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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster SNAP Kit!

Here's an idea of the future of the '29 Track Nose Roadster... Snap Kit

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Some may think that the idea that it all goes together (without any adhesive) might be kool, but really it creates a whole different set of problems yet to come. -KK

ps Any guesses?

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Continued progress on the right side of the outer belly pan...

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Marking the cut line...

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Will be using toe line on the left to cut along...

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Angle cut leaning towards the outer edge...

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Tuck inside of the roadster body panel to mark the lower cut line...

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A little sanding...

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Beveling the inside of the outer apron to fit the rolled edge of the inner belly pan...

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Both sides shaping up and beginning to more closely resemble each other!

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The pinched inner wall will get a little relief and should stand pretty much parallel to the outer apron.

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Secured and moving forward...

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Marked out the initial cut lines...

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Shorten up the lower edge of the right forward apron...

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Minor patch...

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...or two...

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A couple drops of CA and the rear section is laid in place...

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All bound up for the moment...

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As with the left side, laid a small rod in the seam between the inner and outer belly pans.

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...and the second side, too!

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Add some mud...

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It'll have to set up a tad before hitting it with the sanding regiment bringing the surface down to final filing level. -KK

 

 

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Filling in around the dash support corners...

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A piece of quarter round to the rescue...

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Yup! Got run-off glue on my thumb...

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Laid in both corners...

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Right side...

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And left side...

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Smoothed it in around the edges...

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It's the small stuff that most won't notice after it's completed!

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The bones slip right in between the dash support outer edges and the body. -KK

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Leaving no stone unturned, those dash rail caps are a nice finishing touch! Belly pan is shaping out awesome, too. 
 

I like your title update, hahaha. Be sure and leave room for paint. That seems to get you, me and RRR almost every time! 

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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster BREAKING NEWS!!

BREAKING NEWS!!

One of the most exciting parts to this entire build, for me, is the Tonneau Cover!

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The original tonneau cover came in the old AMT '1932 Ford Roadster:

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Earlier reporting mentioned the necessity of having to widen the deuce cover to fit the Revell '1929 Ford Roadster body...

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The one shown above was acquired at a model car swap meet several years ago for about $.75... @Rocking Rodney Rat mentioned to me off-line that he thought he had one somewhere.

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Sure enough, he did and shipped it to me... it arrived looking just as seen above!  Now I had two and the possibility of a single seam to join the two oversized halves together is here in my fingertips!!  Then, SNAP!

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Holding them bottom to bottom, sizing them up back-to-back with the lightest of grip in my fingertips they both snapped into almost identical pieces! Sad Face ;( -KK

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Oh I get it! “Breaking” news 🤣

Sorry they snapped on you but I have total faith that you’ll get taken care of. Probably a thin under liner (.005 or.010”) wouldn’t be a bad idea. 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Decided to cross over the AMT '41 Ford Woody front cross member & engine mounts just behind the stock x-member:

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The stock x-member will be removed...

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...after this unit sets up!

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Moving on to the front suspension...

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Gotta lose the horns & some of the stock x-member...WP_20220412_007.jpg.53b25138053663ebd67fa9fe0e097ade.jpg

Convert the old front x-member into elliptical spring mounts...

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Plan is to file down both sides of the old x-member to align the springs with the front axle mounts...

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Fun-Tac mockup... 

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Ride height & ground clearance about right...

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Slow deliberate trial fitting along the way... -KK

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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster
  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster's Front Suspension
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Hmmmmm- might be a tad bouncy! However, Bugatti used a LOT of reversed quarter elliptic springs- and his cars were fast!

Shocking!  

So, let's see how we got here, OK?

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AMT 1927 Ford Touring Front Axle w/attached Spring:

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One side fair and the other not so...

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Level the back sides...

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Glue the two together...

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Shape the spring mounts on both ends to fit the axle mounting points...

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Eyeball test fit...

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Now to rough in the front suspension:

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Transpose to stock front x-member into landing pads for the elliptical springs:

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Kut it out!

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Kut 'em up!

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Mock 'em up!

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Scope 'em out!

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Located useable hairpins radius rods:

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Added mounting points:

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Pretty pair of matching hairpin radius rods:

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Mockup the front suspension with the elliptical springs and hairpin radius rods:

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Rough mockup looks klean!

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Add the body...

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Check ride height...

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Check assembly points for fit:

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From head on...

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And it almost all disappears when the nose is put in place! -KK

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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster's Front Suspension Shocking Update!
On 4/18/2022 at 5:54 PM, Paul Payne said:

Hmmmmm- might be a tad bouncy! However, Bugatti used a LOT of reversed quarter elliptic springs- and his cars were fast!

Thinkin' 'bout a pair of friction shocks...

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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster's Front Axle Mystery

Front Axle Mystery?

Way back when looking for the right front axle... one that had most of the desired features turned out to be this one:

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R&MCoMD Kinmonts & Mystery Tube Axle

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Driver's side

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Other Driver's side

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Going to strip the chrome off it...

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Then fill in the voids and remove the static axles and fit the R&MCoMD Kinmont Hubs & the Mystery Tube Axle, both left...

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...and right sides... 

So, help solve the mystery about the tube axle, what kit did it come from? -KK

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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster's Front Axle Mystery Solved!

I was gong to take a guess at the front axle source, but mine was the Black Jack T.  Looks like at least these two kits shared the same street rod chassis from MPC.

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18 hours ago, mvadrag said:

I was gong to take a guess at the front axle source, but mine was the Black Jack T.  Looks like at least these two kits shared the same street rod chassis from MPC.

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You know how seeing something triggers the mind to recall something very similar seen once before?  The chrome tree did that to me!!  AMT 1925 T is the same!!!

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The axle from the BIG RIG ROD is the only version with the two sets of two points on the top of the axle:

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Have no idea what they're for, but they are perfect for the elliptical spring shackle mounting points for the TNR front suspension:

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  • Kit Karson changed the title to GSL-XXVIII '29 Track Nose Roadster K&R Slice-n-Dice Special

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