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  • 1982 Pontiac J2000 SE Hatchback

    Since I completely bungled my last project, I decided to get started on some more of the drilled-out, wheel-less project castings I was sent by a friend.

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    I used wheels off a damaged Greenlight NYPD LeMans to create accurate stock hubcaps (whitewalls have since been inverted to match factory sales literature), removed and cleaned the glass insert, painted the rear-window louvers accurate black, and I will be stripping the body soon. Paint color on this one will match factory Spectra Red.

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    I also detailed out the interior with detailed Trans Am-style turned metal finish dashboard trim, HVAC vents & instruments, after applications of dark grey washes and application of red paint to seating surfaces to match 80s-era "firethorn red" GM cloth upholstery.

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  • #2
    An idea of what I'm trying to go for with this down-at-heel old HW car.
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    • #3
      Really good casting and subject for a save. I've seen one of these done as a restomod by another customizer and it looked very nice.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ivantt View Post
        Really good casting and subject for a save. I've seen one of these done as a restomod by another customizer and it looked very nice.
        Thanks! I decided to paint it beige since I used base model instead of SE wheels

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        • #5
          Looking forward to seeing this one , detailing looks nice
          Red on red would have been cool but beige should look good also

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Carsdownunder View Post
            Looking forward to seeing this one , detailing looks nice
            Red on red would have been cool but beige should look good also
            Thanks!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Carsdownunder View Post
              Looking forward to seeing this one , detailing looks nice
              Red on red would have been cool but beige should look good also
              Beige paint job turned out poorly. I'm going to strip it & respray it red when I strip my other ongoing project (a Yatming #1099 Alfa Romeo GTV)

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                Fresh paint on this project.

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                • #9
                  Looks real good.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ivantt View Post
                    Looks real good.
                    Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      Red is a great color for this casting which was sadly (and bizarrely) not done in a variety of colors by Hot Wheels.

                      I always enjoy seeing your work, but I don't know if '70s Pontiac wheels are a good fit for this casting. I'm not a fan of seeing RWD wheels on FWD vehicles. Especially during the '80s when we became cognizant of the very real difference between wheels for Front- and Rear- wheel drive cars.

                      Other interesting wheel donors might include a Motor Max Fiero, or Johnny Lightning Firebird/Trans Am, which has the appearance of FWD wheels (unlike Greenlight Gen 3 Firebird/Trans Am models, which have a deeper dish/RWD appearance.)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lane1through75 View Post
                        Red is a great color for this casting which was sadly (and bizarrely) not done in a variety of colors by Hot Wheels.

                        I always enjoy seeing your work, but I don't know if '70s Pontiac wheels are a good fit for this casting. I'm not a fan of seeing RWD wheels on FWD vehicles. Especially during the '80s when we became cognizant of the very real difference between wheels for Front- and Rear- wheel drive cars.

                        Other interesting wheel donors might include a Motor Max Fiero, or Johnny Lightning Firebird/Trans Am, which has the appearance of FWD wheels (unlike Greenlight Gen 3 Firebird/Trans Am models, which have a deeper dish/RWD appearance.)
                        Thanks! I have those ones, unfortunately I'm not willing to drill those out.

                        I appreciate your input, though

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