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Open Road Camper w. Chevy Cameo

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#21 Tom Geiger

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

Edsel-Dan is correct.  I've seen Open Road on Chevy, Ford and Dodge chassis. Sold only as a finished motor home.  I really never liked the Open Road's  picture window on the back. It just seems to be a stress point that would move around as the truck was driven.

 

So.... what I'd do if I wanted to create something generic, use the camper but put a fixed back on it with a window in it or something.  Alter it somewhat so it no longer is an Open Road.   As Jaeron posted above,  there were car based campers. There was one company that was producing these in limited quantities by buying late model cars that had been totaled out at the rear. The camper on this would be much more narrow than the Open Road kit.  I've always wanted to build one of these, but figure I'd scratch build the camper.

 

An interesting thing is that when I was working on my Dodge Van based camper, I measured off all the interior components on the Open Road and found they were quite a bit out of scale.  That's why I scratch built everything in my camper.



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

 
Do you have the 55 Pickup chassis stretched? or are you just butting the 2 together??
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I cut the chassis in half and made it go under the camper. But I don't like the results. I'm not an expert builder. I think I will glue the Cameo chassis back together and finish that truck. I will come across a more suitable truck for the camper someday. It looks neat just by itself too.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

I am not sure when the 'Cheyenne' name was added to Chevy's pick up, but do remember my 72

annual box stating CHEYENNE.

Most of the 67-72's I have are CS & CST, Some have the Cheyenne badge too.

 

Location of the badge, being a  CS or CST will help with the model year of the kit.

 

I have 69's with the CS/CST on the door directly under the window, and on the front fender

just in front of the door line That is the location of the Cheyenne badge if it has that.

 

My first of this era Chevy/GMC pickup was the MPC 71 Annual New.

I now have several of them, though am not sure as to which are MPC & which are AMT

unless I got them in the box.

I have 3 unbuilt/started GMC shortbox Stepside, 4 of the MPC Longbox Stepside,

2 of the Heavy Pedal Long-Stepside issue, 2 '67's one a resin conversion,

69 awaiting restoration completion, 2 more 69's that Had the Motor home body

now only cab/chassis 71 Fire Truck resto project (no grill but the 71 front bumper),

boxed 71 Pickup with Wedge.  That one was painted awaiting paint stripper. 2 of the Stock

hubcaps are damaged, but otherwise it is complete

I THINK I have a 68, but am not sure.

I got a lot of 5 Built painted that all I have done so far is replace the custom rims/tires with Stock tires & hubcaps

I need to take pic's of these!!.

I also got a LARGE lot of parts/built's from a "Wacko" dealer on evilbay at a VERY CHEAP price and have

maybe 5-6 more to work with including 2 Hazzard Tow trucks and 4-5 More of the Tow truck parts!!!

Also in the lot but in bad shape are 2 sets of Sierra Grande pickup bed sides!!

Just wish the script was in better shape!

 

Do you think I Like this era Chevy/GMC Pickup????

 

 

I found a couple pic's of my 65 Open Road project.

65Chevy-OpenRoadrs.jpg

 

65Chevy-OpenRoadLs.jpg

 

Sorry they are so dark, but my camera is Old, 1.3 MP and does not like to take flash pics

 

Notice some Chrome on the Dually centers??

They were the Chrome Reverse rims in the kit. The outer rings are from the parts box.

 

Tires are Rubber Firestone Gum-Dipped Darlingtons!!!!

Yes the ones from AMT's Turnpike Slotcar sets!!

They fit the wheel wells and look large enough for the build


Edited by Edsel-Dan, 15 January 2013 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

Hi Dan, yes your '72 Chevy looks like a much better fit for the camper. I've been looking around in my local hobby store but I could not find anything like it. I'll find one , someday.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

Sadly, The 72 seams to have disappeared again.

All the Recent re-issues (Even the Rides Mag version) have become High dollar kits on that evil bay place!!!

 

Mine is the Revell 65 stretched to fit.

 

The gap over the cab is because I have not added the separate cab roof piece yet.

 

I need to have a good Sunny day (BE Awake too) and take some more pic's showing the stretched Revell frame

It looks better because the 65's roof is not as tall as the 55!!

Entire Body is lower, not just the roof.

 

The Motor Home Can be mounted to the 55, just stretch the frame correctly then shim the body

to fit up and over the roof

 

Oh, The rubber bands are because I have not glued the walls of the Motor home body together yet


Edited by Edsel-Dan, 16 January 2013 - 07:46 PM.