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Member Since 04 Jan 2014
Offline Last Active Nov 24 2014 05:24 AM

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In Topic: Front Engine Dragster: The Old Master

26 July 2014 - 01:47 PM

No new progress on this build, guys. I'm after the brutal winter we had here in the Midwest, I'm taking every opportunity to be outdoors golfing, shooting, riding bikes or spending time with the kids. Hiding in the cold basement is for the cold season. I probably won't be pushing this one out again until the fall. It won't be shelved indefinitely, you can count on it. :)

In Topic: Front Engine Dragster: The Old Master

08 May 2014 - 03:58 AM

Hi guys, the build is still on my work surface, waiting to be picked back up again. Between working 60-80 hours a week since February and just recently fighting through pneumonia, there has been very little time to devote to things like this. Not to mention that with the spring finally treating us well, I haven't been inclined to lock myself in a cold, windowless basement.


Things will pick up again eventually, but for now, the project is a bit mummified.

In Topic: Tommy Grove F/C

06 March 2014 - 11:42 AM

Charlie, a common comment about your work is how CLEAN it is. I'm amazed at the lack of glue edges, paint scrapes or anything else we all usually suffer from somehow. Any tips on how to work so clean and excess free?

In Topic: Front Engine Dragster: The Old Master

27 February 2014 - 11:05 AM

No real progress to report on so far, as I wait for a boat load of 392 Hemi engine pieces, a late-arriving trade from the boards here and a general lack of "me" time to work on the car.


But, I have been busy with the reference materials. Two big pieces that will prove to be absolutely priceless as I move forward with this car.


One, I found through some searches that the current owner and restorer of the Old Master, Pete Eastwood is also an active member at the H.A.M.B. hot rod boards, so I contacted him through the forums. Renowned in his own right for his hot rods, he has already proven to be helpful in clarifying details of the car for me, and said he'd be willing to help with anything else I needed to know about the car.


Two, I tracked down Wes Allison, the Hot Rod photographer that shot the car for the January 2013 article about the car. He was able to provide the proof sheets of the raw photos from the shoot, which include about 4x what I was already able to find from the article. A bunch of views of plumbing, pedals, steering and other things that I had not been able to see in other photos.


Both of these contacts will make this build infinitely greater than I could have ever hoped to do when I started this hair-brained idea.


I'm even more excited for this project now than I was when it began!





More soon, hopefully. :)






In Topic: Paint Storage Tip

26 February 2014 - 05:39 PM

  I always store paint upside-down. Makes mixing a breeze, after setting it rightside-up for a few hours.


Storing upside down will also keep it from ever drying out (this works with latex house paints, too). I have Testor's and Model Master paint that is over 15 years old that is perfectly usable because there was no air allowed to enter the seam at the lid. Excellent tip and it makes your paint almost last indefinitely.