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WIP-Building a 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon.

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WIP-Building a 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:12 AM

I like this body style much more than the '64 resin bodies I've seen.

Been collecting kits and parts to build this for a few years now. Got all the glass for the roof now, and everything laid out to scale, including adding 2 more doors to the convertible body I started with.

Also the rear fenders had to be raised, as the coupes and convertible bodies have a slope to them, and the wagon goes strait back, and the tail lights are taller.

I have pictures of all that, so I'll explain it as I go along.

When finished, at least for now, the body will sit stock height with styled steel wheels and red line tires.

Roof rack???...We'll see.

These are the 5 bodies I started with.

Check back once in a while. A lot more progress and pics to come.

Thanks for looking in. Much appreciated.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:49 PM

My first step was to lay out the body at the rear where I had to raise the rear fenders so they didn't slope, but went straight, and so the tail lights were taller.

These are pics of the donor body and the pieces being laid out that I will cut out as wedges. I will insert them into the body to raise the fender height.

The last pic shows the difference.

 

The wedge shaped inserts have been installed in the 'vert body and are compared here to a stock rear fendered hardtop.

This is just the beginning. There's a lot more to come.Big Smile

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:57 AM

This will be a very educational build for me to watch.

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:25 PM

The master surgeon is busy again! I love the heavy mods and this build may spark some interest in others to try their hand at major surgery. As you well know, there is great satisfaction in the execution of a project at this level. It's a cool feeling to end up with something that no one else has. I like the idea for this one and will be regularly checking in as usual. Geeked

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Posted by oldnslow on Friday, May 24, 2019 7:11 AM

Wow Dave , this looks like it's going to be fun !

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, May 24, 2019 1:06 PM

Thanks much guys Thumbs Up.

I needed a place to start and be the foundation of this build, and so here are some update pics of some small progress showing the larger tail light openings, a little body filler added, some bracing added to the body to keep the body lined up and ridged as it was before it was cut apart, and also included is the start of the creation of the roof, and the cross braces that keeps it ridged like the body.

Checking in is much appreciated.

 

OK...The entire roof section is from a donor 1965 Chevelle wagon, and the smaller added on roof pices is from another donor 1965 Chevelle wagon.

 

More to come another day. More designing and sketching and measuring to move on.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:28 AM

I made a little progress here so I thought I'd share a few more pics. I've got the body work started with some filler to reform the body into a correct wagon style with the proper proportions and shape.

And here the roof has been added to make it the beginngs of a wagon.

More to come in a few days.

Thanks for checkin' in Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:43 AM

Please tell me you’re gonna cast this ..... 

 

 

 

 

 

or send it to me to cast

your friendly neighborhood spam eliminator... 

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....rareity is for sissies ! 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, May 31, 2019 10:58 AM

Dale Gribble

Please tell me you’re gonna cast this .....

 

Hi daleSmile

I've had that request on several other projects over the years and I do appreciate it, but I just do these for my own enjoyment and share them so guy's get an ides how to build at this level cutting things up and creating a new vehicle.

I do thank you for the offer Thumbs Up.

 

These may be the last pics that I post for awhile. 

My photo hosting account is due to end that I pay for, so I'll be looking for a free account. Tired of paying.

Enjoy the pics andI'll see you all when things get settled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 12:44 PM

Go for it Dave.  I'm front row.  Love your builds.

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 4:35 PM

Sorry - no pics.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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