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59 Impala

64 Dodge Polara 500 GB

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I got this Dodge from E-bay the other day and I've started to rebuild it.  There was no engine and the left A pillar was missing.  I made a mold of another Dodge and am in the process of fixing it.  Here are  some pics of the progress so far.  The second pic is of the good A pillar then the rest show what I did to repair the car.  The reason I even purchased this car is that it is a Polara 500 and has the extra chrome trim on the body side.  Thanks fer lookin.  Dan

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Nice save on the A pillar. What else have you got in mind for this ??  

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Well, it didn't come with an engine and I have a 426 Wedge that I'm planning on installing and I think that I will paint it Plum Crazy.  I was really surprised at how good a shape it was in except for the A pillar. The paint just rolled off with a rinse under the faucet after soaking over night in Supper Clean and all the rest of the car is in very good shape.  I want to built it as a stock street car and not a drag car. 

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Looks like a good repair! Did you make the mold with Silly Putty? What type of resin (or other agent) did you use? And did you place the mold onto the body to be repair before filling it with resin?

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I used finger nail resin that I got at Sally's Beauty supply.  What I used for the mold is Amazing Mold Putty made by Alumilite.  I got that at Micheal's craft shop.  It's a two part putty that you mix in equal parts and while it's still playable place it over what ever you want to make a mold of.  After it cures (about ten to fifteen) minutes you can remove it and place it where you want to fix the broken part.  I did tape the mold in place just to hold it tight and then sprinkled the powder in the mold.  Next, I just placed drops of the Bonding Acrylic Liquid on the powder and let it set and harden.  This stuff is hard and works great for repairing missing parts.  I have had great results using it to repair a few car bodies that were broken or were short shot from the factory.  Now, you do need another part to make your mold from.  The Acrylic Bonding material is made by Aspire and this is the stuff that I use.  The liquid does have a strong smell to it and should be used in a well ventilated area.  I LOVE using this stuff and I've saved a few cars from the trash because of it.  I can post pics of the different cars that I've used this on if anyone is interested.   Dan

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Here are some pics of a 63 Corvette 1/16th scale car that I rebuilt from the one I used to race as a rocket car back in the 80's.  I used the same techniques to repair all four fenders and the rear panel.

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Thanks guys.  I got the first coat of primer on this morning and I see some more work that has to be done on the A pillar and the vent window post.  It's gettin there though.  Dan

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Thanks for the kind words guys.  I just hate to see these models thrown out because there might be something wrong with them.  I think most if not all can be fixed.  Dan

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On ‎12‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 5:19 PM, 59 Impala said:

I used finger nail resin that I got at Sally's Beauty supply.  What I used for the mold is Amazing Mold Putty made by Alumilite.  I got that at Micheal's craft shop.  It's a two part putty that you mix in equal parts and while it's still playable place it over what ever you want to make a mold of.  After it cures (about ten to fifteen) minutes you can remove it and place it where you want to fix the broken part.  I did tape the mold in place just to hold it tight and then sprinkled the powder in the mold.  Next, I just placed drops of the Bonding Acrylic Liquid on the powder and let it set and harden.  This stuff is hard and works great for repairing missing parts.  I have had great results using it to repair a few car bodies that were broken or were short shot from the factory.  Now, you do need another part to make your mold from.  The Acrylic Bonding material is made by Aspire and this is the stuff that I use.  The liquid does have a strong smell to it and should be used in a well ventilated area.  I LOVE using this stuff and I've saved a few cars from the trash because of it.  I can post pics of the different cars that I've used this on if anyone is interested.   Dan

Could you maybe post some pics of the bottles?

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This is going to be a great build. I always liked the MoPar colors from that era.  

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