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Bill J

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  1. Thanks for the compliments everyone. I have to say this is the first thing I have finished in over 2 years. I sure see a deteriation of skills and my eyes are not as good as they could be! May be time for some new glasses.
  2. Years ago I built a Wood Brother's Cyclone out of the Polar Lights kit. I was not content with the finished model, several inaccuracies with the body. I began a new body, modified the front of the hood, decreased the front wheel openings, knocked some height off the rear spoiler and added a proper gas filler. So for years the body sat on my bench, unpainted. Last month I saw the new decal sheet Powerslie was coming out with and I got some paint and got going again. I used all Tamiya TS painta, with great results. The new decals arrived on Satuday and I began finisheing up the car on Sunday. Great decals, very well done sheet. Thanks to Poweslide and PPP for this great sheet.
  3. Mark, I think the last year for the metal expansion tank in the street car was 1964. I used to own a 67 Cougar GT and a 69 Torino Cobra with a CJ 428 and neiither came with a metal expansion tank, at least not a metal one like pictured under the hood of the Bud Moore Comet. Which would sxplain why one was not in the 67 Comet kit. I think about 1965 Ford switched to a plastic tank attached with a piece of tubing to the radiator. From what I have seen, NASCAR teams used the metal tanks connected directly to the radiator and engine until the Boss 429 came along,
  4. Excellent photos, thank you for sharing them with us. I was at the contest early Saturday and had a chance to see most of the entries. I knew John would win best in Show,, his builds are always amazing. Congratulations to John for another well deserved BiS.
  5. Mark, not sure if you have this picture of the 66 Mercury or not. Pretty much shows the approach Bud took to use the spring tower, stock type setup in the car. Looks like some cut outs for the shocks, not sure if he kept the one shock inside the spring and added one shock outside, ot two outside and none inside the spring. Pretty homeade looking air cleaner with the dual quad setup on this one.
  6. Mark, the 66 is looking great. Glad you got the painting sorted out. A car I always wanted to make myself but lacked the skill to turn a 67 into a 66, you're a master at such things and it shows. Looking forward to seeing yours all done. I can marvel at yours and not try to make one myself
  7. Don't forget me Gerald, I am in! The 76 Montego looks awesome. A must have for us Wood Brothers fans,
  8. Mark I use Tamiya masking tapes alsp. They have some that works really good on curves also. A little pricey but considering the cost of painting and the cost of your time, the Tamiya is well worth it's cost. As far as the liquid masks go. I have tried several over the years, Humbrol being the most functional. It's a rubbery vinyl sort of and it peels off fairly easily as long as you do it soon after the paint dries. I only used it inside bodies, like the grey on a 80'90's NASCAR. I never attempred using it on multi colored paint schemes. I use the Tamiya to mask my breaks and cover the larger areas with some regular masking tape and some kitchen cling wrap. Painted this Bud Moore with Rangoon red, whimbledon white and black, I used Tamiya paint except the red was Scalefinishes acylic enamel. Tamiya tapes and the cling wrap technique to cover large areas.
  9. Mark, your turning a 67 Comet into a 66 is absolutely amazzing. You never fail to impress and inspire. Looking forward to the finished car.
  10. Excellent detail work Josh. The Cobra is really looking awesome. Thank you for the heads up that you were back at it too! So much going on in life these days I don't check on things as much as I would like. Your message was most thoughtful. Seeing the windshield fit issue makes me want to chack to see if the "glass" from the Gunze-Sanyo kit is a better fit on the HRM body...
  11. Maybe your sister bought my 78 Z. I sold it to a guy that worked for First National Bank of Arizona. Never saw the car or the guy again. Sounda like your sister likes fun little cars, well, maybe not the Pinto
  12. In 1977 I was at the Datsun dealer when the first truck load of 1978 280Z's arrived. I picked mine out while it was still on the truck. Last year for the regular Z and the engine was a little larger with fuel injection. Mine was a 5-speed metallic brown with factory air. Super fun car. A bit impractical because it was so small, i was a 4x4 guy, sold my 1970 Bronco to buy the Z. I recall driving down the freeway one evening and the wife says, everyone is going so slow tonight. I checked the speedo and I was sailing along at 90. Pretty smooth car, you'd never know it was going that fast. Ok, enough war stories, I would love a kit of an American version 280Z with the bumpers, which Datsun made to look pretty nice compared to most American cars of the day. I really like the genuine metal window trim and headlight trim. US versions never came with headlight covers, some law prevented them. Cool cars through the present versions. I actually sold my Z after 6 months. Too small. I bought a Chevy K5 Blazer, still only buy 4x4 SUV's.
  13. Super nice 67 Cougar GT. I really like that color, perfect for the Cougar. Great paint job. The 67 brings back memories for me. In 1969-71 I had a nice black on black 67 Cougar GT, 390, 4-speed without air conditioning. I had some Crager wheels on it. Goodyear Ployglas GT tires which I burned through a lot. I was young I got inside that 390 and put in solid lifters/rockers and a NASCAR FE cam. Put on some headers and it was a go getter. We also had a 69 Torino Cobra with the 428 CJ with a C6 tranny that the wife drove. We used to meet at my parents after work once a week and then we'd drag race all the way to our house. Total squirrels! Had a lot of fun in both those cars. the 428 CJ would still beat the modded 390, might of been the auto tranny or the wheel spin on the Cougar. Definately some kids having fun without a car in the world.
  14. You really are my hero Gerald! Carry on
  15. Very cool pics, thanks for sharing the link
  16. Nice work so far Gerald. I am a little baffled as to why you are changing the top of the windshield. The real problem might be us sourcing a clear windshield after the mods. I was thinking just buy a 76 Torino kit for the glass, that seems "out the windiw" now. Am I missing something? I was hoping for the Montego earlier version, the one used after the 73 Montego GT. I know, you can't please us all
  17. Two of the most beautiful sprts cars ever made. Awesome
  18. Super nice Dno. Excellent build. The Dino has a special place when you hear the story of Dino Ferrari and his father. I love the little Dino designed 6 cylinder engine. Perfect detailing.
  19. I like it, mostly. I can see replacing or remodeling the brake rotors and for sure replacing the valve covers, they are pretty far off and some knock offs from the parts box too. All said, the model looks like a must have for me.
  20. I like the Salvino's Charger a lot. Best kit they've done so far. My guess is they are planning some later versions, marking wise and they appear to have a small block engine in the kit for the car which they ran like 76-77 or so. I am going to have to quit staring at these bodies on the table and start building again. I get my excellent 73 Montego GT in today's mail. Tim and Gerald are my heroes
  21. Some one forgot to tell Mr. Petty
  22. The Charger looks great. The painting is spot on and the kit looks like a worthy investment. Maybe Salvino is coming around. It will be interesting to see the 71 Charger kit too.
  23. Very nice MK IV. Looks like the real car. I do believe that LMM made the best MK IV. I wish they stll sold the Gurney/Foyt car. I would love to build one. I have one of the LMM GT-40 MK I kits, the full detail one. Directions are limited and there is a lot to the kit. I have looked it over a time or two but always close the box back up. LMM are very nice people to deal with. Angèle goes all out to please.
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