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1975 NHRA Modified Production '70 Malibu


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How's the Revell body? I picked up one of their snap kits, today, and that body doesn't have the side issue, at all. Looks great, in fact, in that regard. The character lines just fade down into the fenders. If I am going to go through all this work on the front suspension, then, it's pretty important for the body to be right.

Ordered these nuts and bolts, online. I think I am going to use them to do the final assembly on this suspension. Yeah, they're tiny!

 

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For the first time, I have all the wheels on the chassis. I'd say the chassis was on the wheels, but I forgot to tacky glue the lower A-arm assembly to the chassis, so this will have to do, for now. Next up, I will turn the front rotors, and get the front brakes set up. I haven't yet decided on discs or drums, for the rear.

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That front suspension is beautiful work, and will paint up nicely! That Revell SnapTite Chevelle is a really nice kit, and is arguably the most accurate '70 Chevelle body we have to work with. It wouldn't take alot to open up the hood and use over a full detail chassis. It gets points in my book for being in God's Favorite Scale ; 1/25. Still, there's something satisfying about beating the old AMT body into shape. Will be watching...

 

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That front suspension is beautiful work, and will paint up nicely! That Revell SnapTite Chevelle is a really nice kit, and is arguably the most accurate '70 Chevelle body we have to work with. It wouldn't take alot to open up the hood and use over a full detail chassis. It gets points in my book for being in God's Favorite Scale ; 1/25. Still, there's something satisfying about beating the old AMT body into shape. Will be watching...

 

Thanks for the kind words, re: the suspension. I think I have about 30 hours in it, and that might be conservative! I am still interested in seeing your rear window treatment. I started working on mine, but am not sure I'm going about it correctly. The body sides don't look to be too difficult to correct. That said, I am giving the Revell body some consideration. Here's the car finally on the wheels...

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I've decided to go with the Revell SnapTite body. It's much nicer, and actually fits the AMT chassis better than the AMT body does--check the alignment of the tires/wheels in the wheelwells. It will work with the AMT interior tub (I favor it, because it doesn't have the rear seat, which is legal for MP, so long as the area's "finished"), which I will fit with the side panels from the snapper. I got two photos taken before the tacky glue bond came apart, and the front suspension collapsed--again! Can't wait until THAT assembly is finally assembled and mounted. Alas, that's going to be a while, yet...

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I'd like to thank Mr. Gribble...er, Shackleford for his input and interest in this project. Without it, I'd never have noticed/learned of the shortcomings of the AMT body.

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There's a surprising amount of difference in the rear wheelwells, the slicks sure do fit the snap body better. That's got to be the most detailed and accurate front suspension work I've seen on a Chevelle. Good work!

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There's a surprising amount of difference in the rear wheelwells, the slicks sure do fit the snap body better. That's got to be the most detailed and accurate front suspension work I've seen on a Chevelle. Good work!

Thanks, Glenn! It's definitely the most effort I've ever put into a front suspension. Your words are much appreciated! That snap body is really nice. Wish they'd use it as the basis for a full detail kit!

 

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Update: I got the hood cut out of the SnapTite body, and installed the inner fender wells. Rear shocks are built from aluminum tubing. The "eyes" are glued to the shocks with JB Weld. There's a small amount of material that needs to be removed from the back seat area of the AMT tub, so that the Revell side panels will fit in the interior properly. Next up, I am going to begin working on the cowl/firewall assembly.

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While you're fiddlin with the hood, you may want to re-sculpt the cowl induction scoop, either with putty, or by cutting it out and splicing in the AMT piece - Revell under-sized it, AMT is much closer to correct. I'll get a pic up as soon as I can, showing measurements on an actual hood. That, the soft detail and "rounding" of the grille, and the four mystery objects molded to the sides of the console are the only real problems I see with the Revell kit, and none are too difficult to overcome. Is that chassis not a beaut for a snapper?!

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While you're fiddlin with the hood, you may want to re-sculpt the cowl induction scoop, either with putty, or by cutting it out and splicing in the AMT piece - Revell under-sized it, AMT is much closer to correct. I'll get a pic up as soon as I can, showing measurements on an actual hood. That, the soft detail and "rounding" of the grille, and the four mystery objects molded to the sides of the console are the only real problems I see with the Revell kit, and none are too difficult to overcome. Is that chassis not a beaut for a snapper?!

My so far ever-evolving plan is to use the AMT grille, which is shown, attached below. I've only just cut it  out of the rest of the part, and sanded it, to fit. I am leaning toward using the entire AMT hood, sectioned crosswise somewhere behind the headlights and the front of the scoop, and adding a (roughly .125") strip from the same area of the snapper. Of course, I hadn't noticed the "roundness" of the grille, until you mentioned it. As soon as I looked at it, I knew what you meant, so thanks again for your commentary. The engraving on that chassis is pure art!

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Been a while since I updated this thread. That's mainly because I was struggling with how I was going to do the cowl; In the meantime, I finished up a couple of projects that were close to complete. Those are now posted on the Drag Racing Models thread/board. I digress. A friend suggested the cowl from AMT's '68 El Camino. Bingo! It's now cut to size. I think I am going to clean it all up (no need for wipers on a MP racer!), open the grilles and install some sheet to replicate the duct/plenum, beneath. I've also cemented strip to the edges of the hood, to replace the kerf from removing it from the body. I'll remove the heater and wiper motor from the firewall, as well--again, no need for that stuff on a race car! I'll also install the Cowl Induction scoop from AMT's '70 Chevelle (thanks, Rusty Shackleford! Good call!). Not a ton of physical progress, but, progress nonetheless. The Revell hood will need to be thinned considerably, but, it appears that the hood will nestle beautifully between the fenders, once it's cleaned up.

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Outstanding work,cant wait to see this one finished.

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Thank you, Brian! That could take a while. It won't be for a lack of trying, though!

 

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Coming along nicely Daniel.

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