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  1. One quart of MGS 285 fast epoxy hardener. Stuff's about $90/quart now, including shipping, while the 285 resin is closing on $300 per gallon, plus shipping. My old fast hardener finally went totally bad. I still have some 287 slow, but it takes forever to cure, and is brittle until post-cure.
  2. Below is the only photo I've seen that clearly shows the water lines on the blue Mustang supercharged incarnation. There is a roughly Y-shaped pair of small diameter hard lines that run to the timing cover, on either side of the blower drive. Passages through the chain (timing) cover connect to the water jacket ports in the cylinder heads. These appear to be "steam" lines, vented into the reservoir tank, with no return connections visible. What IS visible is a small diameter "burp" or overflow hard line connected under the coolant pressure cap on the reservoir. This line runs down to a transverse tubular catch tank.
  3. Similar in appearance, but not the same in function. The nailhead crossover includes a thermostat housing on top, that's coupled to the upper radiator hose, and a lower connection to the top of the water pump.
  4. The 390 is a member of the Ford FE engine family, all of which are visually similar (except the 427 SOHC "cammer", which is built on an FE block, but uses special heads). A fine opportunity to learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_FE_engine There are lots of FE engines in kits, and the ancient Revell parts pack 427 pushrod version will build up to represent a 390 very well. EDIT: It's always a good idea to research photos of the particular application you want to model, as there are some relatively minor differences in appearance...like valve covers, intakes, etc.
  5. When a jar of Hellman's mayo is right at 8 bucks, I think it's fair to say the rates for everything are way too high. But that's what you get when morons run things.
  6. Confusing is advice from people who think they're experts (but aren't), endlessly rebleated.
  7. Haven't you heard? In order to go carbon-neutral, they've changed their operations to show everything delivered way ahead of schedule, in order to eliminate the pesky necessity of actually delivering anything at all. There's a theoretical basis somewhere within the way common-core arithmetic is taught. Can't live in the past, you know.
  8. It's not really a "discussion". You can NOT operate an engine designed to be liquid cooled on the street with no liquid cooling system. Period. The engine WILL terminally overheat, aluminum pistons WILL expand more than cast-iron bores, and they WILL seize solid. Period. BUT...drag racing engines typically run for such a short period of time, they CAN get away with no cooling system. As I said earlier, some classes of drag cars had nothing but coolant reservoirs, no radiators, no circulation. But they can NOT be driven as regular vehicles. Period. Even if these appeared to be "hot rod style" vehicles, they were set up for drag-racing only. Period. NOTE: One popular early setup was nothing but a crossover pipe between the water jackets on the heads, or the water pump ports on the block face, with a coolant cap for filling. And again, this is a drag-racing only setup and can NOT be used on a street-driven vehicle. Period. The crossover below is similar, but is equipped with a big fat AN fitting to connect it to an overflow can, required so as to not dump fluid on the track (or possibly to plumb it to an electric pump or radiator, again depending on whether class rules require a functional cooling system...but of course, in that case, there would be very obvious coolant lines to and from a radiator or reservoir).
  9. Morning arriving with bodies piled in the streets may be an indication of an impending zombie apocalypse.
  10. Helsinki is when the devil's home goes blub blub blub beneath the waves.
  11. "Can't" is one of the words I most hate to hear, though if a man say's he's having a hard time with something, but keeps trying, I'll bend over backwards to help him get across the line; if he gives up and says "I can't", I'm done with him.
  12. Sounds like it was written by a recent HS grad.
  13. Stump grinders are nowhere near as much fun as wood chippers...or as versatile.
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