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Teresi / Blair : 1/8 Scale "Italiano" Buick V8 Drag Bike ...On The Workbench 3/23/17

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Helllo......I was going to start this build after GSL 2017 ......but, it`s a month away and I`m bored......so I am going to start it now......it is my Father and Unkle Mil`s Drag Bike that they built and raced in the 60`s at Lions Drag Strip .......it was called the "Italiano" and was powered by a 1963 Buick V8....... after they ran this bike for a few months ,my Father bought 2 Buick 215 Aluminum Block engines from Mickey Thompson who was racing INDY at the time and one of the engines was a back engine for the Indy car...... the "Italiano`s"  top speed was 156 mph on gas that was pretty good back in those days........I built 3- 1/25 scale models of this bike years ago ......but,I am going to build this bike in 1/8 scale.......I  will scratch build most of the bike and modify some parts as well.........thanks for looking

 

 

 

 

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And im subscribing.... cant wait to see this one take shape.   the 1:1 is amazing, and i'm sure you have plenty of reference material on this one. Should be yet another amazing build.

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Koool John

I love the current photo of your dad with the bike.

nice to see the bike is still around, does make building a model of a lot easier.

should be fun watching ya build this monster.

c'ya in Salt lake B)

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Oh boy !  Another fantastic model in the making.

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Cool cool cool. Seriously cool. Probably way beyond cool. I'm in.   :D

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And all he starts with is a block, front forks and a rear tire!!!!!! And I KNOW this is going to be a knock out performance but the Great Teresi!!!!!!!! Carry on Meistro!!!!!!    

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Hello.......thanks guys for the kind interest in this build......it will be pretty special to me......I would like to do a good job on this one......might take a little longer just to get the details close.........I got a quick mock-up.......I`m staring with a box part swing arm frame and I will modify it into a rigid frame......and I will modify the Chevy Small Block into a 215 Buick  ,well as close as I can get it ........it won`t be perfect but, close enough for the girls I go with......The front end is also a parts box find......I will need to shorten the front end.........thanks for looking 

 

 

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Koolness....

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Looking great, another good one  

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And the hits just keep on coming....

Cool stuff John,...subscribed

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Some of your best results come from "Passion Builds" that involve your father and friends. cough*** Harley Test Track Hauler***cough

 

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Hello......thanks guys for the kind comments......I really do appreciate them:)........Well, I finally got brave and laced the front wheel ......I`m glad I did.......it looks better than what  it use to look like......it was pretty easy......just took all day........now I need to lace the back wheel and add some valve stems and weather the tires.......from now on I will lace my wheels.......they are not perfect but,good enough for the girls I go with:)........thanks for looking

 

 

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I actually dig lacing wheels and I have to say that is a BIG improvement John. Bravo.

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Great start John. I always love the creativity you use building these.

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Hello.....Bob and Len.......thank you very much for the kind comments......I really do appreciate them:)......Well I got the rear wheel laced .....took all day again......but,at least the wheels are finished......I think they look way better than  the kit wheels......I still need to add valve stems and weather the tires.....thanks for looking.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh, yeah.   B)

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The wheels look great, John. A definite upgrade.

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Looks like you are already off to the races with this one John. Wheels are sweet now. 

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Hello......Danno,Scott ,Andy......thanks guys for the kind comments.......I really do appreciate them:)........I started to modify the frame.......I scratch built the whole rear of the frame and I still need to modify the front of the frame and add all the details.....I also shortened the front end about a 1/4 inch........I should be able to finish the frame tommorrow.......thanks for looking.

 

 

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Few more WIP pics.......thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wheels look beautiful and what a difference !!!!

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Hey Buddy, the wheels are fantastic...'bout time you addressed your wire wheels properly.

They do get more challenging as you reduce the scale!

Anyways the bike is looking' great and looking forward to seeing it in Salt Lake...cuz I know you will have it done by then.

dang...you probably have it done already :wub:

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Those wheels look awesome! Nice work, John!

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WOW.....THIS will be spectacular!!!!!!! i love that it's in 1/8 john. with your skills....the detail here will be off the charts!!!!!!

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Hello......Ray Curt ,Art, Dave.......thanks guys so very much for the kind comments......I really do appriciate them:)........I  made some new front down tubes for the frame.....and modified the front end ......I made some handle bars and also made a seat and fender and fender bracket.......and modified the rear sprocket.......thanks for looking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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