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This is a great kit and I enjoyed building a couple. Are you going to use the Continental Kit in your build ? 

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5 hours ago, espo said:

This is a great kit and I enjoyed building a couple. Are you going to use the Continental Kit in your build ? 

I was planning to. Do you want it? I could live with just the fender skirts.

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4 hours ago, landman said:

I was planning to. Do you want it? I could live with just the fender skirts.

I'm not into the Continental Kit look myself, but I also realize that many due like them. I saw in your picture that you had it laid out so I just thought you may be going that way. You hadn't mentioned your builds direction, and mybe that may change as you get into it. We've all done that a time or two. 

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9 hours ago, espo said:

I'm not into the Continental Kit look myself, but I also realize that many due like them. I saw in your picture that you had it laid out so I just thought you may be going that way. You hadn't mentioned your builds direction, and mybe that may change as you get into it. We've all done that a time or two. 

Ah, OK. I was planning to use it. In any case I'll paint it and will dry fit it. If it doesn't cut t, I'll just install the stock bumper. as for direction, I'm looking at this. I have a copper color that is close. the only drwaback to this is I won't be able to use the provided seat inserts.

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24 minutes ago, landman said:

Ah, OK. I was planning to use it. In any case I'll paint it and will dry fit it. If it doesn't cut t, I'll just install the stock bumper. as for direction, I'm looking at this. I have a copper color that is close. the only drwaback to this is I won't be able to use the provided seat inserts.

 

I had a '59 Impala that I bought just for the gorgeous dashboard and those weird eye tail lights! The convertible model went thru 3 changes with a resin body until they released the Hardtop. Then the BMF killed me and there it sits 20 years later.

I'm going to enjoy watching you put one together!

Here's a couple dash photos for reference

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3 hours ago, landman said:

Ah, OK. I was planning to use it. In any case I'll paint it and will dry fit it. If it doesn't cut t, I'll just install the stock bumper. as for direction, I'm looking at this. I have a copper color that is close. the only drwaback to this is I won't be able to use the provided seat inserts.

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For the seat inserts and all of the Interior and Dash, check under the After Market/Resin section on this sight. At the top of the list is the After Market Suppliers. Go down to the Keith Marks Decals and click on that sight. He offers every color of seat insert  that Chevrolet had in '59. He also offers decals for the gauges. He has interior decals for just about any car and some trucks plus photos of stock vehicles to compare and also to see just how the colors should run thru the interior for a stock build. A suggestion on the Continental Kit. The OEM style that Chevrolet used was an add on in the center of the rear bumper, just kind of hangs off the bumper. In the kit the locating and attachment points leave a little to be desired as to their strength. I would suggest using  attachment pins for added strength. You may already be using this method for attaching other parts, but I thought just in case this might give you a better opportunity to position the rack for the Continental kit properly to the bumper and not have it fall off at a later date.  The Copper color is a great choice and great looking. Chevrolet offered both White and a very light Beige color as secondary colors and they looked good either way. Hope this information will be of some help to you. 

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9 hours ago, landman said:

Ah, OK. I was planning to use it. In any case I'll paint it and will dry fit it. If it doesn't cut t, I'll just install the stock bumper. as for direction, I'm looking at this. I have a copper color that is close. the only drwaback to this is I won't be able to use the provided seat inserts.

 

If that picture is accurate on my screen, I had a '59 convertible the same color. It was called Cameo Coral and was almost a pink and came with a grey interior. My first car.

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2 minutes ago, MrObsessive said:

Pat, that's lookin' good from where I sit! 👍

Bill, I am impressed by your eyesight. The web says you are 889 miles away!!!!

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2 minutes ago, landman said:

Bill, I am impressed by your eyesight. The web says you are 889 miles away!!!!

LOL!! 😀😀😀

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I have to agree on the shade of Copper. 

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1 hour ago, bisc63 said:

That's a nice color, what exactly is it?

Now don't ask me where I got it. Wal-Mart maybe?

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2 hours ago, bisc63 said:

That's a nice color, what exactly is it?

Rusty, I checked and it wasn't Wal-Mart. The Web says that Ollies has them, I can't verify as there isn't any Ollies here.

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That sounds about right, I have one relatively close by, and that name brand sounded familiar. It really does have a period-correct look to it. Looking forward to the rest of the build! ( and thanks for the info)

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Two colors that may be close: #1 Testors #1251 Copper Metallic and Plasti-kote Odds and Ends #143S Antique Gold. Both are Enamel based paints and I have had good results from both in the past. The Odds and Ends can be found just about anywhere they sell spray paints. Hardware stores, Wal Mart, Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Lowe's. The Testors Paint can be found at any Hobby Lobby or Model Shops. 

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Masked for two-toning. Hope this works. Keep your fingers crossed.

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7 hours ago, Tom Geiger said:

Fingers crossed for ya!   😁

OK Tom, you can uncross. I think we made it. Now, about 36 hours of foiling. Some chassis work going on as well.

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15 hours ago, landman said:

OK Tom, you can uncross. I think we made it. Now, about 36 hours of foiling. Some chassis work going on as well.

Very nice!   Glad it came out well.  Foil on!

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I hear you on foiling these cars. Lots and Lots and LOTS of foiling. You're doing a great job on this Pat.

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Excellent color choice! The 59 Chevy has been a favorite car of mine, we have had four different ones in the family over the years. 

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