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#21 rv1963

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 02:53 PM

Yep looks good to me, the movie was pretty good to.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:18 AM

Very good replica.  The John Milner story is the only part of the movie that I liked.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:39 PM

awesome



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:21 AM

Thanks guys, it is almost done! I applied some vintage style decals to the side flanks of the engine. I know the movie car had them along the back of the body work, but, I rarely have ever seen any swoopy body with decals back there. Just a few more details and it will be done. I promise! LOL! 

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:35 AM

Seeing how the tooling is good from the last issues as a Comp Coupe and the Ramchargers kit, they could just open the gate on the tooling for the swoopy body and issue it as a generic dragster or just leave the body in the kit as a surprise! . 

 

Chuck is making the decals and almost everything else has to be changed out to make it correct. 



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:31 AM

this is awesome. love those movies



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but, I was asked for some info regarding the build of this car and I am going to be posting some pics of the process. 

 

First I want to start with the body mods. The body was pulled from and original kit issue body that, like the Ramchargers body, is two pieces like an airplane fuselage. After it was glued together, by Skip Sample, he cut out the cowl part so the chassis could be slipped into the body without having to glue it together and then paint it and it eliminates the seam. This can also be done to the Ramchargers body to make it look better and to work on the chassis separately. 

 

The body from the kit is not all that accurate, but, that is what we have to work with. One thing I did to make it look better was to trim the engine side plates to more closely match the movie car. 

 

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The Ramchargers kit has to be one of them most flexible and jack of all trades chassis for mid sixties dragsters! 

 

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:34 PM

The rear axle is not really all that great in the Rams kit, so I decided to fix that by using some 1/8th tubing, the rear drum setup from the Wynn's Winder dragster and a metal axle. 

Luckily the rear end of the Rams car has a separate center section that uses a solid plastic axle for the rear wheels. I simply replaced the axle with the 1/8th tube to slide in the metal axle and make it like a more conventional model kit rear end. Or as conventional as they where with metal axles! 

 

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Just cut the tubing to size and slip into frame and third member

 

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And Voila! Axle and drums slip right in! 

 

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:54 PM

I chose to go with the SBC just like the movie car and one thing you must know, if you already don't, is that the SBC is actually wider at the crankcase than a Chrysler Hemi! Yes, even in the model world this holds true. I had to fit the block by grinding the sides of the block right above the oil pan. The other option was to cut the chassis up and widen it, but, that would also have to be done tot he body. Grinding the block was easier and you can not see it once you paint it black and slip it into the chassis. 

 

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The engine is a glue bomb out of a glue bomb Revell 57 Chevy Lowrider kit. This is the same engine as the old parts pack so it is not rare or hard to find. I used the long block and some of the drag parts. The timing cover uses a huge fuel pump that looks like a coffee can and that was not going to cut it. So, I actually used a from spindle mount from the same kit as the drive for the pump! With some minor trimming, if drops right in!! Give its some primer and a bit of metalizer, Voila! Vintage fuel pump cover and pump! The pump itself was in the parts box and I have no clue where it came from! 

 

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The blower is a Revell 70's funny car blower and so are the plates. The tensioner was made from the one that came in the Chevy and I totally cut it off and re-did it. The pulleys are from the Wynn's Jammer

 

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The barrel valve, the big red thing next to the butterflies, is just a piece of styrene stock with black wire for fuel lines with the ends exposed. Very high tech stuff! LOL! 


Edited by Daddyfink, 10 January 2014 - 04:00 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:23 PM

The pictures are very Helpful Jesse. Thanks for posting them.