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Chip King's "Green Machine" Daytona Pro Mod


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#1 David Thibodeau

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:18 PM

First off a big thanks to Clay, Dave Sherman, and Dirk for pushing me to do this project that I thought was a tall order for me. Clay and Dave pushed me to try one of these monster door slammers over the past year. Clay sent me a chassis blue print he had drawn based on the Vanishing Point frame. I decided to take the plunge. I am not sure when this project will be completed but I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I hope to keep on it between various projects I have going.
The wicked Pro Mod I am trying to replicate. Gotta love sublime green on this one which I purchased from Scale finishes already.

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Here is the first draft of the chassis based on the plans Clay sent me. After a few conversations with he and Sherm I had to make a few changes to the firewall area where the doors on the body would be mounted. You can see in the progressed chassis in the next batch of photos the changes I made.

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Here is the final draft of the chassis. I used all of the dirt modeler brass photoetch parts on the project. Closing in the front firewall and adding the dashfiller panel was pretty challenging.

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During the whole chassis build process I was test fitting it to the Flashpoint resin body. The doors have been removed and the front end cut off.
I spent a ton of time making sure the chassis not only fit but everything opens and closes perfectly. No glued open doors and front clip not fitting this time for me!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:19 PM

Pay attention to the front door opening, that was changed thanks to suggestions by Dave Sherman. He made me see that the Flashpoint body has the stock Daytona door lines which are inaccurate for the Pro Mod. These were fixed in later photos by cutting the doors in the front and gluing the cut parts to the openings to get the door line at the A-pillar.

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I am using a Ross Gibson hemi engine on this project. This is only the beggining! It will be highly detailed.

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Scratchbuilding these frames requires the use of a jig to set wheelbase and ride height. This is a MUST for a successful sitting model. I have to thank Clay and Dirk once again for the advice. The jig makes things so much easier!!!

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With the body on the mocked up Comp resin tires and micro nitro wheels on the jig.

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Next up , paint the chassis!!!!

#3 David Thibodeau

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:21 PM

Chassis is in paint and clear. I used a automotive PPG basecoat called "Caprice Dark Silver" It looks way darker in person. The metallic pops under my photo lights. Its very close to the color Chip used on this car. Clear is PPG OMNI.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:24 PM

. I got the first pass of primer on the resin body.... It still needs alot of sanding, smoothing and filling but its getting there. I also need to close up the gap on the pass front door where it meets the front clip. Not too much because paint will help alot in those areas. Either way its good to see it in a uniform color. I think its got a sinister monster look....
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Its "THE GREEN MACHINE" Man what a difference a little color does!!! It is painted with 70's Correct "Sublime" from Scalefinishes. The bummer is the paint Jameston sent me is Gloss Enamel. I hate the stuff! It never dries! So to speed it along I applied one coat of two part Omni clear. I will paint the rear quarters black real soon... I am totaly going for the look of Chips all green period correct sublime car he raced in the early days..... Man I think this one is gonna be wicked!! I love the look so far. Hope you all feel the same.....
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:26 PM

You may do it justice bro, but that is one UGLY ride.




This is coming from an NHRA fan of 32 years.....




Sorry. Pro Mod is not blowing my skirt up..... YET....



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#6 David Thibodeau

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

You may do it justice bro, but that is one UGLY ride.




This is coming from an NHRA fan of 32 years.....




Sorry. Pro Mod is not blowing my skirt up..... YET....



Bob



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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

I will be checking in on this for sure!!!!!!!!!!! Amazed!!! :)

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:37 PM

Absolutely love it. Violently beautiful in my book. Thanks for sharing.

#9 David Thibodeau

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:37 PM

I will be checking in on this for sure!!!!!!!!!!! Amazed!!! :)


Thanks Jason....

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:42 PM

If you don't like it why bother commenting?

David, the progress is coming out superb. The work you are putting into this will surely pay off with an excellent build when it's complete. Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:49 PM

If you don't like it why bother commenting?

David, the progress is coming out superb. The work you are putting into this will surely pay off with an excellent build when it's complete. Can't wait to see more.


I know right????

Thanks Wayne, I hope to have this one done for the Tampa Street rod show in October.....

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:56 PM

Dave that is looking WICKED...my man.. glad to see you back on it...

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:14 PM

Another stellar promod build, Loving all these door car builds. Super clean work as usual Dave.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

Good stuff Dave...I've missed the Tampa show for a couple of years but I may attend this year. If so, I'll be looking forward to seeing this in person.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:00 PM

Excellent craftsmanship ! ! !

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:39 PM

Man I like this build , im gonna do one myself one day LOL! Great job keep up the outstanding work.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:23 PM

I am really digging this build so far. Count me in as one that will be following along on this. You are doing an outstanding job so far. I am loving the color choice and the car you are building this after. Keep up the great work and look forward to more updates on this.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:53 PM

i'm diggin' this big time davey!!! your builds are always super clean. wish i knew your secret.

color choice really makes it pop. love the detailing so far!! this thing just has "attitude " written all over it.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:01 AM

very nice work David, how long have you been working on this build? seems to be moving along very well, I love the charger pro mod bodies, but then again I am mopar fan, great work!

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:12 AM

Very cool build. I was sure this will be truly amazing since I saw that Topic Title and Poster. You do always some amazing work. Paint looks great and you did nice job with the frame too. Engine looks good already.