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Hotrod 97

ZZ Top Eliminator

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This one is a rescue. I started it back when I didn’t really know what I was doing. 

Here’s what I’m starting with:

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The paint on the interior is rather splotchy

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There’s a good bit of blushing on the exterior paint

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The engine assembly isn’t too bad. Thread was used for the spark plug wires

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First step: disassemble everything and strip the paint.

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I just finished mine Eliminator a few month ago. Nice kit to build. 

Succes with this rescue project.;)

Eddy

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Thank you, Eddy!

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Got the previous paint removed and the engine disassembled. The body and interior were not primed, just painted over plastic. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time sanding down the glue spots, as most of them will not be seen once the engine is assembled.

 

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It appeared that the spots where the body pieces were connected to the sprues were not sanded down, and the roof had some flashing preventing it from sitting flush on the body. After a bit of time with some spare sandpaper, here is how it all turned out.

Before:

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After:

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Made a good bit of progress today. The body, hood, and trunk are ready for paint. I’ll put another coat of primer on the engine before it gets painted.

 

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The engine and chassis have a fresh coat of primer. Now the fender assembly, chassis, and engine are ready for paint.

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Cool, Tyler what's your thoughts on this kit, I've been on the fence about getting one. Thanks, Geno.

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8 hours ago, Geno said:

Cool, Tyler what's your thoughts on this kit, I've been on the fence about getting one. Thanks, Geno.

Depending on your desired outcome for the model, it may take a bit of extra sanding. Once cleaned up it goes together pretty nice.

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Thanks Tyler, I've been wanting to build one to go along with my DM California Kid diecast. Looks like a search is on lol.

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4 hours ago, Geno said:

Thanks Tyler, I've been wanting to build one to go along with my DM California Kid diecast. Looks like a search is on lol.

You’re welcome. They will look amazing sitting beside each other. Good luck with your search for one - I think Hobby Lobby still carries them.

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Got some painting and priming done today. I put another coat of primer on the hood pieces because I changed the assembly plans after I got it glued together. I was going to make the hood assembly (hood & hood panels) all one piece, but decided to glue the panels to the body. 

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Always loved that car. It actually might be the first car I fell in love with and became a gear head, car nut. Looking better with better experience under your belt. It's going to be beautiful.

 

AJ

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   This is looking cool Tyler!!  I used to use thread

on engines too, I still have a survivor with thread

on the engine for everything!

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Looks great so far!

This is one of those kits I'd like to build and have on my shelf some day

David G.

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What a nice save.  Kudos to you for taking on the challenge and making it happen.  Cheers, tim

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19 hours ago, U_ser_ID said:

Always loved that car. It actually might be the first car I fell in love with and became a gear head, car nut. Looking better with better experience under your belt. It's going to be beautiful.

 

AJ

Thank you very much AJ! It is a sentimental classic - it had that same “wow” affect on me, too!

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18 hours ago, mod3l Lover said:

   This is looking cool Tyler!!  I used to use thread

on engines too, I still have a survivor with thread

on the engine for everything!

Thanks David! The thread method is handy for beginners... like me :D

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13 hours ago, David G. said:

Looks great so far!

This is one of those kits I'd like to build and have on my shelf some day

David G.

Thanks! I highly recommend it!

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5 hours ago, Codi said:

What a nice save.  Kudos to you for taking on the challenge and making it happen.  Cheers, tim

I appreciate the encouragement, Tim :)

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Got some more painting done today. The only things left to paint/prime are the interior, belt & pulley assembly, and the radiator hose. The last two pics are a quick mock-up of what It’ll look like assembled.

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Not much better than a great save, nice work so far...

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11 hours ago, James2 said:

Not much better than a great save, nice work so far...

Thank you, Rooster!

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Made some more progress on the Eliminator. Next is to finish up the decals, wash the grille, and wire the engine.

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