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#81 Chuck Most

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I still have the Toyota on the back burner, but I remembered this Courier I started. This might be a good excuse to finish it.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

need more update pics of that Courier!

looks sweet & its giving me ideas for mine that I am working on now.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

yep that thing looks sweet



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

Started on another Courier, the most recent reissue of the AMT kit with 2 wheel drive and aftermarket stepside bed. AMT/Ertl called it a '77 on the instruction sheet, but the truck is actually a '78 (slightly different grille and the parking/turn signal lamps are in the grille, not the bumper like on the '77).

 

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The front suspension was modified, and the truck will run the five-spoke wheels from the Revell '50 Ford F-1 2-in-1 reissue. These wheels had the tire locator rib filed off to accommodate the Toyo Proxes tires from a Revell Ford Focus SVT.

 

So far, that's it. The kit I'm using had the engine missing, so I'm kicking around the idea of putting a 5.0 V8/five-speed combo from a Mustang in the truck. Guess we'll have to see!

 



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

Im still looking for that toolbox!...Anyone know if one was kit'd before?>...

 

Need to work on the radio and antenna to...also looking for a replacement gas tank!



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:41 PM

Stance on the '78 is dialed in-

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:47 AM

:D



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:14 AM

Stance on the '78 is dialed in-
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My style! Brings me back to the early 90s

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:08 PM

I was kind of keen on a V8 for this, but...

I figure since the Courier was basically a badge-engineered Mazda, I might just stick a turbo Rotary engine from an RX-7 in there.

Just a thought. B)



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

I had an 83 Courier back in 97 and we dropped a rotary motor from an RX 7 in it... That little truck could fly man.... I use to love gettin it sideways

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 08:41 AM

yes go with the 13b rotary in it... but  this truck needs to lay out on frame or doors



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:37 PM

Went ahead and robbed the turbo rotary from a Tamiya second gen RX-7.

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Other than removal of the mounting tabs from the oil pan and the fact that I had to cut a notch in the passenger's side inner fender to clear the turbo, fitting it in there wasn't a big deal.

 

I also made a 'billet' grille for it using some grooved Plastruct stock, some BMF, and a black wash.

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I also had to cut a hole in the hood for the intercooler- a scoop will come later.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:29 PM

Chuck, do you have the hood from that FC you took the engine from? If so, take the scoop too! Or go real crazy and use a Scooby STI Tidal Wave hood scoop!



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:07 PM

Chuck, do you have the hood from that FC you took the engine from? If so, take the scoop too! Or go real crazy and use a Scooby STI Tidal Wave hood scoop!

I do, but whether or not I use it sort of depends on what happens with the rest of the RX-7. I'm also toying around with a Cobra Jet type scoop. Next time I'm sitting idly at the bench I might just lay a few scoops on there and soak them in, see if any of them 'speak' to me!

 

I wasn't feeling the kit's supplied aftermarket Flareside bed, so I dug out a glue bomb Styleside Courier and robbed the bed from that. I think it looks much better for the style of truck I've stumbled into.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:04 AM

B) :wub:  :wub:  it looks like my old truck 1983b2300 mazda truck them truck are kinda rare know.



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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:32 AM

I agree, smoothside beds are so much nicer.

 

I just picked up an old Datsun smoothside pick-up and was deciding it's fate. May have to go with a clean mini-truck build for it!


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:46 AM

This truck is turning out great.



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:32 AM

Looks awesome Chuck!

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:49 AM

I know the antenna is a bit crude...but its still being worked on...the radio is not completely glued together yet ...still waiting on glue to dry! :)

Anyone have a spare gas tank?...

 

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:23 AM

Today's progress...

 

Added an electric fan... 

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And finished out the interior...

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