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  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
1972 Blazer/Suburban/Avalanche/Pickup
Posted by avidinha on Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:30 PM

I'm working on a 72 Avalanche, a 72 Suburban and a 72 Blazer and thought it would be fun to build them together and post a wip of all 3 together.

I had been kicking around the idea of building a 72 Avalanche for a while and I finally gathered all the parts I would need, a 72 pickup kit, a resin crew cab and the upper bed off an Escalade. Here's a mock up.

A friend saw the 72 pickup kit box and got excited and told me that he was trying to find a diecast model of his 72 Suburban, so I ordered a resin kit so I can make a replica of it.

His Suburban is a 4x4 so I thought I'd stretch the chassis from a 72 Blazer and because I was wanting to make the Blazer 2wd anyway, I thought I'd shorten the Suburban chassis for the Blazer.

I've never posted a wip with more than one build before, hopefully it goes well. Comments and questions are always welcome.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:36 PM

The resin crew cab is from a crew cab long bed conversion kit. The guy who sold it to me was willing to sell me just the cab and interior and he even tossed in the cowl hood. I cut out the rear corners of the cab and glued in the shortened bed sides. I also cut down the bed floor and glued it to the chassis to help line everything up while I'm doing the body work. Luckily the Avalanche shares its wheelbase with the regular cab long bed, so I didn't have to modify the chassis.

I showed the resin Suburban to my friend and he pointed out that the rear was wrong.

 

I'm going to have to fill in the tailgate and re-scribe the panel lines and scratch build some tail lights. The rear window shape is also wrong.  Hopefully I didn't bite off more than I can chew.

Thanks for looking.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:28 PM

You got skills!  Nice!

 

BUT......damnit, mayne!  You could have used the '72 Blazer to make Brody's "Jaws" Blazer  Sad

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:03 AM

I got confused reading about all the changes!  lol  Seriously, I know you'll pull this off.

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Posted by bugs-one on Friday, January 20, 2017 5:35 PM
These are definitely gonna be some interesting builds. Can't wait to see more progress.
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    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:40 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. CanesBart, unfortunately the Blazer I'm building is the wrong generation for the Blazer in Jaws. JustMike, hopefully things will get clearer as I post more pictures.

I got some color on the chassis for the Avalanche. I knew I wanted some sort of teal I ended up going with Cayman Green metallic. If the humidity ever goes down I'll get some clear on it.

I smoothed out the tail gate on the Suburban and contoured the area under the window a little. Next I need to scribe new panel lines and figure out what to do about the tail lights.

I noticed the chassis that came with the Suburban has the spare molded in, which would be incorrect for a Suburban, and the chassis that came with the truck has no spare, which would be incorrect for a truck. I considered swapping them, but the resin chassis is just too thick to use for the Avalanche.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Monday, January 30, 2017 6:02 PM

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    May, 2012
  • From: PORTER, TEXAS
Posted by TATTOOTONY on Sunday, February 05, 2017 4:27 PM

advininha... man bro you always pull off the unique builds and make it look so easy! Unlike myself I critique my builds to much and they become extended builds then what I wanted when I first started them... lol BUT HECK YEA keep up the amazing fab work!!!

Look up my past builds: 49 MERCURY SLED BUILD & CADDY CTS NO LAMBO DOORS & Hills Hot Rods 78 Blazer Replica ( on hold ) 

Current builds: Ekstensive Metal Works 2004 Hummer H2 (Game Over) Replica WIP & Ekstensive Metal Works 1970 Ford F100 ( Coyote Ugly ) WIP

Instagram: @legendary_miniatures

my blog:https://tattootonyblog.wordpress.com/ 

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Saturday, March 04, 2017 12:53 AM

Thanks for the comments Tony.

I did a little body work on the Avalanche. The resin cab had a gap between the doors so I filled it in and will be rescribing the door lines. 

I stretched the frame from the Blazer to fit the Suburban with some styrene strips. 

After seeing cgvette's thread 

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/30/t/124871.aspx

I realized that I have enough spare parts to make a 72 pickup with a 92 stepside bed. I'll be using the chassis from the 92 and I shaved the trim.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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  • From: Charlotte
Posted by mikemodeler on Saturday, March 04, 2017 2:14 PM

You are quite ambitious with your builds, love them all and anxious to see them completed.

 

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Posted by mudbogginjeepfreek on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:50 AM

love all the work lookin great no awesume 

 

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  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Friday, May 12, 2017 7:47 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. I've been busy with some other things that life has thrown at me, but I was able to get a little more done on the quartet.

I framed up a fiberglass sub box for the Blazer, I haven't done one in a while and thought it would look nice in the back of the Blazer.

I was also able to get some pictures of my buddy's Suburban.

His Suburban has bucket seats up front and he's customizing the rear bench to make matching buckets. The resin interior came with the bench seats molded in. I'm trying to decide if it would be easier to cut the center out of the seats, or cut them out completely and rebuild the floor pan and add new seats.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:48 AM

I decided it was time to get back on these.

I decided that it would be easier to cut the seats out of the resin suburban interior and rebuild the floor and add bucket seats.

I cast the bucket seats from the Blazer to use in the Suburban. I will also be using the rear seat from the Blazer in the Suburban. BTW, my buddy is looking for a 3rd seat for his Suburban if anyone knows where he can get one.

I also got the "fiberglass" in on the sub box for the Blazer.

 

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 10:53 PM

I got some more done on the Suburban.

I got the floor roughed in.

And the stretched frame painted and the suspension attached.

 I got some 8 lug wheels from Scenes Unlimited. They look great and they even threw in some heavy duty hubs to match my buddies. My buddy has deeper rims on his, so I'm going to use the kit wheels to make the resin wheels deeper.

 More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Thursday, February 08, 2018 10:37 PM

I got the wheels painted, assembled and installed.

The Mickey Thompson valve covers I ordered came in. I added them to the Blazer engine/transmission assembly with the intake from a '67 Impala street machine.

Somewhere along the way the Suburban body warped, hopefully some warm water and a little persuasion will sort that out.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:31 PM

I got the engine for the suburban painted and fully assembled.

I also got the seats and the console painted.

I got some more body work done on the Avalanche. I went ahead and shaved the drip rails and as I was doing so I kind of felt bad for who ever did the master on the crew cab. They worked hard to get the drip rails to line up and I just cut them off like nothing, oh well.

I have been concentrating on the Suburban so I can get it to my friend, but I haven't forgotten about the other three.  More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Friday, March 16, 2018 5:44 PM

I got some more work done on these.

I got the seats' console and shifters in the interior for the Suburban.

I also got the engine and front drive shaft installed on the frame. Because I stretched the frame ill have to scratch build the rear drive shaft.

I liked the color I used for the Suburban interior so much that I'm using it for the Avalanche as well.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5:10 PM

I got a little more done.

I noticed that these notches in the back of the cab will be visible with the stepside bed so I filled them with some scrap plastic.

I think I have decided on the wheel/tire combo for the step side.

I was doing some test fitting and I noticed that I stretched the Suburban frame a little too much. I think instead of cutting the frame, I'll probably just move the axle forward.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 8:28 PM

I shaved the emblems, vent windows, gas filler, door handles and turn signals off the cab and added the kit roll pan.

I also made a rear roll pan with some sheet plastic.  I'm not sure if I'm going to add a plate bucket.

I ordered some gauge decals. My buddies Suburban has white gauge faces, so ill have to do those by hand.

More next time.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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