Sorry it's been so long, I haven't been getting much bench time in, but I got a few things done (or mostly done). Passenger side door panel is finished and installed. The driver's side is getting touchups and not having it installed makes for a better pic. Just don't zoom in too far - these high res. pics make details not visible to the naked eye look horrible. The dash is almost finished. I just have to figure out how I'm going to do a trim ring around the clock. The gauges are from Best Model Car Parts (I have the clock face too).
Once the interior is all assembled I can do a quick mock up to check the front ride height (choice of front axel spindles in the kit - can't remember which I used previously as I pulled the others out of the parts box and got them mixed up) and then get the chassis all buttoned up. Mark.
Quick update... Haven't been getting as much bench time in as I would like as real life has been getting in the way, but I have been getting a few things done. I scratch-built the first piece of glass (rear passenger side) out of a blister pack. I got the engine cleaned up, trimmed down the insanely thick belts (the belts would probably have worked out to be close to 1-1/2 scale inches thick before I thinned them up a bit to look more realistic). I started on wiring the engine (this process always fights back for some reason). I got the first bit of red color on some of the small bits (dash, top of door panels and front & rear splash pans) - the results I couldn't be happier with. Once I get the interior trim painted I will post some pics. Mark.
That's a nice looking Impala. I really like it in that color. It gets me thinking about mine... Never painted the body so the blue plastic discolored, and looking at all the broken/missing tiny chrome bits has me question whether or not I'll fix mine up or use it for parts. The front fender chrome yours is missing - 1 of mine seems to have disappeared and the other is broken in half. I understand completely about leaving the chrome around the windows, if it were me and the car was all apart I'd be all over it, but without taking it all apart and risking breakage in the process I can't say I'd be too eager to do it either. I have a few cars on the shelf I would make a minor change or two to, but force myself not to just so that things don't go sideways in the process. I use those cars to remind me of how my knowledge and skills have progressed over the years and to keep that momentum in future builds.
Terry, yes - that's pretty much what I had in mind. It looks era correct, like it would have come on the car. If your interested in parting with it let me know, I'll pm you my address. Mirrors, I believe, were an option in '51. All of the scans of brochures, etc I have found online for the '51 Chevy lineup shows them all with no mirror. All of the useable ones I have look like a generic mirror you would find today on the rack in an auto parts store for $5 - that's not what I in mind.
So I know I said I was going to get cranking on the engine today, but I took a slight detour. I set out into the stash looking for a suitable mirror for the car, something simple, with a round head on it. Well I didn't find one that could be stolen so to speak. However, I came across a treasure I didn't know I had, the exact wheels that she had been asking for. The wheels are off of the Revell California Wheels '59 Impala, a kit in the stash that I had done nothing more than open it and put it in the closet. The tires I had picked out, unfortunately, were too small and the wheels wouldn't fit in them. Back to the stash I go, open up the most unlikely candidate, a '64 Chevy pickup (Revell California Wheels edition) pictured with a gorgeous set of mags and low profile tires. Low and behold there's a perfect set of Firestone tires with white wall inserts in there!! The wheels and backs were both slightly loose in the tires so they had to be glued together with the tire sandwiched in between.
Thanks again to those who offered their wares, while I won't need them for this build I do still appreciate the offers. After a week of fighting the paint in the purple puddle, I switched to Easy-Off late last night. Checked it this afternoon - Done.
I couple of little spots where the silver paint was a bit stubborn, but nothing that won't get taken care of when I sand all the mold lines out of it - and there are a lot on this car. I will try and get the engine worked on tomorrow. Mark.
Rusty, funny you should say that as I was thinking the same thing. The paint on it was small bottle Testors enamel. I got tired of waiting (although the lower half of the car looks great). Just before coming back to the computer I switched it out to Easy-Off (I've had good luck with it in the past) in a Ziplock bag (don't have enough Easy-Off to submerge it in a container either). Part of the problem was I didn't have enough purple stuff to completely submerge the body as to do it all at once. The hood and most of the other parts cleaned up beautifully after a 2 day soak in the purple pond, but the body... Anyways, I did manage to get a bunch of other stuff done. The rear end is in, the exhaust is in but loose as I need to wait for the engine for final placement (I think in the cleanup I lost the rear mounting location on the chassis, not a big deal). I got the seats and the interior tub painted and assembled (color is MM Sand Beige with dull coat on the floor and seat inserts and semi-gloss on the door panels and the rest of the seats). Just waiting for my Molotow pen to show up so I can finish up the window cranks and such on the door panels. I found a shock that was a pretty close match to replace the one that went down the drain, just had to scratch build a bottom for it. Now I just need the body so I can do a dry fit to see which front axel spindle (lowered or not) gives it the best stance. Here's a pic of all the finished up parts...
I'll pick up some flat white acrylic paint for the white walls and see what they have for dark red paint next weekend when I "go to the city" (the next town over is 45 minutes away and there is a hobby shop there). Tomorrow I'll hopefully get the engine cleaned up, wired and ready to go in, and maybe get the front suspension finished so I can get it sitting on all fours. Well, that's all for tonight.
Sorry for the lack of updates to the Fleetline. I have been working on it. Mostly cleanup and repainting. I should be able to get some assembly done this afternoon. The thick old paint is still hanging on, but I have managed to get the lower third stripped good enough that the last bits will come off when I sand it. I ordered a Molotow pen online for some of the finer chrome trim. It was supposed to be here last Tuesday (just in time for my week off work) - today is Friday, no pen in the mailbox and holiday's are over. Not happy. Oh well, the joy of living in a remote northern town in Canada - nothing arrives on time. I still have the weekend and still hope to make some good progress on it and I will try and post some pics by the end of the day. Mark.
After a bit of investigating/digging through the de-shelved built up stash - those, I believe, are the custom wheels that came in the AMT '58 Impala kit. I have a set as well (I knew I had seen them before). I had put a set of 2 spoke spinners in the center of mine, all of which have fallen off now, and only seem to see 3 (spinners). Can't say I ever had them on a car though. Terry's are in better shape than mine are. Mark.
MMMMMMM, peanut butter cookies!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist. In your first pic, far right side, is that a set of 4 or is the top one different and what kit are those from? I am overwhelmed by everyone's generosity, thank you. I am going to wait to decide what wheels I want to go with until I get the body stripped and can hold it next to the computer monitor to get a better idea. The one's in the '56 Ford kit look really nice too, kinda makes me wish I liked the old Ford pickups. The '56 Ford is better than the '51 and '53 though. I'm a GMC pickup guy. Well, the old thick paint on the car is proving to be a formidable foe! After 4 days in the purple pond (well, blue now), soaking the lower half, it's starting to come off, but very slowly even after a hardy scrub with a stiff bristle brush. I spent entirely way too much time cleaning up AMT's laziness on the rear end, but it had to be done. I scribed in the leaf springs with my #11 and cleaned up the mold lines.
I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I left it. I just have to figure out the attachment to the wheel backs now as the inner plugs didn't survive. If I remember right, the original wheel fit was really sloppy and they ended up with a saggy stance so I glued the snot out of them to make them sit right. I think I have some metal axels and wheel backs in the parts box that might work well. If all goes to plan I should have that painted up by the end of the day.
Gary, what part of southern BC do you live in? I believe you are correct on the '56 Olds. The reason I was thinking '50 was because of this (mind you, "custom" doesn't necessarily mean they are correct for that year):
They look really, really close. This may be the kit where you thought you'd seen them before Rusty. Every time I look at that red car I feel a nasty drool coming on. Not sure why! Weirdest thing! Mark.
I got the chassis detail painted today. In my younger years I used to be able to paints brake/fuel lines with a sewing needle and just with the naked eye. Those were the days! Now almost everything I do is under a magnifying glass. The light in it kills all the shadows too - it's great.
Don't know what or if I'll get anything else finished on it today or not, but this is progress. Mark.