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'54 Chevoldsmollac custom...mystery frame, Aug.26

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#21 scaleauto


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:11 AM

The Olds look for sure. Lookin good

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:12 AM

Love what you have going with this so far. Really like the Olds front end treatment.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:35 AM

Dude this is kool man.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:21 AM

Glad you're going with th Olds look. I secretly favored that one. Looking again, l can't help wondering how it would look with a '61 lmpala front bumper instead of the '58 ? Seems like it would be more streamlined, lower & showcase the Olds insert more ? Just a thought. Bart

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:09 AM

Isn't that a 58ish Plymouth bumper?

#26 Ace-Garageguy


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 03:31 PM

I haven't been building much recently due to some health and other issues, but I was able to get a little bench time in last night and today.


Though I AM going to do the Olds version of this, I'm also doing a Cadillac-inspired version, so I wanted to work out a method for fitting the custom hood from the '49 Ford to the Chevy front end. Here you can see fillers and extensions growing in place from styrene stock.




I decided to use the diecast rear Caddy promo bumper on this, but it needed some mods to work, including removing all the mounting tabs, etc., and notches had to be cut in the sides of the rear quarters to fit.




Extended rear quarter mocked up, with skirts that will come all the way back to pick up the bumper, and Olds-inspired bullet taillights.




Longer, lower profile shot. I also added back a 1/16" strip at the bottom of the body shell, as the section job looked a little too severe.




And a front 3/4 shot showing the leading-edge scoops on the mocked-up skirts.



Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 24 August 2013 - 03:37 PM.

#27 slowlylearning


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:08 PM

Very very cool, looks like its shaping up to be a nice elegant sled :)

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:21 PM

Great Progress Bill!


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:56 PM

Glad to hear you are feeling better Bill.

Like the cruiser skirt treatment and the tail lights are spot on.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:41 PM

That Caddy rear bumper is perfect for this build! I too am glad your going to do the Olds front and give the Caddy a try. I'm trying to imagine what you will do to make the dagmars  look more integrated. They look  good, but "forced"?

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:28 PM

You can almost see the flames shooting out from under that rear bumper.



#32 Jeremy Jon

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:49 PM

Cool project Bill, nice to see you could rescue this model!!

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 10:43 PM

great progress going to be sweeet

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 03:12 AM

Thanks for the interest and comments.


 I'm trying to imagine what you will do to make the dagmars  look more integrated. They look  good, but "forced"?


I agree they look a little forced at this point, and there are several 1:1 cars (that got it right, including the stock '54) I've been studying to get a feel for solving this. Figuring out how to integrate the hood into the available opening was the first hurdle, and it's solved but not complete. It still needs some minor adjustment, as it slopes down in front very slightly, rather than being close to parallel with the fender tops (as seen in the profile shot).


Also keep in mind that this nose won't be used with this particular tail treatment either...this thing is an ongoing mashup of various ideas, kind of like an evolving series of sketches. Though the plan IS to use another of these rear bumpers on the Caddy-nosed version, the '53-'54 Caddy quarter-panel vertical side-vents and the characteristic Caddy rear pre-fin fender bump taillight housings will be incorporated.

#35 James2


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:29 AM

Really like the old school customs and this is no exception! some fine modeling on this project.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:23 AM

loving it

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:26 AM

Cool need to finish mine messed the paint up stripped it and its been sitting ever since nice job so far on yours

#38 Foxer


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 11:13 AM

This is looking neat.

Edited by Foxer, 26 August 2013 - 09:20 AM.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:06 PM

A most interesting salvage of a mess.


I agree with Chuck- a Nailhead would be a perfect choice to power this thing. If you don't have one, the 88's 303 would also be quite acceptable.


I liked that pearlescent baby blue on the custom Caddy convertible. May I suggest that for the color with white pleated interior with navy accents?


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:35 PM

Nice work so far Bill....