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1/12 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro Completed-In memory of Dad.

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1/12 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro Completed-In memory of Dad.
Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, November 03, 2017 8:38 PM

I'm building this Camaro in memory of my Dad that I lost in August.  It's being built to match the Camaro that he owned from 1981 until he gave it to me in 2007.  I plan on displaying it in a case with his ashes for now.  I have plans in the future to take his ashes to a place he loved to be. 

I have ordered some aftermarket parts, a steering wheel, single carb intake set up, and a round air filter.  I couldn't find rims that looked anything like the ones on my car, so I'll be using the kit rims.  I will try my hand at scratch building some traction bars, and small red dice to hang from the mirror, lol. 

Big box with lots of parts.

A few items painted.  The engine will be done in red and black as that is how the engine in my car is done.

That's all for now, hope to get more done in the next few days.  I'll be taking it slow as I just ordered the parts today, and they probably won't arrive for at least a week and a half.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, November 04, 2017 8:05 PM

A little bit more progress with painting parts today.  I don't want to move along to fast and be stuck waiting for my parts to arrive in the mail.  I've ordered the stuff from Shapeways.com and I will be sure to let everyone know how the parts are, and the experience I had with them.

Fan and clutch.

Belt and pulleys.

Starter. 

Engine block/tranny.

Hopefully I can get some more stuff painted tomorrow. 

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, November 04, 2017 8:14 PM

Keyda81
I couldn't find rims that looked anything like the ones on my car,

Yeah, finding thing's in the larger scale is alway's "Impossable"

Looking good so far.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by Hunter on Saturday, November 04, 2017 8:18 PM

littletimmy
Keyda81 I couldn't find rims that looked anything like the ones on my car,

Keyda,

Nice paint work on the engine goodies. You might want to PM "Mustang1989", he maybe able to point you in the right direction for your rims.

I'll be here watching you build this beauty. 

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, November 05, 2017 9:40 AM

littletimmy

 

 
Keyda81
I couldn't find rims that looked anything like the ones on my car,

 

Yeah, finding thing's in the larger scale is alway's "Impossable"

Looking good so far.

 

Thanks!  Seems that way.  Engine stuff is easy to find, but everything else not so much, lol.

Hunter, Thank you.  I'm not concerned about the rims.  If I can recall correctly they stock rims were on the car at some point in the beginings of my Dad owning the car.  I remember him using the rims on his 55 Chevy which he didn't get until I was in middle school.  He must of got the aluminum rims for the Camaro at some point.  He swapped them out again about 12 years ago to some chromed steel wheels.  I plan on going back to the alumunim ones, because even being stored in the garage the rims still rusted along the bead.  Only the one rim did it bad enough to where it would lose all the air in the tire pretty much overnight. 

Just talking about the wheels reminds me of all the stories of my Dad and his cars.  He's the reason I can rebuild engines, change my own oil, and a bunch of other vehicle related work.  I took mechanics in high school so he would be proud of me.  It's saved me boat loads of money since I do all my own work.  Most recently a heater core job in my 2001 Blazer.  It would have easily been a $1000 bucks at a shop.

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Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, November 05, 2017 11:41 AM

Keyda81
I took mechanics in high school so he would be proud of me.  It's saved me boat loads of money since I do all my own work.  Most recently a heater core job in my 2001 Blazer.  It would have easily been a $1000 bucks at a shop.

I hear you there! I'm NOT a mechanic..... but I "play" one on TV.  LOL

When the clutch went out in our 96 Dodge pick-up the shop wanted $1800 to fix it. NO WAY was I going to shell out that kind of money so I bought the Chilton manual for our truck and bought the clutch ($400 ) and did it myself. It took me 28 hours! Now I know why they charge so much! If I have to do it again........ were buying a bicycle!!!!!

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, November 05, 2017 11:51 AM

That sounds good Keyda sticking to the stock rims. I hope this build brings you nothing but happiness and peace. Enjoy it Big Smile

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, November 05, 2017 3:49 PM

littletimmy

 

 
Keyda81
I took mechanics in high school so he would be proud of me.  It's saved me boat loads of money since I do all my own work.  Most recently a heater core job in my 2001 Blazer.  It would have easily been a $1000 bucks at a shop.

 

I hear you there! I'm NOT a mechanic..... but I "play" one on TV.  LOL

When the clutch went out in our 96 Dodge pick-up the shop wanted $1800 to fix it. NO WAY was I going to shell out that kind of money so I bought the Chilton manual for our truck and bought the clutch ($400 ) and did it myself. It took me 28 hours! Now I know why they charge so much! If I have to do it again........ were buying a bicycle!!!!!

 

It did take me all day to do the heater core, I think it was like 10 hours.  It is completely buried inside the dash, the whole thing has to come out, including dropping the steering column, it wasn't fun, lol. 

Another reason I love the Camaro besides well it's a Camaro is the fact that it is pretty easy to work on.  It's nothing complicated or fancy.

 

Thank you Hunter!

 

Quick little update before dinner.  Starting to look like an engine!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, November 05, 2017 8:07 PM

Got quite a bit done today.  I had the entire afternoon and part of the evening to myself, lol.  Hubby went hunting for the day and the kiddo went to Nanni's.  Free time for Mom!

Chassis painted and shiney.

Battery. 

Distributor and wires.

Headers.

Fan shroud.  It's painted like my Dad painted it on the actual car.

Master cylinder.

Not sure how much time I'm going to have to work on it during the week.  Have a lot going on this week.  I might be able to sneak a few hours in during the evenings after dinner.  Especially since it gets dark at 5pm now. 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, November 06, 2017 7:47 PM

Lots more progress today.  I keep this up and I'm going to be stuck waiting for my engine parts! 

Radiator painted.

Pedals.

Brakes.

Fan shroud, Rad, and support.

I can't get over the door panels for some reason. 

Installed.

Dash board.

Center console.

Plopped the dash board in to see how it looks.

Seats in.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get to painting the body.  Keeping my fingers crossed for that.  I'm used to painting planes with flat colors, so I'm a bit nervous about glossy paint. 

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Posted by Hunter on Monday, November 06, 2017 8:55 PM

Man oh man Keyda....she is looking sharp!! You'll do just fine with the enamel paint.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 3:45 PM

Thank you!  Sure hope so, lol.  I haven't been able to get to the bench yet today.  Hopefully after dinner. 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 4:31 PM

WOW! Really nice work. I purchased that model last year and it's still in the box. I am eager to see how yours turns out. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:56 PM

Thank you Johnny K!

Got the body painted and did some other detailing here and there.  My parts for the engine have shipped, but I'm not sure when they are going to arrive.  Hopefully soon, if not I'm going to run out of things to do!

Body painted.

Tail lights.

Exhaust.

Steering column.  Waiting on the steering wheel I ordered.

Coil.  The one on my car is an MSD, so it's red.

Diff.  The one in my car is 3.73's, lol.

Gloss coated.

Pile of parts!

Where I've left off for today. 

Maybe I can get to doing the decals tomorrow. 

 

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Posted by Liegghio on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 10:59 PM

Wow! Great work, I think your Dad is proudly smiling down on you.

Years ago I built models of the two light tanks my Dad drove in WW2. Eventually  I would like to make a diorama based of one of the photos he left me of an early training exercise.

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 3:18 AM

Looking good, fellow gearhead!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 8:26 AM

Liegghio, thank you!  I sure hope so.  That sounds like a great idea. 

 

keavdog, thank you!  Just a bit of a gear head, lol.  I owe that to my Dad too.  If I wanted to see him when I was growing up I had to go out to the garage!  He was always tinkering with something.  He always fixed his own stuff. 

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 8:45 AM

Hi,

Your build is looking great. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Smile

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Posted by learmech on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 9:08 AM
Keyda, Where did you order the aftermarket part from? I have one of these that I am building for a friend and I need the single carb/manifold setup.
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Posted by Pinkbooger on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 10:23 AM

I see that you did some painting while the parts are on the sprue. When you take the part off the sprue what do you do about the part that was attached to the sprue and wasn’t painted? I really love this idea. I wish I knew about it when I started my 69’ Dodge 440. 

"You underestimate the power of the dark side"

-Darth Vader

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 2:46 PM

Thank you PFJN!

learmech, I ordered them from shapeways.com  There website is a bit weird when searching for things, they make all kinds of stuff, but I found the the entire set up (intake, carb, distrubutor cap, and thermostat housing)a steering wheel, round air cleaner housing, and the air cleaner on their site.  I placed the order on the 3rd, and it shipped yesterday.  They have a nice timeline that shows you what process they are in with the parts.  I will let you know how the parts are when I receive them. 

Pinkbooger, I do a lot of brush painting, especially with smaller parts.  I only drag out the airbrush or spary paint can when there is either large parts or a lot of parts needing the same color.  I just touch up the areas that need it with a paint brush.  As for the chrome parts I purchased the Molotow chrome marker at hobby lobby.  It's not an exact match, but it is much less noticeable than white plastic. 

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Posted by learmech on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 3:16 PM
Keyda, The guy im building this for has a 69 Yenko Camaro that he restored. I am building a model of his car. He even gave me some of the actual paint he used on the car, and we found some Yenko decals to use. He wants to display the model with the car at car shows. I have detailed pics of the engine compartment right down to some of the decals in the engine comp that I will duplicate. Should be a fun build.
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Posted by Hunter on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 5:13 PM

Keyda,

Looking very nice...you did a great job with the clear gloss! The end result is going to make your dad smile Big Smile Great job Keyda!

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 8:33 PM

learmech
Keyda, The guy im building this for has a 69 Yenko Camaro that he restored. I am building a model of his car. He even gave me some of the actual paint he used on the car, and we found some Yenko decals to use. He wants to display the model with the car at car shows. I have detailed pics of the engine compartment right down to some of the decals in the engine comp that I will duplicate. Should be a fun build.
 

That sounds like lots of fun!  I wish I could do a bit better at making decals, practice makes perfect I guess.  I did make some custom license plates with my Dad's initials and birthday.  They just came out a little blurry. 

Thank you Hunter!

 

The license plates, like I said a little blurry. 

Decals are on.  The ones on the hood have quite a few wrinkles in them.  This happened with the 1/25 scale one as well.  But once it dried they laid down.  If these ones don't do the same thing I'll take them off, and paint the stripes on.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:22 AM

I don't like how the decals look at all.  So I'm in the process of trying to remove them.  I'm going to try and paint the racing stripes on.  I'm not too concerned about doing that other than the curved areas of the thinner outer stripe.  It's going to be some trial and error I'm guessing.  Ugh.  I knew I was going to run into problems some where along the line.  Hopefully they come out looking better than the decal stripes. 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:19 AM

Tamiya has a new masking tape made of plastic and designed to go around curves.  I have found it works very well.  You can get it in various widths, down to 1mm, I got mine from Squadron.  That should take care of painting your stripes very nicely!

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:05 PM

You're doing your Dad proud.

I'll second the white Tamiya tape for curves.  Easy to work with and edges stay tight.  Can do them in flat black the regloss over everything and get rid of most of the edge.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:41 PM

Cadet Chuck, now that you mention it I have some!  I totally didn't think about it.  I don't use it much since I usually do aircraft, thanks for the reminder!

Thanks goldhammer!  I will use that tape now that I remember I have it, lol.  Thanks for the tip with the stripes, I'll be sure to do that!

 

I fought with removing the decals all afternoon.  I tried removal solution, then masking tape, and it helped, but didn't remove all of it.  I landed up damaging the paint.  So I sanded down the affected areas, and re-painted the top portion of the car.  I glossed it over, and now I'm just going to let it dry for a day before taping off for the stripes. 

In the meantime I'll be working on the traction bars, and red dice that hang on the rear view mirror. 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:50 PM

awesome job nice color combo too 

  

 Nick.

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:54 PM

For the dice, you can make out of appropiate styrene, wood or other material.  Take a drill bit and make the indentations. Paint those white, then doing one or two sides at a time, apply some white glue (staying out of the indentations) and roll in some appropiate colored flocking that is usually used to make "carpet" in 1/24 car models.  Viola, instant "fuzzy dice" appropiate for the era.  Drill small hole in each one and CA in some" red string" to hang.

Should be able to get the flocking at a fabric shop or craft store, especially this time of year.

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