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#361 Custom Mike

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:04 PM

Mike, the level of detail is insane, has your daughter seen this yet?

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:15 PM

Never thought I'd say this, but seeing the completed interior is making me miss my '83 Mini Ram 8-passenger.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:56 AM

Thanks guys. She is getting this interior link now! :)

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:49 AM

Hi Mike, Gotta love this :) :) :) That bean bag chair is just awesome!!


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

That bean bag chair is just awesome!!
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That's because I didn't have to use brass to make it!!! ;)

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:53 PM

Never thought I'd say this, but seeing the completed interior is making me miss my '83 Mini Ram 8-passenger.


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Foxer, looks great. haha. I may have missed it but I'm also curious if your daughter has seen this, or are you waiting 'til it's all done?

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:36 AM

Foxer, looks great. haha. I may have missed it but I'm also curious if your daughter has seen this, or are you waiting 'til it's all done?


She lives close and see's it as it's done. I send her links to this page also when I post. She's VERY appreciative! :)

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:55 AM

Haha. I bet! That's cool.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:07 AM

This build has been going on for two years next month! I have to thank everyone here that has encouraged and helped me .. especially those that have graciously sent me missing parts! :)
Specifically, there's Ryan Silva who sent me his first castings of his spectacular 8-lug wheels! Nick Winter sent a GMC dash with the correct GMC mirrors and I used that to form the correct left hand side of the dash. Someone also sent me the front amber side marker lights but I can't locate the original post in Wanted to give credit. This just goes to show how much everyone here HELPS each other in need! :)

It's looking like my next photos on it are going to be UNDER GLASS!! There's just the windows and doing final assembly on the body .. mirrors, antenna and bumpers. Of course, there's the broken off door hinges but they are not being touched till last!

See everyone UNDER GLASS!!! :)

Edited by Foxer, 25 August 2012 - 09:14 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

Mike those Ford Trailering Mirrors really helped out my Wrecker, has been very neat to watch this one shape Up!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:37 PM

Have you considered making those pesky hinges out of brass or aluminum strip?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:58 AM

Have you considered making those pesky hinges out of brass or aluminum strip?


Not strip, but I started with aluminum tubes. All the trouble has been with glue sticking. Maybe using strip and wrapping the pins would have worked .. might have ended with a better glue surface and less of them!

Edited by Foxer, 28 August 2012 - 03:00 AM.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:16 AM

Okay after seeing all the photos of your issue with the hinges, can I ask you sir, what kind of glue are you using? and are your roughing up the surface area before gluing?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:54 AM

Okay after seeing all the photos of your issue with the hinges, can I ask you sir, what kind of glue are you using? and are your roughing up the surface area before gluing?


Been sanding the glue area with something like 150 grit and used J-B Weld epoxy in the end for glue.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:11 PM

hell yea man!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:15 PM

Been sanding the glue area with something like 150 grit and used J-B Weld epoxy in the end for glue.



Just try some original epoxy glue. I'm trying to figure out what would work to kinda help you out man with that hinge problem of yours. Your doing and did one heck of a very find job on the build here as I love it alot.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:47 AM

Wow! You've really nailed that interior. I especially like the seats, they really look right.  I find it's the seats that make it a little harder to do a very 'stock' looking van as many van kits have anything other than stock seats.......it's the first thing I see most of the time.  Your model is simply perfect, well done :



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

The 8-lug wheels are resin by Ryan Silva who is a member here and sells on ebay, but Ryan's been missing for a month or two and no one seems to know whats happened to him.

 

The tires are from Ma's Resin. They are listed as 50's truck tires or something close. I can find exactly whet they are if you want .. just pressed for time at the moment.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

I just invested the last hour or so in reading all 20 pages. Great work and I enjoyed the saga. It rationalizes my own insanity of getting things right and doing things over that nobody else will notice! Kudos! I look forward to the completion and seeing the finished model at NNL East. You only have like 3 months! Get cranking! BTW,we did the van theme at NNL East this year because of the recent reissue of several of the old van kits and because we see a resurgence of guys building old vans like this. Just what we are looking for!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

I just invested the last hour or so in reading all 20 pages. Great work and I enjoyed the saga. It rationalizes my own insanity of getting things right and doing things over that nobody else will notice! Kudos! I look forward to the completion and seeing the finished model at NNL East. You only have like 3 months! Get cranking! BTW,we did the van theme at NNL East this year because of the recent reissue of several of the old van kits and because we see a resurgence of guys building old vans like this. Just what we are looking for!

Thanks for the comments. Tom ... I'm definitely shooting to complete this for NNL East  :)