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Shelby Series 1 "Coupe" GTS car....8-7-16 update -front lighting

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Ok, so this build has been ongoing but I have not shown any pictures and/or progress because I have been waiting to get the Viper GTS back window.....(thanks again 1930fordpickup!)

Lets back up for a moment....this build started back in March. I had seen another member on here do a similar build using the Shelby Series 1 and a Toyota 2000gt for the roof (stellar build BTW!) My friend Dr. Kerry and I were talking plastic one day and almost the same time we came up with the idea of using a Viper GTS for the roof section......the idea festered for a while until a rainy day when I started letting the plastic fly. The roof section was not as easy to work in as I originally thought but (ALOT) of sanding and blending and filling produced this. ENJOY!

 

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You can kind of see some of the chassis work in the above picture......the front suspension from the Series 1 kit is ok......but a little lackluster so I ended up cutting off the coilovers and making my own with pen springs and parts box stuff. The injection covers are from a Corvette kit....sanded off the "Corvette" letters and painted black then Motorsport carbon fiber decalled followed by a coat of Future. Wheels are from the quickbuilder Mustang with parts box Fujimi tires. Brakes are my spun metal washers with Tamiya calipers glued on.

 

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Really nice Ken. I always thought Shelby should of done a coupe of this car. So much so, that your build looks vaguely familiar.

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I started mine back in like 2002...was suppose to be a tribute to Shelby's Return to LeMans.....a decade and a half later I still dig it out on occasion to work on it. 

Like you, I used the roof from a Viper GTS (AMT) kit.

Looking forward to seeing yours done.

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Ok, so usually a GTS car has an "eyecatching" paint scheme....this proved to be somewhat of a challenge. Decided to go a little crazy and go with the paint scheme from the Realtime racing Acura TLX....this car

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Here is my interpretation of their car...... BTW this is all paint and masking

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Thanks guys!

And.....as it sits today clearcoated. Sorry for the low light shots with cel phone..

 

 

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Great to see you are still working on yours David.....looks great! (and vaguely familiar..:blink::)) Hopefully this will help.

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Great work! The Vipers roof looks like a perfect match for the curvy Series 1. Cant wait to see more!

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Great paint job but for me it kind of distracts from the clean lines you created. Just my opinion. It still will be a sharp build.

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Thanks guys, that is ok Ray....I do appreciate your opinion and thoughts.

Now I gotta find the livery I am going with....ANY IDEAS???

 

BTW Ray, the racecar idea came from being at Road America a weekend not too long ago......between that Realtime car above and this Viper among others. \/\/

 

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Nicely done! The conversation suits the car well & I'm jealous of your painting skills

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Wow, this car looks SO good as a coupe. Awesome work on the conversion. Neat paintjob, too...I'd have a hard time covering up the bodywork if I'd built it, but it's going to look very cool.

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Great minds...

 Very nice work on both the roof graft & the paint.  

It really is a car that looks way better as a coupe, shame they never did the real one

I did the Toyota 2000 conversion purely because that is what I had. It didn't take long to realise that the Viper roof was a much better way to go as I had to completely redo the glass openings & it took a lot of tries to make a rear screen that was acceptable (almost). I spent weeks filling & sanding.

Keep up the good work & Dave... finish yours mate!

Brian

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Thanks again guys for all the comments...

and thank you Brian, your build was my inspiration. the outcome of your build was absolutely stunning! Thank you 

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That is simply awesome!!! I have a huge grin on my face from looking at that paint job, bravo. 

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Great project Ken.  Brian & David, I like your conversions as well. 

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Brian, I sure wish you could have had that body cast before you started applying paint. Really looks good with those flares.

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Little more progress......installed projector housings in the headlights, finished the front carbon splitter, and painted lights and housings.

 

 

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