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spike morelli

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  1. spike morelli added a post in a topic The "Hippie Hemi"   

    Thanks for the info R3....I gotta get me one or two of those "Hemisphere" kits!
  2. spike morelli added a post in a topic Nancy's rides   

    Tony Nancy was an all- around talented guy, whose race cars were not only competitive, but beautiful as well. I got to meet him years back, he offered, amongst other things, fiberglass air scoops, one of which I bought for a drag boat.....still have the scoop ( and the boat). It is the style as Tony used on his Plymouth Wedge dragster.

  3. spike morelli added a post in a topic The "Hippie Hemi"   

    I believe that kit is the old Don Garlits' Wynn's Jammer, re-boxed and with a different body and decal set. I bought the kit too. I don't think the old Don Garlits kit is still being made, although I'd buy it if it is. I remember the original kit having a display base and data plate proclaiming it the first dragster to achieve 200mph. The rubber band blower belt, separate blower pulleys, and see-through oil pan are cool details as well.
  4. spike morelli added a post in a topic 57 ford galpin gasser   

    Great model! Excellent work!   I live close to Galpin Ford, here in the San Fernando Valley. They have been doing custom and restorative work for years at their GAS, ( Galpin Auto Sports ) business across the street from the dealership proper. As an engine builder, personally, were I them, and had access to what they have, I'd have built a 427 wedge or SOHC for that showcar, just for the extra pizazz and "oh-wow" factor!
  5. spike morelli added a post in a topic Early funnycars..magneto or distributor?   

    ...Just for additional reference, and, to throw a slightly different slant into the conversation, I currently own two legitimate sixties drag boats....both originally built in '65...magnetos were standard faire by then on modified and racing engines. The double inline Chevy powered boat uses Joe Hunt converted Scintilla-Vertex mags, while the blown Hemi uses a Scheifer/Cirello style magneto. The Vertex mag caps were kind of a Rustoleum brown color back in the sixties, today, most Vertex caps are black, some are blue, but the brown caps are treasured by restorers for correctness of era on a sixties engine. The Scheifer/Cirello caps are black. My Chevy Vertex mags pictured have black vinyl waterproof covers over the caps in this instance.

  6. spike morelli added a post in a topic Building Lindburgs Color Me Gone as the Hemi Honker   

    Hey John671,
    I'm diggin' the "Hemi Honker". Not only am I a fan of building models, but I make my living building engines, and I can tell you the Chrysler Hemi, ( both early and late ) are engines that impress me. Here at work, we received a greasy old 426 Hemi pulled out of a running Challenger a customer had. The customer sold the car, and the new owner wanted to know what kind of power it had. We put the engine on our dyno, and it put out more than the factory rated it at , the factory rating was 425 hp, unmolested it bested that figure. Of course, the looks of the thing doesn't hurt either. 
    Your build so far looks great. Looking forward to seeing the complete car.
  7. spike morelli added a post in a topic Starsky and hutch Torino   

    ...WHAT????? .....A dual-quad 429/460 ?  Starsky and Hutch should be so lucky....  
  8. spike morelli added a post in a topic 1/16 Beach City Corvette: On the bench 8/19/17   

    I am diggin' this project. I do have a question. Is it just me, or is the timing cover placed way up too high in this photo? It looks like the position would put the camshaft/fuel pump right into the intake manifold.

  9. spike morelli added a post in a topic My '73 mustang competition winner   

    Hey Vamach1, It looks like you have a yellow Mach 1, I have one too, a Medium Yellow gold '71 Mach 1 !

  10. spike morelli added a post in a topic Three old Texaco stations + a little surprise   

    Ah,...the neighborhood service station...such a great part of a simpler time. I remember when I was just a little kid, Dad would pull into the neighborhood service station, ( a Standard Oil, I believe ), and there was a guy everybody knew by his first name working there, who would greet you with a cheerfull "hello, fill 'her up?..". Back then, the attendants wore white uniforms and a cap, many times a bow tie, and they checked everything...battery, coolant level, oil, tire pressure, washed the windshield, offered to empty the ashtray for you, looked at the wiper blades, and did all of that in minutes. You could get free maps of the city or state in the lobby. Restrooms were maintained, should you require their useage.  When the car was done being re-fueled, as the attendant gave you your receipt or change, you usually got S&H green stamps, or blue chip stamps back, and, there was always some kind of promotion that, if you filled it up, you could get a free tumbler, steak knife, whatever, and you could collect an entire set after time. these stations generally were on all major corners, and many were open 24 hours. Air and water, at the pump island, was free. I even had a bicycle tire flat patched for free by the local gas station guy, and that was not uncommon. Weren't people wonderfull back then?
    In High School, being that I was into cars, it should come as no surprise that my first job was in a gas station, a 76 Union..........loved that job too......
  11. spike morelli added a topic in 1:1 Car Reference Pictures   

    I had a '66....really great car to drive.

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  12. spike morelli added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    Monogram's "Sling Shot" dragster
    Last of the blurry photos, I promise. This is Monogram's "Sling Shot" dragster.  For you old race car fans, I'm fairly sure the prototype for this kit was the old "Isky U-Fab Special dragster. Interesting that Monogram's tooling department decided to make the header/valve cover/intake log, on each side , one piece. I do like the addition of the driver that comes with the kit. Fun little "nugget-o-plastic" . Like all of my models, I bought those plastic display cases from the hobby store to display the cars in, they stack too.

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  13. spike morelli added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    Monogram's "Long John" dragster
    O.K., I shot two more old car kits back with my other batch of photos that were not so focused, but bare with me. This is the old "Long John" dragster kit. Definitely on the very basic side but back when it was first released, it was what was happening. Apparently, the model must be replicating a Potvin, front mount blower system. I'm not sure anything else could fit under the bodywork like that. "Weedburners" are tell-tale era components. The kit, like many other early Monogram offerings, comes with the Hero driver. While I've built more modern kits, there's something really cool about building these early kits, or maybe I'm just reminiscing about when I was a kid. I was becoming a hot-rodder before I even had my own bicycle. 

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  14. spike morelli added a post in a topic Foose Cadillac Eldorado   

    That car is a knockout! Diggin' on the Utah plate too....
  15. spike morelli added a post in a topic Monogram's Black Widow roadster pick-up   

    Sorry for the out of focus shots, the car really came out sharp. I'll try to get a handle on focus clarity because I have lots more to share. Some of the guys posting have really gotten some close-up detail with their pics. Apparently, I'm better with a tube of glue than a camera....