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#161 Casey

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:24 PM

I think even Hudsons qualify as AMCs. :D Welcome to the AMC CB, Bob. ;)

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 01:03 AM

Thanks Chuck and Casey . I'm really looking forward to building this one !

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:39 PM

Sorry for the long delay on my part of this CBP, but that's life right? I've got a ton of work done on my body kit to show, so sit back and enjoy, unless you're working on your own, then get back to the bench, you guys have got some great builds going on. I've got a few changes in mind too, I filled in the holes in the trunk and will go without the spoiler after all, it looks better without it!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:41 PM

I decided I didn't like the tail lights, so I had to make my own. I had a few different ideas, but finally backed down to a simple one. I drilled out the stock tail lights, and enlarged the holes for some aluminum tubing and clear plastic rod. I have the passenger side started, here's the pics to prove it!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:42 PM

I got all four new tail lights made up, epoxied in place, then I cut the excess off of all of them, Next up is the smoothing out and polishing of the new tail lights!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:44 PM

Now that the tail lights are all cut off, I grabbed my trusty sanding sticks and got them knocked down almost smooth with the rear end. Another few minutes polishing them up, a bit of Tamiya Clear Red on the backsides of each lens, and a piece of Detail Master's Krome Foil one the back of each lens finishes 'em off. I had planned on them being flush with the body, but I changed my mind and left enough sticking up to be able to mask them off when painting time comes tomorrow!

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#167 Chuck Most

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:23 PM

That Matator is looking killer, Mike! :D

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:29 AM

Here's a few of the AMC projects I have going. The first is my longest running project, started around 1990. Only thing from plastic Kenosha is the body, the rest is Callaway Corvette Speedster with a twin turbo ZR-1 engine and wheels/tires from a 66 Chevelle wagon. Stalled out when I decided it should be AMC powered with twin turbo's...that's as far as I got with that idea and there she sits.

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My 66 Rambler Cross Country wagon. In the sprit of the community build I'll enter this one cuz it just needs some final details to call it finished. ;) The boat was borrowed from another build and I plan to scratchbuild a pop-up camper for behind this one someday. Sorry bout the crappy pic.

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I WANT THE SPEEDSTER!!!!! That is some beautiful work Rob, I want to see more of that one, and a few dozen more pics of that Rambler Wagon too!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:33 AM

Mike's recent work on his Matador has inspired me to get off my duff and blow the dust off my own Matador project for the first time in seven months!
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The wheels, tires, and rotor/caliper assemblies are installed for good, and I started work on the cowl induction scoop. Yeah, it looks pretty crude at this point, but it should look better once it's blended. in.

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I also blended in the spats at the front of the wheel openings for a cleaner look. This kind of does/ kind of doesn't have the same effect as widening the fenders- the wheels won't stick out past the fenders, but it doesn't really gain you any room like widening the fender would. It's a lot less work at any rate.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:38 PM

I like the way those Matadors are going

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:48 PM

Rob, PLEASE SEND ME THE SPEEDSTER! That is one beautiful build! Chuck, I'm glad I've inspired you to get your Matador done, it looks like it's gonna be a whole lot meaner than mine! BTW, how many AMC's do you have going at one time???


OK, back to my Matador. Unfortunately, there is no paint today, I had to lay down some more Primer/Sealer and another couple of coats of White Primer before any painting could commence. But the body is back in shape, the White Primer looks good, and we should be ready for some paint tomorrow if I get home early enough!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:31 PM

BTW, how many AMC's do you have going at one time???

It varies between 0 and 2 at the moment. Tomorrow? Who knows...

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

The progress is amazing.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:35 AM

Matador looks great. Good move on the larger tail lights.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:07 PM

I had planned on them being flush with the body, but I changed my mind and left enough sticking up to be able to mask them off when painting time comes tomorrow!

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Good decision. I think they would blended in too much if they were flush, and now you have a nice edge to polish and add definition.

I guess I will be dragging the GT back out...I tell ya, the peer pressure is heavy in this CB. :D

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:22 PM

I hear ya Casey...

Great stuff going on with these AMCs lately (never thought Matadors could be cool!).

I've gotta get the Pacer back on the bench!

And yes Rob, you've got some great ones in progress too, please join in!

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:45 PM

And yes Rob, you've got some great ones in progress too, please join in!

What he said, because I just now realize I didn't come out and say so myself. B)

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:12 PM

I guess I will be dragging the GT back out...I tell ya, the peer pressure is heavy in this CB. :D


I knew I needed to reinforce and/or add some material to support the new rear valance panel, so I added a few filler pieces of styrene on both sides and welded them all together:

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You can see how it was barely hanging on in this older pic:

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I also added some thickness to the rear "trunk" panel by welding a piece of styrene sheet in place. The real car has a very subtle hump in this area, and the reveal along the bottom edge of the rear window opening is considerably wider than the stock Gremlin's, so I knew I had to build up that area slightly...and eventually sand it down again, at least on the edges. Thank goodness for spring clips:

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The beltline peak on one side of the body still needs a little more definition, so once that's done the line can be carried through to the rear, setting the bumper height permanently. The rear bumper visually dominates the back end of the car, and it's a complex shape, so I need to make sure it's spot on.

I still have some work to do on the roof, as the contours of the AMX and Gremlin roofs were not a perfect match, so there's a small dip which needs to be filled:

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You can also see how the trailing edge of the window opening has been moved rearward, visually thinning out the C-pillars and taking away some of the stubbiness. The left side still needs to be done:

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I added an orange line to highlight the difference side-to-side, which is easier to see in this top view:

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:51 PM

Casey, I'm glad the pressure got to ya, this is one that I really want to see completed! The symmetry on custom work is always the biggest pain, but it's all worth it in the end. Someday I'll actually measure out my stuff and catch stuff like that before I get too far along!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

Another minor little fork in the road- I'm repowering an older build of mine with a Rambler V8. The engine itself is a hodgepodge of Monogram Jeep and Rambler V8 parts, the latter of which I got from Casey. (I'm guessing the unused engine from his GT?) Some parts box carbs and Parks aluminum velocity stacks are the highlights.

Here it is with the Olds V8 with which it was originally built...
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And here's how it looks as of tonight...
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