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Buildin' a 1968 Shelby convertible - DONE !!

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Buildin' a 1968 Shelby convertible - DONE !!
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, May 31, 2010 3:53 PM

I bought the kits and decals for this build several years ago, and finally got around to getting it started. The 'vert Shelby has always been a rare car, and a treat to see, and always wanted to build one. No kit of this, so I used an AMT GT500 1/25 kit, and a monogram 1/24 '66 Mustang 'vert.

The tops of the fenders on the fastback and the vert are totally different. The fastback has quite a rise to it starting right behind the doors, and tapers back to the spoiler, whereas the verts rise is much lower, and is pretty flat going to the rear.

Everything I needed I chopped off the '66, narrowed it, and then mounted it on the '68, including the windshield frame, the vert top, and I'll do the same with the interior boot for the top.

Not sure yet about color or what variation of the GT series it will be yet - STILL PONDERING Big Smile.

 

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Posted by BandC253 on Monday, May 31, 2010 3:57 PM

very nice looks really good!!!!! what colors are you going with?

I do it for the love of the cars.Captain

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, May 31, 2010 4:59 PM

Hi Dave,

As said above, it looks good so far, Your body work really looks great. I won't ask you what color your going with because as you stated in your opening, you don't know yet. I can't wait to see it finished as I like Mustangs very much.

Barry Fadden

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, May 31, 2010 5:28 PM

Thanks guy's. This is a pic of the color and body style I'm leaning towared. It's a 350GT rather than a 500 or a 500KR. To me the racing stripes, the color and the contrast ( I love contrast ) really give it something extra that I like. The 500's didn't have the racing stripes that I know of. I think the stripes on the later 350's like this one was a continuation of the 350GT theme.

 

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, May 31, 2010 5:41 PM

Hi Again Dave,

I think that color combo would look terrific on your Mustang. I like the stripes also. Great minds think a like (You think?). 

Barry Fadden

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Posted by mangodart on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:14 AM

Nice work so far, I think the color is gonna suit it very well !!!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, June 03, 2010 4:56 PM

Thanks mangodart.

Thanks Barry. Picked up the gold paint today, and it looks real good as a color. Never painted a car this color before, as I love warmer brighter earth tones and fall colors. Oranges and reds are my faves, but it's good to try new things, even for "an ol' dog" Cool.

Already got the paint for the white stripes, so I'm good to go there. Just need to finish cleaning up the body work, then let the final coats of primer dry good and hard for about a week, so I can do the finish sanding before painting. Got several projects going at the same time, so no need to be in a hurry. They all get done eventually.

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Posted by Mkowa PhD on Thursday, June 03, 2010 6:41 PM

 

Dave: I'd never seen a 68 GT 350 or 500 with the over the hood and deck stripes, only the lower panel ones. That pic may be something that was added. Either way, it's your build and you did a fine job so far on the conversion!

-Mike

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Posted by baycolony on Saturday, June 05, 2010 10:14 AM

 This build is really interesting.  I like what you have done with the kitbash.  I think a resin caster makes the GT500 vert body to be used with this kit....it may have saved you a lot of work.  Here is the link: 

http://www.rndunique.com/rnd_displayitem.cfm?pk=282

 I have never had any experience with them, but I have thought of ordering this particular transkit for just the project you are undertaking.

Keep up the good work

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, June 06, 2010 10:44 AM

baycolony

 This build is really interesting.  I like what you have done with the kitbash.  I think a resin caster makes the GT500 vert body to be used with this kit....it may have saved you a lot of work.  Here is the link: 

http://www.rndunique.com/rnd_displayitem.cfm?pk=282

 I have never had any experience with them, but I have thought of ordering this particular transkit for just the project you are undertaking.

Keep up the good work


If you do order one, make sure the rear fenders and trunk lid are done right. I've seen some resin castings of a 'vert Shelby, and thet were incorrect, hense the reason for building my own, plus I added the correct style windshield frame which is also usually over-looked.

Hope this helps you - dave

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 1:07 PM

Got more done. Takin' my time. Body is pretty well done, and I'm getting the roof tidy'ed up after narrowing it, then filling it in on the lower portion to fill in the gap at the bottom. The roof in the '66 'vert kits don't seem to fit all that well, so I had to fix a few things - better now. Gotta add a hood hinge and when the roof is done, she'll be ready to paint. Here's a couple pics.

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Posted by sjordan on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 2:38 PM

 Finally, an up top that looks right. Nice work.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 5:38 PM

sjordan

 Finally, an up top that looks right. Nice work.

Thanks sjordan. Here's a couple pics with the top down and one with boot in place.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:42 AM

Finished the work on the top after I narrowed it, and I finished the body work. Also got the hood hinge made and installed. After the primer dries a few more days, I'll lightly sand, then she''ll be ready for some color Cool. Working back and forth on the Auburn, so more pics may take a while on this one.

 Here's some pic's.

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Posted by mark taylor on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:49 AM

You could get the stripes on a GT350, a GT500 or a GT500KR.

This is what I found on Google:

Non-KR GT-500

GT350

KR with stripes

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Posted by Zoom Zoom on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:42 PM

baycolony

 This build is really interesting.  I like what you have done with the kitbash.  I think a resin caster makes the GT500 vert body to be used with this kit....it may have saved you a lot of work.  Here is the link: 

http://www.rndunique.com/rnd_displayitem.cfm?pk=282

 I have never had any experience with them, but I have thought of ordering this particular transkit for just the project you are undertaking.

Keep up the good work

 

 

R&D Unique is no longer in business; I have no idea why the website is still up and not updated, but the owner called it quits last year. You cannot get their models anymore unless you buy from someone else who may have bought it and decided not to build it.

 

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Posted by baycolony on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:14 AM

Hmmmm?  That is odd.  I did hear some negative comments about them a while back but can't remember what they were.  That's too bad, some of their offerings, like the Shelby vert, were interesting. 

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Posted by dimaxion on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:19 AM

He had to give up the business . The economy did him in . I did get the '50 Pomtiac Sedan just before the end . The kit is very good . Comes with Decals for the script emblems on the 1:1 . Only issue is the chassis with a V/8 and duals . As soon as I can find out which side the exhaist is on , my Dremmel and I have a task . You are making a missing model . The resin was a '70 Shelby Ragtop . The 1:1 was a retitled '69 and meeting the Air Requirements and Headrest demands of the day .   Thanx ..

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, August 27, 2010 7:19 PM

Got the paint done and rubbed out. White stripes are painted. Worked a lot better than trying to use decal stripes. Also got some script decaling and some foiling done too. Still plenty left to do, but at least it's a good start.

Thanks for looking Smile.

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Posted by baycolony on Saturday, August 28, 2010 3:39 AM

 Dave, that looks fantastic!! and I love the color choice (Lime Gold Metallic I think), however, if I may offer a suggestion.......I would go with a smaller wheel and tire combo as these look a little oversized.  Great build nonetheless. Smile

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Posted by jroc1989 on Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:31 PM

 Sign - Ditto Your paint looks gorgeous and the combo suits that car perfectly!  I'll certainly be watching this build!  Nice, nice work.

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Posted by danja442 on Saturday, August 28, 2010 7:44 PM

I agree wit the rest of the guys, Dave, that's one nice Shelby.  Someone gave me a 64 Mono vert, I was gonna kitbash a 66 Mono Shelby,but your 68 is much cooler.  Nice conversion techniques, and gorgeous paint, too!  Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Jefferson on Sunday, August 29, 2010 1:30 PM

Hey Dave, I must congratulate you on this well done custom build that you have brought to life in an inspiring way. She is absolutely gorgeous Tongue, and the colour combination is the BEST!  I also enjoyed reading your Bio, and "Yes" people do read them from time to time.  Although Bio's are rare, and I'm guilty for not having one as well, I do enjoy reading them (if possible) when I find a model build that inspires me, and your Shelby certainly does. I find your generous, happy, and positive attitude toward life to be very refreshing, and I'm sure it has brought you much success...I'll bet living in that beautiful state doesn't hurt either.  Anyway, great job and thanks for sharing the progress pics along the way with all of us. BTW the hood hinge idea is brilliant, where did you ever come up with that idea?

J };-) Your life is a reflection of what you hold inside you...and what you hold inside you, is always under your control.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, August 29, 2010 6:41 PM

Thanks guys. The nice comments are much appreciated Cool. I love this hobby, and the quiet joy and relaxation it brings to my life.

Hope all had a good week-end.

All the best to everyone - Dave Smile

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, September 04, 2010 11:18 AM

Engine and engine bay are nearly done. This AMT Shelby 1968 GT500 kit is a poor kit compared to the AMT Shelby 1967 GT350 kit for some reason.

I hashed out the radiator from the '67, cleaned it up and used it on my '68, as there is some actual nice detail, and added a photo etch cap. Also added a nice after-market distributor, and wired the alternator, and battery, and put in a fuel line from the pump - FUN STUFF Smile.

Anyway, everyone have a great Labor Day weekend. I'm going out to play now, as it's still summer like weather here where I live.

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 12, 2010 10:45 AM

That is going to be soo sharp when you're finished with it Dave! I love the color on it! I'm going to have to pick some of that up.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 13, 2010 8:21 PM

Dave, your paint is fantastic and your models always inspire me! Great work! CoolBow

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:52 PM

Thanks guy's Smile.

Takin' my time on this, 'cause we still got good weather, and I spend my time enjoyin' it. Got some little detail stuff done like BMF'ed the front and rear driving lights on the lower valances. Also detailed the grill and taillight panel, and installed them,along with  the rear bumper, windshield, wind-wing glass, and inside and outside mirrors. Think the body is done now, so time to start the interior next.

Thanks for lookin' - much appreciated Cool.

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Posted by mangodart on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:16 AM

Really nice looking 'vert, the rear taillight housing must be painting silver no ??

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:29 PM

mangodart

Really nice looking 'vert, the rear taillight housing must be painting silver no ??

Well Mango it's supposed to be, but I'm such a "BLING FREAK" Propeller, that I couldn't bring myself to tone it down. I really like this style of the SHELBY verts, but mot much into the stock thing normally. I'm usually more of a street-rod, custom, and lead-sled kinda guy, so this was a stretch for me. If it'd been an OOB, I wouldn't have touched it Laugh - LOL.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look and comment - Much appreciated.

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