Foxbody Fever! 88GT and 90LX kit-bash build

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After a ton of tedious tasks, delicately completed, got the engine bay and interior completed. I just threw a couple wires through the firewall, If I had more colors I would do more, this is the first time i've done anything custom to a kit outside of simple kit bashing, so i'm going to quit while I'm ahead... also it wasn't until I uploaded these pics I realized the brake cap decal needs to switch places with the oil cap. I couldn't tell them apart on the sheet! I probably also have the serpentine route decal upside down:D By the time i fought the body onto the chassis for a test fit, the whole thing was falling apart, so I'm leaving it together.:mad:

I forgot to snap any pics of the interior. It's all black, and I didn't fight over the details too much. I cut away the plastic shifter and added a chrome barred whiteball shifter over the factory boot, for a pop of color and shine in the otherwise pitch black interior. I've seen a lot of Hurst style shifters retain the factory boot, especially in these foxes.

For the exterior, I need to install glass, lights and decals. I'm going to rework the front wheels so they sit inside the fenderwells better. I cut back the deep hub mounting and heated up the out-of-box metal axle pins and pushed them into the wheels securing them. It worked really well, so I'm confident I can go a little further and get the fronts to sit perfect. I kind of like the rears to stick out a tad, and I'm happy with the stance. For only having a small saw and xacto's I'm thrilled with the overall outcome. I'll get some final photos, and a video showing it off, once it's all corrected and complete.
-Art.
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and with only a small saw and Xacto !
Excellent work .

Off the internet , but this is about what the car I had looked like . Same color . All factory :
 

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Off the internet , but this is about what the car I had looked like . Same color . All factory :
These were the slickest 5.0's out there. The notchback w/police package is the ultimate fox to obtain. Aside from the all the Fury's and Monaco's this is my favorite vehicle to be commissioned by the government for service.
 

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They were about to release the new '93 models when I was in the showroom , so they gave me a " deal ' for the car being the '92 .
I loved the thing ,, other than all the tickets !

 

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Reworked the wheels and realized the tail light chrome has to be installed from the inside...:oops: I'm not much for following instruction and that bit me once again, so I'll have to fight this thing apart one more time and hopefully not destroy it. Here it is before I throw it in the trash or successfully deconstruct to finish the last details. Got the stance and wheel offset nailed. I bought a cheap rotary tool, thanks to @urumomo for the recommendation (bought the $30 Amazon WEN job and it works perfect). I was able to quickly grind away the hub bore and reset the axle pins.
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good luck with the chrome -- is there any way to modify the chrome parts to fit without disassembly of what's there ?
 

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Thanks. Perhaps if i had more skill. Patience is not my forte, but that's why I keep at this. Discipline LOL

I'll take my chances with my psyche following the recommended assembly from Revell....
 

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Got it apart but not without some casualty. Took advantage of the opportunity to photograph the interior. My shot nerves really come out in the details. can't hold my hand steady to save my life. lol. I buttoned it up after this. lights, glass and all that. I posted the final product on a separate thread. I will be building the 88 GT on this thread. Thanks for following along. Always open for tips, suggestions on making better stuff. T3kAhV2aRWOB6hvvTw+V0g.jpg
You can see my rickety old slop job real well with the flash
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Hard Parked.
 

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Started into the 88 GT today. Right away, I remember liking a Monogram or Revell Kit much more than others. AMT kits have such fine lines and delicate parts, but getting a proper fit is impossible. I'm relying heavily on contour putty to hide some of the kit lines and hopefully create a realistic piece. The front bumper is already giving me a coronary.

I'm going to chop in the T-tops, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the dumpster-fire this car was born in. I'll be doing my best to fit the racing goodies I left out of the LX kit. A t-top car is the worst base for a drag car and that's why I'm doing it. So many of these cars meet their fate in the hands of extraordinarily unskilled, untrained and careless folks who's last regard is purpose. As long as it's loud, pisses off the EPA and doesn't pop a head gasket before you get paid again, you're waxing Civics and Subies all day.
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I was able to blend the bottom of the rear bumper in nicely. A little more cleanup, but I think some primer will disguise everything. I am removing some of the rubber moldings as I imagine a car of this caliber has experienced some issues with exterior adhesives .
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Driver fender is going to be a crash replacement. it's devoid of the GT moldings and rubber moulding trim. The fog lights are missing of course, and the airdam is chewed up from a life of rough driving
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Passenger door will be rippled and dented. Just going to clean up some things, add a little more destruction, and get some Primer shot.FdcQ417ASOWJGPPRsXs86Q.jpg

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:D Ah hahaha - I'm really liking the direction you're taking this one !
 

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Thanks! I'm going to do my best to create the worst 5.0 I can think of, this shib is in my blood. I was born to dirt people, so the lowest rungs have been traveled heavily in my time. Hell, I was brought home from the hospital in an 83 GT missing second gear!
 

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Took a little break from building, realizing I built 3 kits in the last couple months. I want to slow down and really pour into the details on this current project. I acquired a decent little airbrush setup over the weekend and I'm stoked as it will be my first time actually using an airbrush. I hope to be able to expand my weathering and detail skills. Came with a compressor that provides air on demand. It looks like it was a $400 setup 20+ years ago, but for 80 bones, I figured I've thrown better money at worse Ideas. I will be upgrading this to a tank/compressor combo in the future, but I figured it should allow me to start figuring out airbrushing fairly cheaply. I'm sure I'll get sick with this and have to start hiding the receipts, from the wife, just like I have to with the hotrod accoutrement... :rolleyes:
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I have that Paasche, and it has never failed me in over 10 years, you can put some fairly viscous stuff through that one
What compressor are you pairing it with?
 

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