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1950 Chevy Pickup - A Detail Freak's Dream Truck!


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#141 Custom Mike

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

Thanks guys, it's nearing completeion now, so I'm being careful as I can be, this is where stuff always goes wrong!

 

OK, here's where it gets put up on some wheels. Now after all that voting and picking and whatnot, it didn't matter, neither the first or second place rims and tires would fit, they were too freaking wide. So onto plan B, a set of five spokes that would fit! I found a set, I don't have a clue what they're from, but they look good, so they win! Here's the pics of the mods to get the Pegasus disc brakes to fit, and make the rims fit the hubs from the kit.

I started by sanding down the inside of the disc brakes so the kit hubs would fit, then drilled a hole all the way through them, since they'll be mounted backwards!
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Once the kit hub was in place, it was glued down, then sanded until it met the edge of the disc brake, this was to make sure the rims don't stick out too far.
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Once it was all sanded and test fit to death, the disc were sprayed with Metalizer Aluminum Plate and buffed out, then glued to the rims. A small piece of 26 gauge wire was also added to each caliper to attach to the flexible portion of the brake lines. Yes, I know the rears have no flexible line at the calipers, but I haven't figured out how to do the hard lines all the way yet, so sue me!
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And a shot from the front side, the discs fill these rims completely!
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And the chassis mocked up with all four rims to make sure it sits nice and level!
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And the final pics for the night, a couple of mock-ups with the rims on...
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One side of the rear brakes is in place and connected to it's brake caliper!
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And the passenger side wheel well is in place, and the wiring from the firewall has been run down to the quasi-voltage regulator at the bottom. that's all for tonight, see ya tomorrow!
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Edited by Custom Mike, 05 July 2014 - 06:38 PM.


#142 Alyn

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:39 PM

Those two mock up shots really show what a nice looking truck you're putting together.

 

Be proud to have the keys in my pocket.



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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

yes same here :wub: one thing i would do is send the inline 6 out to the back of barn and put a nice 283/327 out of a 56 or 64 vette :lol:



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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

Todd, I had planned on the 327 out of the Revell '64 Impala, but once I saw how nice this engine was, I had to build it.

 

Alyn, if you can find the keys for this baby, it's yours!


Edited by Custom Mike, 03 May 2013 - 03:40 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:55 AM

that looks great those wheels look very good , great choice



#146 John Teresi

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:34 AM

Mike.......man,this looks GREAT!!!!!......the detail is butt-kick`n........cant` wait for the next up-date. :)



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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

Mike, that thing is looking killer!  I really hope you get out to some shows with it next year.  I would really like to see it in person.  Very nice work so far!



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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

Richard, John, Kirk, thanks for the compliments, they are appreciated. Kirk, drop me a PM when there's a contest coming up in SC, I missed the Sumter contest the last few years because they never notify me when it's happening!

 

It's time to post more pics! I have the bed and all four wheels in place, so we're nearing the finish line. I did discover a few things tonight though. I got both fender wells in place, and mocked up the cab on the chassis...man, it looks great...but there's a slight problem. Now I know why there's no master cylinder in this kit...there's no room for it, especially if you want to add brake lines! So my parts box master cylinder will be glued to the firewall, but no lines connecting to anything, unless someone has a way to make me even smaller. I also discovered that when I modified the front axle, I eliminated the possibility of using the tie rod, it's got nowhere to go now with the lowered axle, unless I cut a groove in the oil pan, which ain't happening! So all my grand plans for the brake lines are dead and gone, but it still will look cool, just forget I ever planned on doing them!

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I've got to do a bit of touch-up on the hole I drilled in the tailgate, there's nothing but primer in that hole! Thank God for pictures, otherwise I wouldn't have spotted that!
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Edited by Custom Mike, 05 July 2014 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

hey, looks like you're scrapping the cab and going for the rickshaw look. I never would have thought of that. Cool idea.

 

by the way Mike, if you're looking for a place to hang the master cylinder, put it under the floor. That's where it is on these trucks. The pedals come up through the floor as part of a lever arm that operates the master cylinder push rod. Maybe with that you could still run the brake lines. It might even be easier.

 

Still loving that bed. One of the best I've seen.


Edited by Alyn, 18 December 2012 - 07:07 AM.


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:10 AM

you are doing some very nice work on this Mike, looks like you are getting close!!



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:38 AM

There may be enough room to run the tie rod in front of the axle.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:24 PM

Alyn, that may explain why I couldn't find any reference pics with the master cylinder on the firewall, now to see if I can get it under the cab somewhere....

 

Mike, I tried getting the tie rod installed in front of the axle, but the drag link wouldn't quite meet the tie rod, and the tie rod itself was buried in the axle's I-beam. I'll tinker with it some and see if I can't stretch a few pieces out to make it fit, it really looks strange without some way of steering! I also just noticed I don't have any shocks up front, gotta find a pair because they weren't in the bag I bought the kit in apparently!



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

OK, this one is finished. I never got the tie rod on, didn't finish the brakes, but I'm calling it done anyway. A few things have popped up lately that have taken my attention away from building, and I've got too many stalled projects waiting, so I just cleaned her up, too some pics, and will post 'em over in the Under Glass section in a few. thanks for following along, and click on the link below to see the finished product!

 

http://www.modelcars...showtopic=68522

 

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Edited by Custom Mike, 29 December 2012 - 06:55 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:04 AM

Super cool pic, Mike. It really shows off what a great job you've done with this truck.



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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:48 AM

Thanks Alyn, but the second time around I'll do even better!



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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

Mike... I just found this build. You have done a killer job on this and it has turned out very nice. I did want to ask what was the material you used for the seat. It looks awesome. Nice job on this one.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

Chris, I used real leather, I killed my arm thinning it so it would work too! I used some on a Revell Chopper kit years ago, had some left over, and decided to try it again. Nothing looks more like leather than the real thing, right?

 

BTW, I went back and painted the windshield wipers, ripped the side mirrors off, and painted 'em body color, I'll update it over in the Under Glass section after they dry and I can redo the mirrors with some foil!


Edited by Custom Mike, 15 January 2013 - 06:26 PM.