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#21 camarofreak82_427

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:31 AM

hes havin a car show in lacon Il memorial day weeked he usualy has some of his cars out there, hes a great guy n is always very helpful. he can talk for housrs and hours lol i still have a signed picture of him fromlike 1991

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:09 AM

Is it possible to get a few chassis pics? I'm about to start building one and could use some referance pics. :)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:27 AM

I never realized Animal Jim's car had a roof hatch. Did any other Fairmonts run one?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:52 AM

Both builds look great. Keep it up.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:50 AM

Jim,
To my knowledge, Animal Jim was the only one who ever used a roof hatch in his Zephyr. Don't see a lot of them (roof hatches) in any doorslammers. It's kind of like they became a trademark of AJ. I'm pretty sure he had one in his Probe, too. I'm not sure about his T-Bird. Should go back and look at his website, could probably answer myself for both of those cars...

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

Jason,
If I don't forget to, I've got an article at home about AJ's NOS version of Zeke in an '83 magazine that has a couple of decent pictures, one with the front end off and another looking into the trunk from the passenger side. Just need to remember to scan them.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:49 AM

Is it possible to get a few chassis pics? I'm about to start building one and could use some referance pics. :)


This are some of the pictures I found in the web with some details of the car, hope it help. I will be posting a couple of pictures of my A.J. car build progress tonight.

http://www.bruracing...?album=13&pos=0

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:56 AM

Again thanks to all for the kid words about this two projects, and a BIG thank you has to go to Scott..Futurattraction...which gave us this Superb Fairmont and other detail goodies so all of us who wanted to build a Fairmont or its brother variant Zephyr can finaly do so!!!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:41 AM

il see what i can do on more pics for ya

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:36 AM

A chassis tip: I remember an old article in SSDI about Zeke, and at that time Animal Jim said the chassis was outdated because he was among the only ones left that was running a 3 link instead of a 4 link.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:42 PM

Thanks once more for the kind comments.

I am almost done on the Animal Jim Zephyr car, and have also work on the Glidden 1978 Fairmont, these two projects have been fun, will post pictures of A.J. Zephyr progress tomorrow evening.

One of the things I like to do with some of my race car builds is to try a do a miniature figure of the driver...after all what is a racing machine with out it's driver and soul!!!! I used as a base one of Revell Dick Landy Dart resin figure that came with the kit, have cut it and reposition the figure to bring it close to a picture I downloaded of A.J. and Zeke. I already finished and painted the figure and will posted with tomorrow ZEKE update.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:10 PM

Well got some more done to the Animal Jim Zephyr, I am not to happy with the paint job but it will have to do, still have to wet-sand and polish the paint/clearcoat. Nothing is is glued to the body yet. Still working on the engine detailing/lines and since is a "budget" build...A.K.A. no aftermarket parts. I tried to get the correct gold finish of the wheels, paint them chrome finisn and airbrushed Tamiya transparent yellow over it, the same with the engine bay and interior floor panels, thanks to my good friend Norbert who find a bottle of this paint overhere, in our area is becoming more and more dificult to find hobby supplies.

Still a lot of work ahead on the Zephyr but is getting there, hope you like it.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

Sweet !

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:15 PM

With the A.J. figure. The front grille is still on the progres and not finished/painted yet.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:18 PM

these are some really cool builds here... keep those pics rolling..

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:18 PM

That Jim figure is a great touch to an already nice model. I love the annodizing on the "aluminum"!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:20 PM

Back Zephyr type lights where made from thick acrylic sheet and painted trasparent red.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

Awesome work Fred. Great job on the build and especially the figure.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:46 PM

That looks fantastic Fred! I think A.J. would be proud of the figure you've made of him... I'll look forward to more updates.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:47 PM

I went back and reread your opening paragraph. I don't know how much of a rush you're in to totally finish this build, but I am working on a Zephyr PE grille insert if you have any interest in it...