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1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo

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26 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:49 am

It is looking real good. Love how you plan to fix the bed rail. I don't think I have ever had a 65 in kit form, so, I assumed they tried to make it right. Your plan looks like it will work well.

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27 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:09 pm

Dennis, from what I've heard from others who have had this kit, they're all like this. The bed has bulges not only in the top rails, but also in the vertical parts of the side of the bed too, a really poorly done tool apparently. The hood is another pain, those four pieces don't even get remotely close to lining up, it's a real fight to get it looking like it should. I'd suggest buying this kit only if you really, really have to have a '65, otherwise it's just one big fight to get it to look like it's supposed to.

Now for some more updates, let's start with the trailer in Dupli-Color's GM Ultra Silver....





And the repaired spot, one tiny pinhole appeared somehow, but I'll live with it!

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28 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:10 pm

I did all the clean-up needed on the rollers and support brackets for the trailer, these babies were a pain to get looking good...tons of flash!







And the leaf springs painted Tamiya Aircraft Aluminum...I may go back and paint the brackets with some Metalizer Stainless Steel later.

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29 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:11 pm

Next up was the fuel tank, glued together and sanded to death to get the seam out of it, it will probably be painted with some Metalizer Aluminum Plate, I can't have enough of that paint on my builds!







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30 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:11 pm

The truck's engine was drilled for plug wires....



The boat's 392 had it's heads installed....



And the two engines with their matching Fatkidd distributors!

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31 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:12 pm

The boat, all filler is now gone, and it's ready to be re-assembled!





The two rails were glued into the boat, and the 392 was mocked up, it actually fits perfectly! I thought I was gonna have to fight with it since the '32's 392 is bigger than the original 392, but it slid right into place with ease!



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32 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:12 pm

A shot of the 392 with it's newly de-chromed intake and carbs...



The intake painted with some Metalizer Aluminum....



And glued in place between the heads!



The valve covers are now in place. All that's left on this engine other than the wiring is the old 392's oil filter, a starter, and a fuel pump and line back to the tank. I may add a battery too, we'll see if I can fit it in the back.



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33 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:13 pm

And I may have stumbled across a good look for painting carbs! I tried painting them with some Metalizer Brass first, but it wouldn't cover the plastic's oddball color completely. So I re-painted them with some Metalizer Steel, then Brass...I think they look just right!

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34 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:14 pm

Now for some putty being applied to the seams on the boat hull....





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35 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:14 pm

The putty sanded smooth...





The top of the boat glued back in place...



And finally, the putty applied to the seam on top. I'll let this cure for a few days to be safe, since it's got a few thick spots in it.

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36 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:15 pm

Before I glued the top of the boat hull back in place, I made a small modification to the dash area. The molded-in 3 gauge cluster looked crappy, so I sanded it smooth, broke out my photo-etched street rod gauge sets, and got the Dremel out. Since the last one of these I used came out good, but not good enough (My '50 Chevy's dash), I went a different route. Watch and see the insanity at work!

I laid the photo-etched gauge bezel in the recess, and covered it in putty....



I sanded carefully until, removing the putty covering the bezel slowly...


Until the bezel popped free, leaving me with a perfect (Hopefully) "surround" for the bezel!



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37 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:16 pm

Completing the new gauge assembly, I added some Testors Clear Parts Cement to the gauges, laid the bezel over the gauges, and mocked it up in the dash...pretty slick!

I'll add a bit more of the Clear parts Cement later to give each gauge a nice "lens", but for now it's setting off to the side to insure the gauges stay attached to the bezel! And yes, I know the gauges are slightly off, but trust me, you can't tell without an extreme close-up with the camera...besides, I can't move 'em now, the glue has dried!



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38 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:16 pm

I realized I forgot to install the tongue on the trailer, so I glued it in place, hit it with some Primer/Sealer. and re-shot the entire trailer with some more GM Ultra Silver...it looks much better this time around!







Next up were the rollers for the trailer. I sprayed the roller parts with some Dupli-Color Black primer, and the brackets with some Metalizer Stainless Steel, then put them all on the trailer.


Looking pretty good, and they all roll too!

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39 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:17 pm

Next up was the seats. there was one small sink mark on the top between the seats, and a small hole on the top at the side of the passenger seat, both were taken care of with a dab of putty and a little sanding....





Finally, the jump seat on the back side was assembled and installed. It's not too smooth of a fit once it's closed, but it does work, so I'm happy. I'll just display it in the open position!



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40 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:17 pm

I cleaned up the oil filter and starter from the original engine, they'll get painted and installed on the new engine soon!



Since this engine doesn't have a fuel pump (Neither did the old one), I made a very crude electric fuel pump from some sprue and strip styrene...



Not the prettiest thing I've ever made, but it'll do for this one, it's gonna be buried behind the engine anyhow!



While I was doing all that, I grabbed the fuel tank and drilled a hole in it for the fuel line.

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41 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:18 pm

Next up was the part I've been dreading, the horrible headers! I got them cleaned up as best I could, and installed the equally bad flared ends.



A few close-ups of the ends, not perfect, but 1000% better than when I started for sure!







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42 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:19 pm

Next, I drilled the header flanges for some 26 gauge beading wire to make it easier to paint them, and easier to install on the heads when the time comes!



Some Metalizer Stainless Steel was sprayed...and they don't look as bad as I thought they would!





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43 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:19 pm

And the last update for tonight. the trailer now has it's leaf springs and ultra heavy duty wire axle installed!

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44 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:30 am

Wow, this thing is coming along great, and fast. Wish I could spend a quarter of that time building, I might actually finish something.

The headers don't look so bad, your cleaning the flanges seemed to work wonders. Did you see Wayne's tutorial on custom headers? I was just wondering if that would have helped you any in recreating them to look more like you wanted. I think they look pretty good, myself, though.

The trailer is looking pretty sweet. The color is nice, very realistic to the ones I see around here. (And I see a lot)

Very good build.

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45 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:40 pm

Trust me, I'm not building that fast, this one is just further along than you know at the moment. I would have made some solder headers for this, but since they go up instead of down, I was worried gravity might become an issue in the future. And I've been using the GM Ultra Silver a lot lately, it makes a great base coat for thin or transparent colors!

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46 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:50 pm

It is a really good build, though. I understand about the gravity thing, though. I never thought of that.

How do you get the front end of the truck to stay down when you connect something to it's hitch? I have been wondering this for a while. Very Happy

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47 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:56 pm

So far, it's not a problem. But I'm gonna have to add some weight to the bow of the boat, I've mocked up the boat and trailer with the truck and found the boat's engine causes the trailer to tip backwards off the hitch. Once I add that weight, it's probably gonna cause the truck's front end to pop up. I'll probably add some sinkers under the seat in the cab, at least I can hide a few in there with ease!

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48 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:59 pm

Ok, that is what I thought was done, or, at least one way. I was just wondering, as, when my roll back is complete, I may have issues putting a vehicle on it.

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49 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:08 pm

Hopefully, since the majority of the weight on a rollback is over the back 2/3rds of the vehicle, it won't be an issue, but I've never built one myself, so I'd add some weight under the seat just to be safe!

I found a battery in my parts stash...it was for a lowrider, so it was two batteries side by side. I sliced 'em in half and put a piece of styrene over the hole on the end, then drilled it out for cables....still gotta strip the chrome though!



The headers were buffed out, and they actually look pretty good!







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50 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:08 pm

Next, I grabbed what were supposed to be photo-etched hex-head nuts, and slid a pair of 'em over the fuel lines going to the carbs...





I made up a block to combine the fuel lines out of a piece of sprue, drilled three holes in it and added the lines...it's a bit big, but I'm not making another one!



And a close-up of how the photo-etched nuts look when installed on the carbs...I need some more of these babies, they look pretty convincing!

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