday, June 22, 2013 8:46 AM

Very Kool. What did you use to create the Tail Light bezels?  

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Saturday, June 22, 2013 9:05 AM

Just 3/16 Evergreen styrene tube for the bezels

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Posted by Old Timer 50707 on Saturday, June 22, 2013 8:36 PM

Fantastic!

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, June 22, 2013 9:58 PM

Nice reconstructive surgery there, Tim! Funny how our tastes can change over time (or maybe not: I like the original version, too). The inspiration photo looks to be from the mid-sixties judging from the haircut and clothing. The wheels look to possibly be Mickey Thompsons or Radirs which enjoyed brief popularity. Have fun with this version!

chucky

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:52 AM

Thanks guys

Yeah Chucky , I once found the right wheels, they're Radirs I think (can't remember who it was, Modelhaus?? Dunno) but I have quite a few wheels in my stash so this is a good opportunity to use up some spares.It's not going to be an exact copy of the one in the pic.

And I know the old build wasn't that bad either but I was tired of looking at it like it was and as people do with 1:1 cars it's time this one got a restoration/makeover  Wink

TJ

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:39 AM

Just realized, I can't tell from your posted original photo what year the real Vette is. I clicked on the pic and got a slightly larger, clearer version but still can't be sure. Can't quite see if it's a split window. The '63-'64 hood recesses aren't there. No emblems, and the grille and rocker moldings are custom so no help there. I THINK I MIGHT be able to see the '63-'64 front fender vents but it might be my imagination.

Do you have other pictures of the real one? Does it still have the split window? (Back in the day, many '63s were "updated" with one-piece '64 rear glass as a custom touch.)

Whatever year it is, it's a VERY clean example of mid-'60s mild customizing.

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:19 AM

From what little I know of this car it's a '63, as I have this pic of it on a cover of a '63 Rod & Custom magazine.

I believe its been "de-splitted" but who knows? Sure wish I could find more pics of this.......

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:00 AM

That pretty much nails it down, then. October '63 issue, it could hardly be a customized '64 (unless it was a "factory custom"). This pic shows clearly the '63 front fender vents, AND that the rear window splitter has been removed. (As I said, that was a fairly common mod to '63s back in the day, before they got so valuable.)

BTW, I've got a 1968 or '69 East Coast car rag that has a story on a somewhat similar custom Stingray--I think it was a '67. The rear end had a ducktail spoiler and IIRC '67 GTO tail lights. Always thought that was a sharp car too and have often thought of modeling it.

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by 01jeepxj on Saturday, June 29, 2013 6:48 PM

WOW Tim!!! You sure know how to make an entrance!!! The 'vette is lookin' great already. KA-CHING!! Another trophy winner.   Thumbs Up

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Sunday, June 30, 2013 7:05 AM

Thanks Gary,

Got a little done on it this weekend, got the wheel arches done including casting copies of the lower side trim to make the small filler bits, I deepened the front fender vents and undercut the front of them and opened up the door handles....

Cheers TJ

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Sunday, June 30, 2013 8:13 AM

Looking good Tim - some skilful bodywork you got happening there!

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Posted by darkside customs on Monday, July 01, 2013 11:36 AM

Very nice work!

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Posted by SLUSHER on Monday, July 01, 2013 1:46 PM

Awsume project....................Slusher

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Posted by PappyD340 on Friday, July 05, 2013 6:53 AM

NICE start so far!! Big Smile

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Posted by rscotusa on Friday, July 05, 2013 8:15 AM

Have you thought about building the green vette that's on the cover too?

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Posted by Scalper on Friday, July 05, 2013 8:17 AM

odd that the vette on the magazine cover is not a split window.

nice work so far.

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Friday, July 05, 2013 8:38 AM

rscotusa

Have you thought about building the green vette that's on the cover too?

No not as yet......still got a few other kits in the stash to go before I buy anything new

Scalper, from what little I know of this car is that it's a "de-split" '63. That was a popular thing to do due to the poor rear vision with the split in, until they become a bit rarer that is..... But I'm not going to alter mine I like the split.

Here's a shot with a donated '67 chassis I got from a mate at another forum;

Now that's better than the old one...giddy -up!!!!

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Friday, July 12, 2013 10:53 PM

Made some progress on this one this week, the chassis is set and now I'm fitting up the Revell Parts Pack Small Block Chev with Hilborn injection on top. I'm using the manifold from ThePartsBox, made my own trumpets and plumbed it. I've also cast the gas cap cover/emblem so I can shave it off the body, paint and polish it then put the replacement resin part back on.

Mock up stance....not quite there yet.

Injection manifold......

New gas cap cover...

Cheers TJ

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Posted by Bodgie43 on Saturday, July 13, 2013 1:35 AM

That's looking very nice cobber and that engine is looking top notch so far.  Upto your usual high standard.

And I can't wait to see it finished. 

Cheers bodgie43

 

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Posted by bossolani on Sunday, July 21, 2013 8:53 PM

Very great job as always mate!

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:59 PM

Thanks Cesar, nice to hear from you.

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Friday, July 26, 2013 9:20 PM

Just a couple of quick pics to prove I am still working on this one.......
Managed to buy a copy of the '63 Rod & Custom mag that this car appears in and that's given me a boost to get on with the interior.
Now as I said in the beginning this is a build based on the pictured Tony Rivera car, not an exact copy as I still like the split rear window and I didn't want to spend $$ on getting "correct" wheels so this is my version.....lets say a "homage" to it....
The pleating is driving me nuts but should look good with blue piping when done.
That's where it's at for now, still pleating away on it...

Cheers TJ

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Posted by markdoo on Friday, July 26, 2013 9:40 PM

Beautiful work; looking forward to seeing this one all finished-up!  Wow... those last two pics just make me feel tired!  That pleating must have been quite alot of work!

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by I scream for styrene on Saturday, July 27, 2013 8:54 AM
If I may ask I am very interested.in your pleating did you use half round styrene strips or are you carving the pleats by hand either way keep it up this will be killer

On the bench, under dust.........1/8 scale model T hot rod (fabrication), 1/16 scale shelby cobra 427 (final paint/detail work[body paint soon]assembly), 1/25 scale 1955 corvette ZR-1 (fabrication).

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