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BrentH
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PostSubject: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 3:17 am

I decided I needed to set some time aside for me. Been a little stressed lately so started to plug away on a kit that I started a long time ago.
This kit was extremely lacking detail wise. The chassis was one of those all built in type set ups with exhaust, drive shaft etc. all built in. Then you have the steel axle shafts, you get the picture. The body of this kit was beautiful and I just couldn't built it box stock. However I needed to get something built so didn't take it over the top.
No real scratch building on this one other than the exhaust which I used brass tubing then sprayed with stainless Alclad.
I kit bashed the chassis from the Dodge sidewinder show truck and added a Ross Gibson 502 Big Block. The frame needed to be stretched a bit and the box floor needed to be raised. I cut the bench seat from the one piece interior and added the buckets from the sidewinder kit. Under the hood had two of those big alignment dowels to line the chassis up to it. Those were cut out to clean up the engine compartment. I added a stainless steel mesh grill (painted black). Used two sets of Pegasus wheel sets to get the Big and Little look going. I added a cab floor to clean up the underneath a bit. Brass tube drive shaft, painted the step sides with Alclad Chrome. Now that I look at the pictures looks like I have to take the wax to the panel lines and clean them up a bit more... Paint was Tamiya Orange and did the panel lines in acrylic so they clean up easy.
Felt really good to get one completed, I've missed building a lot.




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Excuse the wheels being all out of whack.... need to glue them on so they stay straight...
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 4:51 am

Very Good Job  1972 GMC Step Side 3887228019   The mods really make it look great with good detail and paint
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 4:58 pm

Thanks John.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 5:27 pm

I am so happy to see you building again. Looks like you haven't lost your touch. Nice work Brent.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 5:43 pm

Thanks Buck. It's feels good to be building again.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 7:25 pm

Yes..a nice clean build...and it's great to get them finished (- but I don't know what that's like!)
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 06 Oct 2013, 11:25 pm

Brent, its sooooo good to see ya back in the saddle. Its been way too long my friend.

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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 07 Oct 2013, 12:58 am

That is ONE CLEAN JOB! Luv the shade of orange and even though it's hard to see the interior, adding custom buckets shows how if something is done really well and neatly, it just looks normal! It's great to have a builder of your skill back at the bench and on the web. Thanx for a much enjoyed rare beauty, not many GMCs on these sites!
On a second look, even the wipers and the vent area in dark paint show great attention to doing it right!
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 07 Oct 2013, 3:15 am

Thanks guys!!
One thing that I am finding very different now that I started building again is.... I'm blind as a bat!! Thank god for reading glasses. Kinda ticking me off. Sucks getting old I guess....1972 GMC Step Side 3871844300
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 07 Oct 2013, 6:01 am

I hear that, barely. 1972 GMC Step Side 396455068 
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 07 Oct 2013, 9:31 am

That's a nice stepside Brent and the paint looks terrific.

Welcome back to the fold old friend. It's good to have you back.

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I'm blind as a bat!! Thank god for reading glasses.
LOL..... joing the club, it's all downhill from here!!! 1972 GMC Step Side 1792231099 

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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 07 Oct 2013, 12:11 pm

Great truck and model.
Nice work.
( I use Optivisors)
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 07 Oct 2013, 2:41 pm

As soon as I get the "WAYBACK" machine restored, we're all going back to the '60s and reclaim our younger selves. Until then...where'd I put that soldering iron??
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeTue 08 Oct 2013, 12:20 am

LOL, It's great to be back guys.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 27 Oct 2013, 1:20 am

Yep I,m feeling that truck man. The sound of the V8 grumbling away through the sidepipes . Oh how it make you all week at the knees. 1972 GMC Step Side 1578238153 
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeSun 27 Oct 2013, 10:04 am

Hi Brent,

WOW, I think this is the kind of pick up the Dukes should have had...

How did you manage to build the exhaust, it looks great...

Andy...
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 GMC Step Side   1972 GMC Step Side Icon_minitimeMon 28 Oct 2013, 1:04 am

Thanks again everyone. Andy, I bought an odds and ends bag of Brass and Copper a long time ago from a local hobby shop. Forgot I had it but came across it while I was doing the build. I have a little tube bender that fit the pipe perfectly so that is how I did the bends. It's pretty tough stuff to bend. The mufflers are form the Sidewinder kit and I left small ends on the mufflers that slid into the brass. Wasn't a perfect fit but I just kept spinning the muffler into the tube and the tube cut its way in. A little paint, a little glue and that's what I got.
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