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uTesday - Custom '68 El Camino

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Finally finished this guy up yesterday and shot it today. This is the most extensive custom I’ve done at this point, and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

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This started life as a Target Retro model, which I de-tampo’d except for the “396" and HW logo. I really liked the pink paint and didn’t want to mess with that. Plus, I had the white wheels from the M2 Camaro which went nicely with the pink.

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Fitting those wheels required fairly extensive modifications to the chassis and interior pieces, especially for the wide meats on the back.

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Illustration for article titled uTesday - Custom 68 El Camino

The car has also been lowered significantly from its stock ride height.

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Based on recommendations, I dunked the chrome base in Simple Green overnight and that de-chromed it very nicely with zero effort. I shot the interior piece with flat black primer so I could detail it.

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I spent a long time with GIS looking at Elkies to get the chrome trim right. It was hard duty, but I managed to retain my sanity in the face of pages and pages of awesome utes.

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Since I was working on top of a factory paint finish, I had a hard time getting the chrome to actually stay put. Good old Sharpie actually works the best, although it still rubs off with not a lot of work (seems to stay better if let sit for a few days). I used an acrylic paint pen on the interior piece, since that was primed. If it weren’t for several false starts in that department, I probably would have finished last week.

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Some comparison shots with the stock version:

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