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#21 Fat Brian

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:50 AM

I have some 442 motors to choose from but I also have a ZR-1 motor that may find its way in here.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:47 PM

Well, tonight the top came off. I decided to go with the more difficult chop where you cut the roof into quarters. I like the look better, the new roof is wider which plays up how low it is and the rear window doesn't slant as much and I don't really care for the fastback look on this car.

The first cut I made was across the roof width wise at the door line on the B pillars.
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Next was the lengthwise cut.
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Here the roof is quartered and the B posts have been removed, the A and C postd have been cut down about six scale inches.
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Here is the roof tacked in place with tape, you can see how much will need to be filled.
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This is the new roof profile, it still needs some fine tuning and I need to decide what to do with the B posts. I also removed the drip rails from the roof side and the chrome strip from the top of the doors.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

I have the roof glued back together and ready for filler and a Boyd Smoothster on the way to donate it's drivetrain and maybe some other things depending on how it looks. When it gets here this should pick up again.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:13 PM

Nice!!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:00 PM

I finally got my drivetrain donor in the mail so I really need to get back on this.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:24 PM

KOOL!

cant wait to see what ya cook up!
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

Nice work on the chop Brian! Quartering the roof is the only way to do a chop right. Since you've widened the rear fenders, are you going to fill in the fenderwell opening? You mentioned changing the shape of the quarter windows. How about canting the B pillar slightly? That would change the shape of your quarter and door windows.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

GREAT PROGRESS BRIAN!!!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:17 AM

I have some 442 motors to choose from but I also have a ZR-1 motor that may find its way in here.

If you wanted to go with something late model, you could also rob the Shebly-tuned Aurora 4.0 V8 from the Revell Shelby Series 1, though you might need to find a conventional gearbox as that car has the late Corvette type torque tube/rear-mounted transaxle.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

I don't have any idea what to use for power, I would really like to keep the drivetrain Olds but I want a modern motor. I don't want to have to drop a 350 in it just to get some updated parts.

.......Hey Brian, check with Sean (sstacey47). He casts an underhood blown, injected set up for a BBC. l easily adapted it to a 426 hemi & it looks wicked! l'm sure it would be even easier to adapt it to a 455. Just a thought. Bart

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

Lookin real good man.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

I picked up a Boyd Smoothster with a late model 350 with a nice multiport fuel injection top, it looks good since it came from a clean modern custom. I'm thinking about rescribing the door lines to make a pseudo hardtop and removing the B pillar completely. I'm probably going to leave the wheel openings alone to show off the wheels when I pick them out.

Here is a pic of the engine, it's plain but will get the job done.
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