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1969 Ford Drag Team

17 February 2015 - 09:02 AM

  This is kind of an obscure request...I was wondering, as the heading suggests, if anyone here had seen the Ford Drag Team in all of its glory in 1969. Ya see, I have decided to undertake the construction of the East coast version of the team: C series hauler, open trailer and the 2 cars--the 428 Torino and the 427 SOHC Mustang. I have thoroughly researched this build and believe that I have found every "Official" photo out there. This is an inquiry regarding private photos--specifically REFERENCE-type shots of what's behind the doors of the hauler and---if I'm extremely lucky---what's inside the box on the trailer. I have seen the shot of the WEST coast truck and the display boards of parts for the performance clinics, as well as the Onan generator and large tool box for hand tools (Both are already built and ready for paint). I've opened all of the compartments on the hauler and have built the trailer box with opening doors, so I would like to fill it with appropriate materials such as spare parts, jacks, stands, lubricants, etc, etc. I am aware of the basics needed to travel and race, but this team was factory supported and held performance clinics at dealerships, so the contents were not just the run-of-the-mill carb strip kits, spare slicks, valve cover gaskets and cans of oil. This is for a contest, so I would like for this to be as comprehensive a build as possible. I am into superdetailing, so I can build whatever I see or is described to me in text....


  Sooo..has anyone taken any pictures of this outfit during a trip to the strip in the late 60's? Seeing as Ford yanked the plug on racing in 70-71, the time frame is narrow. Thanks for reading this random request, even though the chances are slim... 

1971 Southern 500 race in 1/25

03 February 2015 - 10:34 PM

  I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but during another sleepless night transitioning between night and day shifts I found this and thought I'd share the link. It's the home made result of teenage boys, a Brownie camera and model collections combining over 2 months in 1971. I thought it was pretty cool...


...Sharing some pain...(Lost Parts)

25 November 2014 - 07:53 AM

I have just accomplished the equivalent of losing the centre piece of a 2500 piece jigsaw puzzle. I have never lost anything before during a build and, several hours of cleanup and searching later, I have to FINALLY admit that I have. 


While airbrushing interior parts for the Fujimi Enthusiast Lamborghini Countach I am currently working on, I noticed that the part for the console that contains all of the switches was MIA. I knew I scrubbed it along with the other parts using Comet and the bathroom sink. I knew I washed and rinsed it after. From that point, I have no concrete recollection of the exact part--so the search involved every square inch between the bathroom and my office (My whole house!)


Being an integral part of the interior and its detail, I'm quite disappointed at its loss. I can build a new one--it will take a while to do accurately--but a setback like this will likely result in re-boxing and storage until I "Feel" the build again. Too Bad...I was on a roll.


Just sharing my pain...no one else in the house understands why a small piece of injection-molded plastic is so important to a 43 year old, grown, tax-paying property owner...

1959 Impala Fuelly--290 HP/283 4 Speed...

21 November 2014 - 12:23 PM

  ...One of 19 equipped that way, according to the average I took of the varying reports on production numbers during my research. There was supposed to be a print ad that appeared in Hot Rod and similar magazines back in the day, but I haven't seen it. For most people, that ad was the closest that they would come to seeing one. I have always been interested in factory performance of the 50s and early 60s that was offered in VERY limited numbers, like 421 Tempests, Tunnel Port Comets and...well-This.


  I started this one a few years ago and boxed it back up only 1/2 completed. To bust out of a building slump, I reopened the box and posted pictures in the Workbench section to keep me motivated. I chose to complete it as mostly stock with a couple of custom touches like the interior finish, exhaust and the non-inclusion of the fin mounted radio antennae that, in my opinion, bring distraction to the eye as it follows the line of the rear fender. A colour coordinated shift knob for the factory style "Wiggly Stick" shifter was the cherry on top...


  The fantastic engine and trans came from the Revell Pro Modeler 1958 Corvette kit-an excellent kit on it's own from which I  plan to use the remaining parts to build a period gasser. The rest of the project used the Revell Impala parts with the exception of the wheels and tires, which were robbed from a 1962 Pontiac custom kit. I removed the cones from the centre spyders and made hubs to fill the holes. The exhaust was scratched from solder and home made mufflers and clamps and many blinding hours went into wiring and accurately plumbing  the fuel injection system, from pumps to injectors. As I do on all of my projects, all linkages, cables, etc are in place to the best of my ability and knowledge. (Hence, The Building Slump...??) I matched Duplicolor aerosol paint the best I could to the Snowcrest White/ Crown Sapphire combo I myself would have ordered had I been around in late 58 to order this one myself. The 1959 Only Fuel Injection fender badges were made from decal scraps.


  Anyhoo, the in progress shots (Recent; Post-Unboxing...) are On The Workbench and the finished shots (Poor indoor shots as it's now winter here in Canada!) are here for your perusal. Feel free to leave honest comments if you wish...this is, after all, my first completed build of 2014!


1959 Impala Fuelly--Updated Nov 21, 2014...FINALLY finished!

29 October 2014 - 07:26 PM

 I started this one a few years ago and for some reason, boxed it up until last week. It still has a long way to go, but I figured that If I posted some pictures I would be shamed into finishing something this year, despite a hectic shift-work schedule. The Revell kit was the inspiration, along with a Pro Modeler 58 Vette supplying the engine and trans. The tires are from an AMT Thunderbird (LOVE the tread detail and wide whites!). I almost went blind plumbing it, but I think it turned out pretty well. More to come. Comment if you wish--I'm not allergic to criticism or helpful tips!  Attached File  1959 Impala--4.jpg   76.54KB   1 downloadsAttached File  1959 Impala.jpg   93.61KB   1 downloadsAttached File  1959 Impala--5.jpg   105.15KB   1 downloads