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RestoModGuy

1956 Belair Hardtop Pro-Touring Restomod Custom

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My first Tri-Five build. This is the old Revell kit with the crummy molded chassis. I did a lot of mods to this version of a Pro-Touring restomod.

Left the body stock - Paint is Duplicolor Graphite top and tail and spear. Front is Duplicolor Gun Metal Gray with Tamiya Clear Red over that. 6-coats of Wet Clear all polished and buffed.

Lot's of BMF where chrome needed to be. Hand made custom side mirrors from tear-drop aluminum stock. PE door handles.

Completely custom made interior. I used the stock tub, molded in a 1991 C4 Vette dash, center console and door panels. Molded in rear buckets with molded console and C4 front buckets. Made my own suede color mix paint for the interior.

Chassis, I built a custom pan and installed the IRS from a C4 rear and front suspension, along with C4 exhaust and custom aluminum tips from tear-drop aluminum stock.

Wheels are stock C4 ZR1 wheel I inserted into Pegasus chrome sleeves, I think it gives it a "stock-custom appearance.

Engine is C4 ZR1 with custom made dual-horn aluminum cold air intake. hand made radiator.

I think I gave this old kit a fresh updated restomod appearance.  

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Custom pan, exhaust, fuel tank and C4 IRS

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Very cool! Wow, you did a lot of work on this one... nicely done. 

Two small suggestions... the front bumper is sagging. Can you remove it and re-glue it in place correctly? Other suggestion is strictly my opinion, but I would have gone with the graphite colored rear bumper to tie it into the graphite color rear end for a cleaner look... the way you tied in the front bumper color to the color of the front of the car.

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Very nice!  I'm not usually a fan of the big wheels but they look good in this application.  Great work on the interior as well.

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Very cool! Wow, you did a lot of work on this one... nicely done. 

Two small suggestions... the front bumper is sagging. Can you remove it and re-glue it in place correctly? Other suggestion is strictly my opinion, but I would have gone with the graphite colored rear bumper to tie it into the graphite color rear end for a cleaner look... the way you tied in the front bumper color to the color of the front of the car.

Thanks for the comments.

Yes, after the picture was taken I noticed and did remove the front bumper and correctly aligned. I will be taking new pics this weekend. 

The rear bumper I painted the lower color to align with the lower cut down of the red along the sides below the chrome trim. The Graphite rear bumper I tried and didn't particularly like the all graphite rear. The red rear bumper added a upper-lower contrast, I prefer.

Harry, I did make custom side mirrors though! 

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Thanks for the comments.

Yes, after the picture was taken I noticed and did remove the front bumper and correctly aligned. I will be taking new pics this weekend. 

The rear bumper I painted the lower color to align with the lower cut down of the red along the sides below the chrome trim. The Graphite rear bumper I tried and didn't particularly like the all graphite rear. The red rear bumper added a upper-lower contrast, I prefer.

Harry, I did make custom side mirrors though! 

Yes, I noticed! :D 

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Nice work! Some innovative additions.

Where did the wheels & tires come from? I shelved by '56 because the wheels I have don't give it "that look" like yours. I'd like some in a similar size.

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Great build. I am doing a similar custom theme but with a 50's ford & modern ford parts The Vette Mods on this are awesome. I will need to acquire that model vette kit now for some ideas of my own, care to share which kit(s) you used for the Wheels, Motor, suspension?

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Nice scratch building skills, and very nice build over all.  The two tone body has two of my favorite colors on it!

I don't normally criticize builds, but I find the use of the Work Wheels logo (aftermarket Japanese wheel company) on the engine intake a little confusing on an otherwise well thought out build.  Especially since you used modified OEM C4 wheels on the chassis.

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Tremendous amount of work on this build. Hard to think this is the same kit that it is based on. Looks like a car I saw in Street Rodder Magazine a couple of months ago.

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