Thought I had a turned aluminum dizzy in the box Mike. Oh well, yours looks nice as well.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:40 PM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:00 PM
So is the build!!
Thank You for sharing
Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:55 AM
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!
Yeah, the placement of the bracket is not accurate, but it's the only place it would land that had a bolt...
I drilled out the bolt on the engine and replaced it with another 1/87th scale brass bolt, those tiny boogers are handy!
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!
I also got the battery painted up and ready to install, we've moving right along!
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:
First shot of the engine in it's home...soon baby, soon!
Air cleaner in place, fingers crossed...
And of course, it's too tall! The rear edge of the hood is slightly up, time to get hacking on the air cleaner!
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!
Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:01 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!
Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:00 PM
Real nice looking Mike!
I like the detail Your doing!
Thank You for sharing
Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:48 PM
Thanks Russ, I can only do so much though, it's Sam's baby, and I can only go as far as he lets me! 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!
A close-up of the dash, this is the best masking I've ever done!
First two pieces of foil in place, time for the Q-Tip!
First two pieces have been trimmed, and the long strip is in place and ready to meet Mr. Q-Tip!
The long strip of foil has been trimmed up, we're looking good so far!
Now the real fun begins, foiling the window crank and door handle...
Trimmed up nicely, I'm getting good at interior panels!
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!
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:03 PM
Time for more? You bet! I got the engine wiring done, I used white 30 gauge wrapping wire and some yellow jacket from some 26 gauge wire for the boots. I was going to paint the wrapping wire with some Tamiya Clear Yellow, but it wouldn't dry (I waited about 5 hours and it was still tacky), so I just decided to go with the plain white wire.
Resin distributor from Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland, these things are great!
Wiring in place on the distributor...
2 boots on each wire, time to get it installed on the engine!
Right side of the engine complete, more to come!
A yellow Sharpie works great for coloring white wrapping wire to make yellow plug wires. I keep a whole bunch of different colored Sharpies at hand to make custom colored wires that way.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:23 PM
Ira and Carl, thanks, I wish the boots wre smaller, but being only my second try at 'em, I'll take it. I'll make 'em smaller every time until I get 'em right!
Thamks for the tip Curt, I'll find a yelow Sharpie and give it a shot!
Edited by Custom Mike, 11 February 2013 - 04:23 PM.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:33 AM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:28 AM
Great build Mike. That engine looks like it could be fed some hi-test and rumble to life!
Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:29 PM
Thanks guys, I'm slowing down due to lot of hours at work, but at least i have work, right? Gary, when is Richmond, I'll see if it's something I can do!
Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:10 PM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:28 PM
Getting god at interiors?!?!?!?!?!!!
That is some of the best BMF trimming I have seen in a l-l-o-o-o-o-n-n-g time!
Seriously, You have some "very" sharp blades, where did You buy them?
Thank You for sharing Mike
Great looking build, Sam is gonna be very pleased. . . . .
uhm, if not . . . . . .