Great work so far Mike. Your attention to the finer details is faultless and encouraging, I like where this is headed. Loving the idea behind the "wider" rear tyres too, I think this is something most of us have tried at some point. I have an idea a mate may actually be casting them? I will have to check with him.
Thanks for the picture link John. I do have those, plus an assortment of others which I've managed to find online. Not the most photographed car ever. lol.
Jeff, thanks for your kind words mate.
The 3D parts are rough, but not unworkable....The trans I left "as supplied", it has a kind of cast look to it, so I was happy to use it as it was.
The main engine block could have done with some smoothing, but again, I was happy to leave it alone. It is painted black and will not be overly visible when everything else it bolted on and around it.
The heads have had minor clean up, but only on the surfaces which would be "machined" smooth (or flat) on a real motor.
For what it's worth, I believe Shapeways have now added (or will be very soon) a NEW material process which is supposed to get the details even finer. Will be interesting to see how much better parts will become.
The tube for the headers is Plastruct 4.8mm which scales up to approx 2.27inch in 1:1. It's a tad large, but still works for me, they are supposed to be a set of "competition headers", so a bit of give and take.
Looking thru some parts lists online, I found some which are tagged as 2.1**inch (on real set), so they aren't that much oversize.
After a few solid hours over several weekends, the headers are almost looking like, well.....headers.
The tube scales out at a tad over 2inch and snaking them around engine components sure tested my mind....starter motor, oil filter, steering box.....all clear.
There is still a massive amount of work to do yet, most of the joints are not yet glued, then I have to make the collectors.......
And we are finally caught up......a long journey continues.......
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to fire away with questions or concerns, critique etc...
Took me over an hour just to track down this old post. LOL
Oh my goodness, how life can be so full at times......been back at the bench with a couple of old builds for a little while and been hanging out at that FB place....
I have had the pleasure of meeting they guy (thanks to Facebook) who found this car years ago in a barn, before it underwent the rebuild. Quite an interesting past, to say the least.
To get the ball rolling I purchased a new TDR 427 BB and 4-speed Muncie rockcrusher box. I rebuilt my own scatter-shield to suit both pieces and mated it all together.
The entire front chassis has been rebuilt (fully removed from main chassis floor), added solid engine mounts to bolt the new motor in place.
Gearbox cross-member now has slotted holes to allow adjustment and was lengthened to enable bolting it to the chassis.
Woah, nearly 2 years has passed.... How life gets in the way sometimes, huh. One day at a time I say......
Well, a few changes and twisties along a bumpy road, progress on the TDR Camaro has regained some pace......still only in low gear.
I hope Dave (Comp) will be pleased to see this resurface, tho I know he will also feel sadness, as I haven't been able to utilize ALL the amazing "parts" which he so graciously provided for this build.
Weakness is a major flaw I have, and not being capable of "making" some basic rubber molds for wheels and tyres, I weakened and laid out some $$ for some from MicroNitro. Tyres I got from Rafael, thanks mate.
The body was the big aspect of this build which scared me the most.....as you know, the surface texture really is quite grainy, and I have had numerous tips and ideas on the best method of attack.
In the end, I chose to just go with paint, or primer in this case. I purchased some automotive grade sprays from my local parts store, some high fill surface Primer-Filler....It was ok, but the graininess was still there.
Back I went shopping and ended up with some Spray Putty. The difference was like chalk and cheese.
The following few picks just give an indication of how things will eventually look.....Bear in mind, all parts need to be sanded, and recoat with the spray putty. The front on shot of the hood has one side sanded, one not.
All coated with the spray putty.....
Still a good ways to go, but at least its a start.
Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to ask Q or post any queries you may have.
Hi Elvin, this is not a kit part, but it appears to be highly detailed. I have some parts from these guys and with careful prep they look amazing.
TDR market these parts thru Shapeways. They are 3D printed.
Gary, thank you for the very kind link to my build, but please....take nothing away from yourself and this epic build mate.
What you have done so far looks darn brilliant mate, I LOVE it. (two thumbs up from me )
I'm liking how you molded in the wheel arch flares too.....very sleek.
What have you got planned for motivation?
Oh, and that rear hatch. Can you scribe out the excess super glue very carefully with the back pf an X-acto blade??
Looking forward to seeing more Gary.