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I’m having a Poncho party.... I bought the re-release of the Revell 66 GTO and decided to tear my 68 Firebird apart and rebuild it.  

I haven’t posted any WIPs in a while, so what the heck.  This will be a stock build with some added details as per usual.  The only GTO I’ve built is my big project to turn the MPC 72 into something decent, and that was for a friend, so I’m happy to have a goat on the shelf.  

First off, I had a real struggle to figure out what colors this thing will be.  I did have a can of Duplicolor silver blue... it might not be a perfect shade, but it looks pretty close for my engine block: (sorry for the late night poorly lit basement photo)

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Before I decided on an exterior color, I figured out an interior scheme.  In the Pontiac Sales brochure, they listed their white interior as Parchment.  However, to me, parchment is off-white.  I had a can of Krylon Ivory that I just used on my 67 Impala, so I figured I could use that for the vinyl.  Then, today, I had another idea...a lot of these 60s vinyl interiors had a pearly metallic sheen, including the 66 GTO.  I have an Infiniti pearl white paint system, and the pearl is a separate midcoat after you lay the color down, so I gave that a shot.  Again, poor lighting, but I like the effect:

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I also detailed my wheels, and chose some other tires.  I love the pad printed redlines in the kit, but they are Revell’s tiny tires that get put into too many of their muscle car kits, and just look lost on a car this long.  I dug around in the parts box, and really liked these with the stock wheels.  They have a good 60s look, are wider and bigger circumference to fill the wheel well out better.  They are from the AMT 70 Monte Carlo.

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I thought I had my exterior choice whittled do maroon or midnight blue.  I chose maroon for the 68 Firebird, so midnight blue it is.... until doing final research to confirm my choice, I noticed something.  Using a brighter color for demonstration, look in between the grill and the bumper:

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It’s body color.  This kit has the whole grill/bumper/headlights as one piece, making it difficult thing to add body color in that tiny space.  I also went and checked builds of this kit, and didn’t see any that had that detail covered, so I wanted to get it done.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any dark blue brush paint to match the spray I was going to use, and while I have sprayed paint into the lid and dipped a brush in before, the can is pretty low, so I didn’t think I’d have enough.  The only paint that I had a matching jar of was good old black.  I’m sure glad I decided to go with that, because once I got the first coat on the body and held it against the tires and a part of the interior, I was really happy.  

I also painted little black circles in each headlight bezel.  I will use a toothpick to scratch some off and thin them out, but the point is to make a little shadow at the edge of the lens and give it a more realistic look.

Also painted the grill surround steel:

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Wet sanding/polishing to come.

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I'll be watching this one, I love a nice GTO , one of the nicest shapes and lines to a big muscle car IMHO 

Not to mention that stacked headlight, aggressive rake front grille... its the whole package..:wub:

Nice work so far Kevin, Cheers

https://www.cleanclassiccars.com/1966-pontiac-gto-tri-power-c-1992.htm

Some detail pics for ya

 

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2 hours ago, Belugawrx said:

I'll be watching this one, I love a nice GTO , one of the nicest shapes and lines to a big muscle car IMHO 

Not to mention that stacked headlight, aggressive rake front grille... its the whole package..:wub:

Nice work so far Kevin, Cheers

https://www.cleanclassiccars.com/1966-pontiac-gto-tri-power-c-1992.htm

Some detail pics for ya

 

THANKS!!!  MAN, now I’m gonna be rooting through the couch cushions looking for an extra $60K... that thing is gorgeous!!!!!

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Thanks for the headsup about the body colored splash apron between the grill and bumpers. I’m currently working on both the Revell ‘66 and the MPC ‘67 and didn’t notice it before. I’m also ashamed to say that I owned two real 1966 GTO’s and didn’t know about it because both cars were dark colors. I just assumed it was a gap above the bumper. After reading your post I realized that I can take care of mine pretty easily with brush paint since the ‘66 will be Black and the ‘67 is shot with Model Masters Steel thru my airbrush to create an Argent color.

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I’m back from my business trip and getting re-started on these.  This is mainly about the GTO, but as I mentioned, I’m rebuilding my 68 Firebird as well.  It’s the Foose version that I “de-Foosed” a couple years ago.  It was black with a red interior, which was cool, but not as striking on this car as it is on others.  Also, my paint job was solid, but not great, the chrome trim was faded... I just wanted it to look better:

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Two years ago, I bought a can of Verdoro Green from automotivetouchup.com.  I used it on my 70 Cuda and my 71 Charger... two Mopars.  When I stripped this down, my plan was to finally use that color on a Pontiac.  But looking at reference pics, it was the Maroon Firebirds that caught my eye.  With that on the outside, I went with a black interior.  

I took it all apart and started repainting.  First, interior and repaint the engine. (I’ve only partially repainted the transmission in the photo)

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For the body, I bought a can of Testors one coat Mythical Maroon.  I’ve polished it and it is ready for clear coat:

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Not much to report on this, but I got a couple things done.  The first one was something new... this is the first kit I’ve ever bought that has decals for floor mats.  Great idea, Revell!!  I wondered if it would be difficult when it came to making my floor, though, because I couldn’t lay the decals over the embossing powder on the floor.  But, it was pretty easy.  So now I have the floor done.

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Only other thing I got completed was laying some clear on the Firebird body.  

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Onward...

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