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1962 Pontiac Catalina WIP - Finished! Outdoor Pics!

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1962 Pontiac Catalina WIP - Finished! Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:49 PM

I've started this Arnie Beswick Pontiac but aI am going to build it factory stock. The body was in good shape, not much flash, so I got a coat of primer on it today after cleaning it up a bit. But I'll have to wait for weather - its going to rain all day tomorrow. One factory color is Dawnfire Mist Poly that looks a lot like Plymouth Plum Crazy so I think I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:41 PM

Dawnfire Mist looks absolutely nothing like Plum Crazy, and it wasn't available in 1962, only '61.

 

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 20, 2017 5:14 AM

Oops! I pulled up the wrong year color chart. And those chips are often misleading on the computer. Testors Plum Crazy seems to be darker than the light purple on the Charger. Probably due to sunlight. So thanks, Steve, for the clarification. I'll have to pick another color using the right year color chart!

  

By the way I haven't commented yet, but your 63 Bonneville paint looks great!

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 Monday, February 20, 2017 8:10 PM

Not much done today. Assembled the engine and brush painted it light blue. Raining all day so I detailed some of the engine parts. I think I'll go with a dark red for the body, probably Flame Red will match the Mandalay Red for that year. I am trying to match something I can find on the shelf because with shipping MCW runs about $11 an ounce if you buy 3 ounces at a time. Its getting a little pricey! 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 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:32 PM

Nice day today with low humidity so it was a good day to get everything painted. Painted the body with Testors Flame Red. Had a problem with some junk in the top and the trunk. So I let it sit till after lunch and a nap.

I sanded out the top and the trunk and then added another coat of paint and two coats of Clear Lacquer. Top looks a lot better and there are a couple of nits in the trtunk but I think I can rub them out or at least minimize them tomorrow. 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 Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:45 PM

Starting to paint the interior and I saw a 61 that used three colors so I thought I would use a variation of that combination of colors. I first painted all the interior parts with Red Oxide primer. A dull finish and redish tint. Then I taped it off and painted the borders brown. Finally, I used Fiery Orange on the middle section. Looks like a good combination and should blend with the Fame Red exterior pretty well. Lots of tape and time. The brown is enamel so I have to wait for it to dry overnight before taping it off. 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 Friday, February 24, 2017 9:34 PM

Rubbing out the body and its starting to look better. A little more work and it will be ready for foil. 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 smhardesty on Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:20 PM

Looking good, JR. Really interesting interior colors. Looks nice.

Steve

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, February 25, 2017 5:57 PM

Thanks, Steve! I appreciate your comment! I think the interior will look OK once painted, foiled and assembled.

I stasrted this morning by trying to foil the small Pontiac lettering on the rear. I would have foiled before paint but because its in a cove I didn't think I could remove the paint on the letters without some collateral damage. So next, I sharpened a toothpick, found some old Testors silver and picked each letter and the trunk lock.

Next, I foiled the left side window trim.

Then I thought before I foil around the corner that the trunk needed another coat of paint. So I gave the trunk another coat of paint and then clear. Because of overspray on the clear I went ahead and cleared the entire car again. I'll rub it out again in the morning but I don't think it will take long as the surface is pretty smooth so I am hoping to use just Scratch X without snading cloths but I may need those on the flat surfaces. 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 justmike on Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:29 PM

Excellent work on the lettering.  The interior will match the car color well. I'm surprised how quickly you polish stuff out after painting. I would be waiting way longer to rub out my paint job yet you don't seem to have an issue at all. Must be those lacquers.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:21 AM

Coming along very nicely.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 27, 2017 7:40 AM

Thanks, Mike and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! Yes, I try to use lacquer on the bodies. Dries quicker and I can buy both the paint and clear at HobbyLobby and Michaels with coupons. I have to watch my budget in retirement! The only way to use enamel for me is with my air brush which is more work to set up and clean up outside. And enamel out of a spray can has always been a disaster for me. So I'm happy I've found this method that works for me.

Here's the basic set-up for the interior. Lots of tape to get here. Still needs foil and detail painting.  I think I have a speedo decal in my decal stash. 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 crown r n 7 on Monday, February 27, 2017 8:25 AM

Looking real good . I had a lot of fun with my 62 Pontiac 

Niko

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 6:12 AM

Thanks, Niko! I appreciate your comment! Cool

Finished the foil on the body. tough body to foil with the coves or indentations that contain the area to be foiled. And the base of the B pillar is probably the most difficult due to the curvature. Interior is next! Thanks for looking!

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 Thursday, March 02, 2017 12:37 PM

Finished foiling the interior and it may digress a bit from factory stock but I think it will look good. The dash is done with foil and blackwash with red indicators picked in. I also did some detailing on the firewall. So I'll assemble the interior and then start assembling the engine and chassis. 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 Friday, March 03, 2017 7:47 PM

I added plug wires with looms and a coil to the engine and I thought I would show a couple of steps that I do. Although this may seem basic or intuitive to many, it took me quite a few years to realize I could make adding plug wires a lot easier.

First I started with a Morgan Automotive pre-wired distributor. After I separated the wires and crossed them over so I have 4 on each side and have located the coil wire, I cut of the ends evenly with a scissors. This does two things; make them the same length and gets rid of ends that may be bent or out of round so they will be easier to thread through the wire looms. I am using Pro Tech wire looms in this build.

Before cutting the wire looms from the PE sprue I took my No. 11 X-Acto blade with a good point and twirled it each wire loom hole. Once I have cut the wire loom off I thread the outside wire through a hole on the outside of the loom. Once one wire is through, I hold the wire and loom together and then just thread each other wire in order though the loom just like threading a needle. Takes about 5 minutes for each loom.

Very quickly I have two looms on each set of wires and the distributor is ready to mount on the base.

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, March 03, 2017 7:58 PM

The next photo shows adding plug boots to each wire. This might seem very basic but I used to cut 8 little pieces of boot material and then try to thread them onto the plug wire. Now I just thread the whole piece of boot material onto the plug wire and then cut the boot material and the plug wire and push the boot down the plug wire. Much easier and the plug wire is going to be shortened anyway!

Completed engine:

I installed the engine, mounted the coil (not in the kit) on the firewall and also added heater hoses. Fuel lines and radiator hoses were included in the kit. air cleaners will be added later. 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 Saturday, March 04, 2017 5:57 AM

Looks good. You need to find a way to make the pics bigger.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 04, 2017 9:37 PM

Thanks, Prowler! You should be able to click on them and make them bigger. Then close and hopefully you'll get a question to close all tabs or the current tab. Close current tab and it should come back to the small pic in my post. Hopefully it works that way for everyone but I'm no computer guru. I have Windows 7 and maybe it doesn't work that way for other systems.

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 Monday, March 06, 2017 12:45 PM

The rear racing wheels only fit the slicks and the tires are the two piece whitewalls that fit the smaller wheels. I chose to use another set of blackwalls from the parts box and so I had to cut down the rear wheels to fit since these were already painted.

I have posted these pics larger so don't click on them or you may be kicked out.

Finished the chassis and then moved on to the installing windows and mounting the body on the chassis/interior combination. Now I just have exterior hardware and this one will be done! 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 Monday, March 06, 2017 4:56 PM

She's a looker so far.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, March 06, 2017 7:01 PM

Love the tip about the boots! That is easier than cutting eight little 'uns and losing two like I tend to do. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:59 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Mike! I appreciate your comments! Mike, I'm glad you liked my tip on the boots. It only took me about 25 years to figure it out! LOL!

I normally wouldn't tape off a chrome piece fearing that I would pull the chrome off. But this chrome looked like it was well plated and since I was taping off the grill woth the indentations and the headlights both of which are not flat surfaces, I thought I would give it a try in order to paint the red on top, in the center and the bottom of the grill. It worked! Don't click on the pics!

I added foil to the emblem in the center, chrome air cleaners and the chrome pieces on the fenders. The rear is next! 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 Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:49 PM

Sure hope mine turns out as nice.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:08 PM
It's looking real good, JR.

Steve

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 10, 2017 2:27 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Steve! I appreciate your comments!

Finished except I might add an antenna. Overcast today and threatening rain so I'll wait for outdoor pics. Added licence plates, highlighted the tailights with silver paint and glued on the rear bumper unit. Also added dog dish hubcaps from the kit. Don't click on the pics. 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 chucky on Friday, March 10, 2017 7:58 PM

Beautiful, JR! I love the "business" look. Nice job! Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by montelsc on Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:32 AM

Really nice build like that color with the interior   Yes

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:01 AM

She's beautiful. Well done sir!

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:45 AM

Thanks, Chucky, Montelsc and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! I maybe should have used a Burgundy in the interior instead of brown but I don't have that color at the moment. I added an antenna with a Jewelry Shoppe pin from Hobby Lobby. The base is just a piece of round chrome scrap that I drilled a hole in. I drilled a hole in the body for the pin to fit in so I won't knock off the antenna. Still raining so no outdoor pics today. 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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