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Old 03-18-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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The body will be body #3 for my 67Fargo/57Ford chassis. I originally planned to do an early ramcharger cause i like them and wanted to build that type of truck. An old big SUV type of thing. But another part of me was wanting to make a long bed 72 Cheyenne pickup to make better of proline's wacky wheelbase lexan version. Then i remembered the best of both worlds when i came across pics of the 1970 Blazer.

Its pretty sweet in my eyes.

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I think im gonna go with that dark green colour with the white roof.

First i cut the side profile out of a piece of 3/4 inch pine for the sides. Then i once again did that tiring and tricky task of sawing the piece vertically down the middle with a hand saw to give me two 3/8th thick pieces. Worked out better than last time actually. Live and learn. Ha.

Then i carved the main shape into the sides, cut some pieces for the front that glue together in a bit of an angle in the center to build my grill onto. Carved some details into the rear piece as well and glued the four sides plus a flat rear floor piece together and clamped it to dry.

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Built up the inner front sides and nose abit for the hood to fit onto.
I'm using recycled old wood again, so all the unsanded putty marks you see in the next pics are filling nail holes. Ha.

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I'm not decided what wheel and tire look im going for yet so you'll probably see lots of different ones sitting under the body in future pics. Let me know if any look best to you. May help me decide.

I made up a hood and finished up the shaping of it i think. Got it glued on then started making the grill with some styrene. Carved from two 3mm thick pieces and joined in the middle to retain the point. Behind the grill, before i glued it on, i used the dremel cutting wheel to carve some lines across the wood to give some detail in the depth.

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Old 03-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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The only bad thing I can say about that is it looks like it weighs a ton. Other than that, it looks awesome!
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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The weight is one of many good aspects of a nice wooden body.
This is my 8th one and they all ride great.
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No kidding?!?

I think I have seen some of your other rigs, mad skills! Looking forward to seeing how it comes out.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:27 AM   #5
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Awesome. I like watching your builds but I love watching the videos. All that extra chassis weight makes them move very very realistically.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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beautiful, reminds me of my old Jimmy. do you prefer the k-5's grill look over the jimmy's?

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Old 03-19-2012, 08:53 AM   #7
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Dont quite know what to say, all your builds are amazeing Definetly digging the blazer,I miss my old 72.
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amazing! Your work is great,I cant wait to see more.I am a ford man but I love the 67-72 chevy trucka and blazers. Have you thought about maybe doing a 78 or so ford crewcab?
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:49 AM   #9
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I've just started to see some of your rides (76 Fargo, 1/5 mk1 escort) And they are great. The handle so well and look so realistic in you videos. great work.
I'm a joiner and used to working with wood but theirs no way i could do the craftsmanship you pull off everytime.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:39 PM   #10
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I too have thouroughly enjoyed your vids. Question, how do you get that low end sound? Is it a gru or something. Thanks...sick work!
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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Looks awsome so far great work .
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:23 AM   #12
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Thanks for the nice comments guys.

Sorry this build got hung up for the last month. I've been using all my build time working up on the track lately. That and tryna keep my track trucks and big rally car working properly. Every spring it seems like lots of bearings and motors wanna croak. Sigh.

Anyhow, time to finish this guy up.


I've decided that i don't need the top to come off as i don't really care for the look of them without and it would make the body more fragile. I'll be able to make it look better too if i don't have to worry it being removeable.

I got the top sides cut out tonight and most of the shaping around the windows. I glued them onto the body and still have lots of shaping to do in the back. The rear pillars go down into the bed for strengthening and in the pic, the tops aren't cut off yet. I like to get them set first so i can cut them off at the perfect angle for glueing the roof to later. There will be front pillar thickening as well.

Well, here's a rough progress pic to prove i'm back on the project. Ha.
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looking great as usual, can't wait to see the video for this, keep up the good work
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wow thats insane talent and skill
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I always enjoy your builds, they are definitely works of art!
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Very nice work. Are you a cabinet maker by trade?
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OMG!!

Amazing as usual!


BTW, do you build your wheels too, or get them from where??
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wow thats awesome mate
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THAT IS AWESOME CRAFTMANSHIP.
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Thanks alot guys.


Quote:
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Are you a cabinet maker by trade?
Nope, but ive been making stuff outta wood for a long time. Don't have lots of fancy techniques but i like my builds to be a little bit crooked anyhow. Ha.

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do you build your wheels too, or get them from where??
I like making deep set rims out of tamiya hummers if those are the ones youre refering to. Theyre cheap and i find they look really cool like this. Like an old centerline or something classic tough.


UPDATE:
Alright, i got a bunch more done on the old Chevy. Built up the rear window frame and shaped it, then cut out a piece for the roof. Before i glued it on, i finished up the bed floor with the raised line bits and painted it all dark green and black as it'll be hard to paint that up once the roofs on. Also made the seat backs but forgot to get pics of any of this. Next update. Ha.

Glued the roof on and shaped the edges round to meet the sides nice. Did the back too but the front roof edge is waiting till i make the top of the windshield frame which i haven't yet. Did a bunch more shaping of the window frames and cut in the panel seperations around the doors and cap.

Still got lots of fine tuning to do to smooth out the body and lines some more but its coming along. I started some of the detail on the rear end too, the taillights are pretty done but the middle section just has the "chevrolet" drawn on in pen. The rear side markers are just started as well.

Heres a couple outdoor pics i just took while sanding. I sat it on the chassis to show ya how its looking.
I like the size of these tires and offset, may change up the tire style and rim still though.
More soon.


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