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#1 gautreau

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:04 AM

A friend of mine asked me to build a replica of his friends truck for him.I was not expecting it to be a longbox though.The conversion was quite easy.But the paint on this truck will probably be the biggest task of all.Now on to the progress pics.
I started with this.
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For the conversionI needed 2 beds.
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First I cut the front of the white box out.
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The I cut the taillight section off.
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That was the chopping of the first box more to come soom.
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:20 AM

Now to make it a long box.
I cut 1/4" off the rear of the grey box.
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Next I cut off 9/16" off the front of the same box.
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I put the box from my lowrider build on top to show the difference.
Here is a mock-up with the converted box.
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#3 gautreau

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:38 AM

Forgot to post a pic of the truck I need to replicate.
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:43 AM

wow that is going to be a hard paint job to recreate. good luck. nice job on the bed.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:20 AM

Looks good!

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:51 AM

nice job and the paint def will be a challenge ! or are you going to make decals of the paint
could photograph it deat straight and in ps edit it and remove the panellines and make it a printable version in the right size

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:38 AM

Thanx fellas.I'm actually going to try and paint this truck.But first I have another project to finish in the next day or so.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

I stretched the frame 14 scale inches tonight.The top frame in the pic is the modified one and the lower one is the stock length.
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Hope to have the box in primer tomorrow.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

Small update I got the ride height set today.
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Hope to have it in paint by next week.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Started to build the bench seat for this replica.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

Very nice work so far!!! You should have that bed cast into resin once you get it perfect! There's lots of people looking for a nice long bed like that! If you get it copied, you'll end up with copies yourself for future projects! I'm sure there are a few great resin casters in the group here that would cast it for you.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:43 AM

Very nice work! I always like following these "Out Of The Box" type of projects... Your Long-Bed looks excellent, nice conversion. Paint will be very tricky job, but I guess you'll make it. Are you going to go with those wheels, they look quite different than those 1:1 wheels, or does that 1:1 Pickup have normally that kind of wheels that you have under this one?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:02 AM

Very nice work so far!!! You should have that bed cast into resin once you get it perfect! There's lots of people looking for a nice long bed like that! If you get it copied, you'll end up with copies yourself for future projects! I'm sure there are a few great resin casters in the group here that would cast it for you.

Thanx I appreciate that.I have been asked to cast this bed before but sadly I'm not going to be sending it out to be cast.This will probably be the only long box conversion I ever do and the time restriction I have to finish it.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:06 AM

Very nice work! I always like following these "Out Of The Box" type of projects... Your Long-Bed looks excellent, nice conversion. Paint will be very tricky job, but I guess you'll make it. Are you going to go with those wheels, they look quite different than those 1:1 wheels, or does that 1:1 Pickup have normally that kind of wheels that you have under this one?

Thanx I appreciate that.I am going to be using these wheels.They are the closest I could find.I'm going to remove the spikes on them to get then to look a little more accurate.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

I've got quite a bit done to this build since my last update.

I laid down the white base coat.

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I've also so masked off where it needs to stay white.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

I got the engine all painted,assembled and wired.Just need to touch-up the paint in a few areas.

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Got the second color laid down and the graphic masked as well.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

Unfortunately me being over anxious led to the downfall of this paintjob.

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This is its current home "The Purple Pond"

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It has been soaking in there for almost a week now.I have scrubbed the body twice and flipped it over twice aswell.It should be ready to be wet-sanded and repainted next wek I hope.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

I kept going on this build while the body is in the pond.

Got the interior tub assembled.

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Installed the rad support on the frame.

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Started on the dual exhaust and scratchbuilt the driveshaft.

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I'll finish the exhaust once the box is in place.

I built a phantom grille.

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It now sits on all fours waiting for the body to be redone.

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I'll be updateing this build next week hopefully once I start repainting it.



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

Well 2 out of 3 pieces are out of the pond.The cab should be out by Monday.Just need to wetsand them all down then it is round two in the paintbooth.

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Hopefully I will own this paintjob this time and it won't own me.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:14 AM

awsome progress , too bad the paint went wrong ..

maybe you really need to take your time and only spray a light mist over it and waight a few minutes so it can set and dry a tad between every mist coat ..