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#61 Bartster

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:47 AM

Hey Mike ! So happy to see this back on! I missed it. My A-Tona build kinda stalled.....lol. You're correct, sir... It's YOUR build! Naysayer's can go by the wayside. Please let your talents direct your build! I'll be watching.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:23 PM

Thank you Tim, Richard and Bart. Guys, your words of encouragement have really lifted my spirits today! The cold weather and my head and chest cold have been getting the best of me this week. If I can just stop coughing when I lie down and get a full nights rest...that would be just great!

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:27 AM

NICE START HAVE THIS KIT ALSO BEEN RUNNING WHAT DO WITH IT THROUGH MY HEAD.NOW I GOT A FEW GOOD IDEAS.I HAVE A SET OF DAGGER WHEELS I'M GOING USE ON IT NOW THAT I'VE HAD FOR ABOUT 5 OR 6 YEARS.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:15 AM

I like what i am seeing Mike!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:23 PM

Thanks Daniel and Darrick! I've been picking at the suspension...getting it lowered. It's almost there, so maybe I'll have pictures by the weekend. I am having second thoughts about the paint as I am not too sure if I want to use the Testors One Coat paint at all. I guess I shall continue pondering...

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:33 PM

Glad to see you getting closer on this one Mike. I have two of these kits and I want to build one similar to the way you are building yours. The other one I want to get a Jimmy Flintstone van body and build a work van.

Keep at it, it will help the cold go away!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:38 PM

It's coming along good.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:48 AM

Glad to see you're gettin after it, Mike! These things are hard to drop, especially in the front!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:27 AM

Mike, the Testors One Coat is nice. I've used the Lime Ice before with good results. Can't wait to see what it looks like w/the wheels on! I just finished making resin copies of my 23" and 19" Ts (my first attempt at resin - needless to say I learned a lot about making molds to reduce air pockets!). Anyway, hope to see more progress soon!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:57 PM

Thanks guys! I have been working on lowering the suspension on the A100. The front is right where I want it now, but the rear still needs to come down a bit. Maybe about 3/16ths of an inch more. Maybe some trimming where the axle mounts to the springs and at the spring mounts on the frame. I must admit that the front suspension was quite easy to modify.
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Also, I have decided against the using the Testors One Coat Fiery Orange paint. I am leaning towards Tamiya TS-39 Mica Red or Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:26 AM

Looking good MIke!
I like the idea of going to a red. These always looked good in red!

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 05:02 AM

Thanks Darrick! it should look great...all nice and glossy!

My goal this morning was to get the rear suspension of the A100 down to where I wanted it. I have modified the rear spring mounts as much as I could and decided that the axle mounts on the springs would have to be modified. The picture shows the spring on the top as modified with the spring below unmodified.
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Now this is where I want the stance to be!
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It's amazing what I can find in my parts box. I had fogetten that I bought these last year and stuffed them away for a future project. Well, the future is here and now!
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I may strip the chrome off the rotors and paint them or I might try brushing the chrome with sandpaper to get a dull finish on them and painting the calipers red.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 05:59 AM

Hey Mike, good to see you got the rear lowered like you had wanted. Even if you weren't able to lower it, the slight rake it had would have been cool too, as it just had a 70s Hot Rod feel to it!

Fine grit sandpaper followed by a thinned wash of black or burnt metal will give you the 'used' look you are going for. Once you wash it and it dries, go back with a q-tip slightly damp with thinner to remove the wash from the high spots. It will look like it has been used but still have a shiny surface like real used brakes have.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:24 PM

Brad, if I haven't lowered the rear, the nose would have looked like it was dragging on the ground and wouldn't look right with the same size tires front and rear. And thanks for the tip on the brake rotors! I'll have to consider it when it comes time to use them. My brother-in-law once owned a '74 Z-28 and put air shocks on the back and with the same size tires all around...it just looked wrong.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:51 AM

I finished the engine last weekend, but didn't post any pictures of it.
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After looking at the pictures of the Overhaulin' A100, I decided to make a filler panel for the tailgate.
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I threw the disc brakes into the purple pond this morning to remove the chrome plating. I'll paint the brakes with Model Master Metalizer later.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:10 AM

Bye-bye lettering! I'll hit the body with primer to check my work.
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A mockup with the tailgate in place.
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The tailgate with some initial sanding done. More sanding is needed and then I'll fill the seams with some putty.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:10 AM

looking really good...

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:18 AM

Nice idea for the tailgate, Mike. I may have to borrow that one!


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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:56 AM

Thanks Tyrone and Bart!

I finally got the body into a coat of primer.
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It looks like I got all the lettering off the nose and the rollpan looks fairly smooth.
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But, I found four sink marks on the bed sides. I guess I'll be getting the Bondo out again...
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:43 PM

Looking pretty sweet MIke!
Love the Overhaulin" touches! They will go along great with the Wheels and a nice sexy shiny red!