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  1. 5 days...amazing. I would still be thinking about the color I'd paint it.............. Good one Ira. Cheers,Tim
  2. Thanks Stan I'm glad you like it. Here are some pics of the inlet pop-off valve (each vane was punched out, drilled and glued onto a stainless steel tube...the hex looking base is an RB motion Hex fitting that I was able to craft into the base) The twin dry ice intercoolers are made from solid alum. stock with various PE fittings, alum. tube, RB A/N fittings and the scratchbuilt clamps again. The clamps are secured using the .5mm nuts/bolts. I had to slice the tubing that slips over the inlet pipes ever so slightly to be able to slip them on. The bottom tube of each inter takes the air from the turbo and the top pipe goes to the top of the intake plenum.
  3. Hi, I posted a new pic of the stance I'm going for. A lot of time just to see what a 2mm drop in the backend does. But I think it's better and I'll work to setup the rest of the chassis etc. from here. Let me know what you think. And a typo was in my earlier post. The wing strut was a Peugeot 905 WEC racer, not a 305.
  4. Dirk, Glad to see you back on this one. I really like this build on many levels. The bodywork mods you've made so far are just perfect. Love the stance and the car just "looks right" from all angles. Nice machining as well. Cheers, Tim
  5. Clay, now you're just showing off. I'm so impressed. This will be one of your best ever and I can't imagine what comes next to top this build. Cheers, Tim
  6. Hi guys, Took some shots today of what the stance is going to approximate. The wing will have 2 identical struts. The one you see is a modified Peugeot 305 Racecar strut that I want to replicate in aluminum. The wing has a top element that unfortunately you can't see in the pics. The wheels are from MicroNitro and will be the ones in the build. The front tires are Goodyear Frontrunners and the slicks are from CompResins. I stated that I would start adding more as I delve into the chassis / body and interior and this is an important first step. I have to fab the rear and a few other elements before I begin the chassis fab. And a thank you for your comments. To Mooneyzs, I'm going to use my Sherline Mill on this build. I just got and will let you know how it goes. Let me know what you think and THANK you for your compliments. Cheers, Tim
  7. Seth, what headers/exhaust are you going with on this build? That motor will be killer for this car. Cheers, Tim
  8. Doobie, Custom Mike, Ranchero Steve, Ningoth4, Foxer, Pharr7226,GLMFAA1,Burnoout and everyone else that has viewed this thread and the engine, I'll say it again, BIG thank you. Whenever I have a moment of doubt or question my sanity on one of my builds, I'll take a second and read your comments to get enthused all over again. I stated a bit earlier that this thread will be quiet for a month or so but when I pick it back up and add new pics/comments it will be with the intent of providing progress pics and the way that I actually fabbed a given piece or part. In 3 years I've learned so many new build techniques and my next steep learning curve will entail setting up my new mill and begin the climb up that mountain. Can't wait. Cheers and happy building to each and everyone of the members and visitors to this forum. btw, ANYBODY can scratchbuild. It's just how bad you want it.
  9. Cato, I hope you feel better soon. I began following this thread a few months ago and you got off to a great start. But I haven't visited this for a while and when I saw your last round of pics posted, well there simply are no words. I honestly stared at those pics for a few minutes and went back and forth to determine if I was looking at a real engine or your car. Now I know what it takes to make the leap from amateur to professional. Get better soon and good luck with the rest of the car. Tim
  10. Guys, I wanted to show this pic as I've seen your comments about the motors scale. I think you'll get a good chuckle from this 1 pic. Thank you again for the kind comments. Cheers, Tim
  11. Clay, I have the utmost respect for your abilities and your willingness to learn NEW things. In the short time you've had your mill I am always amazed at your posts and the level of your building. Now before it gets any mushier here....let me just say I hope we can meet sometime at a show and spend some time chatting. Keep up YOUR great work. In the next few weeks I'm going to finally start using my mill....I hope I can be where you're at in a few years. Tell Jim @ MicroNitro I said 'hi' next time you see him. Cheers, Tim
  12. Hi Dave, the plan now is to display the car "Batson style" (a term I learned from Clay Kemp) which is basically posing the engine as you see it outside / alongside the finished body & chassis. I can't bring myself to cover it up now. Thank you for your post. Tim
  13. Hi, I wanted to post 2 pics of what I'm calling the "Lemble Micro Wrench" designed specifically to get .5mm micro nuts & bolts started. I used R.B.Motion .055 socket head cap screws and glued them into 1.2mm stainless steel tube (used loctite gel). The neat part is you can chuck it into your pin vice and make any length you need quickly and cleanly. The tube can also fit into the bent 3/32" brass tube you see for those hard to reach spots. Great idea and I can verify it works. A big thanks to Andy Lemble....he'll probably have a site up and be selling them in a few days. Thank you again for your comments. Tim
  14. Hello and THANK YOU to each and everyone of you that has taken a peek at this thread and commented. I've gotten a new burst of energy off of your comments & acknowledgement of what I've been building. Can't wait to get back to the bench now. I'm going to make an effort to do a true WIP on this particular build. I have a car to wrap up (my curbside LSR project) and then I'm into this build with both feet. I'll do my level best to post my progress and answer your questions along the way. I am certain that I'll reach out to YOU for answers to my questions as I go along. To Mr. Teresi.....I want to personally say thank you as you are not only a great SCRATCHbuilder but are incredibly prolific as well. John, you build in 1 year what takes me 3, 4 maybe even 5 years to do. That has always amazed me. Love your stuff too if you can't tell. Anyway, please be patient with me as this thread will go "quiet" soon as I want to finish the other project (which I promise to post when done) and then pick this one up along with a couple others. Cheers, Tim
  15. Guys, I want to thank you too for the time you took to post your comments on the build. I really appreciate Andy Lembles idea for a scratchbuilt mini wrench for tiny bolts..his idea WILL work and I already have it figured out how to make the tool using a ProTech caphead screw and stainless steel tubing. I'll make one and post it for all of you to consider. Great idea Andy as I had to laugh at myself that it was so obvious but I never considered it. Thanks again. Cheers, Tim
  16. Guys, what do I say at this point other than thank you for all of your kind sentiments and responses to my builds. It's been a blast doing them but I get great satisfation in knowing that you know what you see and that you truly appreciate my efforts. Art, I want to say thanks for you comments on all 3 builds. You've been building for a while now and I certainly respect your opinions/sentiments too. For those that are coming to appreciate the old school stance, that's good too. Slammed is the way of the day now and I can do that too I assure you, but old school nose up stance is something a bit different and I always liked that too as a kid. Lastly, here are a few pics of the chassis pieces right before I began the final assembly process. To finish a build it takes me about 2 months of actual assembly time to put the sub-assemblies together. I refuse ot rush at this phase as it can screw everything up in a hurry. We all know how hard that is since we get excited to see the finished product. I've expanded my reserves of patience regardless of what my 2 little girls think. I picked the seat frame shot as you never will get to see the time/effort that went into these simple frames/supports but they looked so good in aluminum that I wanted to be sure to share them. Most respectfully, Tim
  17. Hi Karsten, Just WOW. What a car, model and the wheels can only be described as jewelry. Thanks for sharing with us. Cheers, Tim
  18. Jeremy, great thread and enjoy how you're building it bit by bit. Just great scratchbuilding. Keep her going. Tim
  19. Hi Clay, I've followed you the last couple of years and to see the progress you've made in your building skills is truly inspiring. I thought you were awesome 3 years ago when I got back in the hobby but I particularly enjoy seeing what CAN be achieved and try to work towards getting better. Always look forward towards your next update. Cheers, Tim
  20. Hi again guys, Can't tell you how pleased I am that you like the build. The cars been on my shelf for almost a year and it's been great to share it with you. I did want to answer Michaels question on the nuts/bolts for the front suspension. I used a combination of 1mm T2M bolts and ScaleHardwares .5mm threaded nuts/bolts. You'll have to check out T2M's offerings and pick the one that's best for your particular car. They have a decent selection but I can only get them from BNA Models out of Australia. The tiniest bolts I have found/sourced are the .5mm threaded ones and they work well on 1/25th scale. There is not a tool in the world that holds them since they're so tiny..at least I haven't found one yet but I can offer this tip when securing them. I hold the head of the bolt with small tweezer/pliers and put the threaded nut on the tip of a scribe. I have one that has just the right thickness where half of the tiny nuts threads are not covered up and I hold it against the end of the bolt while turning the bolt head. Once I have it on a few turns, I take my tweezers and carefully thread down the nut. Sounds goofy I know but after MUCH trial and effort and lost bolts I found it is very effective. Cheers to all, Tim
  21. Hi guys, Thanks again for taking the time to look at the build and share your opinions and suggestions. For Mike Cassidy, another bonehead on my part regarding the fan blades. Noted for my future builds.....I do appreciate your constructive notes/criticisms/observations as they make one a better builder. And we all strive to get better. And to Mike Schnur, THANK YOU for noting the time/effort that went into the build just from an "adversity" level. I never give up when I tackle something but man o' man this car tested me for sure. It's one of the reasons I called out Donn Yost for the "pep" talk in pursuing the build when it was stalling out. Your compliments are appreciated I assure you. Tim
  22. Hi everyone, Thank you again for the very generous comments. And I want to say "hi" especially to Donn as it's always great to hear from the "old man" himself. I've posted my FOTKI link below on this car....there are 300 pics of it's bits and pieces during construction...take a peek and let me know what you think or if I can answer any questions. Most sincerely, Tim http://public.fotki.com/Steppenwolf56/66-mustang-fastback/
  23. Hi everyone, I thought I'd do this new post as I've got the hang of how to post now and to share my first completed build after my 40 year hobby hiatus. This car was a blank canvas and it kicked and fought me in many different ways. Not least because I was new to all of the options/materials/tools that we have today but I didn't when I was a kid. The car was to be kind of old school but with a "modern" twist. I wanted to stuff the widest rears ( I grew up in the late 60's /. early 70's) but not tub the car. The only way to be legal back then was to put flared fenders / extensions on that covered most of the tire. So I grafted Shelby Cobra fenders on it and re-worked them substantially. I opened the trunk and did the mandatory nostril scoop. (they have pounded brass frames with glued screen to fill em') The rear quarter window panels were drilled out and a zillion teensy rivets installed. The R model front bumper and rear glass were installed and I made scratch aluminum brackets to hold it in place. The front grill surround and topside radiator supprt are scratch aluminum. The door handles are kitbash, drilled out and pinned to the door. The engine is a modified 427FE with modern EFI. A lot of scratch work went into the motor. It was originally a Gibson motor. I added a scratch remote oil filter and alum. oil radiator. The water radiator is fabbed of alum. The shorty headers were fabbed from brass and took several weeks to do. The bellcrank/throttle linkage is complete I assure you even though you can't see it for the rectangular plenum plates I made. All fuel, oil, water, radiator, brake and heater lines were added/installed and the firing order is correct. The engine has a standar 4 speed and the shift linkage is installed as well. The shifter is scratch. The firewall and inner fender wells were fabbed out of alum. sheet. The chassis is old school with leaf springs and threaded collar adjustable coil overs in the rear. The front suspension from the kit was junked and a scratch built IFS was installed. Most of it is made of alum. and brass. The exhaust is alum. with the requisite cherry bombs and DM exhaust manifold flanges. Wheels have air valves and the brakes are drilled disc at all corners. The brake cylinder and pro-valve are scratch. The interior has scratchbuilt dash pieces and seat frames. The rear seat was cut out and an alum. package shelf fabbed as were the alum. door side panels. The roll cage is alum. and the belts were made of red/black material that was painstakingly (I really mean that one) together to get the 2 tone effect. Theres a key fob too. There is a fabric headliner and the color is Testors Bright Yellow The car was painted 3 times till I got it right. After the first purple pond bath the body work was pretty much destroyed and I had to kinda start over again. This car was a struggle BUT it taught me so many lessons so that I can attempt to build almost anything with confidence and really enjoy the process of design and fabrication. I know why people love to scratchbuild now. It gets in your blood. Almost 2 years in the making and hundreds of hours of effort. I want to close by saying a special thanks to Donn Yost as I was struggling a year into this build and I had bought his paint DVD tutorial. When I was getting frustrated, he talked me off the ledge and gave me the best advice of all....start other projects and have others going when you start feeling burned out on a build. Then come back to it and you can see the forest for the trees again. I wanted to share because he didn't have to but he did and I'm all the better as a builder for it. Your feedback/comments and criticisms are welcome I assure you. Tim
  24. Hi Guys, For Bob (theHobbyGuy) - The FORD script on those v.covers were cast in the resin valve covers I used. I don't remember where I got them. The breathers were detailed and the covers I drilled and added cap head screws from RB. I removed the flange and added a new one as the resin one wasn't straight/clean enough unfortunately. They were painted modelmaster Magnesium and the plug tubes are stainless steel tube that I painted flat black. Roger - I spend probably 20% of my time on a build just doing research/planning. It helps before I get into the weeds. I'm a Ford guy through and through and I know it's blasphemy to do what I did......but I always had a fond spot for the Willys......I'm sure some of you are thinking why didn't I just build a 34' Ford or something similar in the first place.....I know it crossed my mind at times. To Mike, Ron, Glenn, Nick, Andy, Harry, Jesse, Jim, Bob, Dominik, Karsten, Derrick and anyone I missed, THANK YOU again for the sentiments. They truly made me smile. It took me too long to join the forum and I regret not having joined sooner. Look for future postings of other builds soon. Cheers, Tim
  25. Thanks Mike. I was inspired to buy a Sherline mill by Comp1839 and Clay Kemp. Clay just only recently learned his skills and to see what he can do with his mill so quickly is just unbelievable in my eyes. Your comments are appreciated and I look forward to our conversation(s) in the future. Jason....."sorcery" now that is funny. thank you as well for your note and comment.
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