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    Bill Engwer

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  1. Profil 24 Quality question...

    I sprung for this one. It should be here today.
  2. Hard to Handle

    Yes, I LIKE the look of that one. Looks fast just sitting there.
  3. What Did You Get Today? (Not Model Related)

    Just ran the numbers on some questionable "junk" I pulled out of the scrap dumpster at one of the shops I work with last week. 1) A pair of 1965 Pontiac 389/421 open-chamber heads with 1.92 intake valves, 1.66 exhausts. Said to have come off a '65 GTO. Nothing wrong with them other than a burned exhaust valve. No cracks. Chrome factory valve covers. Correct for a '65 GTO. 2) A ''57-'59 283 Chevy engine, complete. 4-bbl "power pack" cylinder heads with the right casting marks. Said to have been "all bad inside", and pulled out of a '65 Malibu. Tear down revealed nothing but normal wear, another 2 burned exhaust valves, which would account for horrible running and low compression on 2 cylinders. Cam badly worn, otherwise in good shape. Cylinders have never been bored, no sign of overheating or water in the sump. The bonus: a forged steel crankshaft, lightly scored STANDARD sized main and rod journals. Engine's worth some change to anyone doing a period-correct resto or hot-rod. 3) A pair of perfectly good smallblock Chevy oil pans, one chromed and painted over, the other cadmium plated and also painted over, looks new other than the paint. I like to have core pans on hand to cut and modify for engine swaps, and I'll be needing to build a winged pan for an upcoming project. I will never ever understand "professional mechanics" who throw away perfectly usable vintage parts, parts that will NEVER EVER be made again, because they're "broken".
  4. 1965 Buick Riviera Extended Custom

    You have a good eye for line and proportion, Peter. All too often, on real cars as well, modifications are made haphazardly with no overall concept that keeps everything integrated into a pleasing whole. I'll be following. If the Riv ends up looking as good as the other two, she'll be a stunner.
  5. What Did You Get Today? (Not Model Related)

    Man oh man. You did GOOD. All I got today was a bottle of ant bait/poison.
  6. Atlantis - Monogram Customizing Auto Engine kit

    Yup. Just get them coming out the door. I bought several of these as partial builder kits, or started, etc., assuming the tooling was long gone...which I believe was the prevailing wisdom for some time. It would be great to have these things available again for something like reasonable money.
  7. Anyone watch Ripley's Believe It or Not? tonight 7/14/2019

    I understand. And I can see why kids, pretty much any kids, would think a full-size Lego vehicle was pretty wonderful.
  8. Anyone watch Ripley's Believe It or Not? tonight 7/14/2019

    I guess if you don't see a difference, there's no use arguing the point. It's simply a matter of personal perspective and preferences and interests. And I was actually kinda hoping somebody really WOULD explain what's cool about a huge Lego thing that does nothing. I'd like to know if I'm missing something here. But I'll say this...plastic models for me are a creative outlet to build in scale things I'd build in reality if I had unlimited funds. Which is why out-of-the-box stock vehicles don't interest me much, though I certainly admire the work of those who excel at building in that style. Building real hot-rods, from my own perspective, takes a pile of cast-off junk and unrelated bits and turns it into a viable, useful machine. But I have little interest in catalog-specials that are "professionally" built, laden with CNC-machined billet this and CAD-designed that, and 3D-printed everything else...or send-piles-of-money-so-you-can-buy-a-little-individuality contemporary vehicles either. A friend's daughter LOVES Legos, she shows tremendous original thought and creativity in what she builds, and she's making mental connections as to how things actually work in physical reality. She shows every indication of being a gifted engineer. But I personally fail to see the point of making a useless full-scale replica of a manufactured product with Legos...unless, of course, it's for marketing attention-getting. Then it makes perfect sense. In the end, it's just a matter of different strokes. As they say, "It's all good", but I don't have to get it. EDIT: I guess I should stay with the wise old adage that goes something like "if you can't lavish something with fawning praise, it's best to say nothing at all; you will be less universally despised."
  9. Electric Hot Rod

    ^^^ Fan-freakin'-tastic!! I'm curious...with the rated motor speed range being shown as 1450-1950 RPM (only a 500 RPM spread), are you intending to use a continuously-variable transmission?
  10. The Missing Corvette

  11. The Missing Corvette

  12. Rubbery/Flexible Resin Castings

    Even if all the parts are from the same caster (which I assume from your post), it's impossible to make a blanket statement. Improperly catalyzed (mixed in the wrong ratio of resin to "hardener") will probably never cure completely, and no amount of baking or wishful thinking will fix it...probably...but it's worth a try. BUT...there ARE resin systems that are designed to remain flexible, and a caster could have possibly oops-ed and made your parts from that. Without having in-hand EXACTLY what you have, and experimenting to find out what the actual reality is, all the opinions in the world aren't worth the paper they're printed on here. Your best number one course of action is to get a definitive answer from the person who made the stuff, and preferably, get hard-cured replacements from him.
  13. Electric Hot Rod

    Yes. The vast majority of the conversions done in the 1970s (and there were a lot of them) used manual gearboxes. And when I say a lot, I mean a LOT. Many hundreds, if not thousands. There were conversion articles sprouting up everywhere, and kits, and companies doing the swaps. The gas price hike when OPEC began turning off the tap scared a lot of folks. Conversions ran the gamut from bodged hack-jobs that were so heavy with batteries, they rode like buckboards bottomed on the bump-stops (don't anybody panic...I didn't say bump-stocks), to fairly sophisticated and well engineered vehicles, some of which even boasted solid-state logic-controlled energy-management and limited regenerative charging capability on deceleration. And range was generally poor...realistically about 40 miles or so. So, I think it's terrifically funny how this recent trend has been appropriated as if it's something new and millenial-generational, when it's actually old farts like me who started it four-and-a-half decades ago, and electric vehicles have been around about as long as cars have been around anyway. Ferdinand Porsche even designed some, including a fantastic military road-train with hub-motors in the wheels. Battery technology was and still is the primary limiting hardware factor, but recent advances have made it possible to use some of the things like real cars instead of toys with very limited range. Batteries will continue to improve, most likely significantly, but as noted in this thread elsewhere, batteries themselves pose serious environmental and recycling and raw-material questions. And most people STILL overlook the power-generation and power-distribution infrastructure. It's simply not ready yet for hundreds of thousands of electrics to be plugged in virtually simultaneously to recharge overnight. And the typical head-in-the-sand attitude of most people concerning the fact that most electricity generation STILL comes from the hated hydro (rapidly dwindling if Lake Mead is any indicator), fossil-fuel-burning (coal and stupidly, natural gas), and the horror-story show-stopper of them all...nuclear. The cost to replace the US's power generating and distribution system with 100% renewables ?...estimates are around 3 TRILLION dollars. And that's only to get it to the point where it can deal with TODAY'S loads...not the vastly increased loads of hundreds of thousands or ultimately millions of plugged-in cars. You're going to be paying significantly more for electricity, period. Another problem is that the numbers surrounding electric vehicle efficiency and grid requirements are as skewed and exaggerated and contradictory, depending on whose agenda they're shoring up, as the whole global-warming controversy. I would advise everyone... before you blindly accept a total electric future is the best possible future, take off the rose-tinted glasses, do some research, and try to understand enough about science and economics so you can make informed interpretations of the available data for yourselves.