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Ninth Completion of 2013 -- 1957 Oldsmobile Nostalgia Build


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#1 Steve_L

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:31 AM

 These are pictures of my 1957 Oldsmobile "nostalgia" project. It was 1957 and I was a seventh grader who was in process of becoming a car guy. I had started learning to recognize car makes and models. I also was fond of reading the "little pages" Rod and Custom, Car Craft and Custom Cars magazines. I saw plenty of custom cars in the magazines but had never seen one up close and personal. That changed one afternoon when I was walking home from school. I saw this beautiful white 1957 Oldsmobile 98 2-door hardtop stopped for a traffic signal. It was lowered, had 1957 Dodge Lancer spinner hubcaps, a continental spare tire and made a really cool mellow sound when it pulled away from the stop light. I thought it was the most gorgeous car I had ever seen.

I decided to re-create my first "custom car" experience by building a model of that 1957 Oldsmobile 98. I bought a Modelhaus resin kit and their 1957 Dodge Lancer spinner hubcaps. I used Duplicolor primer, white color coat and clear coat for the project. The only modification was to lower the suspension. It was a fun project that once again took me back to the "good old days."

Enjoy!

 

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#2 cobraman

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:58 AM

Very nice !



#3 Phildaupho

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:12 AM

Excellent & beautiful - always one of my favorites of the '50's. My parents had a grey Super 88 4-door in which we coast to coast



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:03 AM

That's a very cool build Stephen.  I had the same experience in 1959 as a 12 year old when I saw a neighbor's customized '58 Impala.  Like you, I got hooked and just love those 50's cars.



#5 smellyfatdude

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:00 AM

Looks like you've recreated that moment, when you discovered the "mystique" of the automobile. And beautifully, I might add!

#6 midnightprowler

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:34 AM

Sweet!

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:41 PM

Super nice build.



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:36 PM

Excellent job Stephen, very NICE!! :D 



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:59 AM

That's Purty ! 

All white is perfect for that car !



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:18 AM

Awesome...that's a beauty.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 03:22 AM

Very nice!!



#12 Mike 1017

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 03:38 AM

BEAUTIFUL



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 03:41 AM

Great model and great story!  I love it.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 04:21 AM

Really good looking model. All the '50s Oldsmobubbles thru '57 are on my favorites list.

 

Weren't you at the ACME meeting in Smyrna with this last weekend? I'm the guy with the fiberglass parts and the Challenger I.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:58 AM

Long, Low, White & Chrome!

 

Looks Great... B)



#16 Steve_L

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:03 AM

Really good looking model. All the '50s Oldsmobubbles thru '57 are on my favorites list.

 

Weren't you at the ACME meeting in Smyrna with this last weekend? I'm the guy with the fiberglass parts and the Challenger I.

 

Bill,

 

Yessir, that was me.  I really look forward to learning more about your innovative work with fiberglass for model cars.  See you in August, Lord willing.

 

Steve



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:27 AM

Man I remember them big ol boats! I used to sleep on the rear package tray on long trips.


Oh, and you did a GREAT job on it!



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:53 AM

Excellent, Too Cool!



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:37 AM

Real vintage feel....

reminds me on Marilyn Monroe..

white elegant and off course sexy.....

excellent .....



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:42 AM

To cool for school!