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#21 H.A.K

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:49 AM

Your doing great sofar........I built a kustoms 59 caddy wagon......But wanted it to look more wagon so I took aonther tub for that car and cut the seats out of that to make bench seat in back aswell. Heres a pic.Picture016-3.jpg

Not a great pic I guess.......But you get what I was saying.

 

NOT TRYING TO HIGHJACK YOUR THREAD, JUST GIVING YOU IDEA'S.


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#22 David G.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:10 AM

The '59 Cadillac hearse was built by several manufacturers(S&S, Miller-Meteor, etc...) and all were offered with either forward, or suicide (3-way, side loader) doors, and the rear windows were covered on both models.

 

I have converted many of these bodies David, it's not too hard to do. Just take a piece of card stock and hold it on the inside of the body, and use a pencil to draw the shape of the window, and cut it out about 1/8th of an inch outside the line you drew. Transfer that to sheet plastic, and reverse it for the other window. Good luck with your build! B)

 

 

I think I'm going to build mine with glass all the way around.  I plan on building a roller deck and casket for the cargo are and I'd like for all of that to be seen. 

 

Also, I noticed in the picture of the wagon you're building, there are cut-outs on the right quarter panel.  Mine has the cut-outs on the left quarter panel.  What kit is yours from?



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:37 AM

Cool project!  Have you tried the grill assembly from the Monogram 59 Eldorado on Ecto 1-A  for a fit comparison? 

 Thought... a Grateful Dead "Dead Head" sticker on the rear window. :)

Enjoying the build.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:53 AM

Cool project!  Have you tried the grill assembly from the Monogram 59 Eldorado on Ecto 1-A  for a fit comparison? 

 Thought... a Grateful Dead "Dead Head" sticker on the rear window. :)

Enjoying the build.

 

Thanks!

 

I have tried that grille.  It's just a bit too small, which is a bit of a bummer since it's it's nicer than the Ecto-1 grille.  I have, however cut the center section from the rear bumper of the car to use in place of the step bumper on the hearse.  I've been thinking of doing something similar with the front grille and bumper assembly.  I just haven't worked out a good way to do it yet.

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:33 AM

Cool build.  Man, you guys do fantastic work!



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:48 AM

This is a Polar Lights Ecto-1 kit so those cut outs are for the Ladder, and Chrome

pipe/tube that runs up to the carrier just behind/almost under it.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:56 AM

 

Thanks!

 

I have tried that grille.  It's just a bit too small, which is a bit of a bummer since it's it's nicer than the Ecto-1 grille.  I have, however cut the center section from the rear bumper of the car to use in place of the step bumper on the hearse.  I've been thinking of doing something similar with the front grille and bumper assembly.  I just haven't worked out a good way to do it yet.

 

David G.

Sounds like a good plan,  I checked out the ecto1-A  & noticed it had the "promo style" ( lack for better words)  grill & head lamps.  I have a  59 eldorado donor kit myself,  but @ the time didn't want to take on another project.  LOL you know how those little ideas can pile on the "waiting list " !   Lots of  detailed work at hand to do the front grill & bumper but darn well worth the labor of splitting & extending the front assembly. With the extent of detail you are going already  through it will make for a classy model!  Who knows you might end up with a scratch built see through grill.  Wow ;)



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:38 AM

Over the weekend I found another pink 59 Cadillac donor car and spliced the two frames together. I'm currently working on blending them into one (hopefully) seamless chassis.

 

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As always, any comments, critiques or suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

 

David G.


Edited by David G., 14 December 2014 - 02:15 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:39 AM

 
 

 

Another update.

 

 

I filled in the gaps with bits of styrene and extended one of the exhaust pipes.

 

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Roughed-in

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

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Edited by David G., 18 December 2014 - 02:10 AM.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:09 AM

Here's a quick update.

 

 

Now that the mid section and exhaust pipes have been stretched, it's time to shorten the tail by about 6 scale inches.

 

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I've cut the shortened section from the other donor car frame. Time to put them together.

 

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 After some filing, shimming and filling, it's done. I just need to do the final smoothing and blending.

 

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As always, thanks for taking the time to look, and feel free to share your insights.

 

 

Thanks,

 

David G.


Edited by David G., 14 December 2014 - 02:18 AM.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:27 AM

Looking great! Still watching and admiring!!! B)



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

Looks good, David.



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

looking good so far



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:29 PM

Thanks guys! 

 

I have a four day weekend coming up.  My plan is to finish up the frame and get some wheels under it.

 

David G.



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:31 PM

NICE WORK DAVID!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

Looking VERY good. I started "downgrading" my Ecto 1A kit back to the original car, but there is SO much work I just can't get motivated. Maybe I should do something similar. Believe it or not, this build looks a lot easier than the downgrade I'm attempting.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:59 AM

Great work so far, I'm continually amazed at the imagination you all have. Thanks!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:24 AM

Looking VERY good. I started "downgrading" my Ecto 1A kit back to the original car, but there is SO much work I just can't get motivated. Maybe I should do something similar. Believe it or not, this build looks a lot easier than the downgrade I'm attempting.

 

 

By downgrading, do you mean building the Ecto 1-A as the Ecto 1, or building a stock wagon, or something else?

 

David G.


Edited by David G., 17 May 2013 - 03:35 AM.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:34 AM

That's some nice work on lengthening and shortening the chassis sections, and all the other stuff to make the body look more "stock". Nice project and great workmanship!



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:49 AM

That's some nice work on lengthening and shortening the chassis sections, and all the other stuff to make the body look more "stock". Nice project and great workmanship!

 

 

 

Thanks Dennis. Hopefully, after I get the frame done, things will get a bit more routine. Of course, there is the interior... and roller deck. :unsure:

 

 

David G.