GasPunkAlley

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  • Location Ohio
  • Full Name Rodger "Rod" Alley

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  1. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic 1915 Fad T body Conversion   

    I just made a mold of windshield and the radiator / grill assembly. The next steps will be making the chopped grill that is extra deep. The Leg Show T appears to have a triple core radiator so I will be making the appropriate adjustments. With a cast windshiled placed on the body I can start adjusting the MPC Switcher T bucket 2003 Richta show reissue roof to fit the body. 

  2. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic 1915 Fad T body Conversion   

    I got the body in primer and ready for mold making.

  3. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic 1915 Fad T body Conversion   

    Rat Rod, yes I do. I have the 1915 cab and turtle deck up on Ebay as well as up for sale on my Facebook page. Look up Gas_Punk_Alley. I have some t bucket parts and I will have more coming soon. I will have more of the smaller parts available only on the Facebook page since Evil Bay hits you so hard with fees.
  4. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic 1971 Pinto Wagon Street Freak Showcar - New Body Fitted and Mocked   

    Did you see the latest Scale  Auto article on making scale wire wheels? That would really trick out the front of the car with scale correct wires.
  5. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic 1915 Fad T body Conversion   

    I decided to remake all body reveals and I used Evergreen strip for the top of the sides and on the rear of the cab. I went to my local Maker Space and used the laser cutter to make the new raised door panels. The details can be seen in white plastic. I also ground down some ugly tooling blobs on the inside of the body. The original kit has a tub style interior ad would cover that. Since I do not know what I will use for an interior yet, I smoothed it out. I also smoothed and filled / molded the cowl.

  6. GasPunkAlley added a topic in On The Workbench   

    1915 Fad T body Conversion
    I am going to call it now, but I think the next big phase will be 1970's Resto Rods and Fad T's. I have seen a bunch of 1970's rod and custom barn finds show up in popular magazines and on Facebook. I have bee following the large scale Carl Casper Phone booth T on this site and the late 60's and early seventies are getting a lot of attention.
    I dug out of my stash my Tognotti King T and did some research that a lot of the Fad T's were based on the 1915 glass body. The King T is a supposedly stock bodied 1915 T... Wit a little bit of mold making magic I made the cab and turtle deck. I then proceeded to chop up the body to follow the famous Leg Show T. I cut behind the doors straight down. I cut the top of the body off front of the cut. I removed an additional 6 scale inches and re glued the cowl on. I made a template of the new curved sides and matched the back to the new, lower body sides. I shot a picture of a casting of the Tognotti T and my work. I am glad it took the pictures. This showed me two things, firstly the body sides were spreading out which I quickly straightened out. The second thing I noticed was the body leading edge sloped upward on the passenger side.  Both the original body and my project body had it so i adjusted the body to even things out. I had to remove the body reveals and replace all of them.

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  7. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Der Beetle Bus   

    Strange minds think alike. I found the same sketch you were inspired from as well. I have been collecting parts to to a similar build myself.
  8. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Deuce Hiboy Roadster- Under Glass June 25   

    I have been collecting MPC Switcher kits and later releases and I found that in the reissue of the '32 ford deuce from the Boyd Coddington kit, the reissue of the American Graffiti coupe have roadster up tops and are two pieces. The problem is that the converted kits only have the horizontal portion and not the back of the roof. I was lucky to get a mint 32 coupe Switcher kit with all of the original parts and I have a full roof. The style looks more like a cabriolet roof than a roadster but would make a good starting point as well. I picked up the current is use of Street Rodder and fell in love with both roadsters on the cover, the original red McGee roadster and the tribute car.
  9. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Model Kits Containing Records (you remember those...)   

    I do have this AMT record, but not the kit it came in. I assume AMT's records are all like this, it's made of coated cardboard not pressed vinyl.


  10. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Building an Aurora '22 T Bucket Old School Rod   

    I just won and received a nearly complete Aurora 22 Model T double kit! I have a lot of stuff I want to make out of the three bodies I have now. Two fenderless rods and one I am going to use the Buttera chassis for a resto Rod look!
  11. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    Pontiac Bonnaville
  12. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic And Now Something Completely Different For Me To Build   

    Bill, I am doing a roadster pickup for this build. I just got in the mail today a cache of VW kits from Evil bay. Finally I got two cheap Revell VW Street Machine kits and a Skip's VW Cabriolet. So I have 3 Cabriolet to cut up, 2 sedans, a Revell Hi Roller van and parts from the original Samba Bus. I got Cushenberry's dune buggy from Revell that has both engines, VW and Corvair. I am looking for VW hi performance parts.
    Here are 2 more pics with some more work done on the back of the cab and the nose.


  13. GasPunkAlley added a topic in On The Workbench   

    And Now Something Completely Different For Me To Build
    I found a cool magazine while on a family vacation up in Canada. It is a Canadian Rod publication that had a VolksRod coupe in it. That got me wanting to build a VolksRod myself in scale. I started with the old Revell Skips Fiesta Cabriolet VW in 1/25th scale. I know there are some better quality Japanese kits but they are 1/24 scale and none seem to have any speed equipment. Also, AMT came out with the Manx kit so it just seemed right to me. I start by hacking off just 2 mm past the door and cut off the fenders up front. The leading edge of the front trunk looked too blunt so I added some Milliput and rounded it off. I just didn't want a flat rear bulkhead so I found in my scrap box the back of a Revell '50 Ford cab and added it to the VW cab. I extended the bead line on the center bead to the bottom of the cab like the outer two beads. I also filed into the back bulkhead the body line seen on the belt line. There was some awful seams around the hood / front fenders that I am also fixing. I have been monkeying around with this body between other projects.

    Any tips on some cool engine hop up parts that are available for VW kits?



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  14. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    I also had an Arii '72 Thunderbird. The body was closer to 1/20th scale with tiny 1/24 scale rims. I sold that dog off years ago. It was designed to have more of a toy like quality with a motor so the interior and chassis was garbage and of only curbside appeal.
  15. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    Some other disappointing kits are the MPC '69 Mustang and the Revell '69 Mustang. The MPC kit uses parts back to the '65 kit. Each generation MPC stretched the chassis. The small block engine is crude for mid to late '60's but the big block is decent. The hood is a bit misshapen. Now the Revell kit has a good engine, chassis, interior but the front end is a smacked flat in the face mess with the grill too flat. AMT's body and overall kit had good body proportions. Why Ertl, and the later incarnations use that MPC body and not the AMT tooling is beyond me. I haven't checked out the special editions Revell '69 yet.
    AMT supposedly made a real stinker of a Bonilla from the early '60's and sold it in the late '90's and it was roundly panned.
    I do own a 1970 Mustang Mach I from Palmer and the body and wheels look great. They made a hard to find version of the GT rims without the GT symbol. The body was good, but the engine and chassis was weak. I was going to put it on the newer Revell chassis and drive train.