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On 9/30/2019 at 6:33 PM, Codi said:

Thanks for the laugh Derrick.  I didn't have one but we remember the days well.   I wanted to share that the last week or so I've been doing tons of research and planning on this new build.  I found a great site for those that like 70's Pro Stock cars that has hundreds (think more than 500) that was a wealth of insight.  Visit "Nostalgia Pro Stock" on Facebook.  It's a public site and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 

With that in mind, many details have been set to paper.  It will have a scratch-built brass / alum. chassis to replace the stock kit.  I'll likely use the interior tub, make a new firewall and follow the NHRA 1973 Pro Stock rule book.  This was an interesting year as it was during this time that prominent existing and new chassis builders were coming to the fore.  I'll be putting in a lenco 4 speed as well.  A lot of new ideas were being put to practice and I'm going to incorporate them in the car.  I'll have to scratch build my headers, frame rails etc. as part of this.  I always loved the stance of the early 71' Mavericks but I wanted to push this towards the direction that the chassis builders & pro stock teams were starting to explore.  I'm dropping the stance among those changes to this car.  The rubber slicks are from Futurattraction.  His 32x15" which I sanded down about 1.0mm on my lathe.  A couple pics to give you an idea.......btw, the  Boss 494 I'm doing for this will have one of the earliest dry sump systems in drag racing so the engine will sit a wee bit lower in the chassis as well.  That will help to meet the NHRA rules stating that the hood scoop can't exceed 7" in height.  I'll be modifying the mailbox scoop on the car to reflect this as well.   Cheers!!

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The stance for your model reminds me of this car I saw at the NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise at Pomona CA back in April 2016.
This was a street driven car but I like the look of these Maverick and Comet race cars from that era.

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Tim.... I absolutely love the stance and wheel combo. You have nailed it for sure. I can't wait to see the guy come to life. I am sure you got lots of tricks up your sleeves for this one and its gonna be a other fun ride to follow along on another one of your masterpieces. Cheers!

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Hakan, I think if that Maverick in the pic had slicks under it the stance would be virtually identical.  I think it's on the right track.  thanks too.

Chris, thanks too.........Starting with the valve covers.  

TodayI spent some time "proofing" the valve cover detail.  I wanted to see how well I could replicate the ribbed detail on the original Boss 429 valve covers.  As mentioned, the valve covers I want to replicate are the experimental twin plug heads that Wayne Gapp had been developing.  Only a single pic of these exist that I could find so I wanted to see how close I could mimic them.  Pic one shows the detail without the plug & oil breather holes drilled.   The 2nd pic has them drilled and I think it's REALLY close to the pic.  The valve covers on this car are highly visible and I want to do a decent job copying them in 1/25th.  btw, the ribs are only .2mm in width.   cheers, tim

The original experimental valve cover

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Tim, I sent some photos over, via email. Let me know if they went through whenever you get a chance!!!

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4 hours ago, Codi said:

Hakan, I think if that Maverick in the pic had slicks under it the stance would be virtually identical.  I think it's on the right track.  thanks too.

Chris, thanks too.........Starting with the valve covers.  

TodayI spent some time "proofing" the valve cover detail.  I wanted to see how well I could replicate the ribbed detail on the original Boss 429 valve covers.  As mentioned, the valve covers I want to replicate are the experimental twin plug heads that Wayne Gapp had been developing.  Only a single pic of these exist that I could find so I wanted to see how close I could mimic them.  Pic one shows the detail without the plug & oil breather holes drilled.   The 2nd pic has them drilled and I think it's REALLY close to the pic.  The valve covers on this car are highly visible and I want to do a decent job copying them in 1/25th.  btw, the ribs are only .2mm in width.   cheers, tim

The original experimental valve cover

 

 

 

Looks like you are on your way,  for sure!

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Tim.... what can't you do. These valve covers are off to a killer start my friend. I can wait to see this blossom into a killer set if valve covers. It's off to a great start. Cheers!

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This is really really cool!!!! Love prostock Mavericks ! Great start. The stance and look is perfect. I’m watching and learning on this one.

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Tim, That Jo-Han Maverick body is quite nice isn't it. ( did you get that nasty dark Green color?)

Looks like you are off to a good start. Are you using any CNC or is this good old manual machine skills ? 😉

Will be watching how this progresses for sure.

Cheers.

 

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I like the Maverick kit Johan put out, I have one I built probably 25 years ago and still have it thankfully... mine is missing a few motor parts but I just haven’t done the research yet to try to find them, I will someday... your build is looking great 

 

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Tim

Looking forward to how this project goes. Ive got the same kit and am thinking of building it as an early Pro-Stock.(almost box stock)

Just some chassis detail/changes undernieath for the most part.

What kind of chassis have you planned for this? and can I ask, where do you find good documentation for these old Pro-Stock

type of cars. Ive researched Maverick chassis for most of the well known drag cars of the era but can't find much that shows any detail.

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