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#1 carchub

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:00 PM

I'll post pictures of the body soon when I get the color scheme finished, but for now I need help with wiring the engine (It'll be my first time, but I've a good plan already).

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So far, my plan was to use picture hanging wire (was my only quick + cheap option), "drill" the spark plug holes on the valve covers, and glue the wires through the holes.

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BUT: Now I can't figure out how to glue them on the Distributor Cap!

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#2 DANB

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:13 PM

Mate i have been looking for an answer to this question for the last few days too. Your doing well so far though!

Has anybody tried using solder for the wire before?

#3 carchub

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:22 PM

Thanks! Solder sounds like an alright idea...careful to not break it though!

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:25 PM

It's is a tough one. That is why a lot of us buy the distributers already wired.

One thing you could try is to drill the center of the distributer out and put the wires into the middle with CA.

I have always wanted to try making boots from slightly thicker wire and gluing the boots to the posts on the distributer.

Good luck, let us know how it works out.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:38 PM

I have drilled eight individual holes and I have drilled one large hole to glue all of the wires in and there isn't much difference. I always make boots of slightly larger black wire to run the wires into first. It adds a bit more realism and helps to hide the drilled hole or holes.

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#6 carchub

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:13 PM

Alright~Thanks for the tips guys, I'll do another week of thinking about it and go at it on the weekend. In the meantime, I'll try and get the body finished.

@Rob, what exactly do you mean by CA?

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:57 PM

Alright, no pictures of it yet, but I drilled the distributor cap and I'm working on the wires. But for now, I roughly have the paint scheme ready on the body, and I'm going to weather/detail it a whole bunch.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:23 PM

I'm not a cheapskate but I just can't see spending $5-10 on a pre-wired distributor when you can do it yourself. It's a little bit of a pain, but worth it. I take a flat file and file the tops of the wire posts on the distributor flat. Don't take off too much, just enough to get it flat on top. Then I take a pin and make an indentation directly in the center of all eight posts and the post for the coil wire. This is so the drill bit won't walk. I then very gently use a drill bit in a pin vise to drill out each individual one. Try to drill perfectly straight. I have good results doing it this way. Looks much more convincing than drilling the whole center out and sticking all the wires in together. You can actually do the proper firing order this way and it doesn't look like a cup that sprouted wires.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:55 AM

Somebody posted here to take Evergreen round round rod and glue 8 pieces of Evergreen half round to it. After drying drill out 9 holes (one for the coil in the center). It looks good.

There's also the Fatkidd way for distributors. Using telephone wire insulation. Glue 8 pieces of insulation (with the wire still inside) to Evergreen rod. Slip a piece of heat shrink tubing over the insulation. Pull out the wire and insert ignition wire. I'm going to do a photo tutorial on this method one of these days.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:20 AM

or buy the caps with hole drilled from Norm @ R&M....3 for 5.00 or buy one wired from MAD...a half hour of my time is worth 5.00

look in the lower corner these are blue

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:14 PM

Thanks for the ideas and tips, guys! I tried drilling out the center...not too happy with it, so I might go with filing it as Ken suggested. I may not be able to go as far, I have a limitation with drill bits and what not, but from the beginning I knew this would only look good if every wire had it's own place. (Love that description, Ken, "a cup that sprouted wires", HA! I totally Lol'd).

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:41 PM

Tiny update...did a little more weathering touches to the body, still got a long ways to go. It's starting to look pretty good though!

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Holes!

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:23 PM

Worked a little on the engine, next post I'll get pics of it up.
For now, I went as far as I want with the body (to be honest I'm actually waiting for some dirt out of my grandma's backyard, it is the perfect powdery-tan substance =D), until then, it'll sit. I also got to work on the bench seat: tell me what you think!

Well I was just going to post in-progress pictures of the seat, but they've gone. Accidently clicked+dragged in the folder, which made copies. When I deleted the copies, so went the originals...so I only have the 'done' picture of the bench....=(

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Here's the seat...a couple of Q-tips, some painter's tape, and a toothpick later

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NO there isn't any earwax on the 'fluff'... :D I actually dipped them in the separated fluid of some Testor's Flat White.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:25 PM

Man those are some bad quality pics...I'll see about getting any better ones later

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:37 PM

Looks sick man

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:07 PM

I'll post pictures of the body soon when I get the color scheme finished, but for now I need help with wiring the engine (It'll be my first time, but I've a good plan already).

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So far, my plan was to use picture hanging wire (was my only quick + cheap option), "drill" the spark plug holes on the valve covers, and glue the wires through the holes.

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BUT: Now I can't figure out how to glue them on the Distributor Cap!

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I was given the advice on this forum to go to the local electronic store( radio shack) and get some motor wrapping wire. It's about 3 bucks for 50 feet or so. I will never use anything else if I wire an engine. Looks very real and scale and stays where you put it very well. A few choices of colors. And I also drill the center out of my distributor and lay the wires over. If you want to try a cheap plug boot, try getting a cheap pair of ear bud head phones and using the black rubber wire insulation. It's a little on the big side but looks ok on the bigger valve covers of the hemis. It's hallow once the wire is pulled. Great looking coupe, very authentic.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:51 PM

Thank you guys! Gotta long weekend, should have some more updates tomorrow =)

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:51 AM

Love the work you've done man,very cool.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:37 AM

Enjoying watching this build. Detail Master make really nice turned alloy with phtoetch distributors. A bit fiddly, but worth it.
I have also used alu tube sleeved over a kit distributor. Cut the height of the kit part, cram 9 stripped wire outers into a section of tube, leaving the centre one a bit taller that the rest, whack it onto the kit part and glue it. Stuff the (trimmed to length) plug wires into the empty wire sleeves.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:52 AM

Wow man that looks great...I was just fiddling with the whole thing I had together last night, and now I took it apart to restart. Realized I shoulda done it the right way the first time around instead of doing it three times...I'll figure it out. Plus with the battery, alternator, and coil, where do the wires go for that? I'm surprised I've gone through two quarters of Automotive class at my highschool yet I don't know where all of those things connect. Could someone help me out? =D