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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:25 AM

Been doing some research on what Billy Gibbons names his guitars, and one of them, a Gibson Esquire, he calls BONES.  Oh yeah, so this is giving me plenty of ideas.

 

CROSSROADS BLUES RAT ROD ("The Gibson Bones Limited" for Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP)

 

I knew this would happen.  I knew this kit would arrive and I would have to stop everything and build one.

 

It arrived early and I did an UNBOXING REVIEW of it and the more I looked at the kit, the more it called out to me to make it look worn.

 

The kind of proper homage that perhaps Doctor Cranky could ever offer one of his musical muses (Mr. Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP fame!)

 

Anyway, I am building this kit, fast, pretty much box stock, and the intention here is to have a blast with hit and see what happens.

 

So stay tuned in CRANKYHEADS for pictures and progress . . . 

 

 


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:07 AM

How fitting, l'm a BIG ZZ Top fan & will actually be in La Grange later today ! This is the 1st brand new kit l've been excited about in a long time ! You have my attention !
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:28 AM

I'm tuned in, can't wait.  Of course I'm always tuned in to anything you build Doc.  Don't forget the guitar with exhaust pipes.  :lol: 



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

I'm tuned in, can't wait.  Of course I'm always tuned in to anything you build Doc.  Don't forget the guitar with exhaust pipes.  :lol: 

YOU BETCHA, and I gotta look at Mr. Gibbon's guitar collection to see if I painted it like one of his.

 

Loving this kit, LOVING IT.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

We got the basic parts cleaned and dechromed, so the fun has started.  I know, words are just words without pictures.

 

Hold tight, they are coming.  Cheers, DC



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

We might go with the raw wood look for the guitar:

 

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

Billy Gibbons! :D

On that note... am I the only one a bit confused by the fact that Frank Beard is the only guy in ZZ Top who doesn't have a beard?



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

Definitely part of the inspiration for this build, but it's going to have some CRANKYHEADEDNESS to it too:

 

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I think he wanted to stand out and not save as much money on the shaving.  LOL.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

We've begun the process of visualizing where this might be headed:

 

WATCH VIDEO HERE:



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

Pictures ! Pictures! Pictures!



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

Yes, they are coming, I am now done with all the cleaning.  Now it is assembly time and then time for primer.  Stay tuned in.

 

If you are anxious to see some of the on-going work, the link to the video is above.

 

Pictures ARE coming.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

I have watched the video and am Crankified for this one.  This will be a good build I'm sure.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

use the flat head out of the 37/38 ford truck 36 ford coupe headligth  :wub:  B) zztop is a killer band



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

With this kit, there's definitely a world of options.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:50 PM

and the tension builds up :)

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:36 AM

Watching this one on Utube DC! Can't wait to see your build! B)



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:06 AM

Thanks, Bruce.  Here come the pictures.



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:38 AM

I cut off the box top just to have around for visual inspiration, although this build is going to deviate from the original in a whole bunch of ways.

 

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I began by drilling out these port holes that in the original will have lots of decal work just to make them look like port holes.  I like this look better, it's a bit of work, but it's all about the journey.

 

This ride has been through hell and back and it's lived to tell the tale:

 

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A pretty crankshaft from the parts box makes a nice front frame bar.  The moon tank is going to be relocated to the back.

 

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:39 AM

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Hope you've heard me by now say I love this kit.  Just in case you haven't:

 

I LOVE THIS KIT, and here's why:

 

Just this look:

 

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:41 AM

We sat out on the porch on a lovely pollen-infested afternoon and an hour later had cut open the trunk:

 

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Hinged it and finished the bed interior so that it looks clean and smooth in there!

 

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