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I started this a while ago and decided to post what I have got so far here.

This is what I'm aiming for:

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here is where I'm at now:

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i have glued in the doors, removed all side trim, lengthened the roof and begun filling the door lines to make it a 4 door.

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Wow; That was my grandfathers car(orange & white) back in the late 50's & early 60's. As a little kid my grandfather would come and take me to school & pick me up. This is going to be an interest to me to see the build!

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Progressing nicely . Are you going to try to reshape the taillight area ? I'm trying to figure that out for a wagon I have in progress .

That would be the toughest part if for me if I were doing this! Reshaping the rear "gullwings" to a different angle, making a new decklid, new taillights, etc. :o

You're a braver man than I with this conversion!

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Thanks everyone. :)

I'm not sure about the tail light area yet I'm kinda avoiding that for now.

Here's how i did the roof:

an old build up:

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i cut the roof away to make this:

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Then cut a small section of the impala roof and added the other roof which was a bit longer than the piece i cut out (5 scale inches i think)

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and then lots of sanding.

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An abitious project!! Thank you for sharing how you are making this conversion and I am sure that it will give others some ideas as to how to section and convert a model into something that they want. I am especislly interested at this point as to how you will convert the dash to right hand drive.. can you please share that process in detail? Thanks.. and nice work! Don;t give up on this one and again, thank you for sharing. :D:D:D

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Thanks Dominik and Gary.

Dominik - After taking what I needed from the junk 58 I couldn't help but play around with a set of rims at my desk at the time and it looked really good. I neatened it up a bit and a few spare parts and 70 GTS hood vents for the sides and there you have it. It was a lot better than what I was going to do with it (take parts that were good and parts box the rest).

Gary I will find the pics (if I have any) of the dash while I converted it.

I am currently working on the rear lights "gullwing" shape and making it to the Biscayne style.

I will have pics tomorrow.

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Thanks Samuel.

Ok I got the left light almost done.

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I cut the centre piece out and then cut along the trunk line and put the pieces together.

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I used epoxy putty to fill the gap and sanded it into shape.

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I sanded away the trim and replaced it with metal wire.

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I added a bit of putty underneath in case I sanded through it.

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It is still a bit rough but as you can see its getting there.

I also re painted the white wall inserts as they were looking a bit sad.

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I've dot the side marked out and am ready to re scribe the door lines. I just need to get my hobby knife in the mail. (Im completely out of blades)

hope to have more soon.

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Thanks Dominik.

Gary i did find a few pics of the dash :

sorry for the poor quality but they are the only ones i had, you can see some of the lines where i cut it up.

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Progress: I have 1 side almost done.

I got the door lines done:

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The front guard gills:

The real thing and mine for a comparison.

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Still needs work...

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Ok major progress:

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I started with the pillar and window frame and cut it out from sheet styrene.

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Got the door line for the pillar scribed and then glued it in and made the rear window divider from wire.

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then i made the side trim from sheet styrene and metal wire.

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After a lot of rough sanding and removing excess glue its looking almost finished:

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as you can see there is still a fair bit of sanding to do but this side is basicly done. after i have finished sanding this side i will start on the other side.

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