Hot Rod Radical Pontiac J2000

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Just picked up this model from fee-bay, relatively cheap, with all plans to build. Then, I looked at it, and I'm not sure I want to build it; all the parts are there, including decals, and the bags are still sealed. I built it as a kid when it came out, still have the built kit. Now, I'm wondering if I want to do something else with it.

Should I trade it away? Build it? Box-stock or mod? Dare I say, kit-bash it? Strip it and use it for parts?

Inquiring minds want to know... looking for input...

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What does it look like Ive never heard of it ?

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I say build it. Kits are made to be built! Different paint job maybe, or super detail it, but don't leave it collecting dust in the box!!!

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I believe this is it. I say build it. No sense in letting it collect dust. If you built it as a kid, revisit the time and build it better.

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I built that kit as a kid also...it's a wild one, lots of parts...

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I would do a kit bash with it and swap the body for something else unique. I never did care for the real car. To me,it was just too impractical and over the top. IMO, it was one of the cars that put the pro street treatment over the edge.

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Build the sucker:)

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Yeah - build that puppy.

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I'm feelin' the build comin' on...
One thing I never did like was the body. I get it, going for something different at the time. Now it needs something else different.

Thanks for all the feedback!

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Un-tub it and make it a salt flats car :)

I was a very impressionable teenager when that car was built. At the time, it was the shizzle d'bizzle. Then again, so were hair bands. Thank the Gods my tastes matured quickly. :D

I think I'd still build it as a salt racer. Actually, send it to me if you get stumped, and I will. :P

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Build it as the car its supposed to be, but like it was parked behind the shop and forgotten after the fad wore off.....rusty and neglected, with the engine in a stage of disassembly.

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That's a fun kit. I built one a long time ago. It's really nicely detailed.

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Build it as the car its supposed to be, but like it was parked behind the shop and forgotten after the fad wore off.....rusty and neglected, with the engine in a stage of disassembly.

Yes! I like the sound of that. Build it, but rob some of the go fast parts off, fade the paint a bit, throw a tarp over part of it. These wild pro-street cars will be barn survivors some day too!

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I say build it if you deside not to use the decals I would love to buy or trade for them,I need them for mine,This kit was my holy grail of models then I got one but ruined the decals spilling coke on them.

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Build it as the car its supposed to be, but like it was parked behind the shop and forgotten after the fad wore off.....rusty and neglected, with the engine in a stage of disassembly.

Now that's a great idea right there!

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loved this car and the model, Revell put like two more bodies on it, i jus got those for the parts!

those tires!!!!!!!!

i put this chassis under the revell anglia, i might even someday finish it!

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loved this car and the model, Revell put like two more bodies on it, i jus got those for the parts!

those tires!!!!!!!!

i put this chassis under the revell anglia, i might even someday finish it!

I did the Corvette as a kid also, same chassis, engine, etc. Being as narrow as it is, the selection seems limited.

The aged pro street garage find survivor and the salt flat car ideas are both smoldering. Both will still yield some parts that aren't going to be used, like the tires, and most of the engine. Of course, that just means it'll end up in other projects.

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I have the Beretta version of it and the corvette but never got the j2000 kit. I do like the barn find idea sounds really cool!

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I haven't seen this kit in person, but I remember when the 1:1 car came out, It was in just about every car magazine you could think of! It will be intresting to see what you do with it (build it any way you want but just don't trade it away, you may regret it later!)

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After reading this thread I dug out my copy of the kit and started comparing bodies, wheelbases and widths and discovered that size-wise its a close match to a Mustang II.... now I know what to do with it. B)

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I saw this car in person at the Street Machine Nationals when it first debuted. At the time I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Rick Dobbertin was a super nice guy and went pretty much totally broke building it. He even hauled it to the Nats with a borrowed truck and trailer because he had sold his to finance the project. As over the top as it was, the car barely ran. It was built strictly as a fairgrounds trailer queen. I wonder what happened to it.

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I always wanted to convert this kit to the Olds Firenza Pro Stock that Warren Johnson ran in the 80s

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I saw this car in person at the Street Machine Nationals when it first debuted. At the time I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Rick Dobbertin was a super nice guy and went pretty much totally broke building it. He even hauled it to the Nats with a borrowed truck and trailer because he had sold his to finance the project. As over the top as it was, the car barely ran. It was built strictly as a fairgrounds trailer queen. I wonder what happened to it.

did a google search and this is what I found.

http://books.google.com/books?id=IcUrjhWp_DAC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=RICK+DOBBERTIN%27S+PONTIAC+J-2000&source=bl&ots=cGe9fVcqmz&sig=Bb9V1GHpWD6mUMZrCnBYrfrafjY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1CE-Uaa1DMTz2QXNh4HoDw&ved=0CIgBEOgBMA0#v=onepage&q=RICK%20DOBBERTIN%27S%20PONTIAC%20J-2000&f=false

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Kinda supports the notion to build one half under a tarp and half covered in bird poop and dust with some of the motor parts missing!

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I had read that because it had NO rear suspension to speak of, it was impossible to ride in. It was too jarring an effect to go on longer rides in. So he just parked it.

Edited by george 53

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