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#1 Old Sprinter

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 02:49 AM

I'm lucky enough to have been asked to build the sprint car driven by RJ Johnson, this year, to a Southwest USAC championship. As always it's 1/8 scale, scratch built. I met the owners at the last race, last weekend in Peoria AZ. I started drawing plans the Sunday after that last race. Built the frame and body in 1 weeks time. This is a Sherman chassis with a Roush/ Yates Ford 360 motor.

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 03:32 AM

Man, what nice work.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:41 AM

Thanks Ray. I'm building three model cars from scratch presently. The vintage midget ( posted here as " Building an 1/8 scale model from a 1/4 scale model), this USAC sprint car and an Edmunds supermodified for the Open Wheel Museum in Phoenix. I would have never tried this a year ago but it's working. I spend one week working one car then the next on another car and so on. I don't get burnt out on one model so it keeps my interest up. Here's the Edmunds car as it sits today and the motor for the sprinter, which is a Ford Roush/ Yates. I bought original plans for the supermodified from Don Edmunds so that project is a blast. The plans are drawn in 1/8 scale which makes it much easier to build. I am trading some work to have Hoot's Rod and Custom paint all three cars which really helps me as I have not mastered painting at all, especially scallops.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:54 AM

Wow very nice!



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:08 PM

Hit a milestone today with the car being up on wheels. The tires and wheels take the longest to make of any other part. I've got the suspension done as well.101_5117_zpse8f888c8.jpg

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:02 PM

Looks incredible

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:26 AM

More done; body is getting painted and we're race raedy.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

That is just amazing! You scratch build the engine too?

 

What parts are plastic and what ones are metal? I love big scale and would like to attempt an entire scratch build someday.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 01:55 AM

Thanks John; on this sprinter the only aluminum I used was the firewall and belly pan; everything else is styrene sheet and tube. I only build these cars in 1/8th scale and I scratch build everything except I buy the spark plug boots and all the bolts. I draw plans for every car I build and I sell a generic set of 1/8 scale sprint car plans if you're interested. It's 11 pages on 12x18 sheets and shows how to build everything even the tires and wheels. E-mail me at kmeaders@q.com if you are ever interested. 



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:29 PM

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:30 PM

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:39 PM

Wow!



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:41 PM

Hey Ken,

Are you still around? I emailed you about the plans. Thanks!



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:18 AM

Hey Ken,

Are you still around? I emailed you about the plans. Thanks!

I responded twice to your e-mail; I'm guessing you got it by now. 



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 07:58 AM

Really?  I never got a thing.  Hmmm That's strange.

Could you PM me here?

 

Thanks!