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Twisted Fish - 3/13, main pieces put together.

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Started this project a few weeks ago. Plans are to do a series of three(3) builds all based off the same vehicle: 1st a (semi) factory original, 2nd a rundown/abused version, and 3rd a resurrection. I'm calling this an OOB build as there's no major changes being done. Any and all comments, pointers, suggestions, sarcasms, etc. are openly encouraged. Starting point from the box:

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Sanded down the body mold lines and flash and shot the body/grill/hood with primer. Scribed the panel lines:

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Very early in the build my visions started getting cloudy. I want to keep things original, yet present some "extra step" aspects to the finished piece. Saying this, I just had to open those gills up:

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Also the OCD in me couldn't stomach the front fender lines that are not supposed to be there. Laid out where the correct panels should be and started cutting (does this change the OOB status?):

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While waiting for primer coats to dry, I turned my attention to the engine:

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Which very quickly lead me to the anorexic headers that are supplied. They had to go; started bending up a replacement set:

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Following through on the exhaust side of things took me to the tubing that was molding in with the chassis. Went back and forth if I just wanted to paint it and call it done, or if I wanted to create more work for myself. Figured the build is what the fun is all about, so the tools were picked up again and the removal process began:

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Planned replacement:

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Front fender body work is completed. Primer coat only shows me that the side marker outline needs enhanced just a bit to return to to where it should be:

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Chassis has been painted. This is where I realized I made a wrong turn. I wanted to finish this with a factory look of steel with body color overspray, but I automatically went into show car mindset and went with a flat finish and gloss frame rails. I haven't talked myself out of pulling the chassis out of the next box and completely redoing it and save this one for build #2. Note the headers in this layout........they have turned into a real....................how do you say.............pain:

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Pleased with how the exhaust piping came out between the mufflers and resonators. Wheels have been started as well:

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Need to spend some time cleaning up the open tailpipe tips. They're open, but the lines aren't clean enough for me to sleep at night yet:

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NICE project you started there Zachary! I like the direction where the headers are going but definitely looks like a pain.

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Still on the motor. The chrome carbs and valve covers just didn't seem right to me:

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So they had to go:

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Now they are at a point they can be made into something more believable:

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This is how bad things get started. The motor and transmission are done in correct Hemi orange, carbs are as detailed as I can do within my abilities at this time, valve covers are textured and painted, and a few of the small details are getting done:

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Front and rear suspension painted with a metallic black. Still haven't decided what I'm doing about the chassis as a whole yet:

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Hemi construction continues. Distributor is in and wired for clearance under the air hat, carbs have been modified to reflect correct orientation, and the the fuel line from pump is started:

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My work space, stolen from one of my jig making benches:

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A quick mock up to see how things are shaping up. Take note, the headers are.....................missing:

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Turns out, the header itself is quite easy to make. Fitment is a whole different story. This is the pile:

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But, things do come together given enough time and determination. Now to figure out the collectors:

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Absolutely loving this. Really like how you are walking us through this step by step, like showing the removal of exhaust system with the Dremal and everything else. I'm watching this one. Thanks.       Jeff 

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wow, they actually cast the carbs good enough that you can tell they are supposed to be AFB carbs.

will be watching to see how this turns out.

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The box Hemi leaves a bit to the imagination on the front end. The water pump and timing belt cover are, well, skinny to nonexistant. I'm guessing in 1971 an oil filter was also an aftermarket option. I'm certain one will find it's way on, but not right now. Opted to use aftermarket pulleys and belt rather than the preformed piece that is supplied. The crank and camshaft pulleys required some clearance trimming to work with each other. PE fan was used to keep things "cool. Fuel deliver lines and transfer block have also been completed:

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The headers are DONE. I absolutely refuse to futz with them any longer. Ended up moving down to a scaled 2½" tube and still had to notch the front end for clearance reasons. I tried using the techniques found within this wonderful site to make the collectors but ended up with more scrap than pieces I liked the looks of. Ended up tapering three(3) different size aluminum tubes inside each other, filling the "steps" they each created, and massaging them to a smooth, tapered finish:

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Final detail was a set of flanges to mate with the exhaust on the chassis:

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Another fitment check. Set the powertrain back in the chassis again to make certain it was going to work:

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My personal favorite view:

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Yes, '71 Hemi Cuda by Revell. Purple and silver example on the box.

OK, thanks. I hadn't realized Revell ever did a '71.

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 I'm calling this an OOB build as there's no major changes being done.

 

That's not what OOB means, and you're already way beyond it.

That said, nice work! As others have said your scratchbuilt headers are quite nice. B)

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Loving the concept!  I've thought of doing the same thing - new, old and worn out, restored.  Never could decide what car to use, though.  I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

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Some nice work going on so far with this. Nice job on the corrections you've made. It will improve the over all look.

Beware of the hood fit with the shaker scoop. It's not great and it's very tricky to get the hood to close even most of the way with the scoop in place on the engine. If you haven't yet, do A LOT of test fitting with the body on and the engine in and do it before body paint to avoid any major issues.

Keep it going!

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Thanks for the compliments!

Ryan - not certain if it will make a difference or not, but I'm not planning on making the hat permanent. If I have to, I'll prop the hood open and set the scoop assembly on the fender side to display. Appreciate the heads up!!

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Nice work B) How did you get the crinckled look to the rocker boxes

Heavy scratch (400 grain sandpaper) after the chrome removal, etching primer coat, flat black heavy coat, sifted baking soda over the still wet flat black coat, then an immediate 2nd heavy coat of flat black.

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Moved to the interior bucket. Went with a satin black that will be shared with the billboard graphics on the exterior. Two part epoxy drops for gauge glass, PE keys and other interior hardware, and seat belts.

 

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Nice work on the headers.....

Great work on the headers and exhaust pipes

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