Sorry guys, this thread has gotten a little screwy for some reason. hopefully you can follow along. Joe - "Henry" is priority number 1, got way too much into it now AND it's still fun for me to build so........it's gotta get done first and foremost... Bob - On the taxiway is an early MPC Mustang that I modified the body by moving the rear wheel wells back 3/8" and closed up the blower opening on the hood. it's going to be an early "phantom" 70's REAR engined funny. That one is the very next car I'm delving into after I complete the Henry. Here's a pic of the modified body:
Len - this is the stuff I used on the hood earlier when it was a promod and then changed up to a funny. There's a builder that did a WIP about 12 months ago that did a Mickey Thompson blue bonneville, 4 engined car. He glassed his and I did some research and decided to try it. I can only say it adds a LOT of structural rigidity to the body. I've included a pic of the resin (use the "finishing resin" as it's not as thick and I got the 3/4 oz. glass from Hobbico and the 1/2 oz. if from Hangar 9 ) It's pretty straightforward to use. I've included a pic of the hood I chopped off and you can see the glass on the underside. It's best to smooth out the surfaces that you're applying the glass to before application. I didn't do that on this hood as you can see. Wear a mask and do it in a well ventilated area. It's strong stuff and not meant for lungs or eyes.
The previous hood that was chopped off and glassed earlier.
Thanks Branndon for the comments/compliments and regarding my henry build as well. Glad you're following along. Andy - That's pretty sweet what you posted on that rendering. How about one for a funny? Today I spent some time re-shaping the rear wheel openings. Their shape had to be completely re-worked and lowered. Next I'll sand the under body and get the inside of the car fiber glassed for some additional strength. With all the cutting I've done it's a good precaution. I have a rather lengthy list of body mods / tweaks that need to be done but this is such a filthy dust filled job that it's a treat to do it out on the patio. Comments welcome as always, (still no tool yet to finish the intake for the Henry build, I'm hoping it shows up by day end. Cheers, Tim
yeah Branndon, nobody was more disappointed than me when ford announced their decision last year....nothing like staring at 8 camaros, 4 mopars (whatever they call em') and the rest being toyotas (with the exception of the ONE mustang left in the field, which btw is VERY competitive even without fords support this year) I too can only "guess" as to what they MIGHT look like, but I ask everyone to consider Mikes comment above regarding today's cars being more recognizable in the first place versus what they have evolved into today. Thanks for the positive comment too! cheers, Tim
Joe....you're still funny even with a change of address.................thanks for following along even though you have a pool and new house to entertain you now. Mike...DING DING DING............everyone, read what he said because I 100% agree. And I'm not making excuses for what I'm building as it is not 100% accurate with regards to what the current funny's look like. I HATE the look of the current cars due to their slab sides etc. Their shape is totally dictated by aero, just like modern F1...which i also despise after being a fan for 35 years. I can't watch an F1 race anymore because the cars are basically UGLY. Just ugly. So I'm building this car with the idea that it WILL be immediately recognizable as a 2015 Mustang and only a Mustang. Not a Toyota or whatever else the NHRA is trying to pawn off on us today. And they wonder why their attendance is down. Just like F1. They've forgotten who the customers is, it's the fans. Not the car manufacturers. Anyways, enough of my soap box moment and I want to thank Mike for his comment, it's all the encouragement I need to keep plowing forward with this one. BTW, I was very pleased when I measured the dimensions of this car and compared it to the 2014 NHRA body dimension rules. It meets ALL the dimensions so far. A lucky accident, but still......yeah! Cheers, Tim
I figured my choice would be met with a bit of surprise and disappointment. But in defense of my decision to change it up to a funny car, I do like to build different things and not the same thing over and over. So, i just had to change this up. today was some solid progress on the roof and b pillars in particular. I can "see it" coming together and I think it's going to be pretty cool when done. The engine on this should be pretty cool to make as well, but that's another subject......
I hope that tool shows up soon as it seems that idle hands are the work of the devil so I keep hacking on Frankenstein. I made the decision to make it into a modern funny car instead of a promod afterall. Never made one so I thought it would be a fun build at somepoint. The valance / rocker panel was revised and yet it is still 1/8" too short so I'll have to fix that. The big challenge is the roof. It's a mess now but it's on. I have to make the rounded tapered back as close to the way the big boys do them. I'm considering brass possibly to do those sides. Have to see as I go along. I had the car in a "good place" to be a promod but I just couldn't help myself. It's only plastic right? Cheers, Tim
Probably a week till I can finish the intake Henry. I had to send a tool out to be modified. I will post some pics of the Frankenstein mustang i have been hacking on the last few days. Thanks for asking! Cheers
Brad, it's the natural progression I believe. You'll get the brass thing down pretty quickly I'm sure and then you'll be like...hmmm...what's next...a mill perhaps? You're going to get the bug bad I'm afraid. It's a slippery slope. Cheers and THANK YOU for the help on the decals. I'll look for your note. Tim
Thanks for the comments guys. Got a little more done on the upper part of the intake.......I've got quite a few operations to execute yet, but so far it's squared up and the proper dimensions. I'm stopping and measuring / checking everything 3 and 4 times before making a cut at this stage as I don't want to mess it up.
Here's the round rod cut into the rectangular shape of the intake.
The next pics shows some small shaping at the base so it matches up to the bottom portion of the intake that I posted previously and an angle cut which will face towards the front of the car.
The last pic shows the front and the size of the throttle body (i've yet to make of course) and it's location will be just a little bit higher on the face of the intake. There are many subtle but important cuts that I've yet to do but I'll make the effort to take more pics along the way and hopefully it will turn out. I enjoy doing these sorts of custom pieces because each one is so different from the others I've done and I have to think it through in advance and at times, as I go along. When I get really stumped, I turn to Dave for assistance as he always seems to have the right answer / advice for me.....if you read this Dave, thanks again!!! Oh, and the sharp edges along the top you see at this point will be rounded in a later operation. Cheers, Tim