The top photo is after it had the Daimler installed, because it doesn't have Roger Whipp listed as one of the owners, just a few years ago it was restored for a showing at Kool April Nites in Redding the year that the original Shasta Roadsters car club was honored. The drag strip in Redding is the oldest continuing operational NHRA strip in the country, and Roger Whipp got into a tiff with Wally Parks in the early days because he was the first promoter to pay tow money to bigger name racers, his reasoning was without that they wouldn't come to an out of the way track like Redding, Jim Dunn was a regular show up at our little track. One of the best races ever seen here was between Ivo's Showboat driven by some new kid named Don Prudhomme against the local CP&E dragster that was powered by a 301 Chevy, with Hilborn injection and a Ford three speed transmission with seven inch slicks, if Champ Houston the driver of the CP&E car hadn't missed the 1- 2 shift he would have won, a lot to be said about not smoking the tires the full quarter mile. And Champ was his given name not a nickname, guess he was supposed to be a racer. The Redhead was built by Romeo Palimedes from Oakland CA. he later became known as a jet car builder, the reason the car ended up in Redding was because the original person it was built for backed out and Romeo was wanting some money, I've heard it was a super deal.
I bought one of the Petty versions before they announced that they were releasing the K&K version, would anyone be interested in trading a decal sheet for the Petty car for a K&K set? The wife kind of balked at spending another $50 on a kit for a different decal sheet.
Excellent job, I really like the worked on look you've got going on the front clip. These cars were actually using Packard 440 solid core stranded spark plug wires, before everyone started using bigger wire, probably more like 6 mm in diameter.
this is the first picture I've seen of the old "NASCAR" Holley four barrel carb in quite a while, I've also seen this carb used on racing 427 Cobras, surprised to see when Revellogram put out the race version of the Cobra with a street side hung floats carb on it.
Or you can do what most builders I've been around do, and that's what's called a "suicide" front spring perch, where the front perch is built up off of the front spreader/crossmember to the height you want to lower the front of end.
Beautiful job on the Challenger, ever since I saw the first pictures of it under construction when I was much younger I've been fascinated by it, I even built one of the original release kits but someday will build another one that actually looks more like the real car. Hopefully while I can still see what I'm doing good enough to make it through the build without having a total breakdown, my favorite lakes car of all time is Redhead, I am lucky enough to know Roger Whipp, and knew Don Hammon, and live in the town where it resided for years, I remember they displayed it once at the local car show with the parachute fully opened and suspended behind the car, that was when it still had the Chrysler in it and before they put the little Daimler baby hemi in.
I know that I'm late to class on this, I really like your fidelity to the period of time you're going for so I kinda thought it would be a possibility that the four link front radius rods are a little advanced for the time period, and would be more correct if you used hairpin style radius rods instead, other than that it's really looking good. Just an idea for future reference, you might invest in a quart of polyester primer, I did for a project long ago and it was the best time saver I ever did, after two wet coats over 36 grit sanding marks it was totally done drying and shrinking overnight and had flowed out to where 600 wet sanding was all that was needed to prepare for finish paint. I figure it probably saved as much in regular lacquer primer and thinner as what the entire quart cost, and by storing it in the refrigerator it's stayed usable for almost eight years, and buying an occasional small bottle of catalyst isn't a big deal, and if I didn't keep misplacing them, or forgetting to put them in a cool place that probably wouldn't have been needed either. Looking forward to the rest of the Ardun build up.
The Gas classes were for cars that fell between MP (modified production) and A (altered) classes, this one having bumpers, lights, and is basically streetable would actually fall into a modified production class, possibly D, G, or E depending on weight per cubic inch factoring, and would probably be fairly competitive, I had a '56 Chevy with a 287 cubic inch engine, (283 bored .030 over) that fell into E modified production, but with the bumper off which was a popular choice in the time, it was put into E gas where it wouldn't stand a chance, even if it was the only car in class because to trophy it had to run within a certain percentage of the class record. I can remember one Sunday when a certain '58 Chevy Del Rey showed up that had been dominating A modified production and someone in tech noticed the big cast X on the front of the block meaning it was a 409, and not a 348 and wouldn't run in modified production, so they pulled the front bumper off and yep, you guessed it, dominated the A Gas class.
Those lines for the window weather stripping are about the right size for all but the roll down windows in the doors, they didn't have weather strips around the glass,, just the felts in the runners, and a wiper strip at the lower outside, the inside was a felt and stainless strip
Yeah, that's the place, I just called today and the new guy said "no we still don't have anything but the model T's", not sure what he's talking about since I can't think of a new release T. But I asked for one to be put back for me three weeks ago, if they don't have mine in the back room, and have sold out I'm going to cancel the order and pick it up somewhere else. I've been a big supporter of local hobby shops because I've been an owner and my daughter and her husband tried to make one work too. But if the shop can't provide the service's there's no need to support them.
Not saying that they're all wrong, but if one person, possibly even one in on the social exercise put in a statement about something being off, not glaringly bad just enough to put a seed of doubt out there that by the days end that minor sort of problem would be like putting a cow pattie in a pie eating contest, everybody would know something stinks they just can't decide exactly what it is, and anyone who had an opinion would be piling on. Still think it'd be a cool idea,maybe around April sometime.
You could really rock the boat and photo shop a picture of the real car and make it gray. Then sit back and see how many flaws the rivet counter types can find in it. I think I'd pay to see that happen, but you have to wait at least two weeks of it being picked apart on the forums before you let them know that they just found out what was wrong with the real car, and comparing photos to the real thing.