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  1. Late 1940s to 1950s is the right time frame, but not so much an E scooter. Look closely below the McCoy sign & you will see a McCoy model airplane engine spinning a prop. McCoy was a manufacturer of large glow plug engines after the war into the 1950s. They scaled back to the .049 size in the late 50s, early 60s.
  2. I am staying cool enough. I grew up in Havasu and here is about 10 degrees or so cooler than Havasu, Bullhead or Needles. However, this blew through last night. Good thing you put the top on that Mercedes. Craig, I have been remiss, that is an very interesting take on a classic (in an excellent way). And it even has black California plates.
  3. Great job, Kurt. I really like how subtle the rear flares blend in with the body.
  4. Paul, I hope I can add to the topic of cooling. The attached photos show a friend's old jet boat. On the view of the starboard exhaust manifold, you can see a hose running from the bottom of the boat to the intake manifold. I didn't get a photo of under the engine, but I believe this is a water intake. You can also see a hose going into the end of the exhaust manifold. It doesn't show in the photo, but it comes from the water pump. I also included some other photos of this boat, which show some of the cooling system if you look hard. As this boat was run in fresh water, it did not use a heat exchanger as there was no concern getting salt water into the engine internals. The boat's transom, where the boat ends, is at the brown line. The rest of the stuff in the background of the photo with a tank and hoses is something else from his yard. Being a jet board, the engine is mounted with the front of the engine facing the front of the boat and the rear connected directly to the jet pump.Notice that the exhaust manifolds are oriented in the same way as in a wheeled vehicle. Also, he was using exhaust manifolds that were routed out the back of the transom, rather than the more common header like wet stacks. In the photo of the blue engine above, the manifolds are mounted backwards, which leads me to believe this engine was set up for an inboard V-drive, with the rear of the engine facing to the front with a shaft going forward to a V-drive. Another shaft would come out of the bottom of the V-drive and run rearward to the prop. The engine in the photo below that is also set up for a V-drive, as you can see the housing for the shaft to the pop below the shaft coming from the engine. BTW, I am really digging that Power Wagon.
  5. Maybe try the headlight surrounds from the 1978 Dodge pickup. It should be deep enough because Dodge went to dual, stacked rectangular head lights in 1979 with essentially the same grill.
  6. To lend further credibility, to me, that looks like Maurice Petty on the right with the glasses.
  7. Isn't that the same V-6 that wound up as the 2.8 liter option in the 80's Ford Ranger mini truck? If so, that might be another option to explore.
  8. Very nice. I really like the blacked out window trim.
  9. I am hoping to join, but I am still working out a project. I have a couple thoughts but would really like to use something from the existing stash rather than adding to the stash. Does anyone know if the AMT 1955 Vette, I think kit 6210 issued about 1998, has a hard top included? Even though shown in the Gumball Rally, I can't see running across country at those speeds with the top down.
  10. Congratulations Kurt! The car is awesome & I thoroughly enjoyed the build.
  11. I'm thinking this is a perfect project to learn a new skill like tubbing. If it doesn't work out to your liking, you can always put a tonneau cover over the bed. A white tonneau cover with that mint you mixed up would look awesome.
  12. #22-Willys As can intuitively be seen by the most casual observer, I did not quite make the start line. It is not because I didn’t make progress, but as usual, life and health got in the way. To show that I did get started and how I was dealing with the suspension, I have included a few photos. I was originally going to swap the straight axle with the K-frame and torsion bars from the ’71 Duster, but longer torsion bars would have helped with engine placement. Knowing in 1:1 B-bodies have longer torsion bars than A-bodies, I played with the front clip from the ’70 Coronet Pro Street kit. Lo and behold the torsion bars were longer, but a real surprising bonus is the Coronet K-frame was narrower. In the 1:1 world, a B-body K-frame should be wider than an A-body. It looks like the leaf springs and 8-3/4” rear end from the ’71 Duster will fit the frame. Once that was sorted, I tried to find tires. I realized that out of all my kits, I have very few radial tires. I do have a couple kits, but I did not think the rubber band tires would in real life work well on the road. I finally found a set of generic radials in the ’70 Hemi ‘Cuda which I was going to replace anyway with Polyglas GTs. The wheels will come from the Duster kit. They are a little loose for the wheels but fit the spindles and rear axle. I was going to keep the engine and transmission, replacing the blower and drive with some other type of induction and alternator and AC compressor. With the little bit that got done, I learned because I was trying out various things I learned on this forum. For example, I never wired a distributor before so I practiced a couple techniques for that, as well as making molds and parts. I plan to continue the build and if I get on a roll, I will start a WIP. I also want to do the next Cannonball, but want to find something I already have to match my birth year or close. I echo the thanks to Anthony to run this.
  13. Looks like you are off to a great start. I like this body style so I'll be watching. I was wondering how you got the half rod to conform to the curve at the front of the rear seat bottom and at the top of the seat back. I eventually want to model the Red Express truck I used to own with the standard bench seat that is remarkably similar to your rear seat. The kits have the optional bucket seat & the other Dodge trucks have a different style bench seat.
  14. I am loving this project, especially the way the air dam looks like it should be there. I really like the solution for the rear seat, but when I saw the nifty console my first thought was, "No cupholders?"
  15. Just as I hit submit, I thought of another option for markings. How about an ex police car sold at auction with the original markings over sprayed with primer? It would have the police car look, but not be tied to a particular area.
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