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da Speedinger

Revell 1957 Chevy "Pops Bumblebee"

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when i was a kid i had this toy car which i loved a lotMatchbox_2.thumb.jpg.976282d563cdf9f446a

so the plan was to make something similiar with a front flip nose and the carbs poping through the hood. i chose this kit and went for custom options it provides
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for colour scheme i fell in love with this one.
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but i decided to replace the red by yellow, which made it look like a bumblebee camaro. as there were no camaros in 1957, i decided it could be his father.
thats why i call this build "Pops Bumblebee".

 

the list of modifications i had to make is huge:

ENGINE AND BAY:
    Flowmaster H pipe exhaust
    side exit exhaust with trim
    Tunnel ram
    Velocity stacks & air filter
    heater hoses and new heater box
    Ignition wiring in firing order
    horns drilled open
    new radiator support
    battery reloacted into trunk
    steering gear & idler lever support
    electric fan conversion
    3-pass oil cooler, sandwich adapter
    oil level gauge
    Valve Cover T-Bar Wing Bolts

INTERIOR:
    Hurst shifter
    clutch pedal
    custom center console with extra gauges
    custom Steering Wheel
    rev counter
    fluffy dice 4"
    Bench Seat lap belts

BODY:
    Flip nose conversion
    Deleted wing windows
    Deleted window trim
    Deleted door handles
    Deleted deck lid
    Deleted hood ornament
    Deleted rocker trim
    Deleted louvers out of front fenders
    Deleted all window stainless
    Deleted wipers
    Custom mirrors
    Installed driving lights in place of front rubber bumper bullets
    move the plate from the decklid to the bumper

CHASSIS:
    front tyres and wheels narrowed to 8"
    rear tyres and wheels widened to 11"
    Rear Leaf Spring Relocation
    rear axle shortened by 3" each side
    rear wheel wells widened
    dual brake master cylinder with booster
    Stainless steel fuel and brake lines
    Anti sway bars
    tubular cross members

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very nice,   I still have that 57 Hot Wheels car somewhere  !

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very nice,   I still have that 57 Hot Wheels car somewhere  !

thank you Troy! i dont have mine anymore

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I like that a lot. Great job on the tilt front end.

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I  like it cause its different, also great color combo nice work.

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Nice work on the conversion. It looks a lot better than all the kits I saw that came this way from the factory. 

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Very nicely done. Well executed concept. 

Nice work on the conversion. It looks a lot better than all the kits I saw that came this way from the factory. 

I  like it cause its different, also great color combo nice work.

Wicked cool! 

That is Badass!! Great Work!!!

Different, which I like

That's really cool!  Nice job!

Nice work! 

Very nice!  Good looking flip nose

I like that a lot. Great job on the tilt front end.

thank you very much guys, really appreciated!

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That is one tough looking Chevy man... NICE !!!

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I have a different version of that Matchbox, it is metallic pink (!) with a Grump Lump on the hood. Still got it after all these years.

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Very nice build Michi, the colour combination works well, superb engine detail and nicely put together tilting front end too.  Like the detailed explanation of how you built the car also.

David  ( Anglia105E )

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Very nice build Michi, the colour combination works well, superb engine detail and nicely put together tilting front end too.  Like the detailed explanation of how you built the car also.

David  ( Anglia105E )

thank you very much David!

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