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 Hosted on Fotki 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. Hosted on Fotki 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. Hosted on Fotki 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. Hosted on Fotki 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. Hosted on Fotki 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. Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki
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! Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki
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.
UPDATE! Exhaust system is essentially made. This can sometimes be a tedious pain in the ass but this time proved to not be so bad once I figured out a plan of attack. (Coming up with the plan took twice as long as actually making the pipes!) The complete pipes and mufflers are made of sections from the Revell '48 Custom Coupe exhaust. The pipes were shortened and the shape tweaked where they go through the front legs of the X member and attach to the headers. Sections were removed between the hanger brackets just beyond the mufflers and tailpipes to move the pipes forward to where they would snake around the axle, spring and cross member. The only thing I didn't get to was cutting the tails down because the dinner bell was ringing. To make room for the mufflers I removed the short cross pieces from the center X member. Most of the time in the real world when these later X's are installed in early frames these pieces are left out anyway. Also, while I was at the back of the frame I cut off and smoothed out where those goofy raised axle locating tabs were. Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki Up front I tackled setting up the steering and shocks. For the steering I added a bracket to the top of the frame rail (something that was and is sometimes done in the real world.) This allows the steering gear to sit up and clear of the headers and also allows the steering pitman arm to hang down without getting fouled on the split wishbone. I also made a traditional hairpin style steering arm at the axle out of one of the front upper A-arms from the Revell '37 street rod kits. The pitman arm / drag link are from the old Monogram '30 Woody. The steering box is a modified Revell '40 Ford. The lever shocks are from the Ed Roth Tweedy Pie T. I did nothing to them other than insert some mounting pins and drilling corresponding holes in the frame. Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki Hosted on Fotki It's getting there. To wrap up the chassis setup I need to finish the tail pipes and install rear shocks then do an all around fine tuning and clean up.
Not to mention you can find multiple copies of the Monogram kit on Ebay any day of the week. Just bring money! This is what I did with mine a couple of years back. Hosted on Fotki I honestly don't have the desire to buy any more of this kit because I have no interest in a stock Model A and there's not any good kit bashing fodder in it so to me all the kit is good for is a body and maybe the frame. I'd rather stock up on the new Revell kit and have lots of hot rod parts to pilfer.
When I was about 7 years old (would have been in '87) my Dad unboxed, cleaned up and set out on display some model hot rods he had built in the 60's. I thought they were some of the neatest things I had ever seen so one weekend not long after he presented me with an AMT '63 Corvette kit and one of Testors basic "get started" sets of glue, paint and brushes. We did all of the necessary painting on a Saturday and did assembly on Sunday. He did a lot of the work but I definitely helped. From there I was hooked and continued to build model cars through my teens but boxed it all up as I moved on to other things full-time like real cars, beer and females. All of the sudden when I was 27 (would have been '07) I woke up one morning and had this burning desire to mess with models again. Got on-line and discovered the magazines had forums and was blown away by not only what people were doing but by how incredibly accessible the internet has made modeling. No more waiting 2 months for a magazine to arrive, now I could interact directly with the builders of the models I liked. From there I went on a kit buying spree, re accumulating every old hot rod kit I had known and loved. By early '08 the pile was about 60 kits thick so I decided it was time to have at it. It's funny, too, because my Dad is directly responsible for my interest in the hobby but he thinks it's silly and a waste of time (and money) that I started back in as an adult. He implies that building model cars is a kid thing. Ironically, when I expressed a short revival of interest in N-scale model railroading about two years back (and got my childhood 3x5 layout out and working again) he thought that was just great. That revival was short lived after I became aware of how stupid expensive model railroading has become!
Thanks, Glenn! The tall coupe show rod it started out to be was looking neat but then I started playing with bodies, the ideas started flowing and,,, here we are! Guys on here seemed to like it but what I didn't expect was to have some people bring that buried thread back to life asking about progress (obviously unaware of the change.) I was looking back at pictures of it and now I'm starting to think I should work up another chassis and get back on it, with some tweaks here and there. It's funny, when I look at the models I build now and then go look back and look at models I built in my first couple of years back into the hobby 7-8 years ago it's like looking at someone else's work. Which, to me, is a good thing! That purple '32 was actually the first model I built getting back into it after a near 10 year gap. It definitely has its flaws but I was pleased with the "look" I achieved with it, especially considering it's an AMT '32.
A Cadillac intake manifold looks nothing like a Chevy small block but Bill already addressed that. Also, the carburetors in that Parts Pak engine are mid-30's Stromberg whereas the carburetors on the AG car are Rochester 2GC. I think Greg's suggestion above about starting with a Chevy fuel injection bed plate would be the best starting point for the guy who has nothing (unless it turns out that the 67 Camaro intake is available in the aftermarket.) The layout geometry of the 4 plenum flanges is very similar to the Man-A-Fre and with a little rework of the flanges to mount carburetors could be quite convincing.