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Don Prudhomme Army Vega Funny Car

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#1701 F/C NUT

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

Chris, I went to Hobby Depot yesterday to find some of the tubing to make those throttle cables and they do not have those sizes and they do not seem to be getting any more. So I went on Ebay and I found a Hobby Shop in England that carries all Albion Alloys Tubing that you are using. Just enter ALBION ALLOYS and you will get the web sight. They are a little more expensive but they are available. I hope this helps.



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

Steve - have you placed an order yet? Maybe us local guys could go in on an order together and save on shipping.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

Dave... Thanks bud. I have got the start of the rest of the plug boots done. I just need to do a little filing now and possibly a tad of bondo then its primer. I have been taking pics of the steps I am taking to make these and will show you when done.

 

Steve... ahh man what a bummer they didn't have any in at Hobby Depot... sorry if I sent you on a wild goose chase there. sometimes it seems that they don't always get stuff back in. I have been there a few times for some 3/32" brass tubing and looks like I need to head to Hobby Lobby for it. That is cool you were able to find it on Ebay. Maybe a little easier to have sent directly to your house than to drive around for it...lol

 

Brad.... That's a good idea about having some guys that want to go in on it to save on shipping.



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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

Ok guys.... just want to show you some progress of the spark plug boots and the process that I used to make them......

 

 

Here is all of the materials I started with. 3/64" OD brass tube, 1/32" OD brass tube, 00-90 brass washers:

 

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Then in my make shift Header jig I drilled a hole to hold the 3/64" brass tube and set a 00-90 washer on the balsa wood so the washer and brass tube was flush:

 

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next I then took the 1/32" brass tube and set on top:

 

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After that I took my soldering iron and set it on top of the 1/32" brass tube heating it all up and then hitting it with solder:

 

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 After repeating that 8 or more times  ;) Here are all of the finish soldered parts. It seemed it took me a couple hours to get it the way I wanted:

 

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I took one set here (the one to the left) and filed the solder down with a round file and then took sand paper to shape them as well as drilling the 1/32" brass tube ID with a .024" drill bit that will fit the Pro Tech 1/16th scale Spark Plug Wire:

 

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 Here is a pic after I put a quick coat of primer on the spark plug boots. The next step is to finish the other four the same way I did here and then I will add bondo to the spark plug boots for final shaping and they will be ready for another coat of primer, then Paint  :D:

 

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Love you like a brother, Chris, ... but ... why wouldn't you make one good one and cast the set in resin?  

 

Seems like it would have saved you a lot of soldering, filing, bondo-bondo time, sanding, and priming. 

 

Plus you would have a mold for any other Hemi you build in the future.

 

Or is it just me?

 

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:47 AM

Pure genius ingenuity ! !  Thanks for the little demonstration.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:18 AM

Wow! That is fantastic, those parts got to be small to handle. You do extremely nice job. But I have started wondering, if this is 1:1 scale Funny Car that you are building instead of 1:16? :blink:

 

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

Danno....you have a very good point. I should have made a mold and casted them. I didn't think about it at the time. Plus I have never really done any casting or molding before I am sure it wouldn't be too hard to try. I need to pick up some material to do so.

Brad... thanks bud. I had to be creative to get what I was looking for. Lol

Niko...thanks. yeah these parts are small. I will have to take a pic of them in my hand lol. Man i sure wish this was a 1:1 hahah.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:24 AM

Chris........AWESOME work buddy.........I am going to try my best to go the this years DSC........I would love to see it finished.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:34 AM

Stunning work, bro.  I can't get over the amount of detail you're putting into this, but then it wouldn't be right if you didn't at this point.  That bar is set, way, way way up there for the rest of us!



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

John... thanks buddy. That woukd be cool if you could make it but totally understand if yoy csnt cause I know GSL is around the same time frame. I would sure love to take some builds to GSL.. .especially this one.

Scotts... thanks bud!! You are right i have put this much detail into so far that i need to continue lol. I guess i have set a bar for myself to prove to myself that i could reach the goal i set for this build.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:09 AM

WOW Chris....you are a madman with mad skills bro. Keep it up, loving it!



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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:24 AM

Chris, nice work on those boots! Now how many burned fingers did you sustain? :lol:

 

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:27 AM

Great job Chris. They look really good.



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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:10 AM

the details are looking great, chris! don't feel bad about not casting stuff chris. i don't either. for me, it would be one more area i'd have to create to work in and deal with getting materials and the mess it makes.........and do you really plan to build another one of these? plug boots on a hemi are definately a peroid correct thing. if you build a newer car those are no good.

 

keep up the fantastic job you are doing!!!!!!



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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:59 AM

Brad, Sorry I have already placed an order.



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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

Thanks anyway Steve. Let us know how it was dealing with that vendor and how your purchase works out for you.



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

Jeff.... thanks bud!! I sure am trying to be a mad man  ;)

 

Charlie.... Thanks!! I got close to burning myself a couple of times, all fingers are ok at this time  :lol:

 

Dave... thank you

 

Dave... Thanks Bud!! you are right about not having the materials by the time I would have to go to the store to pick some of it up and learn how to start casting it was easy enough to do them this way. And now that I have figured out to get these types of boots they are actually easy to make.  :D  plus you are right  depending on the era of the drag car decides what type of boots they are.

 

Steve... thats cool you were able to find some

 

Brad if I ever see that Hobby Depot has those sizes again. I can pick them up for ya. I am usually there a few times a month or when they call me when the new MCM magazine arrives lol



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:14 AM

those are just plain sweet Chris,  don't think they could have turned out any better!



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

Bill.... thanks buddy. I am pleased with them so far  ;)

 

So tonight I felt like I sanded and filed for an hour our two...and then had to so a little re-soldering on one I messed up. Anyway I got the rest of the spark plug boots done and tomorrow night I will add some bondo to them and sand, then finial primer. Then they are ready for paint. for such small Items that they are they sure took a lot more time that I thought but then again doesn't help when I am trying to make them perfect  :lol: . they all have their own character...haha... anyway here is a pic of them....

 

 

Spark Plug Boots ready for final details:

 

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