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1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 18, 2017 10:43 AM

My new project is a kitbash of one kit and parts from another kit.  And, it is also the return of McNally, Boston PI in a story called Truckin' To Death.  Persons in this story are not related to anyone living or deceased.

The Build

I had this kit in the stash for a while.  I bought the kit at a deceased Club member's auction to raise money for his widow.  

My paint will be Tamiya TS-92 Metallic Orange and Tamiya TS-45 Pearl White.  These colors were influenced by the '62 Chevy Fleetside built by Martin Bros. Customs on Velocity's Iron Resurrection.

The rest of the build will be the Revell '65 Stepside kit with a '64 Fleetside bed and pieces from the '64 Revell Fleetside kit offered to me by Classic Plastic Model Club member Barry Fadden.  The wheels and tires are from the Revell '62 Corvette kit.  Dual exhaust from the Revell '62 Chevy Impala.

The Story

Every Friday night in summer, the Back Bay Burgers restaurant near McNally's house has a Cruise-In welcoming any and all kinds of cars and trucks.  Music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s is played and raffle prizes are given away.  McNally likes this event as he brings his late father's car, a '57 Ford Custom 300  known as Spearment to the show.  He parks next to '65 Chevy Fleetside pickup that he has never seen before.  He meets the owner, Peter Mathuis who tells him about the truck, saying he did all the electrical and mechanical work himself and had a local body shop paint the truck in orange with a white top.

The next morning, Peter is leaving for some overtime work at 5:30 AM when he is brutally stabbed to death in his driveway.  The killer takes the keys for the truck from Peter's hand and steals the truck.  The following day, with the Police searching for the killer, Peter's widow Caroline hires McNally, Boston PI to find Peter's beloved '65 Chevy pickup.

McNally will return...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:29 PM

This is going to look great . ~Now I know where my rat rod one originated from....

*update/edit* Nope , wrong again Spen ....  I just compared the A pillars Tongue Tied Totally different , even the flairsides !

I'll bu**er off then ? ! 

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:47 PM

Hmmm...looks like an older Chevy truck.  I hope you are not offended by what I am about to say, but rat rods do nothing for me.  If it ain't shiny, it ain't mine!  Just like, if it doesn't have dog hair on it, it isn't mine!  Wink

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 5:04 PM

None taken at all Mike , I used to say rat rods are the scrapheap challenge ( junkyard wars ) of the rodding world . " what's that?? , I'll have that on my grille anyway !" LOL

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:10 AM

The Story

A knock on the front door finds McNaly opening it to Caroline Matheus, wife of the late Peter Matheus, the truck owner.  She wants to hire McNally to find her late husband's truck while the BPD searches for his killer.  She only has $1000 cash to pay for his services for five days and he agrees to search for the truck.  He'll start at BPD Homicide and Auto Theft units for any additional information they may have.

The Build   

I decided to start on the engine of the '65 Chevy Fleetside this morning.

You'll notice that I didn't put on the valve covers.  I don't have any chrome valve covers for a SBC, so out came my Molotow Liquid Chrome pen and I went to town on them.  I'll let these dry for a week before I handle them.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, December 21, 2017 4:47 PM

I'm a recent convert to molotow pens ( I have covered nearly everything bar the cats claws hmmmm .... Mischief LOL ) , those covers look great . 

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:48 PM

I think you need a little more restraint in your life Spencer.  And, leave the cat alone!  Smile  And BTW, thanks!  I haven't done anything on any of my builds for several weeks because of the Holiday.  I will be getting back to this shortly.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 31, 2017 9:07 AM

The Story

McNally stops at BPD Homicide and parks his car in the spot marked "For Detectives' Cars Only" and goes inside and talks to his friend, Lt. Det. Adam Troy.  Adam has very little to go on-no witnesses, no video surveillance, no murder weapon.  McNally decides to run upstairs to Auto Theft and talk to Lt. Det. Macklin.  Lt. Macklin calls McNally a "Breath of fresh air" as other PIs want Auto Theft to find their missing vehicles for them.  McNally is looking for a place to start asking questions and says that he is not like other PIs.  "I guess you are not," says Lt. Macklin.

Lt. Macklin tells McNally about an active car theft gang in Southie, but they only steal high-end autos like Mercedes, Caddys, and Audis.  He has a chop shop under surveillance in Brighton with a U/C cop inside.  McNally thanks Lt. Macklin for the advice and he leaves Auto Theft to start searching for Peter's missing truck.

The Build

I've been picking away at this truck.  I drilled holes in the cylinder heads for plug wires.

 

I've been filling in the gaps in the front of the grille and the edges of the hood.

I wanted to clean up the used bed so I removed the taillight panels since they were installed crooked.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, December 31, 2017 1:26 PM
Looking forward to seeing what you do with this! Both the flareside and fleetside are great kits. I went the other direction on mine, using the older cab with the newer box
  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 10:00 AM

Keep watching Bill!  Even though I have two Stepsides in the stash, the offer of a Fleetside bed did change things for this build.

The Story

McNally will start at David Matheus' house on Estes Street in Brighton.  He parks at the curb and gets out of his Dodge Challenger SRT8 and walks up the sidewalk to the front door.  He knocks on the front door after ringing the doorbell and waits.  No one opens the door and it appears that no one is at home.  He looks in the living room windows and sees no one, just a homemade TV stand with a stereo and gaming console, an American flag tacked up on the wall and flanked with posters of a bikini clad girls.  

He looks in the back door and sees a short hallway to the kitchen.  In the back yard is a single car garage and McNally opens the unlocked garage door and he looks around.  Some old furniture, Christmas ornaments, boxes filled with junk, yard tools, and an old lawn mower.  He'll come back later when David is home and talk to him.

The Build

I re-installed the bed caps so that they are now straight using the tailgate.

 

The bed caps minus the tailgate which was held in place by friction.

When I sanded the bed end, I chipped the end with my sanding stick.  I'll fill this with some Bondo and then sand it down.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 11:52 PM
nice build so far
  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:12 PM

Thanks Kevin!

The Story

McNally drives over to the "chop shop" in Brighton, Ma.  He parks his '09 Challenger SRT8 just down the block to observe what seems to be an active auto body shop with a couple of cars parked in the front of the shop with patches of primer and replacement body parts on them.  He sits in his car for several hours watching and taking note of the vehicles that come and go from the shop and the people that work there.  Now that he is completely bored, he drives from Brighton to South Boston to search out for the car theft gang that Lt. Macklin had told him about.

The Build

Another visit with my friend Barry got me another hood.  The original hood wasn't put together to my liking and Barry offered me the hood for a second chance to get it put together correctly.

I did a mockup of the truck and found that the wheels and tires fit the wheel wells too tightly.  These are the inner fenders for the bed and I will cut out the fenders and add them to widen the rear inner fenders.

McNally will return...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1969 Plymouth Road Runner; 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup; The Striped Tomato

Classic Plastic Model Club

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