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#1 Kyle Krueger

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:21 AM

What would be a good, cheap in price, easy to modify model car/truck?

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:44 AM

Kinda depends on your definition of "modify". Changing wheels is a modification, and it's pretty easy. Changing engines is a modification, and it's a little trickier. Chopping tops is relatively easy on early '30s cars with fairly straight roof pillars, and gets progressively harder the newer the car is. Sectioning, channeling and building custom fender flares all require considerable skill, no matter what kit you're working on.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:47 AM

I was thinking lowering, wheel changes and body work. But just simple stuff.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:07 AM

The first ones that come to my mind are the '49-'50, '56 and '57 AMT Fords (and other vintage and re-issue kits of that nature...depending where your automotive interests lie). Some have 1/16" wire axles which make switching wheels from other similar kits easy, they come with optional wheels and lowering options too, and they also come with optional parts to do simple add-on body modifications, custom grilles and taillights, etc. They can be a lot of fun and produce great models without getting crazy.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:19 AM

I'm thinking of a truck. But I do a lot of trucks. I want a car, but there's just something in my brain that doesn't want me to do a car. I'm thinking of a 55 or 57 Cameo.. Either lifted or lowered, engine swap. Tire swap. Ect...

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:26 AM

Well I'd hit ebay, but as for easily customizable, that's up to you. Put as much effort into as you feel appropriate.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:43 AM

Not sure if I want to deal with eBay.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:18 AM

Not sure if I want to deal with eBay.

 

I've never understood the ebay bashers. I've had over 1200 successful transactions with only about, maybe 5 problems, and ALL of those have been resolved to my complete satisfaction. Paying attention on ebay, only buying from sellers who have good reputations, and doing your homework so as to know what something can be bought for, as opposed to the stupid prices some sellers ask is important. Ebay is simply a tool for connecting buyers and sellers all over the world who would NEVER connect otherwise. It works very well, but, like using all tools, the success or failure of the outcome depends largely on the applied ability of the user.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:33 AM

It's not that. I don't wan to deal with shipping and all that extra payment.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:03 AM

Again, it comes down to doing your homework and research. I can often buy older, not-so-popular kits from ebay for much less, including shipping, than buying from the LHS (especially if you factor in the cost of fuel and time to get there). Some things can cost a lot more, some can be significantly cheaper.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

It's not that. I don't wan to deal with shipping and all that extra payment.

 

If you can get a kit for $10 and pay $7 for shipping, how is that a bad thing? That is the whole reason to use ebay, the possibility of getting kit cheaply.  I have gotten several kits for less than $10 before.


Edited by Jantrix, 24 April 2013 - 09:37 AM.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:03 PM

Used to play this game with my kids, "Yes But!" :P Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, ya gotta make up yer own mind, trucks,cars,customs ? You ask for help then it's "Yes But." :lol:  Do your home work. All the answeres are right here on this very board. I know, "Yes But.". Well, sorry bub , just can't help you, B)



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:54 PM

Again, it comes down to doing your homework and research. I can often buy older, not-so-popular kits from ebay for much less, including shipping, than buying from the LHS (especially if you factor in the cost of fuel and time to get there). Some things can cost a lot more, some can be significantly cheaper.

Also a good way to put Hobby Shops out of business. I like to support my LHS rather than the big  companies...

 just my 2 cents...



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

Also a good way to put Hobby Shops out of business. I like to support my LHS rather than the big  companies...

 just my 2 cents...

Valid point. But then again, some of us simply do not have an LHS to go to, so buying online/Ebay is the most viable option. Plus, as Bill pointed out, for getting older kits, Ebay is really the best way to go. I've seen in many cases, the seller on Ebay is in fact a hobby shop clearing out NOS kits to make way for new releases, or selling kits from local customers on consignment.

I will admit to preferring to buy from a shop myself rather than buying on Ebay (I like the hunt, plus being able to hold it in my hands before purchase), but sometimes it's the only choice. BTW, the closest hbby shop to me is a 45 mile drive, so I make it count when I go.

Kyle, you mention possibly wanting to do a Cameo. One of the nice things about the Cameo kit is that the Stepside version of the kit is essentially identical other than the bed and a few other parts. It does include a drop axle that will swap right into the Cameo, plus has headers, Edelbrock intake/rocker covers/air filter, and a set of custom wheels/tires.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

Also a good way to put Hobby Shops out of business. I like to support my LHS rather than the big  companies...

 just my 2 cents...

I usually buy CURRENT kits and almost ALL my supplies at the LHS. The prices are definitely better there than online, for the most part. By FAR, most sellers of OLDER or VINTAGE kits on ebay aren't "big companies" (currently ALL my "LHS" vendors ARE chain-store, "big companies"), but rather mom-and-pop ventures selling a few old kits.

 

I'm glad you have a real LHS to support. The one that was near me recently moved and dropped all of its car stuff to specialize in the large-scale train market. I'm afraid I won't switch hobbies to support that one.

 

 

 

Kyle, I think a Cameo would be a great choice. You don't see them very often, they're have good lines, and as the other Bill pointed out, the custom options from the stepside could make one sweet little truck. Maybe a general de-chroming and updating, with a super-slick but simple paint job?


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 24 April 2013 - 02:47 PM.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:13 PM

Picked one: AMT 1957 Chevy Cameo.
Lifted
Bigger wheels/tires
Engine swap?
Body work
Have yet to choose colors.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:12 AM

This looks pretty cool:

 

55Caddeoaqua.jpg

 

...or this...

 

1955_chevrolet_cameo_pickup_truck_by_ver


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 25 April 2013 - 03:22 AM.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:31 AM

I'm thinking of liftin it. Off road fires. You never see that anywhere. Thinking purple (testors one coat lacour) engine painted purple. Silver frame. No chrome.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:58 AM

I was thinking lowering, wheel changes and body work. But just simple stuff.

Yes But 1102or_14_+1955_chevy_3100_pickup_truck+



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:36 AM

Yes But 1102or_14_+1955_chevy_3100_pickup_truck+


That's pretty much my plan.