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Bill J

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    1/25 and 1/24

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    Valley of The Sun
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    Bill Jay

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  1. Bill J

    Ken MIles GT40

    Perfect and a fine tribute to a great driver. Yes, he did win that race by all rights!
  2. Super build of the Lola. Those old IMC kits were a tough build to make them look right when completed. Too many parts! Yours looks perfect and I know that was not easy! Congrats on an excellent build
  3. Awesome Torino! Super cool looking car.
  4. I like your Thunderbolt, looks good! What color red did you paint the car? Looks like a nice color for a T'Bolt.
  5. Thank you for the pictures and coverage. All excellent. I went to this years Modelzona, first time at an IPMS even since around '89. A lot of great models, nice facility and event. It was a bit of a drive to get there but will worth it. I had a lot of fun, saw some old friends and enjoyed all the craftsmanship in all of the model categories. I have to say, that little 32 Ford with the V-12 engine and the candy paint was an eye catcher and my favorite car at the show. Glad you got a good picture of it..
  6. Bill J

    The Kookie Kar

    Some time back there was some discussion about the terrible fate of the original Norm Grabowski Kookie Kar. Seems that it has been saved and restored to it's original beauty. Ross Myers paid a lot for the car at Mecum auction and has had it restored by Roy Brizio. Hats off to Ross and Roy and his crew for bringing one of the most important street rods back to life. Now, if we could only get a kit of this classic car/TV car and perfect street rod. http://www.roybriziostreetrods.com/progress/myers_22/index.htm
  7. A simple reason that younger people are less interested in cars, is that cars have gotten too expensive, too similar and there are too many brands and styles. When I first started driving a person with nearly any full time job could afford a new car. A top of the line 69 Mustang Mach 1 was about $4800, a Z28 was about the same. The hot cars today can only be afforded by a few well paid folks and many potential buyers have other interests. The very young end up in Honda Civics and other affordable cars and unless you can afford something like a Honda Type R, you find yourself less interested in cars in general. When I was a teenager we all had our version of a cool car, might be a 55 Chevy or a Galaxie Xl with a 427, I cannot think of a single young person I know that has anything remotely like the cars we had. Kids today go for Mazda CX-5's, or some other useful transportation. I can easily see why racing interest is down. While I started being a NASCAR fan in 1961, I have lost most of my interest over the past decade or more. The only races I watch now are IMSA mostly.
  8. I have 2 of the great GT40 Mk I engines you made and they are awesome. I am definitely interested in one or more of the MK II engines. Great work and details!
  9. I saw a fairly nice looking fastback 68-69 on ebay once. I was too late to buy one and never say one again. That was a street stock version. There have been some resin NASCAR versions, as Dave mentioned, JNJ did a conversion for the AMY Torino and there have been a few resin bodies done, All fastbacks though.
  10. Very, very nicely done Paul! I hope to score one at some point in time
  11. Bill J

    2020 Corvette

    I recall when the '63 split window Sting Ray came out and did I ever want one. I was 15 at the time. Never did get that Corvette. In 84 I test drove one when a local dealer was having a sale. I got close to buying it, I had a call to my insurance man and it was going to be double what I was paying on my '82 Trans Am. Decided I didn't need a Corvette. This new mid engine Corvette looks like a very cool car and somewhat affordable, especially compared to other mid engine sports cars. A person could buy a 2020 Corvette instead of a Ford GT and have almost $500K left over! Impressive. Unfortunately it has an antiquated OHV engine and a silly paddle shift automatic transmission. Still fast enough and beautiful. Insurance will still be expensive, always has been for fiberglass bodied cars. So, bottom line, I am 72 now and won't be ever buying a Corvette. I did get that Jeep I wanted since I was 7 though
  12. You're welcome. I have owned a bunch of 1:1 Ford FE engines and know them too intimately. I have gotten model BBC valve covers on wrong on numerous occasions.
  13. Good project. I hate to say it but your valve covers are on upside down.
  14. This past Friday I was driving down my least favorite highway, south on I-17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix and I checked my mirror and saw a Ford GT about to pass me, along with some other vehicles. The Ford GT was a metallic blue, very low and very slick looking. Arizona plates. I have to add that I hate driving my 2012 Jeep down that road with all the traffic and rude drivers. I cannot imagine driving a 1/2 million dollar car on that road. I am guessing that will be the only Ford GT I will see on the highway, ever. It was quite beautiful looking
  15. 2 great looking Ferrari's. I hope Paul and his family are doing well.
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