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#41 customsrus

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

Hey John is that a 63 T-bird with a Banchee roof ?  Very cool looking ride.

 

Yes it is. thanks



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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:59 PM

John, that rod is downright sexy. I love the subtlety of the lines. If you get the gumption to continue with it I'd love see where it goes. But that T-Bird is something else. I shudder to think of the time you invested. I only mention that because the level of care and imagination shows. Any hidden details worth showing?

 

And Richard....

 

 

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That Dodge is killer. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. That so perfectly captures the heart and soul of what I would like to acheive myself. Very, very exciting



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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:31 PM

John, that rod is downright sexy. I love the subtlety of the lines. If you get the gumption to continue with it I'd love see where it goes. But that T-Bird is something else. I shudder to think of the time you invested. I only mention that because the level of care and imagination shows. Any hidden details worth showing?

 

 

 

Thanks Mike, Here are a few more pictures of the T- Bird.

 

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 06:00 PM

Thank you Mike, I enjoyed building ths.  Believe it or not it started out when I drew a picture of a '59 Dodge with fins on the bottom too.  A couple of months later, there it was.

 

Ray, yes sir, I've been known to "have a few" now and then, but nowhere near as much as I did in my younger days.  The '59 Chevy taillights fit perfectly under the headlight eyebrows of the '59 Dodge.  I had a friend cast the taillight lenses in clear resin for me, but they yellowed over time.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 07:11 PM

 

 

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Thanks for the extra shots. I'm impressed, not just with the engineering but the research. 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:00 PM

 

Thanks for the extra shots. I'm impressed, not just with the engineering but the research. 

 

Thanks Mike, I will try to get the 34 roadster done in time for this CB, wish me luck...



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:53 PM

:lol:  :D  :lol:   I know I'm turning the screws on you John, but I have all the confidence you'll pull an all nighter to get in under the new deadline.



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:22 PM

I might have to pull a couple of all nighters to get it finished by 2525..



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:38 AM

The Cherry Bomb dash is sparse with dated and thinly engraved details including a large "65" which I suppose is the speed.

 

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It's actually begging to be detailed and I considered the nacelle of a '57 Chevy dash, but to move this along I just added a parts box guage cluster, buttons and a canopy release. It would be easy to overdo it but I think a utopian car shouldn't be complicated to operate.

 

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:48 AM

My power plant doesn't require the kit's turbine exhaust, but there's a recessed placement area for it. Rather than just fill it in I'd like to add some texture to the body

 

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I burnished some tape into the recess with a pencil...

 

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...then laid the tape on some sculpting screen and just trimmed it to the shape of the marks.

 

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Pressed it firmly into the space and superglued. This will be painted body color, maybe with a wash. Mostly I just wanted a little texture to add interest.

 

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:21 PM

Hey Mike your cherry bomb concept is coming along nice. Keep up the KOOL work.



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:52 PM

Hey Mike might I add a suggestion for your dash dilemma. On the T-bird concept I built I just  cut a section of the dash out and added some clear acetate with the back painted black. kinda looks like an all digital dash. And it is easy to do. Whatever you decide to do I am sure it will be pure Utopian.

 

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 05:39 AM

Mike, wonderful presentation for this thread, and already some great eye candy is starting to show up.  Thank you.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:50 PM

Thanks Doc. Once this get into full gear, I believe our little Utopia will become a destination. Sort of a Mel's Dineropolous.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:56 PM

On the T-bird concept I built I just  cut a section of the dash out and added some clear acetate with the back painted black. kinda looks like an all digital dash.

 

That was the obvious choice, but I wanted to cut corners and not dwell on the interior too much. Truth is though, I'm not satisfied with how it looks and since most of it is in plain view I think I'm going to redo it. Every inch of that T-Bird is an inspiration so I'll have to raise the bar a tad.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:57 PM

Hey Mike any progress on your build..



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:05 PM

Precious little time to build, but that said, I did redo the dash. Not spectacular but it's more suitable. I'll get pics up after the holidays settle a bit in a day or two.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:59 PM

I started to do some work to the 34 roadster will post pictures asap.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

The new dash is nothing special, but at least it fits the theme better than the gauge box it replaces.

 

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:16 PM

For digital dashes, I used to use the LCDs from old watches. You can see some of them in my car on page 2 of this thread.