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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe Completed

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:22 AM

Thank you, rangerj and PatW!

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

  • Member since
    December 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 4:30 PM

Wow! What a transformation, well done MrMike! 

Remember , common sense is not common.

  • Member since
    March 2003
Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:30 PM

Great job. The 63 is my favorite of the series, that is 63 to 67. The 63 is the best looking with the split window, but the government had to stick its nose in and require that the bar in the middle of the rear window be removed as it was a "safety hazard". The states have dumbed down the requirements for getting a drivers license and the government keeps adding do-dads to protect people from themselves. ABS brakes, BS, learn how to drive!

Note the 63 would be ideal with a 427 L-89 from a 1967 Vette. 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, May 29, 2022 9:35 AM

Thank you JohnnyK and Joe!

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

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, May 29, 2022 7:45 AM

You certainly acheived a great looking pro-touring look to this car Mike. Paint came out great. Awesome stance and really good looking "look" to this bad boy.

                   

 

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    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, May 27, 2022 7:35 PM

Really nice paint color, wheels and photos. Well done!

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, May 27, 2022 8:02 AM

Thank you lurch!

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

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Thursday, May 26, 2022 9:00 AM

That looks fantastic Mr. Mike. You did a great job on it. I like it.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:52 AM

Mr Mike!

       Isn't that color what Chevrolet used to call "Artesian Turquois"? Sure looks like my Impala in that color. Oh, Nice finish on the project, Well Done.

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:36 AM

Thank you, Brandon and John!

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 5:15 PM

Well done mike!  Great looking build.

Thanks,

John

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:32 PM

Looks very cool. Nice improvement.

BK

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:21 PM

A few more...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:19 PM

I have completed my '63 Split Window Corvette.  I would like to thank all who have viewed and commented on my WIP.

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 3:36 PM

I clearcoated the '63 Vette today with three coats of Testors Clear Lacquer.  

More Split Window to come...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, May 19, 2022 8:56 AM

I have started the foiling process.  Since my foil is several years old, I have resorted to using Micro Metal Foil Adhesive before I cut my foil.  Just another step in my process.  The hood vents got some Aluminium BMF.   

More Split Window to come...

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

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 16, 2022 8:21 AM

Oho,Mr MIke!

      All I can say is YAOW, That is Bad$%%!!!!

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    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Monday, May 16, 2022 8:13 AM

Excellent job so far. Looking forward to the completed model.

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, May 16, 2022 8:10 AM

Thanks John!  Those are 19" and 23" Pegasus Chrome T's wheels and the sidepipes are from the '68 Corvette L88 that I just finished.

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:45 PM

Looking pretty wicked Mike!  Are those stock wheels?  The look like a set of Pegasus wheels I used on a Charger build.

Whoops:  Just read you are indeed using Pegasus wheels.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:01 PM

I love a good mockup!  It gives me a chance to see where my project is going.

More Split Window to come...

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

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 14, 2022 4:39 PM

Oh Boy!

     Mike! she looks good now for sure. Still love that color. My faves run to the Blue/Green spectrum for sure. That is going to polish out nice!

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, May 14, 2022 4:29 PM

I primered and painted the '63 Vette this afternoon and it looks so much better.  No trash in the paint, which is a good sign!  I used the same paint-Dupli-Color Emerald Green Metallic.

More Split Window to come...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, May 13, 2022 2:50 PM

I washed the Corvette body and now it is drying in my paintbooth.  I made a set of rear wheel tubs for the Vette.  Since I never made anything like these before, this took me a while before I came up with a plan to make them.  Now, to paint them with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.

More Split Window to come...

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

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:52 AM

Yeah, I did:

       Then I realized my mistake, Sorry Mike! When I am on this device and writing, My thoughts waver when someone asks me a question not related to what my train of thought should be. So, I still like that you had that sharp an eye. You'll get er done and it will be beautiful Like the rest of your work. 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:28 AM

Thanks, Joe!  I am hoping for a better result the second time around!

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

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:39 PM

Heya Mike. I'm looking forward to you working your magic on the re-painting efforts bud.

                   

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 8:26 AM

Tanker-Builder, did you read what I wrote or did you just look at the pictures?  I found many flaws in my paint job and I elected to sand the entire body and paint it again.  No clearcoat was involved!

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

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 9, 2022 4:29 PM

Yeah Keav!

         Looks kinda a Vette that has gone through a Sandstorm of the 70mph variety. Can you say Sandown?

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