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Cross Kit 1969 Charger General Lee- Engine Updates-12/09

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Cross Kit 1969 Charger General Lee- Engine Updates-12/09
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:11 PM

I'm building this one as part of a Group Build that I've got going on elsewhere.  I'll start with an MPC General Lee kit which I'll be using bits and pieces from to include decals and the parts necessary to make this a General Lee. It's not going to be a completely genuine "Lee 1" build as I'll be making it an R/T and changing some things up here and there. I also want to say that although this will be decked out with all the decals that came on the GL that I'm not going to be centering my build on that which causes alot of stir up. I'll be concentrating on the build itself rather than any politics surrounding it.

I merely enjoyed the show as a kid and even built a GL when I was in the 6th grade. It didn't turn out the way I'd hoped but I get a second chance to build a car that I've always wanted to build since then.

I picked this kit up for $10 at the last show I went to in San Antonio back in February:

90% of the build will be from this kit which is a far better offering than the MPC version ever thought about being and I picked it up from an Austin Show in 2015 for $10 as well:

nd to put a little bit of a spin on this car to get it to look the way I want it to look I'll be using the wider wheels from the AMT Eckler Corvette

 

                   

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:26 PM

You know I'm following!  I have 2 out of 3 of these (at least the Eckler wheels).  Looking forward to the reveal.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:12 PM

I owned a Plymouth Duster, think it had the 383. A tank, fun to go to the pizza parlor.

Those GL's I think the show used up about 90 of them.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:28 AM

Thanks for droppin' in fellas.

In a world of 440's and Hemi's the 383 was still no joke as it still had plenty of power to put some contenders in place.

I have a friend here at work that's got a brother who's totally Mopar and had a 69 Charger R/T some years ago. The producers of The Dukes of Hazzard contacted him and offered to purchase his 69 in which he promptly responded.....not just no but HELL no!! R/T's are sacred!!! Cool

 

The Revell Body with Vinyl top removal/ sanding in progress:



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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:37 AM

I'm also onboard.

Always a treat to follow your auto builds, Joe.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:30 PM

Thanks Greg! Glad to have you on board as well good friend. 

After about a 1/2 hour.....

Vinyl Top Now Removed:

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Posted by DUSTER on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:26 PM

Well, Now I have somthing to watch with awe and the "why can't I do that -it's so cool" hunger in my eyes..

Ya did aggod job on the vinal roof. Nary a smiggin of the old stuff left. Yes

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:41 PM

Leave it to you to get a mirror-like reflection on bare styrene. Wink

-Greg

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:31 PM

This is going to be good!

Nick.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:16 AM

I'm on board with you Bro.

I'm going to enjoy this build my friend. Love that you choose to revisit models you had built when you were younger. It's a sweet subject and it's fun to watch you "Frankenstein" diffeerent kits to get the results you envision.

Superb effort on sanding the roof. That came out terrific.

Bring it on My Friend.

Cheers, Joe

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, October 18, 2019 5:30 AM

Thanks for all the good comments guys. 

Found the paint that I want to use. I've been eyeballing this color anyways because I've seen a few of the newer Chargers painted this color and I have developed a liking to it.

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Here we are all cleaned up and primed. Still gotta do a teeny bit of sanding but it went on really smooth:

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Posted by Greg on Friday, October 18, 2019 7:55 AM

mustang1989
Found the paint that I want to use. I've been eyeballing this color anyways because I've seen a few of the newer Chargers painted this color and I have developed a liking to it.

I parked next to one the other day. I like the color too. It's pretty much perfect on a Charger.

-Greg

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:17 AM

Im on board. General lee or not the 69 is one of my all time favourites, having the flag on the roof just makes it that much more exciting!

Josh

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:17 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Greg, that's exactly how I came across the color myself. Parked next to one at Lowe's and new instantly that was the color I wanted to use.

Managed to dispense and apply the paint this morning. This stuff went on really good. I'll start the wet sanding process in a few days to smooth everything out that much more before I start with the decaling and clear coats. We'll be using the "Wet Look" clear on this one so it'll really pop.



                   

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:20 AM

I love that color Joe. Once you've given that your patented treatment it's going to be eye popping for sure. Good to see you making solid progress.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:20 AM

It already looks better than any auto body I've done so far, and you haven't wet-sanded or clear-coated yet. Stick out tongue

I wonder if I'd be the only one who would appreciate a blow by blow of your wet sanding process, including types and grits of paper used? I'd bet not.

 

-Greg

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, October 19, 2019 1:23 PM

Fun fact. The General Lee on TV was actually painted RED so that when filmed it would show up Orange. Apparently it has to do with the camera and how it picks up colors. I learned that on Grave Yard Cars when the restored one of the General Lees from the Movie. 

I love what you've got going on here. It is coming along nicely.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:07 PM

Looks great.  I just picked up a can of that.  I was going to do my dart with it but now I'm reconsidering.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59 PM

Thanks you guys. It's really fun to pick up some of the fun facts from the show along the way.

Keavdog: A darker primer underneath will make this color a little darker if that helps you any.

                   

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:35 PM

I spent a lot of time wet sanding the imperfections out of the paint and then applying Bare Metal Foil around all the window trim and drip rails and today...the decals. Here's a couple of shots of how it sits now. Still got the flag decal coated with Microsol to help it all lay flat onto the roofline. Had a couple of areas on the edges where it didn't want to lay down flush. Now to let the cals dry and then off to the gloss coat....my favorite part.

 

 



                   

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:07 PM

Nice work.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, October 21, 2019 6:58 AM

Everythings looking right sharp there. That is going to look righteous once it is all glossed up. Nicely done my friend.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Greg on Monday, October 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Looking good.

-Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 21, 2019 1:17 PM

Awesome

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, October 21, 2019 8:58 PM

Thanks you guys!! 

Today was Gloss Coat day soooo......I broke out the Testors "Wet Look" Clear ….the ONLY way to go for supreme gloss finishes in my experience. I dispensed it into a paint jar, let 'er gas out for about 5 minutes while I was removing whatever dust particles I could find on the body and went to work.


Couldn't be happier with the results. Now...……..to let it cure out for a couple of days before a nice wet sanding and polishing.








                   

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 21, 2019 9:18 PM

Shiney!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:08 AM

If that right there doesn't make a fella want to go buy a car model and start it, I don't know what would.

Have you ever used Alclad II Clear Lacquers, Joe? I'm curious how you would compare the finish with the Testors Wet Look.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:37 AM

Thanks John and Greg.

Greg: No sir I am extremely happy with Wet Look clear as long as I dispense it and shoot it through an airbrush. If something is working for me I aint about to change it.Wink

                   

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:33 PM

Stunning finish Joe. You are definitely on to a fantastic technique with that Wet Look clear coat. You certainly have had me sold on it since you first started using. Maybe there will come a day when I might actually try it on an auto model. I truly believe that that day may come. Hopefully. Maybe.Confused 

Love your stuff Bro.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:13 PM

Hmmm.

   Did you say 383? Someone said they loved 348s and 409s. Me? give me the 318/383 anyday !  T.B.     P.S those wheels from the Vette are kicking Choices too!

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