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'73 Chevrolet Chevelle- Mastered by Tom Ellifritt


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#61 Rob Hall

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

Both!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:06 PM

Tom i have scored a 73 chevelle body for starters!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:44 PM

Great!!!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:50 PM

Absolutely the Chevelle Front End! It's much better, and yeah, if it's Laguna body, then I don't have any use for it since I can replicate the 1:1 Stocker (which will be on Drag Strips this summer).

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:48 PM

how about a review or that nice 75 laguna kit so those of us who might jump in to this can see whats in the box????

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:21 AM

Tom i have scored a 73 chevelle body for starters!


I wonder if the roof portion of the JoHan '75 (?) Cutlass might be better to use. The Chevelle kit has a big windshield issue in my opinion. The Chevelle could supply the rest of the body. You'd need a '77 Monte Carlo for dash, and interior. I suppose you could use the JoHan Cutlass promo style Chassis foe ease of casting. Should there be an opening hood, or should those mods be left to the builder?

On my Laguna, I used a modified firewall from the '70 Monte Carlo, and the chassis from the '69 Cutlass. I had to dig into my glass boxes to find a windshield for it because I had to fix that portion of the Chevelle kit.

The Chevelle kit body and the '75(?) Cutlass body handle the greenhouse area differently, and I can't decide which one looks more accurate. If I use the Cutlass for this area, it would be a simple matter to find "glass" if you didn't want to use vacform glass.

The whole thing seems doable, but the Chevelle and Laguna not only have different "faces", but the seat patterns are different, too.

I trimmed my Laguna with all the chrome it could carry...wheel lip moldings, side chrome, etc. Should the resin version be trimmed out, or basic?

I'll listen to all opinions.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:01 AM

Tom
you know i trust you, you are the builder!...my thoughts where to start with a 73 chevelle maybe an ss, then a 74 laguna as another car? i will gather up all the parts you ask for & we will need to make a whole interior, i will let you & the board help guide me!
thanks
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:12 AM

I would love one of these Chevelles. I have a 1977 Monte Carlo interior if you guys need it for this project. Actually the whole kit minus the body parts.

Edited by MAGNUM4342, 22 May 2012 - 07:13 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:29 AM

Tom
you know i trust you, you are the builder!...my thoughts where to start with a 73 chevelle maybe an ss, then a 74 laguna as another car? i will gather up all the parts you ask for & we will need to make a whole interior, i will let you & the board help guide me!
thanks
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I'll give it a few days and see what car generates the most interest. I have an Olds I'll sacrifice. Between you, MAGNUM, and myself, we already have the raw material. If the Chevelle works out, I've always wanted an El Camino from this era...

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:38 AM

well jeff at motor city is waiting for 1 of ours to turn into an el camino...i will gladly get you one!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:44 PM

i would love to get my hands on this

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

i would love to get my hands on this


The Chevelle, the Laguna, the El Camino, or all of them?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:04 PM

After the Chevelle is done, what's the chance of a 1977 Cutlass 442?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:33 PM

Id buy a few of each (chevelle, laguna and camino) As i have had all in 1:1

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

Id buy a few of each (chevelle, laguna and camino) As i have had all in 1:1

I only build semi trucks now but I also would buy a few of each.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:04 PM

Oh, and if someone needs reference pictures of '74 Chevelle, just let me know if I can help, since there is one at the garage. ;)

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:57 AM

Personally, if it were me i'd do it with all the trim. That way the average builder could sand off what they don't want. More people find it easier to sand off stuff than to try and add it and keep it straight. Just my two pennies. Open hood too, definitely.


Ditto!!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:33 AM

ok members please clear this up for me then tell me how you want or if you want a 73 chevelle and or a 74 chevelle & what trim level.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:43 AM

'73 Chevelle SS if possible.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:27 AM

I don't know the differences between the 1973 and 1974 so I would say whichever modifies easier into the other. I agree with futurabat. Full trim and an opened hood is best for me. I've tried putting trim like side chrome on and it's never straight. Those are the cars that get banished to the back of the room.