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1966 GTO Pro-Street (project) (UPDATE)

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  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
1966 GTO Pro-Street (project) (UPDATE)
Posted by OldSkool50 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:06 PM

Hey guys, I have on the bench a 1966 GTO that I want to build. However, I want to build a full tube chassis and use some really nice high end parts, engine and such. I have a few questions I need some direction for:

 

Who has or can build me a tube chassis for this car?

 

The look I am going for is somewhat that of a Pro-Mod without body or wheelbase mods. I want to keep the body stock with a pro stock style chassis. 

 

Can anyone offer up some websites that can help me pull this project together?

The pics show the look I am going for.

Thanks,

Zack

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:58 PM

You might be able to modify a chassis from some of the Pro-Stock or Pro-Mod kits available.  A couple that come to mind are the '55 Jukebox Ford or the '55 Scott Carpenter Chevy, maybe even the AMT '67 (6?) Chevelle Pro Street kit.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
Posted by OldSkool50 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:04 PM

Actually you are right on. I have these 2 (below) kits that are missing pieces but between the 2 I can make one complete chassis. I hate to do but I cannot find the missing pieces to either of these kits. However, I am going to have to extend the main pan. How do you guy make clean cuts on somethign like that?

 

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
Posted by OldSkool50 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:09 PM

So, between the tubs and the firewall is gonna have to stretch 1". Any ideas what is the best way to do that without making it a hack job?

 

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:41 PM

I use a Zona or razor saw for straight cuts across the floor pan. I'd cut right in front of the tubs and add styrene to compensate. If you have the floor pans from both kits, it's even easier. Do the math and cut the floors to use the front of one and the rear of the other with the added length calculated in your cuts. Do your initial cuts to allow for some minor additional material removal by trial and error to get the wheelbase exact. Extending the cage will be more involved. I would build the cage first using the un-cut floor as a "jig". Don't glue the cage to the pan: just use it to position the tubes for gluing. Then you can lengthen the cage to fit your new extended floor pan dimensions. Hope this doesn't sound too confusing. I did a similar operation to put the floor pan and cage from the Firebird Match Racer kit under my 70.5 Camaro body. Sorry I can't post photos here to help you out. 

chucky

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
Posted by OldSkool50 on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:23 AM

Thanks Chucky. This is a big help. I will follow what you have descibed and post up how it all works out. Thanks.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:14 PM

No problem. I'll  be watching for your build. That 1:1 Poncho looks beastly!

chucky

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
Posted by OldSkool50 on Sunday, March 17, 2019 4:50 PM

Got the pan stretched 7/16" today with the help of another donor car. Still need to figure out the cage, 4-link and forward frame. I'm pleased with it so far. Still working on the fitment. Still have to come up with something from the rear of the tubs to the rear bumper valance as well. 

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:04 PM

That chassis looks great .

I've got an idea for scratch building the rear panel . 

This one sounds weird at the start ( Moi? Angel

I've just been eating some strawberries from a plastic punnet ..

which has ready made ' bead rolled panels ' on the sides ! 

Its a thin transparent plastic , so you can trace over the hole to fill and cut with scissors easily . 

I've yet to try painting it  , but a primer base trial asap .

 

  • Member since
    December, 2011
Posted by vintagegarage on Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:04 PM

kind of like this

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
Posted by OldSkool50 on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 9:01 AM

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