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1966 Chevy Fleetside Pickup WIP - Finished; Outdoor PIcs !

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1966 Chevy Fleetside Pickup WIP - Finished; Outdoor PIcs !
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:59 AM

I bought this one recently at Hobby Lobby in the Clearance section for $6.74. I can never pass up these bargains! So time to get started. 

I started by putting the 4-piece hood together, glue the back on the cab, and glue the taillight housing onto the rear of the fenders. We had a decent weather day on Sunday so I primered everything and then taped off the cab and the bed so that I could paint the fender liners and wood floor of the bed of the truck (both sides). Now I am waiting on the rain to stop again so that I can finish the painting. I'm thinking of a Coral Blue/White two-tone. Not sure on the interior yet, 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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:19 PM

Got this kit myself. Looking forward to yours.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:18 PM

Lookin' forward to this one JR! 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:02 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Joe! I appreciate your comments! 

I was disappointed with the wheels and tires for this kit. Typically, Revell does a pretty good job with mating wheels and tires but these wheels don't really fit the tires in the kit. They are loose and wobley in the tire which I am sure will cause stance issues later. They also don't have any bolt pattern detail for the 4 rolling wheels. 

The wheels do fit a set of 55 Chevy tires but the whitewalls on those kits are too narrow really to be wide whites. I would like to use the wide whites on this truck so I found some wheels in the parts box from a 31 Ford. I also found some wheel backs to fit the axles in my parts box.  I think these will fit better and look much nicer once painted. The one I am using is the white plastic wheel with the center cap on it. 

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: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 31, 2020 7:44 AM

Good score on the kit. Hard to pass up that deal. Love the colour choice for this build.

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 31, 2020 3:47 PM

Thanks, Trevor! I appreciate your comments! 

I finished the painting today. The weather was iffy - a little chilly and breezy with humidity but I took each piece to the back patio one at a time, painted it and then walked it back in. It was still a bit smelly in the house but the wife was gone so didn't know until she got back when everything was almost dry. Two coats of Tamiya Coral Blue and two coats of clear (lots of trips outside and back). I painted the top with Krylon Ivory and the interior too. The engine is Tamiya orange as all the 283s I've seen are usually orange. 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 midnightprowler on Friday, January 31, 2020 4:16 PM

Looking good. As far as your tire issues, wide whites were pretty much gone by 62 or 63 so the narrow whites would be correct. The kit wheels were designed to be used with the kit hubcaps, thus no bolt details.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:56 AM

Thanks, Prowler! Yes, all that is true but the tires that came with the Revell 55 Chevy were intended to be the wide whites, unfortunately they are not wide enough. I generally prefer the thin whitewalls with black between the wheels and the stripe but I don't have a set of 5 of those tires (one for the spare). I also thought that these wider whites in the kit would look better on this truck. Just personal preference. 

I built up the little 283 and added plug wires. I did the Chevrolet lettering with a sharpie turned at a 90 degree angle to the top of the valve cover. I still need to add some blackwash. 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, February 1, 2020 9:05 AM

I also dropped the chassis by cutting off the front spindles then drilling a hole in the A-arm about 1/8" higher (about 1.5-2 scale inches). Then, I cut an 1/8" from the rear support to bring the axle closer to the bed floor. This will tuck the wheels into wheel wells a little better as well as lowering the profile. 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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, February 1, 2020 1:02 PM

Looking great! For a little better accuracy paint the alternator brack semi gloss black.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:23 PM

Thanks, Prowler! I appreciate your comment and reminder. I forgot to paint the bracket. Plus I need to blackwash the engine a bit. 

In the meantime, I have detailed the bed of the truck. I could have used the decal but its more fun to paint, wash and foil it. I also wasn't happy with where I lined up the tape for the cab. It was a bit too low. So after I rubbed out the cab, hood and bed sides, I took a brush and some tape and raised the blue color higher on the cab. I think I am going to go with rubber (black) window edging on the entire cab instead of using foil. Or maybe just foil on the widshield and black on the sides and back. Let me know what you 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 60Buick on Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:53 PM

Another sweetheart JR. That bed is really nice.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 3:22 PM

All the work you are doing to this build is gonna point to one fine finish when you're done with it JR. Looking forward to more.....

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 3, 2020 6:47 AM

Looking great Jr!

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

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:03 PM

Thanks, Buick, Joe, and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! 

Almost done! Interior is in, cab and bed are on and its on wheels! All that is left is positioning the top, hardware, a little more foil and decals. The interior kinda snapped in place and only needed a little glue on the floorboard lip that joins with the firewall. The cab snapped onto the chassis plateform and pushed onto the chassis horns. the bed unit glued on with four attachments pins and receivers in the chassis. Everything went together easily. The chassis was a little figity but went together finally.

I forgot to take a picture of the interior before I installed it but it has three nice decals for the dash, gauge panel, heater controls and radio. I use3d an American plaid decal on the seat inserts instead of using the Mexican blanket decal in the kit. 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 mustang1989 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:23 AM

Looks good so far JR! Got any pictures of that dash? 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 4:46 PM

Looking great!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:21 AM

Thanks, Joe and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! Joe, I'll try to get a decent picture of the dash through the back window in my next post. 

This one is all done! I did finally find a bugaboo in attaching the rear bumper. The bumper brackets built into the frame were way too low for the bumper to sit at the right height. So I had to attach the brackets to the floor of the bed with a couple drops of superglue and some persusion. I heard something crack when I applied the clamps but couldn't find any damage. Painted the CHEVROLET lettering with acrylic paint and a few cotton swabs. I tried to use the decals a letter at a time but that didn't work. I think this looks better anyway. 

Front bumper wasn't pleasant to attach either but I got it on somehow. Turned out to be a very nice pickup truck kit. Better fit than the 56 Ford Foose kit. 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 60Buick on Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:52 AM

Well done for sure! I really like this one. 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:53 AM

That turned out great JR! If it's easier than the Foose Ford kit then it has to be a snap to put together. I had very few problems with that Foose kit.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:09 PM

Thanks, Buick and Joe! I appreciate your comments! Joe, my experience with the 56 Ford Foose kit was different. I couldn't get the cab to sit on the platform correctly and had to do some cutting to get it to fit. Also, I couldn't eliminate the big space between the bed and the cab. I was disappointed to say the least.

This 66 kit isn't a cake walk - it has a lot of flash to eliminate from all the pins and chrome, receiving holes have to be widened and some parts do not fit well, such as, the bumpers. Anyway, here's my best photo of the dash and a couple of other photos. I do like how it came out. I can't imagine what it would look like if I didn't lower it by 1/8 inch. 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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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, February 7, 2020 3:15 PM

Nice, JR! Such clean lines on those trucks. (and a downright steal as well!)  Smile

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, February 7, 2020 3:53 PM

Thanks, Chucky! I appreciate your comments! 

Here are some outdoor pics! 

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.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, February 7, 2020 3:57 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 modelcarjr on Friday, February 7, 2020 4:00 PM

Last ones:

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 PatrickW on Saturday, February 29, 2020 4:15 PM

Nice one! Really nice one!

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, February 29, 2020 7:39 PM

As usual, the paint colors come alive in the daylight! Really nice, JR! 

chucky

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7:14 PM

Very nice build of a good looking truck. The bed looks great. Colour is perfect. Well done!

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:04 AM
Looks great, nicely done!
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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:46 PM

Thanks, All! I appreciate your comments! 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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