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1955 Chevy Mild Custom/Touring WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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1955 Chevy Mild Custom/Touring WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:13 PM

I've got 3 partial kits of the 55 Chevy Bel Air. I used parts from all three so I am going to see if I can put one together from all three. If I run into missing parts in all three I'll have to dive into the parts box. But for now, I just want to get another body painted while the weather is nice. I have about 1.5 oz of Spaz Stix Candy Apple Green that I thought I would also use on this one with an airbrush. The green/yellow decals might also go well with the paint, we'll see. Interior will be black and white or black and tan.

So I've removed the door locks, Bel Air scripts, trunk lock and rear fender Vs. I'm going to leave the side trim and hood rocket. I've done something like this before but went a lot further with an old Revell Hot Rod kit. Some of the missing parts are probably on this build. The current build will not be this drastic. 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 modelcarjr on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:00 PM

Primer and Aluminum is on the body and related pieces so maybe tomorrow I can get the Candy Apple Green applied. Only a day or two of good weather before winter hits next week. 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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:02 PM
Looking forward to seeing this one . I seem to be cursed with 55 Chevys , built 2 , both got irreparable damage , might turn them into figure 8 derby wrecks ! LOL
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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:47 PM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comment! The Good Guys Revell kit that was a new tool about 10-12 years ago is really a pretty good kit although it has its minor problems. Don't know if you've tried it but if not, give it a try!

Painted the body today and it came out pretty well. Two coats of Spaz Stix Candy Apple Green over a silver base and then 3 coats of Krylon Clear Lacquer. I'll rub it out in the morning. My plan is to apply the decals from the Good Guys kit and if they come out and look good then I'll add a coat or two of clear after they dry. 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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, December 01, 2017 7:18 PM
Superb colour . Looks like a gold basecoat under that green for some reason ... trick of the light perhaps .
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 01, 2017 8:56 PM

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 mini man on Saturday, December 02, 2017 6:02 AM

Considering all yr trials it looks great.Yes

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

 

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Posted by Daddy_O on Saturday, December 02, 2017 3:10 PM
Very nice indeed! I love the color!
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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, December 02, 2017 5:52 PM

                     OOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!!!

                              PRETTY !!!!!!

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:16 PM

Thanks, All! I appreciate your comments! Cool

Finished the foil on the body and painted the inner fender liners. Starting to look OK despite the darker fender tops. 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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:52 PM
Foiling looks great . "DON'T ****** TOUCH IT !!" LOL I empathise completely MCJ !
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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 5:35 PM

Thanks, Spencer! I set the body aside for now to work on other parts. I am not going to do anything else but paint the interior roof and polish the body!

I found out what I was missing - the rear leaf springs! Probably because some of the other kits (AMT) have a one piece axle, leaf springs and driveshaft that I always manage to break somehow. So I have and open Revell 57 Chevy Sedan (same chassis parts as the 55) but alas, the rear springs are missing from that kit too. So I opened a sealed 57 Chevy Sedan ( I have multiples) and found a set. But I got to thinking that this will never end! So I decided to scratch-build the leaf springs. I am not concerned with replicating them exactly just well enough that they work and support the axle. So here they are:

So I have test-fitted with some handy tack and think they will work. I'll paint them steel and see if I can install them with some glue.

I've also finished foiling the door panels after painting everything flat black and ivory. I also aded a sprits of clear to the seats and door panels to give them a little sheen. Once the chassis is done I'll work on the engine and dash for the interior. 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 modelcarjr on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:03 PM

So I have the rear suspension installed and found a driveshaft from an old Revell kit without any universal joint detail. I am not going to do any additional detail on the leaf springs either. I am only concerned with holding the wheels in place!

I found some coil springs to use and after some persuasion I have the front suspension installed.

And now I have a rolling chassis! 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 chucky on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:37 PM

Coming along nicely, JR! I was going to suggest scratching the leaf springs but thought better of it. Glad to see you took the plunge! Shocks are easy, too with styrene rod and tubing. I'm finally getting my butt in gear: I got around to painting my Camaro project 8 months and 5 days after priming it. (Yes, I keep records of that stuff.) I know you love those tri-fives and I'm waiting for this one to cross the finish line. Your steady production is inspirational. 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:06 PM

Thanks, Chucky! Your comments are always inspirational to me as well! Hope to see that Camaro one of these days!

Finished the engine and converted the oil filter to a spin-on by gluing a square piece of sheet plastic to the left side and painting a Pro-Tech oil filter. I didn't put any spark plug wires on as you could barely see them anyway and I didn't want to use a pre-wired distributor on this build. Opted for a lot of chrome on the engine.

And here's the completed chassis with installed engine:

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 modelcarjr on Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:11 PM

Another shot of the chassis and two pics of the completed interior:

I removed the horn ring from the steering wheel:

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 scalepeter on Friday, December 08, 2017 1:59 AM

This is looking good.  Nice save on the paint.  That's really annoying when that happens.  Colour looks really good.     Nice job on the springs.   They look really good.  

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:01 AM

Thanks, Peter! I appreciate your comments! Cool

Glass is in, interior is in and here's a mock-up with the body sitting on the frame. All the fun is over at this point! Now its all a matter of nitty-gritty detailing the hardware, 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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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 11, 2017 7:30 AM

Almost done! The engine bay is done except for the wiper bottle. I fashioned a master brake cylinder from some plastic scrap and added a top radiator hose from some wire. The electric wiper motor is stuck on with some handy tack in case I want to remove it for future builds.

Bumper, lights, and grill are installed as well. Need to finish the hood bar, hood rocket, and windshield wipers.

Painted the inside of the side mouldings with Radome Tan which matches the interior ivory pretty well.

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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    March, 2006
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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 11, 2017 5:11 PM

Finished! Outdoor pics tomorrow! 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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:20 PM
Absolutely stunning . Just the right size Radir-esque wheels , & all those big shiny bits ! Green looks spot on !
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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:08 PM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comment! Cool

Here are some outdoor pics. Not much sunshine today. This build started as a good idea but the execution was not as good as I would have liked. 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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:16 PM

A few more:

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 chucky on Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:53 AM

The execution looks fine from here, JR. I'm rarely (if ever) completely satisfied with any of my builds. It just part of our affliction. Laugh

chucky

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:17 AM

Nice work on the '55. I think the colour looks even better outdoors. Nicely done.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:27 PM

chucky

The execution looks fine from here, JR. I'm rarely (if ever) completely satisfied with any of my builds. It just part of our affliction. Laugh

 

And people ask " where's your models then Spen ??" 

"Hiding , like Quasimodo in the belfry ! "  LOL 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 15, 2017 3:02 PM

Thanks, Chucky, Trevor and Spencer! I appreciate your comments!

The paint is not awful but if you look at it through a magnifier it does look a bit uneven but that was my fault. This Spaz Stix paint is great and looked a lot better on the 70 Camaro I built. But I still have about an ounce so I'll try again sometime. Moving on to a 62 Corvette in Factory Stock. 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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