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Project Phoenix: Custom '61 Dodge Dart resurrection: Still ticking, Sept,1


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#41 David G.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:28 AM

Coming along nicely.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:16 AM

Anxiously awaiting more updates on this one!

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:43 AM

As always, very nice work sir!!! Love checking on this build!!!!

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 06:45 AM

Wow, what a nice save. Very impressive fabrication work, too.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:52 AM

Wanted to open the deck before I got into the restyle of the tail too far. This old body is as thick as resin, and extremely brittle. I thinned the deck cut-lines on the inside with a dremel to ease the process. The tube between the rockers is a temporary reinforcement to keep the body from cracking again through the front and rear cowl sections.

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The decklid sides were straight cuts with the razor saw, and the front cut-line only required scribing repeatedly to deepen it to almost the depth I'd thinned it to inside. Then it snapped out, fairly cleanly.

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Open hood and deck, body still intact thanks to the tubular reinforcement. Starting to repair the sinks in the panels, to get them in primer and see how well they fit back in the openings.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:52 PM

Love it!!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:03 PM

thats going to be one sick car

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:10 PM

Fiddling with the nose and tail. Thinking of doing a floating surround for the grille. The rear panel I'd started to use has moved to the front, and a similar panel, again sort of Pontiac looking, has grown on the rear so both ends will have some design unity. Also moving the windshield back a few scale inches. Mostly dechromed at this point, too.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:26 AM

Fantastic work so far. :)

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:32 AM

Bill, everything you've done so far has worked perfectly, I'm waiting for more of your magic!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:40 AM

WOW!

Shaping up nicely Bill!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:56 AM

You Guy's never stop Amazing me, youre all so Great at Building, Rebuilding, Scratch Building, Painting, Interior Designing, just Plain AWESOME, what Talent you all have.


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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:57 PM

Thank you gentlemen. Glad you're enjoying what I'm trying to do with this old wreck.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:50 PM

That's looking perfect! Almost looks like a factory Mopar concept.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 04:06 PM

You're making me drool. This is going to look killer when its done.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:18 PM

cool car is that dodge polara

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:01 PM

I want it, heck I'll take it just as it sits!!! I love this car!!!!!!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:04 PM

Great progress :) plus awesome rebuilding skills. Keep it on

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:16 AM

Looks good. Can't wait to see it done. All your hard work is paying off.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:22 AM

If its this beautiful now I can't imagine when it is painted. Amazing.