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AMT 1972 Chevelle AMT 1968 El Camino

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#1 Bob Ellis

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:38 PM

I cut about 1 inch off the front of an AMT 1972 Chevelle kit and attached it to an ERTL AMT 1968 El Camino. All the '68 side trim was removed and Model Car Garage '70 Chevelle etchings will replace it.

 

The 1972 needs wheel moldings and back up lights in the lift gate. Also, I swapped the 1972 dash.

 

Still have some fit issues.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:53 PM

I finally glued it together with a lot of evergreen patches inside. I had to CA glue with wire two pieces in the front that were weak. The primer paint really showed defects to be fixed.

 

More fit issues, but I will tackle that next.

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Edited by Bob Ellis, 20 July 2014 - 01:53 PM.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:05 PM

Looks like a good start Bob!



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:10 PM

Nice project Bob! I like it!



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:29 PM

Looks great, I always thought about doing this my self, but I might have taken a little of top while the knife was out :)



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:44 PM

I have wanted to do this with a '70 Chevelle to create a '70 El Camino. I had the opportunity to buy a 1:1 back in '82 real cheap and passed, wish I could go back in time!



#7 Bob Ellis

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:57 PM

I am sure you can use the AMT 70 Chevelle and do the same conversion.

 

Yes, I remember seeing 1:1 64 Impala SSs for $2000 back in '82. No room, no money then.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 03:10 PM

My kind of project  ,  you're off to a good start ! 



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:15 PM

Great project and start..



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:10 PM

Very nice work Bob!!!!!



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:11 PM

I had to add some Evergreen Styrene to fill hood gap and still needs more. It is really 3 AMT kits combined, so a little engineering is required. Sanded backs of 72 SS wheels fit okay too.

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Edited by Bob Ellis, 22 July 2014 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 06:59 PM

Really cool! Any plans for color?



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 02:49 AM

Dynomight, I am thinking about light yellow with black vinyl roof.

 

I have the Model Car Garage '70 Chevelle which has the SS and el Camino emblems. It will be an SS



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:00 AM

While I think I did a pretty good job having cobbled together 3 kits, it has to look good as if AMT did it. Evergreen Styrene is my Bondo.

 

I like to fill voids with Evergreen Styrene and rarely use putty. I have tried by pushing the grille in place, but it resists fitting like it did on the original AMT '72 Chevelle kit. My goal is to have the grille in place with no gaps.

 

Varying pieces of 0.010 and thicker plastic shims are great because they become part of the plastic body.

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Edited by Bob Ellis, 23 July 2014 - 08:00 AM.


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:25 AM

Thats coming along nicely,good work.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:52 PM

Nice work, it looks great!



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:46 PM

good work so far



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 04:04 PM

'72 Interior is separated and trimmed fro use in the '68 interior.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 04:06 PM

Gaps in the front were filled to make the grille flush with the hood and fenders

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:56 PM

I feel kind of dumb to just realize that Jimmy Flintstone already did a '72 El Camino. However, I decided after seeing it, that my avenue of approach actually wasn't bad after all.

 

In this photo you will see a comparison of the original AMT '69 El Camino versus the AMT '68 El Camino body I used for my '72 conversion. It appears AMT used a hardtop vent window and no frame around the door window. Also there is a rear marker light in the rear quarter panel. The '68 ElCamino kit is a very nice kit.

 

The Jimmy Flintstone '72 El Camino used the old kit. probably because the '72 kit and it match in width.

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