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So we had a snow day today... and since I really liked the way my Fairlane convertible came out, I decided to try another ragtop I've been meaning to do. I think Scott (noddaz) did one of these a while back, and I've had this in my head ever since...



This one gave me a harder time than the Fairlane for a few reasons. First, the roof was harder to cut off since the C-pillars are much wider. Second was that I was trying to save the JL paint... so of course I slipped and put ugly knife scratches across the trunk lid and down the fender. Finally, I was working with a Weird Jack's interior that I had started working on for another project, and I ended up cutting too much off in the front (you can see through to the gearplate where the dash should be). I'm not real happy with the Gabriel Hijackers stance, but that's as low as I could get without hacking away at the underside of the interior (which I may do yet). It looks real cool running around the track, though...

I also finally finished this one:



This started out as a Speedline basket case that I got with the roof ripped off. I painted it and adapted a windshield from a diecast to fit, but I had no interior. Because Speedlines already sit low, I couldn't use a WJ or Mustang interior unless I wanted to have the whole interior sticking up out of the car--they were just too thick. I know that usually the top of the driver figure's head ends up higher than the windshield, but I hate when it looks like he can rest his chin on it. So I ran it for a while with no interior... and finally today, looking at the finished GTO, I was motivated to come up with a solution for this one. The answer: the base of the interior is a sheet of plastic cut from a diecast blister, and the seats are card stock. The driver figure is from WJ, and he was kinda sanded on an angle so he'd lean back and look a little lower...

So now here are all my custom ragtop conversions:





let's see yours! :thumbsup:

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Great stuff Rick. The Camaro dude is just a tall guy! LOL. I really woundnt have noticed, had you not mentioned it. Check the auto parts store for tinted wax or a wax crayon. You might get lucky! I use it all the time on 1:1 cars with good results.

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Rick - Nice collection of vert conversions. Just like the fiarlane, you got that interior to fit real well in the goat.
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Here are my 55 Chevy and my Willys( which is my first). I picture Archie and Jughead riding in the Willys. Guess i'm showing my age...lol.
 

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schweet! i really want to do a MM '55 like that...

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Yes, I did a GTO...

Nice gang of drop tops you have made there Rick.
Yes, I did a GTO a while back...
Broke the windsheild frame in the last stages of assembly.
Glud it back together 3 of 4 times after that.
Couldn't get the windsheild to stay in the frame.
(Never could find that stuff called "crystal Clear".)
It's in a box somewhere...
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Verts..

Love them Verts..They are an awsome group of converts. Nice work.. :thumbsup:

Joez,
Shaky hands...Didn't anyone tell you..
Do not watch the smut channel and try to cut a slotcar :D :eek:
 

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gear buster said:
Love them Verts..They are an awsome group of converts. Nice work.. :thumbsup:

Joez,
Shaky hands...Didn't anyone tell you..
Do not watch the smut channel and try to cut a slotcar :D :eek:
How dare you, Joez don't watch smut, he's just really old.............LOL
 

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Nice gang of drop tops you have made there Rick.
Yes, I did a GTO a while back...
Broke the windsheild frame in the last stages of assembly.
Glud it back together 3 of 4 times after that.
Couldn't get the windsheild to stay in the frame.
(Never could find that stuff called "crystal Clear".)
It's in a box somewhere...
Scott
Hey Scott, to get the W/S to stay in, I left the tab on the bottom of it to position on the post under the cowl vent... and then I had to "egg" the hole to get it to sit correctly. It's held in with white tacky glue available at any craft store. Aleene's is the brand name on mine, but I don't think it matters... any tacky white glue is like Elmer's on steroids. I use it for bumpers and other stuff too... I have this one Aurora Jag that's 4 pieces; the roof, the hood and doors, the left quarter panel, and the right quarter panel. The quarters are off a car that had schmutz on the roof and hood, the roof and hood are from a car that had cut wheelwells. The pieces are all held together with this tacky glue... works like a charm. It also happens to be what's holding the interiors in all those convertibles...

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Neat stuff here, Park-

I like the F/bird a lot! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I’ve made a Lemans convert’ out of a JL GTO—still needs some final detail.

I’d also started a Fairlane around the time you decided to do this one-
A friend saw it and wanted to work on it for me. I got it back closer to done, but still in need of a few areas addressed.
I’ll post em’ soon-


Win:
Good job, mate! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The tri-5 and the Willys look excellent!
Great colour choices! The Willys paint look electric!


Thank you for sharing!


Cheers..
 

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I’ve made a Lemans convert’ out of a JL GTO—still needs some final detail.
I always wanted to do that with a GTO... I assume you mean painting or foiling the nose so it looks like a chrome bumper?

looking forward to seeing them!

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Maybe a stupid question but how do you made the convertible boots ?

They 4 looks very good and are definitely ragtops that turn heads
 

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Boots?

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Maybe a stupid question but how do you made the convertible boots ?

They 4 looks very good and are definitely ragtops that turn heads
I think for the most part they are taken off of die cast cars...
But on this GTO I made the boot for it srom a spare section of plastic...
I just trimmed some plastic down into a rough ] kind of shape. Then trimmed the edges down to make it look puffed up...
The seats are cut from a Mustang interior but are mounted on a flat peice of styrene that was cut to fit. I have a shaved down dashboard for this somewhere. That was to take up the flat expanse at the base of the windshield... I wonder where it is?
I kind of lost interest with this when I couldn't keep a windshield in it and when I broke the frame around the windshield.. It has been glued a couple of times but keeps breaking loose.. I bet Chip Foose doesn't have these problems.... lol
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I looked at a couple of convertible boots off diecast cars... the ones I had access to were too wide. The GTO and the Impala use Weird Jack's interior kits, which come with a boot. The Fairlane uses a Mustang interior and boot. And the Firebird's boot is just a piece of scrap plastic cut from the lid of a plastic baby food container...

Scott, I like the boot on yours... it actually looks more realistic in shape than the Aurora ones, I think...

Now get some tacky glue and stick that windshield in. It even dries clear so you don't have to worry about glue boogers on the glass...

edit: and yes, that's definitely the car I remember seeing you working on that got me started on my idea...

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Shucks, Noddy! After seeing yours, I almost didn’t post mine!
The dash I have is the same colour as your interior—wanna’ trade for a red one? (save me painting)
That is a clean job, my friend- :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Here’s my Lemans, Park-

As you can clearly see, it’s not finished.
I’d cut the roof off, formed a rear shelf, and foiled the beak and rocker panels to see if it would have the look. I haven't started on the boot cover yet.
I've never tried a DC boot- I make them out of sheet stock and putty.

This is a piece I’m making for remembrance of a past girlfriend.





She was a model (real one) and simply gorgeous. We dated for a few years until I dumped her because of her terribly slobbish ways (plus guys would constantly stare at us and follow her around asking her for dates).
It may have been a mistake—but she would have been gone anyway once she “woke up”. (Hey, it’s me we’re talkin’ about here!:freak: )
Honestly mates, I got real lucky bagging that byrd-





Anyway, she drove a Lemans ragtop very similar to my build. Hers had red interior, and a black top. I don’t remember what she did, but she flattened out the whole passenger side quarter- sideswiping something.

I do recall she commissioned some gypsies to “fix it” in the parking lot(!) for $300. Bad call-

And she wasn’t even blonde…



Cheers..
 
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