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1955 Chrysler C300 Is Completed

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 06, 2016 1:44 PM

Thanks Nico and Mike!

Mike, while the paint is glossy and shiny, there is some orange peel on the trunk lid and little flicks of trash here and there.  I want to get the paint as smooth as possible before I clearcoat the body and hood.

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Posted by RandyB. on Friday, December 09, 2016 4:47 PM

Did you get your 1955 Chrysler C-300 finished Mike? Didn't see any finished pics.


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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 10, 2016 1:06 PM

As a matter of fact Randy, no I didn't.  I have been busy with other projects which include getting ready for my impending retirement.  The body has been painted and is awaiting to be polished and foiled.  Then it is on to final assembly.  At times, I do have a "squirrel" moment and start on another project.  I will finish the C-300 when more time is available to me.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 31, 2016 9:00 AM

I fired up the paintbooth this morning and painted the interior panels and the seats for the C300.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:38 PM

I decided to spend some time on the Chrysler today by foiling and detailing the side panels.

The side panels were installed with the front and rear seats.

I masked the instrument panel to paint the the lower panels with Model Master Wimbeldom White.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:51 AM

I finished the instrument panel this morning.  These decals are rather fragile as several tore while I was applying them.  I ruined the clock decal altogether.  I found some Polly Scale Mud paint that was close in color to the clock face and then I used a pin and some Chrysler Engine Red paint to make the clock hands.

After putting a dallop of clear gloss over the gauge and clock faces, I installed the instrument panel.

A picture of the chassis with the firewall mocked up.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:05 AM

This is something I have been putting off for a while now...wetsanding!  I really don't like the mess it makes, the water getting up my sleeves, or the cold fingers afterwards.  I did want to get the finish as smooth as possible for the next, and hopefully, final coat of paint.

I did burn through the paint in a few places, so I hope that I will cover those spots with my final coat of paint.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 27, 2017 9:56 AM

Yesterday, I gave the C300 another coat of paint.

Unfortunately, the hood fell off of its holder and hit the floor.  I threw the hood into a container of 91% alcohol to strip the paint.  This morning, I'll sand the hood and prepare it for primer and paint.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:27 PM

I foiled the C300 this afternoon.  I needed some long strips of foil and I pulled my newest sheet out of the fridge only to find that it had wrinkled in several places making my long strips shorter than I wanted.  Hopefully, my burnishing helped to eliminate the joints and overlaps.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:45 AM

Absolutely loving this build. I'm confused though.. you pulled your BMF from the fridge?!? Whassat all about?

My favorite color is clear.

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 12:32 PM

195X

Absolutely loving this build. I'm confused though.. you pulled your BMF from the fridge?!? Whassat all about?

That makes at least two of us that would like to know about the BMF in the fridge. I’ve read a bunch of posts about BMF, but must have missed that bit of info.

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:09 PM

smhardesty

 

 
195X

Absolutely loving this build. I'm confused though.. you pulled your BMF from the fridge?!? Whassat all about?

 

 

 

That makes at least two of us that would like to know about the BMF in the fridge. I’ve read a bunch of posts about BMF, but must have missed that bit of info.

 

 

BMF does have a "shelf life".

over time the adhesive can lose it's affectiveness & the foil itself can begin to crack.

So they say that storing your unused foil in the freezer or refrigerator can extend it's life.

However, it can take years for the adhesive to begin to deteriorate, so unless you foil one build & then don't plan on doing another 1 or 2 before 2020, I would not worry about it.

In general, I use a sheet of foil about once every 6 months or so, & while I have had sheets that the adhesive has gone bad on, they were generally sheets that I've had for 10 years or longer.

A sheet of foil costs around $6.00.

It's hardly worth buying in bulk, so I look to buy a fresh sheet when I'm down to about one third of a sheet left, knowing that the next one will be gone within the next half a year.

So, in conclusion, if you think that it will take you 4 or 5 years to use up a sheet, you might want to store it under refrigeration.

Or, if it was me & I found that after 4 years my foil had gone bad, I would just bite the bullet & buy another sheet.

It's too cheap to obsess over.

 

Steve

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:39 PM

Agreed. And thank you for explaining. ;)

My favorite color is clear.

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:45 PM

Yep, me too. Thanks, Steve. I guess I can tell the wife to put the T-Bones back in the freezer. WaaaHaaaaHaaaaa!!! Laugh

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 4:49 PM

Yes, I do keep my foil in the fridge to keep the adhesive "fresh".  The thing is, I can't remember when I bought those two sheets of foil.  So, it must have been at least five years ago, plus it had been lying across a couple of bottles of beer so that may have contributed to the wrinkles.  Thank you Steve for the info!  

I am nearing the end of this build, so no more pictures posted until it's done!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 09, 2017 2:48 PM

I have finished my Chrysler C300.  I would like to thank all those who took the time to view and to comment on my WIP!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 09, 2017 2:49 PM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, February 09, 2017 3:33 PM

Really nice, mrmike! Great looking build. Looks like that hood turned out just fine. Thumbs UpThumbs Up

Steve

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, February 09, 2017 8:11 PM

Looks great, Mike! The kit has great detail and your build shows that it makes a nice display piece. The factory spark plug wire covers were a neat feature and save a step in detailing. Smile

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, February 10, 2017 7:03 AM

Looks good, MrMike! Nice work! CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, February 10, 2017 9:22 AM

Looks great!

I built one in the same color about 5 years ago & I still maintain that this is one of the best engineerded kits that I've ever built!

Getting the chassis & firewall into position in the body was a bit of a "shoehorn" affair, but once it "popped" into place, everything fit so perfectly & tightly it was amazing to me.

I believe you would have a hard time telling our '55s apart! Smile

 

Steve

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, February 10, 2017 1:35 PM

The two cars are a LOT closer than what I was thinking. I remembered seeing yours, Steve, but didn't pop back and look at it versus mrmike's car. Looking at them, I see a bit more "melon" color in Steve's car and a bit more "orange" in mrmike's car.

Whenever I get around to building one I think I'll pick a different color entirely. You guys have set the bar too high for me. Laugh

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, February 10, 2017 4:58 PM

smhardesty

The two cars are a LOT closer than what I was thinking. I remembered seeing yours, Steve, but didn't pop back and look at it versus mrmike's car. Looking at them, I see a bit more "melon" color in Steve's car and a bit more "orange" in mrmike's car.

Whenever I get around to building one I think I'll pick a different color entirely. You guys have set the bar too high for me. Laugh

 

The color I used for mine is actually a '57 Chrysler color called "Gauguin Red".

It's a little more on the bright coral side & a little less on the true red.

Mike's is probably closer to the original '55 color.

 

Steve

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, February 10, 2017 5:28 PM
Mr Mike that is a fantastic job. What do you thin the enamel paint with and at what percentage. Also how long does it take dry?
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Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 10, 2017 7:06 PM

Thanks guys!

texwardfan
Mr Mike that is a fantastic job. What do you thin the enamel paint with and at what percentage. Also how long does it take dry?
 

I use Kleen-Strip Lacquer Thinner from Home Depot.  It is a medium drying thinner that I have been using for years with very good results.  I add enough thinner to get a "milky" consistency with my paint.  It's usually dry enough to lightly handle in about an hour depending upon the number of coats of paint sprayed.  It's quite dry in 24 hours.  I use the "Nose Test" to check my paint.  I sniff the paint and if I can still smell it, it is still gassing out.

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Posted by dimaxion on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:43 AM

A great replica . I appreciate this Stock buiild here .. You did it so right .  "Where's the keys ?"   Thanx ..

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:19 AM

Thanks John!  Keys, keys, where are the keys?  I had them right here...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:00 PM

Very nicely done, mrmike.  Your dashboard, seats, engine, engine bay, chassis, all look great.  Good job on the bonnet (hood) repaint too.  She is simply a great model.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 17, 2017 6:56 AM

Thank you Steve!  I appreciate the nice words!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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