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Pro Mod "Motown Missile" FINISHED! 4/6/14


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#1 am73grand

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:57 AM

So my new friend Sean and I swapped some models. I got a bunch of vintage Pro Stock cars and he got a bunch of trucks.

In my pile was a Competition Resins '72 Cuda with a Ross Gibson hemi pro stock motor and the Motown Missile Decals. After doing some research I found a lot of Motown Missile builds.

 

I wanted to be different......How to be different? Go Pro mod with a vintage theme!!! This will be a stock bodied 'Cuda with a Ross Gibson pro mod motor.

 

I prefer to work with plastic when possible so I pulled a built up '74 Cuda off the shelf, took it apart, and cut out the hood and trunk.

 

 

 

The resin hood fits like a glove

 

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Then I started on the cage using .080 styrene rod. This is the bottom of the cage:

 

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Top of the cage

 

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Frame mocked up with the engine:

 

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The blower is still gonna stick out of that tall hood!!

 

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I still have a lot of work to do on the cage and I have started on the body work. It may not be 100% correct but I'm having fun and that is all that matters!


Edited by am73grand, 06 April 2014 - 01:40 PM.


#2 slusher

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:33 AM

Looks great so far...



#3 Old Buckaroo

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:50 AM

Very cool and impressive work with the styrene rod.  That is something I never ventured upon.

Glad to see this stuff go to someone that has use for it. :)



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 01:22 PM

Great idea , I've  always liked the look of the Motown Missile, frame work looks really good.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:31 PM

Very cool. Like Sean said, the styrene rod is impressive. To me in paticular because I like the idea of trying to build a chassis, but I can't solder well at all at this point. I wonder if I'd have better luck this way. Anyway, will be watching, thanks for sharing.

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Edited by Dave42, 10 February 2014 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:34 PM

Lookin' good. Your right about the fun. If you don't enjoy it it ain't worth doin'.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:56 PM

This going to be one nasty Cuda.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:48 AM

Lookin' good. Your right about the fun. If you don't enjoy it it ain't worth doin'.

x2, I couldn't have said it any better!!  build on Ron!!  ;) 



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:48 AM

Very cool idea and great work on the cage.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 05:17 AM

Great idea and yes having fun is all that matters. Looks great so far.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:55 AM

Got some more done on this the last couple of days.

 

I got the resin rear bumper installed:

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I extended the front of the floor:

 

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Some more cage work done:

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I hope to finish the cage in the next couple of days and then I will get to work making the shocks/struts.

 

Thanks for looking



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 04:31 AM

Good start, Ron. I love the concept too.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:52 PM

I got some more done over the past few days. After looking at Tyrone's pro mod engine I realized I had the wrong heads in my kit. I used some parts box heads and I will be using dual plug valve covers.

 

The chassis is complete except for the upper strut mounts. 

 

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The chassis is in pieces so I can paint the floor pan a contrasting color.

 

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Mocked up:

 

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Edited by am73grand, 15 February 2014 - 04:02 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:56 PM

The hole in the hood is started. It will need to be opened up even more:

 

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The resin front bumper wouldn't fit so I cut the guards off the '74 bumper.

 

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I am making steady progress. I'm hoping to work on the suspension front and rear and the wheelie bars next.



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:07 PM

That is some really skillful work you have done on this.

To me that butterfly scoop looks like E.T. sticking his head out of the hood. ;)



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:57 PM

I love where this is going, it's how I wanted my first build to go but I couldn't find a blower to fit my Hemi so I just thru some Dominators on it and made it more of a street hot rod, I mocked mine up with the big injector too I think it looks really cool. Yours is where I wanted mine to go but didn't have the parts or skills to build it that way.

Looks great. Here's a pic of mine mocked up, and then how it ended up some day I hope I can do what you guys do.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:55 AM

I love where this is going, it's how I wanted my first build to go but I couldn't find a blower to fit my Hemi so I just thru some Dominators on it and made it more of a street hot rod, I mocked mine up with the big injector too I think it looks really cool. Yours is where I wanted mine to go but didn't have the parts or skills to build it that way.

Looks great. Here's a pic of mine mocked up, and then how it ended up some day I hope I can do what you guys do.

Your 'Cuda looks AWESOME!!! I love how the carbs poke out of the factory hole for the shaker!!! Nice job!!



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:30 PM

Nice job
Is the chassis you started with from the Christine pro mod?

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:18 PM

looking great



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:26 PM

Nice job
Is the chassis you started with from the Christine pro mod?

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Yes I did start with the "Christine" pro mod car.