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Post  bottomgun on Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:08 pm

I started work on the Corvette about a week ago. I went ahead and built new rear body-to-chassis retainers before gluing and gap filling the rear valance. Until I buy a Maisto Corvette to take off parts from I'm on hold till then. If the front end is close, I plan to make a mold of the front valance after taking off all the chrome and make an epoxy glass copy to graft onto the Cox model.
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Post  bottomgun on Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:55 pm

Been a long time since posting but I'm trying to get my PC fixed so I can transfer photos. I have an android that my son gave me but still learning to operate it. I can take photos with ease with that thing but I don't know how to transfer them to the post. I have worked extensively on the Corvette and am nearly completed. Had to do a lot of parts salvaging from different models but I got it done. Will get up pics when I can of what was done so far and a more detailed explanation of what was done.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:32 pm

Looking forward to your pictures.

The forum should be able to pull your photos right off your phone. I have an Iphone and it has no problrm pulling picures from it.

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Post  crankbndr on Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:35 pm

I was just wondering about your restoration work a few days ago, your work is top notch!! Glad your back!!
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Post  bottomgun on Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:32 pm

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Post  bottomgun on Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:38 pm

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Post  Marleysky on Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:37 pm

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!! Now that's a frame off restoration  of "Concurs" quality! Maxed-out  on the details, turn signals, correct colors on the emblem and badges, Chrome  trim around Windows and vents, wiper blades, gas cap and door handles!! WOW. 110%
Ya even did the dash board, with gauges and glove box ....ok 120%  I am impressed and jealous  all at the same time!! Nice job, Darn nice Job, SUPER nice job.

I can't stop looking....ya got the Teak Steering wheel and Seat Belts!!   This isn't your first rodeo, is it cowboy?? lol!


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Post  getback on Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:28 pm

THAT IS FREAKING SMOKING !! Very nice job !! i scrolled up from Rene's post and i thought it was a real car (well you know) I see it took awhile and looks like time well spent , Fun Fun Fun !! Small Cox Logo
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Post  bottomgun on Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:47 pm

Thanks guys for the comments!! Took quite a bit of time and patience. A breakdown of what I had to do:

    Wet sanded the body to get the numerous scratches and such out of the plastic. I then airbrushed on three light coats of enamel red because the plastic had discoloration in it and with a clear coat only it would have been uneven. I let it sit for two weeks and color sanded the paint to get any imperfections out and to prep it for the clearcoat. At this time the only chrome I had was the license plate bucket that goes into the rear valance. I was extremely fortunate to find the missing front valance and bumper assembly for auction separately on Ebay for a cheap price. I sent the bumper assembly to Chrome Tech in Wisconsin. Because it's nearly impossible to find the other missing pieces by themselves as I did the front end, I used the rear bumpers, exhaust tips, and rear tail light lenses and housings from a 1/18th scale Maisto Corvette that I picked up at a flea market for cheap. I had to modify the bumpers to look more scale in size before shipping them and the license plate bucket also to the same chroming vendor. The wheel covers came off a 1/24th scale diecast '65 Corvette that I again had to modify to fit the aluminum Cox wheels. As I said before, very hard to find the original items separately. Both front and rear valances were epoxied in with a mixture of two part 5 minute epoxy and baby powder so that when I wet sanded, it would provide a seamless joint where they were attached to the body. After my two week wait of letting the paint set and wet sanding, I airbrushed on three coats of two part epoxy clearcoat for a final shine and fuel proofing. I restore my projects with the capability to be run either in the air or on the track if wanting to do so.

     I let the clearcoat sit for a full three weeks before doing a final wet sanding and hand rub polish. I wanted to make doubly sure that the epoxy fully hardened. It took about a month and a half to get my chrome back but it was well worth it. The chroming was perfect as usual coming from Chrome Tech. I should mention that before the clearcoat was sprayed, all detail paint for the trim and interior was painted on using a detail brush and a fixed magnifying glass to see what I was doing. After clearcoating and polish, the other trim such as rocker mouldings, wipers and stainless trim were done using Bare Metal foil available at any local hobby shop. The wheels covers were sanded from behind to reduce width until they would sit solidly into the aluminum hubs and were epoxied in so as not to fall out during a run on a tether line. Pretty long-winded description but that's what it took to get it right.  I actually did a video of the car running on a short tether line under my garage overhang in the driveway before I restored it and after I went through the motor. Super fun and I'll see if I can upload it.
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:50 am

Wonderful job, great efforts win great rewards. The C2's, my favorites.

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Post  getback on Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:18 am

Would love to see the Video bottomgun . Small Cox Logo
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:29 am

rsv1cox wrote:Wonderful job, great efforts win great rewards.  The C2's, my favorites.

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Post  MauricioB on Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:18 am

Excellent job! Very good, congratulations on the result!
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:17 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:
rsv1cox wrote:Wonderful job, great efforts win great rewards.  The C2's, my favorites.

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congrats sir, well done!!!!!!






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Post  706jim on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:45 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:Looking forward to your pictures.

The forum should be able to pull your photos right off your phone. I have an Iphone and it has no problrm pulling picures from it.

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Ok show me how!
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Post  bottomgun on Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:14 pm

Here's a pic of the car before the restoration without the front valance, bumper and interior. I'm using Vimeo to upload the run video so hopefully should have that up shortly. Cox Corvette Dsc_0011


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Uploaded video of Corvette before restore running on a short tethered line.


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