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#1 Dave Mikrut

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

A long time ago I made a 2dr Handyman wagon from a 55 Chevy Nomad. I used the rear wheelwells and partial sedan roof from the 55 Belair sedan. Iwas never really happy with the ay it came out so today after seeing a foto of a 57 shortehed, I decided to do a little body work. Glues and joints are hardening now and some filling and sanding and priming for tomorrow. And yes i am going to see if I like it as a sedan delivery! hehe!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Sweet!



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

Cool project. Also that short 57 looks very cool. 



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

cool so far ! good start



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

Nice! I've thought about building a 56 shorty wagon, I'll be watching this one!!



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

l like the potential of this project. Look forward to your progress.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

Hey Dave .  I was just looking at this over on Coffin Corner and I really like the shortened body !  Also changing the wheel opening makes a big difference in it's appearance .  Should be a great looking build .



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:21 AM

I don't like those shorty's  as a rule, but I've gotta admit that your idea and inspiration is pretty cool! I can just imagine that flat black 57 coming off the line. Great!!



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:52 AM

Here's a little preview of what it's going to be like, today after brunch I'll proceed with the bodywork. This is a chassis for another project but I will make another of the same. (Nova AWB chassis)
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

That is going to be a cool build.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

Really sweet Dave. Hope you can finish this one off! I agree the wheel opening change is a plus.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

I like what your doing here .



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

Cool!



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:33 AM

"So Dave what did you do with the 55 Chevy Nomad wheelwells you removed for the "Shorty" project" yer probably thinkin??? Well little Gregg, I put them on the 55 two door sedan, kinda like "2 Lane Blacktop" doncha think?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:39 AM

Some really cool Ideas Dave! Great work too!

I'll have to save this for future reference! :lol:

 

BTW! Great to see you back again! B)



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

The last photo I posted of 55 my shorty was Photoshopped to show you how I hoped it would come out after body work. It had to fill seams on the sides and a seam on the roof. Also the contours of the roofs from the two diff. cars did not match so I had to build it up and shape it to fit. As with all my models that require filling I use plastic and liquid cement to fill the gaps and then the final finishing only needs minimal putty. I also use scratch filling sandable duplicolor primer. Any votes for a color? I'm thinking gold, yellow, root beer or silver blue.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

Looks like you made the roof issue go away!  I had the same problem when I turned the Dodge van into a pickup. The cab and the back end roofs were at totally different heights.  



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

Rootbeer with a gold roof might look good, no ?



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

Nice body work!



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:24 AM

Yes, send that body off to Jimmy Flintstone.  I'll bet he sells a ton of them!