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#1 James2

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:03 AM

Here is another custom from my bench. Starting with an AMT '51 Chevy Bel Air, kit #T295. I chopped the top about 3 scale inches. I decided to cut the roof at the mold seam line so as not to lose the shape where the roof meets the body. The front was cut mid "A" pillar.  I also added 57 Chevy headlight extensions. Most of the trim has to go, including the windows. On the left side I have drawn a line for a two tone paint scheme and the right shows a chrome trim reference.  Not sure which one yet and still need to work out the tail lights and a couple other dozen things! I'm pretty sure on bumpers, but not the grill. I like to brace things while sanding, the styrene in the front is temporary.  Any way thanks for looking, J2.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

looks like a good start!!



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

Looking great so far. Seems to be a few of us working on 51 Chevies right now. I'm working on the Fleetline. Many mods on it. Any ideas on your taillights? I like your chop and 57 extensions. I'll ne watching.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:37 AM

very nice start on this. I learned to drive in one of these. :rolleyes:



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

Nice start.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:53 PM

I've been owned by a 1:1 '52 Chevy for YEARS now and I'm really digging the '57 hooded headlights. I'm now on the hunt for full scale '57 donor fenders lol. I like the passenger side trim spear idea and it might be neat to graft a '55 Chevy egg crate grill in there. What are the hubcaps? They are really cool looking. Looking forward to more progress..


Edited by Albie D, 16 February 2013 - 12:54 PM.


#7 Sixties Sam

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

Looks good so far! I like the chop and headlight scoops. For taillights, how about tunneled 59 Caddie bullets?

 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

Thanks guys, I'm already liken this one a lot myself!

Here is what I came up with sofar, 55 Chevy pick up grill and bumper I found in the PB and instead of going crazy with the tail lights I just added a little molded in visor. The stock lights should fit right inside.

 

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Albie, the hub caps are from the same truck kit. The tires are from an old 60 Impala kit I believe. 

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There's much more sanding to do, but not as much as John T's "Freak Show"


Edited by James2, 16 February 2013 - 05:19 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

Great start!

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:01 AM

looking awsome already !!!!

#11 James2

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:39 AM

Well this morning I wasn't as thrilled with the grill as before. So a little cut here, fitment there and a few parts from a Corvette...

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Still a'bit rough, but I like it better. What'a think?



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:09 AM

I like it, but I think it needs to be wider..

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

I liked the '55 truck grill, but turning it upside down would be interesting...



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

I liked the '55 truck grill, but turning it upside down would be interesting...

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

I tried that first Tom, looked like a Chrysler product!



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

The corvette grill looks really good James....



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

Thanks Carl. I added some 55 Chevy style turn signals and it really help fill things in.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

LOve the 'Vette grille... maybe open it up from the back with a Dremel?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

I like the vette grill as well.....looks like a mouth full of teeth



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:34 AM

LOve the 'Vette grille... maybe open it up from the back with a Dremel?

 

It is a two piece grill and is also open, should look real nice when finished.


Edited by James2, 23 February 2013 - 09:01 AM.