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#121 Trans Am Erik

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:31 AM

Hi guys, I will be starting on the frame soon and it will be modern. I'm using the CheZoom frame, the problem is I need to find a much more detailed Corvette suspension to use. The IFS and the four link provided are awful.

Billy and Todd: The drivetrain will be modern. I have a Cobra engine and a Lightning engine in the parts bin. However, one idea was to take one of them and stretch it into a Triton V-10, and keep the supercharger.

David: I am going to keep the round headlights to keep the identity of the Merc. I see the problem of the round/sharp thing. The grille will have sharp edges, plus I was thinking of modifying the hood, and maybe the front valance somehow. I would like to take the "whale" look the nose has and make it more muscular and angry.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

How about borrowing some of the body lines from this design? I'm trying to solve that whole round/sharp thing

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

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#124 Trans Am Erik

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:17 PM

So, along with adding the seam to the hood and squared off it's edges. I also flattened out the surfaces of the fenders quite a bit. Now I have to find the best way to do the same treatment to the valance. The grille won't have a center seam.



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:15 AM

I think that helped the lines a lot, The only thing I'd suggest is maybe rounding peak above the headlights just a little bit like the picture of the black merc you posted so it follows the curve of the hood a little better. Either way I like where this is going and I can't wait to see the end result!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:25 PM

I think that helped the lines a lot, The only thing I'd suggest is maybe rounding peak above the headlights just a little bit like the picture of the black merc you posted so it follows the curve of the hood a little better. Either way I like where this is going and I can't wait to see the end result!

I'm going with a set of New Beetle headlamps



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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

Very nice work Erik.  No idea why this is underlining lol! Reminds me a bit of Troy Trepanier's Sniper.  Keep up the good work!-Mark



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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:11 PM

Here's the Merc's engine 6.4 litre supercharged V-10 512hp 640ftlb of torque!

 

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

No shortage of power there! This build gets better with every update.



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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:07 PM

creating a peak down the rest of the nose of the car

 

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:16 PM

This past weekend I went to the Detroit Autorama. It was the 50th anniversary of the Riddler Award and there were some amazing cars on display, along with some great TV/movie cars. Besides being my Dad and I's 32nd trip to Autorama I got to talk briefly with Chip Foose! I knew that he appreciats seeing peoples drawings. I told him that I sketch in plastic and showed him pictures of the Merc. He said "WOW, that is a great looking model. I really like that design." That was HUGE for me.

 

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:37 AM

As usual, I've only found this build a long way in. When I saw the first few pics, I didn't think I'd like the look of the whole car, but wanted to learn from seeing all the issues you dealt with. But seeing it progress and grow has won me over. I think it looks great and can't wait to see it finished.

 

For my 2 cents worth, I think that if the bottom of the body was straight, between the front and rear wheels, it could give it more of that classic Merc look. Not sure I'd be able to manage it myself, but having seen what you've been capable of on this build, I reckon you could pull it off if you wanted to.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:03 AM

just a word of thought, check out Jada's die cast Ford Fusion you might be able to use some of that grille. Keep up the greaat work!



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:06 AM

Another amazing build. The talent I've seen on this forum is mind-boggling and yours is right at the top.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:05 AM

Can't believe I just came across this.  Looking awesome so far, I really like the concept you are going for.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:10 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys. Troy, you may be on to something with the rocker panels. I'll have to do a couple tests. It's important that the new design doesn't lose the flavor of the Merc.



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:30 AM

A couple updates: I'll be reworking the rocker panels, cleaning up the nose, and I have a doner car for the suspension.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 05:55 PM

Photoshops welcomed for ideas on the rocker panels. Also, here's the Vette I'll be getting the Merc's suspension from

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 06:03 PM

Looking good...Really cool looking!



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 06:24 PM

Man this is looking great, can't wait to see this one finished.