In my humble opinion, the line drawn between customs and lowriders in the 70's was a blurry one. Maybe a hazy one is more apt for the decade, but I've been interested in that pre-Dayton era for a few years now. The first gen Riviera is probably Detroit's best factory custom effort (with the 58 Impala coming a close second) and needs little to cruise the streets in style.
A gray plastic AMT 65 Rivera is the (un)lucky subject of this build, so less writing and on with some pics okay?
Like most AMT kits of the era, this one has a basic floor pan with all the detail molded in along with those rudimentary metal axles. Since customs are all about stance, this baby is low. And that would mean a metal axle piercing though the heads of the motor. Since its a Nailhead and not a AMT Axle head, the axle had to go.
I used square stock to make a stut type thing, drilled holes for the cut down axles and called it a day. Not very real looking, but niether is a axle going though the engine bay. I hear some guys saying already, " But chassis XYZ will fit with a little spit and elbow grease". Ehh, I cant really be bothered
Looks unobtrusive from underneath and I built in a little negative camber for some added stance realism
The rear was done in the conventional metal axle way with the top of the wheel house lopped off and the mount moved up.
So we got a grounded stance, now we need some shoes. Im not into product shots but these new wheels from Pegasus deserve at least one
The Astro's on the left are period perfect for this build, the reverse on the right are next in line for a earlier 60's custom project.
After a little shaving of the body mounts, and some persuasive measures to the interior tub we got a great parking lot pose.
Edited by Albie D, 06 June 2013 - 04:07 PM.