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Post by Morrie on Tue 09 Sep 2014, 10:41 pm

This is going to be interesting.  

I've had this body for a couple of years, I got it thrown in with a few kit I bought from the US, all I got from this Courier was front cab and interior bucket that's all, then I bought a Chevy Nova pro stock kit off here last week from Early Models (Thanks Mate), I bought it for parts as it was missing the body.

I was Looking through my stuff yesterday and get an Idea, Ford Courier drag ute Twisted Evil


These are the parts i'm starting with.
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So I started Frankensteining the 2 together tonight and so far I have the body sorted onto the Chevy Chassis and the firewall cut to fit.
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I put some wheels under the guards to see where to go next, needs to be way lower so the tubs are next to be modified.
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I Googled a photo of a courier so I can start to scratch build a back ute tube so that's going to be a bit of work. looks pretty easy, all straight body lines Rolling Eyes
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I'll add photo's as I get each stage done.
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Post by Jade043 on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 7:19 am

Judging from your previous builds I'd say that this is going to look sweet.
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Post by RetrospectKustoms on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 8:19 am

Great idea, and great use of all parts. Should look ace when done.
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Post by checkmate on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 1:41 pm

Make a tray for it instead of the factory tub, easier to do and tougher looking.

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Post by allan on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 3:19 pm

Got a spare step side back for a courier if its any good to you.
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Post by Morrie on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 4:07 pm

Thanks Allan, I started the rear tub today, i'll see how I go, if its a pain i'll let you know..
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Post by DeeCee on Thu 11 Sep 2014, 10:50 pm

Now this is what I  call modeling, not a OOB  builder myself, so this stuff gets me interested, Gonna be watching this one come together mate.  Smile
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Post by Morrie on Fri 12 Sep 2014, 12:51 am

I got some work done over the last few days, I scratch built a rear tub out of my friend evergreen.

Googled a reference photo for the rear tub building.
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After I had most of the structure done, that ridge in the body was a bit of a pain but come out straight. My tub is a bit longer kinda like the b2000 mazda verion.
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Worked out the back bottom section  and cleaned up a few bits, still looks rough though lol..
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I added more evergreen to the back and shaped it for the factory rounded look and not just square. (sorry about the fuzzy photo it was a quick one with my phone)
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Final bit today after I had shaped the back bits, cut the hole where the tailgate would go, not running one as it not needed for a drag car, also cut floor and mounted it in, sanded all the dodgy bits to get ready for a layer of putty, just need to work out ride high as will have to cut off the wheel tubs and mount them higher in the tray to give the wheels more clearance as they are still part of the floor pan, will work that out tomorrow night. but so far pretty happy with how it turned out.


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Post by allan on Fri 12 Sep 2014, 8:22 am

great work so far. popcorn
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Post by Jerry Ol'55 on Fri 12 Sep 2014, 4:20 pm

I'm gonna keep an eye on this one!
Looking real interesting so far...
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Post by 70cudatj on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 1:36 am

popcorn
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Post by micsmav on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 9:24 am

wowwee very nice build .I will be watching how this ends up
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Post by Tillerman on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 6:11 pm

Cool idea. Should be sweet.
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Re: Ford Courier Chevy Nova

Post by Morrie on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 9:46 pm

I Had a brake from this for a week to build my Daytona, just felt like painting something Twisted Evil  Now that's done I got back into building more on this little Ute.

I wanted it lower so I had to make some Wheel Tubs for in the tray, I worked out a super easy way to build these so if anyone wants to build some i'll give you a heads up. Here is how it came out, this is all the structure work done, just have to do all the detail, but i'll leave that until I finish the whole rolling Chassis.


Next up was the Chassis had to be rebuilt as the diff now didn't go up high enough into to allow the proper ride high.



Also thought I might as well ditch the dodgy leaf springs so I built a 4 link back end.


This also needs bits a pieces cleaned up but happy with the structural stuff, i'll make it neater after I work out how too put in some coil over shocks, looks like I might have to build them too. But got a few ideas on how to build some. The Notches in the Chassis are to clear the tunnel in the tray, that will be blended later.


This looks like its gunna be a big build, still need to find a front grill.
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Post by DeeCee on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 10:02 pm

That is some great work there Morrie, she is going to be one tough ute when your done,
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Post by RetrospectKustoms on Wed 24 Sep 2014, 6:56 am

Looks like it's coming along nicely.
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Post by allan on Sat 04 Oct 2014, 8:05 pm

Hows this one going popcorn
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Post by Deaf as on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 1:08 pm

Some nice work going on here Morrie, keep up the good work!
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Re: Ford Courier Chevy Nova

Post by Morrie on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 4:44 pm

allan wrote:Hows this one going popcorn

I havn't done a lot more on it, just made some more realistic chassis rails as the Nova ones where a bit average, also made the front bars for the cage and also to mount the struts too, I have scratch built one front strut just need to make another, maybe tomorrow. here are  some photo's of the progress.

I started to cast resin parts so I have a mock up Nissan rb26 with a massive turbo sitting roughly where its going to go to work out clearances etc.  not 100% sure if i'll run that motor or something else.



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Post by allan on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 6:02 pm

Coming a long nicely, like the turbo four in it too. bigthumbsup
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Post by Morrie on Wed 08 Oct 2014, 12:49 am

Got some more work done tonight, finished scratch building the front struts and mounted them, almost made my brain explode trying to work out how to get the tyres to fit in the guards as the Nova is a bit wider than the Courier, had to adjust the front of the cage but all good now.







Also got some of the interior tub fitted into the cab, little bit of a cut and shut but nothing to major had to be done.


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Post by allan on Wed 08 Oct 2014, 7:16 am

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Post by DeeCee on Wed 08 Oct 2014, 7:18 pm

Some really nice work there mate, great scratch building too.
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Post by 70cudatj on Thu 09 Oct 2014, 10:02 pm

Wow, now that's a great chop up. bigthumbsup
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Post by joey1320 on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 6:30 pm

now  that is one tuff looking ute 
looking really good some nice scratche
for me l would leave that motor
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