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#41 Skypower

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 08:17 AM

Looking good, since your going this far mind as well do it as a complete detail job, I can tell you won't be happy unless its all there and correct. I hate being OCD. lol

Just keep having fun.



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 08:30 AM

This one is practice.....

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:15 AM

Nice job on this one. Is it curbside?

 

You`re 1:1 is perfect btw :)



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 01:20 PM

Nice job on this one. Is it curbside?

 

You`re 1:1 is perfect btw :)

 

This is going to be a curbside. And as for the 1:1, thank you for the compliment. We made some sacrifices over the course of a few years, and if it wasn't for my Wife and her support, we wouldn't have it. She really is a Car Gal deep down inside. Growing up her Father always had a yard full of MG's & Healy's in various states of repair. She understands, and I'm very grateful for it.

 

Now that I've officially turned this into a bit more than a "quickie" I may as well get cracking….. It's actually going pretty smooth. It's all fun right now.  Thanks for the comments and encouragement gang!



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 10:25 AM

The grilles on these cars are as rare as hen's teeth to find in mint condition. They're proving to be much easier to do in scale!

 

First things first, remove the outer rim with that HORRIBLE thick lip. 

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Then after shaving down the edge, I made a new inner grill trim ring

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This will be bare metal foiled

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Now about those under sized head lights…. A slice of some brass tube

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After all this is assembled I'll glue in the shells and trim them

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More to come…..  👽



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 12:58 PM

OK…busy day.

 

I shaded the inner grilles with a base coat of silver Sharpie over the bare resin (gave a realistic sheen..) it got a Detailer black-wash. I then mounted the missing outer trim for the inner grilles, which still have to be foiled. I also foiled the turn signals and filled the cavity with Model Master canopy adhesive (white glue…) for a clear lens appearance.

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And here's a quick l;ook at the brass headlight buckets after being foiled. The resin lenses are backed with a chrome & paint reflector

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Gotta take a break. I'll probably hit the bench again later tonight. This is looking so good I want to keep it going.  


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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:51 AM

Another small update. Got the inner grille trim foiled and the background painted…..

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I then held it place and tried to visualize the inner surrounds done in .010 Evergreen instead of 3/16" of HORRIBLE-NESS of that stocker…..

 

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Now to glue in those shells. Let's see if I can ruin this body and break out a spare…..  🙏



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 10:51 AM

That looks really good! I know what you mean about finding 1:1 grille parts. Almost a deal breaker on my 68

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 12:17 PM

That looks really good! I know what you mean about finding 1:1 grille parts. Almost a deal breaker on my 68

 

I grab all the beat-up trim & grilles I can get my hands on. I'm teaching myself trim restoration.   :)

 

 

Here you can see it's only going in a few fractions…...

 

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With the excess hanging out the front

 

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The grille shells are done on the drivers side, the passenger side still needs a trim.

 

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Now i'm drilling & pinning all the mirrors, handles, and wiper arms. It get's a good washing after I fiddle with the interior bucket and install the chassis and set ride height. Still have to do the bench seat. I guess that will be the next set of updates. 

 

Thanks for following along ! 😎



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

Nice progress John, BTW the 1:1 is awesome!!  ;)  :) 



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 01:32 PM

Thanks Larry! The 1:1 I affectionately call my Metal Mistress. And the Wife is cool with it….

 

Back to the build: Like I mentioned, I drilled and pinned all my exterior trim. All emblems, scripts, and badges are being done with Keith Marks `68 Barracuda decal set. Here's a shot of the wipers, mirrors, and door handle mounted. All the trim shown is from the Lindberg `64 Belvedere. Fortunately all Mopar door handles and mirrors are similar, so the B body stuff works on my A body.

 

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And for you Mopar guys watching the details, yes, the door handle buttons will be black…..  🔎



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Nice build...love the 1:1 as well!

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 06:11 PM

OK. This has to be THE most tedious stuff I've done in a while. Changing the upholstery pattern is almost as challenging as starting a fire underwater.

 

I started with a Harts Parts resin Mopar bench seat. It's apparently for a later model and possibly a B body, but you run with what ya got. It does have the correct headrest, which are not installed yet.

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I also made the rear cargo deck.

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 I also fabricated a pistol grip shifter, and have a billet tach for the dash. Once I finish adding the pattern to the seat we set ride height and start priming stuff. This has been a blast!  💥



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:42 PM

I just bought 2 sets of reproduction license plates for my build. These are really nice!

 

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I'm off the next 2 days. Hopefully I'll have the seat pattern done shortly and I can start….. PAINT. 🎨

 

 



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:37 PM

Looks good!  I have a '69 'Cuda kit I just picked up over the weekend!



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:25 PM

I love these fish a lot better then the 70+ cudas. Hate the 71 grille. Something about these barracudas is the style is so sleak and sexy I really dig um both the model and 1:1 are aces in my book

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:26 PM

Things are looking good. Very impressed.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 05:18 AM

I lost the entire evening last night….. I'm feeling a bit run-down and I fell asleep in the recliner early last night. Not feeling much better today. I'm going to go after that seat now. Hopefully in the next update we'll see colors here-n-there….  

 

I see the page is getting views and I appreciate the interest. I'm trying some ideas and it is taking a bit longer, but the detours will save me time when I do the full detail version in the future. Fabricating most of the grilles and headlights, removing cast-in details and installing late-issue kit chrome door handles and wipers. Adding or deepening panel lines. Re-scribing trim & moldings. I see so many mega-detail builds of common cars I wanted to do a nice 1968 Barracuda and I'm giving it a good try.  B) 

 

To be continued...



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 05:22 AM

Awesome so far



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 05:32 AM

I love these fish a lot better then the 70+ cudas. Hate the 71 grille. Something about these barracudas is the style is so sleak and sexy I really dig um both the model and 1:1 are aces in my book

 

Obviously I'm in agreement as it really is a landmark version. The first generation Barracuda's were actually an option package on the Valiant, and are badged as both. The second generation was built with the plan of accommodating everything in the Chrysler engine family, a big plus. 383's and the 440 made it into these cars from the factory. Then if you break it down further, the `67 & `69 shared certain styling cues (egg crate grilles….reverse lights mounted on rear valance….) making the `68 a unique body variant. Throw in the fact that it was technically the first year for the Hemi Cuda and you can see why I'm an owner and lover of this particular year. To this day NHRA still has the Hemi Super Stock shoot-out at the Indy Nationals featuring the Hemi Darts & Cuda's. Nothing special, huh? The third generation became a Camaro-chaser and it cashed-in for Chrysler Corp. Now in 2015 something new is possibly going on sale from Chrysler with the name Barracuda on it.

 

<fingers crossed> We'll see.