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Dirty Dave

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  • Birthday 12/12/1968

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    Ventura, CA
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    David P. McGowan

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  1. Pacer Wagon - Camp Racemore

    Thanks, fellas! Yeah, I remember visiting my half-brother in Hawaii in '77, and he had one of these to haul the family around Oahu in. Pretty sure his was silver/black two-tone, but I have memories of a burgundy velour interior... classy. Looking back at it now, it definitely predicts the crossover SUV's that came later. I mean, it wasn't proportioned like any other wagon at the time, but it has a wide track, dual wishbone front suspension with rack and pinion steering, and room to set that inline six well back under the dash/cowl area. Mostly, it just looks like fun, right?
  2. Pacer Wagon - Camp Racemore

    That's what makes model cars so much fun, right?😉
  3. Pacer Wagon - Camp Racemore

    Still have some things to finish up on the Pacer Wagon for NNL West's wagon theme. Vette suspension, a Toyota 2JZ-GTE engine and a bunch of weathering. Front splitter and rear diffuser are 3D printed.
  4. Educate me on Model T speed equipment

    I just remembered another kit source for vintage banger speed parts would be the (rare) Lindberg 4 Cylinder Dragster. It has what appears to be some sort of OHV conversion head, though the exhaust valves appear to remain in the block. The kit was based on this car:
  5. 1/8 plated parts

    All your answers should be here: https://www.chrometechusa.com/model-cars-and-collectibles.html
  6. Educate me on Model T speed equipment

    I agree. Early speed equipment is interesting to me because it was nearly all (with the exception of a few factory efforts) cottage industry and shade-tree engineering. If they had an idea, they tried it. If it sort of worked, they fiddled with it until it did. The rulebook had only begun to be written, and the sky was the limit, conceptually. Heck some of the technological dead-ends include the most interesting looking bits, IMHO.
  7. Educate me on Model T speed equipment

    Funny, I was about to post on pretty much this same topic for a Model A-based racer/rod I have in the planning stages. I've already done one T with the Revell A/B Riley head, and was thinking about my options for this next one. The idea of using the Olds head on a T block isn't a bad one, though it probably pre-dates the tech of the car that I intend to build by a bit. That was more of an early-mid '20s thing, IIRC. Edit: Does anybody make flathead/'banger speed equipment in resin/aluminum? Kong ignition, etc.?
  8. Show Your T's

    Here's a bunch, ranging from 1/32 to 1/8:
  9. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    Yup, ended up snagging a couple of Smoothster chassis off of eBay, and with a little massage, it looks as if it's going to work just fine.
  10. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    Yeah, I was looking at those, and the Smoothster rear as well. So cheap, it seems like I can't go wrong buying one, even if i just end up using it under something else.
  11. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    Thanks. I had looked at instruction sheets, but hard to tell what the pieces actually look like from outlines. Also, can yield an LS engine for the next project. 😊
  12. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    That's true. I've seen S13/S14 suspensions adapted to all kinds of things that they probably shouldn't have been. Thinking maybe something from a BMW may work, too.
  13. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    Was thinking that the Supra rear suspension was strut-based, I hadn't looked at it seriously. C4 may work if I convert to coilovers or replace the kit fuel tank with a cell. It's pretty tight under the rear of this wagon. This thing is supposed to be some kid's Instagram-worthy beater and not an all-out competition car, so I am trying to think about what's currently the hot ticket in magazines and websites, and not necessarily the actual smart performance choice. This also precludes full frame swaps into what was originally a unibody car, or body mods that would require professional skill to complete. Bolt on flares, bumper removal, and holes cut in the hood are likely to happen.
  14. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    Yeah, that's how I remember it. Very cool.
  15. Modern (Performance) IRS suggestions?

    I will check it out. I have always liked the look of the aluminum hub carriers on the 1:1 Thunderbird rear suspensions, BTW. I'm using a resin 2JZ with tubular headers, bigger turbos and a fabricated intake, so not too worried about having to re-plumb everything. Yeah, this car will be ground-scraping, tire stretching tuner style. Concept and mock-up: