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Dale Earnhardt's 1987 Wrangler Monte Carlo


Scott J
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I am going to start by saying that I am NOT a Dale Earnhardt fan. Never was. I am a Ford/Bill Elliott guy from that era of NASCAR racing. So I stayed away from building this car for many, many years. But then one day just decided to do it. I do have to admit that it really is a good looking race-car and the Monte SS made for a great looking race car. The kit is a Box stock Monogram kit. As far as I can remember, I think it was a Tim Richmond Folgers kit with Powerslide after-market decals. The only modification was to lower it a little bit. And in my opinion, I think the stance I managed to get is almost perfect. I love the way this car sits.      

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Very realistic looking. I agree with you on the stance.. I always appreciated Bill Elliot as a driver and competitor but especially how he conducted himself at all times. You don't get voted the most popular driver over and over if you don't earn it. That said I am and always will be an Earnhardt fan. 

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On ‎1‎/‎26‎/‎2021 at 8:15 PM, Vince66 said:

Very nice 

What colors did you use 

I don't recall exactly which yellow and Blue I used because I built the car a couple of years ago. I just take my phone into Home Depot and pull up some pictures of the car and match it the best I can. I do not worry about trying to match the "exact" color they ran on the actual car. I feel I can get close enough to build a decent looking replica of the car

I do all my painting with Rust-o-leum 2x from Home Depot. Its just a bit over 3 dollars a can and I get way more paint than buying the small Testors can for 6+ dollars. They also have so many colors available that I can find anything I need. I have always had good luck with the paint. I always warm the can in a dish of warm water before I use it and then make sure to shake it for at least 2 minutes.      

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16 hours ago, FordRodnKustom said:

Looks great, perfect stance. How did you lower it?

For me its a very un-exact science. I just drill out the back of the wheels. I just drill between the actual molded hole and the outer edge of the back of the rim. I originally started by cutting down the coil springs but then other parts like the drive shafts and the steering linkages don't line up correctly. But by doing it this way, the kit still assembles well but I achieve the look I am hoping for. I will take some pictures the next kit that I do.        

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1 hour ago, Scott J said:

For me its a very un-exact science. I just drill out the back of the wheels. I just drill between the actual molded hole and the outer edge of the back of the rim. I originally started by cutting down the coil springs but then other parts like the drive shafts and the steering linkages don't line up correctly. But by doing it this way, the kit still assembles well but I achieve the look I am hoping for. I will take some pictures the next kit that I do.        

OK thanks. I'm working in the Dew Buick now and I'll give that a try.

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On ‎1‎/‎27‎/‎2021 at 4:34 PM, FordRodnKustom said:

Looks great, perfect stance. How did you lower it?

This is the way I lower my cars. I use a 1/8" drill bit and try to line up the bottom of the new hole with the bottom of the ridge on the inside of the back of the wheel (If that all makes sense). Some cars sit really nice and other it doesn't lower as much, for whatever reason. The main thing is that the rear end and front end axles don't fit in as snug as it does with the original hole, so I literally fill the new hole with glue and put the wheel on and let it sit overnight without touching or moving the car in order to get it to hold tightly.        

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