AMTs Don Tognotti King T
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:19 PM
heres a link back to the workbench build of the wild dream:
and heres a pic as a reminder:
last year i happened to see the real car at a show and had a chance to take a bunch of reference photos. one thing i noticed then was how sophisticated the car was underneath. the rear axle particularly, with torsion bar suspension and inboard disk brakes. inboard disk brakes...nothing but high line race cars had those back then did they? and all this was chromed to the hilt, some thing i toned down a bit so i could look at it. here are a few photos of the real thing:
heres a look at the rear suspension and geometry on the real thing:
and a version of the kit i am building posing in front of it.
i think i will save this post and start another to continue ... stay tuned!
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:36 PM
heres a pic of the box to refresh everyones memory:
nice artwork on the box and the kit inside proves to be well engineered and goes together amazingly, surprisingly, well...both the wild dream and this companion are intricate but not overly delicate though they were pretty much above my abilities when i was young...but i do remember making the wild dream look almost decent back then...we will see how 50 years improves ones skills...or not!
here are a couple of pics of the near finished motor...it is completely finished now and i will probably be installing it in the chassis later or tomorrow...will post some more pics on that monumentous occasion!
it actually looks a lot better now and you might notice that the plug wires arent quite comfortable yet...thats because the goofy exhaust header thing (more like a straight chrome bar...even on the real car) has to run through there yet then i will form the wires around them.
here is the front suspension all glued together with white glue...i am currently regluing the joints with epoxy and supeglue:
very nice detail there and as mentioned, it all fits together surprisingly nicely.
now here is the rear suspension in all its glory...or as best as i could make it anyway:
alright so thanks for looking and i will probably update this in a day or two because i plan on getting the motor in place and mounting the tires and wheels, then i will proceed to get the body into paint!
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thanks again for looking and hopefully i will get the motor installed and wheels on tonite and update the thread later.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:09 AM
Wasn't the real car auctioned at Barrett-Jackson recently ?
Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:53 AM
I also like your workbench setup with the clear standoffs!!
Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:05 PM
installed the motor into the chassis and finished up the wheels (except for the three prong knockoff to finish them off) and posed the thing today for pics, even put the body on it to check stance (not at all to my liking so adjustments are in order, starting with rear track width). here are some pics with comments:
and a shot from behind showing the rear suspension up to the front with wheels and tires posed in place:
here is how the rear suspension looks poking out from under the body. looks pretty awesome to me...wheel track is too wide though and thats because of the mods i made with the disk brakes. but it shouldnt be too hard to correct, have to drill out the wheel center (covered by a knock off eventually) and then shorten the end of the axle.
and a shot showing a similar situation on the front end: too wide of track. this one aint gonna be so easy. not sure how to approach it yet...if i had known i would have ground down this boss on the disk brake that holds the wheel off from it. now its gonna be tricky with that delicate front end. i think a circular saw blade in the ole dremel might come in handy.
and you can see why i am not too worried about how the plug wires look at the rear of the motor: you cant even see them and thats without the exhaust system which goes in next:
finally for this afternoon, here are three pieces still to installed to complete the chassis/motor: two exhaust system pipes and the driveshaft. typically i will make my own aluminum driveshaft but in this case the kit piece looks pretty good with good detail in the U joints so i am gonna keep it. dont know how it will fit at this point. also note i made some exhaust tips from aluminum tubing which look a lot nicer than those thin ones on the end of the exhaust pipe. i really should dechrome this and remove all the lines etc but instead i think i will do a bit of foiling and i have already painted the muffler red (just for contrast) and removed the seams from the pipes as much as i wanted to...
thanks again for looking...might not get much more done for a bit because i currently have some other responsibilities plus i want to get the surfite and triumph motorcycle done so i might not update this for a while now...
Edited by jbwelda, 19 May 2012 - 02:07 PM.
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:41 PM
and rob, yeah some of the tooling has been available in other kits, i dont recall exactly which ones, and none of them had enough included to call it anything other than slim to partially complete. its a real shame too...i have always really really loved that wild dream...the king T not so much but still...its undercarriage is pretty impressive.
Edited by jbwelda, 22 May 2012 - 05:44 PM.
Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:56 PM
it was very hard to capture the color with my camera, but this shot pretty much shows how the color really looks to the eye. i managed to get all pieces about the same color saturation at least to my eye right now and they all look like this first photo. pretty close to the pics posted above.
ok so that was very relieving to have the color turn out so well first try (hope i am not jinxing myself there) but i had another problem i had been puzzling over since i started this. the real car had a polished brass radiatory shell as you can see in my pics and i am pretty sure the original did too. unfortunately the kit radiator is chrome which is useless unless maybe i would be content with like spraying clear yellow over the chrome and calling it brass (dont laugh...the thought occurred to me for more than a passing second) but more likely trying to cover it in BMF brass if such a thing exists, or maybe alclad or maybe i just dont know what.
this past weekend though i go to the Stockton NNL and run into the man i call "Mr Brass", Jerry Cardinal. now if you dont know well jerry is pretty good with brass shall we say and he had a few pieces to a project he was working on laid out on display. one piece was a T Ford radiator shell in BRASS! so i said hey jerry how much would you want to craft one of these for me (and i told him about the King T which he had already seen in earlier stage)? well so typical of jerry he just looked at it and said "take it". i couldnt believe it, so i asked again just to make sure. he said yeah take it, it was just a first attempt and if you can use it, its yours! so yeah i can use it! took it home and polished it up a bit (it was raw unfinished brass with solder stains a little). the kit radiator fits in it well and i can steal the lower support from the kit shell and this is looking pretty nice!
so thanks for looking again and hopefully i will get this thing painted an also hopefully finished in time for NNL West this Feb or March or whenever it may be!
Edited by jbwelda, 27 October 2012 - 04:59 PM.
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:28 AM
i had the original, desecrated it, traded it off, got it back, dont know if i still have it or not.
then... i bought (5) 1/8 scale monogram originals and the guy gave me a box of 1/25 cars, in the box was both ''t''s!
so i will restore them sometime!!!!
Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:00 PM
interior with wood grain wheel and dashboard enclosure. remember i am just building the model, not designing it!
T bucket with interior placed inside:
a look at the undercarriage on fender unit from the front:
you can see the mirror, nice effect if you ask me:
kinda the whole mess all in one place:
next challenge is to narrow the track of the front end at least 1/8" and hopefully more like 1/4"...this is gonna be interesting and i hate to think i am going to have to ham-fist all this delicate work but what can ya do? dremel time!
Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:25 PM
i marked the width of the fender unit on some graph paper and proceeded to see exactly how much i had to narrow something. right off the bat it became apparent this is a kit design "feature" because as you can see in this photo, the axle and brake assembly sticks out to the marks designating the outer edges of the fender unit. and the wheels have a small center so they only mount against the outer side of the collar coming out of the disk brake rotor. that means basically that the tires will be outside of the fender unit.
so it occurs to me to maybe slice that collar off the brake rotors, which would have been a swell idea back, oh, say 6 months ago but at this point with the delicate suspension and all, i would prefer to avoid it. but looking at the problem a bit closer i see that i can drill out the wheel backs and let them slip over the collars and tighten the track a bit that way. now realize these wheels have a front and a back, and the front of the backs can be seen in the spaces between the spokes on the front of the wheel. i took one of these backs and enlarged the center hole so it would slip over that collar and it looked pretty good, so i narrowed the wheel back by relieving some from the front and back of it, to make it sit closer to the front side of the wheel and also to clear the tie rod and junk on the inside of the wheel. way harder to describe than to do almost!
here is a before and after with the wheel backs before mods (on the right) and drilled and narrowed (on the left):
(nice ejector pin marks eh?) and a shot of the two from a different angle so you can see how much narrow the one on the left is:
this all looked pretty good and got me about an 1/8" on both sides...not enough to really pull in the tires but enough that it doesnt look freakish, and as mentioned the original had some of that so it can be considered prototypically correct i guess.
heres a shot of the inside of one wheel sitting tight against the brake rotor:
and a shot of the corrected track with both wheels posed:
finally here is a shot from above without wheels mounted to compare with the next with the wheels mounted. again note my marks which represent the OUTER edge of the fender unit that will ride above the tires...also note how close the tie rod doodad come to the tire and wheel, thats why i narrowed the inside half of the wheel, to give a bit more clearance there, and also note that right side tire and wheel isnt up against the rotor all the way:
thanks for looking!
Edited by jbwelda, 27 November 2012 - 07:35 PM.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:29 AM
It seems the engine set back in the kit is much more than 1:1. Is this a photo illusion or a design flaw?
Very nice build you have going I'll be watching, J2
Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:07 AM