So if the front suspension uses leaf springs, are radius rods needed? I thought the leaf springs located the axle so radius rods were not needed. However, I am not a n authority on suspensions . Nice tie rods, btw.
I think the headers should be solve-able. Take a look at the shot of the AMT Hemi Under Glass kit from the underside that is in this link http://modelingmadness.com/review/cars/hiotthug.htm Based on that, you should have enough room. Also, it might make your life easier to have straight frame rails running front to back, instead of the way you have them coming in around the tire, then getting wide again. With straight, narrower rails it'll be much easier to mount each engine to the rails. Lastly, it is hard to tell, but be sure your new frame rails are not too big scale-wise. If they are too big, it will limit the room you have for useful things like headers! This whole thing is quite the cool concept!!!! Chris
Given that this will be a flip top, I think you should make your life easy and leave the doors shut. But the opening tailgate would be a great way to get more wow factor from the dual hemis! Great concept!
I didn't see this post til now, but I dropped by my San Francisco (Colma, CA actually) Michael's yesterday and everything was at the usual price. The paint section looked like it had been ransacked by visigoths - same as when I was there a month ago. Wish they'd straighten it out and restock!
I met Fred about 4 years ago at the Custom Body shop in Utica. He was emptying out the building and putting it up for sale. He was still a character. Talked about telling his crew chief he'd cut off a very important part of him if he didn't get the car qualified at the US Nationals one year!
Given the effort you have already made to replicate the Dart I think you should do a dart again,unless as the decals, stripes, etc are just too hard to get as right as you want them.
I also think that some builds just don't go 100 pct right, and you can either live with the flaws and move on, or take whatever time it needs to get it right. I have two cases in point. My Mickey Thompson Revellaser had great paint but the decals have cracking issues. I finally said it isn't what I envisioned,but it just isn't worth the pain to perfect. On the other hand, I am building Phil Castronovos 71 Mini Charger. It's a labor of love and I will take all the time it takes to get it right.