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    Craig Cermak

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  1. Welcome to Iowa from Iowa (Iowa City)! After moving this year I hope to get unpacked and start building this winter. Craig
  2. 30 years ago when I started as a design engineer for a medical device company I would scratch build my own small concept parts in ABS plastic. In the mid nineties we got an SLA machine and my skills became obsolete (at work). Carmak P.S. Sledsel, I love your 58. Saw it a few years ago at the Des Moines Good Guys and talked to you for a couple minutes about which headlight bezels you used.
  3. Does the 66 Custom cab 4X4 have the non 4x4 suspension also? Does the 67 Service truck also have the stock bed? Thanks.
  4. If you look at the paint section it calls our bumble bee OR double body side stripes. This was a double pin stripe. It was actually fairly common on the R/T in 68. It is rarely seen today as most restored cars sport the bumble bee stripe.
  5. The previously mentioned methods are all sound but I would like to add to the freezer method: * First hold the glued together parts in a large freezer bag upside-down about a foot over boiling water for a couple minutes (I had a fixture for this). * Second put the bag in a deep freezer (colder temp that a typical combo fridge/freezer) for a couple days. * Third repeat a half a dozen times minimum. Of course this will not work on every nasty welded mess but it has worked more often than I thought it would when I started. The key is the steam vapor can work it's way into tiny seams, cracks and bubbles in the melted bond. When it freezes it pushes it apart just a little. When you repeat it the result can actually add up and get things apart you really did not expect to come apart.
  6. I understand why you aren't changing the wheelbase but it completely changes the whole look of the car. Carmak
  7. Did you ever go to the Ertl outlet in Dyersville? I remember getting kits there for as little as $.50 each in the mid 90's. I did work with the local injection molding companies so I was up there at least once a month.
  8. They also got the colors backwards on my remote control promo
  9. If it was the red 61 I saw it a few years ago in person at the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY. As I was walking it idled past me smooth as silk. When I saw it parked a few minutes later with the hood open I coudn't hardly believe it was a Cammer! Super clean build!
  10. I got this stash of models this morning. Guy bought an old house and found these. Good rebuilding material! Carmak
  11. Once you are in it is fine. The back seat is really tight.
  12. I have owned many 61-63 T-birds (I still have the 63 I drove when I dated my wife of 30 years) and they are not a big car. I am 6' tall and they are very difficult to get in and out of if you don't swing the steering column off to the side. My brother has a 62 Lincoln convertible and at 213" it is really not that big (by 60's car standards), it is a lot shorter than my 57 Coupe DeVille. What they lack in size they make up for in mass, they are really heavy. The 63 Thunderbird is a 4,200lb car. The is 600lbs more than a 63 Galaxie. The Lincoln convertible is 5,500lbs (by comparison my 57 Coupe Deville 4,600lbs).
  13. 69 GTO body from the Judge funny car + Chassis from 69 442 + new interior tub = Nice stock 1:25 69 GTO. But seriously 68 & 69 Coronet R/T Carmak
  14. I have been designing small multi-piece injection molded medical components for nearly 30 years. I use many of the same tool houses AMT/MPC/ERTL/RC2 used in and around Dyersville, IA and I have worked through scores of fit problems with injection molded parts. It is a whole lot of no fun. I am very happy Round 2 is taking the time to correct things. Carmak
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