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About DustyMojave

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    Mojave Desert...SoCal
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    Richard Parcells

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  1. 1977 Mustang II

    For one thing, Mustang IIs were a whole lot smaller and lighter than 73 monster fat 'Stangs. with a 302, they had a good power to weight ratio, except it was the mid 70s. ALL cars built then were crappy except maybe Porsche 911s. A Ford 302 in '68 made good power. A Ford 302 in 1989 made even better power. In 75-77, they made crappy power. But then that's the time when Corvette 350s made less power than my 1990 Toyota pickup 2.4l.
  2. 1977 Mustang II

    Mustang IIs get dissed a great deal. Not only was it easy to install a 302, they were sold with a 302 as well. If they were built in the late 80s, they wouldn't have been dissed so much. They had pretty good potential. I find it amusing to see a Camaro with Mustang II front suspension and Ford 9". They don't CALL it Mustang II suspension, they try to pass it off as aftermarket suspension. But I've owned 2 Pintos, and that's what they really should call that suspension, since that's where it was 1st used. So I know how to recognize it. I see that your build shows that the roof and windshield shapes are correct, unlike the box top picture. Your build looks quite good.
  3. 1982 Nissan Skyline Turbo Gr.5

    Cool. I've always been quite fond of Group 5 race cars. Not sure why. I've worked on a few 1/1 scale Gr.5 race cars. Actually Trans Am and another local track series, but same rules as FIA Group 5. I like 'em. This is a cool one.
  4. Revell's 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

    US sold VW Bugs were ALL "Deluxe" model. So in the US, they all came with the bumper over-riders until the 1968 model year, when US Bugs got the square bumpers. I had a 1965 German Delivery Bug. 1200, 6volt generator, glass covered sealed-beam headlamps, 5 on wide 205mm pattern wheels. Had a few details that were not found on US-spec '65 Bugs: Locking steering column with the key switch on the side of the steering column. US-Spec cars didn't get that until the '68 model year. Mounts for 3-point seat belts in front and back, but had lap belts only installed. US Bugs got 3-point belts in '67. When I bought that car in 1973, I had a customer who had a '67 German Delivery Bug. It had the glass-covered headlights like the 6volt Bugs in the US, but with Halogen-type bulbs instead of sealed beam. But this '67 was 12volt like the US '67 Bugs (1st year for 12volt in US Bugs). That Bug was also 1500cc. I later had a US Spec '67 bug. Mine didn't have mounts for 3-point belts in the back, only lap belts, but it had 3-points in the front seats. 1500cc. It had sealed beam headlights with no glass cover. It also had all-red tail-light lenses, while the German Spec '67 Bug had amber turn indicators in the same tail light housing. I later put the German lenses on my '67 and my '65, and those '65 tail lights with German lenses are still on my '58 Baja Bug. My US '67 Bug also had the ignition switch in the bottom of the dash, same as my '58 and no lock on the steering. US Bugs got an alternator in 1973, mid-year (IIRC).
  5. AMT '32 Coupe - a basic street rod

    I never liked tuck & roll upholstery. But I have a '61 F100 that I bought in 1976 that still has the white tuck 'n roll dash top that was in it when I bought it. Not 'cuz I love it, but because it's part of the truck's history. I think it was originally done in Tijuana Mexico in the early 1960s. I think the whole interior was white tuck 'n roll back then, but by the time I bought it, that was all that was left. You've done a good job on the tuck 'n roll on this deuce. It's certainly period correct for a show-style rod.
  6. 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 GT

    Beautiful Cougar. LoveFordGalaxie...I have a 1961 Ford F100 with a 1970 Cougar 428 Cobra Jet engine, that I pulled out of the original Cougar that had been crashed. The original paint on the engine in this model is not Ford engine blue. It's Mercury engine blue. Same as on my 428 CJ. That's why it is light blue. Here is my AMT '68 cougar. It's built as an SCCA A/Sedan road race car (same as SCCA Trans Am). I built my model in 1968.
  7. `63 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

    Beautiful Ghia. Love the color. About the dash...My close friend had a 1965 Ghia for many years. It had a dash pad on top and the face of the dash was body color. Just as has been done here. I have one of those Gunze Sangyo kits sitting in my inventory. But as a long-time off road racer, my plan for my Ghia is to build a Baja Ghia. Probably a Coupe.
  8. Moebius California Flash

    There is a photo in the Bob McClurg gallery on the Butch Leal website taken (I believe) at Riverside Raceway in '65 of the #707 S/S '65 Plymouth running Cragar S/S wheels and narrow slicks with a black roll bar visible inside. I would link the picture here to share it, but the site prevents hotlinking. If you were looking at the shot in the scrap book of Butch sitting in the driver's seat with the door open, that shows a white roll bar and I think that photo is the altered wheelbase car. I was referring to the black roll bar in the Super Stock car. Yes...Some pics of the Super Stock DO show it with no roll bar. Safety regulations were a changing thing then. Full size or model, i would have a roll bar in it.
  9. Brutus Mustang funny car

    Are you still trying to post pics from Photobucket. Last June/July they decided they would go from free photo sharing as they had done for over a decade and been the best at it...To suddenly, without advance notice, to charging $400/year for the same. If you were using the same method of uploading to MCM's website to share that you had used earlier in this same thread, I don't know what happened. Those older photos still show.
  10. Moebius California Flash

    Yes Ron. On the Butch Leal web site scrap book, there's a picture of Butch in his Plymouth in 1965 and the roll bar is visible. http://www.butchleal.com/home.html
  11. Moebius California Flash

    My brother had a '64 Plymouth Max Wedge with the Wedge engine (mid-year Mopar went to Hemis) in 1967-68. He and his partner bought it from Blair's Speed Shop in Pasadena, CA. Home of the "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" of Plymouth advertising fame and Jan & Dean's hit record. It had a 4-point roll bar. Good thing too, as one time bracket racing at Lions Drag Strip in Long Beach, on the final run of the night, taking the win, a brand new Mopar tie rod end snapped and sent the car into a spin in the lights. From the right lane it did a 270 and backed into the guard rail, then bouncing off, got t-boned by the other racer (427 Camaro) in the right door and they tumbled down the shut-down area. Totalled both cars. They both walked away. Of course, even though he got there 1st, he lost the race due to crossing the center line into the other lane. 11:27 at 127mph. I have a resin body I picked up at a model show to put on a Lindberg 64 Max Wedge or an AMT Lawman, or one of these Moebius '65s to build a model of my brother's car. I plan to build a bunch more Mopars of the era, including the Butch Leal '65.
  12. I like that that photo used for reference shows the SoCal Coupe with the name of an old friend - Kong Jackson - lettered on the side. The coupe probably had Kong ignition at the time.
  13. Shelby Team 427 Cobra's

    Nice job on those batteries. Shelby used aircraft batteries that are smaller than the usual car batteries used in most American cars. Plus the caps that you did right have a ball check valve in each cap to keep the acid from spilling if the car gets upside down. I used to use them in my offroad race buggy too.
  14. Amnesty build-Monogram 1934 Ford Cabriolet

    I've done a little research on the aluminum heads and learned something new. That's generally a good thing.