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  1. rickr442 added a post in a topic Broken Starter?   

    I've about had the whole course regading replacement parts over the years...

    Best strategy as far as I'm concerned is to avoid (like the plague) the parts sold a the chain stores like Pep Boys and Wal Mart. Pay a couple of bucks extra to go to at least a local jobber where real mechanics buy their parts. The components my still be Chinese junk but they should be BETTER Chinese junk!

    n the lesser parts tere are lesser quality plastic and nylon components used almost universally... I had a 'three time loser' starer on a TBird I had a few yeas back, and a veteran parts guy explained it to me... A further problem is chunking of metal internal components inside items like starters, etc.

    Good luck!
  2. rickr442 added a post in a topic Will there ever be a plastic mk III lincoln?   

    I owned a '69 Mark III in 1977 when I worked on the Pipeline and had waaaaay too much money.
    Mine was burgundy in & out, leather, with the black roof.
    I was told it had been owned from new by an exec at Universal studios, was sometimes used as a background car in 'McMillan', 'Kojak', and 'McCloud' series when the New York sets wrere used. I've only seen it once or twice on those.
    Magnificent car, absolutely silent and quite fast!
    A good resin kit would be a fine addition to any collection.
  3. rickr442 added a post in a topic Revell Kits Announced for 2009   

    These two are just computer renderings done by a non-GM artist, originallyseen in magazines to pump up the return of the Camaro
    Granted, they shoulda HIRED the guy, but that's not the case right now...
  4. rickr442 added a post in a topic "Gone In 60 Seconds" 73 Mustang Fastback   

    Geez, If ol' Jairus keeps doin' this I'm gonna have to hire him as my agent or something!
    I came to know Toby a bit shortly before he was killed, neat guy if waaaay too sloppy with movie stunts!
    That's what got him in the end...

    Now, Jairus is correct that Eleanor is not a Mach One... just a rough, salvage title, theft recovery (who'd'a thunk?)302 fastback out of Toby's junkyard in Gardena, stripped and rebuilt as a 'tank' with lots of stiffening of the body and Chassis. Even with a lot of prep, the car pretty much broke in half at landing in the long jump on 190th Street! The stock rims like your model displays are right on the money, but you do need the flat hood and a good bit of semi-gloss black paint to make it convincing! The hot setup might be to select a point in the film and replicate the car as it was at that moment.

    It'd be cool to do a replica of Toby's jump practice car, a white '65 Fairlane 4-door!

    I also wish that more people could see the movie in its' original form. Tha original music was as awful as it was priceless! Toby's widow removed all the music from the new edit so as to avoid having to pay his family the royalties they deserved.

    In discussing the movie a couple of times with Toby I came away with the feeling that Gone was a documentary of sorts... at one time in the late-60s he was under indictment for 101 counts of Grand Theft Auto... Oh, the stories he could tell!

    Keep us posted on your build!
  5. rickr442 added a post in a topic '40 Ford Coupe early issue in progress   

    The steelies were often the 'base' for the Fiestas when a hot rod was entered in the stadium car shows that were common in SoCal in the late 50s when the truck was built by Roth. He even sold it at one of those shows.

    I recently saw a pic of Ed Roth's shop truck, (the 56 Ford in the kit) and even it had steelies in every day use. The Fiestas were easily stolen if left on all the time. His shop was in Maywood, Ca., I believe, no 'garden spot' even then. Now, it defines 'hellhole'...

    So there...

    GREAT lookin'40!
  6. rickr442 added a post in a topic new slipknot music vid   

    Wish I'd thought of that!
  7. rickr442 added a post in a topic new slipknot music vid   

    Or, maybe I was kidding?

    Unclench, folks!
  8. rickr442 added a post in a topic new slipknot music vid   

    Start without me, I may catch up later... still looking for my Lou Christie albums.
  9. rickr442 added a post in a topic LA LHS?   

    Prestige Hobbies on Beach Bl. in Anaheim, and Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove. There's a cruise night on Main Street in GG on Firday nights. The Burbank and Studio City shops are greatr places.
    The Petersen is on Wilshire Blvd near Beverly Hills.
  10. rickr442 added a post in a topic LA LHS?   

    Prestige Hobbies on Beach Bl. in Anaheim, and Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove. There's a cruise night on Main Street in GG on Firday nights. The Burbank and Studio City shops are greatr places.
    The Petersen is on Wilshire Blvd near Beverly Hills.
  11. rickr442 added a post in a topic new slipknot music vid   

    Too bad I can't just avoid this section!
    Even though I don't particularly LIKE the music...
    UNDERSTAND the 'lyrics'(?)...
    GRASP whatever humor is intended...
    or CARE what's being dealt with...
    I have the absolute right to comment and/or complain about it and try to get it removed... right?
  12. rickr442 added a post in a topic Hello Everyone!   

    Jump right in, Slim!
    There's roommfor anyone here, and you'll eventually fit right in.

    Welcome! Bring freinds!
  13. rickr442 added a post in a topic Just curious about everyone's FIRST experience   

    There have been many, but one I remember best was Darleen's in Portland in maybe '79. I had moved to Portland from Anchorage, brought a nice wad of Pipeline Money with me, started a business which instantly tanked as the economy went sour, (thanks, Jimmy Carter!!!). My only refuge (since drugs and booze cost a LOT!) was my old kidhood hobby, model cars...

    Darleen's had been a toy store for decades, sold stuffed toys by the ton, but also had lots of model cars. We got Rocky, the part-time sales clerk, to understand the concept of stocking as fast as HE could, so we could buy 'em as fast as WE could. Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine started in '79, and that opened the floodgates... lots of new modelers came in to the store and it was a standby for that group til the mid-80s.

    Rocky bought the store from the elderly couple who had owned it, and eventually he tanked. Good store, done too soon.

    The other that comes to mind is Elmer's Hobbies, a legendary store in Salem, Oregon. Elmer Roth was an 80-ish, retired toy wholesaler who apparently never threw anything away if it didn't sell... He turned a gas station (that he'd opened in 1932 on Market Street in Salem) into a hobby shop where he kept his old stock for sale to the collectors' market that started in the 70s. Elmer had walls lined with the finest selection of vintage kits I had ever- or since- seen. Early 60s annuals cost a whole $5, while the cool Trophy kits and fancy stuff was $10.

    He had a neat invenory control system... if you wanted duplicates of a single subject, he'd tell you, 'That's the last one I have!'. Next trip, you'd be able to snag another one, but never more than two of the same thing in the same trip. Elmer became a friend over a couple of years before a stroke put him in a rest home in early 1981 (I think...) He passed in late '81 and his daughters eventually moved in to get rid of everything at higher prices to anyone who wanted it. Elmer was a great guy, well-remembered, and sorely missed.

    Perhaps the best I've found in the past decade is Burbank's Housr of Hobbies, a great place run by energetic people who are also good at business. It and Pegasus is a wonderful place, but each pales in comparison to either of the two above...
  14. rickr442 added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    Mustang Mach 1/movie car
    Since there are so many Mustang fans and movie car fans as well, how about a neat mix of the two?

    I snagged a dvd copy of 'Point Break' last night at Wally's, $7.50, Keanu Reaves first starring role as he was emerging from his 'Oh, wow, man...' stage of his early career.

    His 'Johnny Utah' character in the movie uses a '70 Mustang Mach 1, in light grey primer... only thing that stands out is the primer and the missing front bumper, but it looks better than most movie cars and fits the role quite well.

    Chase sequences - especially the foot chase filmed using handheld cameras, with Catherine Bigelow's direction, are amazing, and the movie was the first to use many of the currently accepted methods for 'heavy' stuntwork, such as those used in the skydiving and underwater footage.

    All in all, still a favorite.
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  15. rickr442 added a post in a topic CARBON COPY RESIN   

    Hard to order when the site is closed every time ai've attempted to visit for the past week...
    When will it be 'up'?