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1961 Impala mild kustom Color and Motor update 11/12


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#1 Albie D

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:27 PM

As a second attempt (and 6th build) at a street sweeping Impala Im starting off with Lindburg's 61 Impala SS 409. Im keeping most all the trim on this one, stock bumpers and grills, but getting rid of the door handles, mirrors, and emblems. Getting this one to lay rocker wasnt too hard, just needed to z the front of the frame, flip the spindles and notch a bit to tuck up the exhaust. Had to cut the crossmember in half to bring the motor back in line and clearance the wheel tubs for the upper control arms.
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Rear Im keeping simple as I would on a 1:1, keep it stock, and use bags. Gonna need a new track bar though, and actually attach it. First time using Alcad, came out pretty good!
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Results, parts stash baby-moons, Hopping Hydros wide whites.
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Started the interior,
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More updates as they happen..

Edited by Albie D, 12 November 2012 - 11:31 AM.


#2 JasonFL

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:10 PM

Albie, I love your style man. Everything is always smoothed and laid out just the way it's ment to be. I really like what your doing with this one and those wheels look great. They look like the steelies that came in my 57 Belair kit that I used on one of my current builds. Can't wait to see what else you got in store for this, keep it up.
Btw, check out the merc. The last picture shows how far off the ground the rocker is. That front is really being a pain in the balls

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#3 Albie D

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:29 PM

Thanks Jason, your builds are always off the chain. You should check out Modelhaus, they make a WWW, part # 110c, thats a little shorter than most, without being too short and looking underscale for a 50s car. They might just do the trick.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

Looking real good. I like the look of those shoes.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:01 PM

Yeah, what they ^^^^^^ said X 10.

Can't wait.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:23 AM

Looking good !

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:59 AM

I think I'm going to like this build. Keep going.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:39 PM

I like where this is going

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:20 PM

Where'd this go.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:27 PM

Thanks guys. On this build Im trying to avoid the mistakes of my past models, plus work on adding a little more detail here and there. Most importantly Im striving for a smooth paint job. Ive been practicing with the AB and took a step back from the urethane and 2 part clear, watched Donn Yost's vid and been going crazy with the enamel, cheap laquer thinner on junk bodies. Been getting very pleasing results with this method. Hopefully I will get to spray this car over the weekend. Ill document the process (i.e. impending train wreck) if I do.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:43 PM

oh yea! that thing is in the weeds! just the way we like `em! like the wheel choice too...

more more more! LOL
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:20 AM

Hi Albie is that the same body that boyd coddington did a bit back super cool love it

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:03 AM

:wub: no words can say i like the way this car sits if you have the revell 49 merc 2 in1 custom the chrome wheels no caps would do for this car

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:19 PM

Hi Albie is that the same body that boyd coddington did a bit back super cool love it

Doobie

Thanks Doobie! Dont know if he ever built a 61, I remember that anti-freeze green 59 or 60 drop top, but in his prolific career Im sure a few rolled into his shop. I gotta check.


:wub: no words can say i like the way this car sits if you have the revell 49 merc 2 in1 custom the chrome wheels no caps would do for this car

Thanks Todd! When a lifetime mini-trucker dives into models, you know the're gonna be planted! I do have that kit (love it) and do have those wheels in my stash box. Problem is the're a bit big. Im guessing scale 16s? Also, I was looking for something deep-dish to get that early 60's vibe. Im saving the Merc steelies for another project though..

Got the car in primer, but the problem is the nice weather. Had to spend the weekend on the bike!

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 07:25 AM

im a mini truck fan my self so most of my truck builts are slam hard B)

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:03 AM

Yeh i seem to remember an orange/cream one done just before he passed away.
Anyhoo cool build so far what colors are you going with

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

Its been about 2 months of watching this project collect dust on my bench. Recently Ive blown the cobwebs out and laid some paint on this piece. This has to be the smoothest paint job of my short career. All done with Testors laquer spray bombs, Squadron putty, and a shed load of prep and sanding.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

Built up the motor. I used Alcad for the valve covers and accessories.
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Doing up the bag mounts. Lookin a litttle jankey, but they are coming together.
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Up next, BMF, finish the gut and stick this ride together!

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:38 PM

Sweet Impala man! I kinda want one of these kits. It's a Lindberg kit correct?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:30 PM

Great color comob...I love the engine...How did you do the scallops? What is Alcad?

Great project!