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#1 Old Buckaroo

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:47 AM

I have been wanting to build up several of the S&M cars for many years now. I had a Jo Han S&M Cuda that was missing the body and the AMT 71 Duster for the project. Starting with the Jo Han Hemi the first thing was to plug the hole in the block for the original kits axle. I ended up hacking up the oilpan to get it to clear the steering and add capacity. Turning it around would of been much easier if it had not been assembled 30 some years ago with tube glue.
I also sawed off the molded on bell housing and used a "lakewood style" from a "Rampage Camaro" kit , added some strip styrene to cover the open frame rails.

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The Trunk floor was cut out to eliminate the spare tire well and molded in fueltank. Also the rear frame rails have been moved in to accommodate the narrower Jo Han Cuda Axle Housing
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Lots of test fitting has been needed
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Thanks for looking in till next time.

Edited by Sean D, 09 February 2010 - 10:18 AM.


#2 v8horsepowercj

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:53 AM

I have been wanting to build up several of the S&M cars for many years now. I had a Jo Han S&M Cuda that was missing the body and the AMT 71 Duster for the project. Starting with the Jo Han Hemi the first thing was to plug the hole in the block for the original kits axle. I ended up hacking up the oilpan to get it to clear the steering and add capacity. Turning it around would of been much easier if it had not been assembled 30 some years ago with tube glue.
I also sawed off the molded on bell housing and used a "lakewood style" from a "Rampage Camaro" kit , added some strip styrene to cover the open frame rails.
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The Trunk floor was cut out to eliminate the spare tire well and molded in fueltank. Also the rear frame rails have been moved in to accommodate the narrower Jo Han Cuda Axle Housing
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Lots of test fitting has been needed
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Thanks for looking in till next time.

Coming along nicely Sean. Great work on the suspension the stance looks great. Can't wait to see more of this build.

Chris

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:16 AM

Looking really good.
I am big Sox & Martin fan and have several posted here some place :D
This is a timely build as I am working on a very similar project.
Which paint scheme are you going to use?
I have seen the 1970 Duster and the 1972 Duster but have not been able to find one that I was sure was a 1971 Duster.
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You doing a great job!
Keep us posted!

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:13 AM

Looking really good.
I am big Sox & Martin fan and have several posted here some place :D
This is a timely build as I am working on a very similar project.
Which paint scheme are you going to use?
I have seen the 1970 Duster and the 1972 Duster but have not been able to find one that I was sure was a 1971 Duster.



Thanks Chris for looking in and commenting.

Roger - Thanks for pointing out my error. It is the 1972 Duster I am wanting to build. The kit I had on hand was the '71. I have been searching for a resin grille but it looks like the '71 will have to do. The decals by Slixx show the '72
This pic seems to show a close resemblance to a '71 ? No ? Maybe ? As you stated pics are few and hard to find.
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Anyway any suggestions or input will greatly be appreciated.

Edited by Sean D, 09 February 2010 - 10:14 AM.


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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:21 AM

Sean ,

Check out Larry Davis' books on drag racing . I believe his " Quarter Mile Muscle " has more than a few pictures of the Sox & Martin cars in it , If you are into drag racing , all three books are fabulous ! Check out Slixx or Barnes & Noble , they carry them .

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:01 PM

The project is still moving along smoothly. I have gotten past the point of the "mock ups" to where I could actually start painting.
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I am still deciding whether to drill out the JoHan Distributors or use a couple of the MAD pre-wired. Maybe by the time I get ready to install the chassis for the final time I will have decided. ;) The valve covers was my first time using Alcad Chrome.

The headers were robbed from a Revell Pro Modeler '69 Dodge Daytona Charger.
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Thanks for Looking in

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:07 PM

Looking good. Keep it going!

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:14 PM

Looking Great!
Are you making your own hood scoop?
Everything is looking really good!
Keep us posted.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 06:29 PM

Roger - The hoodscoop is from the old Monogram "66 Malibu SS" . I ordered several resin snorkel scoops and none of them was quite right. The problem with the Monogram scoop it was too short. I added two pieces of .020" sheet styrene shaped and hollowed to match the scoop.
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This gave me enough clearance height for the carbs. I also had to thin the inside of the scoop .

Thanks for looking in

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for the tip Sean.
I am looking at a Motown Missile Duster and the carb clearance has been an issue with all the aftermarket scoops I have tried.
Your looks very good.
Thanks

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 07:54 PM

I'm watching this with great enthusiasm.


Your mock ups and parts look right on the money.


Caine is a great sourse for all thing Sox & Martin.



Keep it up.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:14 AM

I decided to try my hand at drilling out the JoHan Distributors. Good thing I have a "Optivisor" as that made the chore a breeze.
I have one wired in and the next one is ready to go.

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Thanks to a Tip from Caine440 the Carbs have a more realistic color to them. :blink:

Sean

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:26 AM

Your Sox & Martin Duster is coming along great!! Nice job on drilling the distributors and keep the photos and updates coming!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:21 AM

I Love the S&M cars.
Yours is looking Fantastic
Great work.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:25 PM

Looking good. Nice job on the distributors, they look great!

later, :lol:

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:40 PM

Your S&M dusters looking good. If you need more reference photo's checkout PROSTOCKHEMI.com if you have'nt yet. Has some great pics of the duster.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 03:21 PM

Great work! :D That front suspension looks good also, is it OOB or did you scratch some of it?

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 05:27 PM

Looking GREAT!
Puts mine to shame! I just have had no luck building a nice Duster. Something always goes wrong.
Keep us posted, I love this car!

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 04:43 AM

I want the bit you used to drill the distributors wow! :blink: Car looks great so far!

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 05:33 PM

oldscool - The suspension is out of the box. All I did was cover the top frame with some thin styrene.

Brian - I just used a # 76 drill bit to drill the distributor.

Thanks to everyone who commented and looked , PROSTOCKHEMI Rocks ! That was one of the sites that motivated me back to wanting to build Pro Stocks. ;)

I have been getting the paint on but I blew it on the last color. I forgot to go back and burnish down the masking tape and had a few bleeders. (Sail panels and cowl grill) :blink:

Roger maybe there is a gremlin with the Duster

Anyway I am trying to decide whether to touch up the bleed troughs or put it in the stripper bath and try again.

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Comments and suggestions always welcome - a guy has to learn somehow ;)


Sean