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 Revell '30 Show Rod coupe   

    Fantastic work, Chris! Now that I've seen your modified roof version I can't not see the inaccuracies when I scroll up to earlier pictures of the project.  
    This is going to make for a situation where once finished if your model is sitting next to someone elses built from this kit yours is going to look a lot more "right" but leave people wondering why. 

  2. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic '32 Ford High-Bolster Roadster - 8-23 Update   

    Very neat project idea, Bernard. It's interesting because with all of the traditional and neo-traditional hot rods being built these days to try and emulate or relive the past the high bolster look isn't done  a whole lot. I think it may have to do with that it excludes the use of a top. Almost everybody I know with a roadster has a chopped and stylized up-top which, I think, is ironic because it defeats the purpose of having an open car. Before I sold my T roadster my ultimate plan was to paint the car shiny one day and have a built-in seat with a bolster that wrapped over the top and sides of the body where the wood tack strip would have normally been. 
  3. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic '30 Model A Coupe - update 5 August   

    Great start and color choice!
  4. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Revell '30 Show Rod coupe   

    Outstanding project idea and the mock up is a fantastic combination of pieces. I can't wait to see it once you get those headers built!
    Also, thanks for the neat tire holder-upper idea.
  5. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic New Revell '30 A Coupe - My Way!   

    Right? This rear suspension set up practically falls right into place on the channeled A frame from these kits. I eyeballed fitting it to the '32 frame and it would be a bit more work but still doable. It's funny because when I selected the rear end setup and Orange Crate rolling stock I wasn't even thinking about your killer roadster. Then I went and had another look at it when you put it up on TRaK and realized what was going on, LOL! Sure, we can line 'em up but I think my Cammer has a horsepower advantage over your injected Nailhead.

  6. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic New Revell '30 A Coupe - My Way!   

    Thanks, Tim. Having you comment on my projects always means a lot to me!

  7. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic New Revell '30 A Coupe - My Way!   

    A good set of traditional 30's wires would be killer, for sure! In particular, Kelsey Hayes 16" 40-spoke accessory wheels from the mid-30's that were on virtually every hot rod before WWII. This is my favorite wheel for the Firestone track tires, they just look so natural together.  I had a set on my Deuce Pickup with Firestone bias-plys for years.

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  8. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic First in-depth look - Revell's new '30 Model A Chopped Five Window Coupe kit...   

    Nice work on the reversed firewall!

  9. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic New Revell '30 A Coupe - My Way!   

    Thanks, Chris!
    I've always loved the look of the Orange Crate's  Firestone ribbed track tires. I also love the fact that the Halibrand wheels have all the inside reinforcement detail. If I go full Altered with this project it won't have front brakes and the extra wheel detail will go a long way towards the overall appearance of the car.
    The ribbed track tires in the new A kits (and first seen in the Stacy David roadster) are also Firestone's (minus the name because of licensing, of course) and are actually very accurate to the real thing. The real ones have the hard edges to the sidewall blocks. 
    In any case, I've always been a fan of the Firestone ribbed track tires on vintage styled hot rods and race cars. I'm really happy that Revell stepped up and gave us a killer set of tires, finally!

  10. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic New Revell '30 A Coupe - My Way!   

    Yeah, stance and drivetrain angle are set so no worries there.
    Not sure what the final colors will be. I'm leaning heavily towards full competition car which would be a mid-60's Altered. I'm probably going to use the yellow Malco Products decals from AMT's '33 Willys and thinking of using yellow as an accent color to tie in so the main color would have to go with that. 
    The interior is gonna be spartan with the kit "skeleton" panels. If I go full Altered I will probably use the single bucket seat from the Mazmanian Willys which has tuck & roll padding (Altered's only required a driver seat). I'll save those sweet bomber seats for something else.

  11. Dennis Lacy added a topic in On The Workbench   

    New Revell '30 A Coupe - My Way!
    Grabbed one of these new kits (finally) last weekend. Thanks to Tim Boyd's excellent review pictures I pretty much came up with a solid plan ahead of time. 
    I'm undecided if this is going to be a full mid-60's competition car or competition-inspired hardcore street going hot rod. I haven't done anything that would swing it one way or the other - yet. 
    I started the chassis modifications with the rear axle and suspension from Revell's Mazmanian '41 Willys which consists of an early Oldsmobile axle, quarter elliptic springs, tubular shocks and loooooooooooong ladder bars. This entire setup was surprisingly easy to fit into the A frame. All of the joints are pinned together with .040" Evergreen rod. The molded on axle stands will be removed in the end. I used them to locate the axle while fitting everything. The brake plates and finned brake drums from the '30 Coupe kit were then fit to the Olds axle with .060" Evergreen rod protruding to attach the wheels.
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    The complete set of pin-drive knock-off Halibrand wheels, ribbed track tires and M&H slicks are from Revell's Orange Crate '32 Sedan. To fit the rears I simply shaved the backsides of the wheels flat and center-drilled them to fit onto the .060" pins on the axle. Super easy!
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    The kits tubular center frame member was modified by building up a new transmission mount with additional triangulated gussets on the sides.
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    I forgot to take a good, clear picture of the engine assembly but this pic mostly shows it. It is the Ford 427 SOHC "Cammer" out of AMT's '33 Willys. I removed the molded on C6 auto trans and installed the bell housing from a Revell parts pack 427 Ford engine and the GM Hydro (B&M Hydro-Stick) auto trans from Revell's Cadillac parts pack engine. New engine mounts were added to the forward part of the frame to accommodate the molded brackets on the sides of the engine.
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    I had to trim out the front part of the floor to 1) clear the bell housing and trans and 2) allow the engine to sit up higher in the frame because the installed height allowed by the original shallow hump in the floor would have the entire oil pan below! the frame. 
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    I installed some temporary pins to hold the wheels on the front axle and have a '32 shell with solid grill panel from Revell's 5-Window sitting in place. If I go for a streetable car I will put a normal grill and the A kit front brakes and finned drums.
    Instead of the blower setup from the '33 Willys I used the dual 4-barrel intake and carburetors also from Revell's 427 Ford parts pack engine. The engine was mounted so that the intake carburetor mounting pads are level. The Hilborn scoop is from the blower option in the new A kit. The headers are from the Mazmanian Willys. I also didn't notice until I was processing the pictures but I sure did manage to tack the drivers cam cover on crooked. Good lord!
    One of the issues with the channeled versions of these new A kits is that there seems to be a lot of "dead air" under the car. The heavy duty ladder bars hanging under there sure do solve that problem! There have been no modifications to alter the stance other than the rubber rake caused by the new wheels & tires.
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    Lots more to come. Any thoughts welcome!

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  12. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic First in-depth look - Revell's new '30 Model A Chopped Five Window Coupe kit...   

    I got started on mine yesterday. When I get a little farther I'll get a thread going on the Workbench.

  13. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Revell '30 Model A Coupe X2   

    After what you did with the sister roadster kit I can't wait to see what you do with these. The topless Sport Coupe idea sounds sweet! 

  14. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The many faces of Revell's Tee Bucket (Tweedy Pie)   

    It looks like the Happy Days version and later but similar version to its right have the Orange Crate wheels & tires transplanted. If they're not from the Orange Crate then they're nearly identical. Either way, I think it looks pretty neat like that!

  15. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Revell Parts Pak 60's Nostalgia Dragster With Ardun Power   

    Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    It would have a hand pressure pump mounted within reach of the driver like the one shown above. I didn't do any cockpit details so there's no hand fuel pump, brake lever / master cylinder, clutch pedal, accelerator pedal, gauges, etc. Like I mentioned above, the dragster is more of a prop for displaying the engine.
    in hindsight, I guess I should have pushed myself to add all that stuff but I'm just glad it's not a pile of parts in a box anymore.