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Butchering a salvage 57 Chev body

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Butchering a salvage 57 Chev body
Posted by Old Geezer on Saturday, July 08, 2017 4:41 AM

I used this salvaged body to test a proposed pie cut sectioning on the current build which is stalled on paint prep. So, with idle hands, I started to work on this carcass.

Well. ok. I see where this won't work on the current build without a whole lot of doing everything over.... and probably a lot more frustration.

Raising up the bottom edge, even that much, will not work. 

The white body is pretty cool, and I'll save it for a future build. It is only tacked together because I don't know what the future project may need to be done.

 

 

Been eyeballing this test body and getting antsy !

So I sent Egor out to the salvage grave yard, and he came up with some stuff.

I have SO been wanting to build an engine with a lime green tranny and a red highrise manifold !  I mean, who wouldn't ?

 

 

Alas. couldn't get the heads off to fix this up ! Have to forgo that green tranny. But, Igor got some other stuff together, and we'll see what we can make of it. Found parts for another engine, and scavenged some wheels that will go together,maybe some parts that will make a half believable front clip.

 

Increasing the pie-cut section by 3/32" (8, 342 cm for you metric blokes) at the front.

Notching that much above the trim line to keep the front wheel opening un-compromised.

 

I have decieded to go with the unknown silver shassis and I'm butchering it to fit under the Chev. To any rivit counters looking in, brace yerself, this is how I roll !

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Height comparison with the stock body. in primer

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, July 08, 2017 5:37 AM

Some nifty work goin' on in here.Yes

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, July 08, 2017 5:08 PM

You're something else, Clay! I can't wait to see it done.

I'm hoping to maybe complete the Frankenstude this weekend... I'm close. Found a dash that fits with some filing, and a floor pan.

Keep it going!

 

Dennis

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Posted by Old Geezer on Sunday, July 09, 2017 2:42 PM

 This salvaged body is bare naked. Nothing else, so,scrounging for something to slap on the front, I found this Camero front clip with grille, It had to be widened. I'll have to come up with something else  for some fill in.

 

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Sunday, July 09, 2017 7:52 PM

Pretty cool, Caly. What do you use to section the body? A Dremel?

Regards,

Dennis

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Monday, July 10, 2017 4:35 AM

Dennis, I made a template of the lower trim line. Then I scribed anong the bottom of the trim on the body with the back on a #11 Xacto knife, much like you would cutting open doors. Using the template, I then trimmed the lower separated section. 0 at the back to 3/16 " at the front.

When I section a straight portion on a model, I will use a Dremel cut off wheel and then clean the edges to the marks I have made.

Clay

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:55 PM

Florida humidity still playing havoc with the paint shop, so I continue on with this 57.

 Front all roughed in. Test mock with grille and bumperettes ( Corvette). I have the parking light holes drilled, after this shot.

 

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:52 AM

G'day Old Geezer.  I'm enjoying your post and your imaginative work with the sectioning, but as a retired engineer there's one thing you said which I can't let slide ....

Increasing the pie-cut section by 3/32" (8, 342 cm for you metric blokes) at the front.

Us Aussies have been metric blokes since the 70's, and 3/32" is 2.38mm, not 8.3cm (which is actually a bit over 3-1/4"). Wink  Cheers.

Steve

PS don't blame me, it's a French invention.

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Posted by Old Geezer on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:28 AM

G'day to you too. Steve !

 My remark on metrics was a tongue in cheek attempt to show my frustration with the metric system. 

I just completed my 82nd birthday last week. I  am a retired quality control inspector. 40 years checking parts against blueprint decimal measurements. Shortly before I retired, the blue prints started adding metric measurements along with the decimal ones. I never got the hang of it. No clue  to even guess how close a metric measurement is.

 Did not mean to offend, My feeble attempt to be funny, I guess. Something I find myself doing more frequently in my old age.

 Cheers, 

Clay

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:04 AM
loving the build Clay ! .Belated " Happy Birthday " to you ( I was 45 - Monday 10th , it's nice to feel like a whippersnapper again LOL ! )
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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:18 AM

Making some headway in the paint shop on the other 57, but had to scrounge around for a different engine for this one, being that it will be hoodless.

 My original pick was looking too small. Must have been a different scale.

 

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Posted by nottheband on Friday, July 14, 2017 1:32 AM

G'day again Clay

Quote " Did not mean to offend, My feeble attempt to be funny, I guess. " unquote.

Mate, please be assured that I was not offended in any way, and my reply was intended to be a bit tongue-in-cheek as well, hence the winking emoji or whatever they're called.  Your mods and sectioning efforts are way in advance of anything I would contemplate, and I take my hat off to you.

I hope Igor is able to dig up a suitable replacement engine for you so you can continue with this Chev.  Cheers

Steve

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Monday, July 17, 2017 1:10 AM

Loving this.  Some cool ideas here.  Would never have thought of the camaro front but it looks good. Will be following along.

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Sunday, July 23, 2017 4:31 PM

The mutilated salvage chassis is up on wheels and the motor mounts are set/

 

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Posted by Old Geezer on Sunday, August 27, 2017 5:52 PM

I had made a home-made vacuum former some time ago and used it with minimal success. I need some glass for this orphan, so I dug it out and gave it another shot. I had to eat 2 cartons of cinnamon rolls to eventually get enough clear acetate to get some passable glass. 

My homemade glass has been installed. Windshield looks pretty good. Back window is questionable. but there's something in the hole at least. I had to re-clear the top of the body because it was setting on some fabric while the glue (Arlenes) was setting, Been raining all day and the top got a little hazed, but, TS, there it is !

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:49 PM

Looks great from here fella .... " had to eat ------ " ... If you say so Clay LOL     I had to eat them every morning when over your neck of the woods too , the hotel waitress was so attractive it was my highlight of the day stuffing my face with six rolls every breakfast . ( @ Indian Rocks Beach - Crabby Bills for every evening meal too ! ) {Spen hungry now...}

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Monday, August 28, 2017 8:52 AM

 Went out this morning and did some deep dumpster diving in the salvage yard, and sure enough, there was a 57 hood that I thought might be still in there.

 Trick now will be to mate it to the Camero front  end. Challenge accepted !

 

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 4:31 PM

Tackled that hood,

 Had to spacer the rear to get the nose up to the Camero's front edge. Notched for the setback on the sides and built  an edge on the underside.  Topping with Bondo and have to do the finishing yet, but I think it'll be OK !

I'm using the stamped cutout. It's too far forward for my carbs and I'll have to open the back quite a bit. But it's goin' !

 

 

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Posted by Old Geezer on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 5:55 PM
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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:57 AM

This is some really excellent and inspiring work going on here.  Like what your doing with the hood.   I hear you bout the four steps backwards.  Sometimes things just don't go the way you want or you find that hood in your stash you knew was there.   

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Saturday, September 02, 2017 4:24 PM

The scoop and base came apart better than I thought it would. Looks a heck of a lot better.

The Webbers, however, have left the house, they weren't happy to be covered and fought every effort to accommodate them.

I have removed the glass and will repaint. I have too much work in this puppy to let it look like it was painted by a glue bomber

 

 

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