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WIP-Building a 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon. Foil work done. ALL DONE !.

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WIP-Building a 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon. Foil work done. ALL DONE !.
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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Posted by justmike on Friday, June 21, 2019 11:07 AM

I can see why you needed the bracing. That looks delicate

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, June 23, 2019 11:18 AM

I think I found a new image hosting account.

I'm in the middle of adding foil, so it's not done yet Big Smile.

YAAAA - It posted.

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:20 AM

Yes sir.  That's the ticket.

Outstanding work.

Inspirational as always. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:17 AM

mmthrax

Yes sir.  That's the ticket.

Outstanding work.

Inspirational as always. Yes

 

Thank you MMTHRAX Thumbs Up.

It's a fun project and I'm really enjoying it. No glitches so far. It's been pretty straight forward. The foiling just takes time, and there's a lot more to do!! 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by 32bowtie on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 4:25 PM

Stunningly beautiful! You are the master plastic surgeon sir! I admire your work!

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Posted by nick63 on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 10:16 PM

Fabulous work. Thank you for sharing.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, July 04, 2019 11:12 AM

Dear Dir;

 This is to inform you that due to the rather large holes in the roof ,you willl get wet in the rain!. Looked at all the pics and that looks darned good to me .I was beginning to wonder if anyone had the guts to do this to an Olds. Especially given how hard the base vehicle can be to find.Well Done and the lines look spot on from whay you've shown us . OCG

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, July 05, 2019 12:24 AM

Thanks much guys Thumbs Up.

Many of you love wagons like I do and know that at times there is nothing like buildin' a cool wagon. Right now I'm really in a wagon mood, so I'll share with you a couple others waitin' for more love. A little touch up here and there and their ready for paint....can't wait.

No resin here...both are plastic...too much fun!

1963 Chrysler 300 wagon PHANTOM 2 door with a '60 Plymouth roof.

 

All the resin Safari's I've seen are '55 so I did a '56 converted from a plastic Excel body from Ebay and a roof from a plastic '55 Nomad.

Some day girls you'll get more love Big Smile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by chucky on Friday, July 05, 2019 5:24 PM

More good-looking wagons in the pipeline! I know I love wagons and probably a lot of others our age do, too. Nearly every family had at least one when we were kids. Stock, custom, drag or other, there are so many routes to take with the wagons. Looking forward to seeing them come along, too! 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, July 06, 2019 10:05 AM

ChuckySmile

Good to hear from youThumbs Up.

Summer is keeping me busy with outdoor family activities and friends so not as much time for model building right now.

We Oregonians love the sun as we don't always see it that much the rest of the year so summer is a time to get out and play.

I hope everyones summer here on the forum is going well.Yes

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, July 06, 2019 2:49 PM

I hear you, Dave. Now that I have grandkids the time for model building has diminished somewhat but I love the tradeoff! Summer time has a lot going on and I've scaled back my model building to only slightly-modified builds and have put the complex builds off until winter. I always enjoy your creative builds and look forward to each installation, regardless of the "intervals". Enjoy your summer!  Cool

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:43 AM

Well, I'm a little over half done Tongue Tied. This has turned out to be quite a challange making everything connect properly and getting so much foil down.

I didn't think about what it would be like doing all this foil when I was building it.

Anyway a few new pics. I may start the glass after the foil on the other side is done in about a month Wink..LOL!

I am so slow sometimes Geeked.

These are the wheels and tires I'll probably use.

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, July 22, 2019 5:21 PM

Well all the glass in the roof fit perfect Thumbs Up.

I built the roof first and then went looking for clear packaging containers that all our things are packaged in and hung on a hanger in the isle.

What I eventually chose worked perfectly. When you take a chance like that and it works so nicely you get a bit of a "Rush" Thumbs Up.

I like the reflections that tell the story....YAAAASmile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, July 26, 2019 8:16 PM

Beautiful!  You must have gone very gently along the vista roof when burnishing the foil.  Ita a cool wagon.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:14 AM

justmike

Beautiful!  You must have gone very gently along the vista roof when burnishing the foil.  Ita a cool wagon.

 

Thank you for your comment Mike.

Your right. Those thin area's between the windows are pretty "Spindly", so being extra careful made a big difference. I didn't break anything Thumbs UpSmile.

Doing conversions has been a lot of fun over the years, but I have discovered that just upgrading old kits with engines and chassis where there was none can be a lot of fun too, so I think for the time being this will be my last new conversion.

I have several rare old Johan and AMT kits as well as some rare resin kits that have my full attention and will bring many hours of pleasure in the future.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, August 01, 2019 5:03 PM

Well, there ended up being 10 pieces of glass, and there in. The interior is done too and that's installed.

The interior color is a custom mix called "Buckskin" and it not only gives contrast, but it let's the precise window and roof treatment be seen clearly, and makes the car "POP" a little with the colors I chose. To me it looked a little drab until the interior was installed.

I used an interior and chassis from a 1965 Chevelle wagon and it was almost perfect. Both just needed a bit of trimming and tweaking, and then they slipped right in.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, August 01, 2019 11:17 PM

Outstanding work Dave.  Inspiring as usual.

I love wagons.  You are knocking this one out of the park.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, August 02, 2019 9:58 PM

mmthrax

Outstanding work Dave.  Inspiring as usual.

I love wagons.  You are knocking this one out of the park.

 

Thank you mmthrax - Very much appreciated Thumbs Up Smile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, August 30, 2019 10:21 PM

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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