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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup-New Pictures
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 Spearmint 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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • 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 ? ! 

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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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • 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

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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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • 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 . 

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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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • 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
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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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 11:52 PM
nice build so far
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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-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:48 AM

The Story

As McNally drives down to a pool hall called Sticks-n-Cues, he wonders about the chop shop he just left.  They seem to be running a fully functioning body shop, but how are they processing the chopped cars without getting caught?  Apparently, BPD Auto Theft suspects them as a chop shop and they got someone undercover in there, how did they come to suspect them?  Could the Chevy Pickup be there?  He may have to find a way in there for a peek.

The Build

I removed part of the inner fenders to enlarge the fender wells.

I cut out the new inner fenders.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 16, 2018 7:33 AM

The Story

McNally parks his Challenger SRT8 near the front door of Sticks-n-Cues, a pool hall and bar.  He walks inside and goes over to the bar and orders a draft beer and pays for it.  He turns towards the middle table out of three in the hall and observes a small group of people shooting pool.  There is a small stack of money under a caulk cube on the edge of the table and the players are all talking smack to each other.  One fellow wearing a leather jacket appears to be the leader of the group judging by his actions and he seems to be the only one with a gun which is tucked in his belt.

The Build

I started working on the engine with painting and detailing along with adding some parts like the carb and the belt assembly.

I have been widening the wheel tubs in the bed and these are getting a coat of putty to smooth everything over.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 16, 2018 8:12 AM

Looking good Mike.  I can appreciate all the work done to the bed, and I'm curious as to how this one will turn out.  (The story tooSmile)  Carry on sir.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 16, 2018 12:47 PM

Thanks mmthrax!  I have a few ideas that I'm playing around with in my head.  I'm going to move forward with other bits of the build and revisit the bed later.

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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Posted by PotatoCam on Monday, February 26, 2018 4:12 PM

I'm loving the build so far Mike, very nice work indeed! I also really like the concept of a story to go along with the build. I dig it!

 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 26, 2018 7:47 PM

Thank you PotatoCam!  Adding the story to a build gives me the opportunity to build a model that I ordinarily wouldn't build or have any incentive to build.  I do like to write a little bit, but I am only an amateur and not really good at it.  When I don't feel like building, I write.  When I don't feel like writing, I build. 

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:17 AM

The Story

McNally walks over to the table and says Hello to the Throttles.  "What do you want?"  "Just a little conversation," he says as he puts a Fifty Dollar bill on the table.  "Talk is cheap and it'll cost you double that to talk to us," says the ring leader who then breaks the pool cue in half on the table and raises it to hit the Boston PI.  McNally pulls his .45 caliber SIG P227 from his shoulder holster and aims it inches away from the ringleader's face.  "Everybody stays here while you and I talk outside," says McNally as he pulls the gun from the ringleader's belt and then grabs his jacket and pulls him away from the table.

The Build

I got some painting done this morning. 

The engine is in process.  I need to add plug boots, wire the engine, find an aftermarket air cleaner, and paint the transmission.

I want to lower the front suspension by cutting off the spindles and raising them about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch.

More to come...

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

Classic Plastic Model Club

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 04, 2018 8:49 PM

The Story

McNally drags his prisoner outside the bar and throws him across the hood of a car.  "I'm looking for a stolen and restored '65 Chevy Pickup.  Talk!"  "We don't boost no trucks, man!  We only do high-end luxury and sport cars!  There's more money in it!"  "And, if you did know of someone who wants a restored Chevy truck, would you tell me?"  "Yeah!  I heard of some guy named Davey in Brighton.  He was looking for one last week!"  "Ok," says McNally.  "If I have to come back here to find you, there's no place anywhere to hide from me!  Beat it," and the guy runs back inside the pool hall.

The Build

Been working on the interior today.  The dash needs to be detailed.

The chassis has been detailed.  I broke off two of the bumper mount brackets by accident.

A mockup with the engine, chassis, and interior.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 05, 2018 4:07 PM

The Story

McNally swings by Mrs. Mathius' home with the hope of getting a few answers about her son, David.  "Why did David leave home," he asks?  She says, "Things between David, Peter, and myself haven't been going at all well.  We all have been arguing over everything for the last 6 months or so.  Then David announces that he bought a house in Brighton and that he is moving out.  I haven't seen him since then."  He asks, "Does he have any interest in the old Chevy?"  Carol says, "No, he doesn't.  Peter bought the truck 4 years ago as a father/son project and a year later, David lost all interest in it.  David said he doesn't want anything to do with it."

The Build

I finished detailing the interior and I am really proud of the clean job I did.

 

The chassis has been detailed and is awaiting the engine, driveshaft, and wheels and tires.

 

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 08, 2018 7:30 PM

The Story

McNally arrives at home and in the kitchen, he makes himself a sandwich with left over roasted chicken, lettuce, tomato, and mayo with a cold beer to wash it all down.  He hears a knock at the front door and goes over to answer it and finds Lt. Det. Troy.  "Got a cold beer for me," asks Adam?  "In the fridge as always, Adam."  Adam opens the bottle and takes a long swig of beer, sits at the table while McNally eats his sandwich.

"Want a sandwich," asks McNally?  "No thanks.  I'm heading home to dinner to my wife and son.  Here's the autopsy report for you," he says pulling out several sheets of paper from his jacket pocket.  McNally puts his sandwich down and picks up the report and reads it.  "Thanks Adam."  "How's the search going," asks Adam?  "Slow.  I'm still searching for clues." 

"Well, you got the autopsy report and I gotta get home to dinner," says Adam who finishes his beer and tosses the empty bottle away.  "I'll talk to you later."  Adam pops a piece of gum into his mouth and walks out of the house and back to his car.

The Build

I drilled out the backs of the wheels and they fit over the spindles perfectly.  Then I added a dual exhaust system.  I'll re-arch the pipes to clear the rear bumper later.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

Classic Plastic Model Club

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, March 10, 2018 6:37 PM
Love it so far Mike , those "Radir" style wheels look superb BTW
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:48 PM

Thanks Spencer!

I just got my Scale Auto Newsletter in my email and my Chevy Fleetside Pickup was listed as a Trending Topic in the Reader forum Checklist!

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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Posted by MikeFo on Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:58 AM

I don't know which I am enjoying more, the build, or the story both are keeping me on the edge of my seat. Nice work!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:42 PM

Thank you Mike!

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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Posted by HineMotors on Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:32 PM

Been following this one too and love story line as well. Great Job Great Story Line!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 16, 2018 7:53 AM

Thanks HineMotors!  The story is just another part of my creativity and it gives me a chance to build a model that I might not build for a long time.

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, March 16, 2018 10:52 AM

Really good progress Mike.  Congrats on another trending build.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:32 PM

Thank you mmthrax!  I must be doing something right!

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

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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