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Don Prudhomme Army Vega Funny Car

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#2081 GoatGuy

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:43 PM

Looks great Mr. Sobak. Paint is definitely a milestone. Looking forward to more, more.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:39 AM

Darryl... Thanks man. The paint stand worked great. I think I should of made the height just a tad taller

 

Steve...  I mounted it the same way as the front and used my lower rear end mount point to screw the bolts into.

 

Dave... Thank you sir!! I feel its a huge milestone at this point  :D . I can't wait to get more of it done now.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:50 AM

Good Morning Fellas... little update from what I worked on yesterday. I started assembling a few items on to the chassis. I also had to make some adjustments to get the rear end in place by lightly sanding the mounting spots for the rear end. I Had to of worked on that for a couple hours because I was taking my time not to mess up the paint anywhere. But got it all done and was able to get it mounted. On with the pictures...

 

 

Here is the Chassis sitting on TDRs jack stands. Don't mind the jack stands just have a quick coat of primer on them. I will be sanding them and painting them:

 

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Here I glued in the Master Cylinder to the chassis and added the bolt hardware, Now I can make the final portion of the break line that will go from the master cylinder to the "T" Fitting on the rear end:

 

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Here are the body mounting pads mounted to the rear of the chassis, Now I am debating should I use the Nickle Silver bolts (representing Grade 5 bolts) like I did on the master cylinder or leave it with the brass (representing Grade 8 Bolts)?? Let me know your thoughts:

 

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Here is a shot from the rear trying to show the contrast between the chassis and rear end colors:

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:59 AM

Wow.

 

 

I'm trying to think of something more profound to say . . . but the only thing that comes to mind is . . . wow!



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:16 AM

Chris.......I think we all know now.......why it has taken you so long ........that is is the only way you can achieve perfection......it all shows in this build.......that is something I will never be able to achieve. :( ........BEAUTIFUl  work little brother........you should be very proud.   :)



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:06 AM

Danno... Thanks buddy! .... Gotcha speechless huh. ;)

John...thanks my Big Brother... I don't see this a perfection but I am honored you are saying it is. You have set that bar way up there for all of us builders. I think you receive perfection with your builds because they are always top notch with beautiful detail and flawless paint. I will say this I am very proud of this and now seeing the paint and how great it turned out. even though there are a few spots on the chassis that could look better I am still happy with it. I feel I have reached a big milestone with getting this chassis painted and am super excited to get more of it assembled. I now only wish I could get the results you do with alcad. I Did prep some more spoons with the HOK back base and urethane clear and gonna do another Alclad spoon test in hopes of receiving better results with these ones based this way and trying your method. Then I will Alclad the front Axle so I can get the rolling chassis done. :)

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:19 AM

Wow, your work really shows! The chassis could be real in natural environment, it sure looks real in those pics too! The combination of painted frame and completed rear axle is stunning...WOW is not enough to tell how nice it looks, but that's all that comes to my mind. Great work, as always.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:55 AM

It's been awhile since I checked up on this build. Nice work, sorry to hear about your job, hope you find another.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:10 PM

I have no first-hand knowledge of this, Chris, but I'd think the brass rear body mount bolts would be a high grade, such as Grade 8, so I think the brass ones make tons of sense.  That is based on nothing but my opinion, though...



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

WOW.... glad to see your making progress on this one Chris... looking good...



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:55 AM

Chris, its sooo great to start seeing some final assy! I know you have to be stoked about it, let the fun begin!! looks great bro!!



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:45 AM

Niko.... Thank you for the kind words. It is nice seeing it coming together. I can't wait to get more stuff on the chassis.

Daniel... Thanks. Since I have been laid off its given me a little more time at the model bench...lol

Scott.... Thanks bud I really appreciate your opinion on this.

Tyrone... Thanks man, it finally feels like I am getting somewhere with this build.

Bill.... Thanks buddy. I can't tell you how stoked I am with having the chassis painted. Now I just want to add more to it but I need to think out what parts I need to put on in first so I don't paint myself into a corner so to speak lol.. I am hoping to Alclad the front axle tomorrow then I can permanently mount the front axle.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:46 PM

Beautiful....just BEAUTIFUL!!

 

As a separate comment, I agree with futurattraction, the brass would look better, IMO.  Just my thought.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:33 PM

Looks great Chris. Fantastic work 



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:42 PM

Chris, you have some serious skills my friend! WOW that build is just simply AWESOME for sure. :D 



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 04:30 AM

Sflam...Thank you. Also thanks for your opinion on the bolts.

 

Mike... Thank you bud!!

 

Larry... Thanks for the compliment. I have been trying to out do myself and push myself to go farther on a build than I ever have before.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 04:39 AM

Morning Fellas.... I have a quick little update with a few pics from yesterday. I didn't get a whole lot done but I had one hurdle in the way before I could call mounting the rear end in permanently., which was getting the brake line bend out of .015" dia music wire. I also need to get the coupling painted to get it mounted in the rear end as well. Here are the pics

 

Here is the brake line mocked up in the chassis with out the "B" nuts on the line:

 

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Here is where the brake line ties into the "T" Fitting, the "B" nuts still need to be added:

 

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Here is the fuel line with the "B" nuts:

 

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I also got the decals on the oil filters:

 

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:05 AM

Incredible work....Have been following this build for over a year now and it always inspires me to go further with my own modeling and has been a source of many ideas.

 

Chris, one question; On the oil filters, I was kind of surprised to see the WiX brand logo....Would have thought a Prudhomme car from the early 70's would have used either Fram or Lee filters, which were very prominent at the time....Not that it matters any, because the workmanship is outstanding!!....Was just curious as to your choice....Maybe Prudhomme actually did use WIX filters on this car??....Either way, outstanding work on this....



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:22 AM

Hey Lee... Thanks for the Kind words on this build and for following along. If you have any questions on anything feel free to ask and you are more than welcome to save any of the pics for reference.  Regarding the oil filters I have to agree with you that I don't think he used Wix. I will be honest and Wix was the only oil filter decals I was able to find on any of my 1/16th drag decals from slixx I had. Maybe I need to look up some frame and Lee Filters to see if they had any in white. I may need to talk to someone and see if they can draw up some different oil filter decals for me. I am half tempted to take the wix decal off but I thought it would look funny with just a plain white filter with no decal. Here is one of the only reference pics I had to go from on the oil filter.

 

 

If anyone has any thoughts or comments on what brand of oil filter you think is in this pic I have posted below, let me know. Thanks

 

 

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:25 AM

WOW is all I can say. The brake lines look so clean and nice, just like real car has them. Luckily they are much more fun to do on model than real car... :lol:  Nice work!