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Boss Hogg '70 Cadillac Deville Convertible

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Started this when I got the JoHan '68 "Boss Man" Cadillac after reading some online stuff...only to find that not everything online is true! Who'd have thought it?  Totally wrong front end and back end.

So I managed to score a somewhat damaged '70 JoHan Caddy that was already built.  Found many essentials were identical between the two kits, including the chassis and engine.  Got everything except the tail lights, which I can make.  

The white is from the '68, the tan is the '70.  The 68 was complete and totally unstarted, which was a big help to this project...although this first post only shows progress on repairing and altering the '70 body.

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The interior needed a lot of work; the 68 was a little different from the 70, so I couldn't use the unstarted/mint 68.  

Also, the seats of the 70 are under par.  First to remove the massively thick seatbelts which had already been glued on, and repair the sites.  Then a total rebuild of the headrest, which is like a hood on the real thing, plus some details under that on the back and on the sides.  

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The 70 dashboard had a damaged steering wheel.  Couldn't replace the entire wheel from the 68, the styles were different; so I cut the 68's intact wheel itself from the center and mounted it on the center of the 70.  Dab of paint, and good to go.

Interior now complete except for the CB radio....still trying to figure out where it should go (see post in "General" asking this)....

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Hi Andrew,        

Wow ! impressive work on the repairs. I can't wait to see the final result, as I have just made a 1969 Cadillac Convertible 3 weeks ago. It's posted on the "under glass" forum. Thanks for sharing your progress pics and don't give up the good work!

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Great idea for a build! Really nice work so far, I'll be keeping an eye on this build.

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On 6/2/2019 at 10:30 PM, Andrew D the Jolly Roger said:

The interior needed a lot of work; the 68 was a little different from the 70, so I couldn't use the unstarted/mint 68.  

Also, the seats of the 70 are under par.  First to remove the massively thick seatbelts which had already been glued on, and repair the sites.  Then a total rebuild of the headrest, which is like a hood on the real thing, plus some details under that on the back and on the sides.  

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Nice work. The seats in these old Johan caddies do need some attention. I did something similar to what you've done on a 1970 Coupe DeVille. I also added piping to the seats and headrests. I'm watching this build.

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Andrew, Excellent work on all the repairs and headrests!  

I'm a Dukes Of Hazzard fan and love Boss Hogg.  I have a '70 Cadillac Deville promo car that I might build as Boss Hogg's car if I don't find a '70 Johan Cadillac.  I can't wait to see more progress.

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Some really great work going on here! I like what I see, keep it up! :rolleyes:

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Hi Jay, check out the CB unit from the AMT 53 Ford pick-up, might be a good place to start. Enjoy your attention to capturing the subtleties between years. Nice build.

Wait O'Brien, livin' the life in the Green Mountains of central Vermont

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On 6/2/2019 at 10:25 PM, Andrew D the Jolly Roger said:

Started this when I got the JoHan '68 "Boss Man" Cadillac after reading some online stuff...only to find that not everything online is true! Who'd have thought it?  Totally wrong front end and back end.

So I managed to score a somewhat damaged '70 JoHan Caddy that was already built.  Found many essentials were identical between the two kits, including the chassis and engine.  Got everything except the tail lights, which I can make.  

The white is from the '68, the tan is the '70.  The 68 was complete and totally unstarted, which was a big help to this project...although this first post only shows progress on repairing and altering the '70 body.

DiS4aGN.jpg

2uQvpXc.jpg

c5YH7Sy.jpg

vyO6hPF.jpg

BxfogWV.jpg

E2p0el2.jpg

Sr6Frn5.jpg

dftmGuO.jpg

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Nice touch on the lighted visor mirror.

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Little more work folks....I don't use foil, I use Alclad Chrome lacquer, using liquid masking for the up-close edges, backed up with regular masking tape.  After the chrome is applied, I reverse the process, and I mask the finished chrome with the same liquid masking medium, trimmed with a fresh blade.  

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Chrome is now reverse-masked; the blue sticky stuff is liquid masking medium, still wet.  When it dries, I'll trim it with a fresh blade, and it'll be ready for airbrushing the Classic White.

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3 hours ago, Andrew D the Jolly Roger said:

Chrome is now reverse-masked; the blue sticky stuff is liquid masking medium, still wet.  When it dries, I'll trim it with a fresh blade, and it'll be ready for airbrushing the Classic White.

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Interesting. So the Alclad is not disturbed by the liquid mask?

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2 hours ago, Perspective Customs said:

Interesting. So the Alclad is not disturbed by the liquid mask?

Nope, not a bit!  Alclad is a lacquer, dries almost instantly, seems impervious to anything water-based.  Only 2 things I've found that bothers Alclad is 1) applying it too early over the gloss black primer, and 2) handling it too much (rubs off).  

If you saw my Ultimate General Lee build from over a year ago, or the Sheriff Little car currently over in the Under the Glass right now, they were done the same way.

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Did you glue the hood shut?

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33 minutes ago, crowe-t said:

Did you glue the hood shut?

Yep! No interest since it was never part of the show. All my Hazzard models are that way except The General.   Besides, this is being restored from two junkers, so I've got enough trouble already.... :D  

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Great work! I have several Cadillacs of this era to build. In doing a similar interior repair to a 71 Eldorado.

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I like how you did that . Do you buff your paint then peal the mask off?

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On 7/19/2019 at 5:58 PM, 72 Charger said:

I like how you did that . Do you buff your paint then peal the mask off?

Nope, simple mask, dry then cut the excess.. The peal it when done. 

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