The wire wheels are fantastic looking. You can't get any more realistic than real wire wheels. They require work and it's going to be slow going at first, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier. They are available in 1/25 and 1/16 scales from Micro Nitro (www.MicroNitro.net) With the help of Bob Spedding's experimentation and expert building technique, I made directions for both scales. The photo above is one of Bob's completed wheels. They're available in a PDF file which I attached here. If you have any questions regarding the instructions, email me at TedsModeling@gmail.com. Jim, at Micro Nitro, has a wheel assembly fixture available which positions the hub and rim for lacing, but the instructions are still necessary to understand the lacing procedure and sequence.
Wire Wheel Instructions 1_16 Scale.pdf
Wire Wheel Instructions 1_25 Scale.pdf
Jeff - It all looks so awesome. Those throttle bodies are excellent and you mentioned they were scaled after the real thing - great research work.
Is the engine modeled after a specific Sonny's engine? If so, how do you get your measurements from them?
Is that very first photo a pic of the valve covers?
Henry - did you already cut it, so that you could get inside, or you haven't gotten to that point yet? Where would you make the cut, in order to not lose any strength in the chassis when it goes back together?
Nice looking right at the start. Good job.