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1969 Plymouth GTX
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, August 29, 2022 5:07 PM

A new project started out of a need to add another coat of paint to my 1997 Dodge Caravan.  I envisioned the '69 GTX painted with the same color of MCW Seafoam Turquoise Metallic with the Performance Hood Package.  The engine will be the standard 440 CID engine with 6 Pack carburation.  If that doesn't fit under the hood, I will use the stock 4-bbl. carb.  The transmission is the Mopar A-833 4-speed transmission.  I started by trimming all of the little bits and pieces of flash and realized that I would have to assemble the firewall, side panels and core support if I am to wash the body and chassis before adding primer and paint.  The wheels are Cragar SS mags, my favorite!

More GTX to come...

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, August 29, 2022 5:22 PM

Looking forward to this one!  Very cool car.

Thanks,

John

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, August 29, 2022 9:11 PM

Thanks John!  This kit has been in the stash for a while and I think I had bought it to replace the chassis on something else.  I just don't remember on what... 

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 8:23 AM

Those were great cars. Cant wait to see what you do with it. 

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 9:22 PM

Thanks lurch!  I have been through the phase of Roadrunner for everything and now I am starting to discover the GTX.  I just wished that I had an A-727 TorqueFlite automatic to insert in place of the 4-speed transmission.

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, September 1, 2022 9:21 AM

Last night, before turning for the night, I added some strip styrene and glue to the score line under the '69 GTX hood.  I wanted to fill the score line and to strengthen the hood since I have been "tweaking" it to fit level on the body without moving.

You can barely see the scoreline from the topside of the hood.

More GTX to come...

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    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, September 3, 2022 7:14 AM

This one should be fun to watch. Nice selection in wheels with the Cragar SS's. They're one of my all time faves as well. 

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, September 3, 2022 9:43 AM

Thanks Joe!  Cragar SS wheels have always been my favorite.  In my mind, I have put them on all of my favorite cars! Wink

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 4, 2022 8:06 AM

Mr Mike

This kit has been in the stash for a while and I think I had bought it to replace the chassis on something else.  I just don't remember on what...  

I now remember that the late Barry Fadden had given me a '68 Road Runner kit and I had swapped the parts for the Pro Street Coronet that I had swapped with another kit and...well, you get the idea.  I had swapped this kit several times with a Pro Street kit (Coronet or Road Runner) and now I have settled on a stockish GTX. 

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    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, September 4, 2022 8:29 AM

Mr Mike

Thanks Joe!  Cragar SS wheels have always been my favorite.  In my mind, I have put them on all of my favorite cars! Wink

 

I'm pretty much the same way. For the classic look I usually go with these and for my more racy stuff I enjoy a set of Weld Draglites. Every now and then I'll jog it up a bit but OOB wheels almost never get put on my builds.

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:00 PM

I like Cragar SS mags if I have them to add.  These can be in short supply for me and sometimes the kit supplied wheels of a different design can be nice, too.

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, September 9, 2022 5:10 PM

Spent a little time on the GTX this afternoon.  I assembled the engine and lettered the tires.  The engine had no valley pan of cover and the intake manifold just sat on top of a wide open area.  I made a cover from a piece styrene and glued it in.

More GTX to come...

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, September 9, 2022 9:06 PM

The more I looked at them, the more I didn't like the valve covers I had put on.  I found a set that I liked better and while they are not 100% correct, they do look a lot better!

Momre GTX to come...

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    July 2003
  • From: On my kitchen counter top somewhere in North Carolina.
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, September 9, 2022 11:30 PM

In 1970 this was the exact car that I had. The only difference was wide Keystone Classic Mags, Goodyear white lettered tires and a slight lifted stance over the rear wheels.

I pampered it like a baby. It was an extremely beautiful machine to me, I loved it.

After I paid it off two years later, a little 'ol lady (not from Pasadena) destroyed it.

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

 
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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, September 10, 2022 10:59 AM

This happens to a lot of people.  They have something that means a lot to them and someone comes along and destroys it.  That is a beautiful car!

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 12, 2022 8:08 PM

Tonight I painted the engine, the distributor and cap and I made an ignition coil, painted it and wired it and the 6-barrel carburation.  Now, you are asking why did I paint the 4-barrel and the 6-barrel intakes?  I haven't decided which one I will use yet.  Why they don't add ignition coils to these kits is beyond me.

More Plymouth to come...

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    July 2003
  • From: On my kitchen counter top somewhere in North Carolina.
Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 1:33 PM

Looking forward.

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

 
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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 5:24 AM

I hear you on the ignition coils bit Mike. But hey.....that's what we've got spares for brother! Wink

Another thing that gets my goat is the lack of alternator brackets on alot of these kits. Lately it seems like the modeling world is catching on by including these in the boxes. There aint nothing like the magical "floating" alternator. lol 

Looking forward to more. 

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 8:59 AM

Thanks disastermaster and Joe!  The "floating" alternators and power steering pumps have always been a wonder to me as well.  Dangling in mid-air.  At least we can cover them with a hood so they are not seen, unless you have a hoodless car with an exposed engine!

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 18, 2022 8:27 PM

I started detailing the engine.  I added my plug wires, fan belt with power steering pump and alternator and the fan.  I had to make an ignition coil from a piece of round styrene stock and added a wire to it.  The tires proved to be problematic, so I replaced them with a set from Revell and I will add some white letters to the tires.

More GTX to come...

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 26, 2022 10:28 AM

The 440 CID engine is complete and ready to be installed in the chassis.  I added the air cleaner and decal and then I installed a STP Racing decal on the oil filter.  The alternator has some clear red paint on the fins to represent the wire turnings on the armature.  The wheels and tires have been further detailed and I still need to find tire decals in my stash that I know I have.

More GTX to come...

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, September 26, 2022 12:59 PM

Mr.Mike,

What an awesome project!  I'm a huge Mopar fan and will be following along with your build.

DisasterMaster- That was a beautiful car that you had and so sorry that it was taken from you in that manner.

tjs

TJS

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, September 26, 2022 1:09 PM

Oh My!!

 This is gonna be pretty , Mike!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, September 26, 2022 4:01 PM

Thanks Tom!

I decided to add more detail to my 440 6 pack.  I used a piece of wire and some superglue and added the hose from the PCV valve to the carbs.  Then I found my Shabo Tire Graphics and added Goodyear to the tires.  I thought I had an extra set of water slide decals, but I must have used them elsewhere.

More GTX to come...

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Monday, September 26, 2022 7:34 PM

That is looking great. In the early 80's I had a 69 charger with a 440 and a 6pack. I remember trying to syncronize them. That is where I learned how to swear like a sailor. It was a real learnig experiance. Took 3 months to get it set correctly.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7:52 PM

Isn't it amazing what someone can learn while they are working on something else!

I painted the GTX this afternoon.  

More GTX to come...

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, September 30, 2022 4:49 PM

The chassis is almost completed, except for the exhaust tips, wheels and tires.

More GTX to come...

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Friday, September 30, 2022 6:57 PM

Thats looking good mike. I like what you are doing.

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, September 30, 2022 8:47 PM

Thanks lurch!

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  • From: On my kitchen counter top somewhere in North Carolina.
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, September 30, 2022 9:27 PM

What a great choice!

Where'd you get that paint?

Still looking great.

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

 
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