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AMT ’59 Buick Invicta Mild Custom! New Rear Wheel Opening Test, Take 2!


John Goschke
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Here's the second side of my '59 Buick test car with a new version of the revised wheel opening. I think I'm ready to do this on the final model. Let me know hat you guys think.  Here's a link to the original topic post...

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15 minutes ago, JollySipper said:

I like it....... reminds me of what the Ayala's did to the 'Wild Bird', with mimicking the front opening on the rear...

 

8 minutes ago, crazyjim said:

Looks good.

Thanks, guys!  Timothy, you're right, T-birds look terrific minus the skirts, and the Wild  Bird is a great example.

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3 minutes ago, moparfarmer said:

Didn't like it at first but with the complete car shown it looks good as do the rounded fins..

Thanks, Wayne!  Glad you like it.  The fins on the final model won't be rounded.  The car shown here is a parts car with damaged fins that I used to test the idea.

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51 minutes ago, MrObsessive said:

John, that looks a lot better with the revised wheel openings! That should have been the original stock look than what GM did with the original '59. 👌

Thanks, Bill!  I wanted to it look as if the factory might've done it.

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12 hours ago, CabDriver said:

I think you’re excellent at what you do John!    Always enjoy seeing your work!

Thanks Jim!  Much appreciated!

4 hours ago, Zippi said:

Nice looking Invicta.  Love that body style with the big fins.  

Thanks, Bob!  I, too, love me some big fins!

52 minutes ago, gotnitro? said:

Nice changes , makes the body flow better imo

Thanks Jeff!  I think it helps the  flow and lessens the visual "bulk" of the original rear quarter.

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13 minutes ago, Bucky said:

1960 had fins, too. Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler, DeSoto, Cadillac, Chevy, Ford, and others. Chevy and Ford fins sort of laid down flat, though.

Correct.

1960 was the pinnacle for "fin height" for some of the Mopars.

They don't get any higher or more pronounced  than Plymouth or Chrysler in '60!!

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Except for very minor body work the wheel opening mods are complete on the final model! I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out – it gives this model a real "hook!" I also detailed the wheels with an India ink wash, along with painting the tri-color and gold emblems in each center cap, now they're not so toy-like. The tailpipes got their customary hit of Alclad Chrome, and the chassis's been detail-painted in the usual style, including a "Buick Green" engine and trans.

 

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The first thing I notice after the rear wheel well openings being changed is that the overall look the body seems lighter or slimmer in the rear quarters. These cars always looked great but a little heavy in the rear. Amazing how such a small change can alter the overall look of the body. 

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