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  1. It would really make me happy if they were to reissue the Street Rod version, it's getting hard to find the front dropped axle out of it, and/or the one from the '55 street version. They're both fairly good examples of a dropped forged front axle and even though it's old school unless you're building it as a lowrider version it's still easier than putting the Camaro front clips on. Even if I did buy a half dozen of those clips from either of the '70-1/2 versions.
  2. The current chassis are all identical to the point that the majority of the parts and pieces are pre cut and have a chip that has to be in place during tech, and yes they do run a reader over all of them to make sure. And EVERY chassis has to be taken to the NASCAR tech site to be checked to make sure it's built exactly as the rules state and it HAS to be done before the body is even started to mount on the chassis NASCAR issues each and every chassis an ID plate with a number that corresponds to the inspection and if it is repaired that requires replacement of parts it has to return to NASCAR's tech shed and they pull up all of the information that was put in on the original inspection it better match exactly or it is likely going to be confiscated and the team will get a pretty substantial fine for unapproved changes to the chassis.
  3. Me too, but I start by using the white school glue we used to glue the main parts to the chassis then when you get the cage all finished set it in some warm water that just cover the floor pan and the white glue will dissolve leaving the cage much easier to get all the surfaces covered AND you know it's gonna fit the way it should since you assembled it all together just like the instructions show (but they don't know about the white glue trick. Just remember to NOT use the bottle of white glue in your coffee, it might look like heavy cream but the taste is a little bit off.πŸ˜†πŸ˜‰
  4. Back then the "Grand National" cars were allowed to run bodies that were in a three year period of production that ended with the current model year.
  5. There is usually a piece of tubing that runs from the upper right front corner of the cage and meets up with that stiffener that goes down to (through actually) the floor pan and is supposed to meet up with the X member in the chassis under the floor pan.
  6. I've sawed the original axle from the front spindle and found a piece of sprue runner or rod that fit in the wheel then after cutting it to the right length drilled through it and the spindle that will let you press a straight pin through. I epoxy the pin in place putting it in from the inside of the spindle so the head of the pin goes against the backside of the spindle upright for a little more strength then coat the pin and the mating end of the replacement axle and push it on the pin and against the upright as tight as possible and usually use an alligator clip as a clamp to hold it in place then using a good set of snips or if you have a Dremel use a cut-off wheel to make a smoother cut. By doing some creative sanding to the end of your replacement axle on the surface where it meets the upright it's really easy to put some camber in the front suspension! Also and the pin makes it stronger than the original. For the rear its even easier, just shorten the springs on a NASCAR type suspension, or with leaf springs just move the rear (or both) ends of the springs to a higher on the frame mounting point, and in the rear of the springs just make a little longer shackle (don't forget to reverse the way it mounts) that was the way we did it waaaay back to even lower our street cars. And there's always the old lowering block between the springs and axle housing with springs that mount under the gear housing. You have a good job going on a popular project.
  7. Alan, you can get flooring for a 1/12 scale dollhouse that is real wood strips on a thin carrier material and it is in strips about 3/16" to 1/4" and you can remove the ones you want and the individual "boards" are in varying length just like a real house. I bought a 9"x12" sheet for a wooden floor in a pickup bed because they can be aged to look like the ones in old Chevy trucks.
  8. How complete is the Revell '56 Chevrolet Bel-Air you have and are you interested in getting rid of it? I'm wanting to build a model of my first car and that is the only Bel-Air sedan that was ever released. I do have a pretty decent collection of kits, maybe I have something you're looking for? Thanks for your answer, Del.

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    2. horsepower


      Sorry for taking so long to back to you. I have been having some real problems physically for awhile now and don't get to get on here every day like I used to. I am kinda in a bad position right now, we have had our only vehicle totaled in an accident in June, (one of the reasons for my physical problems) and money is short and the best I could do would be $50 with shipping costs to 96003 zip code. Thanks for your reply even though I wasn't as quick I do appreciate your response. I understand about your reason for not trading, I have a 20x40 shop that is filled with my model cars and a few control line airplanes. My wife keeps saying I have around 1500 or more kits why don't I start building them instead of buying new ones. Wives, why can't they get it!πŸ˜‰

    3. George Bojaciuk

      George Bojaciuk

      I decided to keep andΒ build it. Being that the kit is like new.

    4. horsepower


      Cool, not a problem at all, I do have a couple of others that still have the chrome I need left on the tree. But I haven't decided if I want to build the original kit or just smooth off one of the Del Ray kits and put the Bel-Air trim on it. If I do that I will probably strip the chrome and glue it to the new release and just foil over them after paint. The only thing left to find is a set of 14" Chrome wheels for the front. Thanks for getting back to me, I do appreciate it. Del

  9. If that is announced as a future release there is going to be a rash of hospital visits for heart attack victims who were hanging on to their original issues so they could sell them at a higher than gold price and retire on their killings. Now all they have is some old boxes with brittle and bleached plastic that they paid a ridiculous price for because they're always going to go up in price.πŸ˜†πŸ˜‰
  10. Still wish they would reissue the custom Ranger p'cup that was released. A little careful sanding and a little bit of Chrome foil and I make one of these into a pretty good looking midi truck.
  11. I need to correct a couple of things I got wrong first the roof on the '34 Slammer modified kit DOESN'T have a chopped top,. BUT it is a three window coupe and it's an excellent top but to my knowledge I don't remember any of the AMT derivative manufacturers producing a three window coupe. And that Pinto modified is most likely the AMT body since every version after the release of the '71 sedan kit were all Runabouts but MPC did releases of both sedan and Runabouts, their '74 was a beautiful deluxe edition of a sedan with all the extra chrome and body side molding. But the latest release of a Pinto is a half breed of the '77-'78 runabout with the four cylinder, but it has the extra custom body panels from the AMT Pintera Runabout kit I believe was a '76 (I have a couple of untouched ones but the room they are hidden in hasn't been opened in about eight or ten years so I have to rely on my addled Memory. But the one I'm most curious about is the one time only issue of a Mustang II bodied Modified. If I hadn't had one I would have doubted its existence too, if it weren't for the interior tin panels that are still in the issues but don't fit any of the current releases and the only one even close is the Pinto but it will still have an extra rear panel that will only fit a body with a large rear window. I painted mine candy red over a gold base (same as my Pinto) but it came with just the number 6 even if it does look like the same font used in the Pinto's number 76. But I have a big ol' box of extra Mustang II bodies including a couple of the Gabriel Coupe with the wide body options that will make an excellent Speedway Modified that NASCAR experimented with for a short time. It was their answer to the claims about the coupe and coach bodies getting hard to find and someone's idea that the newer bodies looked too much like the North Eastern dirt modifieds.
  12. Any one out there have a set of the clear glass for the cab of one of the '93, Ford Ranger (or any of the Rangers in that body style) that they are willing to let go of? I thought they were in a cab I bought of Ebay, but if it was I've put them in one of those "special" hiding spots we seem to forget about as soon as we get a little sleep. Just let me know if you do, I'd really appreciate it, thanks. Del
  13. Yep!! You spotted it!. I thought it was one of those tinted plastic hood leading edge protectors when I first spotted it. But when he placed it next to chrome grille it was clear (see how I did that?) what it was meant for.
  14. It would be really great if some of the '60s - '70s 1/8 scale bikes like the Triumphs and the Trikes were trotted back out for us old fans
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