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#161 plowboy

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

I've managed to get some painting done on the Duster,but nothing really post worthy yet. I have the floor pan/roll cage painted body and interior color, front frame clip painted, engine, valve covers, induction setup, door panels and dash are all painted. I haven't detailed any of them yet. I'm trying to find some interior photos so that I know how the door panels and dash needs to be detailed. The body is ready for final primer stage. Then, I'll sand, paint and clear it hopefully this week. Maybe then I'll be able to post up some progress photos.



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

So I am looking up the rules for Pro Street drag cars. It says that any engine is fine but the car has to weigh so much for certain set-ups (ie: twin turbos add 200lbs, big block-3000lbs, and so on). It can not have a one piece body even if it has doors. Doors must be functional and be able to be opened from the inside and out. Must run a collector style header- no zoomies. Can now have a tubular chasis but it has to maintain the integrity of stock frame. Can have radial drag slicks but can not be wider than 10.5. Must have working lights.

It says that these are the rules as of 12/3/12.

Is this right, am I missing something??  


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

That's the rules for pro street drag cars. The only rule for pro street is that it must be street legal.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:16 AM

That's the rules for pro street drag cars. The only rule for pro street is that it must be street legal.

 

well, my 1:1 car does not have windshield wipers nor even a windshield wiper motor, no horns, fiberglass bumpers and the exhaust does not exit the side or rear of the car. these are some of the things that make a street legal car. when you go for the pro street drag car, i have a cage, but the certification is expired. little things like the welds need to be seen. they cannot be ground smooth like on some show pro streeters. some have front and rear bumper to ground clearances, how high a scoop can be. so many things to consider, but its all based on your state laws for road worthy cars.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

hi Guys, loving the whole pro street thing, could i join with a glue bomb?, it's complete now but will be strip to it's bare bone. cheers Jeff



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

 

well, my 1:1 car does not have windshield wipers nor even a windshield wiper motor, no horns, fiberglass bumpers and the exhaust does not exit the side or rear of the car. these are some of the things that make a street legal car. when you go for the pro street drag car, i have a cage, but the certification is expired. little things like the welds need to be seen. they cannot be ground smooth like on some show pro streeters. some have front and rear bumper to ground clearances, how high a scoop can be. so many things to consider, but its all based on your state laws for road worthy cars.

Those were the things I wondered. On your 1:1 car do you have slicks, how high is the hood scoop, and what is your bumper ground clearance? Do you have to change it from state to state? 



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:10 AM

Those were the things I wondered. On your 1:1 car do you have slicks, how high is the hood scoop, and what is your bumper ground clearance? Do you have to change it from state to state? 

no, i dont have slicks, but i ran something like this...

 

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on the street and prayed it didn't rain!! as long as there is some sort of treat going on, your OK.

 

dont run a hood scoop. if i did, it would be a stock 440+6 hood for a road runner. the law in ohio would be nothing over the "line of sight"..... what? that is a judgement call to me.... i was going the other way and was building ablower motor that would have extended up about 16" past the hood line..... i was also planning a 4 link and all new suspension under the car that would have put it about 3" to 4" below stock. that along with the blower never happened. the bumpers are about 2" below stock now, so they are not bad. its the deep sump oil pan!!(see the picture below) Ohio doesn't really have a law for clearance on things under the car that i know of, just the bumpers. i dont think you have to conform to out of state laws, only if you are being real obnoxious with the car and run iinto a cop who hasn't had his coffee and donuts that morning.

 

if you have any other questions, ask away, i will be happy to help if i can.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

That is a sweet ride!!!



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:48 PM

I got some paint sprayed on my Duster tonight. I'll sand it down slick,spray another good coat of color or two,sand again and then clear it. When that that gets good and dry,I'll give it a polish. I'll try to get some progress photos posted up tonight if possible. I'm still trying to locate a belt and pulley setup from a Revell '64 Fairlane 427 engine. Does anyone know if there are any other belt and pulley setups that are similar? I need one that mounts the alternator below the head on the passenger side. Would one from a 440 possibly work?



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:27 AM

I got some paint sprayed on my Duster tonight. I'll sand it down slick,spray another good coat of color or two,sand again and then clear it. When that that gets good and dry,I'll give it a polish. I'll try to get some progress photos posted up tonight if possible. I'm still trying to locate a belt and pulley setup from a Revell '64 Fairlane 427 engine. Does anyone know if there are any other belt and pulley setups that are similar? I need one that mounts the alternator below the head on the passenger side. Would one from a 440 possibly work?

no, 440's mount high off a y type bracket. if you want, pm me with your addy and i can get you one from the thunderbolt kit, or something simular that will work.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

Thanx Al, but after a couple of hours of digging around, I finally found a setup that will work with a little modification to it.

I finally got a chance to take some progress photos. The rear tires are just resting on the tubs, but it won't set much higher in the rear. The engine is totally different now. But, I'll save that photo for when the project is finished. I had the colors down to two choices: Green Go or Sublime Green. I had decided on the Sublime Green and had painted the chassis that color. But, in a twist of fate somehow, when I went to paint the front clip, I grabbed the Green Go. I had already painted the clip twice: satin black the first time. Then, I remembered it wasn't a separate piece on a Mopar. :rolleyes:  Not wanting to add yet another coat of paint to the clip, I decided to just spray the chassis and the rest of it with the Green Go. I think I like it better this color. I got a set of 340 stripes thanx to Casey and I plan on just trimming the 340 off and use them like that. I'm also mulling over whether or not to paint the hood and the top of the fenders with semi gloss black. :rolleyes:  I still have a way to go yet, but I'm getting closer!

 

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

That looks sharp Roger. The color is great and the stance (even with the rear tires just a bit higher) looks perfect.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:54 AM

Thanx Wayne! I'm thinking about doing the wide section of black on the hood with the strobe stripe down the center. It will be a bear to mask the strobe stripe,but I think the effort will be worth it in the end. I still need to check to make sure that I can use the rear tires. They should work since they came with the back half. But, I can't remember if I narrowed the tubs to get it to fit or not. I'll know for sure when I get the rearend,four link, wheels,tires and wheel backs together.



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:48 AM

So here is my other entry mocked-up. Let me know if this fits the "Pro Street" criteria. It has tires with treads, headlights/taillights, wipers, stock interior, and the stock supercharged 5.5l V8 engine.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:57 AM

Mark, you're sick, but I'm betting you already know this, right? That will be the baddest Mercededs ever built!

 

OK, I've got an actual update, with pictures even, what's the world coming to? The engine has been rechristened as a 496, the maximum size you can get out of a 383, so now we've got some power to work with, gonna need it for the meats out back, right? The engine is nearly completed now, all that's left is the valve cover bolts and fuel line from the chassis, but those two parts will be done once the engine is installed permanently in the chassis. I have the alternator and bracket installed, along with the fan, so this part is done, more to follow!

One photo-etched bracket with a 1/87th scale brass bolt to hold it in place...it even slides!
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Yeah, the placement of the bracket is not accurate, but it's the only place it would land that had a bolt...
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I drilled out the bolt on the engine and replaced it with another 1/87th scale brass bolt, those tiny boogers are handy!
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I tried to add a bracket to the power steering pump, but couldn't find one small enough. You couldn't see a bracket on it anyway, that area's pretty crowded!
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I also got the battery painted up and ready to install, we've moving right along!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:58 AM

Next up, some work on the hood and testing the fit of the air cleaner and hood for clearance. I added some embossing powder to the areas of the hood that normally have insulation on them, and it looks really good, I'm gonna do this more often!

If the paint hadn't cracked, this would look really good!  Don't ask, I don't know why it's cracked, it just happened. :headscratch:
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First shot of the engine in it's home...soon baby, soon!
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Air cleaner in place, fingers crossed...
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And of course, it's too tall! The rear edge of the hood is slightly up, time to get hacking on the air cleaner!
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I removed the two raised circles on the underside of the air cleaner's base, tried it again, and it fits perfectly, that worked out easily!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:02 AM

And the final update for now, working on the front rims and tires. Now just to let you know, Sam sent some rubber band front tires that are not gonna work, I can't get 'em to look right no matter what I do, so he'll get 'em back. I found some small, kinda narrow but not too narrow tires, and tried 'em out, they should do the trick. The ride height is nearly perfect, I just need to get the nose down a hair and it'll be right. The biggest problem I have now is the front tires being too far out in the wheel wells. The first shots are what I started with last night, the second two are where I stopped, I think I can get 'em tucked in a bit more, but it's gonna take some work!

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

I did a bit of interior work tonight, I sprayed the interior parts last night with some Dupli-Color Vinyl & Fabric Paints (Medium Gray), let 'em dry overnight, masked 'em all up, and shot some Dupli-Color Black Primer on for a second color. A quick ride in the dehydrator, and they're ready for some detailing!

Freshly painted with the Black Primer, ready for some foil work!
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A close-up of the dash, this is the best masking I've ever done!
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First two pieces of foil in place, time for the Q-Tip!
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First two pieces have been trimmed, and the long strip is in place and ready to meet Mr. Q-Tip!
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The long strip of foil has been trimmed up, we're looking good so far!
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Now the real fun begins, foiling the window crank and door handle...
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Trimmed up nicely, I'm getting good at interior panels!
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The last step, adding some Semi-Gloss Black to the Duster badge at the top of the door, and adding my door lock knob. This time I used some 24 Gauge wire instead of 30 Gauge. I flattened the wire with some pliers, and it looks great, no painting needed!
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:52 AM

Mike, you may want to check to see how those door panels are gonna fit up to the wheel tubs before you go much farther. I had to trim mine about a quarter of an inch around the perimeter where the door panel meets the inner fender wells to get them to fit. You surely want to check the rear seat also. I know it won't work without some modifications to it. That's why mine doesn't have one. IIRC, it wouldn't work at all up against the tubs. It has to be in it's original position or else the package shelf won't meet up to the body.

 

The only real progress that I have made is that I got the black panel, pin stripes and strobe stripe painted on the hood. Oh, and I have the body sanded ready for clear. I did luck out there and managed to get the two coats of paint sanded without going through anywhere. Everything else has been making yet more adjustments and corrections. :(  I had to trim down the shock towers to get the Hemi to fit from underneath with the chassis and repainted the underhood area. I also had to make the rear end wider to get the tires pushed out where I wanted them and got it repainted. I got the tires,wheels and wheel backs painted,detailed and assembled.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for that tip Roger, I honestly hadn't even thought about it yet...time to do some test-fitting!

 

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