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mrmike

1965 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup

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My new project is a kitbash of one kit and parts from another kit.  And, it is also the return of McNally, Boston PI in a story called Truckin' To Death.  Persons in this story are not related to anyone living or deceased.

The Build

I had this kit in the stash for a while.  I bought the kit at a deceased Club member's auction to raise money for his widow.  My paint will be Tamiya TS-92 Metallic Orange and Tamiya TS-45 Pearl White.  These colors were influenced by the '62 Chevy Fleetside built by Martin Bros. Customs on Velocity's Iron Resurrection.  The rest of the build will be the Revell '65 Stepside kit with a '64 Fleetside bed and pieces from the '64 Revell Fleetside kit offered to me by Classic Plastic Model Club member Barry Fadden.  The wheels and tires are from the Revell '62 Corvette kit.  Dual exhaust from the '62 Chevy Impala.  ]

The Story

Every Friday night in summer, the Back Bay Burgers restaurant near McNally's house has a Cruise-In welcoming any and all kinds of cars and trucks.  Music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s is played and raffles prizes are given away.  McNally likes this event as he brings his late father's car, a '57 Ford Custom 300  known as Spearment to the show.  He parks next to '65 Chevy Fleetside pickup that he has never seen before.  He meets the owner, Peter Mathuis who tells him about the truck, saying he did all the electrical and mechanical work himself and had a local body shop paint the truck in orange with a white top.

The next morning, Peter is leaving for some overtime work at 5:30 AM when he is brutally stabbed to death in his driveway.  The killer takes the keys for the truck from Peter's hand and steals the truck.  The following day, with the Police searching for the killer, Peter's widow Caroline hires McNally, Boston PI to find Peter's beloved '65 Chevy pickup.

McNally will return...

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Time to get the popcorn and settle in for an awesome build, and some McNally!

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Ahhh, thanks Jeremy!  I hope I don't disappoint you with my latest build and story.

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I've got a buddy who's dad has a 1:1 '66 fleetside that's orange with a white top. I'll be watching this for sure.

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This is the color combo I'm going for and it is based on the '62 Chevy Pickup from Velocity's Iron Resurrection.

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Oh man, this is gonna look good with those colors and wheels! 

I really enjoy your McNally stories. 

Keep it going, Mike. 

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The Story

A knock on the front door finds McNally opening it to Caroline Matheus, wife of the late Peter Matheus, the truck owner.  She wants to hire McNally to find her late husband's truck while the BPD searches for his killer.  She only has $1000 cash to pay for his services for five days and he agrees to search for the truck.  He'll start at BPD Homicide and Auto Theft units for any additional information they may have.

The Build   

I decided to start on the engine of the '65 Chevy Fleetside this morning.  You'll notice that I didn't put on the valve covers.  I don't have any chrome valve covers for a SBC, so out came my Molotow Liquid Chrome pen and I went to town on them.  I'll let these dry for a week before I handle them.

More to come...

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The Story

McNally stops at BPD Homicide and parks his car in the spot marked "For Detectives' Cars Only" and goes inside and talks to his friend, Lt. Det. Adam Troy.  Adam has very little to go on-no witnesses, no video surveillance, no murder weapon.  McNally decides to run upstairs to Auto Theft and talk to Lt. Det. Macklin.  Lt. Macklin calls McNally a "Breath of fresh air" as other PIs want Auto Theft to find their missing vehicles for them.  McNally is looking for a place to start asking questions and says that he is not like other PIs.  "I guess you are not," says Lt. Macklin.

Lt. Macklin tells McNally about an active car theft gang in Southie, but they only steal high-end autos like Mercedes, Caddys, and Audis.  He has a chop shop under surveillance in Brighton with a U/C cop inside.  McNally thanks Lt. Macklin for the advice and he leaves Auto Theft to start searching for Peter's missing truck.

The Build

I've been picking away at this truck.  I drilled holes in the cylinder heads for plug wires.  I've been filling in the gaps in the front of the grille and the edges of the hood.  I wanted to clean up the used bed so I removed the taillight panels since they were installed crooked.

McNally will return...

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The Story

McNally will start at David Matheus' house on Estes Street in Brighton.  He parks at the curb and gets out of his Dodge Challenger SRT8 and walks up the sidewalk to the front door.  He knocks on the front door after ringing the doorbell and waits.  No one opens the door and it appears that no one is at home.  He looks in the living room windows and sees no one, just a homemade TV stand with a stereo and gaming console, an American flag tacked up on the wall and flanked with posters of a bikini clad girls.  

He looks in the back door and sees a short hallway to the kitchen.  In the back yard is a single car garage and McNally opens the unlocked garage door and he looks around.  Some old funiture, Christmas ornaments, boxes filled with junk, yard tools, and an old lawn mower.  He'll come back later when David is home and talk to him.

The Build

I re-installed the bed caps so that they are now straight using the tailgate.  When I sanded the bed end, I chipped the end with my sanding stick.  I'll fill this with some Bondo and then sand it down.

McNally will return...

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Nice story so far, Mike.

I'm really liking the build too. You're cleaning up the truck very nicely. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

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Thanks Jeremy!  I like it when things just fall into place.  I was visiting a friend who is a fellow model builder and CPMC member and he had come across a lot of used, partial and parts kits.  I saw the box for a Revell '64 Chevy Fleetside sitting on the shelf and asked about it.  He gives me the box and says to take what I need from the used kit.  I got the bed, tailgate, lights, and rear bumper.  I also got a new  tailgate later when I had forgotten about the tailgate latches.  I had finished the story about the same time, even though I continue to pick at it by making small corrections.

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The Story

McNally drives over to the "chop shop" in Brighton, Ma.  He parks his '09 Challenger SRT8 just down the block to observe what seems to be an active auto body shop with a couple of cars parked in the front of the shop with patches of primer and replacement body parts on them.  He sits in his car for several hours watching and taking note of the vehicles that come and go from the shop and the people that work there.  Now that he is completely bored, he drives from Brighton to South Boston to search out for the car theft gang that Lt. Macklin had told him about.

The Build

Another visit with my friend Barry got me another hood.  The original hood wasn't put together to my liking and Barry offered me the hood for a second chance to get it put together correctly.  I did a mockup of the truck and found that the wheels and tires fit the wheel wells too tightly.  These are the inner fenders for the bed and I will cut out the fenders and add them to widen the rear inner fenders.

McNally will return...

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