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Saw the photo below and thought it would be a cool build . I am collecting the parts I need to try to build this . Note : I said try . It will be a curbside , no engine or chassis detail . The engine and wheels and tires will be used on my upcoming Shelby Falcon build . Not tying to be exact but get the flavor of it . Wish me luck ! :D

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Even as a curbside, this will be good Ray and I'm sure you'll do it justice.

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I have no doubt you can pull this off.  Do you have any background on this car.  I am guessing it is a fiberglass body on a tube frame.

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It was a fiberglass body and was sold for 18,500 I believe . Did some work on it . Got the body holes I don’t need either filled or plugged . Made the rear spoiler out of sheet plastic . Tires and wheels are from a die cast funny car . 

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Maybe these pics can be of some help to you with ideas if you don't already know which direction your going in. I created this build a few years back.

 

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Thanks Ron. Having an issue getting those huge slicks under that body. Bottom of this car will not be pretty. :D

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cool project.  in the 70's, one of the drag kit car manufacturers, that specialized in "econo-altered" cars, created a cobra body for their altered frames so the cars could run in "heads-up" door slammer classes like Super/Gas, and I can't find ANY mention of them anywhere.  they were a lot like the blue one you referenced above, driver seated left, lengthened wheelbase at the cowl to match the frame, and the cockpit was a little bit forward to clear the taller tires and suspension.  I think it was "Brodie" race cars, but they don't seem to exist anymore.  At the time I really wanted to build a real one.  I think the bare frame and body was only around 10 grand.  but alas, I was about 30 grand short.. haha.

Great project, I'll be watching...

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Thanks Ralph. I really should tuck those huge slicks in more but if I do it will look like one big slick from the rear ! :D

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Cool project Ray !

Are you gonna extend the front-end like the 1:1 is ?

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Thanks guys. I will not attempt to extend the front that is one reason I say I'm not trying to make an exact replica. A man has to know his limitations. :D

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Got some color on the body . Stripes will be next . The decals look like they yellowed so I will probably have to paint them on .

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Looks great, Ray! I look forward to seeing this finished!

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Great shade of blue, the paint looks great. Looking forward to seeing this come together.

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1 hour ago, Rider said:

Great shade of blue, the paint looks great. Looking forward to seeing this come together.

I totally agree, Ray!!!!

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As it turned out the decals in this kit were not very good . I decided I had better mask and spray . So I did ! 

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While this is not shaping up to look a lot like the car I used for inspiration I am still happy with it . Never my intention to make a replica but just a model along the same lines . Now if I can fight off the final assembly gremlins that get me from time to time it may turn out pretty good . 

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