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om617

1958 Chevrolet Impala.

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As usual i have projects that are going really slow,mostly because of bad planning,ideas that pop up,and the typical

having to wait for parts. This one should go okay since i have most of the stuff i will be using. I wanted it to be an

soft custom/street machine. I want to keep most visual things stock,but i have sanded down a couple of things on

body,top front fenders,and the chrome detail on lower rear panels. The paint is Tamiya white pearl,hard to see the

pearl effect on these pics,also need a polish. The BMF is not finish.

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The powerplant will be an 572cid chevy from VCG with an manual trans. I have modify an intake from the parts box

to fit itb fuel injection from model meister. Would want to fit an electric fan in front of the radiator,this or i will cut out

the original radiator and fit the radiator from an Dodge Viper i have some parts from.

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I hope to get this done before 2038 -_- Thanks for looking,and any comments are welcome.

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That looks great. On the fan, if there is room to mount it between the radiator and the water pump it would be the preferred mounting point on a 1:1 car with a shroud. If it's mounted in the intake side of the radiator it would block air flow. I've not seen any 1/25th scale antifreeze on the work bench yet, but you never know.

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AMERICAN GRAFITTI TIME! White Impala, that's what that reminds me of. Great work for an old beatup mold that's been around for ages.

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looking good, I will be watching. this is one kit I can never get to come out looking good.

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Very cool project, great looking engine. I have a 58 I just foiled. 58 has so much to foil can be a pain...

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Parts look so much better with primer but it`s to cold right now to paint. Here is the mock up for cooling. Thanks David for advice on the fan.

Is this kit really old? It has incredible amount of flash,but easy to get off. There is a lot of cool custom parts in this kit.

I see now that i need an electric waterpump. Maby try make the one that is there to look like an electric pump.

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Little update. I tried to give the car air condition and power steering,also alternator is mocked up. Engine need paint,also need to

mount the fuelrails and and hoses etc. Not sure about color for the engine,but maby red,i also think red will be the choice for the

inside. The cooling package is not decent mounted ,neither is the water pump and distributor on the picture,just mock up.

Some pics.

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Attempt at foil is done for the body. I forget to breath when i cut so i think i`m going to die if had more lol

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lookin good!

i made an electric water pump a while ago, if i can find the engine in my "engine stash" ill post a pic for ya. it was really easy to do......

cheers

bryan

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lookin good!

i made an electric water pump a while ago, if i can find the engine in my "engine stash" ill post a pic for ya. it was really easy to do......

cheers

bryan

Thanks.

Yes i would love to see how you did it.

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Is there any awards for being an moron? If so i think would qualify as for today. Planned an cosy day with mounting molding and some other things on the body. Then it hit me,i could not find the molding for the bonnet. I looked

on the parts three at least 7 times. Did i really have to get up and go to the kitchen and look thru the trash bag. I did,

i looked thru everything,twice. I crawled on the floor,went thru the trash,and i thought,do i really have to go and buy

an entire new kit just for this. So as i searched ebay i took one last glance on the parts three,well there it is,not very

obvious molded but there. So lession today for me was to be careful when cutting parts off the the parts three so i

dont cut numbers,as i did here.

So there is 5 hours of my life i never get back :D

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Ha Ha been there done that :D . Its like the part that falls into the black hole under the work bench :wacko:

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Electric water pump done. Found a source pic on popularhotrodding,com and tried make it look like it.

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yea i kinda dropped the ball on the water pump pic buddy........sorry bout that. looke like you did fine though.

cheers

bryan

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No problem and thanks. I been staring at it for an hour now and come to the conclusion it need to be a little smaller.

I noticed this car dont have an brake booster,did these models not come with power brakes? It will be needing one

now that there will be huge disk brakes up front. Also have to figure out the heater package since this car will have

air-condition. I cut the core out of one parts firewall, and i`ll see if i might be able to fit with the original package.

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they probably didnt have power brakes, and still had drum brakes all the way around......i dont know if power brakes were an option on the 58.....anybody know?

cheers

bryan

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Nice source,thanks. Even said there was option as air suspension and fuel injection.

Test fitted brakes and wheels today,brakes are Brembo and wheels OZ Futura. Also got exhaust test fitted together.

The front section with mufflers are from 62 Impala,the following backwards are the original. I think i`ll just keep it like

this and maby try add some nice tips. Not decided if i should end it right behind the rear wheels or go straight back.

Will try to get more pics when brakes are mounted,also the heater/Ac package,i did not want to now since the paint

is not 100% dry. Well,this is really fun and sorry if i annoy with all the pics lol

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I cannot stress enough how there is no such thing as too much pictures! In my opinion so many people don't post nearly enough pictures! This is a fantastic looking Impala thus far. I usually don't care at all for custom wheels, but actually like those quite a bit. Also, excellent paint job, foiling, and engine bay (in other words, everything). If you have access to the Revell version of this, it has really nice metal exhaust tips, which I used on mine.

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tommy, i finally remembered where that engine i did with the electric fuel pump is...........i actually gave it away to a friend for a project he had going on, the engine was a perfect fit for him, and his build......sorry about that.

cheers

bryan

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