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151 Chevy Custom Empty 51 Chevy Custom on Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:43 pm

Kitbash

Kitbash
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yup
i had to rip open another one lol

mainly pulled this one out so i could do the top chop on it and use it as a tutorial

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i figured since it says build stock or drag.. i would do the easy thing and go custom lol

start out with a side shot of how the body looks stock
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now i use 1/8 inch tape to mark out my lines where i plan to cut
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you will notice that i pick the upper portions of some areas and the lower portions of others
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i also lay a line across the roof line because i will have to reposition it and lengthen it a bit to make it fit right
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now i dont know if anyone else does this, but its a habit i picked up a while ago on a chop job that the tape kept moving while i was laying things out.

with the tape in place, i grab a can ( yes i said can, not worried about the finish here yet ) and i lay on a light coat
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once it dries i remove the tape
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first cuts with the razor saw are on the window moldings as they are fragile and i dont want them to bend with the other cuts i have to make.
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next i cut the A pillars and the wing window frames, always making the cuts on the closest line to the center of the part because it is easier to trim from the larger area than it is to try to cut on the wobbly end twisting around all over the place
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once i cut the B pillars, the top comes off easy enough
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i trim down the thin trim pieces with a pair of nippers because it is the easiest thing to do.
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test fit on the back once i remove the excess plastic
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yea this will work
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now, the reason for the line on the roof, with the back in its proper place, the front a pillars no longer line up where they should
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out comes the razor saw again
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now i use a scrap piece of .010 styrene sheet
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using one of the high tech clamps and some liquid cement, i glue my alignment shim on
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while i wait on that to set up i am gonna remove the wiper arms..these will be replaced later
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all gone
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ok i glue the A pillars in place and get all of the corners lined up now i have to fill the gap in the middle of the roof
out comes the styrene....
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thats gonna be pretty close
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using a lighter , i curl the ends to kinda match the roofline
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i measure and get close enough to be happy, then trim it down a bit so its not so long
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almost the perfect width, will only require one thin shimm to take up the little bit of excess
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shim in place and everything has a fresh coat of liquid cement for the evening
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will let that dry for a day or two and then continue on the tutorial hopefully on weds

cya then

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251 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:14 pm

Rhodes

Rhodes
I like the tape and spray method. good idea. I have one of these also, but I'm building it box stock (drag car version)with the inline six.

351 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:31 pm

Custom Mike

Custom Mike
Nice start Wayne, I don't have the testicular fortitude to chop a top yet...I've really gotta try it someday!

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451 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:17 am

Kitbash

Kitbash
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Rhodes wrote:I like the tape and spray method. good idea. I have one of these also, but I'm building it box stock (drag car version)with the inline six.

thats cool bud, i think the lid is bit too high for my tastes ( plus it gives me more to do lol ) cant seem to leave things alone.....

Custom Mike wrote:I don't have the testicular fortitude to chop a top yet

lol with all the other detailing you do it would be cake work for you bud. tis only plastic after all

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551 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:16 am

Rhodes

Rhodes
does look good with the chop.

651 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:49 pm

Custom Mike

Custom Mike
Kitbash wrote:
Custom Mike wrote:I don't have the testicular fortitude to chop a top yet

lol with all the other detailing you do it would be cake work for you bud. tis only plastic after all

The detailing part comes easy to me, chopping a top and opening doors....that part has always been a place I didn't want to go. But now that I have a hinge bending jig, I'm gonna try my hand at opening up some stuff, so a chopped top can't be far off for me!

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751 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:38 am

Kitbash

Kitbash
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ok a bit further along on the chop process

did some rough sanding and if i were smart i would have added a bit more crown to the roofline as it would have made the job easier, but who said i was smart??? shurrup tina!! lol

as it sits, after the rough sand, i can see the depression i have to fill to smooth things out
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also while i am at it i am going to remove the current molding and replace it once the chop is done with .020 round rod
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front window molding is to be replaced as well
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after a bit of file work to clean up the sides a bit i check the profile to see if it is heading in the right direction
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yup, it is
now a closer look at the depression in the roof
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you can see the high spots ( where the primer is gone ) and the low spots ( where you can still see the primer )
the goal will be to get both of these on the same plane so it is smooth
while i use spot putty for the shallow smaller bits, an area this large i tend to use 2 part automotive body filler. it does not shrink over time and sets up to be sandable in about 20 mins.
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after the initial sanding
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most of it is smooth right now so i will use the spot filler to take care of the little remaining bits
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gonna let that set up for a bit and hopefully get back to it later today

i have a shower to install but i should still get a bit of time on my day off in the dungeon

cya soon

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851 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:20 pm

Custom Mike

Custom Mike
See, stuff like that is why I've avoided chops, it's so easy to screw up and get a weird looking roof. But like you said, it's just plastic, and Bondo and me are good buddies...I'm gonna have to do it soon!

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951 Chevy Custom Empty Re: 51 Chevy Custom on Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:53 pm

fletch

fletch
It is looking pretty good, so far. Very Happy

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1051 Chevy Custom Empty re; 51 Chevy Custom on Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:21 pm

Gary Parker


Good Work Sir. I'd like to get that kit just to try it., Of course I'd follow your Tutorial to the "t" LOL. Excellent pictures & explanations for all steps!! You've just convinced me to go get 1 & do it ,Seriously ,Thank you Mr. Kitbash. GOD BLESS!!!

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