DustyMojave

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  • Location Mojave Desert...SoCal
  • Full Name Richard Parcells

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  1. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Ford Y-block engine   

    In some cases the road draft tube was used that late. My brother's 56 Ford Wagon 292 had the road draft tube which came out of the engine near the distibutor and down alongside the bellhousing. My 61 F100 292 had no road draft and had a PCV. The valve covers on mine looked very much like those on the hot rod with Hilborn injection above, but without the add-on aluminum trim. My brother's had the oil filter with the bolt through the middle, but he converted it to a spin-on. Mine came with the spin-on.. His was front sump, mine was rear sump. His had dual exhaust, mine was single with a crossover pipe from the front of the right manifold to the front of the left.

    My F100 292 died in the mid 70s. Timing chain jumped a couple of teeth. At the time, I couldn't find rreplacement parts to rebuild it. No timing chain, no rod bearings, no valve springs, etc. I was calling all over the country talking to T-Bird restoration guys. When I would ask if they had parts for the Y-Blocks, they would answer "No, but if you find any, we'll pay you a finder's fee!" After hearing that many times, I put a 428 Cobra Jet out of a 1970 Cougar Eliminator in the truck. It's still there, but way overdue for a rebuild.
  2. DustyMojave added a post in a topic 67 Shelby Mustang Notchback Trans Am Racer   

    Today I responded to a PM about this thread and I needed to look back at it to see what I had posted before. In doing so, I saw a couple of things which I feel I had not made clear earlier.

    - The grille is the stock Mustang mesh and chome/aluminum surround. That mesh is rectangle shaped openings about 1/2" high X 1" across. That would translate to about .020" x .040" openings for the rivet counters who might want to photoetch it. The material between the openings is about 1/16" thick, which would be .0025" in scale.

    - In th ephotos, the car has a battery cut-off switch on the right side of the cowl (red handle). These were required for SCCA racing a few years later. They also contribute to safety in racing now. So it is not original and if you are building a model of the car as it was raced (or more likely, a model of Jerry Titus' Team Terlingua Mustang), the switch should not be there.

    - The white paint on this car is Ford Wimbledon White. This is correct inside the trunk, under the belly and outside. Inside the grille area was semi-gloss black like the interior and engine compartment. ALL of the Shelby trans Am 67 Mustangs came from Ford's San Jose California Assembly plant in Wimbledon White like most GT350s. The orange on the stripe and numbers was added by the Shelby shop crew due to the delivery of the car having been held up somehow and Shelby had them paint it by way of apology to Fred. Like the Terlingua yellow color, someone from the shop was sent down to the local paint shop to get some bright orange. In person, it looks rather like 1960s Chevy engine orange, but a bit less red. Roll bar is gloss black.

    - The Hurst shifter got a standard pyramid boot with a chrome retainer flange.

    - The seat belts are black 5-point with 3" lap belt and 2" shoulder harness and crotch straps. Hook type latch. Shoulder belts fasten to the upper cross bar of the roll bar.

    - Wheels and tires should be the American Racing Torque Thrust D provided in the Revell late 60s Corvette race cars and Deuce hot rods with the tires that come with those wheels. Paint the spokes flat steel metallic.

    - The rear spring leaves are much narrower than stockto allow more tire clearance.

    - Front disc brakes were Galaxy, same as on the GT350R. The restoration got Stainless Steel brand brakes for better service, but they look very much like the originals.


    I said above that stock dashboards were required, I meant the dash structure and top, but the face where the intruments fit could be and was changed. 5 gauges with the Tach in the center were installed by the Shelby crew in an aluminum panel.
  3. DustyMojave added a post in a topic 1967-72 FORD pickup reference ( for Moebius kits)   

    Hey Jeff, If I build one of the Moebius Ford F100s, it'll be an offroad race truck. Late 70s/early 80s vintage Class 8. More suited to the Offroad Models Forum or the old DRM.

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  4. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Reference photos of Stock Chevrolet Blazer wanted!   

    Timing is everything. My next door neighbor had 4 of them last week. He sold 3 and kept 1. Then yesterday, he left to move to another state.

    But having worked on 2 of them for him, and having had a company S-10 pickup in the 90s, I can provide some info.
    - The frame itself, a-arms, rear axle, oil pan, etc is painted standard GM 30% reduced gloss black (semi-gloss).
    - The bottom of the body shell is medium gray primer with body paint overspray at the edges fading to bare primer in the center tunnel. Unless of course, the body has an under-coating. 2 of the neighbor's did, and 2 did not. And this is in the Southern California Desert.
    - Gas tank is bright galvanized, straps frame black.
    - Exhaust tubing is galvanized with visible seam dark along the tube. Muffler and catalytic converter also appear galvanized.
  5. DustyMojave added a post in a topic 1974 Ford Maverick GT   

    I love it! While Mavericks have been dissed badly for decades as a 1970s economy car, the truth is that the chassis is pure 69-79 Mustang! They were just a slightly shorter wheelbase. The body styling looks GREAT to me.

    I have a project to build an SCCA A/Sedan race car phantom based on a Johan ProStock kit. Ford never registered the Maverick with SCCA for the same reasons the later Falcons were not and why the Chevy Nova after '65 was not. Corporate Brass didn't want competition for their pet babies, the Mustang and the Camaro. But with a shorter wheelbase in a slightly lighter chassis and the same 302 V8 and suspension, a Maverick would have been the ticket for twisty courses like Laguna Seca and Lime Rock. The aero is probably at least as good as the Mustang.

    As I'm not real keen on the Johan rendering of the chassis for the Maverick and Comet, I'm modifying an AMT 67 Mustang chassis to fit. I've professionally restored Vintage Trans Am race Mustangs in 1:1 scale, and was a Tech Inspector for SCCA when they were being raced new, I know how to build a race car out of a Mustang Chassis.

    Regarding this car tho...The plates are Brazilian...eg - not USA. In USA, 1974 versions were required to have the massive ugly "5mph" bumpers. This car has the early 1973 and earlier smaller and vastly prettier bumpers. So it is either a US 1973 or earlier, or a non-US delivery car, or it has been modified to retrofit the early bumpers. It's OK - I like it far more this way. As Mavericks were built and sold in Brazil from 73-79, I presume this one is a 1974 model year Brazilian Delivery car, and thus the early style bumpers.

    The American Insurance industry caused laws to be written to require bumpers to withstand an impact of 5mph with no damage from 1974 on, because a great many collisions occur at that speed or less and were costing insurance companies a lot of money. So bumpers became huge and ugly and cost many times as much to repair as before. The whole deal back-fired in the insurance companies' faces...and bank accounts. And the requirements were quietly backed down later on in the 1980s.
  6. DustyMojave added a post in a topic COOL OR NOT? 55 BUICK STEPSIDE (YES STEPSIDE)   

    I too noticed the Mopar bed with "BUICK" script. Nicely done anyway.

    When I was a kid the family had a 53 Buick Special Straight 8. The suspension was SOOO bad, it needed a tug boat to control it. Not that it was worn out, it just handled like a barge without a rudder. Dad improved it a little by replacing the 90 wt. gear oil in the lever shocks with STP Oil Treatment. I know they got better, but it's only 2 years.

    The DeSoto looks pretty cool. Does it have a Dodge bed? The Ford would look a whole lot better in a different color. The Corvette is nicely done, but why? It makes so much less sense than the others.
  7. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Tony Foti LAPD Camaro or Reher-Morrison Camaro   

    Last time I saw the Tony Foti LAPD Camaro 1:1, it was living in my neighborhood in the desert north of LA and re-painted blue. The owner (IIRC) was also running an Alcohol Funny Car.

    You've pretty much all seen the neighborhood on TV a zillion times as there are a few Movie studio facilities in the area which are some of the busiest filming locations on the planet. If you see Joshua trees, old gas stations in the desert, rocky desert hills with snow capped mountains in the distance, it was probably almost certainly here. Ads, movies, music videos, magazine stills, porno, etc. From Arnold and the Connors kid getting guns from an underground desert stash to Jeep ads, to Britney Spears, to Bank ads, to Quentin Tarantino Biker flicks, to Jamie Presley, to......whatever. You just don't see the homes in the camera views.
  8. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Trans Am, GTP, IMSA, SCCA   

    Cool Stuff!!
  9. DustyMojave added a post in a topic '67 Terlingua Mustang   

    That one I worked on was the same thing as the Team Terlingua cars. Built by Shelby in a group of about 25 Mustangs pulled from the San Jose California Ford plant. The team used 4 of those for themselves (one of which Jerry Titus rolled and destroyed). This one was bought new by a Shelby Team driver, Fred Sutherland, who won the regional B Prod Championship the previous year with his 289 Cobra. He recently bought it again as a rusted-out hulk less engine.. Took a lot of work to restore it.
    Find more pics here:
    http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=67624
  10. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Revell's new '68 Beetle   

    The elliptical lights on the gray '58 Baja are from my German delivery 1965. They are the same as the 2 new Revell kits have, as you can see from the posts above. The flat bottom lights on the green 1973 US car above (taillights are not original to that Bug) are exactly the same housing and lens as my set of 1968 lights in the garage except for the 2 holes on the side of the housing for the side reflector lens, which shows the lights came off a 71 or 72. No difference in size. It appears to me that these are the lights that the Revell kits should have, being 1968 sedan and 1970 convertible, regardless of market. I believe those side reflectors were required on US delivery Bugs and may not have been found on Bugs in other countries. US delivery Bugs 1973-1979 got bigger tail lights. I have a set here that were original on a 1974. But they are rather bigger than 72s.
  11. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Latest Cheetah (and group shot)   

    Cheetahs are very pretty cars. Don Edmunds did an awesome job on the body. But they were never close to being a production automobile like the Cobras were and so could never race in the same class. They were usually beaten by much smaller engined Cobras running in the Production class anyway. As it was they had to race against the mid-engine race cars like Coopers and Chaparrals and never really stood a chance. There wasn't a competitive front engine car racing against the mid-engine sport racers until the 1980s when the Ford Mustang GTP was running. Then again later the Panoz LMP-1. Interestingly, those both used Ford engines.

    Mini Exotics used to include directions for building a chassis for the Cheetah body using pieces from the AMT Mercedes 300 SL Gull Wing Coupe kit. It would be great if Revell were to do a Cheetah like their C5R and C6R kits.

    Original Cheetah production ceased after a fire burned the Bill Thomas Race Cars shop down including the body molds and chassis jigs. There is a company building new Cheetahs now though with official approval from Bill Thomas Race Cars. So if a model is tough, just buy a full scale one.
  12. DustyMojave added a post in a topic '67 Terlingua Mustang   

    Did a search (manual as well as search engine) for those CBPs and did not find them. Got some links?
  13. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Revell's new '68 Beetle   

    Regarding the tail lights, I cannot speak as an authority on European lights of 1968 and later vintage, but for US delivery cars, the tail lights are 1961-1967 vintage.
    Note that I got these photos from the links above and with no intent to step on anyone's copyrights, I have included photos already introduced to this forum by someone else for the purposes of discussion.


    1965 elliptical lights on the left gray Baja Bug. And 1968 - 1972 tail lights for US delivery have square bottoms as seen in this photo of a pair of US 1970 lights on the green BajaBug.

    The gray one is my Baja Bug.
  14. DustyMojave added a post in a topic '67 Terlingua Mustang   

    That's a very nice Terlingua Mustang.

    Last year I worked on a restoration of a 1:1 scale 67 Shelby Trans Am Mustang. NO It's NOT a GT350 or a GT500, It's a Notchback like this one, but it was built by Shelby for Trans Am Racing. 289 engine with dual Holley 4bbls.



    Do you have build threads on these 2 models?
  15. DustyMojave added a post in a topic Revell's new '68 Beetle   

    I'd also like to note that in looking at parts views of both kits, I DO NOT see any representation of a rear firewall, although the panel over the front foot well is present, even though it will not be visible in the assembled model, and the engine hood will open to view the engine and the strange opening around it.

    Edit: Oops!!!!
    I was passing over one of the images and I now see they both have a rear firewall. Not exactly detailed or in any way attempting to be a model of the full scale firewall, but it IS there.