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Building a replica of my gf's '79 El Camino for an Xmas gift...


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#21 Bill Edman

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:31 PM

very rare elky she has most royal knights were black white and red ultimate cool in blue can wait to see the model finished

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:29 AM

Very cool project!

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 05:57 AM

Hers isnt a real Royal Knight...she just liked the decals when she first painted the car years ago. It's her very first car, so it has lots of sentimental value. Oh yeah...I guess I'm horrible at keeping Xmas secrets cuz for some reason she knows im building it...

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 07:20 AM

there is a PE aircleaner top that says edelbrock but it is finned :unsure: oh yea, superb work my friend, it is going to turn out awesome and if she is not pleased with it i'll take it lol :D

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 02:03 PM

I saw that air cleaner before. Not exactly what I want, but thanks. Thanks for the compliments! She'll be pleased with it...if not, I'll use it as a voodoo model, and I may just break a few things :D

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 06:45 PM

Today I picked up a few things from Hobbytown to make my stand for the model bodies in the dehydrator, some brushable cement in a glass bottle, and a misc. size styrene sheet pack. Tomorrow I'm going to start on the interior and run to Advance Auto for some Duplicolor Chrome paint (I don't like how the valve covers came out). Then I can install the distributor and plug wires, start on the engine accessories and such. Should be a productive day!

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 04:54 PM

Alright...my productive day turned into hanging out with my parents and girlfriend for half the day, then hanging out with my roommate for the other half of the day. I got home a few hours ago and got to work on the project. I painted the valve covers and am very happy with them (not going to touch them till tomorrow morning), then installed the wired distributor after painting the wires yellow to match her Accel wires on her car. I painted the dash with some SEM vinyl dye that I picked up from a local paint shop, but it was too dark of a red, so back to square one on that one (probably going to find some cheap-ass paint at Walmart and use that with a flat clear). Last but not least, I finished cutting the mesh off of the tray rings on the dehydrator so it's ready to cure some fresh paint...when the time comes. I did, however, run into a snag in the build...the frame for the El Camino has a molded-in exhaust system, and it's TOTALLY incorrect to how her car has it. Hers has dual exhaust that exits out the sides before the rear tires. The kit exhaust is single and exits out the side AFTER the tire. I've never fabbed stuff on a frame and I really don't want to experiment on this, since I want it to be super nice and not botched. I hope I can figure something out. Anyways, until tomorrow...here's tonight's pics:

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 05:56 PM

Alright, I couldn't wait till tomorrow to see the valve covers on the engine...plus, I found an air cleaner that will work. It's from a Revell '70 Chevelle SS "Heavy Chevy" kit. It's the wrong air cleaner for the 454 anyway, so I'm going to use it for the El Camino. It is currently sitting in a little cup of CSC to strip the chrome off so I can paint it with the Duplicolor Chrome paint to match the valve covers. For $6 for a big-ass can, you can't beat the Duplicolor stuff! Looks more like polished aluminum than actual chrome, but it looks good!

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:38 AM

Today I'm going out to my girlfriend's place to hang out with her for a bit...she's upset that her '92 Caprice wagon keeps having stuff go wrong with it (now it needs a rear brake line)...so she's putting it up for sale. I'm trying to get the ignition wires installed in the heads (might not be the correct firing order, but it'll be close...I already screwed up a little, so I think they're just gonna go where they fit) and finish up the air cleaner (had to strip it cuz I got a fingerprint in it from touching it before dried) before I leave to go out there. I took a few pics of the frame with the stupid molded-in exhaust (still don't know what I'm going to do about it) and the air cleaner before I got a fingerprint in it.

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I don't plan on staying out there long because I have to clean around the house, so I hope to get more done tonight.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:39 AM

Ok, got back from breakfast and finished up the ignition wires (correct firing order) and the air cleaner is drying as we speak. I'm going to go out to the gf's for a bit and when I get back, maybe the air cleaner will be good enough to handle. I might put it in the dehydrator for that time so I know it will be dry. Finally my point-n-shoot camera is all charged up, so no more crappy cell pics. Here's the pics of the finished ignition wires (they look messy, but if you look at the picture of her engine bay, the wires are extremely long and all over the place...I actually cleaned them up and shortened them a bit from where they were. LoL)

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:58 AM

i love the way the distributor looks!! looks so real, everything is lookin good my dude. and you should try to cut out the stock exhaust and fill in and make your own, you surely have the skill to do so

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:08 AM

1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2, looks like you got it! great progress so far! BTW My friend and I painted his sled with a couple cans of that Bahama Blue, looks to me like it'll be REALLY close.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:06 AM

I love what I'm seeing here - an HEI ignition and a Q-Jet carb! The plug wires even have that owner-installed look which matches up nicely with the 1:1 pictures.

As to your exhaust dilemma, Google Micro-Mark and see if they have some kind of scraper that would allow you to remove the molded in piece while leaving the rest of the chassis undisturbed.

I look forward to seeing more progress on this kit.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:32 PM

Haven't got much done since Sunday...installed the air cleaner, and screwed it up yesterday, but not enough to want to redo it a 4th time. I got a very light fingerprint in it while installing it, so I took a little bit of polish to it. I didn't think polish would dull out the "chrome" look, but it did. Now it looks like a metallic gray or something. Whatever...it looks fine I guess. Something that won't be that noticeable. Pics are pre-buffed.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:35 PM

I also went to the local vinyl decal maker and was working with him to do the decals for the car, since the decal kit I bought is junk. He scanned the original water-slide decal included in the kit and made a few adjustments in the colors. We couldn't get it perfectly correct, and it's a lot less detailed than the original decal, but it actually looks pretty good! He did a test print-out on white paper that he gave me, and we just have to get the "Royal Knight" logos right and then we'll print them on clear vinyl.
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And I found the tires I'm going to use. They are Good Year Radials that are newly issued and have no raised lettering, so I'll just get some decals from somewhere that say "BF Goodrich Radial T/A". They are the correct sidewall size and with a little bit of sanding/weathering, they'll look like BF's (no, I will not be using the Monte Carlo SS wheels).
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:49 PM

Where'd you get that HEI?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:59 AM

Nice project! Keep up the good work.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:40 PM

Thanks! The HEI came with the '86 Monte Carlo. I thought it was a very cool piece myself!

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:09 PM

Today I went to the Twin Cities with my girlfriend just to get the heck out of Duluth, so I stopped at a Hub Hobby store and picked up a few things like black fuzzy dice, dark red flocking, a 1/24 display case and a few Tamiya paints (white, flat black and flat base). I actually got alot done tonight. I painted/installed the belts/accessories (except for the rad. fan) on the engine, painted the dash, re-worked the interior door panels (took them from an '87 Buick GN kit), and painted the fuzzy dice with flames.

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Detail Master dark red flocking
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Molded-in door panel with absolutely NO detail
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Door panel insert from an '87 Buick GN kit
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:17 PM

Test-fit the '79 Camaro rally wheels with the correct-size tires
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Painted dash with Rustoleum Gloss Regal Red
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Cleared with Krylon Crystal Clear Flat Clear
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Painted on flames on dice (not very easy at all)
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