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'63 Custom Vette

Post by 70cudatj on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 5:20 pm

This one was started a while ago but put aside while I finished the '40 Ford.
It's an old AMT Vette that I built (read: stuffed up) many years ago. And you know me, I'm a restorer so this one's been stripped and on the road now to "Custom Town".
This is the inspiration...

This is what I started with....

This where it's heading...

So far I've made a custom grille, shaved the front indicators and made custom tail lights and exhaust tips...



I've also had to repair the hole cut in the bonnet and the cutout rear wheel arches that some dill did years ago mybad


I think I've sorted the wheels out now, not quite the same as the inspiration pic but close enough...

The rears are custom wides that I made myself.
More to come soon....ish.
Cheers TJ
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Post by joey1320 on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 5:26 pm

very nice the mods you did are looking really good 
l will looking forward to seeing this one done
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Post by allan on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 5:31 pm

Cool custom vette in the making,not a 100% on the rear skirts.popcorn
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Post by zenrat on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 5:47 pm

I've always loved the jumper that dude is wearing (sarcasm).

'63 'vette.  My favourite year.

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Post by 70cudatj on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 6:02 pm

allan wrote:Cool custom vette in the making,not a 100% on the rear skirts.popcorn
Thanks guys,
Allan that's just the fill panels before I carve out the new smaller original sized wheel arches.

My favorite too Fred, the split window is what I like on these
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Post by zenrat on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 6:08 pm

Apparently terrible for rearward visibility but oh so good looking.
The jumper that is, not the window.
Very Happy

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Post by 70cudatj on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 6:41 pm

You like that jumper don't you......
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Post by DeeCee on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 6:43 pm

NICE!!!   That mate, is gonna look great, top job on the custom touches so far too. I have the same kit, built the same as yours years ago, only i flared the rear guards with a hot spoon, Rolling Eyes, so i know where you coming from. a little knowledge back then WAS dangerous.
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Post by scummy on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 6:49 pm

Very smooth mate .
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Post by mgy125 on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 9:01 pm

That is a smooth looking car.  Can't wait to see your finished model.
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Post by zenrat on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 1:36 am

70cudatj wrote:You like that jumper don't you......
I've got mum sharpening her needles & looking out a pattern as we speak...

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Post by allan on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 9:06 am

Oh my goof 70cudatj about rear wheel opening Embarassed
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Re: '63 Custom Vette

Post by 70cudatj on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 10:42 am

zenrat wrote:
70cudatj wrote:You like that jumper don't you......
I've got mum sharpening her needles & looking out a pattern as we speak...
While she's at it I'll have a blue one to match the car! Shocked
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Post by zenrat on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 11:55 am

What colour stripe?

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Re: '63 Custom Vette

Post by kevjoh on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 1:47 pm

What chassis do you plan on using? always thought the AMT 63 Corvette body was pretty good but the chassis was "rude & crude"

Have heard that with a bit if fiddling about the Revell 67 Corvette chassis will fit.

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Post by 70cudatj on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 5:04 pm

Thanks kevjoh, yes the AMT 63 chassis is sh#t and I haven't really gone too far with it, thanks for the hint on the 67 chassis. I might see if I can find one on eBay or.... somewhere, anyone got one??

White stripe on me jumper too Zen
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Post by zenrat on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 8:29 pm

Blue & white?
Far too subtle.
How about blue & hot pink?

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Re: '63 Custom Vette

Post by Carps on Mon 24 Jun 2013, 1:40 pm

I had a jumper just like that, it was bright orange and Mrs Carps hated it, prolly coz I wore it everywhere.

I wish I knew where it was now.

The car looks nice too.  Very Happy
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Post by 70cudatj on Mon 24 Jun 2013, 2:09 pm


I still like blue and white............it matches the interior!!! Pink wont go with the Salmon coloured pants.....
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Post by zenrat on Mon 24 Jun 2013, 10:19 pm

70cudatj wrote:...Salmon coloured pants...

Well anything's possible in Adelaide.  It's the water you know...

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Post by RetrospectKustoms on Tue 25 Jun 2013, 9:25 am

Looking very cool, I love that Mild custom vette, who would have thought a land boat could look so good!!
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Re: '63 Custom Vette

Post by 70cudatj on Sun 30 Jun 2013, 10:28 pm

A small wrap up of this weekends work...
Got the rear wheels arches done including small filler bit of the lower side trim. I cast a copy of the side trim and made the small fillers..

Deepened the front fender vents and undercut the front of them..

And opened the door handles up..

Getting there.........
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Re: '63 Custom Vette

Post by thommo on Mon 01 Jul 2013, 12:46 am

Great job coming along very nice
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Re: '63 Custom Vette

Post by zenrat on Mon 01 Jul 2013, 5:40 am

Good job on the little details.
I'd never have thought of doing that to the door handles.  Must have a go...

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Post by allan on Mon 01 Jul 2013, 9:01 am

Looking good popcorn 
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