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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 10:04 am

Denis, have you thought about mounting them at the tops of the A pillars once you have them slimmed down?

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 12:54 pm

Good discussion on the top of the windshield. Cars with retractable hard tops may have wider, more substantial sections (sometimes for safety, better locking of top or to reduce buffeting with top down). Looks seem to me to matter less now with practical considerations. Removing the top strip entirely does look a bit odd, but has been done on some rat rods and with today's plastics can be safely used in 1:1 cars.
In sum, do whatever pleases your taste. It will be on your display shelf! Thanx.
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 6:23 pm

Al - I haven't until you mentioned it to be honest.  I think it would be more suited if I kept the truck in a more classic look with the original mirrors.  I'm going to move on the mounts and once I have the arm in place on the mirror I will take a look at your suggestion.  Don't knock it 'til you try it, right?

I worked on two other style mounts.  Let me know what you guys think.

"Swoosh" style



Triangle



"Victorian" term coined by Dave.



By the way the door handles will be shaved. Thanks for your input and suggestions guys!
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 7:06 pm

If you go with one of those mounts Denis, I think the third one looks best

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 7:09 pm

Number three for me too, more "flowing"
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 7:10 pm

Ditto to what the others said. Number 3 please
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sat 14 Feb 2015, 5:23 pm

Thanks for the input guys.

I have been under the weather with a flu so very little got accomplished. I had all the chrome parts stripped and put a base coat on that a friend of mine uses and has fantastic result with Alclad. I was looking forward to the results with my iwata airbrush. Well the dang thing wouldn't spit out a speck of paint. I worked on it this morning and works well with water. I'm sure when I need it to paint something it will fold like a cheap tent.

This airbrush has frustrated me to no end since I bought it and I haven't accomplished a single paint job succesfully with it. So I had to rely on my old Paasch H to complete the job which started acting erraticly as well after painting half the grille. I'm less than happy with the results but I might just say to hell with it and leave it all as is and move on.



I came up with another mirror mount and I think that's the one I will go with. Different styling and nearly half the size of the others.



Next step is the engine and wrapping up the cab and interior details.

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sat 14 Feb 2015, 6:16 pm

As much as I get frustrated with kit chrome and primarily because of where it connects to the sprue, I'm always afraid of stripping and painting. I always admire you brave folks who do it. Bummer about the air brush. I think the mirror mounts are the right approach. You should see the mirrors not how they attach. Get well and keep going Denis.
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 15 Feb 2015, 4:28 am

That's a drag about the airbrush. Build is lookin' great.
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sat 28 Mar 2015, 6:02 pm

Been awhile since I've posted an updated.  There has been some work done and some progress but also steps taken back.

Two things have been slowing me down with this project:
1) Fiddling with the mirrors and mounts has taken so much time but I finally decided how to do it, attach it and armed with the materials to do it

2) The interior has been stalled because I have had a problem filling out the door panel where the heater would be attached.  I have been using MEK for this purpose but I kept getting pithing as you can see here.



So after many attempts of filling those holes with bob's brew I finally gave up and turned to 5 mins epoxy.  As luck would have it something went wrong there too.  After applying it on the door panel and also the cab (I had 4 tiny holes to fill there too) the hardener is simply not kicking in.  Even if I was off on the ratio a bit it would just take a longer to harden but after 2 weeks it still is sticky and gummy.

Until I figure out what to do with this I am putting it away as I never encountered this before and don't know what to do to salvage this so any suggestion is welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sat 28 Mar 2015, 6:44 pm

Denis: I've been watching this one pretty closely. Like I said before, I'm not usually a fan of roadster pickups, but you are doing a really great job on this one. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished truck.

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 29 Mar 2015, 1:57 pm

Hang on. Most problems can, with determination, be overcome,
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 29 Mar 2015, 4:06 pm

Hate to see you quit. Could you buy some new hardener and apply it to the gooey part? Seems like it's worth a try. Don't k now about the cab, but replacement door panels shouldn't be too hard to replace.

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 29 Mar 2015, 11:57 pm

Thanks guys.

Dave I'm afraid that's not a viable solution and even getting a good mix of epoxy on top once it's sanded I'm back in the same spot. I do have a second kit which has most sub assemblies completed that I bought at the car club. I used the cab for painting experiments and as a guinea pig for this one so it's taking a batch in the break fluid for now.

I will be getting back to it using those parts but I will take a break from it and I already started in something different which I will post down the road.
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Mon 06 Apr 2015, 11:14 am

Sorry to hear this Denis.

Why not cut off the offending portion and use it as a template to make a replacement?

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8:00 pm

It has been a long time since I updated anything here but I had some important things that required my attention.  
I haven't completely sat idle with this build and here's a bit of an update.  I spent a lot of time trying to make my mind up about the mirrors and and mounts wasting a lot of time and slowing down the build because of it.  I made a final decision and I'm sticking with it!

Basically I took the mirrors from a Shelby Series I and chopped the mounting arms from them and will use 2 styrene rods to connect them to the mounts I made.






I decided to go a different way with the interior paint scheme so I attached the trim to the bench seat.


I tackled the engine and started with the distributor and sanded the top smooth and drilled holes for the wiring.


Dizzy painted and wired.


Added the boot plugs to the engine.


Engine wired


A little plumbing done.



Engine completed.




The next step is priming all the body parts and move on with painting but I have been under the weather this last week so once I feel better I will keep pressing with the build.

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8:39 pm

That 6 cyl. looks great, good detail on it and I like the mirrors also Keep at it cause it will be sweet when finished
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8:51 pm

What I would do on the int. panel is scrap the old epoxy off, either it wasn't mixed right or was old and wouldn't mix right which I've had happen before, give it a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol then use a filler putty and smooth in out and go from their
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Mon 26 Oct 2015, 1:58 pm

Great job somehow (!) drilling out the distributor so well.  Nice going!  Mirrors, I tend not to even notice them much unless they're larger old or truck ones.  Thanx for the update!
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Mon 26 Oct 2015, 3:19 pm

That engine looks really good Denis

All your other little worries ... you're more than capable of overcoming those in my opinion
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Mon 26 Oct 2015, 3:33 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Mon 26 Oct 2015, 4:48 pm

Denis: If you are still having trouble with filling the holes on the door card you might try this. Fill the holes wit thick CA. Immediately sprinkle the area with baking soda. The soda will harden immediately. You should be able to sand the area right away and you will find it does an excellent job of filling.

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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Wed 28 Oct 2015, 5:22 am

Glad you like the engine guys.

John and John J: I have that problem solved but I will definitely put your ideas to the test the next time I run into the same problem.
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 01 Nov 2015, 2:27 am

Nothing too earth shattering but exciting to me nonetheless.

All the body, bits and pieces are primed. I usually use a light gray primer but after doing a few parts and having to do a few fixes I ran out and not having build for a long time I got the wrong can.  I've used it in the past and the darker primer will not make a noticable difference in the paint.


Everything seems to be in good shape so I can move on to painting and that exciting!


Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I will have an update soon!
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PostSubject: Re: 3100 Chevy Custom   Sun 01 Nov 2015, 3:34 am

Oh Yea !!!

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