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    1. Kit: Monogram, by (VIP/Sponsor) Old Busted Hotness is offline
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      Started: 12-05-13 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Yay, I'm back! Found this poor Trans Am on ebay and had to rescue it:




      Yeah, it's a mess. Everything's either broken or glue-spattered, usually both. But I think I can fix it. Gonna try, anyway. What the heck, it was cheap enough.



      Since the roof is cracked and will need repair anyway, I thought I'd fill it in. Not all Firebirds came with T-tops after all. First step was to grind away the edges from the T-top glass. The panels will be glued in place and the whole thing will get a liberal coat of filler.



      The nose is broken into 4 pieces. The grilles were still in place but I managed to pop them out for cleanup and paint. The car is coming apart easily, as it was built with non-toxic glue (still smells like oranges). Two headlight buckets are missing. If anyone has some spares, give me a holla!



      Got some Big Deuce mags that I can turn into Rallye II's, probably.



      I hit the gold wheels with acetone to remove the paint from the lugs and center caps. I should go round the edges, too, as they were machined bare on gold-wheel cars. Why go to the trouble? Because I'm weak. I bought another Trans Am, this one unmolested, which I'll build into a gold SE. And these were already painted so what the heck, right?

      The plan for this one, since there are no decals, is to remove the scoops and spoilers and build a Formula (whether or not I build it as a Turbo Formula is undecided. No turbo means flattening the hood and adding scoops. But since there's a glue sink on the hood, it'll need attention anyway. Could happen.). The Formula was like a T/A with much less restrained graphics. Anyway it'll be a nice change-up.

      This could go on for a long time, so stay tuned!


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  1. spinellid82's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Actually...Adam and Jamie debunked that myth, you [B]CAN[/B] polish a turd. Darned gald I wasn't there to help on[B] THAT [/B]one! The bird is definately the preverbial diamond in the rough. Looking good so far Stu, looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the next few days!
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    More turd polishing:





    Completed interior. The driver's side door handle is missing, so I'll either make another one or blow it off. Depends on how the body turns out.





    The rear springs had sagged so much the tires were rubbing, so I re-arched the springs and added a strip to the top to help hold them in place. Also removed and straightened the wheel backs. The roof is looking really good, better than expected.





    Decided against making Rallye II's (didn't feel like making 20 identical inserts between the spokes), so I'll be running the Deuce tires and wheels like this.





    The hood turned out nice and smooth, and it even fits! Scoop ends will be painted seperately.





    This ain't California, so I pulled the smog pump and A/C, moved the smog pump pulley to the back of the water pump and re-located the alternator. This meant sawing the bracket off and flipping it around. The A/C will stay missing; the R4 Eff'd-up F-body Restoration included in the kit is correct for Turbo and V6 cars; all others got the A6 "log" compressor. Lots of those got removed back in the day because they're so damn heavy. So even though this is an A/C car (evaporator housing under the hood and extra vents on the dash), the driver will suffer without it. Sacrificed to the god of speed. Thankfully the giant glue blob on the crank pulley won't show when the model is assembled.


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    This is really cool OBH. I like how you filled in the roof. I've been wanting to do an early 2nd-gen Camaro in large scale for a long time. That idea got sidelined when the prices for the Trans Am kits went through the roof, but now you've got me thinking that maybe I can find a beat up kit to use for a donor body. I know there's a lot of subtle differences between the two, but it might get me close enough to start from at least.
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    Really all you'd have to make is the end caps, hood and dash. It'd be a lot of work, but surely not harder than this one. There's an incomplete kit on the bay right now:

    1 8 Scale Turbo Trans Am Monogram Parts Car Junkyard | eBay


    If you end up buying it, I could use that taillight panel. Mine's all glue-bombed.


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    Time for paint? Time for paint!





    Unfortunately, shooting lacquer Eff'd-up F-body Restoration inside gave the Mrs a headache, so the rest of the paint will have to wait til it's warm outside.


    The plan is white over charcoal.


    So I've got lots more to do even if I can't paint:





    Homemade headlight buckets. These little things kicked my butt, and then I found someone selling a chrome tree Eff'd-up F-body Restoration on the bay, so I didn't even have to make these. But I suppose it's good practice.





    Also made the lifter valley cover. Since the Victor intake is so open, I need to put some detail into this part. In other words, all the effort I saved by making the simpler intake went into this


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    As always looking good. Nice bodywork, I've always liked the less flashy versions over the T/A's. A lot of smoke but no fire. All the ''looks fast'' plastic does nothing when lined up with a good ''Sleeper''. As for the A/C delete who needs air. 2/70 (or 2/170 in this case) works fine.

    BTW, I just spent ten minutes laughing at your edit. Nice catch.
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    Yeah, what would Dr. Freud say

    But enough about me, let's get back to the build:





    Engine porn. The air cleaner is the stock lid, trimmed down. I wrapped it with some .015 and used the cutoff wheel to pleat the element. Height was determined by closing the hood on a lump of clay.





    Started repairing the spoiler. The parts in white were MIA. Fortunately it's not a real complicated area.





    Test assembly to check ride height. I had to raise the front spindles. The front tires are sitting a little too wide (sidewalls are pooched out too much) so I'll narrow the wheels an RCH.





    Had to make a coil since the kit's HEI distributor is missing. I painted the cap (and soon the coil) red like old-school Mallory parts.





    Kelly (caught here in a moment of repose) has been helping, making sure all parts end up on the floor where they belong.


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    My two helpers...someday I'll learn to keep the door closed!

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    Good stuff there Stu. I always thought you were a scratch builder only, but it's clear that you can make chicken salad out of chicken poop. I feel like I'm watching a master builder restoring a old junk car for real, not just a model. Nice to see you building stuff again. I have learned so much from your posts and tutorials over the years.
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    Glad to see you back OBH!
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    Good to be back!

    I'm thinking this one needs to be a little more disco-fabulous. Since I've abandoned the factory-stock idea, I'm gonna go all the way and trick it out like the 70's never ended. Stay tuned!


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    The 70s ended? When did that happen? Next you'll tell me my polyester leisure suit is out of style... Way to burst a guys bubble there. Oh well, we can look forward to partying like it's 1979.

    love to see what you're cooking up now.
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    Keep that leisure suit handy, and fluff that afro, we're going full disco here!





    Can you have too many hood scoops? Of course you can't. The Corvette L-88 scoop is similar in shape to the Pontiac shaker, and these were very common accessories back then. I'm going to pass on the Turbo Tail trunk lid, though.





    Re-relocated the alternator to the proper position.





    How you gonna shake your booty unless it's way up in the air? These would be about a 14-inch shackle in 1:1 Eff'd-up F-body Restoration


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    OBH great to have you back building and what a project indeed. I always loved those T/A firebirds Love the way you're going about this one too I always learn so much from your work with plastic. I love the colours you've chosen as well. Build on my man!

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    Don't you need something more heavy under that scoop, like a blower
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