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Dennis Lacy

Hot Rod "A" Coupe UPDATED 10/28/17

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This is based on Revell's newer '30 Coupe kit that disappeared shortly after its release last August. 

Started with the frame for the channeled version (body over the frame rather than on top of it) of the kit which is a Model A style frame. I wanted the chassis to have a  vintage / traditional look so I cut down and tweaked a Revell '48 Ford center "X" to fit (which took some figuring out!) and also transplanted an "A" arched rear cross member from Revell's '29 Pickup / '31 Sedan kits. Filed some C-notches out back for axle clearance, put some motor mount brackets up front and filled in all the (no longer needed) parts locating notches in the side rails.

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Kit-bashed together a Halibrand quick-change rear axle assembly using the center section from AMT's '41 Willys, axle tubes and spring brackets from Revell's Ed Roth Tweedy Pie T, spring from Revell's '29 Pickup / '31 Sedan and axle end flanges and brake plates from the '30 Coupe.

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Had to take a rectangular notch out of the rear of the floor pan for the arched rear cross member to poke through.

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Cut off the molded on torque tube that wasn't long enough and made a new one from 1/8" Evergreen tubing...

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...and finished up the rear axle with the stubby stabilizer rods also from the Tweedy Pie T.

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Up front I adapted the dropped tubular axle, hairpin radius rods, steering tie rod / drag link and steering box from Revell's '32 5-Window Coupe. To the axle I adapted Revell '40 / '48 Ford brake plates and the finned Buick brake drums from the new A Coupe. You can also see that a flathead engine is fitted and that I added Grandt Line bolt detail to the oil pan and transmission mounting flanges.

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The flathead engine block and Navarro heads & intake come from Revell's '48 Custom Coupe. Carburetors are from the Tweedy Pie and crankcase breather scoop is from Revell's '37 Pickup / Panel Truck. If you look close I added a dipstick from the flathead in AMT's '34 5-Window Coupe. Also shown is the Revell ('32 Sedan, '40 Coupe / Convertible) "beehive" bypass oil filter and I added a steering column stub on the firewall that the steering box shaft fits into.

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Edited by Dennis Lacy

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A magic combination of parts there Denis, it just looks natural.  Will be watching for sure.

 

Cheers

Alan

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Good looking little Street Rod. Great chassis engineering.   

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I really like the direction of this build. Keep up the great work 

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Looks awesome Dennis!!!!! Liking the way it's coming together!!!!!

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What color ya gonna spray on it? -RRR

Oh, a little bit of this, a little bit of that... Nothing too shiny, that's for sure!

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UPDATE!

Took a break from chassis work this week and focused on some hot rod body mods. 

I want the car to look like it has a louvered aluminum roof insert panel so that meant adding louvers to the separate insert from the kit. I started with some louvered hood sides from Revell's '32 5-window, trimmed them down on every side, butted them together, cut a matching shape in the roof insert then glued the louvered piece into the hole.

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The piece I installed wasn't as thick as the original roof insert so I laid in a piece made from .020" sheet. This worked out good because it acts as a backer for the hood halves that were butted together.

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To go with the roof louvers I cut out the trunk lid then trimmed down the louvered lid from the same Revell '32 5-window to fit in the hole.

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Then things got stupid. I was originally going to glue the louvered trunk lid in place and didn't have the slightest intention of make it functional and detailing the trunk. I got to thinking that I had never yet tried to hinge anything on a model and talked myself into trying. I had to learn as I went but took it slow and thought out what I was doing. It ended up all working out on the first try. I made the trunk jamb out of strips of .020", made an inner trunk lid skin also out of .020", made some blocks to hang the hinges from inside the body and bent up some hinges out of paper clips.

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With the trunk now visible I had to build a cover over the hole that the frame rear cross member pokes through, I made the sides from .040" sheet and capped it with .020". I then laid down a sheet of .020" on the trunk floor to make it nice and smooth then added some raised locating tabs made from .040" sheet that fit exactly the inside shape of the kit provided gas tank and battery box to precisely locate them.

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Here's the whole shebang mocked together with a toothpick prop rod.

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Still plenty more to do!

Comments welcome!

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Edited by Dennis Lacy

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    Dennis,

  I really like the way you did the roof insert.  I got something going

like that, but I think this looks better!

  Too Kool for words!!

        David S.

 

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Very cool mods to the frame and body!!!  Looks right!!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😎

 

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Oh yeah, that's picture perfect to the way a true hot rod should look!!!!!!!! 

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