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1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L89
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, March 20, 2022 11:04 AM

Since I am on a sports car fling, my new project is one that I had started on about 3-4 years ago.  The '68 Corvette ragtop roadster!  I don't remember how I ended up with the kit, but I really wasn't a fan of the large hood bulge.  Years ago, I was talking to the late Barry Fadden about this kit and how I didn't like the hood and he offered me a regular performance hood from an AMT '71 454 Corvette and I tried it on the body when I got home and it did fit, but it was a little short.  I have been working on this hood for a while and I may have it were I want it to be.  I was originally going to paint this '68 Vette with Model Master Nassau Blue Metallic Lacquer, but I kept imagining a dark green and I settled on Model Master British Racing Green Enamel. 

Now, my luck with old Testors/Model Master enamel spray paint is not very good, so I will try my best with what I have and if this doesn't work, I will have to find an alternative.  This Vette will be built kind of stock.  The tires I might use are from the Monogram '55 Chevy Street Machine or the AMT Pad Printed Goodyear tires.  

More Corvette 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, March 22, 2022 8:48 AM

I assembled the basic engine and went to paint it.  The Model Master Acrylic Enamel paint I had picked up was old and needed to be thinned.  I thinned the paint with Acryl Thinner and now I will strip the paint from the engine and repaint it.  When I wire an engine, I usually drill out the distributor and add my wires.  This distributor has a mounting pin just under the distributor capand I drilled it out, added a short piece of 1/8th inch styrene tube and then I glued in the pin.  Now I can add my wires.

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 9:42 AM

I'm a huge C3 fan so I'll be watching. BRG is a very nice color. I don't recall seeing any US cars painted like that so it will be interesting. Not sure I've ever seen a dark green C3 either. This is gonna be cool.

BK

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 7:48 AM

Thanks Brandon!  British Racing Green or British Green Poly was a color that was used on the '68 Corvette.  We don't see any out in public, but they are out there!  Google Images has plenty of them.  

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 8:21 AM

Great choice for a build!  I've always loved this body style of Corvette.  I'll follow this build closely.

TJS

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, March 24, 2022 11:39 AM

Thanks Tom!

I left the engine covered in Easy-Off Oven Cleaner for a couple of days since I had to do other things.  In other words, life got in the way.  I washed the engine this morning and I got 99% of the paint off and I have been scraping any other loose particules off.  Now to repaint the engine after I drill for plug wires.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, March 26, 2022 8:40 AM

The 427 CI engine is wired and assembled.  I ran some wires through the ignition shield and ran them to the cylinder heads.  All that work done on the distributor and I didn't use it, but I did add a piece of 1/16 inch styrene rod to under the distributor shield to the back of the intake manifold.  That sparked the question, is the shield a part of the 1:1 air cleaner or is it a separate item?  The air cleaner I found was on the part sprue, but not listed in the instructions.  This air cleaner is for a "lesser" 427 engine which I have created.  

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, March 27, 2022 8:47 AM

I have never liked the alternator/generator hanging in the air and I tried to make a bracket for that.  It's not bad and probably a bit larger than it should be, but I did make a bracket for the alternator.  Now to clean it up, finalize the shape and paint it!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, March 27, 2022 3:34 PM

Earlier this week I took a chance and painted the hardtop roof and it didn't come out too badly.  I painted the body this afternoon and I am not too happy as the body door lines and vent lines showed through the paint.  Maybe another coat or two after this coat has had a chance to dry.  I painted the underside of the hood and when this has had chance to dry, I'll paint the top of the hood. 

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Posted by lurch on Sunday, March 27, 2022 6:21 PM

If I remeber correctly the heat sheild is seperate from the aircleaner. Looking good.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, March 28, 2022 7:58 AM

Thanks lurch!  It appears to be a separate item.

I have put the 'Vette body, hood and roof into a small tub with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner to strip the paint.  The roof was ok, but the body and hood had way too many flaws even to sand out.  I'm off to find a new can of dark green metallic LACQUER paint today.  No enamel paint!  

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 9:04 AM

While the '68 Vette is taking a bath in Easy-Off, I decided on assembling the chassis.  I replaced the kit tires with a set of white letter tires from AMT.  The engine is wired with a triangular air cleaner over the single 4-barrel carburator.  I replaced the kit front springs with a set I had found in my parts box and I paint them blue.  I glue the front wheels on so the model wouldn't roll off the table.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 9:55 AM

Mr. Mike, good luck with the paint on your Vette.  I do like that color that you've selected.  The chassis work is moviing along & looking very good too.

TJS

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 10:10 AM

Lookin' good on this ol' Vette Mike. These are my favorite of all the Vette families.

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 4:13 PM

Thanks Tom and Joe!  I went out today and I found another can of Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl and that is the color I plan on using.  A nice dark green paint!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 3:33 PM

After sitting for a couple of days in Easy-Off Oven Cleaner, I washed the Corvette body, hood and roof and the old paint just came off with some Dawn Dish Detergent and a scrub brush.  Now to pick and sand to remove any unwanted paint and then a new coat of primer.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, April 1, 2022 2:39 PM

I added primer to my Corvette L89 this afternoon.  Dupi-Color Scratch Filler & Primer.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, April 3, 2022 4:34 PM

I don't like the instructions on this model!  Parts are included, but there is no mention of that part being used.  There is a fan shroud on the parts tree, but no where in the instructions is it called for.  I included it on my Corvette!  I have started sanding the primer coat on the 'Vette hood and in some spots, The primer ran so I made sure it was flush before I add another coat, a little more sanding and paint.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, April 4, 2022 1:02 PM

I have finished the interior of my '68 Corvette.  Since this is a L89 car and not an L88, I tried to create a radio in place of the block off plate that L88s have since they have no radios.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, April 4, 2022 2:50 PM

Doncha just hate it when the instructions are off like that? I didn't know that L88's had no radio. Progress is looking good Mike.

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 8:39 AM

Thanks Joe!  The L88's did not have a radio due to the interference caused by the high energy ignition of a race engine.  L89's could be ordered with a radio and would have been received with the ignition shield that goes around the distributor.  L88's are a race engine and the L89's are almost a race engine, just a little subdued...just a LITTLE!

"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, April 6, 2022 12:48 PM

I painted the Corvette this afternoon with Dupli-Color Forest Green Pearl over Dupli-Color Scratch Filler & Primer.  Came out rather well.  Just a little blushing on the roof which will polish out.  A good paint job!  Now to let this dry for a couple of days and then polishing and clearcoat.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 2:31 PM

I started looking at the instructions again and then I Googled Corvette engine compartments and then I Googled expansion tanks and windshield washer tanks.  With the help of my Revell '69 Corvette Yenko instructions, I figured the location of the expansion tank and the washer bottle and I installed them on the passenger side inner fender of my '68 Corvette.  The expansion tank is not listed in the '68 Corvette instructions and the windshield washer bottle is not listed on the '69 Corvette Yenko instructions.  This is a case of both maybe correct, but both are wrong for their exclusions. 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, April 9, 2022 8:54 AM

I started polishing the Forest Green Pearl paint this morning.  So far, I have the roof and the hood polished and the body is next.  I burnt through in a couple of places on the hood and I tried to touch up those spots, but they stand out like a sore thumb!  After repeated polishings, they still stand out, so the alternative is to repaint the hood again.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 2:06 PM

Been there and done that MANY times in regards to burning through paint jobs. I burnt through my 56 Demon II hood that was black AND I had airbrushed flames on. I stripped and repainted that hood three frickin' times.....flames and all. Looking forward to the recovery efforts Mike. That is a good color though.

                   

 

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 9:47 PM

Very nice work Mike. Looking forward to the finished build.

Jim Captain

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 8:50 AM

Thanks Joe and Jim!  I think that another quick spritz or two with the spray can should do the trick.  

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 10:23 AM

Paint looks really good. And I too have been there, done that on the burn through. It's all part of what we do. Great work.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 9:08 PM

Thanks BrandonK!  It just seems like that everytime I try to do a touchup on a burn-through, it looks terrible and I end up repainting the entire thing!

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

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 10:29 PM

I too found this to be a frustrating excercise and would welcome a tutorial on this exact subject.   I love the results but any thing with a sharp edge poses this problem.

Thanks,

John

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