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Dave and Edie Cox`s : High Country "Thunder Van" On the Workbench 4/12/20

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Hello......Thank you all so very much for the kind comments......I really do appreciate them😀......I got a good start on the Chassis......I made the front end suspension and the rear end......I made the seat ,instrument panel, fuel tanks and tins that surround the driver......I will make the body tins next......then I will add all the fine detail......thanks for looking.

 

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Posted (edited)

Few More WIP pics....

 

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Good gawd man, that's glorious!!  Its so nice to see a master craftsman at work once again.

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Look at Johnny Go....Wow! Looks like you haven't missed a beat from being away from the bench.  Outstanding update John nice work!

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3 hours ago, Art Laski said:

It's starting to get crazy up in here! Nice work, Johnny!

Just getting started Brother....thank you for checking in😀

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Whoa!  Mind blowing mind blower!  

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John, love seeing this progress. Looks great.

Dave

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Looking good John.

I know this is 1/25th scale, but just how long is this thing?

Gotta be at least two of your 6" rulers long!

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Hello......thank you all so very much for the kind comments....I really do appreciate them😀......I made some body tins and braces.......thanks for looking

 

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Nice Update John.... You sure are trucking along on this build. Looks like you are back to your old self of cranking  models out.

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Why do I know so much about this vehicle? Because I’m the “current” owner and have had it for the past 14 years. John, your doing a wonderful job building the model. I know Dave is proud of what you’re doing. The jet van is a 1979 Ford Econoline van powered by a Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojet engine with afterburner. The engine was built on April 9, 1951. The Jet Van body (shell) is of the original design but chopped and channeled. The current interior was professionally built from the ground up (chromoly tubing) by Dave Cox. The Westinghouse J-34 is an eleven stage axial flow turbojet engine that generates 3500 lbs. of thrust, with the afterburner it delivers over 6500 lbs.(approximate)! Maximum speed is governed by the limitations of the tires (300 mph). It really puts on a fantastic fire, noise and smoke show! Oh yes, an absolute thrill to drive as well. I met both Dave and Edie when I purchased it. Both are wonderful people that have lived life to its fullest. To see videos of it in action go to YouTube and type in: wright attitudes jet dragster or rocket city thunder.

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Hello......thank you all so very much for the kind comments.....I really do appreciate them.....I did a little work on the rear of the  Body......I also made a Fuel Pump ,Brake and Parachute Handles and a brake pedal......made a starter and motor mounts and a few other things......I will start on at the plumbing next.....thanks for looking.

 

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Another Awesome update John... you wre moving along on this build. It's coming together nicely. Before we know it you will have paint in this bad boy.

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On 4/30/2020 at 5:39 PM, Current Owner said:

Why do I know so much about this vehicle? Because I’m the “current” owner and have had it for the past 14 years. John, your doing a wonderful job building the model. I know Dave is proud of what you’re doing. The jet van is a 1979 Ford Econoline van powered by a Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojet engine with afterburner. The engine was built on April 9, 1951. The Jet Van body (shell) is of the original design but chopped and channeled. The current interior was professionally built from the ground up (chromoly tubing) by Dave Cox. The Westinghouse J-34 is an eleven stage axial flow turbojet engine that generates 3500 lbs. of thrust, with the afterburner it delivers over 6500 lbs.(approximate)! Maximum speed is governed by the limitations of the tires (300 mph). It really puts on a fantastic fire, noise and smoke show! Oh yes, an absolute thrill to drive as well. I met both Dave and Edie when I purchased it. Both are wonderful people that have lived life to its fullest. To see videos of it in action go to YouTube and type in: wright attitudes jet dragster or rocket city thunder.

Very cool that you dropped in, Paul! If you've seen any of his other projects, you know this one will end up very nice. Wish you weren't so far away, as this would be a cool one to see go in person!

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Hello.....Thank you Chris and Art......I really appreciate you guys checking in😀.......I got the frame painted and the front axle on......I need to add a few pieces to the front end ......I also got the wheels mocked-up.......thanks for looking

 

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