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This is a daring project for me since i`m not as skilled as many of the guys on this forum. You might

find it odd to convert the top of the line model to somthing lesser. This car is the one who got me all

started,or how i got infected with the v8 virus. I was 10 year old,this was back in the late 80s,and my

aunt boyfriend bought this car,it was the first one to take me to US car shows around here. I still

remember the rumble it made,and i can say even by today standard of performance,this thing really

pulled hard.

From what i remember it had power steering and power brakes and not much more,it was imported

by a Norwegian sailor in the 60s. I assume the car was light blue metallic original,but got a later

respray of white,it was blue on the inside. The most impressive about the car was the drivetrain.

394 Sky Rocket hight ultra compression did it read on the air cleaner,i cant confirm this was original

for this,but it said to have 330hp,also dual exhaust and 4speed auto. If the tarmac was moist

and you floored it around 30-40mph it would fry the tires. This made a impact on me back then.

Ok,enough emotinal history and nonsense,this is the 1963 Starfire i got cheap from a guy here

in Norway. It was a decent build up with all complete parts. It was not easy to put the saw to it

but if you never try,you never learn. I used the roof,a-pillars and wiper panel from the AMT 64

Impala. Sanded off the wipers since they are mounted diffrent on the Oldsmobile. I was lucky to

be offered the correct front end from a fella on this forum a year back,i belive it was intended for

a station wagon. Another guy you might be familiar with,Fireball Modelwork did offer to do an

attempt at making photo-etch scripts for the whole car. One guy i know from Germany is going

to make the air cleaner decal,isnt internet amazing?

I`m not sure if i`m going to give to much into the interior,but the buckets are out,and i`m at this

time serching,or i could say i appriciate any suggestions for a nice bench.

Well,here are some pictures of the progress.

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How it is now.

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Still some touch up to do,and also mount the Dynamic trim who run from the back bumper top forward

to the front fenders. The engine as far as i can see is identical in the 1:1 as in the Starfire,it just needs

some paint and new decals.

Here is the 1:1 car twin.

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Looks great! You've got skills, don't sell yourself short.

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Wow does this bring back memories! In 1963 my Dad bought a blue convertible version of this car and I was the coolest kid in town when I got to drive it, which was rare. In 1963 I had just passed my school permit test and could legally drive to and from school and school events. You could get such a license in Nebraska as young as 12 if you lived over 3 miles from school. Kind of funny but when you turned 16, if you had no tickets you could go down and turn in the school permit and get a full drivers license without any more tests.

I didn't even know they made a kit of this car. Who made it?

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Very interesting Tommy! I always hated the top on the Starfire anyway!

Steve

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Johan made the Starfire in convertible and hardtop version. I have another mint hardtop unbuilt and a clean convertible,

those will be stock Starfire.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Johan made the Starfire in convertible and hardtop version. I have another mint hardtop unbuilt and a clean convertible,

those will be stock Starfire.

Thanks for the feedback.

Johan made the Starfire in convertible and hardtop version. I have another mint hardtop unbuilt and a clean convertible,

those will be stock Starfire.

Thanks for the feedback.

Go get 'em Tommy!!!! By the way I have a couple of '63 Olds Starfires myself, and I like them. I only wish that they kitted the '62 as a Starfire.

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Go get 'em Tommy!!!! By the way I have a couple of '63 Olds Starfires myself, and I like them. I only wish that they kitted the '62 as a Starfire.

The '61 Starfire was one of the nicest looking Oldsmobiles ever in my opinion!

Steve

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Love those late 50's / early 60's B-body Oldsmobiles !

These still had the original 4-speed Hydramatic IIRC , and were the last of the "P NDLo R" quadrant as well .

Can't wait to see this beauty come together !

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Thanks. Yes the 61 is very nice,it remind me a lot about the 61 Invicta,i have one in progress btw.

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Beside the emotinal aspect as for the 63,i really like the proportions and lines of the car. Those small fins who

run all the way from the front fenders,back and go thru the rear taillights. And it`s wide,low and long.

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Looking real good! Love that engine pic with "Ultra High Compression" too!

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Great project. Nice work. Nice Buick also. As for the bench seat. Make a mold of the back seat or cut a back seat out of another tub. Thats how I make mine. And so the seat pattern will match and look correct.

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Looking real good! Love that engine pic with "Ultra High Compression" too!

The Buicks looking nice too Tommy! I have the hardtop version in my stash to be built one of these days.

I also just ordered a Jimmy Flintstone '61 Olds 88 trans-kit as well.

I hope it looks as nice as it did on the website.

Steve

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