Sorry I was not able to show up there---------being a retired United pilot riding on a pass used to be easy-----now they only fly 60 passenger airplanes between Chicago and Salt Lake and I couldn't get on------maybe someday soon--------
I want to be the first on here to congradulate Bill for his outstanding work on this model----I have received word that he won his class, got best engine, best detail, peoples choice and GRAND CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!!!!!
then when I got home and opened my emails, found a message from him also---
Congrats Bill, and your display pics you emailed me are going to get printed for my collection---
Sorry if any one took it that John had used a KIT to build the car--Revell never did and kits of our funnys , but some like John built up there models to be more accurate than the kits were and used lots of resin parts and Slikk decals---must be a lot of you guys doing some now as I just got the biggest royalty check from Slikk ever-----while it won't fill my fuel tank, it does show that a lot of people want them to stick around---
Bill---yes I am working on coming to the show---it will be an honor to meet somebody such as you who have devoted so much time, energy and love of what they are doing to make a oiece such as this to honor something that I had---in fact I feel very honored about all the people who have built these models and kits of my car---hope to be able to get there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
well the wings lifted the side air up toward where the zoomie headers blew it on up and back over the tire--much more aero as now pretty much all the air infront of the tire was lifted/blown over it instead of just the top part---the wings also added a great deal of downforce/traction so we could be a little more aggressive with the clutch for midtrack---
the added distance engine/rear axle I believe took weight off the rear tires which allowed a little more growth as our speeds went up a lot--also the front end stayed on the ground for better control
course about that time every body went toward rear engine cars but as a side note-the snake came back to a front engine car from his streamlined rear engine one -------
Bill--when we were putting the wings on, I wanted to lengthen the wb some--had Ramsey set in the car, I wedged a 4x6 piece of wood between his parts and the diff cover---so----5 inches it was moved---performance??? we held the NHRA National record and the record at OCIR ( Orange County) at 6.61 et and before the night was over with the visable side wings and the invisable longer wb(really the distance the engine was from rear axle) we lowered the record to 6.41---fastest time ever at that time----within a couple weeks almost everybody was putting side wings on or going to rear engine----
stuff looks good , but a couple of comments---what is that I see in the rear center of the rear end????
And you will probably want to remove that brake line? across the top of the housing---
Remember that the driver sat behind that and his legs went over the top of the axle tubes--was really tight after we moved the rear back 5 inches at the same time we added the side wings----people only noticed the wings--didn't spoat that we had also lengthened the wheel base---
the drawing is not correct--on the late model hemi(426) there was an adapter to allow dual inlets for the oil pump and one was an external line going to the sump--also, it had provisions for the remote filters and they fed oil to the three center mains via hollow bolts that allowed oil pressure thru the side of the main caps--
You can see some of these pieces online in Milodon cataloques or Moroso