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I picked up this AMT Plymouth Fury slammer a while back and hadn't really figured out what to do with it until recently…but I don’t have a salt flats build in my collection yet and I’d like one, so here goes!

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First up, figuring out a replacement for those wheels…

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Found these in the parts box - not the style I wanted, but with some Moon disks they’ll work just fine…

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Next up, needed some tires.  I spent a while trying to find something suitable that I liked, and in the end I decided to turn down some of those awful blocky Revell tires that they used to put in about every road car kit, and turn them into something more useful.

A little machining later…(with an un-modified kit tire in the background for reference):

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Next up, cut some vinyl to mask them for lettering:

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Shot some Createx white:

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Now we’re talking!

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And with the wheels and scratchbuilt Moon disks:

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That’ll work!  

I did some research on the rule book for Speed Week - seems like this car would fit right into the Classic Gas Coupe class, which doesn’t allow body modifications but DOES allow a blower.  In addition, you’re allowed to blank off the front grille, so I made some ‘aluminum’ panels to reduce drag up front there somewhat:

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Time for a mock-up to see how it looks so far:

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I like it!  I’m going to be going for a patina’d pajntjob on this one, with some fancy vintage-looking lettering, so laying down some rust will be the next job…more soon!

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Thanks buddy!

 

A little more progress this afternoon - laying down a rusty bare-metal base for the rest of the paintjob to follow…

First up, Model Master aluminum and some shading with Vallejo gunmetal:

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Then, adding some rust…first up, burnt umber:

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Followed by some ‘fresh’ rust highlights:

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And then some Vallejo rust wash to add some streaks and light surface rust:

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Tomorrow’s project will be laying down some body color over all that corrosion…more soon!

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Hi Jim!

You know what? Since Bonneville is all about speed, and of course lightness... You may leave it in bare metal (2 gallons of paint add weight, you know!). Besides, it looks fantastic as is, with the light rust streaks. Just my two cents, FWIW...

CT 

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13 hours ago, Straightliner59 said:

I am not a fan of patina, but, I love what you've done with the car! Did you use a Cricut to cut the vinyl? Nice work!

Thanks buddy!  I actually have a Silhouette Portrait, but similar kinda deal!  

 

 

11 hours ago, Claude Thibodeau said:

Hi Jim!

You know what? Since Bonneville is all about speed, and of course lightness... You may leave it in bare metal (2 gallons of paint add weight, you know!). Besides, it looks fantastic as is, with the light rust streaks. Just my two cents, FWIW...

CT 

Haha, I had the same thought!  I had a particular paintjob in mind for this one…but I’d like to do some bare-metal builds now too, after seeing this one come together!

10 hours ago, jchrisf said:

Very nice... where'd you get the masks for airbrushing the Goodyear emblem on the tires?

Just cut a stencil out of Oracal masking vinyl on my cutter - but I know people sell these online too

 

A little paintwork today…

First some (a lot) of salt:

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Then red:

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Once the red dried I shot some highlights in a pink color to lighten it up to look kinda chalky and faded like how red paint often looks.  Then, after shooting the white bits, shot the shadows for some lettering on the doors:

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Before re-masking to shoot some gold before adding some numbers and sponsor decals:

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It’s starting to look like a racecar!  Still more paintwork to do, but it’s starting to come together! 

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10 hours ago, CabDriver said:

Just cut a stencil out of Oracal masking vinyl on my cutter - but I know people sell these online too

 

Pardon my ignorance Jim but when you say you cut it on your cutter, does this mean you cut it by hand?  It is really looking cool and like a race car now.  Great tips here.

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2 hours ago, jchrisf said:

Pardon my ignorance Jim but when you say you cut it on your cutter, does this mean you cut it by hand?  It is really looking cool and like a race car now.  Great tips here.

I'm sorry Chris, my bad for being too vague...I've got a Silhouette Portrait vinyl cutter that I use to cut these masks.  I lay out the design in either the Silhouette software or, if it's more complex, Adobe  Illustrator, and then have the machine cut Oracal masking vinyl to the right size to make the masks.  I used that for the tire lettering on this one, plus the door letters and the numbers on the rear quarters.  :)

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coming out Killer!

 

I miss racing on the salt. Horsepower and weight are your friends out there, and you have to rethink the way you adjust suspension to make the car hook. The surface for those that have never been there is like driving fast on packed snow.

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21 hours ago, CabDriver said:

I'm sorry Chris, my bad for being too vague...I've got a Silhouette Portrait vinyl cutter that I use to cut these masks.  I lay out the design in either the Silhouette software or, if it's more complex, Adobe  Illustrator, and then have the machine cut Oracal masking vinyl to the right size to make the masks.  I used that for the tire lettering on this one, plus the door letters and the numbers on the rear quarters.  :)

So Jim, can I assume that you just downloaded a pic of the real tire logos and then traced it out in Illustrator and resized to print on your cutter?  I never thought about doing this.. my wife has a Cricut.. I'll have to figure out how to make it printable/cuttable on that.  I much prefer airbrushing the tires than using decals.  I do have a set of card stock stencils I got off eBay for Goodyear but if I can figure out how to do this on the Cricut I will be able to have other tire brands too.

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On 10/4/2021 at 1:41 PM, chris chabre said:

coming out Killer!

 

I miss racing on the salt. Horsepower and weight are your friends out there, and you have to rethink the way you adjust suspension to make the car hook. The surface for those that have never been there is like driving fast on packed snow.

Interesting - do you have to (generally) run a softer suspension setup on the salt to add mechanical grip, or am I back to front?

 

15 hours ago, jchrisf said:

So Jim, can I assume that you just downloaded a pic of the real tire logos and then traced it out in Illustrator and resized to print on your cutter?  I never thought about doing this.. my wife has a Cricut.. I'll have to figure out how to make it printable/cuttable on that.  I much prefer airbrushing the tires than using decals.  I do have a set of card stock stencils I got off eBay for Goodyear but if I can figure out how to do this on the Cricut I will be able to have other tire brands too.

Basically, yeah!  Actually, I found a good photo of a 1:1 tire stencil and used that in this case, but either way works…


I kinda ran out of pieces to add to this, so it’s getting towards being done here - added a resin parachute, a couple of fuel lines, some photoetch screws and dzus fasteners and then used some thinned white glue and some fine white embossing powder to add a little salt.  Not going too wild on this one - just wanted a fun quickie project for the shelf!  Thanks for watching everyone!

 

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Traction is the big issue out there, We only ran 1 inch of suspension travel because we needed to be on a suspended car. To make the car hook, we were actually stiffening the left front and right rear to combat the unloading of the right rear tire. We also didnt run a posi/spool because "its not if, its when you spin a roadster"

another way we dealt with traction was to ballast the car heavy. some guys even have weight bars in areas of the car to ballast one side or the other. Its not uncommon to see "hot rod" type race cars weigh in well over 3000 pounds

 

BTW. car looks AWESOME

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27 minutes ago, chris chabre said:

Traction is the big issue out there, We only ran 1 inch of suspension travel because we needed to be on a suspended car. To make the car hook, we were actually stiffening the left front and right rear to combat the unloading of the right rear tire. We also didnt run a posi/spool because "its not if, its when you spin a roadster"

another way we dealt with traction was to ballast the car heavy. some guys even have weight bars in areas of the car to ballast one side or the other. Its not uncommon to see "hot rod" type race cars weigh in well over 3000 pounds

 

BTW. car looks AWESOME

That’s REALLY interesting!  Thanks for sharing!  I’ve done some funky stuff to set up 1:1 oval cars before but didn’t know about the salt-flats tricks!  Cool!

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7 hours ago, CabDriver said:

That’s REALLY interesting!  Thanks for sharing!  I’ve done some funky stuff to set up 1:1 oval cars before but didn’t know about the salt-flats tricks!  Cool!

dirt and asphalt setup is interesting to me esp outside spring rate numbers. it's crazy how complicated turning left is haha

 

my jaw dropped the first time I saw a pull bar work 

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Hi Jim! Another amazing paint job my friend. Your vision for layering your colours is always fascinating to watch come together, especially on this patina. The end results are spectacular. Thanks for always showing the process Jim. A simple kit that looks very convincing, thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Steve 

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