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Starting with an almost-complete MPC annual with a few glue issues but swapping in the chassis and fenderwells from an AMT '70 Challenger for a little better detail without too much extra work. Thinking the can I have of Testors "Big Bad Blue" is close enough to Basin Street Blue and will try the flat black hood paint treatment and color keyed grille. A black vinyl top should help minimize the body work I'll need to do to fix the melted spots from the half tube of glue the original builder used to put in the glass. After seeing how nicely the white seats cleaned up I decided to go with a new interior from a snap kit- this one will have black interior and I'll save the white parts for a white interior build

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As with the 1:1 the Challenger wheelbase is a little longer requiring a bit of work

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This should be a cool build,years ago at a flea market i picked up a 70's mag called Hi-Performance Cars and it had a 72'cuda on the cover in that exact color combo.

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Did some preliminary cutting- hacked the fenderwells out of the Challenger body and took a section out of the chassis and gas tank. Some rummaging around showed the front section of the rear springs is the same length as the AMT Duster which also provides a decent 8-3/4 rear and shocks. Found an extra Monogram hood and trimmed a bit off the front

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Figured what better to replicate early 70's belted 70 series tires than with early 70's vintage AMT tires

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Motivation will be an AMT Duster 340 but with an automatic

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I am loving the kit bashing . Ill be keeping an eye open on this one for shure .. I have 4 of the orange kits from the 80s to do .

Laterdays ...Davin

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Looking good so far, I love watching these old MPC Glue bombs being rebuilt.

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Oh boy.. that's not a restoration , more like a resurrection !

LMK , if you need any misc resin parts/components i.e. Bumpers (Non 35MPH Bumpers which I think that kit has )/ Clear headlights & if that body winds up being a lil' more than expected, we have the 70 cuda body , you could graft in the front / rear

Build On !

Don

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Not much exciting going on- still doing bodywork- quite a bit of work grinding out globs of glue and glass and remains of the grille center on the inside, going to try to leave the taillights in and work around them. Also noticed someone had removed the "split" in the lower front opening- probably will leave it alone as it doesn't seem to stand out with a front license plate in place

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Very nice; the new issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine has a great article on an original 45k miles '73 Cuda in the Basin Street Blue. There's some good photography of the original engine compartment, interior, etc.

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Not much exciting going on- still doing bodywork- quite a bit of work grinding out globs of glue and glass and remains of the grille center on the inside, going to try to leave the taillights in and work around them. Also noticed someone had removed the "split" in the lower front opening- probably will leave it alone as it doesn't seem to stand out with a front license plate in place

I would go after those glued in taillights with your Dremel if I were you. You will be glad you did. :D

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I would go after those glued in taillights with your Dremel if I were you. You will be glad you did. :)

I have to agree on this one. Also if you want that exact color, You can get it at www.automotivetouchup.com , It's a base coat clear coat paint, I just bought the color ,And used it on my 72 Demon . The color has 2 different names, Basin Street Blue , For Plymouth, And Super Blue for the Dodge. Here is the color on my Demon I need to get finished. Just to show you as an example.superblue722.jpgsuperblue723.jpg These photos are in the direct sunlight, So that is the true color. This Cuda is going to look great in that color.

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