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Re: Community Build

Post by mopar68 on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 9:18 pm

Haha yep, I don't know if it's downhill or uphill from here, all I know is it's one way Razz
I'll check that out, thanks Very Happy
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Re: Community Build

Post by DeeCee on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 9:26 pm

Now thats a gutsy chop mate, good job Zac, you doing the roof aswell or not?
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Post by mopar68 on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 9:50 pm

Thanks Dale Very Happy I'll see how it looks once it's all nice and one piece again, but I'm pretty sure that it'll get a mild chop to make the proportions right. Anyone know if that fancy Z-cut method will work on this roof? Or will I have to widen/lengthen the roof to get it back on its pillars?

I went ahead and ordered one of those beds from Modelhaus, thanks Allan Very Happy Sweptline it's called, I knew fleetside didn't sound right Razz Can't wait for it to get here, so I can hack it up too Laughing
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Re: Community Build

Post by DeeCee on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 9:52 pm

If its a mild chop you should only need to work the posts, out a bit on the top side and in a tad on the body side, should not need too much work mate.
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Post by slowlylearning on Thu 14 Mar 2013, 10:15 pm

Thanks for the paint info guys, I know what Im looking for now Very Happy

Holy cow Zac! Thats insane! Looks freakin' AWESOME so far!!! Smart use of paperclips, never thought of that before Cool Hot-damn its gunna be sweet as!

Yup, might as well go all-out aye, not gunna give too much away just yet, but doilys Razz

This grill just wont fit the kustom-yness Im going for, its horrendous.


Making up a front pan for more kustom


And doing a little digging around for some parts Very Happy


Iv got so much sheet styrene to play with, and its cheap if I do end up running out... YEAH!!!

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Re: Community Build

Post by zenrat on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 9:17 am

Not much sign of an procrastination going on here?

Those both look good.

I've glued the engine halves together...

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Post by slowlylearning on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 2:14 pm

Curbside is best side Razz Well for me anyway, Im completely ignoring the engine that came with the van kit, so hopefully I dont get too dug down into any one thing and can finish it.

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Re: Community Build

Post by slowlylearning on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 8:02 pm

Been filling and sanding the rear arches for a bit today and started experimenting with the front end (not mine Razz )
Need some opinions, I put up a few pic in the Random Inspiration thread of some custom double headlight set ups and wanted to know what you guys think. Its really bare at the moment in the mockup so youll have to imagine a grill in there, i was thinking a simple billet style with a dash of 60sish-ness on it... Yeah I dunno just playing around with ideas so this van doesnt look like a background vehicle in an American rural deep south film or something. Thoughts? Very Happy




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Re: Community Build

Post by zenrat on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 9:57 pm

The trick will be filling those lower corners and smoothing them so it's not obvious anything has been filled.
Mid to late 70's it was all about the latest high tech rectangular sealed beam units - 3 stacked vertically on each side would do the trick.

Here's my (currently) off-white engine.


And here's the start of the RHD conversion.


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Re: Community Build

Post by mopar68 on Sat 16 Mar 2013, 5:36 pm

Thanks KC Very Happy Still lots of work to do yet, plus I'm pretty convinced on the chop (mwahaha) What do you fellas reckon? Too much? I might need to take some out of the bottom too, under the swage line? Maybe it's right without the chop?
Here's how it is-

With a chop-

With a chop and a second section-


Your van is coming along awesomely KC, loving the mods so far Very Happy I've never really been a big fan of angled twin headlight setups, but I must admit that looks pretty kool Very Happy
And doilies hey, so those things do have a use after all Razz

Good to see some non-procrastination from you Zen Very Happy I'm doing the same thing with my dash Laughing
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Re: Community Build

Post by DeeCee on Sat 16 Mar 2013, 6:44 pm

Mild chop i reckon mate, second section will take too much out of the profile, it will end up looking too skinny so to speak. And slowly, i think if you found a set of twin headlights, i would be alot easier to do, and things would match. Just my my2cents
Both you guys are having a red hot crack, good to see, keep going men!!
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Post by mopar68 on Sun 17 Mar 2013, 2:00 am

Thanks for the input Dale, and looking at the pics again, I agree. The double sectioned one looks a little weird lol. I'll just go with a chop i reckon Very Happy

Not much of an update, but while I'm here and all Razz
Started on a new grill, since I didn't appreciate the stock one all that much. Not that it would fit anymore anyway Laughing Still a bit to go-


Also getting the dash swapped over to the proper side Very Happy Again, a fair bit of work left to do-


Thanks for following along fellas Very Happy
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Re: Community Build

Post by 70cudatj on Sun 17 Mar 2013, 4:46 pm

Good work on that dash conversion
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Re: Community Build

Post by zenrat on Sun 17 Mar 2013, 5:37 pm

Spooky.
Look at those 2 dashes.
I guess the Dodge trucks and SUVs (not that they were called that then) shared a dash in 1978/9.
Yours looks a lot better than mine though.

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Re: Community Build

Post by KRANZE on Mon 18 Mar 2013, 3:20 am

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Re: Community Build

Post by mopar68 on Wed 20 Mar 2013, 8:09 pm

C'mon fellas, where are all the updates? Procrastinating again? Razz

I've just started another course on top of uni, so I'm slightly busy. I still managed my first injury of the build, a wayward blade found its way into my thumb. Again. doh Not as bad as last time though, nothing a bit of superglue couldn't fix Laughing

I've also managed to get the grille surround into a workable form, now I just need to dream up a half decent centre. I'm being influenced by Valiant and Roadrunner grilles, trying to make it look 'right' is my challenge.


Would anyone out there be willing to alclad this for me when done, for money or trade? I can get it all nice and smooth and do the prep work, then I just need someone to lay down the black and shiny-ness. Very Happy
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Re: Community Build

Post by gothic kustomz on Wed 20 Mar 2013, 8:55 pm

The truck looks kewl, I would do the chromey, but ya just live a lil to far down the street, lol, but looking good....
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Re: Community Build

Post by KRANZE on Wed 20 Mar 2013, 11:08 pm

mopar68 wrote:C'mon fellas, where are all the updates? Procrastinating again? Razz

I've just started another course on top of uni, so I'm slightly busy. I still managed my first injury of the build, a wayward blade found its way into my thumb. Again. doh Not as bad as last time though, nothing a bit of superglue couldn't fix Laughing

I've also managed to get the grille surround into a workable form, now I just need to dream up a half decent centre. I'm being influenced by Valiant and Roadrunner grilles, trying to make it look 'right' is my challenge.



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67 - 70 Charger grille would look good I reckon.


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Re: Community Build

Post by mopar68 on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 1:45 am

Thanks GK Very Happy No worries mate, you're right it's a bit of a drive to your place Razz

'67 Charger hey? Hmmmm.........
I was thinking a phantom grille would look cool, but I couldn't picture it looking right. Hadn't thought of the good ol' Charger though, 66-68 grille looks pretty good in my mind's eye.
Thanks for the suggestion Very Happy
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Re: Community Build

Post by zenrat on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 8:20 am

I've painted my engine block Chrysler engine blue & slapped a load of filler over the dash.
Not really pic worthy though.

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Re: Community Build

Post by slowlylearning on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 1:31 pm

Still looking for reference material and twin-headlight setups to pilfer from other kits Razz

Looking good there zac, I can send you some BMF for the grille and stuff if you like.

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Re: Community Build

Post by mopar68 on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 3:17 pm

No worries fellas, updates as they come hey, that's the way it goes Very Happy

Thanks KC Very Happy Hey a suggestion [insert cool suggestion jingle tune], drop into Spotlight and grab a bag of appropriately-sized googly eyes, I got a bag of 15 for 99c the other day. You can cut the backs off them, sand the cut level, and hey presto you've got a perfect lens. Then you just need a housing of some sort....

Thanks for the offers (here and via PM) to do the Alcladding for me fellas, I appreciate them all. Kranze got in first, so he has been awarded the task Very Happy Thanks mate, can wait to see the grille all nice and shiney Very Happy Once I finish it of course Razz


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Re: Community Build

Post by zenrat on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 7:34 pm

Slowly - The AMT '53 F100 (not the street machine with the flip front - the other one) has a couple of custom quad lamp set ups.


Today I painted my gearbox silver, sanded the filler on the dash, put more filler on the dash, started building a floor, filled the plethora of sink marks in the chassis and started rebuilding the axles as they looked just too spindly.

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Post by zenrat on Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8:54 pm

OK. Took some pics.
Floor is 1mm styrene sheet which will give it a 1" body lift plus another 2" when I remount the axles



And my beefed up axles


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Re: Community Build

Post by frozono on Fri 22 Mar 2013, 9:21 pm

Cool Nice.......... Very Happy
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