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#1 Trans Am Erik

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

This is a car I have had for many years. It has been the guinna pig for my crazy bodywork and was almost destroyed. In it's first incarnation I got it from the auction at my model car club. The top was chopped 4in and the body was sectioned 4in. The roof was unsavable so I grafted a new roof on made out of the chopped front half of a '49 ford and the narrowed bacl half of a Chezoom roof. I also layed the headlights back and pancaked the hood. For the rear I made the trunk lid from a Prowler trunk and hand fabbed the roll pan and sunken liscence plate. I could never get the curve of the roof right, it sagged in the middle and the tail lights were a mess. So the car got put aside for years and now I aim to redesign it.


Here's what she looked like when I dug it out of the box after 7 years

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:20 AM

In looking for a doner car for a new roof the whole car took a new direction. I decided to go with a '67 Impala roof, but then it snowballed into not just the roof but the rear quarters as well. The new windshield is a layed back modified '49 Merc part. The Merc now has that "Coke Bottle" shape.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:23 AM

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:56 AM

Ohhh My EYEs!! Jus' kiddin' I call these creations junk box madness and sometimes they turn out smashing!! This is rough now but looks like some potential. Keep at it. :o :D

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:58 PM

I like those wheels! What kit did they come from?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:59 PM

Just when you think you've seen it all. Wow, I'll be watching this one. Keep it going.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:05 PM

Thanks guys, the front wheels came from a Boyd Coddington kit and I believe the rears are Jada. I forgot to mention that the car will have a Chezoom frame also. I'm still up in the air as to the engine, seats etc.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:22 PM

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:26 AM

Looks like a good start.

Looking forward to seeing where you go with this one.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:45 AM

Nice...Did you build that frame?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:50 AM

lol....I jus read bout.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:11 AM

Working on this car is kinda like getting dressed in the dark. I have a feel for it but I have no idea exactly what it will look like in the end.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:18 AM

That frame is super cool, and I am still amazed at how and with what ease you cut up the styrene and put it back together.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:36 AM

what do think about putting the lower section of the merc rear fenders back on?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:36 AM

Thanks Dr. it was a lot of searching to find the right roof line to rebuild the cars origional shape. Then after staring at it as to where to cut this idea came out. The idea I have for the rear end is to make a '51ish Merc tail with a phantom Continental kit trunk (Mark VII ish)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:53 AM

Really cool idea. Looks like something Chip Foose would do.

Keep up the good work. Any thoughts on color?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

No idea on color, I'm open to suggestions.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:46 AM

frame is a Testors Chezoom chassis from one of the "full detail" kits.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:50 PM

that's a cool project. just make sure you don't put it back in the box so we can get to see it finished. B)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

Far out!