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Nascar build-up...Smokey's Chevelle

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72_Chevy_C10 11/24/14
Event coordinator

The initial runs down the track weren't too bad! It clipped off several 1.89 passes (track record is Rally Case's GTO cop car at 1.85...a good middle weight car should be around 1.87), so it has a little way to go.

It was hugging the right side if the track, so once I get that sorted out, it might be quick enough!

Right now, the first coat of black paint on the body. 

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72_Chevy_C10 11/25/14
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I've discovered a color that I like...Krylon oil rubbed bronze...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141125_074103_zpsfaj6dnln.j...

Basically, it's a pretty nice matte black...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141125_084736_zpspqp5ypm0.j...



  • dang it ...now I'm hungry for pizza... car is taking shape nicely. — Traction-Event
  • Thanks TE...I'll be painting the gold at lunch :) — 72_Chevy_C10
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72_Chevy_C10 11/26/14
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I think this is coat # 4 of the gold paint (gold doesn't cover black very well)...one more coat of gold, some decals (which I'm waiting on), and some clear coat and it will be time to glue this car back together...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141126_111454_zpst59xec6l.j...


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72_Chevy_C10 11/28/14
Event coordinator

Waiting on the decals before I can finish up these cars. So, in the meantime, I put together another playmate for the Chevelle. ...a '57 Chevy (and since Smokey did run "57 Chevys in Nascar, it seemed okay)...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141128_083631_zps0cgeaabh.j...



  • Looking sharp. — Traction-Event
  • "smokin'" ! — model40fan
  • Thanks Guys! Hmm, Smokey ran '68 Camaros too...isn't there a Trans-Am race coming up? — 72_Chevy_C10
  • Hot Wheels did a black & gold Camaro but I think it's a '67. It would have saved you some painting. — Dadvball
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72_Chevy_C10 12/2/14
Event coordinator

It's been a few days since I've updated, but I got my number decals last night! They are a little small, but I think they work pretty well...they have the right 'feel' for this era car...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141202_073208_zpsrd3gfx9z.j...

And the top...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141202_073227_zps6olycwqj.j...

I put the decals on last night and I let them dry overnight.


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72_Chevy_C10 12/2/14
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And, with the decals dry, I shot clear coat...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141202_073428_zpsgqkvtgk_ed...

If you have never used Crystal Clear, you might want to give it a try. It is a really nice clear coat...gives a nice, deep, wet-looking clear finish. Check it out!

I'll do another coat tonight and then it will be time to glue the body back on!


  • do you have to use it over KRYLON paints for it not to react ? — model40fan
  • No, they use it over everything at work. It is a clear acrylic..comes in matte finish too, if you want that look — 72_Chevy_C10
  • I use the spray clear too. Works great, just gotta go in light coats — redlinederby
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72_Chevy_C10 12/2/14
Event coordinator

With the body clear coated, it's time to JB Weld the body back on. I like to put the JB Weld on the 'inside' of the chassis and let the rivet push the JB Weld through the hole as you put the body on. And then put another small dollop on the 'outside', where the head of the rivet used to be.

And the trick to making them look nice is to let your car sit upside down while the JB Weld cures...

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/20141202_215102_zpsroc1iahg.j...

The JB Weld will level out as it cures. I'm using a small chip clip and a rubber band to hold the body securely in place...and that's about it. Once the glue is cured, you are ready to go racing (well, you'll want some graphite on the axles first). 

I'll try to show the Chevelle's performance with a video sometime in the next day or two . :)

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redlinederby 12/3/14
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Man, this was a great tutorial with great photos! Well done all the way around...this will certainly be a long-time feature here that will hopefully bring in a lot of new racers. Hope that Chevelle is a winner!

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72_Chevy_C10 12/3/14
Event coordinator

Thanks Brian!

Here is one last thing:

This Chevelle is running pretty good times...I'm not sure that it will be a contender, but it is running well! And I thought it would be cool to show how much has been gained over a stock Chevelle (I had bought two, just in case I really screwed something up!). Check it out...

Stock Chevelle vs a Modded one: http://youtu.be/gszluPGs3x4

That is a 1.98 for the Stock Chevelle and a 1.88 for the Modded one...so we gained a good .1! 


  • looks like you BOUGHT 3 or 4 car lengths... — model40fan
  • Total track length? 18.5ft? looking quick! — Traction-Event
  • Yeah, whatever the standard drag track length is...I'd be happier with 1.87-88...but, I'll take 1.88-89 :) — 72_Chevy_C10
  • Need to adjust my track....to keep the competition in sight. — Traction-Event
  • You keep me in site...in your rear view mirror! — 72_Chevy_C10
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Traction-Event 12/15/14

Brian @ Redlinederby...  This should be stickied...or placed on the main page.


  • after seeing that what confirmed racer wouldn't drill his/ her rivets, toss in some FTEs ...? — model40fan
  • It has been and will be often. — redlinederby

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