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#1 racejunkie

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

wanting to lower the front of my revell 70 challenger t/a kit. i mean like super low and maybe tub the rear and toss a ross gibson racing engine in it and plum crazy purple metalic paint. im a newb so any advice you have would be great but especiallly on lowering and tubbing

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

If you're going to build it as Drag Racer with wide rear slicks, then The easiest way would be to buy Revell '55 or '57 Pro Sportsman Chevy, there you would get all you need. A chassis with huge wheel tubs and rear slicks, narrow rear axle with four links, wheelie bars, Racing wheels, nice Racing engine with Tunnel Ram intake and Dominators, etc. It's really nice kit, I haven't tried the chassis to that Challenger body, though so I don't know if it fits nicely or not, but even if the chassis would need narrowing or any other things, I guess it's the easiest way to do it. I have these both kits anyway, I can do a test fit...

 

Another way is of course to saw that chassis into two pieces just before the rear axle crossover-place. Then build new rear frame from Brass as I did for my '64 Falcon or from plastic. Then just scratchbuild the floor to the rear-end and new wheel tubs from aluminium or something. Then just connect the part you made to the original chassis.

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Of course one way is to scratchbuild everything, but that's really extreme scratchbuilding, absolutely the hardest way.



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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:02 PM

the test fit would be fantastic if you dont mind! how hard is that kit to find.the scratch build is a little out of my leage still.as i said im still a novice. with models at least. but any help you can throw my way would be great. and much appreciated!



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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

what would it take to get a stance like this. any kits i could steal from to make this possible. still want meaty tires under the back but not so skinny up front.like a dragste1459_dodge%20challenger%2070%20pro%205.jr and some bitchin rims are a must if some can be located in about a scale 17 inch style similar to these.



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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

That kit isn't really hard to find, I guess eBay is full of them and I guess many Hobby Shops do have those kits on their stashes. I will make a little test fit today and possibly take few pics of it. I don't know about that kind of wheels & Tires, since I've never built any model with Pro Touring style wheels and tires... Someone else knows more about that.



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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:21 AM

anyone on the forum i can contact on the forum about the pro touring idea? really wanna get this project off the ground asap. i hate just staring at it thinking what am i gonna do lol



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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:34 AM

 work on another  easier build while you plan and tinker with the pro street, .. lots of builders work that way

 while paint or glue is curing , work on the bigger project.  it works for me that way

 

 edit* sorry I shouldn't say "work" it's not meant to be ,, I need to work on that,, it's a hobby


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:51 AM

The AMT '66 Nova Pro-Street version has a good, gereric tubbed chassis if you want the pro-street look. The Nova is on a 110 inch wheelbase, and so is the Challenger. Piece of cake. These can be had for $10 plus shipping.

 

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Or, if you want a radical pro-touring, you can do like my '70 Chevelle and put the whole thing on a modified Corvette C5-R chassis, like this. I built it to be as low as humanly possible, but you could fiddle with the suspension to get exactly the rake you want.

 

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:12 AM

how hard was it to do that with the chevelle. that thing looks awesome! thats the kinda look im going for but spoked rims are my personal preference. any more street looking options?



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

how hard was it to do that with the chevelle. that thing looks awesome! thats the kinda look im going for but spoked rims are my personal preference. any more street looking options?

 

It was a lot of work, especially getting the stance, as everything had to be modified. You can get the same look using the chassis out of the '66 Nova kit I posted above. It's the same wheelbase as the car you're building. It is not a 'Nova" chassis but rather a fabricated racing chassis, has tubs already in the rear, and the front suspension is more easily modified. With a little modification, you can put any wheels / tires on it you want.



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

already started looking for the kit and working on a few others as well at the same time. this is just one of two big projects going on right now and the one mild and then a box stock tamiya 911 gt2 to pass time betweeen parst searching and such. all of wich are being prepared for the upcoming summer nnl season. im particularly psyched about the 350z dragster im starting. more updates to come on that one. yes i realize im ambitious but hey why not ive got confidence in my abilities in fab and body work so parts will be the only roadblock i forsee.



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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:11 AM

first off, i believe the revell kit is 1/24th. if so, the chassis out of any pro stock  revell kit (any pro stock firebird or camaro) the wheelbase is almost exact and the chassis futs under it real nice. if you are pro touring it, usually the tires for a pro sturing are not as wide, you can carefully cut the area from the gas tank to the frame rail out and move it (the frame rail inboard to the gas tank. check out the hoto, this is a GTX frame, but you should get the point. find what tires you want first and then you will know exactly what path to take. lowering is easy, just depends on how much detail you want under it.

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