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Modern Custom Chevy SSR WIP
Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:12 AM

This will be my second go at customizing this kit. The end result will hopefully a modern looking custom.  Instead of the retro look which was how my last version looked.  Still deciding on some style designs.

 So far what i have done is pie cut the front and rear fenders bringing them in closer to the body.  I did this by working out the new angle I wanted the fenders to be and then I cut along this line and then removed the fender and excess material and the glued the fender back on.  The photos explain the process a little better.  I had to reposition the fenders  and ended up with gaps which i will fill later. I wish my cutting was a little neater but that's what filler is for.  The rear fenders went the easiest.  Fronts were a little trickier.

Rear fender process pics.  Left fender is already cut off.  The tape on the right shows the new shape they will take.

Removed section.

Both fenders back in place.  You can see with the rear bumper sitting under the changes made.  Nothing to wild but makes a difference. Thanks for looking. 

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:21 AM

Front fender process.  Much like the rear.  I marked out the new angle and then cut,  removed the excess and then glued it back in place.  I cut along the outer edge of the tape. Some filler will be needed again.  

Both fenders cut off.

The pencil shading shows what will be removed.  So new headlights will be required and the grill will get some changes too i think.  Thanks for looking.  Comments welcome.

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:47 AM

Front and rear fenders are back together.  Will need to do some body work to both ends.  This leads to my other design choices.  I'm thinking of attatching the roof permently thanks to the idea in the scale auto article build up.  Which leads to few possible ideas.  One is shortening the body by cutting a section out between the doors and rear fenders.  This leads to another choice of either removing the same amount from the tray or from behind the glass where i assume the roof folding tooke place.  Too many choices.  

This then decides if i want to section the body at some point.  I'm  think maybe a pie cut again.  My other thought which is pretty strange but may work is seperating cab and tray( I know sounds rectro not modern by taking on a look from early chevy trucks) but by doing this maybe i can section just the tray.  To me this body looks too tall and wide.  

Anyway this is where I'm at.  The grill bar shows how much the front changed.  I'm hoping i shouldn't have to bring the wheels inward too much.  Thanks again for looking.  Welcome to sugestions.

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:06 PM

Got a bit more done here.  I have shortened the area between rear of the door and the fenders by cutting out 2 mm in lenght.  I cut just behind the door so that the cut went through where the interior tub sits(where the parcel shelf would be)  in the body so there wasn't so much to cut out. I have glued it back together.  Not much of a difference but enough.  With this done I'm forgetting bout tyrying to section this.  I am changing how the cover will sit in the back.  Changing it from sitting flush to  a bit lower and sitting at a slightly flatter angle.  I've filled where the cover originally sat and am waiting for the filler to dry then will sand back.  Have also filled all the gaps in the fenders.  The front fenders will need thier shape changed as a result of moving the fender forward.  Didn't think of this when i moved it but no big drama.  Thanks for looking.

This first photo shows how much i cut and where.  Forgot to get a photo before the cut.

 

Back together.

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:18 PM

Here you can see where i have cut the curve out of the tray cover at the front and have done the same to the back of it.  Which ment cutting out the front of the tray as it was curved also.  The originale place  for the cover has been filled and just now need to sand it back.  Hopefully i"ll get this done and might get some primer on to see how it's all looking. Cheers.

 

 

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 7:30 PM

G'day Scalepeter, it's good to see more clever imagineering from you, but I can't yet picture the finished model so I'll be following along, and looking forward to it.  Cheers, and merry Christmas.

Steve

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 8:12 PM

The stuff you are doing is what I wish I could do. I would be in over my head after the first cut!! lol  It'll be interesting to see how your build turns out.

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, December 22, 2016 7:22 AM

Thanks guys. Apreciate the coments.  The end result won't be that much different a standard ssr but a little more streamlined.  Try that fist cut justmike you might suprise yourself with what you can do.  I've learn't some lessons from mistakes but until you try you never know.

Latest updates here are.   Fenders have been smoothed out.  Filled the gas tank filler,  removed the brake light and will remove the badges from the tailgate.  Filled the seem in the roof.  Body panels have been shortened and now fit.  Have found a set of wheels for it.  Have a set of corvette wheels that fit the tyres from the kit which is great.  Just have to narrow the wheels to fit the skinnier kit tyres.  Some pics.  Thanks for looking.

    

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, December 22, 2016 7:33 AM
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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, December 23, 2016 9:24 AM

Quick update. I have cut the parcel shelf shorter allowing the interior to sit in place.  While working on this i have decided to bring the front wheel arch back to where it should be.  When i changed the front fenders the wheel opening moved.  Had thought to leave it there but would have created engine bay and interior changes.  Easier to change the wheel opening which ment that the interior and chassis use their originale mounting points.  Chassis has been shortened.  Couple of pics showing where i cut.  Hopefully the gas tank isn't too small now.

Last pic is with a corvette I'm building and shows how hopefully the ssr looks a bit more sports car like.  Thanks for looking.  Merry christmass.  

 

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, December 29, 2016 5:14 PM

Next up date here was a bit of a step backwards.  Decided to leave the front fender shape alone and move the wheels to suit the changes. I added about 2mm to the chassis near the suspension mounts.  This will mean a few adjusts later on but was easier than changing the wheel openings.  Another problem was that i realized my fenders weren't even side to side.  So i had to recut one of the fenders and move it back slightly.  Annoying but had to be done.  I just recut along my originale cuts and adjusted the fender and glued back in place.  Hopefully now they're evon.  Couple of pics to show this.   Thanks for looking.

Glued back in place.

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, January 07, 2017 8:26 PM

Quick update.  Not much going on here.  Getting the body work progressing.  Have got a coat of primer on since these were taken still bit more filling to do. Getting closer.  Will need to start deciding on lights and what i'm going to do with the grill.  Thanks for looking.

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Posted by chriscarrollogre on Saturday, January 07, 2017 9:02 PM
Cool concept. This is going to be one of those models that causes a lot of double-takes

CCarroll

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Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, January 08, 2017 10:19 PM

Got some photos with other custom of this kit.  Not a real good comparasion as it isn't stock but gives you an idea of the changes.  I should have sat the grill bar in place as it is as wide as the body is now.  Not sure bout headlights yet but i might use the kit tailights in about the same position they should be.  I removed the centre brake light and won't be replacing it .  Thinking bout painting it a metallic orange not fully decided yet but i think that's what i"ll do.  Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, January 09, 2017 9:17 AM

Can you say Subtle ?

  That is some fine bit of imagineering you have done here . I do believe most folks won't realize how much work you have done to this point . If you are going to enter it in a contest , Please document what you have done .This is immense ! Good looking too ! !

 What might work wellfor a headlight is the type from the Cadillac Escalade . I believe it would fit in with your design and you could put the grille bar in it's spot and have the ends touch the light covers .

O.C.G.

gjgeracci
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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, January 09, 2017 6:46 PM

Thanks for your complements.  Subtle is a perfect way of putting it.  Might check out those lights. Thanks for the tip.  Cheers

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, February 09, 2017 7:13 AM

Not much going on here.  Little update.  Hopefully this will have the body smoothed out. Then will start on the tray cover.  Thanks for looking.

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Posted by bugs-one on Thursday, February 09, 2017 11:57 PM
Looking good.
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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:42 PM

Thanks for the nice words.  Getting back into this.  Unfortunetly a marrige break up tends to get in the way but what better therapy than modelling.  Here we have the tray cover being modified to sit in the tray rather than on top.  I think i will end up gluing in place.  just need to fill the gap up front. Thanks for looking.

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Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:22 AM

Little more progress.  Headlights this time.  I was torn between what i think are z28 headlights which i have trimmed down.  Not keen on the twin light look.  So second option  is some brass tubing. See the photo not sure what shape you call that.  Will slightly recess them.  Once i work out the lights I'll be able to look at what i'm doing with the grill.  not sure yet.  Thanks for looking.

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Posted by hachirokami on Sunday, February 12, 2017 11:26 PM
Just my two cents but, here's a couple of thoughts. One, since its a custom, try mounting the Camaro lights vertically. Two, separate the lights into individual pieces and fog/driving lights. Or, use the separated housing for taillights.
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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, February 13, 2017 4:42 AM

Thanks for your tips.  I  had thought of separating them but the brass tubing is the same size of the separate light. Easier to mount the tubing in place and use the Camaro light covers trimed down to size.  I still could separate the lights for added detail in the tubing.  Too many choices.  Thanks for your two cents.

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:19 AM
"Cool concept. This is going to be one of those models that causes a lot of double-takes" Agreed. That's when your customizing is top drawer. When it looks "normal", but is far from it. The vision and execution here is really amazing. Please do a side by side shot when completed. Watching this space.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, June 10, 2017 8:37 PM

Thanks for that.  Need to get backto this one.  Been finishing a few others so hopefully soon there'll be some updates.  The lights are still giving me some issues but think i have decided on how i'll do them.  Couple pics to show where it's at.  still need some body work here and there but is coming along.   Thans for looking.

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Posted by hachirokami on Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:35 PM
Another headlight thought: Chrysler 300 headlights, possibly mounted upside down?
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Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, June 11, 2017 6:22 AM

thanks for idea but i decided on some round headlights that are a bit smaller than the kit headlights which follows the builds theme of sliming everything down.  Going to mount them in a lower position. Need to get these in place then i will work on changes to the front bumber  and how i'll change that area.  Still got a couple of other builds to finish then I'll concentrate back on this. 

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Posted by scalepeter on Monday, June 12, 2017 5:21 AM

Thought i'd just show how the front end is looking.  Seems a mess but have will add more filler so you won't see where the lights originally were.  Lights will be positioned lower.   Will still use the chrome bar but will have to narrow it a little. I think once the lights are in place it will help to sort out the rest of the front.  Thats the plan anyway.  Sometimes with customs evon with the best laid plans things don't always go the way you want.  Then theres the brake lights to decide on.  Oh the fun or pain of it depending on how you look at.  Thanks for looking. Coments or sugestions always welcome.

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:57 PM

WOW ! I thought just chopping my ones roof and painting it matt black , tri carb & steels made all the difference ! LOL Great job

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Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, July 16, 2017 7:05 AM

Little progress here.  Picked a Cadillac STS-V kit hoping that the custom grill could be an option here.  Happy that i picked it up as it's solved my grill issues.  Using both the custom options.  The main grill just needs a little more work to fit and still working on the bottom grill.  Happy with the way it's going.  Looks a bit rough but once i get everything in place i'll get it all smooth.  Thanks for looking. 

 

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Posted by hachirokami on Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:15 PM
Just my two cents however, that lower grille might be better if it was shortened a bit and flipped upside to fit in the cut out area of the hood. Take out a section from each wand, between the center line avec the curved ends. Then it would like reminiscent of the classic 50's trick with the full frontal grills.

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