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62 Pontiac Catalina Mild Custom Finished

Pontiac Catalina Pontiace 421 Super Duty

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#81 Roncla

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:05 PM

This is a very impressive build. Can't wait to see it finished

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:54 PM

Excellent!!!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:25 AM

awe man, gotta be happy with that Alyn!! its perfect!! SWEET!!

#84 Alyn

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:27 AM

Bringing this one back up to bat.

This kit come with the stock grille and a custom tube grille. To set mine apart, I decided to build a bullet (drawer knob) style grille.

An insert was cut and shaped to fit into the back shell that was intended for the tube grille. The bullets will be made from straight pins. Here's what a bunch of pin heads look like. Depending on where you work or live, you may already know what a room full of pin heads looks like.

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I drilled some .020" holes in the insert that will align all the pin heads. Here's the first panel with the pins in place.


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and the other panel. Of course it's very important to be careful with the spacing and straightness of the holes. The tough part was getting them to look right at each end where the bullets meet up with the headlight bezel and the nose in the center.

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I thought about gluing the pins in first, and then cutting them to length, but didn't have a tool that would cut close enough to the plastic. There isn't enough room in the back shell to mount the plastic panel if a bunch of pin stubs are protruding out the backside.

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Here's the mock up with both left and right panels completed. The back shell will also be painted black with the nose in the center painted body color. I may also add a horizontal chrome strip above and below the bullets. That's where I'm at this afternoon.

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Edited by Alyn, 21 July 2012 - 10:34 AM.


#85 Ryan S.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:58 AM

That looks like it was a lot of work, but the results speak for themselves. Great job!

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 01:32 PM

Im loving this car. The motor,grill,dash, the whole thing. WOW this is great.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:19 PM

WOW! Alyn, you continuously blow my mind with details like this, that is just incredible!!!!

#88 David G.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:46 AM

Wow! That is a lot of work!

Looks like it's well worth it.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:43 AM

Wow man this is really lookin good. The bullet style grill looks great, thanks for showing us all how you went about doing it. I personally can't wait to se this one finished..........."Kook"

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:18 PM

Thanks for your interest and compliments, guys.It does take a bit of time to cut all them pins and drill all the holes, not to mention half of them didn't want to fit and had to be lost on the floor twice before they'd give up.

Sorry about your mind, Mike.

We're gonna have to put down our pet raccoon, so if you need a new brain, I may be able to fix ya up. :)

#91 Art Laski

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

Great work, Alyn! I'm learning a lot from you here. Seeing your builds at the GSL last year, and seeing the WIPS you've got going, you can certainly call me a fan! Thanks for sharing.

-Art

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

Simply awesome. That dash and grill do it for me. Great ideas!

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:46 PM

thanks to you both for the compliments.

Art, I'm still trying to figure out that GSL thing. I don't think they liked my habit of building cars wilth illegal exhaust.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:14 PM

Sorry about your mind, Mike.

We're gonna have to put down our pet raccoon, so if you need a new brain, I may be able to fix ya up. :)


Sounds great Alyn, I'll finally wash things before I eat them now! B)

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:46 PM

LOL !

touche' Mike

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:50 PM

Very nice work. Keep it coming. Love the grille tip too. Gotta use that.

Edited by jcbigpaw, 25 July 2012 - 04:51 PM.


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 03:27 AM

Alyn.......VERY VERY IMPRESSIVE WORK!!!!!!!!!!! :)

#98 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:24 AM

Man, this is a great build, and the eye candy is amazing. Keep up the great work.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 01:20 PM

awesome work as usual Alyn! that is really going to set off the front of the ol Catalina! guess I'm not the only one that drops the parts you just made to never be seen again! lol

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

There's a post somewhere around here detailing how to keep track of those super small parts, and how to find them in the carpet if they do fly away. If I remember right it involved panty hose and an apron. Oh My! :mellow: