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How to convert a model car into a utility vehicle

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How to convert a model car into a utility vehicle
Posted by GetYourModelOn on Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:21 AM

Hello Everybody,

I am looking into buying a Revell 1976 Gran Torino and am looking into converting it into a utlity vehicle (such as an El Ranchero). I remember there was a past issue that talked about this called how to convert a car to a Uty.

Does anyone out there know of this issue?

Thank you



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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:30 AM

i've made a dodge charger into a utility pickup. it's a kitbash of a dodge charger and an El Camino kit.  the main issues are the width of the two kits.

more here


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    January, 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:05 PM

G'day, Gary. 

Ahh, the Ute, the great Australian invention.  Mate, I poked around and found an article entitled 'The Vic-chero', a how-to about building a phantom '56 Ford ute from an AMT '56 Crown Victoria and Revell's chopped '57 Ranchero.  See issue No 107 February 1997.  The article also states that Modelhaus were doing their own resin body version, so you may be able to find one around the traps.

This issue also has a Tim Boyd Foto File feature showing 3 pages of phantom utes, although, not being an Aussie, he refers to them as 'car-pickups'. Confused  I hope this helps, and I look forward to seeing your Torino conversion.  Cheers.


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    July, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:28 AM

I'm in the process of dooing this conversion to a  2 door hard top 57 chevy.  I've cut a section of the roof out shortening the lenght of the roof.  Doing this i then brought the rear windscreen frame forward which means i can still use the kit glass.  Bringing this forward removes the rear seat area which will become part of the  ute tray.  To create the tray area i filled in where the rear windscreen was and used the lines of the boot to create what we call in australia a "style side ute." I'm still yet to decide on the tail gate but will probally use the boot as this kit was the one with the doors, bonnet and boot already removed.   Hope this helps.   This was my approach.   

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    November, 2017
Posted by Gluecipher on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:37 PM

You mean something like these from Pinterest/Web ?


Ever since i saw ute models ive been thinking of making one some day from my ertl 49 merc kit.

Ute's are very cool.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7:04 PM
Love the Hudson & Mercury ones !
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Posted by mini man on Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:00 PM

I did one moons ago,here is the build thread.






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Posted by Gluecipher on Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Love the Hudson & Mercury ones !


Me too. 


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