The "coil overs" are actually shock absorbers, 2 per side. Early NASCAR suspensions.
1/16 Re-Charger (Updated 5-29-13)
Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:12 AM
Thanks for the photo Greg. Yes shock absorbers, sometimes I can type faster than I can think. The old shocks from the kit won't be re used (they don't look real enough and 2 got broken anyway) I would like to build some with coil overs on them, more just for looks. In the photo, that's just a single post sticking up with the shocks bolted on. I wonder what the other end that brace at the top is bolted to?
Thanks again for the photo..
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:07 AM
Neat..looks like it's coming along well. I have an unbuilt '80s issue of that kit (the molded in red version), and one thing I don't like about it is how the rear tires stick out so far...narrowing the axle and widening the rear wheel wells seems to be the way to go..
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:24 PM
Well I got most of the rear suspension done today. Forward leaf spring mounts are all formed. Shackels got modified. Worked over the leaf springs for the final time then put it together with pins to see the fit.
I started gathering tubing and springs for the 4 coil over shocks on the rear but have to wait on construction till the rear end is solid so I can get the length correct.
Here's the leafs layed over the axle.
I think this is going to work.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:57 PM
After a quick review of yesterdays work, I figured out there would be an issue with the ride height. The block that cups the axle needed to be taller which translates to a lower ride height. So back to the drawing board.
Since I wasn't 100% pleased with how it turned out anyway. I spent the whole morning scratch building all the parts to redo the rear suspension.
Here's what I came up with.
With the help of a hand full of pins, I got it temporarily held together.
I think it turned out a lot better and looks a bit more realistic. The rebuild saddle blocks dropped the whole car 3/8 of an inch.
I finally glue the new tubs in place last night so it would be dry to work with today.
Here's a couple views of it all sitting in it's perspective place.
Now that I have a measurement I can get to work on the Coil over shocks and mounts.
Here's the battery, nitrous tanks and fuel cell (I may scratch build a new one out of aluminum) What do you thick, the plastic just looks to cheesy
All added up it doesn't look like a lot but it took all day to build.
I'm going to have to break down and make a run to Salt Lake City to the hobby store that carries the "Alclad Paint Line" to use anything else on this built would be a constant source of regret to me after all the work that will go into it..
Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:44 PM
I've managed to get a little accomplished in between all the other projects.
I had to chuck up the rims and remove some plastic so I could fit the car with Disc brakes (original kit had drums on all 4's)
Next, I cut some styrene squares and chucked them in the drill and stuck a knife to it to come up with the disc's. Laying them out for the vent holes was a little tricky and I came up with 2 different designs but one looked a lot better than the other.
I cut more styrene for the bracket that holds the rear calipers in place.
Then I got working on the calipers themselves. They are at a crude point right now but some putty and Dremel work should pull them together.
Here's the work removing the lip on the rims. It was the only way I was going to get realistic sized discs and calipers added.
The left is original, the left is after trimming.
Here I got the disc's cut.
I made 5 of them so I could sacrifice on while laying out the vent hole pattern.
This proved to be a little time consuming.
I used the hole guide and put punch marks on each of the lines, then dropped down 2 sizes and repeated the process. Then I took a pin vise and drilled them all out. 54 holes on one pattern and 86 on the other. I decided to go with the pattern on the left.
Here's the bracket for the rear calipers. I can't complete it trimming it till I get the calipers finished.
I had to chuck more pieces to build the calipers, but the scraps from cutting the discs will come in handy also.
I really debated on buying some pre made calipers but decided that I would have more fun trying to make my own.
They are at a pretty crude stage right now but if the plan goes well, a little trim and putty will pull it together.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:19 PM
Ira, Anne and Andy: thanks for the replies. This has been a fun rebuild. not my usual work (new kit) I've had to rehash all those ideas that I had when I built it in the 90's when all I had was a kitchen table to work at, and use the knowledge and skill I've gained since, to pull it off.
Greg: as for the color. I put it up for a vote and everyone said to keep the original color "Purple metallic flake" you can see it in the first photos. It was still in pretty good shape so I buffed out the hood to see what would happen and it came out like a new paint job.
I would welcome your response though. I toyed with the idea of putting some graphics or something on it., but it is such a street sleeper that i'm not sure what I would even do to it.
I have been working on the rear end (brakes and axle) It's almost done! Then on to the front suspension (oh boy!) I will have some updated photos soon. The yard and honey-do list has sapped all my time recently not to mention getting ready for the Wife's "Quattro De Mayo" party. Bring on the Margaritas and BBQ'd ribs....
Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:21 AM
Small update.. I finished the discs and mocked up the rear end. Looking pretty good I think.
I got the tubs all sanded down and fitting properly into the body.
I decided that the old fuel tank had to be replaced with an aluminum one.
Also while digging around in my stash, I came up with a tube of "Testors Red Putty" that I've had for years and never opened. I played around with it on some frame work to see if it would be suitable for the rest of the build. I used some other stuff back in the 90's that had Tolene (think that's how it's spelled) and it was so hot, it melted and warped the project I was working on. Valuable lesson learned. I like it, and I didn't have to put out any money.
Here's a photo of the rear end mocked up with the discs added.
I'm going to trim off the U bolts and add some brass nuts on them when the final assembly comes around.
I had to cut out where the old fuel tank used to be.
Another view of the trunk area.
I just had to through this photo in because this car looks so cool from the front. The blower is detached from the block that's why it's cock eye'd
Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:23 AM
Let's see what we can make with a couple of left over soda cans. I've been using them for years to custom build all kinds of stuff, pretty cheap and always in supply.
My first attempt at the fuel tank was an epic failure. Can you figure out why? I didn't even see it until it was all cut out. I had to laugh at myself..
The second try took a different approach. I realized I wasn't going to be able to make it in one piece like I had planned. I also decided to cut a wood block to hold the inside ridged, this will also help later on when I drill it out for the fuel lines. Here's the pieces before assembly.
It's about time all that schooling in Wood and Metal shop to pay off, not to mention the 3 years in Auto Body class.
I had to get it bent just right, then work the wood block inside without mangling it to badly.
That wasn't so hard!
Then I used Super glue to put the top and bottom pieces on.
Here's a photo of the tank propped up in the trunk, not the right height yet, but that will come later.
I have 2 Nitrous tanks that will be mounted on the black deck right between the wheel tubs.
I still have to do some trimming on the top and bottom plates. And I have one more really sweet trick left to perform!
You'll have to check back on the next update to see it. It has to do with filling in the small gap around the edges...I hope it works!
Hopefully this next week I'll be able to put some real time into this build.
Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:48 AM
Come on Steve, let's crank this one up, I've got one of the kits, waiting in the wings..........awesome job man !!!
Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:21 AM
Great work ypu've done on your project so far. Ya just gotta love dem Mopars, I do !
Posted 29 May 2013 - 07:16 AM
It's been awhile since I updated.
The wife scratched her cornea which got infected, turned into 2 trips to the ER and an emergency call to an Ophthalmologist. Spent 2 days administering anti biotic drops every half hour (day and night) then 3 days of drops every hour (day and night). Day 6 was drops every 3 hours. Day 7 was 3 times (day only) which allowed me to finally catch all that sleep I missed. She narrowly avoided loosing the eye but will have permanent scarring and possibly need a cornea transplant. Still waiting to see how well it heals itself first.
When it rains! It pours.. We are just grateful we caught it in time.
I was able to build a little bench time in while she was sleeping + the progress I made before this happened.
I got the nitrous tanks and the "T" fitting done. just need paint and a decal on them.
Then the task of making 8 identical coil over shocks. Tedious but I enjoyed it.
I've started to turn some focus on re working the front suspension.
Here's a photo of the Nitrous tanks.
And the "T"
Most of the pieces needed for the coil overs.
Some assembly required...LOL
Without the coils.
These still need to be trimmed to fit. They are in 2 pieces so after the suspension is complete I can measure then cut the center ram and coil for the final fit. They turned out pretty good I think.
Here's a photo of the stock front end. I'm in the process of making lower A arms to replace the old set up. The kit had A arms for the uppers but the new ones have to be wider and making all the brackets for the new front end out of brass. Should be fun.
That's about all for now. Hope to be back on this project soon and get some pics posted.
Thanks for checking in..