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Jo-Han '66 AMC Marlin : "Forgotten Build"


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#1 Monte's Motors

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 04:32 PM

Here's the starting point. I hope I can use the factory modeled color as one of a two-tone paint job.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 04:37 PM

Sweet!! I will be watching this build..

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 04:41 PM

Be a cool color if you can pull it off!:lol:
Have seen guys remove seams and flash and sand them down with decreasing grit paper and then polish the plastic and have it come out really nice. I've tried and never could get it to look like anything but plastic!:lol:
My Marlin looks just like the one on the box!:P

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 05:21 PM

A well forgotten car too.

I'll Be watching too.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:00 AM

I love Marlins. I have one of these in the basement, too.

Suggestion if I may, Roger. If you go the two-tone route with the plastic, go with the white roof/trunk.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:32 AM

I, too, love the Marlin. Such a cool car from that era. Anyway, can't wait to see more.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:06 AM

That is very close to one of the colors AMC used back then,Some of those kits were molded in the same colors as the promos,I had the 66 Rambler Classis Station wagon that was molded in that exact color,It was made by X-El products back in the late 80's ,They were reissued promos!That would look great with the White accents as mentioned,As far as the main color,Clean it up and Clear Coat it with the testors high gloss lacquer,It wont affect the plastic,I have done it numerous times with no issues..

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:20 PM

The color in question is Balboa Light Aqua, and that plastic isn't too far off from it.

I'm not quite sure what I want to do mine in. I'm toying with two-tone green or two-tone blue.

Here are some nice pictures of various Marlins. Gone fishin'

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:30 PM

Marlins are cool! :D

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:52 PM

Marlins are cool! :D


Especially when grilled over mesquite with lemon garlic butter.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:53 PM

Especially when grilled over mesquite with lemon garlic butter.


Oh yeah... :D

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 05:31 PM

Starting to work on this, I happened to notice the detail in casting. :) After the base engine is glued up, it's time to start painting.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 05:40 PM

Roger,

This site may provide you with some inspiration:

Marlin auto Club

Of course, you all know by now that his little fishy is sitting in my garage:




Hey Bart! Does yours have the three speed manual with overdrive that had the twin stick shifter on the consol?
There were two around town here at one point in time they bothe had that option. Plus one of the guys also had a Rambler American with that option too! Made for great conversation!

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 05:44 PM

Wow, what a cool looking car. I have never seen or heard of a Marlin. Should be a nice build. I'll be watching for sure.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 04:40 PM

Got the radiator in the support and on the frame. Suspension too. :)

Good and bad with the casting. Detailed brake caliper on just one rotor :) . Oh well :rolleyes: I will survive. When she's sitten on the shelf, no one will ever know :lol: .

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 11:16 AM

Engine finished.
Question for Bart: Is the driveshaft visible under your car or does it run through a tunnel?
The kit frame appears that the driveshaft runs through a tunnel to the rear end.
Any corrections that would be needed, please feel free to post them. Thanks and I hope you guys enjoy.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 03:26 PM

Engine finished.
Question for Bart: Is the driveshaft visible under your car or does it run through a tunnel?
The kit frame appears that the driveshaft runs through a tunnel to the rear end.
Any corrections that would be needed, please feel free to post them. Thanks and I hope you guys enjoy.


I'll step in and answer this having a little AMC experience.

American Motors, until 1966, used torque tube on almost all its cars. I'm not sure if the 1964-up Rambler American went to the Hotchkiss drive (open driveshaft with universal joints like we see today,) but I know that the Classic/Marlin/Ambassador used the torque tube until the 1967 model year.

In a torque tube, the driveshaft runs through a steel tube welded and/or bolted to A-arms, which in turn are attached to the rear axle. The torque tube can be disassembled by unbolting it at the differential and pulling the tube and axle apart so you can service the trunnion, or rear seal. There is no rear universal joint, only up front.

The torque tube should be painted semi-gloss black along with the rest of the suspension.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:20 AM

Especially when grilled over mesquite with lemon garlic butter.

Or...uh...playing baseball. :lol:

In all seriousness, this will be a cool model when done. I'd like to see you pull off the bare plastic and paint two tone setup, that molded color is pretty cool!

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:47 PM

Finally got some more done on this one.

A little color and interior may be done.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:42 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Roger. What did you use for the interior paint? It also appears to be the stripe on the exterior?

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