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Richard Petty 1981 Dodge Mirada...the car that never run!


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#1 Plasticfanatic

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

This is my attempt at doing the 1981 NASCAR Dodge Mirada test car build by Petty Enterprisses for King Richard return to Dodge but that Petty rejected after testing at Daytona in practice runs. Even if the car was never raced it was a "Petty car" and to be honest and for some reason I do like the look of the car very much, it will look nicely with other of my R.Petty cars.

This is not a perfect replica but I like how is coming along, hope is of your liking to.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:50 PM

the early stages.....in the above "primer" pictures no sanding has been made and a lot of imperfections can bee seen, a lot of work ahead to make this body presentable!!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

Maybe it would have been easier to start from this AirTrax '81 Dodge Mirada body? You're doing good job though. B)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:40 AM

Wow. A lot of work but it's coming along well. You'll have a 'one-of-a-kind' when you're done. You should inquire if a willing resin caster might be interested in using your master?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:45 PM

W-409,

That stock Dodge Mirada by Air Trax is truly a beauty and I am going to order one this week to build it as in the picture, replica stock and cant wait to get it in my hands!!

I took the scrachtbuilding way mainly because so many things had to be reworked to a Nascar car that to me it would be a crime cutting up and sanding the Air Trax beautiful body kit....as well as expensive!!! I hope they do a Lincoln Mark V from the late 1970's to.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:15 PM

Fred, That is looking great. I'am a big Petty fan for years. Please keep us posted as you go on.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:21 AM

petty might have been better off running the mirada than that barge that dodge called the magnum :mellow:

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:24 AM

Yes he did but it was one time ARCA race and his magnum was the best car in the field at that time ,just like RCR had the best car last year in ARCA

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:15 PM

Let's also remember GARY NELSON built that Magnum. How legal do you think it really was?????? But I also am a big fan of the Petty's. If you've never been to Level Cross, NC and seen the old shop and museum, GO it is well worth the trip!

PS: That Mirada looks great! Keep up the good work!

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:21 PM

Little more work in the front and back of the car and also a shoot of the soon to be Petty Magnum which is still in its early stages and still a lot of blending and sanding to the fenders openings which where reduced in radius.

The back tire of the Mirada in the back view picture is loose and is sitting a little outside.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:51 PM

I love what you're doing here. You may have already seen these in your research, but here are a few reference photos to help show how much you may still have to soften the Magnum's character lines. I sure like the Mirada.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:14 AM

This is looking great !! Shame the real cars didn't work out so well.

I always like the Magnum, though it didn't work out either ! Here is my Bonnett car...Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:10 AM

This is looking great !! Shame the real cars didn't work out so well.

I always like the Magnum, though it didn't work out either ! Here is my Bonnett car...Posted ImagePosted Image


WOW, that Magnum look SUPERB!!!!....magnificent job.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:01 PM

Yes he did but it was one time ARCA race and his magnum was the best car in the field at that time ,just like RCR had the best car last year in ARCA

Do not forget the kid driving did not care who he wrecked or what he wrecked to win!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

Following this through, I learned something. I knew that Junior Johnson put together a Mirada for Darrell Waltrip to test but it didn't go as expected, but I didn't know the Petty's did too. Just think what might have been if the Mirada turned out to be the thing. That #5 Magnum driven by Neil Bonnett won it last race in Phoenix I think. Might be wrong on the track.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

Yeas your right. The race I thought was the Ontario race. I'am sure the Magnum is a Stacey car though.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:15 PM

Kind of like Earnhardt senior?

Yes , You hit that right on the mark. In ARCA most of the people with cars do not have a bottomless wallet to fix the cars , that kid is just a bully with big wallet behind him. How can you teach that kid a lesson ?

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

The models you guys have built look great .Looking forward to seeing them done.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:39 PM

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Ahhh....the AirTrax Mirada resin transkit...is a beauty and I am saving my pennys to get one to put it besides my NASCAR version, AirTrax did a SUPERB job on the street version and I cant wait to get mine.

And my friends...the above Daytona test track photo shown is probably the ONLY know photo of the finished and running car in R.Petty/STP livery...none other photos of the car at the Daytona speed trial...b/w,color,press photo,fan photo,etc,etc have come to light that I or other Petty enthusiast know of.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 06:10 AM

By the way...you're doing a great job and my pointing out these resin bodies is in noway my saying that it's the way to go.



No problem at all my friend, in fact is very good info. for all of the fellow members who would like to build one of these cars, I for one want the Airtrax Mirada very,very much, I have a photo of one in blue metalic paint that looks wonderful and want to do it that way for my street/factory stock version build.

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