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NCIS 1971 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, March 1, 2021 1:31 PM

After leaving the front panel and the hood in 91% alcohol for over a week, I washed them this morning with Dawn Dish Detergent.  The alcohol did its job of removing the old paint.  Now to primer and paint them both after a good sanding.

Momre NCIS to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:04 PM

Thanks jb4406!

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Posted by jb4406 on Saturday, February 27, 2021 4:29 PM

I have seen survivor cars w/o the blackout on the tail panel so it's not unheard of. I've owned a 1970 RT/SE 440-6 since 1982.  Mine has the SE panel in that area, aluminim panel painted w/ the argent gray. 

Your work is looking very nice btw

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:43 AM

Thanks guys!

jb4406

I read somewhere that the one used in the show is actually a 383 car w/ 426 HEMI callouts on the hood. They refer to it as a 1971 in one episode, but it’s a 1970

 
That is entirely possible.  With the many car suppliers in Hollywood making cars and trucks of various degrees, the Challenger R/T used in that episode could very well be a horse of a different color and could possibly have a 225 CI Slant Six in it.  In the NCIS episode "Jackknife", FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell had referred to the Challenger as a 1971 and all pictures of the Challenger R/T shows that the car is a 1970.  Also, the rear panel just below the trunk lid and above the taillights was not painted flat black as a Challenger R/T would have been painted.

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Posted by fox on Friday, February 26, 2021 3:38 PM

Coming along nicely Mike!!!!! Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, February 26, 2021 1:58 PM

I'm loving it!

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Posted by jb4406 on Friday, February 26, 2021 1:51 PM

I read somewhere that the one used in the show is actually a 383 car w/ 426 HEMI callouts on the hood. They refer to it as a 1971 in one episode, but it’s a 1970

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:54 PM

I have detailed and assembled the interior.

NCIS will continue...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, February 15, 2021 2:01 PM

I decided to strip the hood since I didn't like how the primer coat went down on it.  I also decided to strip the from valance panel, too.  I painted the interior bucket and the interior pieces with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.  Now for some detailing!

NCIS will continue...

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, February 15, 2021 8:24 AM

Thanks Chad!  Almost time to paint the body!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 13, 2021 1:09 PM

A friend in a local auto club has a 1970 with a 426. Those were the days. She's looking good Mike.

Chad

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, February 13, 2021 9:59 AM

I clearanced the engine mount for the right exhaust header and I clearanced the left engine mount a little just for the Hell of it.  I then paint detailed the mounts and the upper A arms.

More NCIS to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, February 12, 2021 4:02 PM

I got the chassis and engine mostly assembled.  I have to wire the engine, distributor and the ignition coil.  I placed the engine in the chassis and I expected the engine mounts to interfere with the exhaust headers.  Behind the right side header is a tab on the engine that is supposed to fit into the slot on the engine mount.  I'll clearance the engine mount until the tab fits into the slot.

More NCIS to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, February 12, 2021 8:57 AM

A little time spent on Gibbs '71 Challenger Hemi R/T.  The front and rear suspension has been painted with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Glosss Black.  I painted the exhaust system with Model Master Aluminium Spray and after a few days of drying, a coat of Model Master Acryl Semi Gloss Clear.  The exhaust tips were painted with Alclad II Gloss Black Base in prep for some Alclad II Chrome.  On the chassis, I added a piece of 1 1/2" wide painters tape and I'll spray directly from above some Tamiya TS-16 Yellow for overspray.

More NCIS to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:33 AM

I added the front suspension to determine what clearances would be needed.  Since I am using a Revell 426 Hemi, the AMT chassis would need to be clearanced for something.  Something being the front of the oil pan and the oil filter.  I went a little too far clearancing the K member and I removed part of the front sway bar.  I'll replace it when I can find a piece or round stock the same size as the sway bar.

More NCIS to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:57 AM

If I remember correctly, the phrase used was as a joke of sorts since the person who stated such, really didn't know himself.  In several past episodes, Gibbs has thrown off the subject by changing it to something else.

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Posted by Bronco Billy on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 5:58 AM

Mr Mike

 

 
Tanker-Builder

Hi Keav;

 I suspect you will have to build your own dio of the boat in the Basement. Has anyone you know figured out How he gets them out of there? 

 

 

That has become one of the great mysteries of NCIS.  How does Gibbs get the boat out of the basement, we will never know!

 

They hinted in one episode that he breaks out the basement wall. I unfortunately don't remember which one it was.

So many kits so few hours in the day

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:16 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi Keav;

 I suspect you will have to build your own dio of the boat in the Basement. Has anyone you know figured out How he gets them out of there? 

That has become one of the great mysteries of NCIS.  How does Gibbs get the boat out of the basement, we will never know!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:13 AM

Hi Keav;

 I suspect you will have to build your own dio of the boat in the Basement. Has anyone you know figured out How he gets them out of there?

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:00 AM

Thanks FJSigma!  I have previously looked through those sites and many of them didn't offer me anything new for my research.  At this point, I'll just go ahead and build the model with what information I have.  

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Posted by FJSigma on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:19 PM

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, January 25, 2021 9:24 AM

Armed with my new package of 0.10 X .030 Evergreen styrene, I added new moldings to the windows of the AMT '70 Challenger.  A little more sanding and the body will be ready for primer.

More NCIS to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, January 23, 2021 7:50 AM

It was suggested that I remove the rain gutter moldings while I sanded the texture off the roof and replace the moldings with thin strips of styrene.  I started knowing that I didn't have enough .010 X .030 strips for all the windows in the Challenger.  A trip to the Hobby Emporium in on the adjenda for today to get some supplies.

More NCIS to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, January 22, 2021 1:25 PM

Thanks Mike!  

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Posted by Mike F on Friday, January 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Def one of my dream cars as a teenager. Looking forward to see your build progress.

Mike

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, January 22, 2021 10:22 AM

After letting the Bondo dry for several days, I started sanding this morning.  More sanding is needed to remove the sanding marks from a 120 grit sanding stick and then a coat of primer.

More NCIS to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:19 AM

Real G

My sister is addicted to that show - she makes me watch it when she comes over for dinner at the house!  And after a while, I got sucked in.

The other show she watches at dinner is Triple D with Guy Fierri.  Someone should make his car and do diorama bases of some of the more memorable places he visited.

 

You can take the AMT '68 Camaro and whack off the roof and make a convertible.  Then you can get the Model Car Garage Photoetch set for the '67/'68 Camaro.

https://www.modelcargarage.com/eshop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=162&idcategory=0

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:37 PM

My sister is addicted to that show - she makes me watch it when she comes over for dinner at the house!  And after a while, I got sucked in.

The other show she watches at dinner is Triple D with Guy Fierri.  Someone should make his car and do diorama bases of some of the more memorable places he visited.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:00 PM

Don Stauffer

Took me a minute to figure out which car you are talking about.  Is that the car from the episode when Gibbs reconciled with his dad and found his dad had restored Jeth's old car?

Yes it is!  That is the car that Jackson Gibbs restored for his son, Jethro.  It was part of the reconciliation of father and son. 

I suspect that there were two different cars used in the filming of the several episodes that featured that Challenger.  The only give away that I could find is the lack of engine scripts on the hood in the later episodes.  

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:42 AM

Took me a minute to figure out which car you are talking about.  Is that the car from the episode when Gibbs reconciled with his dad and found his dad had restored Jeth's old car?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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