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#1 mopar68

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:27 AM

Hey folks,

 

This is part two to "Slowly's 77' Van" more or less- my entry into our 'let's actually finish a project' challenge :P

 

It's AMT's Li'l Red Express. Not the best kit I've come across when it comes to fitment, but otherwise a cool starting point I suppose. Hey, it's a Mopar, it can't be all bad :D

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A quick mock-up in terrible lighting conditions; this is what we're working with-

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Now, to be truly worthy of a 'k', I figured the cab needed to be introduced to my razor saw. As you can see, they got along quite well, and the result was a scale 3" section. It was my first attempt at major bodywork, so be nice :lol:

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A mild chop a little later on, and I think it'll be safe to call it a kustom. :D



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:35 AM

Interresting take on this 70's Dodge! Do you will shop the top?



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:41 AM

Partly because I wasn't particularly fond of the stock grille, and partly because the stock grille will no longer fit. I started fabbing up something new to catch all the bugs. Things are going slowly, but it's starting to resemble a grille. I think...

 

Here's the frame in its rough state-

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Still needs a bit of work, a few details, and some massaging, but the basic shapes are there. Not sure if I'm happy with it yet, I'll see how it looks once the headlights are further along-

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Also, I started swapping the wheel over to a more user-friendly location, considering my location :lol:
I haven't grabbed a pic since I cleaned up all the filler and other nasty bits-

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Well, that's where I'm at so far. Thanks for stopping by for a look, and make sure you check out Slowlylearning's part of the fun- http://www.modelcars...showtopic=73191

 

More soon, as time allows :D



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:32 AM

You both have some really cool customs going on. As for you, I'm not sure I would call this build "mild" ahaha. Your doing some intense chopping but it's going to look mean when done. Liking that scratch built grill, keep it going, I'll be watching both builds.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:33 AM

how about a 69/70 dodge superbee grill. a nice custom body drop too .



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:20 AM

This looks cool...



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:09 PM

how about a 69/70 dodge superbee grill. a nice custom body drop too .

I'm with Todd, with all that work you mine as well body drop it.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:09 PM

thats cool !!!



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:15 AM

great start Zac, very cool!



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:24 AM

Where's them pics?!? :P



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 05:50 AM

:lol: I know KC, I've been a bit slack on the pics. I've filled the cut lines from the section, and finished off the dash conversion, but I decided it's not really update-worthy.

 

Currently eagerly awaiting the arrival of a Modelhaus Sweptline bed :D . I'm contemplating starting a new chassis for it, but until I know the length of the new bed I can't do much there.

I still have the roof chop to do anyway, in the meantime. And finishing off the grille. And sorting out an interior. And engine. So yea, plenty to keep me going while I wait, one thing at a time :P

 

 

Interresting take on this 70's Dodge! Do you will shop the top?

Thanks José, I am planning on chopping the top just a little yes :D

 

how about a 69/70 dodge superbee grill. a nice custom body drop too .

Thanks for the suggestions Todd B) I still haven't made up my mind on the grille, so I will mentally jot that idea down. And I think I will drop it mildly too, thanks :D

 

 

Thanks heaps Jason, I appreciate you following my builds B)

Thanks Richard, Bill and KC, hopefully we'll see some photos soon ^_^



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 03:16 AM

Chuck a flathead in it! hahaha



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 03:56 AM

A flathead? In a Dodge???? Are you insane?!!

Oh wait, you are :lol:

I'm actually thinking of putting a new Hemi in, if I can get my hands on one. What do you reckon fellas?



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:54 AM

A new Hemi aye? Like the one from the Challenger kit I have? :P



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:05 PM

Haha yea, very much like that one actually.......... :lol:

Don't worry though, I have my eyes on a different source :P



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:08 AM

Yay!! Got my new bed from Modelhaus, very pleased with it :D
Now I can get on with the major components of this build :D
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Progress soon...

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:33 PM

Well, with fresh motivation thanks to the new bed's arrival, I dived into this again over the weekend.

 

I've started the the next section. Here's what we're starting with-

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I decided the best way to go about it was to remove the sides, so off they came. Here they are all marked up for cutting-

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And mocked up-

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Next step, filling those cut lines.

Thanks for stopping by B)



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:56 AM

This is sweet! I think I would take a little out of the box behind the back tire. Shorten that box up just a tad

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:07 AM

 And mocked up-
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Next step, filling those cut lines.
Thanks for stopping by B)

Mannn, this thing is looking good! Keep it going

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:46 AM

Way cool!!