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'51 Chevy Hardtop 60's Style Street Rod - Update 01-07

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As I finish my Lakes Deuce 5-window I’ve started this little side project – an AMT ’51 Chevy Hardtop done as an early 60’s street rod. Nosed, decked and shaved, with frenched headlights and the stock grill bar, a Revell ’49 Merc rear bumper at the front, stock rear bumper, rear wheel wells cut open and kit rake (raised shackles at the rear and dropped spindles at the front). The tires are Modelhaus, pinners at the front and M&H whitewall slicks at the rear. The wheels are kit fronts and Modelhaus rears. They will get Modelhaus chrome spyders. The taillights will be stock units, power will be a Revell Parts Pac small block Chevy V8 with dual quads. Paint is Duplicolor Gunmetal metallic and Testors Revving Red metallic.

Nothing very elaborate but a subject I don’t do all that often (it’s got fenders!). The style, too, is one I haven’t seen done that often among contemporary car modelers. Hopefully it’ll come out OK…

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

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Edited by Bernard Kron

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cool ,I like the wheels.

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Subject not withstanding, Bernard, I know it'll be a great build.

In place of the small-block, if you have that Cadillac V-8 from the Merc, I'd drop that right in there for a little extra scoot something a little different.

Charlie Larkin

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Kewl.

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Looks great Bernard.

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Kool!!!!

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the wblock 409 fits too out of a 60's chevy car

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I have this kit and it is a favorite.... keep us posted on tis one.... I like what you are doing here....great inspiration!!!

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Thanx everyone for the kind words!

It’s been over a month since I last posted something about this project. In fact I’ve been plugging away steadily on it except for a two week period in early December when I was traveling and another gap to nurse a post-holiday cold. At this stage I’m ready for final assembly so here are some detail pictures as I finish things up

First off is the motor, a Revell Parts Pak small block Chevy, largely stock except for the ramhorn exhausts from my parts box. I left a fair amount of chrome on it to complement the shiny metallic paint of the body and the general “show ‘n’ go” of this street rod.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the interior. It’s largely stock except for some AMT bucket seats from my parts box. I deleted the rear seat but the roll bar is from the kit.

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Here are the Modelhaus spiders mounted to the kit Chevy steelies at the front and some deep-dish Modelhaus steelies on the rear.

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The general vibe of this car will be that of a “boy racer” street machine, with a fancy paint job and its nose down rake instead of the nose up stance of a real weekend racing gasser. So I thought I would include the three quintessential “boy racer” decals of the 60’s: Mooneyes, Mr. Horsepower (the Clay Smith Cams woodpecker), and the sly reference of STP. Thousands of cars ran these decals without ever getting near anything resembling Moon equipment, a hot cam, or even heavy duty lubricant in the crankcase.

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The bodywork is foiled and most parts have been test fitted and adjusted. I hope to have this one completed within the next few days.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

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Lookin' good!

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snuck one by me...

I like it,

just won the 51 Chevy kit from the "gift exchange" at our December Club meeting

LHS had the Jimmy Flinstone chopped trans-kit laying around so picked it up

lookin' forward to seein' your chevy in February

c'ya

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Thanx!

Here’s another update. I’m in the throws of assembly, detailing and cleanup. Here are shots of the final install on the grill and bumpers and the Archer louver transfers I added to the hood. I’m hoping to tie up the loose ends and get her done in the next couple of days.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

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Great job Bernard, I love it.

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