Dennis Lacy

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  • Birthday 12/03/1979

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  • Location La Verne, California
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  1. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Mild kitbash/under two week project - Revell '30A Five Window....   

    I think this is fantastic, Tim! I really like the color scheme you came up with. The color you used on the engine looks really close to the antique engine green Ford used in the 30's. Most people use way too bright of a green. The top bows look great, as do the quickchange poking out, the painted front axle & wishbones and the upgraded firewall. I also like the seldom seen '41 hubcaps. I've got a set of those from the '41 Woody that I've been hording for just the right project.
    This hot rod is a dead ringer for the trends going on in the full scale world right now.
    I also gotta say, I love the other versions of the kit you shared at the NNL. The dark metallic orange channeled one especially caught my eye!
  2. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 60's Banger Geek '27 T Touring   

    These particular M&H slicks (out of the Revell Ed Roth Beatnik Bandit kit) are about 2/3 as wide as the typical M&H found in other Revell kits like the Orange Crate, Tony Nancy 22jr dragsters and old-tool SWC Willys.

  3. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 60's Banger Geek '27 T Touring   

    We can just call it a Hot Rod

  4. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic My Take on Revell's '30 Model A Coupe   

    This came out awesome! I really like the color, the W-motor was a great choice and the lowered front makes all the difference in the world.

  5. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic My Take on Revell's '30 Model A Coupe   

    Your correction to the stance is just right! The stance out of the box is terrible. 
    I also love the colors you chose. They all look perfect together!

  6. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 60's Banger Geek '27 T Touring   

    Thanks, John!
    I think the wheels will respond to painting nicely. Dipped in chrome, it's kind of hard to see (especially in pictures) exactly what they look like. A lot of the spoke shape detail gets washed out.
    I think that the overall shape of the Revell body is better. Having owned a real '27 T Roadster I can tell you that the shape of the Revell cowl is way more accurate. The AMT cowl is kind of flat when it should be a continuous curve from side to side. The door on top of the cowl is also rendered raised on the Revell body, which is accurate. The door originally opened to access filling the gas tank which fit up into the cowl. On the AMT body the door is flush.The Revell windshield detail is a little better, too. Where both bodies fall short is that there is a ever-so-slightly rounded cap on the doors and pillar between them that, instead of being part of the body, is part of the interior units and makes a ledge to locate onto the body. I'm going to have to cut that cap from the interior unit and attach it to the body. That's fine because I'm not using any of the interior anyway. That'll get covered in a future installment.

  7. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 60's Banger Geek '27 T Touring   

    Actually, the '29 kit has a Winfield flathead. It's the '31 Sedan/Sedan Delivery/Woodie variants that have the Riley 2-port, which is what I'll be using. I forgot to change the head out before I took the pictures.
    Glad you like my T!

  8. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 60's Banger Geek '27 T Touring   

    I'm just over here doing my thing. I don't have but one guy that I can BS about models with so I turn to the forums for my interaction. I guess that's why I tend to go into detail. I also always appreciate thorough explanations from others when I'm checking out their projects. Rather than throwing up some pictures and saying "Here it is.", it's neat to know why things were done they way they were. 
    Speaking of inspiration, aside from my Dad introducing me to model cars, you, Tim, are basically responsible for my love of hot rod model building. So, thank you!

  9. Dennis Lacy added a topic in On The Workbench   

    60's Banger Geek '27 T Touring
    An interesting thing happened in the 1960's. Almost in an underground or cult fashion, nostalgia-driven closet Ford 4-banger guys started to emerge and slip rodded Model A engines back into the rod and racing scene. Engines that had lost they're dominance by the later 1930's as the Flathead V8 took over. Some of these guys even formed a club, Forever Four Cylinder (still active!), and focused on hopping up banger motors while the rest of the guys were building the latest and greatest big HP V8's. Some guys such as a fellow named Joe Gemsa even designed and manufactured new overhead valve and overhead cam cylinder heads to help beat-out the competition in vintage engine racing classes. 
    So, this new project is going to be a 60's Banger Geek's dream. It will have all of the requisite 60's flare such as a bunch of antique looking T junk mixed with bright metallic paint and funky magnesium wheels with a hot Model A engine sitting between the rails. Of course, there will be 60's technology brought to the drivetrain such as an alternator and adapted Muncie 4-speed trans mixed in with earlier hop up wares such as a Riley 2-Port head with dual Stromberg carbs and a Halibrand quick change axle out back.
    The basis of this project is Revell's '27 T Touring body and the '32 frame from Revell's new Model A roadster and coupe kits. Getting the proportions I wanted meant substantially modifying the frame. I wanted the body cowl to start at the point of the frames side reveal line and have the wheel well start right at the end. That required taking 1/8" out of the length which I did by making a stepped cut for far superior strength over a typical butt-joint.
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    I then constructed a new front frame cross member out of .040" sheet and located it essentially right behind where the original cross member was. I then had to removed the original front cross member and sections of frame rail it spanned between, reattach the frame horns then blend everything together. I also added shelves in the corners behind the new cross member for the motor mount to sit on.
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    Originally, Model A engines had a front mount that attached to the timing gear cover and had a center stud that sat on the front cross member with a spring around the stud to absorb vibration. The rear of the engine mounted off of the sides of the flywheel housing forming a triangle between the mounting points. Since the rear is going to be mounted off of the future 4-speed the front of the engine needed to have a wider mount to form a triangulation so I built a Hurst-style mount.
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    Here is the engine sitting on its new front mount. 
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    The wheels I'm going to use are the Halibrand "Touring" wheels from Revell's '31 Sedan kit. I'm also using that kits small front tires and narrow M&H slicks from the Ed Roth Beatnik Bandit. These wheels actually came stock on some of the Studebaker Avanti's and was also available through Halibrand's catalog. They were a true magnesium wheel. As the wheels come out of the kit they have basic rounded center caps but originally Halibrand provided false versions of their first generation 3-bar knock offs. I will be removing the rounded caps and using the knock off's from Revell's Orange Crate which are identical to the original Halibrand parts. As you all probably expect, the wheels will also be getting stripped and paint detailed.
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    Here's a few mock ups. This is how the model will sit. The front axle will be based on the parts in all of the Revell '32 kits (tube axles were available by the 60's.) I haven't decided what parts to make up the quick change rear axle out of yet but I have a pile to choose from.
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    More to come soon! 
    Comments welcome!

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  10. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic '27 T Roadster - Retro Drag: Updated 8-29-16   

    I did finish it and posted it here:

  11. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic '29 Roadster   

    Fantastic color combination and ultra clean workmanship!
    The chopped windshield, painted radiator shell and headlight buckets help the look of this kit, immensely. The functioning louvered trunk lid is a nice touch and the spun aluminum gas tank goes so much better with the styling of the car vs. the Fuel Safe style plastic cell the kit provides.
    This roadster would fit right into the traditional-style hot rod scene going on these days perfectly.

  12. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Late 40's Traditional '29 Ford Roadster on '32 Rails Update: 9/28   

    Roadster Progress!
    Over the past weekend I managed to finish up the remainder of fabrication for this model. Out back I finished the exhaust pipes by cutting the tails off, drilling the ends out and inserting pins into the pipes which insert into corresponding holes in the rear-most cross member. I also installed rear shocks which (like the fronts) are from the Ed Roth Tweedy Pie T
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    Here's a look at the underside of the front axle and suspension which shows better how some of it is put together and mounted.
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    Here's an overall view of the chassis with fabrication complete. Here you can also see that I added a master cylinder bracket to the frame and installed the master cylinder from the Revell '48 Ford's.
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    Up front modified a Revell '32 series radiator as needed and made up the lower hoses from modified versions of those from AMT's '41 Woody.
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    I loaded up the firewall with all the necessary hardware which includes the beehive bypass oil filter from the Revell '32 Sedan, homemade 2-port fuel block and the voltage regulator from the Revell '40 Ford's. 
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    Finally, here's a couple final mock ups. Aside from a few small details the roadster can now be broken down for final clean up and prep for paint. 
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  13. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Late 40's Traditional '29 Ford Roadster on '32 Rails Update: 9/28   

    Thank you! The sad thing is that I remember where all these parts come from. Couldn't memorize anything for school to save my life. LOL!

  14. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Late 40's Traditional '29 Ford Roadster on '32 Rails Update: 9/28   

    Actually, the only one I've ever set up in this manner with a bracket above the frame is on the '27 T Roadster I built for myself 10 years ago. But, I've seen lots of examples over the years. You just have to make sure the bracket is stout enough.
    Here's an example on my friend Frank Barone's '29 Roadster. Talk about a car that's been riden HARD!
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  15. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Does CA glue go bad??   

    I use Zap-A-Gap primarily and anymore I will only buy the smallest bottle. Anything more is a waste of money because the stuff goes bad faster than I can use it. I have found that once opened I can get about 4-6 months of satisfactory use before there is a noticeable decline in performance. I usually find out the stuff has gone bad when it's most inconvenient, too.
    There's few things more satisfying to a model builder than a brand new, freshly opened bottle of CA.