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  • 55 Chevy Monogram kit coversion to 2dr sedan

    I received a message from a forum member asking about the 55 Chevy in my avatar and if I could add some photos of the process of changing the coupe to a sedan.
    There are quite a few photos so here goes. Enjoy and hope they are of use.

    The roof needs to be cut at the highest point and also carefully cut around the back so as it can sit on the panel in front of the trunk.
    The window of the coupe version is slightly shallower than the sedan so sitting it on the panel gives it more depth without drastic surgery.
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    and sitting in place. I used a photo of the real thing for correct placement.
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    Next thing is to glue strips of styrene under the gap so there is something to attach the filler piece too.
    Also the window line needs to be brought up to the correct height and the B pillar added.
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    The hood needs to be filled and centre line attached.
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    After the roof has been filled the fun part starts. Filling and sanding and filling and sanding and
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    more filling and sanding and filling and sanding
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    A before and after
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    and the body sitting on a shortened Pioneer Charger chassis awaiting paint
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    and presto
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    and the photo where my avatar comes from
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  • #2
    That is awesome wobble
    Thank you for the detailed info on the transformation.
    Man, its great seeing American muscle burning up the track. Nice work.
    I love seeing the 55 chevy slot cars, I don't understand why any manufacturers aren't making them. I hope other members will show their work on this classic ride.
    I have done 3 so far using the slot it hrs chassis. Maybe i will start a tread on this. Thank you again Eric

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    • #3
      Smooth and clean transformation. Well done!
      Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA

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      • #4
        55's & 57's have always been my favorite Chevy bodies. Great job on the transformation of this '55 body. The end result is a nice looking race car. Last Wednesday, I saw a '56 on the NH streets that was painted the same two colors as the '55 in your 3rd photo. When putting this body back together, what did you use for a glue so it won't come apart while racing? Epoxy, CA, a plastic welder, or another specialty glue?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bill from NH View Post
          55's & 57's have always been my favorite Chevy bodies. Great job on the transformation of this '55 body. The end result is a nice looking race car. Last Wednesday, I saw a '56 on the NH streets that was painted the same two colors as the '55 in your 3rd photo. When putting this body back together, what did you use for a glue so it won't come apart while racing? Epoxy, CA, a plastic welder, or another specialty glue?
          Bill I just used Humbrol Poly cement which I guess is a plastic welder. There's no way this'll break, it's as solid as.

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          • #6
            rating this one of my top builds I have seen, and then oh ya the red & black color combo!!!!

            Dundee Denny

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            • #7
              Fantastic build. I am glad someone asked so I could see the build!
              Scott
              Why doesn't my car run like that?

              Scott

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              • #8
                Thanks for your comments guys. Here's the Chevy in a movie you might like but Fonty Flock isn't driving it in this race.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er-z3FgDs4w

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                and dnf
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                • #9
                  Great tutorial / pictures and end result!
                  Thanks for sharing!

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                  • #10
                    fantastic job!

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                    • #11
                      Thats truly badass! I'm going to do something similar to this in 1/24. Thanks for the inspiration!

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                      • #12
                        That is going the extra mile for the right look! Well done!

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                        • #13
                          Hey Bram
                          Could I trouble you to post pictures of the chassis to body fit? (underneath)
                          I like to hide the guide under the car, and I don't see your guide at all. I'd like to see how you went about it. Did you have to remove any chevy metal to make the chassis fit?
                          I have a good supply of those Pioneer chargers, and this may be where they will be used up.
                          Thanks again brother for the post, I love it!!!!! Eric

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by one32 View Post
                            Hey Bram
                            Could I trouble you to post pictures of the chassis to body fit? (underneath)
                            I like to hide the guide under the car, and I don't see your guide at all. I'd like to see how you went about it. Did you have to remove any chevy metal to make the chassis fit?
                            I have a good supply of those Pioneer chargers, and this may be where they will be used up.
                            Thanks again brother for the post, I love it!!!!! Eric
                            OK Eric, here goes. There's a bit of work to get the Pioneer Charger chassis to fit but I thought it was a better option than lengthening the Mustang/Camaro chassis especially with needing to hide the guide under the front.

                            1st up - photo underneath Chevy and Charger for comparison
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                            inside of Chevy body and modified chassis
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                            and some measurements of Pioneer Charger chassis and modified chassis. As you can see the chassis needs shortening by 7mm. Also 3.5mm needs shaving off the rear. The front axle needs moving forward and the front chassis mounts removed and glued on behind the front axle. Quite a bit of monkeying around as you can see but all in all a car that works for me and I just love getting it out and taking on the lads with their Monograms and Carrera stockers etc.

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                            Any other questions just fire away.




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                            • Fathead59
                              Fathead59 commented
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                              Was it hard to shorten the chassis ?

                          • #15
                            Thank you Bram,
                            Looks like the chassis was under anesthesia for a while. Whats great about it, is you can go digital if you desire.
                            Brother, thank you for the additional pictures!
                            I have a bunch of the General Grants waiting in the wings for a purpose in life. This operation, will give them a purpose in life.
                            Keep on keeping on!!!!!!! btw............what did you use for tires and wheels? On my builds, I'm only able to use 7mm wheels on slot it hrs2 chassis , with silcone tires due to available room. I'd like to go wider in the rear, but find that an 8mm is too wide. Thanks Eric

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