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24 Hour Build: Jody Ridley '68 Falcon Short Tracker

25 January 2015 - 11:54 AM

This was my project for this years annual 24 hour build. I've always wanted to do some of Georgia racing legend Jody Ridley's cars, so here was an opportunity to build one...his 1968 Falcon:

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I started yesterday at noon with an AMT '69 Falcon Modified Stocker. Turns out that's a real dog of a kit, lol. Modifications include raising the roll cage 1/4", as it sits too low from the box, replaced the wheels and tires with appropriate ones from the parts box, opened up the fenders more so I could sit the car lower, Used a rear window for the parts box (the kit doesn't have one), and wired the engine with a M.A.D. distributor. Paint is DupliColor White, Silver, and Electron Blue Pearl. Decals are my own.
These 24 hours builds are tough, but a lot of fun. Things went ok, I was even able to get some sleep from 4 AM to 7 AM, and finished her up with almost an hour to spare.
In case you think the trim work around the windows could be better, the real car had the windows duct-taped in place. Jody did that because he ran this car on both dirt and asphalt, and it was easier to take the windows in and out like that. I tried to replicate duct tape using Tamiya masking tape painted with a silver sharpie.

I know its not perfect, but its a 24 hour job, lol. I probably wont be taking it to any shows, but I think it came out ok.

Thanks for looking!



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1964 GTO Pro Touring

15 January 2015 - 11:05 AM

With the Annual 24 hour build coming up next week, I figured it was time to finish my build from last year....well, actually, I got stuck out of town last year and never started, but if I had, this was going to be my project.
Monogram '64 GTO built Pro-Touring style. LS1 engine from a Corvette kit, Pegasus wheels/tires, Duplicolor Royal Blue paint. All scripts and badging are decals. Fairly simple build....but it DID take longer than 24 hours....WAY longer, lol.
Thanks for looking.



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Dirt Track Supermodified "Skeeter"

10 January 2015 - 03:47 PM

Hello, everyone. It's been awhile since I posted anything here...I've just been busy with work, kids, and life in general. I've also reached a point where I just can't do fine detail work anymore...my little friend Arthur Itis, I'm sure some of you also know him, lol.
This is one I completed recently. Bill Hemby was a very successful short track driver from Georgia in the 50s, 60s, and into the 70s. He held the track record at the famous Peach Bowl Speedway in Atlanta, and won many races all over the south. He was one of the inaugural inductees into the Georgia Auto Racing Hall Of Fame.
I happen to be good friends with Bill's son Les, and he was telling me about his dads favorite race car ever...this supermodified "skeeter" that he raced at Athens Speedway in 1968.


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He said the car was impossible to spin out, and it would go anywhere he pointed it. He said it handled so good, he didn't even have to turn the steering wheel, he just slid his butt one way or the other, like a go-kart, lol. He must've been right, because he was the top money winner that year, winning 5 races and finishing in the top 3 in all the others, except one...where he had a flat tire.

I decided I needed to build a model of that car, so here it is...as simple as the real one. The frame is basically the old Don Edmunds supermod, with a reworked roll cage. The body is made from sheet styrene, and the wheels and tires are resin from Big Donkey. Paint is DupliColor and the decals are my own.


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I know it's not much, but neither was the real one...and it was a fun build! The real car was based off of a design ran by Kentucky's Wayne McGuire...which on on my list of cars to build. ;)

I guess I'll shut up now! Thanks for looking.