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Member Since 19 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 09 2014 03:58 AM

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In Topic: New Mustang

01 November 2014 - 07:30 AM

Fun topic to read the opinions.
Harry, have fun with your new toy!
I had a 2012 stang and had a lot of fun driving it!
The bast way to determine what engine, acceleration, mileage is best for you is to actually drive it. It's amazing how different each set up feels different in the seat, behind the wheel. Specs on paper are just a starting point of reference.
Regarding gas mileage....those quoted numbers are also to be taken with a grain of salt....your mileage may be different....do you only drive around 55 on the highway, only use premium, never have any passengers, take out the spare, never punch it, keep nothing in the trunk, keep the AC off, keep the windows up, etc.
My stang gt averaged about 10 miles to the gallon and that was with a lot of highway driving....it was just too much fun to light it up like the 2001 Lightning I used to own.

In Topic: VW Type 1 Motors

21 September 2014 - 07:42 AM

Regarding the type 1 engine and trans that I modified for the master... The caster will have them cast up in late sept early oct according to our last conversation. He was hoping to sell a bunch of the rims out of his first batch of castings to help fund the engines, but has sold very few sets. Sounds like he is a little apprehensive with investing too much money in casting the engine parts if all he gets is lots of interest and no orders. Just my interpretation. He is selling right now just on Facebook which may not reach everyone?

In Topic: VW Type 1 Motors

03 August 2014 - 05:34 PM

Regarding the engine parts...the Resin caster is working hard on getting some test shots done by mid August to work out any problems before producing some inventory. Because of the Baja bug kit, we agreed to push some offroad wheels and tires ahead of the engine block. I mastered a Jackman style rim along with some other surprises.

Randy.... The Porsche and VW engine are very different, but are based on a similar platform, shape and principles....air/oil cooled, flat four, opposed cylinders, upright fan, Mounted at the rear behind the transmission and rear wheels. The problem is that the model versions in plastic have been poor representations except for the fujimi porsche 356 version and the Tamiya 66 beetle/ Ghia version. How to hot rod vw engines is a great magazine/ book to learn the lingo. Hot VW's magazine is also helpful. Sometimes website or paper catalogs will give you learnings into the differences...check out Mid America motorworks or EMPI or others that advertise in Hot VW magazine. funny thing is, many of the differences of these different engines and parts can't really be seen in 1/25 scale very clearly once most of the parts are placed on the engine. It all depends on how accurate or detailed you want to get.
The kubelwagen engine is a good example of the very early vw engine...25 horse...that would probably not be accurate for a late 60's Baja bug. This engine is also molded a little flat and looks good Detail painted inside the Kubelwagen, but does not look right outside of the engine compartment with no engine tin. I have seen 36 horse engines in Baja bugs....like the amt Meyers Manx kit version, but the trans was the earlier version. Post or send me any questions you may have and I will be glad to help.

In Topic: VW Phantom Barndoor Custom Crewcab progress

29 June 2014 - 01:06 PM

Thanks Darren, Richard, Herve and Blair!
The wheels are from a Revell 56 chevy, early issue, custom version (body painted green on box). I converted them to the wide 5 bolt pattern with nut/bolt detail.

In Topic: VW Phantom Barndoor Custom Crewcab progress

29 June 2014 - 08:29 AM

Body on Chassis!

Almost finished, plus have a few more ideas to add interest.


Mounted photo etch safari windows and added hardware including wing nuts. Glass and latches next along with the sliding door glass.

Mounted stationary glass pieces in door, sides and rear.

Hard to see, but i added detail to the dash pod (speedo, 2 knobs and ignition/key).

I scratch built the interior heater tube and added 2 tone interior panels to the door/sidepanels and front kick panel (copied from a Gunze hi tech pattern).

Added weathered Meyers Manx Company decals, a hint of it's purpose.