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   

    I've always loved the modern Ala Kart kit as a parts source. The axle and wheels/tires are total wins in my book. While the engine scaling is totally screwed, the front cover/water pump piece, drive belt, fan and generator are all nicely rendered and come in handy for turning the Red Ram from post - Ala Kart reissues of AMT's '29 Roadster into a streetable engine (since all those reissues offered a competition only super charged version of the Red Ram.) Shown below is an AMT '29 frame and Red Ram engine outfitted with all of the front engine parts, axle and wheels/tires from the modern Ala Kart.
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    I certainly agree that the new kit is better proportioned and stanced than the original. For that matter I think when Roy Brizio's shop restored the real Ala Kart they took some liberties with the stance and tire sizes because the restored car sits really, really nice.
  2. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable   

    Thanks for the the enthusiastic responses, guys! I was looking at it some more when I pulled into the garage tonight. I can't wait until I can get back to the bench and start doing some serious fab work. 

  3. Dennis Lacy added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable
    I had some bench time today but didn't find myself particularly motivated to work on any current projects so I decided to play a game called "How many different old hot rod bodies will fit onto the '32 frame from Revell's new '29 Roadster kit." As it turned out, the one I would have assumed to be the least likely candidate turned out to be a stand-out. So much so that it got the creative juices flowing and a new project was born. Most of my time was spend holding up wheels, tires and engines to the taped together body and frame until I landed on a formula that spoke to me. Overall, the Ala Kart is a pretty neat hot rod and certainly has some serious provenance being a 2-time back-to-back World's Most Beautiful Roadster winner and having had the legendary hands of George Barris and Blackie Gejeian be instrumental in it's construction. Even so, the one thing I think is a major fail about the Ala Kart is the custom nose. It's awkward. It goes against instinct. It looks like it's upside down. 
    What I've done is taken the '32 frame from Revell's new '29 Roadster kit and set the Ala Kart body work on it. Remarkably, the frame fits up into the bed like a glove thanks to it being pinched in the rear as it comes. With the wheels centered in the bed the front edge of the cowl lines up exactly with the start of the frame rail reveal, like it was planned that way. For the nose, it did to it what I've always thought the real truck needed, I turned it right-side-up. I cut off the frame horns and took a notch out of the rear lower edge of the nose so that it would fit over the end of the frame and line up height-wise with the body cowl. The stance shown is what it will be. The front wheels are modified from Revell's '32 Ford 5-Window coupe in Modelhaus T120 tires. The rear wheels and tires are from Monogram's '41 Lincoln. The engine is the early Cadillac from Revell's '49 Custom Merc.
    Still in the earliest stages, here's the basic plan mocked up.
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    Opinions welcome.

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  4. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Monogram '30 Ford hemi coupe   

    This is just my opinion but I think this is the best model I've ever seen built from the Monogram kit. It's everything a chopped A coupe on Deuce rails should be. When a guy builds a car like this (real or model) it tells me right away that they "get it." 
    Absolutely fantastic!
    Also, having followed along as this project evolved I know the level of dedication this car required. You had a vision and you did what it took to see it through to the end. Much respect.

  5. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic How about Some Barris themed models.   

    On the back of the original AMT Trophy Series instruction sheets is a section of customizing tips by George. In particular, on the '34 Pickup sheet is a really tough looking drag strip idea. I got inspired to build my own based on the illustration.
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    Instead of the modified T-Bird engine I used the AMT parts pack Pontiac and American mags & 12 spokes from the original '32 Vicky with parts pack tires & slicks. Everything else is from the '34 truck. Paint is Testors Mythical Maroon. It was a quick, fun project.
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  6. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Revell 60's Drag Master Parts Pak Retro Drag   

    When I originally cobbled together the A.R.D.U.N. conversion for this Model A engine a couple of years ago it was intended to be in a "street driven" Model A lakes modified. When I repurposed the engine for this dragster it was no longer necessary to have street components like a cooling system so I modified the stock fan belt to just have two pulleys and mounted a belt driven magneto where the generator would normally go. 
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    After digging the project back out yesterday and making some progress I found myself wanting the engine to have much more of a purpose-built look as I sat and admired it with its latest updates. Today I had some unexpected free time so I decided to see what I could do to further the "full-race" appearance of the mill. The first step was to scrap the belt driven mag and stock front cover. I replaced the cover with the finned piece from the Chevy engine in Revell's Slingster dragster. I then made a simple crank driven angle drive for the magneto.
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    Model A engines didn't originally have an oil filter but a full race version definitely should so I made this simple oil filer adapter with drilled bungs for oil feed hoses that will run to and from.
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    On the other side I added the crank case breather tube and a finned breather cap from AMT's '41 Ford Woody street rod. I also added a finned block-off cap to the side of the block where the water inlet would normally go. The block-off plate comes from the hot rodded flathead in Revell's '32 Sedan and '40 Coupe.
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    I added a second block-off plate to the front of the cylinder head where I originally had started to make a water pump.
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    All mocked up back in the dragster I think the updates give the engine much more of a competition look and add needed general interest. I also drilled the carbs for fuel hoses and drilled the ends of the header pipes.
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    Not a whole lot left to do. A couple final engine details and I need to build the steering pitman arm and drag link. 

  7. Dennis Lacy added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Revell 60's Drag Master Parts Pak Retro Drag
    Towards the beginning of the year I started a retro dragster projects based on an old 60's original Revell Parts Pak Drag Master frame kit, which is literally just the frame and basic body panels. My model building pal, Jon Ferren, sent it as a surprise in the mail after I casually mentioned I'd like to have one. This frame is essentially the same as the Moon Eyes and Micky Thompson Attempt 1 dragsters, just with a different variation on the roll bar shape. After working the last couple of weekends on my retro-drag '27 T Roadster and getting most of the fab work done on it I got inspired to whip this one back out today and make some progress. 
    This is where it was the last time I worked on it. I was originally going to use this set of wheels & tires but once I actually got the front axle mounted and the wheels mounted to the axle today the front of the chassis sat way too high. So part of today's agenda was to put a different pair of wheels and smaller diameter tires on the front to get some forward rake. Once I did that the rears had to go because my OCD brain wouldn't let me mix Halibrand front wheels with American rears...
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    Here's where I'm at as of now. The quick change rear axle and narrowed seat come from the Tony Nancy dragster set. The front axle is from Revell's Kurtis Midgets with Tony Nancy hairpin radius rods. The front tires are Modelhaus #T100. The front wheels are resin 5-lug Halibrand's from Drag City Casting. The slicks are from AMT's slicks parts pack and the rear wheels are 4-spoke Halibrand's from AMT's '33 Willys. I also sanded and leveled the body panels and smoothed the middle seam on the 2-piece upper cowling. 
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    Here's a closer look at the components that will make up the front suspension. The axle, tie rod and steering arm / drag link are all from Revell's Kurtis Midget kits and the hairpins are from the Tony Nancy dragster set.
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    The engine is a Revell '29/'31 Model A block with a clutch housing and direct drive gear box from the Tony Nancy dragster set. The A.R.D.U.N. head conversion was created by me with scratch built cylinder head and tubular intake manifold. The valve cover is from Revell's '50 Ford Pickup. The header is from AMT's Double Dragster set and the Stromberg carbs are from one of Revell's current rodded flathead's. Not shown is a belt driven magneto that I built. 
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    I also made a new dash panel that extends all the way down to the frame tubes. The original dash is only about half as deep and I thought it looked a bit strange. I scalloped the bottom and added a bung where the steering shaft pokes through to give it some style. The wheel is from the Fiat in AMT's Double Dragster set and the shaft is made from .040" rod. 
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    Not a whole lot left to do fabrication-wise. I will need to mount the steering arm at the cowl and make a longer drag link to the axle. I also need to add some engine details and a parachute mount to the back end of the frame. Visibility inside the body is slim-to-none so I'm not going to bother with any interior details like pedals. Mostly it will just be a showcase for the unique engine.

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  8. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The HAMB is reporting that George Barris has died   

    LOL, plenty of people didn't like Boyd Coddington. I would venture a guess more so than George. I've had conversations with former employees of Boyd and they agreed he was really good at being the jerk that his cable show portrayed him as. 
  9. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The HAMB is reporting that George Barris has died   

    Okay, I just did some digging and it is very true that George took tons of credit for cars he had absolutely nothing to do with. Especially TV / Movie cars. I was under the assumption that he just didn't mention his shop workers names. He flat out claims work that he or his shop never had any involvement in. Looks like the guy was kind of a douche bag. Apparently he had some legal action threatened from Universal because he was trying to say he had a hand in the original BTTF Delorean time machine. 
  10. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The HAMB is reporting that George Barris has died   

    Were there cases where George took credit for cars his shop didn't even touch?
    In hindsight I probably should have stayed out of the conversation because I really don't know much about him.
  11. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic Revell 29 High Boy   

    I like the way that you rerouted the exhaust pipes and that the mufflers are parallel with the trailing arms.

  12. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic George Barris-Dead at 89   

    "If you think you hate it now wait 'till you drive it!"
  13. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The HAMB is reporting that George Barris has died   

    We don't have employees. Just him and me.
    I would have to think that people who are Barris enthusiasts must know the names of at least some of the craftsman that worked there over the years and contributions they made to specific cars?
  14. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic The HAMB is reporting that George Barris has died   

    This is an excellent perspective and it is true of any automotive customizing shop. The vehicles produced by that brand are a product of that brand. Not Joe, Dave, Steve and Nick that work there.
    For example: My Dad and I have a shop called the Early V8 Garage and we specialize in flathead-era Fords, particularly in the 30's. We have our own product line and do mechanical work ranging from basic repairs to every last nut & bolt restorations or hot rods. My two hands produce 80% of our products but my name isn't on the box. When I complete a car build it is not built by Dennis, it is built by Early V8 Garage. Our shop is a brand just like Customs By Barris and anything that leaves the shop is a product of our brand. Doesn't hurt my feelings any. 
    However, when someone compliments a particular project or car entire car that came out of our shop to my Dad and he had no little or no involvement in that particular project he is quick to point out that it is Me who deserves the credit, and visa versa.
    I don't know a lot about George and am only familiar with a few of the vehicles to come out of his shop because I'm not into customs. I do know that it was George out there hustling his brand and promoting the custom car hobby in general, not his shop employees. It was his name on the sign, he payed the salaries and the bills and his butt assumed all of the liability. If it wasn't for George those employees wouldn't have had a shop to build cars in.

  15. Dennis Lacy added a post in a topic '27 T Roadster - Retro Drag: Updated 11/1/15   

    The problem with the little V8-60's is that even in fully hot rodded form they don't make a lot of power and because of they're small displacement they're really short on torque so putting one into a small, light car like a T Roadster (or midget oval track racer) is about the only thing that makes sense. The performance would be pretty uninspiring in a '32 and especially in a '40. I have driven an all-original '38 Sedan that had the V8-60 and it was dreadfully under powered. I'm really surprised sales supported keeping that engine option for 4 years.