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Thinking about building a General Lee

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, July 01, 2019 1:49 PM

That's the kit I have...10$!  Nice 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 01, 2019 8:28 AM

Can't wait to see this one in progress.

Picked up mine at the last show I went to back in February for $10:

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Posted by rangerj on Monday, June 17, 2019 7:10 PM

I recall one of the car shows doing a piece on the General Lee cars and there were at least a dozen of them used for various scenes in the show, e.g. the jumps vrs. chase scenes. There were a number of the cars wrecked and rebuild so repainted cars was common and the colors did not always match from car to car. My young son at the time was facinated by Daisy Duke and pronounced the deputy's name Anus instead of Enos. If I remember correctly Waylon Jennings sang the theme song for the show. I hated to see such great cars so badly abused. IMHO Chevy engine red, hugger orange, or just plane orange from the Testors small bottle would be close enough. I cannot recall ever seeing any specific paint code given for the DOH cars. 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 10, 2019 3:04 AM

Thanks Bakster - I'm stoked to get the right wheels at a bargain.  My General will be legitimate from Flag to wheels!  Yee-Haw!  The south is going to rise again!  Said the Californian... lol

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 09, 2019 8:23 AM

keavdog

Yee-haw!  Scored an Eckler Corvette partial kit (includes the rims which are correct for the General) on ebay.  Also poked around and found Roscoe P. Coltranes police cruiser for 11.99 and free shipping - will make a nice pair on the shelf!

 

Nice score, John.  Yes

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, June 09, 2019 12:04 AM

Yee-haw!  Scored an Eckler Corvette partial kit (includes the rims which are correct for the General) on ebay.  Also poked around and found Roscoe P. Coltranes police cruiser for 11.99 and free shipping - will make a nice pair on the shelf!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:38 PM

You could use the chassis from AMTs 68-69 Roadrunner/GTX kitsif you want better detail.

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:18 PM

keavdog

Greg, based on some advice here and a little research I determined this was the best kit.  I found it on Ebay.  Theres a bunch available.  

 

I'll be darned. Thank you.

-Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:16 PM

Greg, based on some advice here and a little research I determined this was the best kit.  I found it on Ebay.  Theres a bunch available.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 02, 2019 9:57 AM

Compressorman

 

 
keavdog

Did I every show you guys my Charger?  760 RWHP on the race tune with Q16 race fuel. 

 

 

 

Holy cow Big Smile Maybe you should paint that orange too!!

 

 

Ditto

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, June 02, 2019 8:08 AM

The wheels are not perfect but they work. I see they corrected the body, that's cool. The 1/16 scale kit while it has a accureate body, the chassis is a stock car chassis and not accurate for a street car. IIRC the interior is stock car as well.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, June 02, 2019 8:06 AM

keavdog

Hey Compressorman - I got my kit a couple days ago.  Here's the sprueshots.  It's a complete kit with a couple of options.  Based on the valve covers I believe it's a hemi.  One of the intake manifolds looks like it had mold issues so that removes one of the options.

 

John, where did you get that? I haven't seen an MPC box in decades, just looking at the pic gave me chills from the flood of memories.

Cool Charger, BTW. That's a bunch of horsepower. Yikes.

-Greg

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Posted by Compressorman on Sunday, June 02, 2019 6:25 AM

keavdog

Hey Compressorman - I got my kit a couple days ago.  Here's the sprueshots.  It's a complete kit with a couple of options.  Based on the valve covers I believe it's a hemi.  One of the intake manifolds looks like it had mold issues so that removes one of the options.

 

John, are those the correct wheels? They seem to have more spokes than most of the 'real' Generals that I have seen. But even those vary. I like the BIG Mpc kit but it may be just a little too big.

 

Chris

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Posted by Compressorman on Sunday, June 02, 2019 5:39 AM

keavdog

Did I every show you guys my Charger?  760 RWHP on the race tune with Q16 race fuel. 

 

Holy cow Big Smile Maybe you should paint that orange too!!

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 01, 2019 10:38 PM

Did I every show you guys my Charger?  760 RWHP on the race tune with Q16 race fuel. 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, June 01, 2019 9:48 PM
When I saw the box, I thought, "Uh-oh, that has the Charger 500 body", but zooming in, it looks like the correct roof line. Nice!
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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 01, 2019 8:33 PM

Hey Compressorman - I got my kit a couple days ago.  Here's the sprueshots.  It's a complete kit with a couple of options.  Based on the valve covers I believe it's a hemi.  One of the intake manifolds looks like it had mold issues so that removes one of the options.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Frankenpanzer on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:00 PM

If I remember correctly there were something like 365 Chargers used and destroyed during the course of the show.

The "hero car" was Hugger orange with a tan interior.  

Some reference.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Lee_(car)

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Posted by Aaron Skinner on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:21 AM

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:14 AM

No to the welds and no idea on the Windows.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 27, 2019 11:25 PM

Were the door weld mark's visible from the outside?  And did the General have side windows?  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 27, 2019 6:56 PM

Whoa... heres a General Lee and underneath the body was a crown Victoria

https://www.motor1.com/news/185184/general-lee-charger-ford-crown-victoria/

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, May 27, 2019 12:54 PM

Lol. From what I find no definitive engine was mentioned, but sinc the Dukes had a history in NASCAR, it would make sense a Hemi wou be a obvious choice. But it doesn't really matter, build it your way!

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, May 27, 2019 12:51 PM

A slant sixBig Smile

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, May 27, 2019 6:39 AM

The MPC/AMT kit has a Hemi IIRC. The Revell kit, which I recommend, as the other one has a incorrect body, the flush rear window versus the tunnelback, has a 440. The actual cars used in the show had a variety of engines, from a 318 to the Hemi I think. I am tryiiing to find out what engine the show claimed the General Lee had.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 27, 2019 1:10 AM

So back to the power plant.  Which motor comes with the MPC kit? ( waiting for delivery impatiently).  440 magnum or the 426.  Looking at the interwebs it's like the orange... 318, 383 and 440s and only in the movie they claimed to run the 426.  Historically accurate is way out of the question here but I'm hoping for the 426 crossram beast.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 26, 2019 10:49 PM

That has to be scary.  When doing transfers in the past a little soapy water buys a bit of time.   After looking around I think I'm leaning towards competition orange like the video I posted.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 26, 2019 6:59 PM

They were aftermarket. I have no clue anymore where I got them, I built this 16+ years ago. They were a peel and stick thing and you got one chance to get them right lol.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 26, 2019 2:09 PM

Vinyl?  Did they come with the kit or were the sourced elsewhere?  How do you apply?

Thanks,

John

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