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Monogram 1969 Camaro SS-We're Back in Business!-03/10

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Monogram 1969 Camaro SS-We're Back in Business!-03/10
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 10:16 AM

I’m pretty much at a standstill on my modified VW bus build with trying to come up with a suitable seating arrangement and waiting on all the aftermarket engine items that I’ve ordered so I thought I’d throw something on the bench that’s been catching my interest for some time now. I showed pictures of this bad boy last year after I did some repairs on it but thought it deserved more than that…………so here we are a year or so later to do it some real justice.
Presented here for rebuild is my 35 year old Monogram 1969 Camaro Z-28 which many of you will know the boxing of this kit back in the late 70’s/ early 80’s:

 



I’m going to go through this thing I don’t even know how deep I’ll go with it so I aint even going to say that this’ll be a mild rebuild. Anything I touch can’t be done in timely manner it seems like but I’m going to TRY to keep as many original parts as I can in this restoration/ upgrade. There’ll be some definite changes in regards to the interior as well as the exterior. I’ll be changing up the wheel and tire combo and will stay within the boundaries of a street machine using street tires with some Cragar SS wheels and a mildly upgraded Chevrolet 396 with a single four barrel carburetor to top things off.
Here’s a picture of what we’re going to start with as it sat on my bench this morning:

 



The options were wide open as there hasn’t been anything in the engine compartment in 30 years now:

 



A picture of the interior:

 



Now apart on the bench:

 



To start with I have managed to come up with another hood thanks to a friend on the forums:

 



We’ll be going with this 396 from Revell that I had in the parts stash:

 

 

Stay tuned.................this may take a minute.............or two.

 

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:31 PM

Hello!

Now I wonder what are you going to make out of this baby! Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:27 PM

Hopefully something good. lol . Thanks Pawel.

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 10:46 AM
Finally a muscle/pony car on your bench

 

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 10:54 AM

How did you get everything apart so cleanly?

Apparently you do not glue stuff to withstand the acopolypse, as I tend to do for whatever reason.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one, Joe.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 05, 2017 5:21 AM

Johnny: I know right ??? Thanks bud.

Greg: You know I guess I didn't get everything glued down to the max back then. The only thing that's been giving me trouble is getting the headlights out of the grille. May have to do some fancy foot work there. Thanks for the good word. Yes

Say good bye to the paint fellas. Currently in a bath of Dot 3 Brake Fluid:

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and I just acquired this yesterday....

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 Tire / wheel search currently in progress....

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, January 06, 2017 5:48 AM

I cleaned up most of the interior parts in regards to excessive flash and sprue joins got most of the small parts separated like the steering wheel and master cylinder and stuff like that. I ordered a spare kit just because I needed some parts that were missing or otherwise deemed unusable just this morning.

The parts I need are all there...........

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, January 08, 2017 7:04 AM

Still on this one fellas. I've managed to strip most of the paint from all the parts.

The body turned out pretty good and still needs some cleaning up. I ended up clipping one of the rear tail light openings at the bottom and knocked the thin strip at the bottom of the opening out so I'll have to work some fancy foot work to get that back in line but it shouldn't be all that bad.

I've got the wheels and tires picked out for it now after a few days of searching.

I started setting up two different stances but I like the second one alot better so I think we'll be going with that one.

 

 

This isn't going to be a "numbers matching Camaro" as I'll be changing a few things up to more of a mild modified street car. I'm currently looking for a blank grille with no Z/28 or RS emblems in it. I had 'em on ebay just last night and forgot to visit when I was supposed to and lost it. Indifferent

Stay tuned...more coming this week.

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, January 09, 2017 8:58 PM

Oh, this will be awesome Joe. I really enjoy your "refurbish" builds. They're a departure from the norm and lend to some quite clever modeling from you. Not to mention that it's just plain fun to watch the overall transformation. I also like the second stance. glad that you are going with that one. I'll be following along and offering up a healthy dose of "oohs and aahs" Bring it on!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 09, 2017 9:52 PM

Glad you're here Joe! I didn't wanna spoil the surprise for you in just blabbing it to you. Thanks for the good word bubba.

 

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 4:23 AM

This is turning out to be a very interesting redo.  Nice start!

Toshi

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:28 AM

Thanks Toshi! Yes

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, January 13, 2017 5:45 PM
Ok folks. This is the very best that Monogram could do in the late 70's and throughout the early 80's I guess. It's not very accurate but it's what I've got ................so we'll deal with that.

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It's not going to be perfect but I'm shooting for the best I can do with this interior bucket to transform it into something that somewhat resembles this....minus the wood grain of course. Yuck!

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Posted by PatW on Saturday, January 14, 2017 1:50 AM

Coming along nicely mustang1989.

I tried the same thing recently when I'd lashed the paint up on a build, but the brake fluid has been in the garage at least 25 years, since my time building kit cars, and it picks up condensation anyway which waters it down.

I'll have to get another tin!

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Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:14 PM

Aww, you'll have that interior dressed up real nice and all real lookin' and such.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, January 20, 2017 9:45 AM

Thanks for the comments Joe and Pat!!

Sorry for the delay in updates everybody. I've been working on this thing but there are a lot of corrections to make. First off the PE bezels are NOT going to work with this dash ....................BUT I've got a different plan. Here's where we start this morning.....

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I drilled out the IP gauges and sanded down the back of them for the scale thickness factor and sanded the Camaro emblem off as well as cleaned up a bunch of flash and sinkholes that I found not only on top of the dash but the face of it as well. I also sanded that Camaro script from the dash.

We'll be slingin' paint on this thing about anytime now:

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, January 22, 2017 8:09 AM

Dash is complete. I got the film instruments and the "Camaro" script from the PE set. All dash trim was brought out with a silver lead pencil. While it's not the best dash you'll ever see, it's a far cry from what it was.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:43 AM

Very nicely done Joe. Superb work on refurbishing it and giving it a more detailed and realistic look.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 23, 2017 2:46 PM

Thank you Joe. Hopefully the rest of the interior goes as smooth as this part did.

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:28 AM


As promised , I've been working on the steering column along with the dash for the better part of 3 days. First off I took the OOB steering wheel and cut out the spoke holes and shaved off the horn pad. I then drilled two holes in the column. One on the right for the ignition switch, key and key chain and the one on the left for a turn signal lever. I painted the steering wheel spokes with the newly acquired chrome pen that I just got in the mail and installed a PE "SS" horn pad. I then took a PE key along with a PE ignition switch bezel and a PE key chain with a "Bowtie" on it , made a scratch built key ring and put it all together and installed it into the column. The turn signal lever is made from a .019" needle I had in the spares box and I'll be painting a black knob on the end of it tomorrow morning. Any ways here it all is. I'll show the before picture (which I knew I should have taken a more clear "before" picture of the dash beforehand but this is all I've got) and then the improvement pics:

Before:

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After:

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:33 AM

Your work on the dash is awesome. The steering column is great. Looks like the new chrome pen worked quite well. Seems that I'll have to be getting one of those myself. It really astounds me the amount and quality of AM stuff that is out there for autos. It's really terrific. Amazing stuff Joe. Keep it a comin'.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:41 AM

Thanks Joe. I hear you on the AM stuff for autos. It blows me away sometimes at the amount of stuff that's out there.

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:15 AM
Gees when I'm through with all these plane GB's you're giving me the idea to start a car

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:30 AM

tempestjohnny
Gees when I'm through with all these plane GB's you're giving me the idea to start a car
 

Be careful. You might get hooked. Happened to me! Indifferent

 

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:50 AM

That dash is the spittin' image of your reference pic. Nice work.

But where's the woodgrain steering wheel rim? (Just razzing you, I read what you said about woodgrain. Yuck)

Tell me about this chrome pen, should you feel the urge. Results on the steering wheel spokes look good.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:20 AM

Greg
Tell me about this chrome pen, should you feel the urge. Results on the steering wheel spokes look good.

Thanks Greg! Yes

I just got through buying a chrome pen from this company called Art Primo. They come in a variety of sizes and I got the smallest one since I do a lot of chrome trim work. I used it for the first time a couple of days ago on my Camaro steering wheel and dash trim and have to say that it works great!! It will also work great for stuff like aircraft landing gear oleo's.

 

Here's a short video if you are curious.

 

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and where to buy one of these bad boys at:

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:21 AM

You Know ;

 You make me afraid . I am so old school I never even thought to use a silver pen or pencil for detailing a dash or anything else . I have to try it ! T.B.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:20 PM

Tanker - Builder

You Know ;

 You make me afraid . I am so old school I never even thought to use a silver pen or pencil for detailing a dash or anything else . I have to try it ! T.B.

 

No worries TB. It's an actual chrome pen though. Not silver....and it works great!!

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:58 PM

that looks awesome !!!!!

  


On the bench

1/25 Revell 1956 Delray

1/72 Minicraft PBM-5

1/72 Hasegawa MIG-27

1/48 Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.1

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:27 AM

Thanks crown! Yes

 

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