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Escalade Front End on Silverado Swap

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  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Topeka, KS
Escalade Front End on Silverado Swap
Posted by havin' fun on Saturday, February 03, 2018 9:59 PM

Somewhere in the past 8 months I saw a video walking through the process of putting an Eecalade front end on a Silverado. Now that I have the necessary pieces and parts I can't find the "how to" video.  Any suggestions?

 

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Sunday, February 04, 2018 4:12 AM

Escalade & suburban use the same basic structure. In 1:1, you just unbolted the front fender doghouse and bolted the caddy doghouse in its place .

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Sunday, February 04, 2018 7:24 PM

Which kits are you using?

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  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Topeka, KS
Posted by havin' fun on Monday, February 05, 2018 9:09 AM

I have Revell 85-7200 Silverado and Revell 85-2189 Escalade.

 

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Monday, February 05, 2018 5:31 PM

I have done a few Escalade front end swaps. I did one with the kits you're using a few years ago.

I cut the Escalade front end off leaving the fender flares behind and used that as a guide to cut the Silverado front end.

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  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Topeka, KS
Posted by havin' fun on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 4:30 PM

Thanks for sharing the picture.  I can see age 74 not too many months down the road.  I have building models off and on since '58 AMT first time issues.  Retired for several years and always nice to spend time on workbench.  Most of what I do is not to detailed in terms of cutting and glueing.  Thus I would ask for a a bit more instruction.  Did you remove the front clip at the front of the driver and passenger doors and incluide the louvers aloong the base of the front windshield.  Sorry to ask so many question. Thanks for sharing the pic.   

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:33 PM

I'm not sure how well I'll be able to explain without wip pictures, but I'll try. The windshield from both kits attach differently so I ended up shaving the cowl smooth so the Silverado windshield would fit. I did cut at the door line, but I left the wheel openings attached to the Silverado so they would match the rear and to help keep the wheelbase for the Silverado chassis.

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  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:41 PM

I found a couple pictures I took of a front end swap wip with 2 AMT kits, its not exactly the same, but hopefully this will give you an idea of what I mean.

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  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Topeka, KS
Posted by havin' fun on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 7:44 PM

The pics are a big help and I appreciate your extra effort very much.  I have several projects ahead of this one but with the pics you have shared this will be a project for early fall.  Currently working on projects for show in Salina, KS in April and Heartland show in KC in early June.  Thanks again.

  • Member since
    July, 2009
  • From: Little Rock, AR
Posted by streetrodnut on Friday, July 27, 2018 3:49 AM

I like the work you have displayed in showing the process of this conversion. I am contemplating doing the same conversion. I am using the revell Silverado with the jet ski and am consid using the decals and duplicating the paint job on the box.

  • Member since
    July, 2009
  • From: Little Rock, AR
Posted by streetrodnut on Friday, August 03, 2018 12:31 AM

I’m wondering if the engine bay from the Silverado will fit under the Escalade front end?

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