This kit had been sitting on my shelf for years and I hadn’t really thought about it until I picked up a few sets of Pegasus 23″ wheels. Some people don’t care for these enormous wheels but it seems to fit this Corvette very well.
Early on in this build, I finished the majority of the work on the engine and left this project on the back burner. I had intended to buy the color code correct dark metallic green paint for this project until I saw a picture of an all black version. The car in the picture had black Chevy rally wheels with chrome lug nuts (no center cap or trim rings). I knew I had to paint this project black! I wanted to go with the same wheel setup but I couldn’t find a good source for rally wheels with no trim. I thought about using the kit wheels or something similar. After comparing the kit wheels to the Pegasus wheels (with the body painted black) I decided to go back to my original plan for wheels.
I also have a Model Car Garage photo etch set for this kit. I have never used them before and hope to try them out.
I like the look of these wheels with this kit. I need to make sure the wheel well gap is kept to a minimum.
Batch painting engines. Technically, this color orange isn’t correct for any of these engines. Orange is orange in my book!
Batch painting transmissions!
I elected to paint the water pump and intake manifold aluminum to break up the look of the engine…it gives it a bit of an aftermarket look.
The bulk of the engine work is complete. Now to start working on the rest of the project!
This project sat on the back burner for a number of years. I never really had the motivation to really dig into it.
After seeing an all black version of this car online, I decided to ditch my earlier idea of going with a color code correct green.
This Vette will be the first car I’ve painted black since I started airbrushing models in ’94.
I wanted to see how it would look with a set of raised white lettering tires vs the Pegasus wheels.
I wrapped up plug wire work on both the ’65 and ’68 Vettes.
I realize Corvettes needed shielding on plug wires but I don’t have any and I’m not really worried about being “correct”.
All wired and no where to go.
The engine is now attached to the chassis. Progress!
I reworked the suspension to lower the Vette as much as I could. Going any lower would have required radical work. All of the suspension is glued in place.
The stance turned out really well. It could be a hair lower. The black paint hides what’s left of the gap.