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My Metal Mistress: Finished !

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#1 FASTBACK340

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:54 AM

This might sound familiar, but I'm going to build a full detail replica of my `68 Barracuda. I have the interior, wheels/tires, and modified grilles ready to go. I'm mating an original `68 annual with a Revell Dart chassis. The engine will be a Ross Gibson 6 Bbl. and I will swap in a short tail 4 spd.  I just have to dig up a nice 8 3/4…..

 

 

Here we go. Again…..

 


Edited by FASTBACK340, 25 April 2014 - 07:54 PM.


#2 DonW

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 07:55 AM

Better luck this time around! Does the planned engine match your 1:1?



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:22 AM

Yes sir, better luck in this go around. You can do it !



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:14 AM

Better luck this time around! Does the planned engine match your 1:1?

Yes, my car has a 6 Bbl small block w/ 4 spd.

Sixpack 2 go!

 

 

I'll cut the chassis to fit that old MPC beast, then I can start fixing the front & rear valances so it looks right. Once I get the wheelbase and width addressed, I'll set ride height, mock-up the engine, and trim the interior tub to fit the new chassis.

 

Then all I have to do is put it together…… barefoot.  :lol: 



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:18 AM

I also forgot to mention: Revell had the good sense to include the 8 3/4" rear end in the Hemi Dart version. I don't have to swap a Dana into my car to make it accurate…. :o 

 

I'm also re-doing the grilles using chromed Modelhaus pieces. Hey, if you knew me personally, you'd know unpredictable behavior is my middle name.  :rolleyes: 



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:18 AM

Hang in there..



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:25 AM

I don't know about your build but your post title gets me a little excited.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:34 AM

I don't know about your build but your post title gets me a little excited.

 

If you read my final post in the locked Quick Build thread you'll see my explanation of the Mistress thing. 



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:40 AM

This should be good old friend, cant wait to see more.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:51 AM

I'll be tuned in John! B) 



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

This should be good old friend, cant wait to see more.

 

Wow, good to see you post Rommel! Hope everything is settling down for you!



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:45 AM

Good luck this time around John.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:33 AM

Good luck this time around John.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:06 PM

OK…. in order for the Revell chassis to fit inside the old MPC shell some cutting is required. The Dart has a 113" wheelbase, the Barracuda 108". Out comes the Zona saw…..

 

I cut the floor pan and hope it will be less noticeable (hopefully….) later. After cutting about 5 scale inches out, I braced the rails with square brass stock and clamped everything together. I also added a overlap piece of .030 plastic to act as a permanent brace.

 

*The brass brace is temporary

 

Here's the cut & spliced floorpan

 

Naturally, I had to slightly "trim" the interior bucket

 

 

Once the chassis is nice & solid (I have one more reinforcing trick to share) we move on to the engine compartment fitment, engine block assembly, and ride height. 


Edited by FASTBACK340, 04 February 2014 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:11 PM

While I was watching the glue dry, I realized I needed an Optima battery. 

 

I grabbed some old sprue….

 

 

Made two stacks of three, and glued it all together...

 

 

Once dry, cut to the proper height and make a thin base & top. Drill two holes and insert a short piece of aluminum rod

 

 

There you go.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:12 PM

Watching and learning. Looks great so far. Good luck with this one.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:17 PM

We badly need a new tool of this vintage Cuda! This will be sweet!

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:56 PM

We badly need a new tool of this vintage Cuda! This will be sweet!

 

Ohhhhh…. you have NO IDEA how BADLY we need a new tool. What a fantastic companion piece to Revell's `70 Sox & Martin car. And then spin it off into a Hemi under Glass. Then a generic factory BO29 Super Stock kit so the aftermarket decal makers can have a field day. Ray Barton…. JESSEL's WARFISH…. or how about George Poteet's Blowfish LSR car?

 

Geeeez…. I have to go self-medicate. My head is spinning…..   :blink: 

 

 

BTW: Maybe we can finally have a CORRECT Judy Lilly "68" Barracuda, and not the `69 they've been pedaling to us for years thinking no one would notice. And never mind the side marker lights being correct, everything else is WRONG.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:05 PM

I have to shoot a picture of the parts count on the Ross Gibson small block. HOLY &^%$! A TWO PIECE MECHANICAL FUEL PUMP!!!!!!  :o 



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 03:09 PM

John glad to see you did not waste any time getting back on another Cuda build. Yea I know what you mean about all the pieces with the Ross Gibson engine I've got a 383 I'm getting ready to start.