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spike morelli

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  1. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    Mike 51, I looked around the internet, e-bay, various hobby shops.......and as you and my model shop confirmed, the Revell Highboy kit is not in production, but I found two and bought them an hour ago. And so, It starts, re-creating a handful of famous Deuce roadsters from the glory years of hot-rodding. I hope to post them up on the boards here when I'm done. As fate would have it, the Monogram fendered roadster kit has a dropped I-beam front end and a banjo rear end with wishbones, so those will be harvested. Thanks for the tip on old '40 Ford kits and such....as I'll need a few flatheads and accessories ( wheels/ tires etc ). Onward....
  2. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    "Traditional" is where I'm going....many of the cars I'm interested in re-creating had Flatheads, banjo rear-ends, and such. One re-creation in mind was 327 Chevy powered with split wishbones. No doubt I'll be kit bashing and digging through parts boxes, but none of these cars will be built "off the top of my head", rather from photographs. I at one time, owned a '32 roadster, a 30 model A coupe, and a '34 Ford three-window chopped/channeled/Hemi powered coupe, so I do know what the assemblies are all about. I have been building engines for many years now, so even that detail , in real life, is apparent to me. This was my '34 Coupe....and me with my '30 coupe ( with deuce grille and hot 'banger under the hood ).
  3. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    Yeah, I have the turquoise-with flames Monogram "32 Ford Street Rod roadster kit....fenders and frame are molded as one piece and it's a pretty generic 80s style trash. Its only in my possession "just in case". I will look around for the Revell kit as you say, mike 51, that looks like what i'm needing I'm thinking probably 4 kits will satisfy my plans, I'm wanting to build historically and period correct models. I am in agreement with you guys about Lindberg's kits....they never have been very realistic at all...so I'll pass on those
  4. Fenderless Ford Roadster Hot Rods

    I am absolutely amazed at the lack of posts about '32 roadster builds. I have been to my local plastic model kit supply house several times now, and they tell me that '32 Ford roadster kits are not being produced at this time. That car, the 1932 Ford roadster is the quintessential "hot rod", both in real life, and as a model kit. Some of the early dry lakes car clubs wouldn't even let you in the club and race at the lakes, if you didn't have a roadster, from a "T" to a '36, the hot one was a roadster. Well it's not stopping me from my quest, I'm looking for '32 Ford roadster model kits, and I seem to remember a kit that I built years ago that had frame and fenders separate, ( maybe I did that, it was a long time ago ), so I can build up some 40's and 50's authentic hot rods. Here's what I'm talking about.
  5. Dirk's Monogram 64 Mustang Kit-Bash

    I just thought I'd add more to look at...
  6. AMT Hippi Hemi

    You all out there may already know this,...but the "Hippie Hemi" kit is in reality the old Don Garlits Wynn's Jammer FED, but with a groovy custom body. This kit is a great one to kit-bash when building up different old FED's for custom builds. SSROCZYN, I'm diggin' on the Ramchargers rail as well.
  7. 31 ford sedan

    ...By the teardrop dimple in the firewall where the original sediment bowl goes, and the recess in the top of the radiator shell,...I'd say it's a '31 alright....so good of the manufacturer to include those touches.
  8. What makes these "Radial" ?

    Yeah......I saw this truck a while back in, I believe Hot Rod. All of the photos in Hot Rod were like this one...motionless. It may be, in reality, better suited as a show truck. Interesting, but to me, trying WAY too hard for the concept.
  9. Looking for Smirnoff drgatser decals

    Some pics of Smirnoff digger..
  10. Looking for Smirnoff drgatser decals

    YES, the Smirnoff dragster! I have been a long time fan of engine builder, the late, Dave Zeuschel, and the Smirnoff rail was powered by one of "Z"s early Chrysler fuelers. This is a beautiful car, I'll follow your progress, should be fun.
  11. 1/16th t dragster

    Is that a 426 Chrysler engine with 392 valve covers?
  12. I have a cherry built-up kit in my collection, I enjoy a fair amount of the Tom Daniels designed kits. Even though you can't see much of the engine, I decided the valve covers needed to be replaced with some more realistic pieces, and added a bit more of detailing/ wiring, to the engine ( I had to enlarge the side openings in the hood just a bit for the new valve covers ) , and used thin strips of chrome tape to detail the beer barrel straps. This is one of those cars that, even amongst a handful of other cars in a display, people always stop to look at.
  13. De-Rail'd -AA/Fuel Coupe

    Overall bitchin' . ( Mag goes up front , though , on 426), but I like it.
  14. Favorite street rod of all time

    I think I'd go with the Tom McMullen roadster, that was a for real car, that not only showed well, but was raced at the dry lakes, on the drag strip, and, on the street if you were ballsy enough to chose him off. A blown engine, quick change out back, five spokes and flames, tuck 'n roll, just flat bitchin'! The Graffitti coupe that John Milner drove, was in real life, only a movie car, not that cherry up close, and in real life didn't have enough power to spin the tires. A low to the ground shot was used in the drag racing scene when the tires spun, so that you wouldn't realize the production crew had mounted small rear tires on the coupe to get them to break loose. Some hot rodder should actually build "the fastest car in the valley" Milner coupe with serious race car parts, just stay true to the look. In real life, McMullen could have smoked John Milner.
  15. vintage Hemi tunnel ram

    I used to have an old flatbottom boat, that had a Keith Black 392 in it when I bought it, and it had a kinda homebrew tunnel-ram which was made from using a rather high Roto-Faze blower manifold base and a cast top for a tunnel ram bolted onto it of unknown original application. I don't think any company ever made a dedicated tunnel ram for that early hemi, but guys have made 'em. That's hot rodding!