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It was 1963 and Shelby had purchased a couple of Cooper T61s to enter in the United States Road Racing Championship, USRRC. In the former Reventlow Scarab shop on Princeton Ave in Venice CA the Shelby crew installed Cobraized Ford 289 engines complete with stove pipe exhausts and Webers.

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Here at the back of the shop it is starting to get dark and the team needed to get loaded up and off to the races.   Looking back it seems odd to see the shop truck pulling a single axle trailer.

 

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And now the rest of the old school modeling story.  No digital drawings or 3D printing, no high end Japanese kits, just a few bucks.

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10 hours ago, Gramps46 said:

It was 1963 and Shelby had purchased a couple of Cooper T61s to enter in the United States Road Racing Championship, USRRC. In the former Reventlow Scarab shop on Princeton Ave in Venice CA the Shelby crew installed Cobraized Ford 289 engines complete with stove pipe exhausts and Webers.

20211010_180711.jpg.d3c4fdf4b1ce4816f358e067dd05e678.jpg

20211010_180819.jpg.f2821e7987be0b6b6604c4f682c17e84.jpg

Here at the back of the shop it is starting to get dark and the team needed to get loaded up and off to the races.   Looking back it seems odd to see the shop truck pulling a single axle trailer.

 

20211010_175706.jpg.1320ef507c27774d12667f04ab2b9b0e.jpg

 

And now the rest of the old school modeling story.  No digital drawings or 3D printing, no high end Japanese kits, just a few bucks.

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Hey Gramps, Beautiful!!

But I don't understand the Vac u form+bondo=finished body. 

How does one accomplish that??

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13 hours ago, Ralph Henderson said:

Hey Gramps, Beautiful!!

But I don't understand the Vac u form+bondo=finished body. 

How does one accomplish that??

I used the Pactra slot car body as a female mold and applied Bondo to the inside of it with a putty knife.  I did use a mold release agent before applying the Bondo though. I let it set for a day and then carefully pried the Bondo shell out of the vacuum formed body.  The Bondo body will require a lot of clean up on the inside to smooth it out. The body shown in the middle is the result of the molding process and the finished body required very little in the way of changes.  I did have to scratch build a chassis and interior though.  Pattosplace.com in Australia lists the slot car body as being available.

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On 10/11/2021 at 8:49 AM, Gramps46 said:

It was 1963 and Shelby had purchased a couple of Cooper T61s to enter in the United States Road Racing Championship, USRRC. In the former Reventlow Scarab shop on Princeton Ave in Venice CA the Shelby crew installed Cobraized Ford 289 engines complete with stove pipe exhausts and Webers.

20211010_180711.jpg.d3c4fdf4b1ce4816f358e067dd05e678.jpg

20211010_180819.jpg.f2821e7987be0b6b6604c4f682c17e84.jpg

Here at the back of the shop it is starting to get dark and the team needed to get loaded up and off to the races.   Looking back it seems odd to see the shop truck pulling a single axle trailer.

 

20211010_175706.jpg.1320ef507c27774d12667f04ab2b9b0e.jpg

 

No digital drawings or 3D printing, no high end Japanese kits, just a few bucks.

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That’s SO not fair !!!

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On 10/12/2021 at 5:32 AM, Gramps46 said:

I used the Pactra slot car body as a female mold and applied Bondo to the inside of it with a putty knife.  I did use a mold release agent before applying the Bondo though. I let it set for a day and then carefully pried the Bondo shell out of the vacuum formed body.  The Bondo body will require a lot of clean up on the inside to smooth it out. The body shown in the middle is the result of the molding process and the finished body required very little in the way of changes.  I did have to scratch build a chassis and interior though.  Pattosplace.com in Australia lists the slot car body as being available.

Thanks!!  That clears it up a lot!!

 

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