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1965 Corvette "Project Car/Barn Find"


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I got into 1/8th scale Monogram kits a while back and I now have several. I picked up this partly build/glue bomb 1965 Vette a while back and knew it was missing a bunch of parts. Most people that build this kit, do it as a full restored/new car. I decided that I do not want to go that direction. I am going to build this car as a project car. A car that maybe was a barn find or was mildly customized in the 70's-80's. It will not be all stock, the engine will not be fuel injected and the wheels will not be from this kit. The body will be in primer and some paint. I plan to remove parts that would normally be removed durin a restoration. Some parts I have already started on. 

The engine for this kit is really special. I got it from a member here that 3D modeled it, printed and cast it. The engine has all the same interrnal parts as the rel thing. It has a rotating crank, pistons, camshaft, lifter, rockers and more. The carburator alone was 22 parts with working linkage. As for non-stock parts, the transmission is a stock 350 with a B&M pan and a stall converter. The carb is a holley, Camero air cleaner with K&N filter. 

 

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Howy cwap on a cwacker, this is going to be an awesome build, the parts and detail you've shown so far are off the charts, absolutely can't wait to see more. I really like the direction your taking this, a bit different to the norm, which is way cool, I took my part kit glue bomb in a totally different direction also, after a couple of false starts. My humble effort is back a few pages if you haven't seen it, I'd be honoured if you could take a quick look and tell me wot ya think.

Michael Pederick, ( roadkill ) from Perth, Western Australia.

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I got some work done on the engine. I still have to add the rockers to the other side, add the exhaust and all the accessories and wires. 
I also did some work on the body. I only had half of the tail lights, so I used 1/2in tube and made the hole that they would sit in. I will hang some wire with a socket on it in final assembly. 
BTW, I can spin the crank and all the pistons move up and down in the bores. And, the 134 on the oil filter is the correct part number. 

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10 minutes ago, Sam I Am said:

Simply un-be-liev-able! 

I want one of those engines, but my firstborn is out on his own,  and I just can't spare an arm or a leg. 

Well, I will not give the exact price or who I got it from without his permission, but the cost was very low. Less than I spent on gas the last time I filled up my Suburban. (It does have a big tank)
I wish he was making more of them, I would buy several. 

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9 hours ago, Oldmopars said:

Well, I will not give the exact price or who I got it from without his permission, but the cost was very low. Less than I spent on gas the last time I filled up my Suburban. (It does have a big tank)
I wish he was making more of them, I would buy several. 

So then the engine is not "numbers matching"?  I guess it'll never be eligible for Bloomington Gold certification. 

Ah well, it'll still make a great driver.

Looking good!

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Thank you. I’m finding that I need to work on this in spurts. I took a small break for a little truck for my wife, and as I cleaned my model stash I found a kit I need to build or chuck. It no longer fits in the box and so it screws up the stack. 
it may be a week or 2 before I get back to it. 

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I finished another quick prject, so this is back on the bench. I want to do the best job I can on this, so it will be an on/off project for a while. 

I cut the frame apart and the fuel tank was basicly not there, just a vauge representation of it. So, I needed to build one. I got some foam board just like Renshape and carved out the tank. I cut a slit around the middle and added plastic sheet for te tank seam.  This will sit in the frame on a new cross member with real straps. I am also adding the fuel sender/pick up tube and wiring. 

In the first pictures it is in progress. Last pictures are mostly done, it will get the sender added and some weathering.

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