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Ben269

Pile of Pontiacs

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I have been in a Pontiac mood lately, and picked up a few kits.  I have had the 70 GTO for a few years, bought it built up for $5.  I picked up a Hurst Olds for the chassis, tires, auto shifter, and spoiler, but the spoiler doesn't actually look like one for a Judge, so I will probably try and scratch build one that looks right.  I picked up the 68 Firebird for the engine, and have a build plan for that car as well.   

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Here is the interior bucket I have been working on for the GTO.
 

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Nice little pile of Ponchos! Nifty craftwork going on, too!

I once built 3 AMT Pontiacs at the same time. '65 Bonnie, '65 GP, and '65 2+2. Lotsa fun to do them together like that.

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You can't argue with a Man With A Plan. Drive on!B)

BTW, I have two Ponchos on the bench at the moment, driving toward completion: Resto/rescues of glue bomb '72 and '65 GTOs. 

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I actually owned a 67 firebird with the overhead cam 6 with a 4 barrel card and a split exhaust manifold. That thing could really move for a 6 cylinder.

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# real ones for me. '67 Firebird--400, 4 speed---convertible-----------'69 Bonneville--428, automatic---4 door---------'79 Trans Am--6.6(403 Olds),automatic.

Sadly, all three were POS, but I bought them as used cars, so no telling what they went thru. I know the T?A was wicked fast!!

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Looks like a lotta fun, can't wait to see more updates.

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9 hours ago, Ben269 said:

I have been in a Pontiac mood lately, and picked up a few kits.  I have had the 70 GTO for a few years, bought it built up for $5.  I picked up a Hurst Olds for the chassis, tires, auto shifter, and spoiler, but the spoiler doesn't actually look like one for a Judge, so I will probably try and scratch build one that looks right.  I picked up the 68 Firebird for the engine, and have a build plan for that car as well.   

 

 

 

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That OHC 6 looks great! I have a first-issue MPC '69 Firebird I started in 1969 that I'm planning to finish with the 6. Thanks for the inspiration! B)

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I have the parts for the six from an MPC kit in the spare engine box. If anybody needs parts for one......

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Snake, this 6 cyl builds up pretty nice, but needed to be sanded flat to fit together nicely.    Do some test fitting before you paint.

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I added a few more details to it.  Fuel line, vacuum line, and a dipstick.

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Interior is started.  Does anyone know what the exhaust on a 6 cyl looks like?  Are they dual tips or single?  I can't find any pictures of the underside of these cars.  Are the chassis black?   Overspray?  I can't believe how few pics I could find.  

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Excellent ideas. I plan to do something similar in the future.

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15 hours ago, Ben269 said:

Interior is started.  Does anyone know what the exhaust on a 6 cyl looks like?  Are they dual tips or single?  I can't find any pictures of the underside of these cars.  Are the chassis black?   Overspray?  I can't believe how few pics I could find.  

 

I'd assume Firebird undersides were similar/identical to Camaro: medium/dark gray primer with body color overspray along the edges, and semigloss black front subframe.

I'll see if I can find anything out about OHC6 exhaust. I have '67-'69 showroom literature, maybe it's mentioned in there somewhere.

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Very fine work on that engine!! Gotta love a super detailed six.

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5 hours ago, Snake45 said:

I'll see if I can find anything out about OHC6 exhaust. I have '67-'69 showroom literature, maybe it's mentioned in there somewhere.

Does this help at all? 

http://www.tpocr.com/67-68fbexhaustipc.html

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Thanks, that shows what I was looking for.

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we owned some great Pontiacs over the years too....I need to make replicas of them sometime.   Nice work..!  My family owned...

63,64,66,67,68,69 Bonnevilles

69,70,71,72 Grand Prixs

70,73,74 GTOs

75,83 Trans Ams

76? Can AM and Grand Am

64,68,70,72 Safari wagons

53 Chieftain 2 door sedan

63 Tempest

 

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Dang, Mark, thats a die hard Pontiac family!

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I am attempting to make the correct hood by combining the two in the kit.   Its getting better, but its not quite seamless yet.  The Ram Air hood that I cut the center out of has a less prominent, or lower, seam in the middle, so there is some inconsistency there.  I may just knock down the seam on the front portion to make it even.  not sure yet.

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The interior on this car is so nice, that I decided it should be a convertible.  I am using the 69 Camaro convertible for the parts.  Here goes.  

Does anyone know how to re-enforce this windshield frame?  I'm worried it won't be very stable.   I am thinking maybe some stiff wire on the backside?  Who has done type of modification?

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8 hours ago, Ben269 said:

The interior on this car is so nice, that I decided it should be a convertible.  I am using the 69 Camaro convertible for the parts.  Here goes.  

Does anyone know how to re-enforce this windshield frame?  I'm worried it won't be very stable.   I am thinking maybe some stiff wire on the backside?  Who has done type of modification?

 

Try this. I recently used this technique to fix a broken '59 Corvette windshield frame, and will be fixing an original AMT Sunbeam Alpine the same way very soon. BTW, I used newspaper for the Vette and it worked fine. It's even stronger than it was before the break.

 

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If your hood is still not to your liking consider something I have done in the past. First the hood should be sanded smooth with little or no sign of the raised ridge. Second, glue a strip of Plastruct half round in the desired diameter to the hood. You would need little if any body filler if it is glued down perfectly flat. Next just a very light sanding and then primer. The primer should fill any parting line, and again light sanding until you get the desired look. Then prime and paint the finish color. Hope this will help.  

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The MPC Firebird kit that gave up the OHC six engine will have a one-piece single exhaust included with it.  The piece probably won't fit the Revell kit as-is, but it should give you a good idea of what the stock exhaust looks like.

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Snake, I used your idea with newspaper and super glue.   Seems to be pretty stiff.    I mocked everything up to see how its fitting together.  IMG_0479.thumb.jpg.61dc48e17e177b7a1e2215c80029b3ea.jpgIMG_0486.thumb.jpg.a92a70f741bab2b3275d7e047e8fe111.jpg

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