'55 GMC Crew Cab Duallie Phantom
I dont even know were to start with this model, it was a total pain from the start, I was never so glad to be done with a model until this one.
Well how this came to be is: I saw a drawing of this concept in a S.A.E. magazine, and I loved it, especially the bull dog nose of the GMC 55. I decided I was going to buy the body, because I didnt think I could make it, and buy the grill & bumper. Will I found the person that made the body, it was like $50 bucks for it, and another $28 for the grill & bumper from someone else. After about 2mos. I finely got the cab, it was done in resin, and up to that point Id never worked with resin before, well the first thing I had to do was soak it to remove the mold release from it, and then try to straighten it out because it was warped, the clean it up, fill in all the air hole, and there were a lot. Next I tried cleaning up all the body lines, a total nightmare, the body keep warping on me, I couldnt get the body lines right, the hood didnt fit, the windshield was to small and so on, after about a month or so I was so fed-up with it I body slammed it, and buddy let me tell you, it felt good, at least for the moment anyway.
After a few weeks of cooling down, I decided to try it again, this time I was going to make my own cab. I had the AMT 55 Cameo pick-up, and went out and bought the AMT 55 Chevy step side pick-up, and to town I went, I cut up the cabs, grafted them together, used a lot of body filler, scribed new body lines, stretched the rear fenders, molded in a hood scoop and a valance on the roof, and I cast my own diamond plate for the bed and the running boards.
Now the chassis, from the rear of the cab forward is a modified chassis from a Revell 67 Chevelle SS396 and the rear is the rails from the pick-up. The motor is a 454 from my parts box as well as the tranny and the 9" Ford rear end, its been fully plumbed & wired. The wheels and tires are from a 1/32 scale big rig, which I thought looked pretty good.
The interior is fully lined with upholstery material from the fabric store, and I swiped little odds & ends to finish it off. So now every time I see a photo or a drawing of a car I would like to have or build, I always think of this truck.
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