Dennis Lacy

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  1. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable UPDATED: 1/3/16   

    Thanks, guys! 
    No, the taillights will stay as they are and use the inserts and bullet lenses from the out of the box. One of the whole points behind using the Ala Kart bodywork is that all the customizing is done for me. 


  2. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable UPDATED: 1/3/16   

    UPDATE
    I had a little bit of time to hang out at my work bench today and I made a little bit of progress on this thing.
    I started by modifying a pair of Caddy headers from Monogram's Blue Bandito '29 Roadster Pickup to pin to the heads on the Revell Caddy engine then added angle cut extensions to flow alongside the cowl.
    Then I worked a bit on the induction. The molded carburetor scoops got their centers hollowed out for realism, I filed away the mold seams on all 3 carbs and also drilled all 3 for future fuel hose. I also built a basic round fuel supply log from .060” rod and mounted it to the intake manifold just below the middle carb.
    I also swapped on the finned valve covers from Revell's Cadillac parts pack engine and drilled the spark plug locations for future wires. Not a “ton” of work but it's some fiddly stuff out of the way. Progress is progress!
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  3. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 1984 Dodge Turbo Z   

    Ha! I totally forgot they had one of these in Hunter. I'm pretty sure my Mom's had red interior, though.  I used to watch that show all the time. Stepfanie Kramer was pretty hot!

  4. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 1984 Dodge Turbo Z   

    Sweet! My Mom had one of these brand new. I was about 5 at the time and thought it was the greatest thing ever. Hers was dark red and silver twotone with the red stripe around the middle. Very hard to find a nice, low miles example these days.

  5. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Dennis Lacy 1927 Ford Roadster Replica   

    The Replica Model. Fabricated and Painted / Weathered by Jon Ferren. Assembled by Me.
     
    The model went together extremely well. Everything fit like it should. There were a few parts missing such as the steering gear, upper and lower radiator hoses and finishing out the intake manifold. I found it interesting to assemble someone elses work because we all have our own techniques, which meant I had to adapt myself to some of his. Most of the assembly was handled last weekend with finishing touches taking place today. To say that Jon accurately captured the look and feel of my old car is an understatement! Even my Wife's jaw dropped when I showed her the finished model. If anyone would like to know what any of the parts used are, please ask because I'm sick in the head and know what every single one of them is!
     
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  6. Dennis Lacy added a topic in Under Glass   

    Dennis Lacy 1927 Ford Roadster Replica
    My 1927 Ford Roadster Hot Rod
     
    Starting in May of 2005 and spanning until June of 2007, I built a 1927 Ford Roadster hot rod for myself. The car featured a heavily modified 1932 frame, dropped original 1934 axle and split 1934 wishbone, 1934 rear axle with “T” spring, 1935 flathead V8 engine with Thickstun PM-7 intake manifold, Stromberg “81” carburetors, tubular headers with 2” exhaust and Smithy mufflers, 1935 transmission, 1939 Lincoln brakes, 1941 wheels with 1946 hubcaps and Firestone bias-ply tires, 1948 truck steering gear and 1940 steering wheel, modified 1934 Chevy dashboard with early curved-glass Stewart Warner gauges, chopped windshield, chopped 1929 radiator and shell, 1927 Chevy sedan gas tank in the trunk, BLC headlights and 1939 taillights. Every component on the car was a genuine old part and it was constructed to a very exact degree of period authenticity for a Southern California roadster that could have been built in the late 1940's. Many times observers thought that it had been built in the 40's, found and “gone over” to put it back on the street. Their reactions were priceless when I would reveal that it was a newly constructed car! Despite its weathered “patina” appearance, the car was also built and finished to high professional degree of workmanship, function and safety. With this car I was also a member of the historic Pasadena Roadster Club for 6 years which was re-activated with the blessing of the surviving original members in 2002 as a continuation of the original club which was active from 1946 – 1953. Club rules dictated that for a roadster to qualify it had to be of 1936 or older vintage and built from only genuine components not newer than 1953. The purpose of the club was to preserve and promote early hot rodding. After my time in the PRC I also ran a San Bernardino Krankers club plaque given to me by some hot rodding friends from that region.
     
    After thousands of miles and daily use over a span of 5.5 years, the car was sent to it's new caretaker in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It was far from an easy decision but a necessary one as I had a growing family and another project that I wanted to get to and financing had to come from somewhere. Below are the last photos I ever took of the car, the morning it was transported to a shipping service.
     
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    In late 2011 I had started befriending a fellow named Jon Ferren from Hollywood, Florida. Jon is an extremely talented model hot rod crafter who I discovered when I joined a forum called Traditional Rods and Kustoms – In Scale back in 2008, about a year after returning to model building after many years away. Extremely impressed with Jon's skill, particularly in creating realistically weathered and worn models I told him that I would like to see him make a model replica of my roadster. He really liked the car and instantly agreed. It wasn't a commissioned build, per-se, and I never had any intention of “owning” the finished model. I really just wanted to see him build it. Also, not wanting Jon to be out any of his choice parts, I sent him a care package consisting of a Jimmy Flinstone roadster body, a set of wheels, a set of Modelhaus resin tires and some other key ingredients. As luck would have it, Jon's profession sends him out to Anaheim, California every January for a trade show and the Anaheim Convention Center is only 30 minutes from the hot rod shop my Dad and I have. That being the case, in January of 2012 Jon was able to take an afternoon off and come out to see the roadster first-hand, go for a long ride around town and even drive it himself. The experience amped him up for the project, to say the least! The experience also solidified our friendship and we have made a tradition of hanging out every January when he is here for his trade show. Nothing like two grown men hanging out in the garage geeking-out over models!
     
    Below is a photo of Jon and I with the roadster and him about to take it for a solo spin.
     
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    Jon made excellent headway at first handling all of the fabrication and painting of the replica model. Then, as it sometimes happens, he ran into some builders block. When he ultimately snapped out of it he was on to new projects and the little roadster never managed to get finished. When he was out here in California in January of 2014 he handed me a little shoe box containing the stalled project. He apologized for not completing it but thought that I might enjoy putting it together. I accepted the challenge and up until last weekend the poor thing sat on my bench in that lonely shoe box needing some love. Jon is scheduled to be here again next month and I made it my mission to push everything out of the way and finally get this little guy hung together.
     
    Below are a couple of pictures. The first is how I received the project and the second is taking inventory so that I could plan my attack.
     
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  7. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic My take on the Revell 29   

    Fan-freaking-tastic! All of your changes work awesome and the color scheme fits the car perfectly. Definitely one of the best from this new kit, yet.
  8. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic How do you pick which model you will work on next   

    My area of modeling interest matches my full scale automotive interest which is early Ford hot rods, typically in 60's or older period styling. I'm always thinking about different cars and how I'd build them. Ideas pop into my head at random while at work, driving, eating breakfast, laying in bed, taking a shower or even sitting on the throne. Naturally, there's times where real hot rods provide inspiration, too. 
    There's also times when sitting at my work bench that I'll start screwing around mocking frames, bodies , engines and wheels together and next thing I know a new project is born that I hadn't considered 5 minutes prior.
    The only problem is that the ideas come to me a lot faster than I can build them so it takes a lot of discipline not to steer (too far) off course. 

  9. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Build journal anyone?   

    No offense implied but I honestly don't understand this. It sounds awfully OCD. My wife is very supportive of my hobby but if I started doing things like this she'd probably commit me. 

  10. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Revell '29 Model A Roadster   

    Looking good! What's that shade of blue on the body? Are you gonna leave it flat? 

  11. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The "Little T" X 3.....   

    It's really neat to see all 3 possible versions of the Little T together like this. All of them are very cleanly built and look fantastic. That being said, the blue one is my favorite by a large margin!

  12. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 29 Ford channelled over Deuce frame - primered- Dec 5   

    Some people do reverse the firewall to gain clearance for larger engines but that trick only applies to '30/'31 Model A's which have full one piece firewalls. Despite the way that the kit firewall is, it doesn't represent an original '28/'29 which was 2 piece with the upper portion being built into the cowl top / tank assembly. 
  13. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic 29 Ford channelled over Deuce frame - primered- Dec 5   

    The reworked (and now much more traditional) chassis looks great and with the body in some color other than white the "look" of the car is coming together nicely. It captures the look and feel of a late 40's or early 50's lakes-car quite well. Looking forward to seeing it in color!
    It's funny. I've been so programmed since birth that hot rods have bigger rear tires that when I see one (especially an open wheeled one) with same-size tires front and rear that it's really hard to wrap my head around it. Although, it does appear that in your first reference picture that the car has nearly identical tire sizes front and back.

  14. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Rooster's 29 Ford (Home Game)   

  15. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable UPDATED: 1/3/16   

    Thanks for all of the positive comments, guys! The Ala Kart is a bit of an odd ball so it's neat to see so many people showing interest. 
    Thanks for the idea, Tim. That's a truly nice piece and I've seen it put to use quite a few times. In this case I'm going to stick with what I have because I can have the cowl reworked a lot faster than I can get one from Norm.