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'75 Chevy Blazer glue bomb - RESTORATION COMPLETE!

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'75 Chevy Blazer glue bomb - RESTORATION COMPLETE!
Posted by jroc1989 on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 4:04 PM

 I picked up this K5 Blazer along with an ElCamino and a couple of vans on eBay a few weeks ago.  Since I'm getting a bit tired of my other current builds, I thought I'd get going on this one for a nice change of pace.  It's been a while since I did a good restoration.

 Here's how it came to me; seemingly complete though with a slight suspension problem:

 

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Posted by jroc1989 on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 4:06 PM

 I've gotten it disassembled, stripped, and have begun repairing some of the horrendous glue scars.

Oh, and I've located it's new shoes as seen here:

 

I plan on adding all of the missing chrome along the sides and obviously lifting it a bit from stock.  I'll be doing this using some left over mad mudder parts out of my parts box.  I'm thinking of painting it black with dark gray interior and a white top.  

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Posted by tabbysdaddy on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7:25 PM

Cool project. Is the body the same as the mad mudder? I wanted to convert mine to look like my truck but I messed up the hood trying to fill the hole.

"Why do they call them buildings when they're already done building them? They ought to be called builts." - Gallagher

 

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Posted by bogger44 on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7:43 PM

Looks like you are off to a great start resurecting this old K5.  Your paint scheme sounds good, and the wheels and tires are a great choice.  I wish you good luck and am looking forward to watching this build come along.

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Posted by jroc1989 on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 8:13 PM

tabbysdaddy

Cool project. Is the body the same as the mad mudder? I wanted to convert mine to look like my truck but I messed up the hood trying to fill the hole.

 

 Thanks!  I think it is the parent body of the mad mudder, though all I have left of my old mudder is the tail lights and the corners of the body to go with them!  I do seem to remember that the door handles on the mudder were horribly over scaled (i.e. waaay too small), just like the door handles on this blazer.  This one does have a vinyl pattern stamped on the roof above the front seats that I don't remember on the mudder though. There are no holes in the hood, and no indentations on the bottom either.

What does your truck look like...and is it a pickup or a blazer?

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Posted by jroc1989 on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 8:15 PM

bogger44

Looks like you are off to a great start resurecting this old K5.  Your paint scheme sounds good, and the wheels and tires are a great choice.  I wish you good luck and am looking forward to watching this build come along.

 

 Thanks bogger44!   I don't plan on over detailing it so the build shouldn't take too long.  I'm thinking that if I can revive it enough to lay on a smooth black paint job, that will be work enough!

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Posted by tabbysdaddy on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 8:53 PM

Mine's actually an '86 Blazer. I'm not sure if I want to try making the grill and body changes yet since the hood has stopped me for now.

 

That does look like the mad mudder body. The door handles are placed in different spots on the body just like the mad mudder.

"Why do they call them buildings when they're already done building them? They ought to be called builts." - Gallagher

 

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Posted by jroc1989 on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:16 PM

 Wow, that would be quite the conversion!  I've got another project that I've been working on for years now that is a replica of the truck my dad owned while I was growing up (actually he had it up till about 6 years ago).  It's a '78 Silverado:

It's got working suspension and steering...and a long way to go!


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Posted by tabbysdaddy on Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:04 AM

That is so cool. I'll bet you have a bunch of the same kits as me.

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Posted by broncobuster on Thursday, July 8, 2010 2:04 AM

Hey Jroc, cool trucks, I like to build 4x4's myself( but I am a Bronco guy) Could you tell me how you did the steering, and raise the suspension. Any chance you could get a close up of the steering, I have never done working steering yet and I would like to give it a try, thanks, Derek.

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Posted by Rotorbolt on Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:57 AM

I've got this exact same blazer kit. Also a glue bomb. Mines a bit rougher and missing some pieces, specifically the grille / headlight piece section. Without that, I can't build it yet.

It sure would be nice to see these old monogram truck kits re released.

Keep us updated on the build.

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Posted by jroc1989 on Thursday, July 8, 2010 7:11 PM

broncobuster; I wish I could take credit for the suspension and steering.  I did build those pieces from strip styrene, but the 'how to' I got from here:

leaf springs: http://public.fotki.com/modeljeeper/models/working_leaf_suspension/

shocks: http://public.fotki.com/mrboyle/model_cars-1/how_to/

steering: well, OK the steering was mine though all I did was replicate the kit molded parts with strip styrene and then connect them with pins.

 

Rotorbolt; I certainly will...and I think you're in luck.  I don't plan on using the grille that was attached when I got this truck.  The red chevy a few posts up is actually a GMC kit, but it had two brand new chevy grilles in the box with it.  So, I'll be using one grille on that build and the 2nd new grille on this blazer.  The original to the blazer is in one piece and could be cleaned up.  You might need to do some BMF work after removing the excess glue.  Interested?

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Posted by jroc1989 on Friday, July 9, 2010 4:41 PM

 Well, I was working on the grille and realized that I'm not working on a '78.  It's actually a '75.  What's the difference?  The '75 has eight columns and four rows of openings in the grille.  A '78 has five columns and three rows, with each opening subdivided into six smaller openings. 

 I did manage to get the grille opened up.  Next I'll work on the detail painting and get it  finished up:


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Posted by SLUSHER on Saturday, July 10, 2010 12:38 AM

your blazer looks so much better stripped. glue damage to me is the hardest to deal with. did you have alot of glue damage?? i had a friend who had a white one. great find...slusher

 

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Posted by jroc1989 on Saturday, July 10, 2010 9:17 AM

 Yeah, pretty much every part has a big 'ol glue blob on or next to it that I have to fix.  I'd already done a lot of sanding before taking the photo with the new wheels mocked up above.  There's also a small chunk of the roof missing, and I'll have to add some styrene to the valance panel between the front bumper and the grille since the glue dissolved it.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 10, 2010 10:17 AM

Cool project jroc. I've always wanted to build one those old Blazers with a set of the Ground Hawgs that come with the Hi Rollers. I had the Mad Mudder and traded it off. The tires were all bad in it. I took all of the pulling parts from it and traded the rest. Are you planning on making a working suspension for this build? I think I can help you out with a windshield if you need one. It's from the pickup.

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Posted by jroc1989 on Saturday, July 10, 2010 11:58 AM

rogerhayes

Cool project jroc. I've always wanted to build one those old Blazers with a set of the Ground Hawgs that come with the Hi Rollers. I had the Mad Mudder and traded it off. The tires were all bad in it. I took all of the pulling parts from it and traded the rest. Are you planning on making a working suspension for this build? I think I can help you out with a windshield if you need one. It's from the pickup.

 

 Thanks Roger.  I don't plan to do functional suspension on this one.  I really want it to be a quicker build, just to get me out of a funk and back into the swing of things.  I'm only going through the trouble of adding the chrome on the sides because I think these era trucks look sooo good all chromed out.

I can't remember why I butchered my mad mudder kit...I never built it...but I did save a lot of the pieces including the clear parts tree, which still has a new windshield attached.  I appreciate the offer but I'm good!

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Posted by jroc1989 on Sunday, July 11, 2010 9:09 PM

 I didn't get as much done over the weekend as I had hoped.  I've started on the chassis, and managed to finish detailing the grille.  This is a rare case where I've got enough of the same part to show it in all of it's stages.  The top grille is the one that came to me on the blazer, the second one is new from the pickup kit on the last page (opened up), and the bottom one is the finished version that will be installed on the blazer:


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Posted by Rotorbolt on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 5:02 PM

 Yes I am interested in any one of the extra grilles you have. I really need one. I'll shoot a PM your way to see what can be worked out. thanks.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe ,  63 Buick electra convertible..along with  a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.

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Posted by jroc1989 on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:37 PM

Rotorbolt

 Yes I am interested in any one of the extra grilles you have. I really need one. I'll shoot a PM your way to see what can be worked out. thanks.

 

Matt, I've already replied...

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Posted by B.C> Model Guy on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:59 AM

That's going to be a nice build. I agree about those trucks looking good when they are all decked out with all of the side trim. When they changed the fenders and hood in '81, I think that GM messed up a nice, clean design especially since the side trim disapeared withthe change. You'll do a fine job on this and it is soooooo good to see another glue bomb saved and brought back.Smile

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Posted by jroc1989 on Sunday, July 18, 2010 2:28 PM

 Thanks B.C> Modelguy!

 I've made a bit of progress.  The suspension parts have been fixed and it's mocked up on the new tires now.  Also, I've finished repairing the bad spots on the body and have begun attaching the side chrome.  The rear top needs a bit more work before I finish it out.  I painted it black to see how well the filler did.  It turns out that there are still some indentations from the roof rack, so it's back in the stripper and then on to some more filler!

 

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Posted by tabbysdaddy on Sunday, July 18, 2010 2:47 PM

I'm liking the trim. Are you making new outside door handles?

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Posted by jroc1989 on Sunday, July 18, 2010 2:55 PM

 

tabbysdaddy

I'm liking the trim. Are you making new outside door handles?

 

Yes, the GMC pickup in the background has appropriately scaled door handles, so I'll resin cast replicas of those for this blazer.  It will have all of the stock trim pieces by the time I'm finished with it.  The only custom stuff will be the lift and wheel/tire combo, the exhaust, and probably a roll bar inside.  

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 19, 2010 10:58 AM

It's really shaping up Jason! I really like how you're adding the trim. That's going to make the Blazer. I guess you're planning a two tone paintjob? Can those wheels and tires be bought online anywhere? I have a 4 Runner and longbed with them,but I can't bring myself to part them out. 

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Posted by jroc1989 on Monday, July 19, 2010 4:20 PM

rogerhayes

It's really shaping up Jason! I really like how you're adding the trim. That's going to make the Blazer. I guess you're planning a two tone paintjob? Can those wheels and tires be bought online anywhere? I have a 4 Runner and longbed with them,but I can't bring myself to part them out. 

 

 

Thanks Roger.  I can't decide about the two tone paint job.  I've thought about white or silver between the side chrome, and then I've thought it would look best all black.  I'm doing a white top no matter what...any suggestions?

I don't know if the wheels and tires can be bought.  I stole mine from a 4Runner!

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Posted by bogger44 on Monday, July 19, 2010 9:50 PM

The black and silver combo would really look sharp, but I don't think it would go to well with the white top.  I think going two tone with the white would look great, just my My 2 cents  You couldn't go wrong with all black either.  I know what you are going through, I still have yet to decide on a color for my Scout build.

She's lookin' good, keep those updates comming.

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Posted by Rotorbolt on Monday, July 19, 2010 11:47 PM

I've always liked the two tone blue and white with white topper.  I'm thinking of doing mine like that.

Although white would be hard to do with that maroon plastic. I typically have troubble with bleed through when it comes to red plastics.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 8:57 AM

jroc1989

Thanks Roger.  I can't decide about the two tone paint job.  I've thought about white or silver between the side chrome, and then I've thought it would look best all black.  I'm doing a white top no matter what...any suggestions?

I don't know if the wheels and tires can be bought.  I stole mine from a 4Runner!

I gotta agree with bogger44. Black and silver looks so sharp on these old Blazers. Many years ago when I was 17 and working in a body shop, the owner had bought an old rust bucket Blazer for me to fix. He was just getting started and if we didn't have anything to paint,he would buy a car or truck,paint it and sell it. It was solid black and had all of trim on the sides like you have on your model. He asked me if it were mine how would I paint it? I told him black with silver down the middle. So,that's how we did it. When we got it finished,I wanted to buy it myself!! I would have if I hadn't known what was underneath the paintjob. He put a brand new set of 33x10.50 tires and new 8 inch white spoke wheels (very popular at the time) on it and it looked awesome! I finished detailing it one evening and pulled it out in the parking lot with a for sale sign on it. Next day when I came in to work,it was gone! He sold it that evening. He told me it hadn't set in the parking for an hour when he sold it and that was the first thing the new owner said was that he loved the paint job on it. He said "from now on,you're picking out the paint colors because that paint job sold that old Blazer!"  Sorry for the ramble,but it just brought up an old memory of the good old days. 

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Posted by jroc1989 on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 4:25 PM

Thanks bogger44!

Matt, I figured out a while back that a quick coat of silver paint over colored plastics will stop the bleed through.   Have you tried that?

rogerhayes
I gotta agree with bogger44. Black and silver looks so sharp on these old Blazers. Many years ago when I was 17 and working in a body shop, the owner had bought an old rust bucket Blazer for me to fix. He was just getting started and if we didn't have anything to paint,he would buy a car or truck,paint it and sell it. It was solid black and had all of trim on the sides like you have on your model. He asked me if it were mine how would I paint it? I told him black with silver down the middle. So,that's how we did it. When we got it finished,I wanted to buy it myself!! I would have if I hadn't known what was underneath the paintjob. He put a brand new set of 33x10.50 tires and new 8 inch white spoke wheels (very popular at the time) on it and it looked awesome! I finished detailing it one evening and pulled it out in the parking lot with a for sale sign on it. Next day when I came in to work,it was gone! He sold it that evening. He told me it hadn't set in the parking for an hour when he sold it and that was the first thing the new owner said was that he loved the paint job on it. He said "from now on,you're picking out the paint colors because that paint job sold that old Blazer!"  Sorry for the ramble,but it just brought up an old memory of the good old days. 

 

Thanks Roger.  I think you guys have convinced me to do a black/white two tone paint job...of course now I'm not sure whether to go with grey, tan, or maroon for the interior!  The red pickup shown on the previous page (the 1:1) was all black when my dad bought it.  He decided to do a frame off resto on that truck about 20 years ago and came up with the red/silver combo.  Man...that was a nice looking truck!  I still kick myself for not buying it when he let it go 8 years ago.

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