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53 Vette "Don Yost Build" Finished!

I took a break from a Vette Gasser project to try out some enamel techniques learned from an education airbrush DVD from Don Yost ....

Here's what I came up with. It's a box stock build of an AMT 53 Vette using some of the "Customizing parts".....paint is all Testors enamel, which is the only sort of paint Yost uses, it seems.

It's a pretty good kit, but like so many AMT builds, the suspension had to be dropped a lot....the hood doesn't quite fit....

Paint wise, Yost's technique is easy to use on every part of the build, and enamel paint, it turns out, is very forgiving.  To think I got rid of a lot of enamel paints a few years ago thinking they had no use....

Overall this build came out pretty well, if I had to do this again I'd work more on getting the hood to fit better, and spend more time on the ride height, both of which seem to always an issue it seems on these old AMT kits.  Other than the wheels from the parts box, everything else is "box s…


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Oh the Cars You'll Drive: Or Isaiah Doesn't Ever Learn

As my wife pushed my MGA back to the garage last weekend, after the fuel pump went out in the parking lot, I realized little has changed in terms of my automotive growth.For the last 15 years I’ve been (or friends) pushing cars and I can’t say that they’ve (the cars) really gotten any better.
My first car was a 1951 Ford F-1 my father gave me for my 15thbirthday.We drove out and bought if from a guy that my father worked with.It was beside a barn under a tree and the cab was literally filled with pack rat nest.A tree had fallen across the tailgate and the bed had rotted out but I was stoked to have a truck to restore.
We filled the tires and they held air (although rock hard).Then, in one of my proudest days, I got to steer it the 15 miles of dirt roads (the back way) home as my dad towed it.
The first job was to take the rotten bed off and my father asked me to grind the frame down to metal.I think he thought I was slacking because weeks later I still hadn’t wore it down to metal althou…