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#1241 W-409

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:07 AM

WOW! Are you building 1:1 scale engine, or is that really 1/16? :lol: Amazing work with those Gaskets. Oil Pan looks very good too. This build is spectacular. "How Much Detail is possible to put in 1/16 scale Funny Car Engine". :lol:

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:19 AM

I'm speechless (again), Chris. The level of detail you're putting into every square mm of this build is above and beyond. All the normal adjectives, and even over-the-top adjectives have already been used repeatedly, so I don't know what to say. I know - I look forward to every one of your updates! :)

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:34 AM

Chris, my friend, I don't know quite how to break this to you ....


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But, once you button it up, dude, no one will see the 'corky' pattern!

Incredible job ... but in the end ... invisible!



* Wow. Where you gonna get the motor oil in correct scale viscosity?


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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:55 AM

Danno, more then likely, he'll scratch-build the oil LOL!

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:09 AM

Missed the point, Dan. HE will know it's there, and thats the reason for doing it. Besides, if he documents everything he's done (with pictures, of course!) that would be sure to impress a judge whether he knows anything about funnycars or not. Just my 2 cents.


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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:48 AM

Awesome work on the pan and head gaskets! Adds a whole new dimension of realism. Of course you know you're gonna' have to do the rest of the gaskets as well. Intake, blower, and injector hat.

GREAT work buddy!

Have A Great Day!

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:49 PM

Chuck... Thanks buddy, I have been wanting to do this for sometime because I think it adds that small touch and puts it over the top. and the K&S material was the perfect thickness too.

Henry... Thank you, I think it adds that extra touch.

Bill... Thanks you bud.

Richard... Thanks Man, I am proud of it so far but I have a ways to go that's for sure.

Nikko... Thanks bud!! I wish it was a real engine... :lol: I guess I am trying to find out how much detail I can add to this engine...lol

Scott... Thanks man, Your words mean a lot. I am definitely pushing myself to make this my best build so far. I can't wait for the parts you are going to be making soon to put them on this build.

Danno... You will be able to see a little bit of the cork pattern when its together and Richard beat me too it, I was gonna make my own oil ;) :P :lol:

Arron... Thanks man, Yep knowing that little detail is there is more than enough for me and why I wanted to do it.

Keith... Thanks man, You know it on the other gaskets, I was already planning on that and have started making them already. They will be posted in my next update ;)

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:09 PM

Alright guys, worked on this more today and have some updates for all of you. I got my oil pan all sanded and more primer added so all I have left on it is to sand the primer down and then it should be ready for paint. I also primered the mid-plate even though I know I have a little work on it and I am debating on scrach building a whole new one . Then I worked on some more gaskets as well as adding a little plastic to the manifold and then I had to drill the holes for the bolts again. Then it was time to drill the manifold for the injector lines.


I started out by getting the injector lines drilled. Now i went thru some reference pics and I want your guys' honest opinion. I originally was going to drill the injector lines perpendicular into the side of the manifold until I saw some reference pics from cars in this era that the injector lines went into the manifold at a little bit of an angle. So I used a little jig that I rigged up to drill the holes in at an angle. And now i am trying to figure out what to do where the line passes thru the "flared" nut. I was thinking I could paint the line at that point but not sure it that would look good or if I should re do the line and drill them perpendicular to the manifold or try to add a small plastic rod the nut would sit on. Let me know what you think and what you would do:

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Here is the other side of the injector lines. And the lines that you see were just made for mock-up purposed to see how the nut was going to look:

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I then moved to working on the Blower gasket that sits on top of the manifold. I started out with a 3x5 card, used the blower as my template and transfer drilled the holes in to the 3x5 car and then cut it to the desired shape. when I was done I colored it with a black sharpie and it was done, In this pic you can also see what I was talking about in the first pic with the injector lines going in at an angle:

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I next made the gasket that goes in between the block and manifold:

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Then I had to sit it on top of the block to see how it fit:

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Once all of that was done, I went back and test fitted everything together:

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:52 PM

Don't forget the manifold gasket ???LOL Look great Chris

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:12 PM

Looks great Chris nice touch with the gaskets. Dont forget the gaskets between the heads and the sides of the mainfold

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:26 AM

My unprofessional opinion is to put plastic pieces under the nuts. The gaskets look great.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 03:06 AM

Angled is fine, they were done that way. But, there are 4 per side. One per runner.



Looks fantastic.



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OOPs, my bad.... Didn't see the rear one. DOH!

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:26 AM

Don't forget the manifold gasket ???LOL Look great Chris


What Mike said, I know nothing about the older motors... But most don't run gaskets over the valley. It is just a bead of gasket stuff across the front and back. And just gaskets on the intake runner inlets on the heads.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

The engine is just awesome looking Chris, it'll be a killer when it's done. As for the fuel lines, being as you are going as realistic as possible, I think since most of the pics you have looked at show them angled, I'd go that way. (Really, I wouldn't even try it! LOL!......well, when I get around to doing a 1/16th build, I just might, to try & keep up with you guys!).

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

Mike .... Thanks buddy... LOL

Jason... I still need to make some gaskets for that area.

Dave.... I was totally thinking the same thing, I have been thinking that I am gonna try and make out of small rod and hopefully be able to drill straight thru it as well.

Bob... Thanks man. I kept looking at as many pics I could find of this detail and it seemed everyone had the 4th one to the back of the manifold not under the blower area.

Bart... you are correct. Maybe I need to make the front and back a different color... like orange to represent silicone. I also thought it was easier to make a piece to fit all the way across since it wasn't going to be seen and as well as how I have the bolts set up no way to hold the gasket into place unless I glued them. but I could do that at the moment I do glue them in. So its making me think now.

Richard... Thanks man. Yea I have decided to keep them angled since that's how most of the pics I found were plus they are done, other than I need to go back add a little detail to them. and yes you need to do a 1/16th scale build, they are a lot of fun :D


Well I never did make it to the bench today like I was planning, it was one of those days I couldn't get my lazy butt in gear. Hopefully I will get to make some good progress this week on it.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:29 AM

Bart... you are correct. Maybe I need to make the front and back a different color... like orange to represent silicone. I also thought it was easier to make a piece to fit all the way across since it wasn't going to be seen and as well as how I have the bolts set up no way to hold the gasket into place unless I glued them. but I could do that at the moment I do glue them in. So its making me think now.


Chris, I think you are on the right track.... but need to determine what direction you want to go... LOL I would even suggest using something like a silicone instead of a gasket. Take and make a gap in the part and put some RTV in between the parts. This way you can say it actually resembles a 1:1. :D Besides having that gap will give you the ability for some of it to squeeze out and show that Blue.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:42 AM

I would never take the time to put so much detail in a build, for one I don't have the patience and for another the talent. I am so glad that there are people such as yourself that do. This build is a pleasure to watch and I always look forward to your next installment. Keep the updates coming !

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:13 AM

those gaskets really bring out the detail on the motor

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:28 PM

Nice work Chris, Really digging the gaskets, Especially the copper head gaskets. Your giving me to many ideas lol.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:06 AM

Bart... You have me thinking man on doing something different for that gasket. I pulled out some of my Hi-temp RV that is a black/grayish color (it was the only color I had, thought I had some orange but didn't, I may go to the auto parts store and get a different one if the test sample works like I want it to), squeezed some of it out on wax paper and smashed it flat and then let dry and i will go back and pull the way paper off and then I could cut the pieces in strips and see how it would work and look. I may do another test like you said take a piece of plastic cut a groove in it and then lay a bead of it in the groover to make it look more like it was applied and squeezed out. We will see which looks best but I think either will look pretty cool.

Ray... Thank you for the kind words. Its has been a really fun journey so far and it keeps getting funner. I am anxious on getting this thing done so I can go on to the next project but I am enjoying this one at the moment. Not sure if you made it out to the Desert Scale Classic this past April but I will have this one completed for next years DSC :D

Phantom.... Thanks man. I think the gaskets add that extra touch to it.

Joe... Thanks man. I am glad you are enjoying the gaskets. Take my idea and use it on your build. That's the one thing I love about this modeling community is that we all can learn from one another and share our ideas to become better builders. Trust me I have seen things in your build that I am keeping in the back of my mind that I will be using when I get to my Pro Mod build.