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Kmb0319

The 1968 Chevelle SS396- Grotto Blue

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I had to get this kit shortly after it came out, and couldn’t wait to get started on it.  It’s a great kit... well designed and fits together perfectly.  I have two niggling complaints: it could use some more detail pieces, especially in the engine compartment, and I don’t like the wheels and tires.  The tires dictate it, because they are the same too skinny/too small tires Revell has been putting in their muscle car kits for years, just with a printed redline.  Revell made new tires that were a much better size for the 70 Cuda kit, and they’re in the 70 Charger and the 80s Cutlass kits among others, but they used the old ones.  The rally wheels in this kit are the ones from the 69 Nova, which I’m not a fan of.  Too shallow, small and while the slots are open, they’re poorly shaped as they’re rectangular.  The rally wheels from the 69 Camaro kits are far better and would fit those newer Revell tires, IMO.

In the end, I did my own thing.  The paint is a Duplicolor Chevy Light Blue, which is a pretty good match for Grotto Blue in 68.  The interior got embossing powder for carpet and lots of detail work.  Other details I added include:

-  Spark plug wires

-  Vacuum hoses

-  Bypass hose at the front of the block to the water pump

-  Battery Cables

- Ran a hose from the washer tank to the wiper motor 

-  Heater hoses

-  Tires are AMT Goodyear Polyglas, Fs in front and Ls in back, and the wheels were an EBay purchase 

In final assembly, I found and used other wheel backs, as the kit ones are so small my tires kept either falling off or falling over the wheel back. But other than engine details and tires/wheels, this is OOB.

I decided against the SS stripes, as they tend to make the headlights look droopy in many cases.  Maybe I’ll change my mind and throw them on at some point, but I’m happy with how it turned out and looking forward to seeing more builds of this.  Thank you Revell for putting this out, and I hope to see a 69 soon!

Thanks for looking... in to the pics.

Interior

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Engine

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Done... mix of indoor and outdoor shots

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Looks very nice!

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Looks great!! Nice job on the interior and engine detail.

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Very nicely done!

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Stellar work! Just an observation...the battery positive terminal is next to the inner fender wall. If a "bump" were to occur, the electrical system could malfunction. If you can, re-paint the wires to reverse the polarities.

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Nice build!  Great details. Wheels and tires were an excellent choice!

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17 minutes ago, BigTallDad said:

Stellar work! Just an observation...the battery positive terminal is next to the inner fender wall. If a "bump" were to occur, the electrical system could malfunction. If you can, re-paint the wires to reverse the polarities.

Oops... good catch.  I will repaint them for sure!

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Wow great Chevelle! Your interior looks great and so does under the hood 👍

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It looks very good

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Very nice, love that color blue. Thanks for the heads up on the wheels/tires issue.

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I followed your build on this beautiful Chevelle and it turned out they way I would have wanted a 1:1. As for the afore mentioned Battery Terminals, you may want to do a little research. The Chevrolets that I owned back then all had the positive terminal close to the fender and the cable ran through a flat plastic loop on the inner fender and then to the starter. The negative or ground cable went from the battery to a bolt on the front off  the head on the engine on the passenger side. I always was afraid of touching the positive cable to the fender and blowing up the battery but it never happened. If you have ever had a battery blow up in your face it is an experience you will not soon forget. Anyone checking the oil on a Ford product with their big block engines of that era, especially if someone has left off the plastic cover on the positive post, could be in for a really big surprise. 

  

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1 hour ago, espo said:

I followed your build on this beautiful Chevelle and it turned out they way I would have wanted a 1:1. As for the afore mentioned Battery Terminals, you may want to do a little research. The Chevrolets that I owned back then all had the positive terminal close to the fender and the cable ran through a flat plastic loop on the inner fender and then to the starter. The negative or ground cable went from the battery to a bolt on the front off  the head on the engine on the passenger side. I always was afraid of touching the positive cable to the fender and blowing up the battery but it never happened. If you have ever had a battery blow up in your face it is an experience you will not soon forget. Anyone checking the oil on a Ford product with their big block engines of that era, especially if someone has left off the plastic cover on the positive post, could be in for a really big surprise. 

  

Thank you!  I looked at research pics and thought the positive cable was on the fender side, but will go back and check again.  If I have them reversed, I’ll paint them.  

Either way, thanks for following along and the comments.  I’ve been blown away by some of your work, (65 Shelby jumps to mind immediately) so I can’t wait to see what you do with this kit!

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Very nice!

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Nice build I really am digging the Rallye wheels nice and wide and minus the trim rings and center caps sweet look 

Michael

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I love the color, the stance, the wheels . . . . I love everything about your Chevelle! ;)

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Amazing clean details and definitely captures a specific and familiar look. Nice work.

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Superb details and wonderful in SHINY :D:D:D

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Excellent build. You did a great job.

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Amazing build!! Any info of the seller of the wheels? ? Im not a fan of the stock wheels either so, I like that touch

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