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#1 aksarben

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:23 PM

Dug this out of the basement after sitting disassembled for years, collecting dust.
Originally built in the mid 90s, had some notion that having all of the trim the body color was cool, I guess it was cool for the era, but not for a long time since.
It took a dive many years ago and was busted up pretty good. I've wanted to redo it for some time but wanted modern wheels, and have not found anything until recently.

This was the state of everything as I layed it out to plan the project
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Here is what I'm going for..
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#2 aksarben

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:33 PM

I found a large toy at wally world that is pretty cheezy with all of the Dub sounds and ###### but thought that the wheels would be nice for this project.
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All four wheels and tires were the same size and I wanted bigs n littles so I cut the centers out of two of them, trimmed down the spokes, made some new smaller sleeves out of a thick vitamin pill bottle, glued the spokes to the new outer rims then cut away strips and sections of the rubber to get them to fit the smaller sleeves.
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All of the lug nuts were out of scale and tiny so I drilled them out and added new ones made from hex rod.
After stripping all of the chrome, adding valve stems and painting them here are the results.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:48 AM

Wow ! Those wheels look great ! Nice job.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:40 AM

Very nice. Wheels look awesome. Cant wait to see more progress.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:17 AM

Whoa.............very cool. I'll be watching this.

#6 aksarben

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:00 PM

Thanks guys.

Here is some progress.

Cutting out the rear section of the chassis to make room for the huge new tires.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:05 PM

Scratch building a new sub frame that will still fit the original gas tank.
I'll be using the kit axle but making my own four link, thinking about having air bags for all of the suspension, not sure where I'll source the bags but sure I can come up with something.

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here is the new frame attached..

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:25 AM

Wow...very interested in this! I saw your gallery and you do superb work!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:18 PM

Thanks Brodie!

I have the four link suspension started, just some blocks in place where the bags will go, just to get the ride height.
Will add the bags and scratch build some shocks out of alluminum.

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Here is a "stance" mockup, this thing is too big for my photo booth..

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:24 PM

I just spent over an hour looking at your gallery. You, Sir, are a very talented builder. I'm very impressed with your scratch building and the variety of your subjects. The heavy Chevy is just one example of your superb skills. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:06 AM

Wow Steve, that stance is killer! Perfect height IMO.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:24 PM

Any updates on this?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

ah man this is just killer.... I really like the look you are going for. those wheels are a perfect fit!! Any Updates??

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:27 PM

I do have a small update, thanks for your interest guys.

I finished the lower arms for the four link, and also have the bags finished. Made from cut up ink pen parts..

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Here is a test fit of the rear suspension..

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And finally, I am far from being able to work on the interior but wanted to test my colors for it. So I painted the front seat flat black, then shot it with a light coat of clear gloss for the "semi-gloss" sheen, then brush painted the tan and red trim with craft acrylic colors..

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:36 AM

Incredible! Do you have that steady of a hand that you brush painted that red on the seat, or did you mask it and then brush paint it? Either way, it looks fantastic! This will be a truly awesome car when you're finished! Speaking of that, I need to get back to my 1/12 Shelby GT500...it's been a week since I've touched it. LoL! Keep on keepin' on good buddy!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

I just spent over an hour looking at your gallery. You, Sir, are a very talented builder. I'm very impressed with your scratch building and the variety of your subjects. The heavy Chevy is just one example of your superb skills. Thanks for sharing.


Wow, thanks for the compliments Rick!


Incredible! Do you have that steady of a hand that you brush painted that red on the seat, or did you mask it and then brush paint it?


I did brush paint the red stripes free hand but had to go back with the tan and the black and touch up areas that got out of line.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:56 PM

Another update, been working on the driveshaft.
The one from the kit was long lost so I had to scratch one.

Starting with some plastic tubing for the u-joints...

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The completed u-joints

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Finally the whole assembly with aluminum tube..

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:35 PM

Nice work, Has a great stance.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

Wow Steve, you are really good at scratch-building stuff! Keep it comin'...it's looking great!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:56 AM

Those u-joints are pretty impressive. They look really great! Keep up the great work...