I stole the U-joints for the half shafts from a Corvette rear end. I polished up the white metal oil tank that came with the kit and dipped it in Future to try to keep it from tarnishing over time. I also put some bungs in it so I can add oil lines later.
I'm still making progress on this one, a little at a time. Actually, I have a lot of time in the body prep, but not a lot to show there yet. But here are some random photos of some work. Drilled out some openings for seat belts. I also drilled a hole on the body in an inconspicuous place and inserted a wooden dowel to hold it for painting. The only calipers I had that might work for the rear are not quite the right shape, so I reshaped them a little. This one is still a little rough in this shot.
Tim, Thanks so much for the call out. I'm getting a little done on the F5000 in the Workbench section. I'm starting to get some color on it, which is why I wanted to do it in the first place. I thought I would get to that point a lot sooner, though! Once it's done, back to the midget... And... this work is continuing to amaze. What is lost in the pics is just how small this really is. I hope to see this build in person some day, then it will really hit home how incredible this build is. Plus I realyl appreciate the lessons we all can get from this WIP. -Art
Finally, I'm starting to get some color on this thing. Because the motor, trans, and manifold are all molded as one piece, I'm using Bob Downie's silly putty trick to do the masking after I hit the block with Chevy Engine Red. Here's one of my reference images.