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bill lanfear

1964 GMC long bed fleetside Update Nov 4

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I Began my sixth build for my “Day in 1979” diorama.  I wanted a GMC and being that there isn’t much out there for aftermarket conversions, I took on the challenge myself.  I am using the Revell 65 stepside for this project.  I began the transformation with building the box sides.  I have a 1:1 62 GMC long box so measurements were not a problem.  I used my older 3d printer to get the basic shape and dimensions.  Once this was done I needed to correct the wheel wells so I used the AMT 60 shortbox for the openings and grafted them onto the printed bed sides.  I used solder to get the lip on the bottom in front of the wheel openings.  After some bondo and extensive sanding, I finally had a pair of usable bedsides.  I realized I didn’t want to go through this hassle again and I plan on having another 60-66 Chevy/GMC long box so I made some molds and cast them.  I made a mold of the inner wheel wells and the tail light panels from the 60 kit as well.IMG_1887.thumb.JPG.4d8a739a1a43c2a58c2f27a7615a7b2c.JPG

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Next up was the grill.  Again using my 1:1 for reference, I printed basically a block of plastic and literally carved the grill from it, made a mold and cast a usable piece. I still need to come up with the headlight bezels and lenses.

 

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For the tailgate, I removed the “Chevrolet” from the 60 kits gate and made the GMC panel then put the tailgate together for a master.IMG_1927.thumb.JPG.00733fea14450f03bf250e36b179248e.JPG

 

On to the chassis.  I had to add 9mm to the wheelbase and a few mm behind the wheels to get everything lined up…still need to do some fine tuning on the wheelbase.

 

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I painted the truck and began weathering it.  I started with the box and still need to do the front of the cab and hood so it looks a little clean in these pics. I made the wood bed floor out of balsa and painted/ weathered it. It is still a WIP. The 62- 66 Chevy hood is very similar to the 62-66 GMC’s and was pretty easy as all I needed to do was widen the marker lights and the vent holes. The lights themselves will be scratch built.  Here is a quick mock up. More to come as progress is made.  Hope you enjoy! Comments are welcome.  Thanks for looking!

 

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Very impressive looking build. I like the bed wood, I remember old trucks that got worked to death and that is what the wood slates often looked like. I have even seen where the wood dry rotted all the way thru in places. The finish on the body looks very much like a truck that has spent it's entire life setting in the elements.   

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Looking good! You have done a nice job making your own parts.

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Thanks guys! I appreciate the kindness!

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Looks great! I will eyeballing your project since im building `64 Chevy Fleetside right now.. B)

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I love the GMCs of that era. Especially the 60-61! Your truck looks fantastic. Are you going to modify the dash to the correct gmc dash?

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1 hour ago, Chevythunder85 said:

I love the GMCs of that era. Especially the 60-61! Your truck looks fantastic. Are you going to modify the dash to the correct gmc dash?

Thanks for the comment!  Yes I plan on modifying the dash...not sure exactly how yet. I also plan on making a stock 305 V6 along with the hood emblems.  I too prefer the 60-61 with the bulged hood and wrap around windshield.  I plan on using the AMT 60 Chevy cab in the future to do a mild custom GMC to represent how I will build my 1:1 62.  I am excited to here that the 60 kit is coming back on the shelves!

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Super nice GMC conversion , Bill !  

Are you planning to put a GMC V6 in it ?

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Small update!  I made the turn signal lenses (not easy) but they turned out ok.  Still working on the dashboard master but here is what it is at this point.  I also got valve covers made for the 305 V6.  The hood emblems were another challenge as they are only 1/4 of an inch wide, but I think I made something usable. Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

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Excellent fab work! A  conversion kit with all the  necessary pieces offered together would be a big hit! One other item that would be nice would be a small rear window conversion plate that could be glued in the back of the, IMO,  over rated big back window  option, which seems to pop up in almost every 50's-60's  Chevy pickup kit.

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