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#101 zenrat

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:02 PM

I had an epiphany while in the shower.
I shall be entering in a 1960 Bonneville which has had a coming together with my razor saw and a Parts Pack.
Slight drawback in that I don't actually have the kit...

Now, to Evil-Bay. Lets shop!

#102 W-409

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 12:56 AM

I painted all of the bolts from the engine, and installed carburetors. Still some painting to do, before I can install fuel lines and some other details too...

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 05:59 AM

Mind you, Allison's had been around since WW2...


Great idea until you have to turn. Zen, it's great to have you. Due to Slant's theme this year, I've found that teh Cannonball once again fits the theme of a model already in the planning stages so I'm in once again. Looks like we have most of the usual suspects and plenty of new faces. It's gonna be fun.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:32 AM

Here's the kit I'm using and what it has in it.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:05 AM

Well I painted the body and started detailing the motor, But when I went to take pictures the camera died..... :angry:

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:15 AM

Some update on the Ac ace body.

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Only fear is that the grille is too big now.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

Seeing that the '62 date is the cut off I have know idea wot I'm going to put in as I don't have a car to build that is that old.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:05 PM

Being born in 1962, I have to get in on this one. I've been following it from the beginning, but I really didn't ahve any hard and fast ideas of which direction I wanted to take my build. I have three possibilities in mind, involving a kit I just got in trade and two more that are on the way: A Jo-Han 1960 Plymout station wagon (I'm primarily a builder, not a collector), a '62 Pontiac and a '62 Electra. I'm thinking primarily about the Plymouth: It's a couple of years old and a family wagon besides, two things that make it less likely to attract attention from Johnny Law. It has that big back deck with the back seat folded down for the third crew member to sleep while the other two are driving and navigating. It has plenty of room for spares and supplies. The "Deuce-And-A-Quarter" has a lot to speak for it too: Being a high-line car, it doesn't sttract attention like the Pontiac would. In '62, Pontiac was already developing it's performance reputation, but the old "Nail Head" in the Buick could be built to move a 2 1/2 ton hunk of iron pretty quickly! Just hook it up with some Police-spec tires and cut it loose. Cruisin' in style to Long Beach!

Any comments about which way I should go would be appreciated.I'm leaning toward the wagon. There's one snag: Even though I am mostly a builder, it's still hard to tear the plastic off a 40+ year old kit that seems to generally sell for over $50 nowadays. :unsure:

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:03 AM

There's one snag: Even though I am mostly a builder, it's still hard to tear the plastic off a 40+ year old kit that seems to generally sell for over $50 nowadays. :unsure:


Like old 1:1 cars are ment to be driven kits are ment to be buildt. So go ahead and build it is what i say.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:32 AM

Go for it Jim. I'm building an old JoHan 62 Dart and that kit seems to be a lot harder to find than the 60 Plymouth wagon. I was also considering the wagon for my build (kinda fits with my name...) but went with the Dart. Its only plastic after all.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:58 AM

I tend to be too conservative for my own good. My instinct would be to preserve the good stuff for collectibility or for a quality build later. In the spirit of the movie, stealth didn't seem to be anyone's concern. I would (am) build something worry free and have fun. No nagging second thoughts.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

Ron I'm in, not sure with what, but if I can't deceide on something I have or whats at the LHS have 2 shows in the fall that I should be able to get something at.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

Any comments about which way I should go would be appreciated.I'm leaning toward the wagon. There's one snag: Even though I am mostly a builder, it's still hard to tear the plastic off a 40+ year old kit that seems to generally sell for over $50 nowadays. :unsure:


Go with the wagon! Tear into that box! I would love to see it built up. Think how lonely all those parts would be if you just left them in the box.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:07 PM

Y'know guys, that's just the response I expected to hear. Seems the kit is sitting right here beside me... Pardon me a sec here... um... hold on... Ah, that's better - no more shrink wrap. Hmmm... Pretty basic stuff here. Lots of flash. The old Jo-Han dreaded plastic straight axles - I'll have to do something about them. I'm assuming this is a 413 wedge in here - I have a Cross Ram setup that should work on here pretty well, or maybe I'll just go with a complete engine from the Lindberg Dodge 330 kit. Or maybe the Hemi from the AMT Chrysler 300...

Oh yeah - This is gonna be FUN! :D

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:39 AM

Spark plug wires installed. I had little problems with gluing those wires to those valve covers, but managed to get them fitted pretty well. Now I'll be painting all of those other engine parts and then I can put everything together.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 01:36 PM

That is a sweet looking motor

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

Anybody got any reference photos of a 55 Benz 300SL gulling? Specifically the chassis and undercarriage, and maybe some things like fuel lines, brake lines, etc

Thanks!

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

Well, here we go! Opened up the old Jo-Han Plymouth wagon last night and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Fury Sport Suburban and not the Savoy Suburban shown on the box. The dressier looking car should blend in with the scenery better than a stripper, at least in my opinion.But... WOW! This is one PRIMITIVE kit! The interior bucket is so shallow that there's not even a driveshaft hump! It has a completely flat floor (something that I am used to, being a Corvair guy and all... :D ), but I know right off the bat that I'm going to have to do something about that! The engine has this thumpin' huge hole running right through it for the big ol' plastic axle. One more detraction from an already underdetailed engine bay. I suppose I can always close off that hole and rig the wheels independantly - the right way. Or I could take an engine from oner of the kits I have on my shelves. Hmmm... How about the early Hemi from the AMT '57 Chrysler 300C? Let's see... Where did I stash that kit... Hmmm... Oh yeah, there it is, in that stack of Mopars I'll probably never get around to building. Off comes the shrink wrap... Yeah, that looks like it'll do the trick, all right! Huh? What's that? That chassis looks a lot like the basic, underdetailed one from the wagon. I wonder... Where's the 300's floor pan? Oh, there it is - AND IT FITS LIKE A FLIPPIN' GLOVE!

Long story short: That Chrysler 300 will be roughly a Chrysler 137 by the time I'm done with it! It's sacrificing it's frame, floor pan, suspension, firewall, inner fenders, and drivetrain to my Plymouth wagon Cannonball project, as well as other bits and pieces, most likely.

Anyway, on to tonight's Happy Snaps...
Pretty crude, huh? :unsure:

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Check out the fit of the floor pan in the wagon body. It's just in sitting there, no tape, and it's not spreading the sides of the wagon body one bit. There is no gap at all between the inner fenders and the body's quarter panels! :)

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I'll be cutting up the wagon's interior bucket to use the side panels. I'll extend them at the bottom to match up with the 300's floor pan. The front seat from the wagon will be used, but I'll be fabbing up a flat deck behind it. The 2nd and 3rd seats will be folded down for the race for spares and groceries, and so the 3rd crew member can get some sleep between shifts at the wheel.

(P.S. - Many thanks to Niko for showing me what an early Hemi is supposed to look like. I hope mine comes out somewhere close to as nicely as yours did!)

Edited by CorvairJim, 19 January 2012 - 06:47 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:21 PM

Okay Jim, I own all your ingredients. I'm going to be watching this very closely. We're two photos in and it's very compelling.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:34 AM

Jim, I have the same problem to tackle with my 62 Dart, the shallow interior would only be more noticeable on a convertible. As old as these JoHan kits are it makes me question when exactly people began to evolve legs. :lol: