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Replicating my 1:1 Chevy HHR (using RMR's new resin)

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#1 jeffs396

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

The Chevy HHR was produced from 2006-2011, and enjoys a small but loyal following, more so when they were still in production, but still active today as there are many of these on the road. They were produced in several versions:

 

 wagon 

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"half-panel" AA5    

 and SS versions of each

 

I bought my 1:1 2006 base LS wagon new in July of '06, took it home and started cutting :o

 

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Split the hatch down the middle in preparation for the barn door fabrication...

 

 

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cut out the taillight 'blisters' to accommodate English-wheel formed fillers to shave the tails:

 

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And this is as far as I got :( before...

 

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life got in the way, we had another child, my daily driver finally wore out & the HHR became my new every-day ride :(

 

I'll finish it someday... :rolleyes:

 

Here's my renderings of the basic plan:

 

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And a photochop of what I'd like to do to the sides, to add character to the too-smooth factory panels:

 

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For now though, I have to settle on a resin version...

This is RMR's new casting, which includes everything you see here: 

 

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I've started by cutting out the 'C' pillars, slicing off the running boards, and smoothing the tail 'blisters', pics of that and more to come...

 



#2 Sixx

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

I'm diggin it man!  Gonna be cool!!



#3 Erik Smith

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Cool ideas.

So your car has no tail lights?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

Big: Nice.

 

Little: Gonna be Nice.

 

Misc: Great to finally see a scale HHR available.



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

hmm to start with i love the 1:1 mods :) and well one thing is for sure now you can really see how it turns out and maybe even get better / new idea's for the 1:1 with this build

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:17 AM

I like seeing something different going on. Even better when you have a real one sitting there.

 

Since I'm acronym challenged, could you spell out who RMR is and even a link

 

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#7 Steven Zimmerman

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:30 AM

Google Race Motor Replicas.....

#8 Tompidom

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:34 AM

Man this is a real nice project, Ill be watching this one!



#9 Johnny1973

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:19 AM

Very nice HHR.The resin kit looks good too.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

Thanks guys...

 

Cool ideas.

So your car has no tail lights?

 

Erik, I enlarged the reflector openings in the rear bumper fascia and installed oval LED tails, with new back-up lights below. This plastic fascia will go away eventually and be replaced by a chromed steel bumper B)

 

 

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#11 Erik Smith

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

Wow!  Cool touch!  I can't say I see too many customized modern cars - I like it.  It will be fun watching the model construction.



#12 Joe Handley

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

What were those door hinges off of?  The look like they would work on the Old Chevy/GMC G-Vans and and Dodge/Plymouth B-Vans!



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:27 AM

What were those door hinges off of?  The look like they would work on the Old Chevy/GMC G-Vans and and Dodge/Plymouth B-Vans!

 

They are modified 2007-up (new body style) extended cab door GM pickup hinges...they allow for a full 170 degrees of rotation.



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:02 AM

Cool project Jeff! You do know you're gonna have to finish this one don't you? :lol:  Are you planning on building like you have planned for your real HHR?



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

I like HHRs. I always thought they were a neat concept. I had one for a rental last New Year's (11-12) for the weekend while my car was getting fixed, and liked it very much. I do wish they'd put something like that on the Cruze chassis, or simply bring the Cruze wagon here from Europe.

 

I like the mods you're making to yours, Jeff.

 

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