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Superbird McMonte
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I always have a lot of Motion projects in the works. Some of them have gotten pushed back quite a bit. Working on the Eckler‘s Can-Am Corvettes recently brought these two Corvette projects to the surface.

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A917A233-D61A-4721-9942-476EEC3CC863.jpeg.1d6606f928b6688ad1d676a8e998b23e.jpegIn 1993 Joel Rosen gave me three pictures of a red Can-Am Corvette built by Motion. I had never seen these types of Motion cars before, but I knew I had to build one. AMT had just released the Eckler‘s Corvette kit, so I grabbed a couple.

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I had a couple rolls of automotive pinstripe hanging around and thought I might give that a try. Cutting it to the correct widths and getting it on the car wasn’t too much trouble. But in the end, they did not look right. They kept popping up in corners and you could see the scale thickness was out of whack. So I carefully peeled it all off and set about my original plan, drawing the decals.  
 

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Joel Rosen has officially pulled himself out of the automotive industry. At 83 years old, he’s had enough. He was recently in the hospital, so I had a mutual friend of ours, pass these pictures along to him. As for the real car, last I saw it was in the Dan McMichael‘s collection. It may have gone to auction in 2012.

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Bouncing back and forth between the red car and yellow car, I noticed something about these Motion cars that I hadn’t noticed 30 years ago. These Motion cars are a bit wider than the Eckler cars. The inner most taillights are not that close to the license plate cut out. And the hatchback opening is over the middle taillights.🤔ABF130CE-1415-44F5-9C3C-2C2311158787.jpeg.ed6be6ca2bb602873affc79d7c20ff42.jpeg
 

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I marked off my cut lines on the bumper cover.

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And then I started piecing it back together, spacing everything out and adding an extra quarter inch.

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The hatchback opening is not going to line up exactly where it should with the tail lights, but the extra width does help bring the widebody fenders out enough to almost go straight back. There’s still a slight hourglass back in towards the bumper cover, just not as dramatic as it was out of the box.

I hope to do some test fitting tomorrow.

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