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#1 Chuck Most

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:08 AM

I've been working on this thing for a little bit, and since it was kinda-sorta loosely inspired by the 'Freakshow' custom Chevy pickup (which also sporst a Chrysler front end, and John Teresi is building a replica of it as we speak), I figured I'd post a few in-progress pics, and something of an explaination.

 

The initial idea started out by chance. I happened to have a Moebius '55 Chrysler body and an R&R '57 International pickup body facing each other on the workbench. I happened to notice how they were almost exactly the same width, and I wondered how the Chrysler front end would work on the Binder. At first I'd planned to use only the Chrysler nose, but I didn't think it would work well with the International's sculpted fenders. So it seemed a full frontal transplant would have to happen...

 

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After I had grafted the Chrysler front end to the International, I noticed that the Chrysler's stock trim lined up perfectly with the A-100 Golden Jubilee Custom bed side trim. That had to be some kind of sign, right?

 

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Of course, I had to bridge the Chrysler trim to the IH trim, so I used some D-shaped styrene to make a new side spear, and tied it into the upswept trim over the taillight coves. I also decided to incorporate the Chrysler's rear wheel openings and rear splash apron/bumper mounts. I used the same D-shaped styrene to create the new rocker panel line.

 

After all of this, I felt that the truck looked a bit ungainly with the stock-height top, so I took four inches out of the roof. It still needs quite a bit of bodywork at this point, but you get the idea....

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And the 'Freakshow' inspiration? I'm planning on putting a gigantic supercharger on top of the 392 Hemi, and decking the truck out in a wild paint job, with wide whites and a rocker-scraping stance. The body looks like it's going to be the hard part at this point. I guess we'll see. Again, I hate bodywork, but I always seem to take on projects which require a lot of it... hopefully it'll be worth the effort this time.

 



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

Now THAT is different Chuck!

Very cool!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

Chuck what a interesting build I like what you have done so far and will be following along to see this finished up.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:44 AM

The bodywork will be worth it for this interesting build!



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . .



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

Great move, Chuck ! Nothing more out of the ordinary than a hot rod Corn-Binder. I do believe it was meant to be ! I'm gonna love watching this one ! Are you gonna cobble up a hood out of the 2 ?


Hmmmmm......l wonder what '58 Plymouth fins would look like grafted onto the bed ??

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Very interesting,it'd be a cool resin kit.



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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:51 AM

Very interesting,it'd be a cool resin kit.

I'm actually toying with that idea. I'm thinking of doing another one with a chopped AND mildy sectioned cab, so I can blend the stock IH hood (which has a cool open scooped front) with the Chrysler nose. Even if I don't get it cast, I want to build it myself. B)



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:55 AM

After all of this, I felt that the truck looked a bit ungainly with the stock-height top, so I took four inches out of the roof. It still needs quite a bit of bodywork at this point, but you get the idea....

 

Looks good so far. How does it look with the hood in place?



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:16 AM

 

Looks good so far. How does it look with the hood in place?

No idea yet. And since the IH hood would require quite a bit of work to fit (forget the Chrysler hood altogether at this point...), I haven't even bothered with it. This one's going to have an exposed powerplant. B)



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

Very cool Chuck, veerrrry cool.



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Cool project. looking forward to seeing it done.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

excellent job of blending the two bodies. Your result looks better than the original, especially with the haircut.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:20 PM

That cowl is Most peculiar, but, no less, diggin' your groove, Madman!

 

A thought. If you're leaving the engine exposed, a bright yellow Cat V8 from say the Ford short hauler would be a sight stuffed in there. Mo-tional sideshow belchin' up carbon!


Edited by mountaindewd, 20 January 2013 - 02:29 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:20 AM

I'm diggin it.



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

I like it



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

COOL! WAY COOL!



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

cool !! looks great

#19 Chuck Most

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:07 PM

Feeling motivated again...

 

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Hodge-podged the engine into something resembling almost complete.

 

Also picked out a wheel/tire setup- robbed these from the new Revell '62 Corvette.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

One more fun little shot for the evening...

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