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    1. Kit: , by (Established Member) The creative explorer is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  Thanks: 1
      Started: 03-20-11 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I thought I started this build already on the board, but couldn't find it no more. I just start over.

      The box

      The engine how I received it, fairly decent, but it did had some detailling issues, like visible moldlines. I decided to take it apart.

      The stripped parts

      And the engine without the stripped parts

      After a day of ovencleaner

      Stashing away the other parts safely, A must I discovered

      And starting to cleanup the engine

      Just like on top

      And sand it

      And ready for some new paint

      Doesn't it look a lot better?

      I started detailling the engine with some brass tubes, the start for resembling spark-plugs

      The v-belt and other parts that seriously needs some more detailling

      Just like the manifolds

      And then we come to the main-feature of this build, I want it to be a '78. I just don't like the '80 nose that much and I am going to try to make it to a '78 front fascia, wish me luck.
      I started with contouring the cutout freehanded, which failed

      I tried again, looked better, but still no

      It wasn't accurate, so I made plans from online pictures.

      Quite obvious that the lights are a lot lower than the '80

      Then I cut it out, but wasnt happy with it

      I gave the bumper some styreen for strength

      I also had to shorten the bumper, as the 78 was shorter. So the part underneath the tape was removed

      I had to cut up the whole bumper,

      And glued it back in place, but wasn't happy again

      I started a new tecnique, adding referal points to the bumper, but it turned out that that didnt work out well either.

      It look liked this in the back

      It seems ok, but it didnt work out for exact measuring

      The top part was set in a steeper angles, because of the shorter and lower 78 nose

      And because I wasn't happy, I decided to reset. I cut up the bumper in 5 important pieces, left the scene, thought of a better way and decided to start from the biggest change, the light clusters.
      So I started to make them from styrene and work from there on

      The '80 light units are also an exact match to the '78. A good and helpful coincidence

      And the project so far, it does give the right look.
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  1. Very ambitious!
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues

  2. WMM 007's Avatar Member
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    May 2011
    hi Erik, well done on attempting the conversion, i too am looking at converting my kit to a 77 so i know that i'll have to change the front clip, rear bar and lights the sides of the rear spoiler and also the seat pattern/shape. so a big project. i however have started at the other end, i'm most of the way through updating the rear bar, then onto the lights, so hopefully when i get a little further i hope to cast these items so i can use a 'new' part instead of the heavily modified ones.
    Anyhow best of luck.

  3. Also, the turbo didn't appear until 1980, so you'll want to put a shaker hood on.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues

  4. miked.'s Avatar Active Member
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    Dec 2007
    Hope this project hasn't died. I don't remember where I saw it, but someone was making a 70 T/A nose in this.

  5. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
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    Thanks guys!

    @Alan, interesting! Can you send some pictures? I want to see how you tackle the problems.

    @OBH, I know...But I do have a weakness for Turbocharged cars, so I think I am going with a Turbo '78 :D

    @Miked, Don't worry. I am only working on the nose, but only when I feel to it and in a slow pace. The results will be better then.


  6. Rrjrstatueman's Avatar Member
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    Jan 2012
    If anyone has converted one of these large transams into the bandit I will be willing to buy, even if it does not have the decals I'm ok with it I just want to make sure the headlights and tail lights plus the shaker hood is correct, please let me know willing to pay a reasonable price

  7. ksprotein's Avatar Active Member
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    Sep 2010
    I had the idea 6 month ago. too. But i never build the car jet. Its very interresting for me.
    Greetings Karsten

  8. hot ford coupe's Avatar Super Moderator
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    Beautiful work, Karsten. I'm always in awe of good conversions.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)

  9. kuifje's Avatar Member
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    hello did you do that with a 3D printer

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