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Project Phoenix: Custom '61 Dodge Dart resurrection: Still ticking, Sept,1


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#1 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

Now that I've actually finished a build, I've decided to bring this one home next. It came with a mixed-lot of gluebombs and assorted junk in an ebay purchase, and I really didn't even know what it was until I researched the "Phoenix" script on the quarter panel. It had been painted with a dirty pinecone, and then either stepped on or thrown against a wall.

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Something about the remains struck a chord, and I found myself thinking about how to restore it. Not much to restore, but after a bath in oven cleaner and re-attaching the two major parts, it started to look a little better.

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I'm going with a contemporary mild-custom style build, as a convertible. Chassis will be a later-model Mopar, with probably something like a multi-carb 383. The body is missing the roof and major chunks from the quarters.

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It shared bench space with my '70 Chevelle for the Gearz contest before I had decided to finish that one.

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I found a nicely done resin repop of the original kit, and made fiberglass molds of the missing sections of the green body.

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Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 01 September 2013 - 04:39 PM.


#2 DumpyDan

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

Looks great so far, man you take on quite the project on. Keep the pictures coming.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:46 PM

Cool! its nice to see someone who can see the potential of what others may see as irreparable junk!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:56 PM

This is great! Almost anything is workable with the right attitude! Keep on it!

#5 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:58 PM

I'll be watching this one, looking forward to more progress.

#6 Chuck Most

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:06 PM

Already looks 1000 times better than where you started! Having seen many of your previous projects, I have no doubt this one has a bright future ahead of it. B)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:14 PM

I loved your stuff over at the neighbor's. Glad to see you bring this here. I too look forward to lots of pics.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:26 AM

Great work so far,can't wait for more.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:29 AM

You are one brave dude. It is coming along nicely. Good luck with your project.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:51 AM

Impressive work so far,such a cool idea saving the poor ol' beater...by the way,what's so wrong painting a model with a dirty pinecone?????? :P ......nothin' like having coffee coming out your nose when I read that!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: ......I will be watching this one for sure!!!

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:20 AM

That thing is going to be absolutely beautiful!!!!! I'm watching this one as well, heckuva job on saving that beater!!!

#12 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:29 AM

Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. I got the molds pulled off of the repop body and cleaned up. Now for the tricky bit.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:53 AM

Talk about rising from the ashes! Where did you get that custom grille?

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:56 AM

Neat...looks like quite the rough body you started with.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:09 PM

Geeezzzzz.... Bringing that poor old Mopar back is like going to a salad bar and rebuilding a head of lettuce!!!


Congratulations on resurrecting a Mopar that's so freakin` ugly it's awesome. Great job & attitude, as mentioned
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#16 David G.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:57 AM

Given the circumstances, the name "Phoenix" seems appropriate.

Keep up the good work and good luck to you.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:08 AM

Very interesting project, I really admire this kind of restoration.

#18 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:13 PM

Harold:" Where did you get that custom grille?"

It's from the old Monogram Predicta kit.

Thanks again for all the interest. I'm trying a new technique on the repairs....will update if and when it works.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:24 PM

"Painted with a dirty pine cone"... hilarious! :lol:

That's quite a project you've undertaken, but you'll get a whole lot of satisfaction out of bringing it back to life.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:03 PM

Looks good!