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1966 Pontiac GeeTO Tiger Drag Car WIP - Finished - Outdoor Pics!

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1966 Pontiac GeeTO Tiger Drag Car WIP - Finished - Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, November 21, 2019 5:24 PM

I picked this up at the last model car contest and I think I'll give it a try. I've painted the white billboard, if you will, and I will tape it off and paint the gold tomorrow if weather permits. Not sure which color to use, the Testors Inca Gold that is quite bright or the Krylon Gold which is darker and more closely matches the real car, I think. 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 Bainford on Friday, November 22, 2019 12:31 PM

Looks like a cool project. I've been curious about these Revell GTOs.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, November 22, 2019 10:01 PM

Thanks, Trevor! According to Tim Boyd in the December 2014 issue of SA, the Revell 66 Pontiac GTO is the best of any of the GTO kits. I agree. I used that article to create a very nice build of the 66 Pontiac GTO previously and I am doing this one because I wanted to do another take on it. 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 Saturday, November 23, 2019 3:52 PM

Finished the paint on the body today. Nice day, low humidity and it all worked out great! Two coats of Testors Inca Gold then I pulled the tape after the paint flashed and gave it two coats of Krylon Clear Lacquer.  One of my best paint jobs out of a can. I also managed to plumb the three carbs with fuel lines. 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 Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:16 PM

I taped off the body to paint the inner fenders and radiator support flat black but had a minor disaster, a bleedthough. Once dry and after rubbing it out a bit, I taped off the front fender and repainted it. Worked out OK! 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 Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:01 PM

Rubbed out the body and foiled it. The Pontiac lettering on the rear panel and GTO lettering on the trunk are Molotow pen but the rest is BMF. 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 Bainford on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:36 AM

Looking good. Nice save on the paint bleed.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, November 29, 2019 9:24 PM

Thanks, Trevor! I appreciate your comment! 

Before the turkey was done on Thanksgiving, I completed the interior (1st photo). But then on Friday, I thought that I should make it look more like a actual stock drag car so I added a roll bar and 5-point harness to the front seat (2nd and 3rd photos). I had already deleted the radio and heater controls in the dash by scraping them out and then using plastic strips to provide a cover plate. The wood paint is Krylon Brown Boots and the 5-point harness is an S&S Speciaties Indy Car harness but I think it should work. 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 texwardfan on Saturday, November 30, 2019 8:51 AM

Looking Awesome. Love the gold paint you chose. Great save on the fender and the interior looks perfect. Also you are fantastic with a molowtow pen. Looking forward to the finished product. Some day I want to do Roy Gay's 64 GTO.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, November 30, 2019 6:06 PM

Thanks, Mark! I appreciate your comments!

I started working on the engine this morning and had to laugh at myself. I had plumbed the carbs but this morning I noticed that the carbs were backwards because the gas bowls were on the back of the carbs. So I had to re-do the plumbing and probably not as well as the first time. 

This is a really nice engine with lots of separate parts. I also added plug wires with a couple of looms. I realize that a real drag car would probably have braided plug wires and A/N fittings and braided hoses for the fuel lines but this will have to do.  I eliminated the power steering pump, since I don't think that would be on a drag car. I just eliminated the pulley and then ran a strip of plastic between the alternator pulley and the bottom pulley. I need to add a bit more blackwash in a couple of places. I think this should work! 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 Sunday, December 1, 2019 7:14 PM

I finished the chassis and engine asssembly and then thought I would mock this up to see what the wheels and tires would look like and make sure they fit. I found some Mickey Thomson "cheater slicks" and paired them up with "big and little" wheels and front tires from the Revell 32 Ford Sedan kit. Spokes were painted with gunmetal and everything looks pretty good! No rub on the back tires so I'll go with this setup. 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 Bainford on Monday, December 2, 2019 6:48 AM

That tire & wheel combo gives the car some real attitude.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by 60Buick on Monday, December 2, 2019 6:59 AM

JR, another outstanding build in the making. Your talents are just amazing. Thanks for sharing. I always look forward to your projects.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:50 PM

Thanks, Trevor and Buick! I appreciate your comments! Buick, I could show you some builds from 30 years ago that aren't amazing! It not so much talent as it is plenty of screw-ups to learn from! 

Well, it's now in the final stages. Body has met interior and chassis, engine bay it done, and bumpers and grill are on.

The front grill and bumper was a little tricky. The grill doesn't readily fit flush with the body.  I looked back on the Tim Boyd article and remembered that the front bumper needs a little bending and pushing the grill apart a bit without breaking the bumper to fit correctly. Then scrape a little plastic here and a little plastic there. Finally, I ran a bead of super glue on the body edges, pushed the bumper/grill in and held the grill in place for a couple minutes with my 5-finger hand clamps.  Worked out great! 

I almost don't want to do the decals and just call it a weekend warrior! Just a few more pieces of hardware and the decals! Thanks for looking! Cool

There are red taillights in there somewhere! 

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 mrmike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:59 PM

I remember a girl from high school having a '66 GTO.  She was one of those hoity-toity types that thought she the cats meow where ever she walked.  I always thought she was trashy.  Your GTO is looking really good!  Looking forward to the conclusion of your build.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:31 AM

I understand your comment about the decals. It has a nice clean look as it is.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 6, 2019 9:55 PM

Thanks, Mike and Trevor! I appreciate your comments! Cool

Its finished, outdoor pics tomorrow! The decals were a little old and the stripes broke up a number of times despite getting a coat of lacquer. But I got them on and I think everything came out OK! 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 Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:45 PM

Here are some outdoor photos:

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 Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:50 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 Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:58 PM

Turned out great, JR! Makes me want to crank up the turntable and drop my original 45 rpm GM promotional record of "Geeto Tiger". Maybe after the grandkids go to sleep. Smile 

chucky

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:37 PM

That looks fantastic! Quite a striking piece for the model shelf. Well done. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 8, 2019 5:17 PM

Thanks, Chucky and Trevor! I appreciate your comments! I haven't heard the promotional GTO record but I remember "Little GTO" by Jan and Dean, I think! 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: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Sunday, December 8, 2019 5:37 PM

Little GTO was by Ronnie and the Daytonas, I think. The promotional record was offered in the car magazines in 1965 and I sent for it right away. On one side is their promotional song "Geeto Tiger". On the flip side is a track test of the GTO. I had no way of knowing at the time, but after hearing the voice of Jim Wangers more recently on TV, I think he may have done the voice-over on the test drive. Funny thing is, after a day at the drag strip, when I came home I would play the track test on 78rpm! Sounded beastly and cut about four and a half seconds off the quarter mile ET, I think.Laugh

chucky

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, December 9, 2019 6:22 AM

chucky
Sounded beastly and cut about four and a half seconds off the quarter mile ET, I think.

Haha, that's funny Stick out tongue

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 9, 2019 6:54 AM

Jr, you did a fantastic job on this GTO!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

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Posted by chucky on Monday, December 9, 2019 3:35 PM

By the way, JR, you were on the right track. I think I remember Jan and Dean doing a song called "My Mighty GTO". I'll have to look through my old LPs when I get a chance. 

chucky

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Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:08 AM

Awesome build JR. I would have commented sooner, but Scale auto is not giving me the email updates anymore. Everything looks perfect. Paint, details, and decal work, all add up to a beautiful model.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:13 AM

Thanks, Chucky, Trevor, and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! I looked up the artists for a few automotive songs, mostly by surf bands and "Little GTO" was sung by Ronny and the Daytonas and also covered by the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys also sang "Little Cobra". Jan and Dean authored "Dead Man's Curve". 

Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

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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