(WIP) 68 Vette PM Body...update 1.11.13

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Hello all..
Starting a new pro mod body, we'll see where it ends up. Posting some pix of the start. So far I've positioned the top (chopped around .080") and smoothed the rear fender flares, will be extending the rear .250". The nose will be stretched around .400" or so. Should be a fun subject, think I've seen a recent photo of one and didn't much like it. This one will be a body experiment only, unless I can fit to an almost done brass chassis I've made. Thanks for looking!

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Jeff I will be following this one. I am sure you will do this body wonders my friend. If its anything like your Chevelle body, it is sure going to come alive. Looking forward to seeing what you have instore with this one. I will wait patiently for pics.

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me too

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Wow, it's going to be really interesting build. All Pro Mod builds are interesting, but I haven't seen any of '68 Corvettes built PM so I'll be following this one. Your building skills are awesome, that top chop is looking really good.

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'68 Vette!, nice!, can't wait to see this get built up!

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while this is a few years later body. it still may help with the "visualization" of a '68 pro mod vette.

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i hope this helps!

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Wow, it's going to be a monster!

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Thanks for the interest guys, just trying one that's not-so-popular, hoping to make it look believable. Thanks for the pic Dave, awesome ride.

First pic is a very recent vette that I hope to incorporate styling cues from.....like stance and length mostly. When I ran across this shot, that was enough motivation for me. I have extended the rear 1/4" in middle of fenderwells, working now to reshape the openings, using cut index cards as templates. Next step, extend the front .400" and establish the wheelbase, more updates soon. Thanks for looking!!

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This should be awesome Jeff, that black vette that you have a pictire of runs at Carolina dragway alot It's owned by Rick Fleck I think his name is, procharged motor, and he calls it the Dragon, bad ride for sure, I think I've got some pics of it somewhere if you need any, you're off to a great start cant wait to see some updates...

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Here are pictures of the vette Bill Kuhlmann built to sell. Maybe this mite help you.

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You know I'm gonna be watchin this one , keep up the good work Jeff

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nice start, Going to be watching this one...

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This should be interesting. Can't wait to see more.

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Thanks for the comments guys, I've had the opportunity to work on this most of the day (which is rare...lol). Things are shaping up a bit, hoping to move quick in these early stages! More progress pix...thanks for looking.

Nose extended .420 and new rear wheel openings cut and formed from .030 sheet

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New rear openings in place

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Side-skirt templates cut and positioned for placement

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New side skirts from .030 sheet cut and placed

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The 'vette is coming out nice Jeff, the side skirts/wheel wells really make it pop!

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while this is a few years later body. it still may help with the "visualization" of a '68 pro mod vette.

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i hope this helps!

Wow, that's Marko Lantto's Corvette Pro Mod. The personal best of that car is about 6,3 seconds.... But it's very nice. Finnish Pro Modifieds are always nice to see. :unsure: Here's a link to another picture. (not mine) http://kuvia.1g.fi/kuvat/Tapahtumat+2010/FHRA/Defa+Finals+2010/Sunday/MOP_5018.jpg

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Hi all...this one is addictive, loving this body and the lines, lending itself well to these mods....I think. Gotta few updates and I plan to spend a good portion of the day playing around with this ProVette. Thanks for looking.

Front air-dam roughed in...

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Marked for splitting, body to be a scale 74" wide in rear and a scale 72" wide in front....this requires widening by .230"...

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Body split into

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Smoothed inside of body while apart (lot easier to do the rough removal of old body while apart), still more to go once back together...

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Shots of mockup before widening.....will be a different animal once widened.

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Jeff... this is turning out fantastic. I really like that you have taken something not so popular and running with it. Your body work is looking great so far. I look forward to more progress.

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Wow nice job so far what kind of body filler do you use to fill your body work in? And also what sandpaper do you use to get the body looking right? keep up the good work love the other pro mod project your doing to.

John Pol

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most excellent work my friend

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Thanks for the comments guys....John, usually I work with the Squadron green putty, hardens well overnight. I do have some automotive filler I use sometimes. I use all kinds of sanding sticks, files and different grit sandpaper depending on what needs to be done, roughing or finishing. Hope that helps.

Posting couple updated pix. First shot shows .25 wide filler glued in widening the body. Second shot shows reshaped front wheel openings, front and rear are only roughed in for now. Third is B4 and aft. Thanks for looking!!

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Jeff........very nice looking body......best i`ve seen.

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This is looking great Jeff.. Love the direction this one is headed.... out the ballpark , like the Chevelle...

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WOW this is going to look amazing!

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