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1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible WIP - Done! Outdoor Pics, Page 2!

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1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible WIP - Done! Outdoor Pics, Page 2!
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:15 PM

I've had this old Monogram kit for a number of years. Somewhere along the line the top was crushed and broke the right A pillar long with cracking the top and left pillar. I could probably fix the top but the right A pillar would be more problematic. So, I am going to attempt to make this one a convertible. 

I have most of the parts but have stolen the engine out of it at some point so I'll have to come up with an engine. I am planning on using the extra windshield and wing window frames from one of the Revell 55 Chevy kits. Mixing the 1/24th and 1/25th parts may be problematic. 

One thing I did was to add some plastic strip along the inside of the cowl and then puttied this inside edge to make it a little smaller and easier to support the windshield frame and eliminate any cracks or spaces that might otherwise arise. I am not aware of any 1/24th or 1/25th 56 Chevy convertibles so amybe I can create one! 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 Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:20 PM

A couple more pics with the putty done. I've also filled some sink marks in both rear taillight panels inside and out below the taillights. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

  

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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 Treehugger Dave on Saturday, December 7, 2019 2:28 PM

Very nice save on the windshield Thumbs Up.

This'll be fun to watch.

I'm doing the same, converting a 1/24 hardtop diecast to a convertible.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:06 PM

Looking good Jr!  Interesting concept of turning this into a convertible, but you have that covered very well.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 8, 2019 5:02 PM

Thanks, Dave and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! 

This is really a crappy kit so I don't know if I want to make it a convertible but at least it will be built and on a shelf instead of lanquishing in a box. 

I wanted to shorten the splash pan/bumper mount a bit since it looks awfully long to me. I cut the ends off and the pins underneath and then mounted it so that it would be a little shorter. I think it worked! Now just have to primer and paint. I have already painted the body white so I'll have to touch up. Planning on painting the body two-tone green and white with the same for the interior. 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, December 9, 2019 6:41 PM

Nice work.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:45 AM

Thanks, Prowler! I appreciate your comment! 

Unfortunately, I screwed up the paint yesterday and the weather has turned bad today. So while I am waiting on the weather and the oven cleaner to do its job, this one is on hold. I'll have to work on other kits and get them ready for paint. Thanks for looking! Bang Head

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 texwardfan on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:46 AM

Very cool. Creating a 1956 Chevy convertible. I'm in the same weather condition you are in, just being on the other side of the big city from you. Looking forward to Saturday or Sunday to shoot some paint. 

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Posted by raisin27 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:02 PM

A great save!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 21, 2019 3:27 PM

Thanks, Texwardfan and Raisin! I appreciate your comments! 

So I'm back with this one! Instead of doing several applications of Oven Cleaner over multiple days I gave the body and hood a good soaking in oven cleaner and then let it sit in the covered plastic container for about 1 week. I then used the hot water out of the tap to soak the body in for a few minutes and started peeling the paint right off the body. I had the paint off in about 10 minutes although I had to cool the water down on my aching hands.

Once most of the paint was off I then picked the hard to remove spots with a toothpick and some 400 grit sandpaper. Once all the spots were gone I sanded the entire body with 400 grit sandpaper being careful not to sand over the script and badges which are faint anyway. 

For those not familiar with this process, it is not necessary to remove all the primer. The oven clearner did also remove the putty and loosened the splashpan glue joint. The plastic strips around the cowl stayed in place but one is a bit loose and I'll have to re-glue it before I re-putty. I'll also have to re-putty the rear panel sink marks.

So I am back to step two - right after removal of the top. This time instead of painting the entire body white. as I did before, I will tape everything off twice and do a section at a time. I knew it at the time but tried to take a shortcut. Paint on a body should only go on top of primer.  I paid the price! 

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 Tuesday, December 24, 2019 4:20 PM

OK, step two and three of this re-paint are done. I re-puttied the rear sink marks and the cowl for the windshield. Then I primered, taped off the body for the first of two colors, two coats of Krylon Semi-gloss, one coat of clear, and pulled the tape. I only have to feather the edges once dry and I'll be ready for the final color. I bought a can of Tamiya Racing Green as I think it will match Sherwood green pretty well. Keeping my fingers crossed. Merry Christmas to all and 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, December 25, 2019 2:05 PM

The re-painting process is almost done. I taped it off this morning painted the racing green on the body. At first glance I thought that the Hunter green interior would clash with racing green on the body but after mocking it up I think it is growing on me.  Since it is obviously a hardtop turned into a convertible (no high bolsters in the back seat to hide the hardware for the frame of the convertible top) I think I will just make a flat cover for the rear package shelf and call to good. 

I just have to paint the doghouse black next and then find an engine for it. 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 Wednesday, December 25, 2019 3:21 PM

Good work. You could maybe use the ragtop parts from the 55 ragtop.

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, December 27, 2019 11:21 AM

Coming along very nicely. Looking forward to final pics.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:48 AM

Thanks, Prowler and Mark! I appreciate your comments! I may borrow a 55 boot from one that I have built as I don't have one that is unbuilt at the moment. But I'll have to cut off the covers for the bolsters and probably widen it due to the difference in scale. 

I've finished the interior, rubbed out and foiled the body. I didn't add any aftermarket parts to the interior like door handles and window cranks but just built it with the kit parts. Aluminum foil on the dash and too small speedo decal from the Revell 55 chevy along with a white clock face. a little bit of foil and Molotow pen on the doors. 

Starting to come together! 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 Sunday, December 29, 2019 7:58 PM

I found an engine in the parts box. Unfortunately, I am stepping away from Factory Stock. My apologies. Its a 409 from a 61 Chevy and it built up well so I think it will fit the bill. 

I'm not very enthusiastic about the wheels in the kit. They appeared to be too bright and toy-like. So I first tried some dullcote but that just turned them to a white silver so I sprayed them with Aluminum and I guess I will use them for now until I can find a better set of wheels. I am not fond of the wagon wheel pattern so maybe I can find some steel wheels and dog dishes to substitute. But I wanted to get the build on wheels to check stance, etc. so these will do for now. 

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 Sunday, December 29, 2019 8:37 PM

I'm mocking up the build to see what the stance looks like and see if there are any issues that I need to address and there is. Surprise! 

First, the body in front doesn't sit down on the frame all the way due to the splash pan. I moved it back for less space between the front bumper and the body and so a piece of the splash pan prevents the frame meeting the body. I'll have to remove some more plastic from the splash pan. 

Secondly, the wheels in front also make the body sit a bit higher so I will have to shorten the spindles in front so that it will sit down a little better.

Thirdly, the dash sits to high and doesn't meet the cowl level. You can see the space under the dash through the windshield in the third picture. 

Fourth, I knocked the engine off its mounts when trying to put the body over the engine. I'll have to mount the engine from the outside once I have corrected all the other areas and have the body and interior tightly in place. 

So as of this writing, I am glad to report that I have completed the list of tasks above, I just haven't taken the photos yet. Thanks for looking! Cool Here are a few of the before pics:

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 charger74 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:47 PM

I really like the color combo, its going to look very good

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 8:41 AM

Thanks, Charger! I appreciate your comments! 

Sometimes I am sooooo stupid! I have the sister Monogram kit to this one, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air in the same white box with a red and blue stripe across it. I even used two parts from it for this build, the connecting pipes between the exhaust manifold and the tailpipes molded into the chassis. But I didn't check the chrome tree.

After searching my two tire and wheel parts boxes and goofing around with the chrome wheels in this kit I finally checked the chrome tree in the sister kit and there they were - a nice set of 5 spoke chrome wheels that fit the tires perfectly! In about 5 minutes they were off the tree, snapped in place in the tire, added a little blackwash to the centers and glued onto the axles. Very nice! 

I have finished the windshield and vent window mounting and I wish it were a little cleaner but considering these pieces weren't meant to be used together it turned out OK. I think the original 55 convertible was a 1/24th Monogram kit and although the windshield frame came from a Revell 55 Hardtop kit, I don't think it was made to fit the 1/25th Hardtop windshield. I may be wrong, but it didn't fit well. I borrowed the sun visors from another built 55 convertible and found an interior mirror. I added some clear plastic to the vent windows that also came from the 55 hardtop kit. The windshield glass actually popped out at the bottom of the windshield while installing it so I just put it back in place loose. I'll just add windshield wipers and that assembly will be done.

Only have to finish the plumbing for the heater and radiator hose in the engine compartment and then detail and mount the front and rear 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 modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:09 PM

This may look like a pretty normal 56 Chevy front end but you don't know what it took to get here! First, I had to pull off the splash pan as the grill wouldn't fit. I thought I had test-fitted but I guess not. I re-painted the splash pan after cleaning it up. Next I broke off the right end of the bumper and the splash pan fell off again. I won't bore you with the rest but it was an all afternoon adventure. I am trying to make this my last build for 2019 so only a few more hours and parts to go! Happy New Year! 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 Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:09 PM

And its done! Last build of 2019! 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 charger74 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 2:00 AM

Its really nice

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 4:47 AM
nice build. i have those rims on my 57 chevy and they always look good.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:04 AM

Turned out nice, and no reason to aologize, even I step out of factory stock on occasion!Whistling

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 5:11 PM

Thanks, Charger, Aussie, and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! 

I doing one more thing before this one goes on the shelf. I borrowed the boot from a previously built Revell 55. I cut out the bolster covers and then started measuring. Its about 1/8" too long and about 1/8" too short in width. 

I cut out the 1/8" that was too long and then cut it in half.

It actually is about 1/4" too short in width. 

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, January 1, 2020 5:17 PM

Next I cut a thin sheet of sheet plastic and glued it in to both halves. I added some strip and sheet plastic on top of the sheet plastic I had already glued in.

  

 

Then I puttied it up and I am in the process of sanding everything out and adding an additional coat of putty. Should be done soon. 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, January 1, 2020 7:46 PM

So its finished again! Its been raining and cloudy and may be for the next couple of days. Maybe outdoor pics by the weekend. Here are a couple with the convertible boot. Nothing I can do about the hood. That is the best it will close. 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 TarheelRick on Friday, January 3, 2020 7:29 AM

Very nice looking 56, to me they are the prettiest of the Tri-five Chevies.  A friend of mine had a '56 BelAir very close to that color.  My first car was a '56 210 black/white with a 6 cyl and 3 on the tree.  Again, great looking build.

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Posted by 60Buick on Friday, January 3, 2020 8:31 AM

JR another fabulous build. I agree with Tarheel, the '56 is my favorite of the mid '50s. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, January 3, 2020 2:32 PM

Awesome build. Excellent job converting that boot to the 56 from the 55. It looks like it came in the kit. Really like the big block under the hood too.

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