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So actually the engine block and valve covers had a “machine turned” Finish. Which gave them a bright silvery appearance.  You know what plans I have for the body. Don’t think I can do that for the engine I’ll damage too much of the bolt detail. So I’ll just wing it. And find some deep blue color for the cyl head ...

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Your handwork is excellent, Andy. Fuel system bracketry looks fantastic! A quick Ebay search revealed a lot of Parafilm, at reasonable prices, much of it with free shipping. So, more plentiful than T.P.!

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Oh dear. You’re sending me down another rabbit hole. The stokes build was featured earlier this yr in Motorsport - I think- with an awesome overhead shot of the completed chassis. But these additional shots are great  and they are by

my favorite author. Mr Nye. Well my second favorite. Hunter Thompson is numero uno.  I do plan to build a frame for the Alfa engine And I must decide if I’m going to build it into the Merit kit body or just display as a stand alone. I change my mind every time I think about it .... And now you’ve made me think about it again

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Should I build the frame in evergreen plastic or brass ???

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Should I build the frame in evergreen plastic or brass ???
whilest  I ponder ...

work on the DOHC distributor and some safety wire on the gear cover passages. I replaced the terminals on the distributor to get a more secure attachment point for the distributor caps that Norman Veber makes/sells ... the safety wire is twisted.005 wire. Think I bought it in amazon - yrs ago. 

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Alfa chassis in brass - much stronger but get something less flammable than balsa wood to help solder it together. Very nice work on that distributor.

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Good advise. And you know how carefully I listen to advise ...

why don’t you get mr bill’s consent to post the Cisitalia engine shots here .,.

 

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Second shot shows the tool I use to make the safety wires ... a fool’s errand - and only justified on a display engine ...

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Time for the sp plug wires ...

decision / advise to use the smaller diameter plug wire was correct ... the distributor boots are from replicas and miniatures - thank you norman

the Plug looms and wire are detail master. The photo-etched looms are doubled - per instructions- and yes this gives a better dimensional appearance  Wires are CA glued to the looms and the boots are CA glued to the distributor ... 

3 down and 5 to go And I’ll make two additional looms for the wires traveling to the opposing cylinder head

i think this Is actually going to

work ...

 

 

 

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The Jim stokes built spare parts Alfa Romeo 158 is stalking me.  it was featured on Ant the mechanic’s motor trend channel TV show.  What a race car ...

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This is so much fun watching this come together Andrew.  Thanks too for sharing your techniques.  cheers, tim

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Spark plug 4 crosses over to the far side of the distributor. With the left side plugs in place I glued the left side fuel lines in and then glued the fuel injection unit to the cyl head

at this point I glued the fuel distributor assembly to the front of the engine.  Next I’ve got to finish making and attaching the linkage for the fuel and place the right side plug wires with looms

fuel line hardware from RB motion

the fuel lines are made from .024 tin wire that is rolled under a file to make a finish that looks like steel fuel line  it’s very soft  .  So I’m not concerned with breaking any of my joints/connection points

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Dept of corrections

the distributor plug boots are fr RB Motion ...

and CA glue won’t bond the plug wire to the boots. But some epoxy with some CA seems to hold things together...

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I think I’ll do the distributor differently on the next one. If the terminals are made with brass tube - you can slip the plug wires in and not worry about the connection... the fuel lines have to sneak around The plug wires and I still need to squeeze in the throttle linkages. A right fit...

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Just a few more parts ...

The fuel injectors get some MFH fuel line with some RB .020 nuts on .013 nickel rod. And the other pix show the making of the throttle hardware. The right side has the lever for the throttle wire and the tension/return springs. So that was made from bits and pieces of evergreen strip and bar. To be painted silver. The left side is less complex  - made from a strip of .032 aluminum : bent, filed, drilled, sanded etc...if you refer to the drawings contributed by Mad on page 7 you’ll see what I’m trying to do ...

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Beautiful detailing on this motor my friend !!!!!   Your scratch building all the linkage and details really is impressive.

Randy

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What scale is that one Andy?  I have the 1/24th in stock but will have to order the 1/25th.

 

Randy

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