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#41 Craig Irwin

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:28 PM

I scored a built '74 Bobby Allison Chevelle at the HMCA swap and show today, it's in the Purple Pond right now. I will be correcting the wheel openings and doing a stock '73 SS 454 build.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:38 AM

Have you seen the 73 Baldwin Motion Chevelle? If I ever find one this is what I'm building:
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

finally got a good body to start with folks.....stay tuned!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

Well that's great news!!! :D I will stay tuned, hopefully the body turns out good.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:06 PM

Has there ever been a decent stock GM Colonade chassis which wasn't a promo style chassis in 1/25 scale?

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

No, the only stock kit made were the Jo-Han Cutlass's.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

Has there ever been a decent stock GM Colonade chassis which wasn't a promo style chassis in 1/25 scale?


A little bird told me that all A-bodies from 1968-1980 had the same 112” frame. There is no “Colonade” frame, it’s the same frame as in any GTO/Cutlass/Chevelle/Skylark kit.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:33 PM

A little bird told me that all A-bodies from 1968-1980 had the same 112” frame. There is no “Colonade” frame, it’s the same frame as in any GTO/Cutlass/Chevelle/Skylark kit.


'68-77 A-bodies all had 112/116 inch wheelbases, then '78 it was downsized to 108 inches...which lasted through '87 (renamed G-body in '82).

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:03 PM

'68-77 A-bodies all had 112/116 inch wheelbases, then '78 it was downsized to 108 inches...which lasted through '87 (renamed G-body in '82).


Right you are. My "informant" agrees with you. ;)

But the point is, there are plenty of those chassis available.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

Have you seen the 73 Baldwin Motion Chevelle? If I ever find one this is what I'm building:
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THANKS for posting!!! That's how I'm going to build mine.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:34 PM

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I've been working on a model of that body style, but it's too late to cast it.


In this picture the Blue 77 monte looks like it was converted to a 73 is /was offered by any resin caster. if it was does anyone know who was the resin caster.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:38 AM

i dont think it was but i would cast it if it was available

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:58 PM

Many years ago, Scale Auto ENTHUSIAST ran an article on converting the MPC Laguna S-3 NASCAR kit into a stock Laguna S-3 using the chassis and parts from a Jo-Han '75 Cutlass. The conversion is fairly extensive. The article appeared in the very early 1980s - I remember because that was before I started writing for SAE. If I can find the issue I will post the number and issue date. That might be of some help to anyone wanting to take on the task of mastering a stock 1973-77 Laguna or Malibu "colonnade" hardtop.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:55 PM

Many years ago, Scale Auto ENTHUSIAST ran an article on converting the MPC Laguna S-3 NASCAR kit into a stock Laguna S-3 using the chassis and parts from a Jo-Han '75 Cutlass. The conversion is fairly extensive. The article appeared in the very early 1980s - I remember because that was before I started writing for SAE. If I can find the issue I will post the number and issue date. That might be of some help to anyone wanting to take on the task of mastering a stock 1973-77 Laguna or Malibu "colonnade" hardtop.


I found an article in Car Modeler #23 january 1994 written by Dean Milano covering the same conversion.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:50 PM

I found an article in Car Modeler #23 january 1994 written by Dean Milano covering the same conversion.


Big thanks! I'll dig it out!

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:54 PM

with an exception with the shape of the front crossmember (under the oil pan) My choice will be the 69 Olds 442 chassis. nice detail and poseable steering.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:55 AM

Did a little more digging and indeed in Scale Auto Enthusiast #23 january/february 1983 is another article covering the same conversion in more depth so i hope this helps anyone looking to do the conversion themselves.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:30 AM

The Monte Carlo above is done, except for the addition of whitewalls and stock wheelcovers, cast by Kris, no less! I'm working on the Laguna again, I'm installing the interior tonight. If you look at the Laguna kit windshield from above or below, it is severely misshapen. So is the windshield portion of the body. I fixed that and used a different windshield. If I master one, would you rather see the Laguna front end, or the Chevelle?
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:38 AM

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The Laguna will be detailed to about this level. The Monte didn't turn out quite as crisp as I'd hoped, but it'll do.




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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:07 AM

Chevelle Tom!