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Rex White's 60 Impala

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This is the beginning of my build of this car.  I haven't found any good pictures of the interior yet so I'm concentrating on the body and chassis for now.  Thanks fer lookin.  Dan

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Google "59 chevy seats" or "dash" or "gauges" or whatever part you are working on.  Usually there will be pics of the surrounding parts and areas as well.  These are great kits.  Enjoy the build.

 

Edit: just realized you are working on a race car - a little different to Google, but google other drivers of the era and see if you can find their cars - a lot of similarities that only an expert could spot and who;s to say it wasn't that way at some point?

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I built a model of Rex's '62 Chevrolet years ago when AMT first offered the '62 Bel Air. The information at that time showed the interior was lightly modified with removal of the door panels being replaced with smooth metal and the factory gauges replaced with a flat panel to mount the gauges. Roll Bar of course and a single bucket type seat. In the '60 era I think they may of still been using the factory bench with the passenger seat back removed, some what like the Revell '57 Ford kit. They fenders were opened up and "pushed" out a little. I did this by heating the wheel opening over a 100 watt light bulb and massaged the fenders with my fingers. Gloves would be a smart addition to protect your fingers.  With the open trunk on this kit it will be easier to detail that area also.     

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Thanks guys for the information.  I have a small update on this.  I've made a copy of the grill in fingernail resin and I'm working on that to modify it instead of using the kit grill and messing it up.  LOL.  Here are some pics of what I did today.  Dan

 

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Nice custom work so far, looking good

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Great stance!

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Thanks guys.  Here are some more pics of Rex's car.  I made a resin copy of the grill and a clutch pedal.  I also got the white sprayed on this afternoon.  It will dry a few days and then I'll spray the Gold on.  Dan

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Looking good!!  :) 

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Thanks Brian.  There's still a lot of work to be done.  I'm letting the top, hood and trunk dry a few days before I mask it off and spray the Gold.  I wish that Revell made these cars with a 4 speed and no power steering instead of the automatic that comes in the kit of this car and the 59.  Also, they should have changed the spare tire well because the 60 didn't have one.  They used the chassis from the 59.  But, I did change that for this car.  Dan

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I love where this is going-you can change the trans !!!

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Yep.  I used the four speed from AMT's 57 Chevy.  Just remove the auto with bell housing and replace that with the four speed and bell housing from the 57 or other Chevy with a four speed.  Dan

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