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  1. If you're looking for a set of headers from the Monogram "Spirit of '57" kit you can quit now. Mainly since that kit was/is a rerelease from MPC/Round2.😉 But seriously now, there's a guy on Ebay that does 3D printing that among numerous other things produces a lot of different headers and his small block fenderwell exit headers are dead on perfect, (at least for the Cyclone one's I'm copying) he's "3dscaleparts" I'm not sure if he has a big block set but it doesn't hurt to check, who knows maybe you'll find something else that you just can't do without.
  2. Great! If I don't get right back to you give me a day or two because I don't get on here every day.
  3. The little 91 ci engine didn't have a transmission just used an in and out box in almost every instance, but at least one of them had a transmission and competed on a road course against the sporty car types and if I remember correctly it even beat them at their own game. This is the big engine and as used in the Indy cars used a two speed gearbox AND a clutch with first gear being used to get rolling and second gear was a direct one to one drive. I'd like one with just the adapter plate as I want to build a track roadster version of a 1:1 car I saw at a car show, it was a very over engineered street roadster and had a small spool quick change behind a C-4 automatic transmission and an open driveshaft. It really impressed me!😳😛
  4. I have a set if you don't get the ones above, and I'm easy to work with too.😎
  5. I have seen one of these sedan deliveries listed on Ebay a while back but haven't been able to find one recently and I could use one to make a replica of a 1:1 version I was supposed to do for a friend when I still was in the body and paint business. Anyone know where I can find one? Thanks in advance for the replies, Del.
  6. That one even looks like it has the '55-'57 adaptor bellhousing that was in the Chevrolet pickups for those years. I don't know if anyone can remember but the panel delivery wagons for those years were allowed to use that transmission in stock classes by NHRA since they were considered to be "commercial" vehicles even though they were never offered as an option in the wagon body style deliveries.
  7. Any idea if they managed to get the '56 Chevy sedan from that same tri-five series?
  8. I don't care for them either, if they want to give us some vintage style bits then I want to vote for an Auburn instrument panel and gauges of the same era, and maybe an early Ford axle housing style quick change and a chassis with buggy springs instead of the airbags in this instance.
  9. The only problem with that is the molds for our toys are in China and it will probably take a military invasion, or some kind of international espionage to get them in the hands of the U.S. or whoever wants them. I guess the big block would be a disagreement over the actual ownership. Do they belong to the ones who are responsible for the design and holder of the copyright licenses, or to the ones who did all of the manufacturing of the tools and also currently have possession of them. Wanna bet it comes down to a big argument about the one who has possession is going to claim possession is 9/10s of legal ownership, and since it is going to be really hard to sneak items that size out in your luggage getting them back to the United States will probably not be in the books. Not to mention that I would be willing to bet that the tooling itself would require either a major redo to work with the American equipment or a complete redo of the equipment we have to actually fit to the Chinese built tools. or
  10. Unbelievable job on getting the detail on that Donovan block, it would be nice if someone would work up one of the Aluminium 410c.i. blocks that is a copy of the Small Block Chevy. But all the extra milling around the bell housing area and the sides of the block where water inlets are and the milling done to cut weight off and the dry sump inlets and suction ports would drive a preacher to drink.😉 I'm looking forward to seeing what the finished casting looks like.
  11. When I would want to open the exhaust up on my '56 Chevy either for the extra power or just to hear that sound of a high rpm small block all I'd do was unbolt the exhaust at the collectors and move it until it was clear and then bolt it with a single nut and bolt to hold it out of the way. I got busted one day for the open headers on the street and they wouldn't pass it unless I welded the collector nuts to the bolts so it was impossible to just unbolt them when I wanted to. But I had a friend that went through the same thing and we did mine like his, we put a tiny part of a stud into a nut and welded it in place then put everything back together and cut the bolts that went through the collectors and flanges down enough that they would just thread into the nuts enough to tighten them up without bottoming out against the dummy stud inside the nut, and then to make sure that the officer would sign it off (welll, that is what we told him) we welded each nut to the exhaust side of the header collector flanges. Made the cop really happy since he knew I'd have to use a torch to open the headers. And I was happy because I could open or cap them up a lot easier since the nuts were welded to the collectors it would only take a single ratchet and socket and one hand to uncork'em.👍😂
  12. You mean he EVER talked to him again!? It would have made thanksgiving dinners really strange because I would have just put any food passed to me on the floor next to my chair so I wouldn't have to ask him to pass anything to me.😂😉
  13. Or maybe some Lemon Yellow transparent for a pure bright yellow kandy, I remember years ago when the ISCA National Grand Champion show car was a radically customized '57 Bel-Air hardtop that had a small block with a crank driven Potvin blower and everything that was bolted on the frame and body was all engraved and 24 Karat gold plated. It was beautiful and was done in the yellow over gold kandy, I hear that it's making a new round of the show circuit but has a gold pearl base for the yellow know and people say it looks like it's glowing under the lights.
  14. When I had a body shop and was still playing with the 1:1 scale pieces I painted a '69 Camaro for a friend and he let me do my own thing and I ended up doing the flat panels (ya know, the ones that are laying flat, facin' up) a silver mixed with nothing but the coarsest aluminum flakes that Imron had and a dab of Yellow toner, just enough for a slight gold tinge in the valleys, and the sides the brightest red on their chart, and to separate 'em about a 3/4 to 1" stripe and the striper added an orange stripe around the yellow. It was a pretty attention getting piece then I buried it all under a full gallon of Imron Urethane clear to give enough to work with for a perfectly flat surface that looked deep enough to take a nap in.
  15. I'm going for the lower look too, but I think that I'll use the front suspension from the Beatnik Bandit II. It has the best Mustang II style front suspension in plastic. I have a couple of the R&D Unique cast metal independent front suspension kits but I still lean towards the plastic parts since if I need to add to something along the way it's easier to do and any time I can get good results without having to do something hard that'll be my path😉.
  16. I'd buy it just for the Webers, and valve covers they'd be perfect for a replica of a local Super Modified from the mid to late '60s that the local Ford dealership actually donated a complete from pan to air horns 289 Cobra engine as a sponsorship. Pretty competitive against much bigger engines, one Sprint car even ran a 427 fuel injected Ford power plant.
  17. I know it's too late but the little bit of space would be needed since you have to remember that you're going to need enough room to slide the rear tires and wheels off the studs and more than likely have to tip them in at the top to get them in and out of the wheel well openings and the car will move side to side over the tires when cornering not to mention how much the sidewall flex on them big ol'slicks are gonna have if you ever get even a little bit out of shape😉.
  18. I had a couple of the AMT '57. Pro Street kit and decided that the frame and suspension parts would be a perfect fit under the '55 body and with the tires and wheels from the AMT '67Chevelle kit I am almost ready to get real serious about it. Addendum: got a supercharged big block with fenderwell exit headers from a Chevy Monster Truck kit and since it has a street type set up for cooling AND a modern automatic to use I'm just about ready to start mocking things up, still haven't decided if I want to use the big block base engine and heads from the '57 so all mounts won't need to be changed around, and I was looking for at the front clip from the AMT '70 1/2 Camaro to update the chassis in the front or if I really want to use some put back rare things I have a complete Mustang II front suspension set up from the Revell Beatnik Bandit II and that would be even a little more up to date for a street driver type because if I really want a Pro Street car it would require building (or robbing) the more modern McPherson strut type front suspension from a modern style Pro Street but I'm not building a Lutz type tri five all out race car, just a loud obnoxious in your face old style Pro STREET, emphasizing the STREET for its main purpose, it's a big stop light cruiser that would be one of my "bucket list" cars .😊
  19. If you reread the article you'll notice that what he used to replace the trim on the side of the body was .020 rod, and not half round, BUT he did use .020 half round for the drip rail replacement, I have used both square stock and .020 angle stock for drip rail, but it depends on if I want to represent drip rail channel, or just a blending of the drip rail into the roof like he did on his beautiful job. I hope that helps you get clarity on what your question was.
  20. Just saw this, it's one of the celebrity losses I missed somehow. He had several different scenes where I was laughing so hard I had to ask what I'd missed but one scene I really could understand and sympathize with his statement was when they were hit by the tornado and they found Johnny cowering alone in his own hiding spot where he told them that he had been in a mobile home that had been hit by a tornado and added "God HATES mobile homes. Sorry my wife and I had one for our first home of our own I can totally understand what he was talking about. R.IP. Howard/Johnny you're going to be missed but we can try to find old replays of WKRP in Cincinnati. Best we can do, it'll have to do.
  21. It's even worse when the same is true for the parts themselves, on some of the Ford kits it's like they used the same mold for the starter, oil filter and it's old enough the generator too.
  22. Tim, wouldn't that MPC/AMT '28 be a Model A, instead of a Model T? I would settle for the three venturi Weber carbed Corvair. They really came alive with those Porsche goodies, and I'd really have to agree wholeheartedly with you about the Pro Stock (or any of the small bumper sedans) Pinto kits but PLEASE use the MPC '74 sedan and toss in the small bumpers and valances so we could build our choice of years. That '74 version is the only sedan offering that has the optional deluxe trim package with side moldings an chrome trim. Now if only some intelligent person would produce some of the A-50, and D-50 BF Goodrich Comp T/A's in 13" sizes . Like I saw in an earlier post, a fella can dream can't he? It would really be great if the Round2 group would dig out their flat bottom and hydro molds so we would be able to afford some decent performance type boats without getting bent over the railing.
  23. As a fan of the Pinto's and having a body shop at the time this body style came out I can tell you that the factory pieces didn't fit all that well either. I always thought that the use of the same front fenders was the main contributing factor. But it made it easy for me to make a later year Pinto out of one of ours when it was totaled in a deer/bank collision. (The wife swerved to miss Bambi's mom dropped the right front wheel and tire off of a really tall shoulder causing the car to make a violent right turn. The only thing she could think of was I had told her if the back end ever started to come around to stay off the brakes and steer it. She didn't realize until later that she had braced herself on the gas pedal and was climbing a hill in third gear and when it came around with the throttle wide open it just smoked the tires and really wore off the outside edge of the left rear tire, (a brand new D-50x13" Comp T/A Radial) and bounced off of vertical bank three different times before she got it stopped. But it was a good thing kinda because the other side of the road was a vertical drop of around fifty feet.
  24. The interesting thing about those older AMT kits is that any of the engines from any of the same period engines will fit without any modifications as they all used the same mounts on the frames.
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