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1960 American LaFrance ladder truck


1965 Pontiac 2+2 Demolition Derby car model

“Interstate Auto Salvage”

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About “Interstate Auto Salvage”

(Since this is a model car, I will only accept challenges from other models, toys, and "Non-Car" cars!)

For a while several years ago, TNN used to show Demolition Derbies once a week,and I sort of got hooked. Naturally one thing led to another and I ended up building my own Demolition Derby car, based very loosely on what I saw on TV. I knew nothing about the rules and regulations other than all glass had to be removed and the doors either welded or chained shut. I liked the look of the exhausts exiting through the hood, so of course my model had to have that!


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AMT 1965 Pontiac 2+2 model


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The first thing I had to do was make the brand new kit body look old and worn, so I heated it carefully in places and dented it. The model represents a car that hasn't seen any Derby action yet, but it has a few dents in the sides and at some point a kid has jumped on it's roof - there's a noticeable dip in it. All the glass is gone - windows, headlights, taillights, mirrors - everything! The body trim - door handles, moldings and badges, etc - are all gone as well, since you don't want sharp things like that getting knocked off and lying on the ground.I added a metal cage in the windshield opening in front of the driver for his protection. There are metal plates welded in over the gap between the door and quarter panels, sealing the doors closed.The car was painted mimicking the Interstate Batteries Pontiac NASCAR Stock Car as a tie-in with it's owner's business, Interstate Auto salvage, a local junkyard and even numbered it "18sr"! He painted it with no regard to overspray, so the lime green is visible on the top of the dashboard and package shelf and a little along the insides of the tops of the doors and quarter panel window areas. The original beige color is still very visible elsewhere in the gutted interior. As a final touch, notice the old school GTO "G-R-RRR" front license plate!


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