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1960 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup from HGTVs Home Town

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1960 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup from HGTVs Home Town
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:16 PM

My new project is the AMT 1960 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup.  I am using this kit to replicate the pickup truck used by Ben Napier on HGTV's Home Town TV series.  There are some differences between the '60 and the '62 pickups.  The hood and the grille are  different as the '62 has a smooth hood and single headlights.  Ben's pickup is also a V8/auto trans with dual exhaust and this kit has a six cylinder/manual trans with single exhaust.  The differences really doesn't bother me too much as I will build the '60 as is and I may use the hood from the Revell '65 Chevy pickup which is a bit too wide for the AMT '60 Chevy Fleetside, but I could cut it down. 

I am aware of a '62 Chevy pickup annual kit, but they are too expensive to even bother trying to find one.  I am also fine with the straight six/manual trans in this kit.  The V8 can be found in a Revell '63 Impala kit, but I think that for the ease of building, I'll stick with the six.  I will be adding the wheels, hubcaps and tires, and the rear view side mirrors gifted to me by fellow Club member Tim.  I have the step n tow rear bumper from the Moebius '72 Ford Sport Custom pickup and I wiil need to source the decals for the doors.  My paint will be Polly Scale St. Lawrence Blue shot through my Badger Universal 360 airbrush.

 

More '60 Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:36 AM

I took the first step to making the Revell hood fit the AMT body by sawing it in half and sanding the cut with a sanding wand.  Looks pretty good!  Now to shorten the hood front.  

More '60 Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:22 AM

I glued the hood back together and now to start adding filler and a lot of sanding.  If I can't get this hood looking good, I'll use the '60 Chevy hood instead.

More '60 Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:32 PM

I have a spare v8 from the Revell kit if you want to trade your 6 for it.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:00 PM

I had thought about replacing the 6 cylinder with a V8, but I decided to stick with the 6.  Thank you for the offer, Lee!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:10 AM

After an initial coating of Bondo and some sanding, I applied a coating of Mr. Dissolved Putty and sanded that.  Now, to spritz some primer on the hood and see just how much more sanding and putty I will need.

More '60 Chevy to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:20 AM

I started on assembling the 6 cylinder engine that is in the kit.  I drilled the head and the distributor for plugs wires.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 10, 2020 11:11 AM

Some work done on the Home Town Chevy pickup.  I got the Revell wheels and tires assembled, the engine painted with Polly Scale St. Lawrence Blue and the distributor painted and wired.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 11, 2020 8:42 PM

I finished the Chevy engine tonight.  All wired and ready to go!

I assembled the chassis and will paint the entire unit as one in semi gloss black and then pick out the details as needed.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:30 AM

The little six is great.  The air cleaner looks tiny, though.  I'll be following along, I like pick ups.  Cheers.

Steve

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:13 PM

Thanks Steve!

I have been playing around with the '65 Chevy hood and I am really starting to hate it.  I doesn't matter how much I sand from whatever side, it just doesn't want to fit.  The right side character line is just too high.

I assembled the '60 Chevy hood and, of course, it fits a whole lot better.  Nice and flush and character lines all line up.  

I think I am going with the '60 Chevy hood instead.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 17, 2020 4:38 PM

I got the interior completed and the chassis is nearly done.  I made a clear lens for the dash gauges.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 17, 2020 4:43 PM

The go-cart is nearly done, but I found a sink mark in the top of the right exhaust pipe.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:37 AM

I have finished the chassis and the interior of the '60 Fleetside pickup by adding the wheels and tires.  The go-cart has been receiving some touchups.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 24, 2020 5:24 PM

I fired up the paintbooth this afternoon to paint the bumper, grille and the roof of the '60 Chevy Fleetside.  

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Monday, May 25, 2020 10:37 AM

Looking Good !

 Normally don't like carts( It's a neighborhood thing ) But that looks cool!

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 25, 2020 8:47 PM

Thanks Metalbender!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:39 AM

I painted the '60 Chevy Fleetside yesterday afternoon.  Needs another coat or two.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:08 PM

Perfect color. Looks great.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 30, 2020 10:13 AM

Thanks Lee!

I painted the two tone and the black engine compartment on the '60 Chevy pickup body and the underside of the hood and bed.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:50 PM

I worked on the '60 Chevrolet Fleetside during my Club meeting on Zoom yesrterday.  I got farther along on it than I had expected.  I installed the glass, interior and the rear view mirror.  I cut the turn signals from the sprue and dunked them in some Easy-Off to remove the chrome.  I found a step-n-tow bumper in my parts box that will be painted white and mounted to the back of the truck.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, June 8, 2020 8:38 AM
That's looking great, nice work!
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 8, 2020 12:17 PM

Thanks Bill!  

I got the turn signals painted and installed and I think I'll add a black wash to them.  I tired to letter the tailgate, but the pen might have been a little too big.  I'll try using a fine tip brush and some flat white paint.  The Step-N-Tow bumper has been painted and will be installed when dry.

More Fleetside to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 4:22 PM

I have finished my '60 Chevy Fleetside pickup from the HGTV series "Home Town".  Ben Napier's Chevy pickup is actually a 1962 model and I have yet to receive my white decal paper.  This is my version of that truck.  

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 4:24 PM

A few more...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by Classic Plastic on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:44 AM

Nice and clean build Mike. Spot on for sure! Well done Sir!

P.S. Love the Kart!

Kevin
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 4:08 PM

Thank you Kevin!  I think AMT should issue the go-kart in a separate kit or as a Parts Pack.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:44 AM

That came out great- nice work! 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:17 AM

Thank you manicalmodeler!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    November 2007
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by Classic Plastic on Friday, June 19, 2020 10:02 AM

Hey Mike, I agree on the AMT "Kart Parts Pack"!

Kevin

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