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#1 Fat Brian

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:03 PM

I had intended to do a mild custom with my first build of the 50 Olds but then the itch hit and I had to cut it up. I had seen years ago a 53/54 Chevy which had had it's rear fenders widened, I was eventually going to try this on an Olds but it happened to day. I cut along the crown of the fenders all the way from the front of the side bulge to the rear bumper, seperating the entire from face of the rear fender. I then added an eighth inch wide strip of square Evergreen and reattached the outer fender. The effect is subtle but hopefully after paint it will stand out a bit more. I have removed all of the side chrome and will start on a chop next, I've never done a chop this complex and I hope I can pull it off without having to get another body. I'm also going to french the headlights and some otherodds and ends. So, without further jawing, here are the pics.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:46 PM

Ooh, I liking that modification. Keep going.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:35 PM

Very cool Brian!

I hope to see LOTS of these cut up B)

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#4 Fat Brian

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:28 AM

I don't have any idea what to use for power, I would really like to keep the drivetrain Olds but I want a modern motor. I don't want to have to drop a 350 in it just to get some updated parts.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:41 AM

very cool idea! great start

cheers
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:45 AM

I like the fender mod.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:34 AM

Great idea widening those rear fenders. Looking good.

As far as updating the engine goes, the Olds engine was redesigned for '64 and stayed in production in that basic form until 1990. A big-block (tall-deck) version debuted in 1965, and there are aluminum heads available aftermarket (Edelbrock) for the newer engine design in 1:1. Factory horsepower ratings for the 455 were as high as 400, with massive torque.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:32 AM

I don't have any idea what to use for power, I would really like to keep the drivetrain Olds but I want a modern motor. I don't want to have to drop a 350 in it just to get some updated parts.


Brian, you could use the four-cam Olds powerplant from the Revell Shelby series 1 kit if you want to go ultra-modern ;)

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:47 AM

That's what I was going to suggest, Jeff. It builds up nice and would be a natural for a modern tekkie build. But the 455 is also a versatile beast that could fit that style with a little effort in accessory selection.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:50 AM

Brian, you could use the four-cam Olds powerplant from the Revell Shelby series 1 kit if you want to go ultra-modern ;)

That's what I was going to suggest, Jeff. It builds up nice and would be a natural for a modern tekkie build. But the 455 is also a versatile beast that could fit that style with a little effort in accessory selection.


Thanks for the heads up on the Series 1 engine, that might be just the ticket. Otherwise I do have some 455s laying around that might get pressed into service with a modern intake plunked on it. I did a little more today, gluing the headlight bezels in getting ready for the frenching. I'm still strategizing the chop and trying to decide if I want to eliminate the B pillar and make it into a psuedo hardtop, maybe reshape the rear window and C pillar a bit.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:54 AM

Are the Lindberg and AMT/Ertl both equipped with 455s? I'm not familiar... Either way, if you want to go a little "modern", you could modify a big four-barrel to look like a throttle body and add fuel injector lines to the intake runners.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:56 AM

The so called Olds engine is actually a Cadillac engine, the Northstar. It is a Cadillac designed engine, NOT an Olds, even though Cadillac shared it for the last few years of Oldsmoblie production.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:01 AM

The so called Olds engine is actually a Cadillac engine, the Northstar. It is a Cadillac designed engine, NOT an Olds, even though Cadillac shared it for the last few years of Oldsmoblie production.


I was wondering that, Olds and Cadillac kind of joint developed the 4.0 quad cam motor that was in the Aurora and later used in Indy racing. Cadillac took it and punched it out to 4.6 liter for the Northstar series. That engine has a lot of design ideas from the Lotus derived motor in the first ZR-1 Corvettes.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:15 PM

You could drop a resin 572 Chevy in. VCG resins makes some of those with a fuel injection system

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:17 PM

Good looking concept.
Great idea.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:40 PM

How about one of the Old's engines from one of the Pro Stock kits, you could fab a single four intake for it, & change to a TH 400, or fab up your own EFI unit for it, that would be a little different direction than most would think of. (guess it just takes a deranged mind to think of that much horsepower in that "little coupe").

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:43 PM

What about the engine from the AMT`66 442 kit?

#18 Fat Brian

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:23 PM

I added the frenched headlight bezels tonight, I will putty them up and smooth them out later. I made the slightly angled, I wanted to see how it looks and if it doesn't work I can always sand them flat.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:27 PM

Lookin good Brian.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:51 AM

have u found a motor 66 to 69 442 olds would look sick in a 50's custom olds