Fairmont drag car build - some updates 12/017/13
Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:44 AM
Excellent progress so far Scott. I agree that the four link is looking very impressive. Keep it up.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:11 AM
Looks great Scott. Looking forward to more. More learning on my part.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:39 PM
i love where this is going!!
keep up the good work and i will be ordering right around june
Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:32 AM
Thanks Jason. The progress hasn't been nearly as rapid or consistent as I'd have liked, but I'm hoping I'm over the hump with at least the front end issues.
Hey Bill - Thanks for your encouragement.
Tyrone: Thanks bro. Coming from you - that means a lot!
Thank you Wayne. Hopefully I can get up a head of steam on this - finally! LOL
Dave - There's learning on my part, too. I've watched Chris work on his Army car for so long and seen him rework things when they weren't up to his standards. I've tried to follow that same thinking.
Thanks for the encouragement, James!
Thank you, Bill. Hopefully we'll see each other in a few months in KS...
Hey Chris - Thanks brother. I'm constantly reminded of trying to do my best, after seeing all you've done to make your F/C build what it is.
Thanks Art! When things are going right, it's a lot of fun to think ahead, daydream, problem solve and all the other mind-game related things we do when planning. Executing is the next challenge! LOL
I got the upper strut mounts attached night before last and I'm working on the lower A-arm tubing - getting it cut to the right length and see that the caster/camber stay where they're supposed to be. I'm trying to figure out where my brake hard line tubing is going to be routed so I know where to put hold downs and fittings.
Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:27 AM
Lots of updates to review! I'll start with picking up where I left off with the front suspension. I have added a couple of small, but important pieces to my front suspension. They are a lower A-arm "wishbone" that ties the two pieces of stainless tubing together at the lower strut mount. The wishbones are .010" thick and the sandwich spacers, shown on the red backing, are .015".
When sandwiched above and below the wishbone, the overall thickness is nearly identical with the .042 tubing diameter, as can be seen in this pic.
This angle shows how much more three dimensional and substantial the mount is when the spacers are added.
I made a major decision to open the doors on this build about three weeks ago. I have several interior details that I was afraid would be lost in the shuffle if something wasn't done to offer more visibility. I will be using PE Lenco hand and detent levers and stainless tubing for the trans, plus PE trans tunnel, and pedals, among other things. If I'm going to do that, I decided I might as well make the front fenders removable too. Where this is all going is that I want to maintain as close a fit as possible between the various body components, so have added several sets of new pins to tie the body and pan together before cutting stuff apart. I have the luxury of having spare bodies that I was able to start the process and see if it is possible to do without botching everything. I'm pretty sure I can pull it off. I originally pinned the body only in front of the rear wheel wells as fore-aft locators. I have since added ones that will tie the rocker panels into the pan, as well as doing separate ones for the lower fenders and rear of the pan at the back bumper. I still intend to add some at the upper rear edge of the fenders at the base of the windshield. Gotta think about those a bit more.
Guess I'll quit a this for the moment. More to come!
Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:44 AM
Your doing a beautiful job ob this Scott!!!!!! Keep up the great work at your own pace. I'm sure it will be well worth it!
Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:50 AM
I need a couple of these bodies for a couple slot cars I want to build.
Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:00 PM
Scott this thing is so cool. I really need to gather some cash so I can place an order with you in the near future....
Posted 28 April 2013 - 01:54 PM
That's some great work. That body style sure makes a great looking drag car.
Posted 28 April 2013 - 03:41 PM
Posted 28 April 2013 - 03:45 PM
The body, grille and taillight bezels, PE (2-pc grille, door handles, and (door) window sill trim) all lenses, and templates for front and rear glass are $55. Additionally, flat or cowl hoods are $5; the pro stock hood with PE scoop top is $8. S&H is $5 for one body and discounted for multiple body orders.
Edited by futurattraction, 28 April 2013 - 03:48 PM.
Posted 28 April 2013 - 03:50 PM
Thank you, gentlemen, for your kind words and interest. It means a lot!