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1959 Chevy Impala-----Update! Some TEDIOUS Seat work! 2/16/14


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#121 MrObsessive

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

Is there a reason the brass hinge cannot be attached directly to the trunk inner structure, or notches made in the inner structure for the hinges to recess into? The brass hinge seems thin enough to look to accurate in scale,....or are the channels you slid the hinges into just temporary?

 

The channels I made are part of the structure for the hinges. I don't trust simply epoxying brass on to plastic------over time with the stress of opening and closing the trunk lid, the hinge will work loose from a simple surface mount onto the the trunk structure. I like positive-sturdy locations whenever I'm hinging something. Be it doors, trunks, or some other opening panels.

 

Those channels will get thinned down a touch to get rid of some of the squareness of them. After the trunk is painted and polished, the hinges will get epoxied inside those channels, and since I'm doing a test fit job way ahead of time before painting, there should be no surprises when it comes down to final assembly. ;)

 

Thanks for asking!



#122 Johnny1973

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:51 AM

Bill as always your work is unbelievable.its always nice to watch your builts.



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:09 AM

Bill, Thanks for clear explanation, I'm trying to learn some new skills.



#124 Dominik

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

I am always amazed Bill. Fantastic work.



#125 SoCalCarCulture

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:21 PM

Bill - here's some pics I took about 10 years ago of a '59 Fuelie, maybe they will help with detailing...

 

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

What a cool car to get pictures of.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:51 AM

This is a fantastic thread and the quality and level of workmanship is awe inspiring! Socalculture - would you be so kind as to post all the photos of that fuell  injected car or email them to me please? The '59 Chevrolet is to me, the ultimate as far as cars do and I save any good pictures that I can find of them for my own pleasure and to salivate and drool over in my private moments. :P

I am blessed to own a few of them in 1;1 but no automobile quickens my pulse as does a '59 Chevy or El Camino. The fuelie car that you posted the photos of is even in my favorite colour - Crown Sapphire.. and it probably has a white roof and deck lid? Am I right? :rolleyes:


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:55 AM

Thanks alot for the pictures Dave! Those will come in mighty handy! :)



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:20 AM

Well, it's been quite a long time since I worked on, let alone did any updates to this one. :o

 

Before I get into what been going on with the Chevy----I'd thought I'd fill you guys in on what's been happening with me this past year. It's been a very rough year family wise. My Dad was quite ill for the better part of the year.......in fact, he was in and out of the hospital since about the beginning of this year. I've lost track of how many times he had to be rushed to the hospital as he suffered from very severe COPD. Dad was 80 years old and he smoked for as long as I can remember--------long before I came along.

 

Well, he passed away on September 1st. Before that happened I guess I went into somewhat of a mild depression where I didn't want to work on any models, let alone keep up with anything as far as new releases or any of that.

 

I would come here to the board, but I wasn't interested in commenting or adding my 2¢ to anything.

 

It's now been over three months since he's been gone, and it was just recently in the last few weeks or so that I've become fired up again over models. It had been so long since I worked on the Chevy that it literally had dust sitting on it from just being parked on the shelf. I did build the '03 Viper in the interim, but building that didn't break the burnout that I was going through.

 

Just the same, I'm back on track with the '59 Impala. I finally got the engine done for the most part, and I've moved on to the chassis floor/interior area.

 

Here's what I've got after a very long hiatus!

 

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I wanted to add some detail to the carbs.......while not every not and bolt is true to the 1:1..........I'm not sweating it as it'll be covered up by that big 'ol air cleaner in the end anyway! :) I've also added the oil tube since these pics were taken...........I thought Iost it somewhere!

 

Originally, I was going to do a fuelie engine, but I just didn't want to part out the '57 Black Widow kit for it's setup. Funds are a bit limited these days, and I'm just not into parting out kits or buying them for just a few parts.

 

The stuff you see on the trans is Parafilm. I like to use that whenever I'm handling something for  a long period of time to keep the paint from wearing off for the most part.

 

Ah yes.........for those of us who have passed the half century mark, these are quite useful when trying to see and work with those small details. I'd thought I'd never need these, but now they've become a necessity for me to build the way I do!

 

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More to come so stay tuned!


Edited by MrObsessive, 23 December 2013 - 09:03 AM.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:24 AM

Sorry to hear about your dad, but really glad to have you back, feeling good. Your work has always been an inspiration to me, to stretch my skills and go farther. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing a lot from you in the future.

 

That engine is just incredible.


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 23 December 2013 - 08:25 AM.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:40 AM

Great to see you back in action Bill, your models have always inspired me too.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:54 AM

Since the engine was done for the most part, it's time to move on to the chassis/interior floor.

 

Since the model will have opening doors, I can't use the platform/ tub interior that Revell gives you. This would make the interior floor too tall, as these cars should have a slight "stepdown" from the door sill.

Actually, I wish Revell would tool most of their newer kits this way. They still insist on the tub/platform method, instead of taking a page from AMT/RC2 and making their interiors from the flip side of the chassis floor.

The main part of the floor was cut away with just the driveshaft hump left and the rear seat.

 

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I went ahead and blended in the driveshaft hump along with the firewall/cowl to the chassis floor. The channels on the top side of the floor needed to be filled in as well------at least those areas that won't be covered by the seats.

 

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One of my dislikes when detailing chassis' is having to mask off the gas tank and paint it. I never have good success doing this, so I figured might as well take the time and cut away the tank.

It makes for much easier painting, and I can also make gas straps while I'm at it for down the road.

 

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It occurred to me that when I put the firewall in place, the front inner fenders were going to be in the way as far as painting. So out comes the Exacto blade, and I cut these away as well. The firewall should be body colored as this was all painted as a unit as the car came down the assembly line. The inner fenders were part of the front clip assembly and were semi gloss black according to many pics I have of the car.

 

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I wanted to make a hanger for the fuel and brake lines before I go ahead and paint the chassis.

 

Since this is dual exhaust car, the fuel and brake lines run pretty much through the driveshaft tunnel. If you had a single exhaust car, your fuel line ran on the opposite side of the exhaust pipe.

This is going to be kinda tricky to route, as I don't want to the appearance of the driveshaft scraping against the lines! Hmmm..........I'm gonna have to file away those molded in "lines" on the frame rails and floor it appears. :angry: Wish they wouldn't mold those in...........

 

 

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.........And yet some more to come!


Edited by MrObsessive, 23 December 2013 - 12:41 PM.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:01 AM

Well, except for a few minor tweaks here and there, the bodywork is all but done! The paint job will be one of the LAST things I do.............I don't want any surprises when it comes to final assembly after the body is all painted, polished, and BMF'd!

 

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Well, that's it for now........thanks for bearing with me! ;)



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:50 AM

This is...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. It looks perfect! Especially that W-Engine is a beautiful piece of art and it is a shame to cover it with an air cleaner... :lol:

 

Does this kit have the same issue as Revell '60 Impala does that the engine sits way too far back? My dad has a '60 Impala and when that engine position is compared to Revell's model it's way too far back. If this kit has the same problem, how are you going to be fixing that? I'm very interested in this, since I have many different versions of '59-'60 Impalas to build....



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:17 AM

This is...Wow! I don't even know where to begin. It looks perfect! Especially that W-Engine is a beautiful piece of art and it is a shame to cover it with an air cleaner... :lol:

 

Does this kit have the same issue as Revell '60 Impala does that the engine sits way too far back? My dad has a '60 Impala and when that engine position is compared to Revell's model it's way too far back. If this kit has the same problem, how are you going to be fixing that? I'm very interested in this, since I have many different versions of '59-'60 Impalas to build....

 

Niko, It does seem to sit a bit too far back, but that might be due to Revell "overextending" the cowl a bit. When I swapped roofs I used the entire cowl and all ('60 is slightly different than the '59), but I got rid of the overhang that would sit beneath the trailing edge of the hood when closed. This seems to alleviate the problem a bit. In the pic below you can see this cowl extension on the original '59 roof before I cut it off.......

 

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Sorry for the pic being so blurry! :blink:

 

In the 1:1 world, the cowls due to the massive windshields were quite steep. One way to fix this is to maybe move the firewall a bit rearward into the chassis, so the engine doesn't butt up so much against it. Doing this however can change the position of the interior, wheel placement, etc------so you'd have to check everything along the way as you're going along.

 

Thanks for the compliment, and later on I'll take a pic of the engine in the engine bay so you can see how it looks.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:32 AM

Bill,

 

First thing, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. Having plenty of friends that have lost at least one parent as we all enter our late 30s and 40s, while I don't personally know the loss, I know what it can do. Speaking for myself, if you need to talk or anything like that, all you have to do is ask.

 

Second- those are cool magnifiers on your glasses. Where did you scare those up? I might get a pair myself.

 

Third- this car is shaping up into something else, as all your builds do. The workmanship is astounding. Even if you haven't been building much, you haven't lost a step.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:41 AM

Thanks for the kind words Charlie. :)

 

Those eyeglass loops I picked up off eBay for something like $10! They DO come in mighty handy as the eyesight ain't what it used to be. I had seen guys use these at work for various and sundry things, and since I worked around electronics I knew I had to get a pair.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:22 PM

Sorry to hear about your Dad, Bill.  Glad to have you back with us.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:23 PM

OK Niko, here's a pic of the engine in the car for the moment..............you can see where I had cut off the "extra" in the cowling which the '60 body had as well.

 

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Yeah, it does sit a bit too far back according to the 1:1 pics I'm working from..................but hold the phone...........

 

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The problem seems to lie in the placement of the molded in trans mount. Now I suppose I could move this piece forward a bit moving the engine forward, but then that would change the length of the exhaust------then there's the aspect of moving the engine too far forward, and having the fan butt up against the radiator. Not a good thing!

 

As it stands right now I think I better leave well enough alone.........I've got enough engineering troubles ahead of me for the moment. ;)



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:33 PM

Welcome back Bill.!!!! I am so sorry to hear about your, dad, as I went through same thing a few years ago. I love where you are going with this one.