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    Ken Kilbourn

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  1. Finish one, you mean people actually build this kit, I thought it was just a really expensive parts box!!! Great start on yours. Looking sharp!!!
  2. Heck, I may go see the third movie just for the Datusn 510 that Sam drives. Saw it pictured on a few other sites earlier this month. Looks kind of like Bumble Bee is undercover...
  3. Not to stir the pot... notice Harry, that I put my full name in my sig when asked, but JT is correct. In the profile section, under required information, it clearly states that first name is required. Now I realize that this is Gregg's forum and his to do with as he pleases, so he can make whatever rules he choose, but it should be a simple thing to change the required information to read 'Full Name, first and last' in the profile section. That way it should lessen the moderator's duties. I know that in 'o6 when I joined, I put my full name in my sig. I also had an avatar. During the last board change, both my avatar and my profile info was lost. When I went to finally fix it all, I saw that it said only my first name was required, so I put that there. I did not bother to re-read the rules to see if they had changed. Lets be honest, most of us when we join a forum, do not really read the rules, we skim them. Most of us do not join forums with the expressed purpose of violating the rules. If you change the required info line in the profile page, I believe that you will get more people to follow that one rule. Here is the required info as shown in the profile page. Opps, sorry, mine full name is actually just to the left under my displayed info and not in my sig. I will put it in both places just to be safe
  4. Now watch it, the same thing can be said about the cars built today. Most will never see their first 100K checkup. I post pics all day long of the junkyards around here filled with them. The 79 Ford F-150 I learned to drive in logged well over 200K before my brother spun a bearing for not checking the oil. My 68 Dart went almost 300K before it was t-boned by an uninsured driver and totaled. There are those who would say that cars today are designed to go 100K before checkups because the manufacturers know that most people will dispose of them before that time. All of my old school Toyotas have well over 100K and some are just getting broken in. People's buying habits did not change over night. People have been buying new cars and disposing of them a few years later ever since the boom after WW2. Longevity is more a factor of maintenance than of build quality. Any car will keep on ticking if normal, routine maintenance is performed. Cars only tend to die prematurely when they are not cared for properly. Of course, there are exceptions to the rules
  5. I have not forgotten this one, just working out the engineering bits in my head and on paper. You try and find plans for a 34 woody on the internet I have found a few pics and I am working something out using them. I have some basswood strips and some sheets to use when I finally nail it down.
  6. Got a big box from Japan today. Lots of fodder for the JDM build... Most are Fujimi and as such suffer from the dreaded "old motorized kit" syndrome, except for the TE27, which is a new mold and is quite decent. I haven't decided which one will be used for the JDM build. I am thinking Boso Chaser, but I may go with kyushi celica as well. In all a great thing to come home to. The cats are loving the big box left on the floor!!! Oh yeah, I only got 6 wheels sets, not 12
  7. Welcome aboard Jimmy! Glad to see you over here. I hope to see your engines in my mailbox tomorrow when I get home from work. Got a large shipment coming over from Japan just for the JDM build. One of the engines is planned for use in the build as well. I will post a review of the engines when I receive them.
  8. Only two of them are half dead. The Cressidas reside in the driveway, much to the wife's dismay The rest reside at a buddy's shop. He is just as bad as I am with the 'collecting' The blue one will be going away shortly. After that, work commences on the supra again. Parts are still being aquired for the Celica. Mainly just some hop up parts. No use in putting it together if I just have to take it apart again.
  9. I will help you start one. Daily 1:1 is a 2004 Tahoe with lots of hail damage, soon to possibly be replaced with a Honda Pilot... Not my first choice, but the bean counters rule. Project 1:1s, Sorry for this Nick! 76 Toyota Celica RA29. Bought from original owner, bla, bla, bla... Plans include a single weber 45 sidedraft and that is it. Gotta get back to this one, but I keep getting distracted by things like this. 83 Toyota Celica Supra MA67. This one was rescued from the crusher and work started on it. Found a replacement engine in the form of another Supra. Got it, it was a POS so engine was pulled and I started to part it out. Then I was distracted with this... This is an 86 Toyota Cressida. Plan was to take the 5 speed from the junk supra and install it in this. I got the limited slip diff installed and everything then last weekend happened... Buddy of mine saw an ad on Craigslist(the bane of my existance lately) and this followed me home. One owner 140K 87 Cressida with the factory 5 speed. Pretty rare as far as Toyotas go. Original owner was a little old lady, literally. She kept really, really good maintenance records. I know the mileage, number of gallons and service station for every fill-up since new. I also know the mileage, type of oil, number of quarts and the tech's name for every oil change. I bought it from the actual second owner, but they had only owned it a year or so. Their daughter used it to drive around. They put less than 8000 miles on it in the last 15 months. I picked it up and drove it home and she ran great. It has the usuall issues for a 23 year old car. The front struts are shot, but that is no surprise as it was driven mostly on unpaved roads most of the time. Now of course, I have to get rid of the 86...
  10. This past week, I got some well need rest from the severe weather. I also picked up a Revell Thunderbolt for 14$ and some wood for the JWAC at hobby lobby. I also got a JZX100 Chaser, Fujimi Longchamps and deep dish Wats from HLJ earlier in the week.
  11. Here is a story I shot about 4 years ago. Perfect for Memorial Day. I couldn't embed it so you will have to use the link. Don't worry, it is not spam! And while last I knew, he was still with us, it won't be long before he isn't. One from the "greatest generation" as they are called.
  12. I think I mis-stated myself. I don't think that this is the first Pro-touring car out there, but shows the evolution of the breed. I too remember the Red Witch as pretty much the first car that made me go WOW! What is that! It is the first car that made me take notice of the Pro-touring movement. Honestly, I don't remember Big Red, but I don't think it would be a strictly Pro-touring machine. Seems more like a G-Machine to me. I see this car as one of the early steps in the Pro-touring movement. Most likely, it was inspired or built about the same time as the Red Witch, but without either party knowing about it. I am guessing that the 'Cuda was built around 93 and took a bit to get into the magazines. I would see this more along the lines of; This car is to the pro-touring movement as Muddy Waters is to the Rolling Stones. Not the beginning, but part of the inspiration and building blocks.
  13. Cleaning out a shed this past weekend for a garage sale and I found a box full of old mopar magazine I had forgot was in there. I started looking through them during my spare time. I found this article from about 1995. I think it shows where Pro-touring got its start. I don't believe that this was the first official Pro-touring machine, but it was one of the 'switch over' cars. The stance is not there, but the intent is. I thought is was kind of neat and thought I would share. I have larger high res scans if anybody wants them. Hey Marc, got any of those MPC 'Cudas left? As I find more fun stuff I will post it. The magazines are mainly High Performance Mopar and Mopar Muscle. I also have a bunch of old Custom Rodder magazines I will most likely scan. I do have the issue with the Mooneyes Toyopet Crown that caused so much controversy in the custom rod world when unvieled. I will see if I can find the article and scan that one if anyone is interested. If anybody needs some Mopar reference, let me know and I will see if I have some and scan them in.
  14. Yeah, I eventually corrected myself. The 500/Daytona always trips me up. Since the Daytona is listed as a 69, I always think the 500 is a 68. Strange, that the Daytona is a 69 and the Superbird is a 70. Another tidbit, I thought that the front fenders on the Daytona were lifted from a coronet and hence the difference in the sheet metal. Glad to see you found a transkit.
  15. Sorry again, too little sleep and too much work. 1969 was the first year for the Charger 500. I keep getting that mixed up. Never mind on everything I said. I will now go back into the corner and start checking my facts before I post
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