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#61 plowboy

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:00 AM

The engine is looking good in there Sonny! Great idea on the fuel injection. I'm pretty sure the intake was an optional intake that came with that kit engine or it could be from the '69 Shelby GT 500. I would go with a modern throttle body/fuel rail system for the injection. Maybe modify the valve covers a little? If you do go the modern route, you might consider adding coil packs for the ignition also. I gave an old Hemi the modern treatment on my last build with a Viper styled intake and coil packs. Looked pretty decent when I got it done. If you would like to see a photo of the engine, let me know and I'll post it up.  



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:41 AM

Nice work so far!  What about getting a resin t-bolt teardrop hood?  Although looking ant what you've done so far, I imagine making something will be a breeze for you.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:51 AM

Wow! ...just...  Wow!

 

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:34 AM

Fantastic work so far!! KUTGW!!



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:05 AM

Very nice workmanship, an inspiration to all us folks who live vicariously off these builds.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

Awesome. 



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:22 PM

The engine is looking good in there Sonny! Great idea on the fuel injection. I'm pretty sure the intake was an optional intake that came with that kit engine or it could be from the '69 Shelby GT 500. I would go with a modern throttle body/fuel rail system for the injection. Maybe modify the valve covers a little? If you do go the modern route, you might consider adding coil packs for the ignition also. I gave an old Hemi the modern treatment on my last build with a Viper styled intake and coil packs. Looked pretty decent when I got it done. If you would like to see a photo of the engine, let me know and I'll post it up.  

i would like to see that photo ^_^



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:00 PM

The engine is looking good in there Sonny! Great idea on the fuel injection. I'm pretty sure the intake was an optional intake that came with that kit engine or it could be from the '69 Shelby GT 500. I would go with a modern throttle body/fuel rail system for the injection. Maybe modify the valve covers a little? If you do go the modern route, you might consider adding coil packs for the ignition also. I gave an old Hemi the modern treatment on my last build with a Viper styled intake and coil packs. Looked pretty decent when I got it done. If you would like to see a photo of the engine, let me know and I'll post it up.  

Thanks for the ideas Roger. I would love to see that treatment on the Hemi - please post a pic :) .



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:42 AM

use the cammer out of the 66 or one of the AMT reissue Funny Cars



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:49 AM

Here you go Sonny. It still needs a few more details. But, those will have to come later.

 

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The intake and coil packs are from the Duster kit. I had to modify the intake a little to get it to fit the Hemi. I sanded the valve covers smooth and then cut the grooves in with a razor saw.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:52 AM

Looking pretty good



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:00 AM

Now it's time to  get the firewall sorted. For a while I was considering keeping it smooth with no details except for the brake servo, but after finding some good reference pics I have decided to scratch build a stock firewall. The one supplied with the kit is not accurate and had big holes for the bonnet (sorry 'hood') hinges - which I won't be using. It also has gaps where it meets the kits inner fenders (which I won't be using either!).

 

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To achieve the oddly shaped panel I have had to cut my smooth firewall down. I've added the spot-weld flange using the thinnest styrene sheet I have.

 

In the pic below you can also see the engine mounts completed. The excess rod length has been cut away.

 

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I've added the top part of the firewall back, but this time with a curve.

 

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From this angle (see the pic below) you can see the curve better. It now matches the curve of the back edge of the hood opening - as on the 1:1 car.

 

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I found this pic of a Boss 520 with throttle body fuel injection and I think this is the kind of look I NEED :D .

 

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To achieve this I've searched my parts box and come up with the 8 air horns (I have no idea which kit they originally came from). I've also found a twin carb high-rise manifold which can be cut down for the job.

 

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And here's the lot just mocked up in place. At the moment I don't know whether to replicate a mechanical injection system (like a Hilborn set-up) or a more modern throttle body set up.

 

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In this picture you can also see how the curve of the top of the fire-wall now matches the back edge of the hood opening (or at least better than before!).

 

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The manifold is a perfect fit in the Boss engine. Again, I have no idea where this part originally came from (after 30+ years of building model cars and never throwing anything away I've accumulated a mountain of spares and extras).

 

Of course, now I will need to cut the hood. This was never part of the original plan but Its something that can't be avoided now  :angry: .

 

that intake might be from AMT's boss 429 pinto funny car



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 09:47 AM

With the engine in place the bonnet will not fit - so after trialling about a 100 different bonnet scoops (sorry - I mean 'hood' scoop) and bulges from my spare parts box I found this. It's from AMT's 66 Nova. It was an optional part that I did not use when I built the Nova about 20 years ago.

 

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From all the pencil marks on the hood you can see the fun and games I had trying to figure out which scoop was going to be best.

 

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The only problem with the Nova scoop is that it is dead straight and the Galaxie hood has a subtle curve...

 

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So, a quick dip in a pan of boiling water and a gentle bit of shaping got the shape just right.

 

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It's a very slight curve, but its all it takes to make it a perfect fit.

 

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Above; with an appropriately sized hole cut in the hood. I've stripped the silver paint off the air 'trumpets' so they look a mess right now.

 

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And here's the hood scoop finally glued in place. There's still some work to do here as I want the scoop to look like it is moulded as part of the hood.

 

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The underside of the hood is looking pretty bad now. The plan is to make this part look like it is a one-piece glass fibre hood so most of the under-hood structure must go.

 

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And here it is after an hour of sanding.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:12 AM

Now its time for me to sort the trunk lid out.

 

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Above is a pic of the trunk lid as it comes out of the box. As with most plastic kits I think it far too thick.

 

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I wonder if AMT could have put the ejector pins in a worse place!

 

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Here's a pic of the 1:1 trunk, so the challenge I have is to make the kit part look more like this.

 

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So here it is after another hours worth of sanding/cutting/grinding... It's not quite as '3D' as the 1:1 trunk, but its slightly better (I think!).

 

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Now I have to replicate the trunk hinges. Of course the kit parts won't do so I'm starting from scratch.

 

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The pic above is from a 1:1 car. You can see the 'U' shape channel that I need to replicate.

 

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I will never be able to make a true scale hinge from plastic as it won't be strong enough to do the job. My effort is slightly oversized, but at least it will look a little more like the 1:1 hinge. In the pic above you can see three different profiles that I have trialled.

 

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With this trial hinge tack glued to the trunk lid, I can test that the hinge will work properly.

 

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This is my favourite way of cutting identical shaped pieces. You can see that I am actually cutting 5 pieces here. I will need two per hinge and I'm cutting one extra just in case I mess one up. The two holes are so that I pin the 5 pieces together and keep them perfectly aligned with one another.

 

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Five identical pieces!

 

 



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:37 AM

The excess holes in the hinge pieces are being filled with a little stretched sprue.

 

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I've glued them into the holes and then cut them flush once the glue is set.

 

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Here are the two completed trunk hinges.

 

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And here they are glued to the trunk. The long pin helps me to make sure that both hinges are perfectly aligned with each other.

 

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These are the pieces that will anchor the hinge to the body.

 

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This is the final hinge assembly in place. The trunk can easily be removed by sliding the pins out.

 

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Once the glue is set I can try the hinge out and I'm glad to say it works! I've made many hinges in a similar way to this and they don't always work. The worst part is that you never know till the whole lot is assembled.

 

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I'm switching from grey primer to white. This is just what I call a 'checking' coat. I get everything the same colour to make sure I can properly see that the shape is right and I can pick out the flaws.

 

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There's so much work left to do on this one. It's great to see all the encouraging comments you guys make on this forum - its good for keeping up the enthusiasm and staying motivated.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 01:18 PM

Fantastic work!



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 03:16 PM

Been watching this thread since day 1, and this is beautiful attention to detail!

Just a thought on your hinges; if you thin the trailing edges of the plastic, it will do alot to lighten them visually. Just file a light taper from front to back, removing nothing at the front, and maybe 2/3 of the thickness at the rear edge. Big change in appearance, and shouldn't affect their strength.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:19 PM

Awsume progress. love the engine and intake...



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 06:11 PM

Truely amazing to watch this build, I am in awe of your creative abilities sir. :o



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:42 PM

This is killer work,, LOVE the trunk hinges, best I have ever seen!!