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After seeing a shot of this roadster on a FB forum, I knew that I’d found the basis of my next build.

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I’ve only managed to come up with a few more pictures despite contacting the owner in Sweden who failed to reply, so some of the build will be total guess work.

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Here’s where I reached so far, Revell  ‘32 roadster body with louvered deck lid from the 5 window and hood from an AMT deuce. Revell chassis, engine and rear end, rolled rear pan from a ‘51 Chevy rear seat, Parts Box resin straight axle with transverse spring from the Mod Rod.
Hilborn injection manifold with metal stacks and home made headers. Not shown is the front mount mechanical injector pump, hoses and Moon tank.

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Love it! Already looks really tough and you nailed the stance. Great selection of parts, too. Looking forward to following along!

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Great original and looks like it will be a great model.  Will you be doing the swage line around the number plate opening? It's a great styling touch on this era rod.

Cheers

Alan

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Love it!  Wonderful theme and I do believe you're on the right track.  Do you plan a similar finish for the wheels?  Hope so, I'd love to see some tips.

Mike..

 

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8 hours ago, Mike Williams said:

Love it!  Wonderful theme and I do believe you're on the right track.  Do you plan a similar finish for the wheels?  Hope so, I'd love to see some tips.

Mike..

 

So would I Mike,  so would I ......

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25 minutes ago, crossfire 2004 said:

So would I Mike,  so would I ......

The model Master Aluminum metalizer paints are pretty good. Maybe try achieving the finish before stripping the chrome first, maybe try a dull clear coat. Then strip the chrome if that doesn't work. I'm sure there are lots of options, but I don't have an airbrush so, I'm by no means an authority on scale finishes.

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Stuart.....great to see you pick this as a modeling subject.  These drag racing "Street Roadsters" were actually pretty popular in 1960's drag racing, but didn't get a lot of magazine coverage back then and are thus pretty much unknown topics today.   Which makes them all the more interesting as model car subjects.  Looks like you are off to a great start; will be watching for your progress.   TIM 

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Is the real car an in-progress "project?" I believe it would need fenders and headlights to be a legal SR. As it sits, it would have to run in the Altered class, and I must say, it makes a pretty cool Altered. 

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2 hours ago, Snake45 said:

Is the real car an in-progress "project?" I believe it would need fenders and headlights to be a legal SR. As it sits, it would have to run in the Altered class, and I must say, it makes a pretty cool Altered. 

I have no idea to be honest Snake, the car is in Sweden and the owner’s English is only slightly better than my non existent Swedish. I don’t believe that it’s a restored survivor with history, more a really cool toy as his serious race car seems to be this beauty.

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22 hours ago, Snake45 said:

Is the real car an in-progress "project?" I believe it would need fenders and headlights to be a legal SR. As it sits, it would have to run in the Altered class, and I must say, it makes a pretty cool Altered. 

Good point, Richard.  Of course, those very exact fenders needed for a class legal SR (cycle fenders in front, cut down factory fenders in the rear) are in Revell's '32 Ford "Rat Roaster" kit and are an easy swap for kitbashers....

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4 hours ago, tim boyd said:

Good point, Richard.  Of course, those very exact fenders needed for a class legal SR (cycle fenders in front, cut down factory fenders in the rear) are in Revell's '32 Ford "Rat Roaster" kit and are an easy swap for kitbashers....

Thanks Tim, I have a couple of the Rat Roadsters in my stash but this build will be strictly sans fenders as per the photos.

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I'm not sure who owns it now but I know the guy who built "Bone Shaker" back in 2007-2008, he lives in a town called Piteå 130 miles north of where I live, and the president of my car club did all the lettering , gold flake accents and pinstriping down in our club garage, so I saw it a lot back then.

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3 hours ago, Force said:

I'm not sure who owns it now but I know the guy who built "Bone Shaker" back in 2007-2008, he lives in a town called Piteå 130 miles north of where I live, and the president of my car club did all the lettering , gold flake accents and pinstriping down in our club garage, so I saw it a lot back then.

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Wow ! Thank you for the photos, there are some great interior shots that will certainly help the build.

I have no idea how I’ll reproduce the lettering, just trying to build something resembling the car is tough enough. I am in contact with the owner, Mikael, but will respect his privacy and not disclose his surname .

Your friend built a stunning roadster , he should be proud of his work.

 

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On 1/15/2021 at 4:30 AM, Snake45 said:

Is the real car an in-progress "project?" I believe it would need fenders and headlights to be a legal SR. As it sits, it would have to run in the Altered class, and I must say, it makes a pretty cool Altered. 

The car is all done as you see it on the pictures, the class designation can be wrong, I haven't read the rules for SR so I don't know what was required by the rules to run in the class...so you can be right on that.

 

On 1/15/2021 at 6:47 AM, crossfire 2004 said:

I have no idea to be honest Snake, the car is in Sweden and the owner’s English is only slightly better than my non existent Swedish. I don’t believe that it’s a restored survivor with history, more a really cool toy as his serious race car seems to be this beauty.

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Yes this is the builders Willys race car for the EDRS Pro Street class and he built that from scratch too with an English fiberglass body...a bad one might I add, it's so nice and it was built some years before the Roadster, the president of my car club did the flames and lettering on this car too.
The engine in the car now is a blown Arias Hemi on alcohol so it's changed from the picture above when it had a blown Chevy Big Block, he also had to add a rear wing to stabilize the car because it was a thrill to drive at high speeds without it, the wheels are also changed since this picture was taken.
The Roadster he built all by himself from scratch so it's for sure not an old "survivor" and was built mostly for fun, but most of the parts are old period stuff he collected for the build, and it has never been raced as far as I know.

Here is how the Willys looks today with the wing and new wheels.

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20 hours ago, crossfire 2004 said:

Wow ! Thank you for the photos, there are some great interior shots that will certainly help the build.

I have no idea how I’ll reproduce the lettering, just trying to build something resembling the car is tough enough. I am in contact with the owner, Mikael, but will respect his privacy and not disclose his surname .

Your friend built a stunning roadster , he should be proud of his work.

 

You're welcome.
I don't know if it's the same Mikael but my friends name (the builder) is Mikael and I don't know if he still have it, because I know he had it up for sale a while after he finished it in 2009 and I'm not sure if he sold it, I haven't seen it in many years so I have to ask him next time I see him.
Everything is hand lettered with paint and brushes, and some silver leaf and as I said, done by the president of my car club Nailheads Rod & Rebuilt.
By the way, Mikael stands at the right behind the car on the first of my pictures with his back towards me in the black shirt with the white print on it.
Mikael is an outstanding car builder and has an eye for details and what looks right, he has built many nice cars over the years.

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2 hours ago, Force said:

The car is all done as you see it on the pictures, the class designation can be wrong, I haven't read the rules for SR so I don't know what was required by the rules to run in the class...so you can be right on that.

 

Yes this is the builders Willys race car for the EDRS Pro Street class and he built that from scratch too with an English fiberglass body...a bad one might I add, it's so nice and it was built some years before the Roadster, the president of my car club did the flames and lettering on this car too.
The engine in the car now is a blown Arias Hemi on alcohol so it's changed from the picture above when it had a blown Chevy Big Block, he also had to add a rear wing to stabilize the car because it was a thrill to drive at high speeds without it, the wheels are also changed since this picture was taken.
The Roadster he built all by himself from scratch so it's for sure not an old "survivor" and was built mostly for fun, but most of the parts are old period stuff he collected for the build, and it has never been raced as far as I know.

Here is how the Willys looks today with the wing and new wheels.

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You're welcome.
I don't know if it's the same Mikael but my friends name (the builder) is Mikael and I don't know if he still have it, because I know he had it up for sale a while after he finished it in 2009 and I'm not sure if he sold it, I haven't seen it in many years so I have to ask him next time I see him.
Everything is hand lettered with paint and brushes, and some silver leaf and as I said, done by the president of my car club Nailheads Rod & Rebuilt.
By the way, Mikael stands at the right behind the car on the first of my pictures with his back towards me in the black shirt with the white print on it.
Mikael is an outstanding car builder and has an eye for details and what looks right, he has built many nice cars over the years.

It seems we are talking about the same guy, I just assumed that he still owns the roadster. The more pictures that I see , the more things I have to redo, interior, both axles, mag not distributor, this could take a while.

 

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Whoever did the flames on that Willys absolutely nailed it.  One of the best flame jobs I have ever seen!  TIM

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9 hours ago, crossfire 2004 said:

It seems we are talking about the same guy, I just assumed that he still owns the roadster. The more pictures that I see , the more things I have to redo, interior, both axles, mag not distributor, this could take a while.

 

Stuart, I'm not sure he does because as I said, I have not seen it for quite some time now.
You now have every picture I've got on the Roadster and if they help you out I'm happy.

8 hours ago, tim boyd said:

Whoever did the flames on that Willys absolutely nailed it.  One of the best flame jobs I have ever seen!  TIM

Tim, It's the president of my car club who did the flames, pinstriping and lettering on the Willys and the lettering, pinstriping and gold flake on the Roadster, and it's a bit fun because his name is also Micael...spelled a bit different but the same name as the builder of both the Roadster and the Willys.
Here is Micael's 1961 Oldsmobile taken at a Wednesday evening coffee meet at the Museum in our town, he painted in with a lot of different techniques and different paints like pearl, metal flake, lace painting, gold leaf, the pinstriping and other stuff and did everything at home in his own garage.
By the way, he doesn't do this for a living, he is a certified electrician and is a high school teacher for electricians now, so does this on his free time.

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as much as I love that little roadster of his, with or without correct class designation, someone seriously needs to build that 41! That thing is sweet!

Paul

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7 hours ago, mr68gts said:

as much as I love that little roadster of his, with or without correct class designation, someone seriously needs to build that 41! That thing is sweet!

Paul

Paul, I agree!  100 pro.  So many 41 Willys kits can be seen, no one puts it down in the weeds, so low and nasty looking!  Fat tires in the fenders too.  I love it, wish I had a 1:16 body, I'd do it as a next project.

Mike..

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Just a word here to @Force...!

You've offered over the years so many beautiful photos and reference advice, for my own projects too.

I'd just like to give you a big shout!  Thank you very much.

Again here with this beautiful highboy project..just amazing you come across again.

Thank you.  You truly offer the forum a great service.

Mike..

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