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Mar Martin's 1997 Valvoline Thunderbird (Highly Detailed)


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#1 David Thibodeau

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

The late 90's was my fav era of Cup racing.... and I was a huge fan of the final draft T-bird before they went to the guppy taurus.....
One of my favorite schemes and driver was good old Mark Martin. How can you not like a consistent, clean driver like Mark? Let alone that awesome valvoline bird...
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I decided to start another extremer of his car.... you just cant have one, or two of these started!! :)
Here is body pics! I slabbed the sides, cut the front grills, and opened the trunk and flaps. I also hinged it, and added under trunk and hood detail.... you know the usual stuff... It still needs some fine sanding and such. Dont worry about the side grills. I will tape them up!
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#2 David Thibodeau

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:49 PM

Next up was a fully detailed Chassis.... This time I decided to use the kit greenhouse bars but scratched the firewall forward including the front nose bars.....
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I added square brass tubing to represent the hollow frame rails on the real cars... Another cool piece of advice from Clay....
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:49 PM

I have to agree , I really miss everything NASCAR from the 90's

#4 David Thibodeau

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:52 PM

Complete and in paint!!
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And!!!!!!! Ta da!!!!!!! Body in paint and partial decals... Let me give you a little detail here... Body was based in white, masked off and Valvoline blue from the old uncle stash was used. Then the car was cleared, polished, and slixx decals applied so far!!! I am enjoying this one so far.... its not too old, not too new.... just right. :)
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Thats 3 6's on there!!

#5 David Thibodeau

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:53 PM

I decided to get more done on this project and bring it back up. Its really cool doing a late 90's Cup Car and a Ford to boot.
The engine is just about complete with the usual detail treatment. The pulleys were made on the lathe. Pro tech line and fittings along with DM fittngs were used.
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Test fit of the engine in the bay.
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More decals were applied to the body. I also made the roof flaps out of brass.
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Thanks!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

A definite WOW factor of 10 !!! B)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

Awesome build Dave. Great engine detailing, the pulleys really add pop! Mark has always been one of my favorite drivers, remember the Stroh's T-birds?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

Oh man, great job on the engine

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:23 PM

Man, David! That is some superior craftsmanship so far! I always enjoy seeing your builds. I may need to slate the ACME NNL in the schedule again this year so I can get down there and see this one in person. I really appreciate you sharing with us!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:15 PM

Another fan of the nineties here brother! This is a great build subject. Mark is just a lovable racer I think. I've never heard a bad word about him. I also don't believe I've seen a Ford get this sort of treatment either. Great stuff! Keep us posted!!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:56 PM

Amazing!! It looks like I could just dive into that blue paint!

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

Beautiful. I have two Birds in progress collecting dust and this will get me going again. Appreciate the inspiration.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:13 AM

Awesome work so far buddy. I know this is your favorite era, and it's showing in the work. That engine is fantastic!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:33 AM

Car looks fantastic. Another vote on one of my favorite drivers.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:37 AM

the sweetness factor is exponential. engine detail is unreal.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:48 AM

Well.....Dad was the Valvoline racing rep in So Cal for years......I like Thunderbirds and I like Mark....What's not to like!!!!!
GREAT craftsmanship!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:57 PM

David,the chassis and engine just blow me away!!!!....detail after detail.............

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:41 AM

GREAT LOOKING BLUE OVAL B)

#19 David Thibodeau

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:30 PM

Thanks guys....More done!!!
Dash and seat are done but need final detailing. The kit seat was modified and treated with embossing powder. The dash is the kit piece but the kit
gauges were sanded down and decals applied with rings of metal tubing that were polished and parted off the lathe for eveness.
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With the body on. The gauges look cool peeking out of the window!
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More engine detailing also! Especially the oiling system and oil cooler. I have seen many cooler with mesh covering the cooler itself. I thought it would be cool to add that detail. Much more to do here!!
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And with the body added
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More real soon!
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:46 AM

Outstanding detail!!! I remember those years very well, Mark Martin used to dominate at Michigan speedway back then and I went to those races.