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The Trail Bird
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      Looks like I didn't get rid of that Firebird Fever after all...





      I know the proportions are a bit off, it was necessary to fit the RC chassis. This time I will indulge my need to build something really ratty. It won't be a nice car at all


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  1. Yesterday's progress:



    Gauge faces



    Installed in the dash. I painted the back of the fuel and volt gauge glass with solvent to simulate the fogging that happens when they're exposed to heat for a long time, like sitting in a field for 10 years.



    An all-too-common feature of hillbilly T/A's. And they always do it to a nice straight hood, too.


    The Trail Bird
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  2. And this is the price paid for hacking 3-1/2 inches out of the wheelbase: cramped interior.



    I meant to photograph these guys before they went in, but, well... you know how it is.





    Torn upholstery with foam peeking thru



    One speaker down, one to go



    This thing is such a POS that you start it with a spoon



    Windshield is in, with copious amounts of silicone.


    The Trail Bird
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #18

  3. Details, details....



    No, I'm not playing Asteroids...



    ... that's the hood ornament.



    Hard plastic grilles + rubber nose + lots of yee-haw action = carnage.



    This lettering kicked my butt. I know I got the M wrong but I ain't gonna change it.



    Overall progress.


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    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Your builds leave me with a large smile daily. I love your madcap fun builds.
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  5. This one makes me smile too. Had to take it outside for some pics since we've got sunshine today:








    The Trail Bird
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  6. Enough of that, back to building :D



    Tail lights are in, even if they don't match.



    Front plate on the dash so you don't have to go lookin' for it in that cornfield we just run thru.



    Speaker grilles



    I wasn't too thrilled with the way that Rallye wheel turned out, so I modified an old Fly Wheels toy. Opened up the gap between the rim and the spider (since the 1:1 The Trail Bird wagon wheels have a gap you can slip a credit card into) and added a section to the outer rim.



    80's-upped the other rear wheel with a gold center



    Nasty old side pipes



    Couldn't get a nice tight bend on this 1/2 inch brass even after annealing, so I soldered on an angled stub and did some grinding.


    The Trail Bird
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #22



  7. Side pipes installed with styrene The Trail Bird collectors, also installed some panels to close up the fenders and reinforce the body a little. They're flat black now but will get some honest mud and dirt.



    Styrene The Trail Bird air filter; the pleated element is .005



    Rear panels/armrests. I love the fact that there are ashtrays in the back seat. Anyone small enough to fit in the back shouldn't be smoking






    The Trail Bird
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #23



  8. Backseat area is finished. I realized that these guys probably can't afford decent beer so I changed the case to Natty Ice



    Gas cap... or a wick.



    Sidemarkers and front inner fenders



    We don't need no iPod



    Close-up of the cassette. There are 5 pieces in the clear ones, the spools are 3/32 tube. The white cassette has a clear window.

    A little more trash on the dash and I can call this one done. Then it's trailer time


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    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Hey, that looks just like a car in one of the neighborhoods around where I live. Cool work.
    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 :)
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  10. Dude... this car is a mess!



    Yeah, and the wipers don't park and the paint is flaking off the molding. Just an old T/A.



    Second try at a Rallye wheel. I like this one better.


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    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Look its every pizza delivery guy in the country. No joke I think its required to own a Firebird or Trans-Am just to get the job.

    Honest to God my pizza guy drives a gold Firebird....
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  12. Well yeah, you want hot The Trail Bird pizza, don't ya?


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    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  13. Outdoor pics!














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    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Coooooooooooool !!!!!!!!..
    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 :)
    QUOTE QUOTE #30

  15. I tried three times to call it done yesterday, and it eluded me every time.



    The first time, it said tweak this wheel, the base of the spokes needs a shave. Maybe you can see the difference, maybe you can't.Obviously the spokes are still way too wide; their dimension is dictated by the center tube, which has to be big enough to accept a wheel wrench. The center cap is on a long tube that slides over the wheel nut, and (hopefully) it'll slide back out to get the wheel off.

    Done, right? Errr, not so fast. Still needs the sail-panel birds:



    Frankly these don't look all that great up close. But considering each one is 3/8 inch, they came out okay for an old blind guy with shakey hands.

    Done, right?



    So now it needed the rear window molding. I don't know what GM painted these with; the 1:1 The Trail Bird molding is bright-anodized aluminum painted flat black, and the flat black started flaking off almost immediately. So after 30 years there isn't much flat black left. I kept doing the yes-no dance on this one. So many of the 1:1 The Trail Bird 's have the rear molding missing, but it does clean up the joint between the window and the body. There's also (naturally) enough rust to justify the large amount of silicone I used to hold the window in.

    Done, right?


    The Trail Bird
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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