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  1. The 1/25th scale Allison aircraft engine from AMT would make a killer engine in your speedboat, and the irony would be that the full size PT boats used TWO of them for power. I can remember in my teens going to a drag boat race on a local lake and one of them that really got my attention was a flatbottom that had an Allison in it for power. I don't think that they turned that monster much above 3,000 rpm's but with the torque it put out gearing to get some serious prop rpm wasn't a problem either. That thing did make some seriously different sounds than the high rpm V8's but it was wild watching it come practically completely clear of the water about mid course when the pilot got the nerve up to put the pedal all the way down.😮😛
  2. The one thing I forgot to tell is that we did find on the blown engine in my brothers boat was that the engine would be a little crisper off idle with a zero tendency to die if you backed off too quickly is when using just a single carb for a good idle and better off idle response make sure you use the REAR carb, (at least with the Edelbrock carbs) because the primaries on the back carb is are very close to the center of the blower and it makes for a better mixture from front to rear. As for not using a blower for a driveable Street car I can't tell you how many blowers I've seen with only a single rotor, a few with no rotors (think tunnel ram) better yet for driveability were the ones that I've seen (especially on show cars) the empty blower bolted to a flat plate on a carburetor manifold and a single carb that is what the engine actually runs on. Even though the last deal takes some innocent looking braided line with a throttle cable hidden inside it and sneakily getting it to tuck under the plate so it reaches inside to the carb.
  3. I'd be as happy as a pig in mud if they release the "California Sunshine" kit, I was running a body shop when they came out with the pieces for the full size version and had just worked out a deal with a local dealer to take the new trucks direct from the import docks (they were shipped minus the beds to avoid a big tariff on complete trucks) and doing the installation and paint for them only to have Datsun/Nissan change the body style for the new model year making the Sunshine conversions obsolete for new trucks.
  4. I'm sitting here staring at the MPC '75 Datsun pick up and was thinking it would probably be the one rereleased since I had bought it almost a year ago. But even with shipping I probably paid less than what MSRP will be on the new release, and that would be WITHOUT any shipping fees tacked on.
  5. And the engine is all that I would like to get from that kit. I would use it and the original 3in1 boat kit from AMT to build a Mercury powered outboard runabout.
  6. Wasn't that Victoria hardtop in the original '50 Ford Convertible kit only offered as a Chopped version that matched up with the chopped windshield that was for both the convertible and hardtop options? But since it's been 60 years since the one I had my memory could be wrong. I have looked at the tops from the Lindberg/AMT '53 Ford kit and the AMT '51 Bel-Air hardtop kit and I think I'm gonna use the Chevy kits top to replicate the chopped top in the original release of the '50 Ford Convertible, which unless my memory has again betrayed me was the only time it was offered in the kit.
  7. Don't know what I was thinking, it would have to have been some older employees AMT/ERTL to know what the history of those would have been.
  8. Didn't Round2s announcement of the release of the Raiders Coach answer all of the questions and suspicions about what the kit was/is going to be?
  9. Me too! Then when I was done I'd kinda like trying to make model of the Stagecoach.😛😎
  10. If you're talking about the '57 Nomad, Moebius has nothing to do with it it's Atlantis that's announced they are going to rerelease it among a ton (or two) kits that they purchased the tooling and rights from Revell.
  11. Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the bottom of the door being tucked inside the body at the bottom of the door could it?😆😉
  12. Now THIS is something I would really like to see. Now to fire up the hardliners, I remember seeing an asphalt oval short track Open Competition '67-8 Mustang fastback that after all the aero tricks resembled this enough that it looked like it was used for the race car. But I would have to build at least one in an OOB style.
  13. Got my question answered. Thanks for your help.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!😳😛
  17. I have a set if you don't get the ones above, and I'm easy to work with too.😎
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Any idea if they managed to get the '56 Chevy sedan from that same tri-five series?
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
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