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1976 Chevrolet Caprice

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About 10 years ago ( I think ) when the reissue came out, I picked up a few. I built one right away in cream and tan. I liked the color combo but was never happy with my paint work. So it sat 99% finished for almost, well 10 years. Got tired of looking at it and was gona just do a repaint..............needless to say it became a full resto.

I went with the three part Testors lacquer system, wet sanded it and hand buffed with automotive buffing compunds and waxes. The interior was done using automotive dye, flocked, added floor mats, and a turn signal stalk/gear lever. White wall tires came from American Satco (last ones I had left). The half top and side trim was done also using the same automotive dye for the inside. Other than trying to find the right style outside rear view chrome mirrors, photo etch scripts and a set of plates, shes pretty much done.


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That's a sharp-looking Caprice. I like the color combination.

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That's nice Jonny, looks sharp B)

Is that a London Taxi I see in the background ;) !!

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Very nice!

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looks great love the detale on the dash.

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A great looking build. Excellent detail and color combo..

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That looks tremendous. Great job, nice color combo. And may I add, the dashboard is way excellent. I have driven and owned a few of these, and it looks lifelike.

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Great interior.

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Super nice! B)

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Nicely done.

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Sweet. These barges were everywhere back in the day, you nailed it.

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Really dig the interior.

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love the car and love the interior , can you tell me more about the dye you used on the interior !!!

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Very Nice build!!!!! Can I make one suggestion? Foil the "A" pillars. They were stainless steel on the '71-'76 GM full sized cars. MPC missed that detail, and made the pillars look like they should be body color, as that area should have been raised instead of depressed.

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Really nice! I remember seeing lots of these in this combo. Fantastic dash detail!

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Good to see you back, man.

That's looking great. I'm planning on doing green/buckskin/buckskin myself.

Charlie Larkin

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Nice Caprice!

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Great rebuild!

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I love this picture. It screams 1970s and the neighborhood contributes to the authentic look of the car.

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Great looking old Caprice! Nice colors, and really good interior detail. Good work!

Sam

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Looks perfect. In 1973 I had just gotton into the car business, and the dealer 's demo Caprice looked just like your model.

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Thank you everyone for the kind words. I have always liked the '71 to '76 "big" Caprice/Impala line up. Sure were commanding cars on the road. I have the Modelhaus '73 Kingswood that I have had for a few years but still have not built that one and a '73 promo that needs a nice resto. I have another '73 Kingswood on order to do a '74 front clip conversion.

Helix: Yes that is a London Taxi. I built it when I was 13-14 years old. One of very few I have left from when I was a kid. Somehow by what grace, the black came out darn near perfect. So this time around I just did a gentle clean up and adjusted a few things.

CrazyGirl: The interiour dye is by Dupli Color for 1:1 cars. It is ment for vinyl and fabric. However I used the black dye on my real '76 Monte Carlo, it makes the carpet stiff but works great on the models. You can find this stuff at Advance, Auto Zone, Pep Boys or just about any well stocked auto parts store. Just mist on a few light coats.

Ron: I looked at some of my materal I had collected and saw some pictures with and without the trim. I don't know if it was bad editing, a model change or what. I see the '73 promo has the raised area for the stainless steel trim but '74, '75 and the '76 did not. By the way Ron, your work is inspiring.

Charlie: Yes I am back! It has been a long time! My computer took a poop, lost everything and I figured in time I would get around to coming back. Once you get into this hobby, it will always follow you and bring you right back in.

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clean build

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One of the nicest I've seen built !!!! :D

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Wow, Now that's one nice looking Caprice.....Perfect color combination!

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