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'65 Plymouth Satellite...The One That Got Away


Greg Pugh

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Im in.... Ive been on the hunt for a few kits, one being a 65 Sattelite to build a "Hot Rod" movie car... Black 65ish satellite all jacked in the rear, wide chrome reverse wheels on the rear and a big hemi up front. If i can find a kit..... Anyhoo. Great looking build so far!

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The 440 6-pack is done and ready to install. I forgot to mention earlier that my car had power steering so I stole the power steering reservoir and the belts and pulleys from the '70 Superbee kit also.

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That AMT Super Bee is probably the kit I have robbed for parts the most over the last 20 years...lots of goodies in the Pro Street version for sure!

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Those are not my favorites of the era, but they can be great-looking car with proper rolling stock. A friend of mine in college had a beige hardtop Satellite, sitting tall on 15" Chrome reverse wheels and blackwalls. He let me drive it ONCE, long story.

I hope the Moebius kit is as good as the Chryslers and the Pontiac!

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  • 4 months later...

Holy smokes! That was a wild summer!! Things are finally slowing down and I am now able to get back to this!

First on my list is to finish up the interior and to get the chassis up off the ground. Starting with the door panels, I had a HORRIBLE time getting foil to adhere to the door handles, window cranks, and armrest bases. I tried 3 different sheets of foil, I tried painting those pieces in gloss black (in hopes that the foil would stick to the glossy paint better than the semi-flat paint), I even gave up on the idea of foiling them and started to old-school paint them! When that wasn't looking right, I said to heck with it and I sent the door panels from the donor kit I've been raiding parts from, to Chrometech to have both door panels chrome plated. I figured then that I could foil those pieces, basically masking them off, then paint the rest of the panel. When the panels arrived and I tried to foil them and AGAIN, it wouldn't work. I switched over to my last ditch effort. First, I ground the window cranks and armrest bases off of the original black painted door panels. Then on the chrome-plated panels, I ground from the backside carefully until the pieces were free. I cleaned up the edges, painted the armrest pads black, then installed them to the black painted door panels with 5-minute epoxy. A ton of work and not what I'd recommend (just due to the cost, time involved, and the work) but I was at a point where I was about out of options. What's up with today's chrome foil anyways!!???

Anyhooo...here's the result. I feel like they turned out pretty good after all.

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The door panels look great Greg, and I have a fix for your non-sticky foil. Get yourself a bottle of Microscale Metal Foil Adhesive. paint the adhesive where you want the foil to stick, let it tack up for a few minutes, and apply the foil as normal. You can also use regular old Aluminum Foil instead of BMF. But the cheapest foil you can find (It's thinner) and you'll be set for a good long time!

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Thank you all for your comments and compliments! I'm just so happy to be back at it!

So last night I finished up the dash. This required several steps, majority of which were done before I had to pack this one away for the summer. However, I took pictures as I went.

First, I painted the front of the dash Model Masters Aluminum Plate. I wasn't too worried about the overspray as I was just going to paint over the top of it anyways.

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Then, I masked off all of the front dash pieces that I wanted to leave in Silver and also the lower metal portion of the dash.

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I then painted the top of the dash flat black. 

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Then it was time to mask off the flat black part and leave the dash pad exposed.

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That was then painted in a semi-flat black.

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And here you can see the contrast between the flat black metal portion of the dash against the semi-flat black dash pad. It's something that might not even be noticed when looking through the windshield but like they say...it's the little things. Lol

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