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Fat Brian

Member Since 06 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 26 2012 05:06 PM

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Matching a transmission to an engine

20 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

With all of the semi kits out now and their various engines and transmissions and uses I began to wonder what different combinations could be used for different purposes. Basically I want to make sure that I use parts that would make sense for the intended job. For example, on a long hual OTR truck with a straight six diesel engine should I use a ten speed transmission or a sixteen speed? For the same truck with a Detroit V engine is the same transmission appropriate or should it have more speeds or less speeds, the AMT K100 kit has an 8v92 and an Allison auto which only has five or six speeds I believe. Can the Allison transmission be used with a straight six engine or would you need an auxillary unit to split the gears to make it work. I just want to make something that would be realistic.

New from our friends at P&P

14 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

I was cruising on ebay today and glory be! A new product from P&P was listed, I emailed Eric and it is a new item that will be added to the site at the next update. This 12v71 looks to be far superior to the other casting that is available, the parts look super clean and the valve covers aren't distorted. I know some guys have been looking for this engine lately and this looks like a fantastic casting, I will be getting three at least.

Here is the listing: http://www.ebay.com/...984.m1423.l2649

Cool cars your grandparents owned

14 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

Saturday morning my grandmother passed away and with all of the family getting together over the last few days we broke out the picture albums. These were her pictures that I had never seen before, and some really old stuff from when they both were children and from when they met in the late fifties. In just a few small stacks of pics I saw a 50 Olds 88 four door, a 55 Bel Air four door, and a 66 Caprice wagon. In some other pics from my other grandparents I've seen a 39 Ford four door sedan and late forties Dodge something. Of course there were some tragic things too, like a pictutre of my dad's Pacer. So, what are some cool, unique, or potentially tragic cars your family has owned?

Question for contest judges regarding non-scratchbuilt modifications

15 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

The 3d printing thread took an interesting turn when it was opined that contest judges should take into account if a certain build has 3d printed parts and make deductions from said model if another build is of equal quality and impact but scrtach built. My question is, is it standard judging practice to favor scratchbuilding over purchased aftermarket parts? If three models are of equal quality and one has scratch built parts, one has aftermarket resin parts, and one is 3d printed does the scratchbuilt car win simply because it was scratchbuilt? What if the 3d printed model was designed by the builder who is showing it, is their creativity worth less than the builder who did the work by hand?

50 Olds, a little plastic surgery

11 October 2012 - 05:03 PM

I had intended to do a mild custom with my first build of the 50 Olds but then the itch hit and I had to cut it up. I had seen years ago a 53/54 Chevy which had had it's rear fenders widened, I was eventually going to try this on an Olds but it happened to day. I cut along the crown of the fenders all the way from the front of the side bulge to the rear bumper, seperating the entire from face of the rear fender. I then added an eighth inch wide strip of square Evergreen and reattached the outer fender. The effect is subtle but hopefully after paint it will stand out a bit more. I have removed all of the side chrome and will start on a chop next, I've never done a chop this complex and I hope I can pull it off without having to get another body. I'm also going to french the headlights and some otherodds and ends. So, without further jawing, here are the pics.

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