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johnwitzke

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  1. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 63 Lightweight Galaxie - Romy Hammes Brannan   

    Thanks for the info.  Great work on your Cobra
  2. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 63 Lightweight Galaxie - Romy Hammes Brannan   

    For an accurate looking 425 HP 427 for Brannan's car I opted using the engine from the 1960 Starliner kit engine instead of the high-riser 427 from the T-Bolt kit.  The 1960 kit that has the custom version has the correct looking dual 4bbl carbs along with the chrome valve covers that say "THUNDERBIRD" on them.   Since Brannan's car was the very first 63 lightweight and was assembled at the Ford garage it has pieces that are not necessarily found on later lightweights (i.e. the valve covers).     
  3. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 63 Lightweight Galaxie - Romy Hammes Brannan   

    As far as I know, MCW still offers the 1963 lightweight interior.   The only drawback is the bucket seats need to be reworked for an accurate looking 63.  The bucket seats are correct however for a 1962 lightweight.
  4. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 63 Lightweight Galaxie - Romy Hammes Brannan   

    Here are a couple of shots of the my almost finished 425 hp 427 that was in Brannan's 63 Lightweight along with an original photo. 



  5. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 63 Lightweight Galaxie - Romy Hammes Brannan   

    Yes.  But I am not using the kit interior. I am using the MCW lightweight interior tub.  The lightweight tub give you a wider transmission hump than the tub from the original kit. The 1960 chassis pan around the transmission hump still has to be trimmed down a bit, but it will fit nicely.
      
  6. johnwitzke added a post in a topic need help on a 1963 ford galaxie light weight   

    I am using the long branch headers from the 1960 Starliner kit on my 427
  7. johnwitzke added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    63 Lightweight Galaxie - Romy Hammes Brannan
    In addition to the two 62 Super Stock Galaxies that I am working on, I am also working on the Romy Hammes 63 Lightweight Galaxie driven by Dick Brannan.  I am currently working on the chassis and underbody.  I am using the 1960 Starliner as a donor kit as well as a T-Bolt 427 that is modified using some engine parts such as the dual 4bbl from the Starliner kit.  Additionally I am modifying the lightweight interior.  The underbody has red oxide primer as a base with Corinthian White overspray.  The front wheel wells will need to be painted black





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  8. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Moebius 1965 Cyclone A/FX 427 SOHC   

    Wow!!! This is a great build.  Excellent work!  I am digging it.
  9. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Dick Brannan's 1962 Super Stock Galaxies and Truck   

    The all steel 717 406 405 hp dark blue car really held it's own in a completion field of 409 Chevys, 421 Super Duty Pontiacs and Max Wedge 413 Dodges.  One of the best times was a 12.55 at 112 mph.  In one race he defeated Dave Strickler's 409 Chevy and was required to tear down his engine for inspection.  It was legal and the 406 Ford prevailed.  I am happy to share these two builds on this board and thank Mr. Brannan for his assistance with these builds.  I will continue to add updates as I progress.    
  10. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Dick Brannan's 1962 Super Stock Galaxies and Truck   

    Test fitting the 406 engine in the Brannan 717 chassis.  Front chassis and suspension detail.  I am adding flash rust on the bare metal suspension parts and adding a light coat of road dust and dirt to the chassis and underbody to replicate some use rather than a perfectly restored version. 
    I am doing the same on the Brannan 823 chassis.  Test fitting the engine.  Will detail the chassis and underbody with road dust and dirt while adding a thin coat of flash rust on the bare metal suspension parts



  11. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Dick Brannan's 1962 Super Stock Galaxies and Truck   

    Not that I am aware of.  I had mine custom made.   I have decals to make 5 of the 11 lightweight cars.
  12. johnwitzke added a post in a topic The Lawman!   

    Excellent paint work!  Very nice build.
  13. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Jerry Harvey's 63 Lightweight Galaxie   

    correct
  14. johnwitzke added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    Dick Brannan's 1962 Super Stock Galaxies and Truck
    Over the winter months I have finally settled on the subject that I will complete for the IPMS Nationals in July.  Now that it is warming up, I will be painting the exteriors and interiors.  This is a really cool subject as these are the two cars that launched Dick Brannan's drag racing career and ultimately secured his job with Ford Motor Company heading up the Ford Drag Team.
    The truck is AMT's C 600 Ford Stake Truck.  Modifications include 1962 style side emblems, correct 5 hole wheels and diamond plate sheet plastic from Plastruct for the floor of the flatbed.  Have the decals for the doors and the front.  The truck is the same color Oxford Blue as the all steel Galaxie. 
    The 406 Super Stock Galaxie's are from MCW Resins and have been modified using engines, transmissions, chassis, firewall modifications, lightweight buckets for the light blue lightweight and custom decals.
    I will be posting updates now that I can get some painting done.    
      


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