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1959 Buick Invicta Overhaulin Updated 11/30/13


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#1 HNTR

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:08 PM

    I have been looking for this kit for some time now. Finally a member on this site made a trade with me. I was told that the gentleman actually received this same kit from another trade he made. After getting this kit I took some pics and immediately took it apart. I put the body in the purple pond and it seemed that due to the age of the kit the paint was falling right off. While the paint was being stripped I did some research on this kit. While I thought it was just an old kit something did not seem right when I took it apart. The rear axle had grooves in it like it used to hold something. After researching more I came to the conclusion that this kit is actually a "friction promo". If I am wrong  or if someone has more info for me, please do tell.

    Here are some pics of what is going on with the kit so far. The first 2 pics are of the color scheme I am contemplating.

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Edited by HNTR, 30 November 2013 - 09:09 AM.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:16 PM

    This is how I received the model. The paint seemed to be brushed on and some of the details were either wore down or sanded off. There was also alot of glue used. Overall this kit was complete and in good shape, not to mention what I have been looking for. Here are some pics.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

here is  quick search

 

http://images.search...8&fr=fptb-yff13



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

Here are some pics of the model taken apart.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:19 PM

here is  quick search

 

http://images.search...8&fr=fptb-yff13

Awesome. Thanks for the help



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:22 PM

from the dismanteled kit is looks like a kit from 1959,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i had a pontiac and few others like that.......................


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:22 PM

After soaking in the purple pond overnight here is some pics of the body. I did remove the windshield and the framing, as I will not need them anyways.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:23 PM

I will keep updating as I go. Thanks for any input and for looking.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

Really good to see restos of these oldies. It rather looks like a generic or even a Ford chassis plate has had the holes hogged out to fit the Buick screw bosses (the '59 Buick had straight side frame rails...those pictured are curved and look like the Ford shape). It also seems to have just a little curl-up of the front end, which MAY make it a kit. I'd think an acetate promo would have far more warpage by now.

 

Which brings up the obvious question someone here surely knows the answer to...were the '59 promos still acetate, or had they gone to Cycolac / ABS?



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:55 PM

what is the writing on the frame rail,,,,,,,i cant make it out.......................



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

what is the writing on the frame rail,,,,,,,i cant make it out.......................

    There is the answer. It says "Copyright By A.M.T. Birmingham Mich".

    In any case it will be getting a new frame

interior

engine

hood will be able to open, possibly the trunk also

tires and rims

rear bumper

spare tire carrier

and much more customizing. 



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:25 PM

It is most likly an early AMT kit,,,,they were ot terribly fussy about the frame details and I think they used the same basic frame on everything,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I could be wrong but if I remember right they just figured getting the body close was enuff................ :P It is a styrene car so very little warping if any,,,should be a great build when you are done

You might consider a 59 chevy for a donor car for all the goodies................



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:29 PM

It is most likly an early AMT kit,,,,they were ot terribly fussy about the frame details and I think they used the same basic frame on everything,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I could be wrong but if I remember right they just figured getting the body close was enuff................ :P It is a styrene car so very little warping if any,,,should be a great build when you are done

You might consider a 59 chevy for a donor car for all the goodies................

As a matter of fact, I am using a '59 Chevy Impala Convertible.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

I have one of the "Boondock Bomber" hardtop re-issues. It had those Friction Promo

axles too.

 

Even Promos I have without a friction driver have that type heavy axle.

 

AMT switched plastic in 61, then again in 62.

They had to Paint them for Gloss in 61, so changed again to cut that extra step


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:37 AM

I have one of those myself, waiting on parts from Modelhaus to restore.

 

It does have those same axels, with the grooves - the kits in those days were essentially the same as the promo, just un-assembled and with a few custom parts added.

 

Yours is in fact a kit you can tell by the glue, and the custom parts.

 

Promos were assembled by melting the mounting points with a tool much like a soldering iron, no glue at all.

 

That is also definately the wrong chassis, the one on mine is much different.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:45 AM

That came out of the pond really clean! I always have trouble with getting black paint off.

 

I built one of these when it came out as an annual ... you'll get no age or date from me!  ;)  Painted dark blue and gold.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:51 AM

Wow...THAT is one good looking car. I'll be watching your progress.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:06 AM

By the way, have you seen the prices for 1959-1961 Buick kits/buildups on evilbay?



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:39 AM

That was built from an original 1959 3-in-1 Customizing Kit. However, the chassis is from a 1958 kit, probably a Buick as well.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:39 AM

I've got one of these in my to-do pile as well.

 

Looking forward to what you do with this!!