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Another week, another new project…this build was inspired by one I saw YEARS ago in Scale Auto by @tim boyd to accompany an article about rat rods with extreme proportions (bonus points to anyone who can remember the issue that was in, because I can’t find it right now…)

Anyhoo - I’m thinking low, big wheels, definitely not a rat-rod paintjob, and a blown Flathead (even if that might not fit the general 60s showcar aesthetic as well as a newer engine choice…)

Here’s the starting point, and a photo of what might be most of the components I end up using out of the box…

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I picked up a couple of the Revell Parts Pack T frames that Atlantis just reissued recently - I really like the look of the rails:

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They’d work well for a little T bucket or something shorter, but to get the wheelbase and axle placement I want they’d need a LOT of modifications.  Easier to start from scratch…so I drew up an ‘inspired by’ version that I can 3D print:

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I’m a little cautious of 3D printed flat parts like this warping or sagging over time, so I designed these with a couple of channels where I can reinforce them with some brass rod before laminating a layer of styrene over top to finish them off.

Couple of sets, right off the printer:

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And some gluing and sanding, we have something close in spirit to those cool old Revell parts, but with a bunch more zee in the rear.

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Spun up some spacers on my lathe - these will require some more work tomorrow so I have mounting brackets for front and rear leaf springs…

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And a quick mock-up with a few of the other parts I’ll be using:

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This is gonna be a fun one, I’m excited!

Thanks for looking, more soon!

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I love the idea. As for 3D printing your parts makes it even better! This way your project will be unique and it will turn out just the way you want it. Cant6 wait to see it finished

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Jim.....super glad that article served as partial inspiration for your new project.  Of course, looks like you are going WAY beyond what i attempted.  Looking really good so far. 

Is this the model that you recall seeing in the mag?  In any case, best of luck with your project.  Needless to say, will be watching on this end!   TB 

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Thanks fellas!  Appreciate the kind words!

On 6/26/2022 at 10:03 AM, tim boyd said:

Is this the model that you recall seeing in the mag?

Yes sir!  That’s the one!  I have been digging through some of my old mags here trying to find the issue that that article was in, but no luck yet.  Definitely the main inspiration for this one!

A little progress…first up was getting the frame together with the help of the jig I made recently ($5 ‘magnetic’ board from Michael’s and $4’s worth of Home Depot magnets to stick to the not-magnetic board):

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Then, onto the axles.  The front will be this 3D printed drilled Deuce axle and spring:

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I really wanted to keep the lines of the frame super simple and clean, so no zee…but that necessitated that super-high (and possibly dangerous) hanger…making a sacrifice in terms of real life safety and sensibility in return for hitting the look I have in my head on this one.  I’m pleased with the frame so far though - looks like just the idea I had in my head!

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The rear will be this nice 3D printed Quickchange with a Revell (Atlantis) spring:

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Wheels rear are also new-old vintage Revell parts - are these Cragers?  Need to find some matching front ones…. I’ll likely turn some nice aluminum rims for the front and rear of these when I get a few minutes:

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Next two major jobs are finishing up linkages for the suspension, and then making motor mounts to mount this Matty Custom Scale Flathead…check out the detail on these parts!

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Not much progress, but I’m having fun!  More soon (soon as I’ve done more…) - thanks for looking!

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Looking crazy so far!! I look forward to seeing more. 60s Show-n-go is one of my favorite build styles.

You're right about that front end...putting the "suicide" in "suicide perch!"

 

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Like the engine and the super charger. The suicide front end might put your frame below the front wheel rim and compromise ground clearance. Maybe a little less rise on the hanger and a smaller diameter front wheel and tire combination? 

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21 hours ago, CabDriver said:

Thanks fellas!  Appreciate the kind words!

Yes sir!  That’s the one!  I have been digging through some of my old mags here trying to find the issue that that article was in, but no luck yet.  Definitely the main inspiration for this one!

A little progress…first up was getting the frame together with the help of the jig I made recently ($5 ‘magnetic’ board from Michael’s and $4’s worth of Home Depot magnets to stick to the not-magnetic board):

02A74550-4ECF-4FCF-9E57-0A0D758651A3.thumb.jpeg.7e325c2a6d35cd87fb9d788ea8b93a11.jpeg

Then, onto the axles.  The front will be this 3D printed drilled Deuce axle and spring:

495024A8-B0E3-40EC-8BAB-CB536E23B666.thumb.jpeg.c1ee881a31a99a6943fd2837894a1ef3.jpeg

I really wanted to keep the lines of the frame super simple and clean, so no zee…but that necessitated that super-high (and possibly dangerous) hanger…making a sacrifice in terms of real life safety and sensibility in return for hitting the look I have in my head on this one.  I’m pleased with the frame so far though - looks like just the idea I had in my head!

6291F3D9-9B4E-4B3C-87BF-DC3B6FDCE5D2.thumb.jpeg.8aba706a0c05f964f34ed2f5d49ac1f4.jpeg

The rear will be this nice 3D printed Quickchange with a Revell (Atlantis) spring:

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Wheels rear are also new-old vintage Revell parts - are these Cragers?  Need to find some matching front ones…. I’ll likely turn some nice aluminum rims for the front and rear of these when I get a few minutes:

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Next two major jobs are finishing up linkages for the suspension, and then making motor mounts to mount this Matty Custom Scale Flathead…check out the detail on these parts!

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Not much progress, but I’m having fun!  More soon (soon as I’ve done more…) - thanks for looking!

Looking forward to actually seeing that Frenzel supercharger used on your engine. The real ones are super rare with only maybe 12 known to exist.

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4 hours ago, misterNNL said:

Looking forward to actually seeing that Frenzel supercharger used on your engine. The real ones are super rare with only maybe 12 known to exist.

That supercharger is it a period  item is why it’s so rare?

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19 hours ago, slusher said:

That supercharger is it a period  item is why it’s so rare?

From what I have read they were a cottage industry thing, hand cast and assembled to order rather than mass produced and distributed nation wide. I have seen a video of one running and it had a rather high pitched whine to it.

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I am wondering if the 3d design for this supercharger is available for anyone to print at home. I am noticing a variety of sellers offering it online and I bought two copies from a gentleman at the show/contest in Memphis. I still have nog figured out what model I could possibly use it on, But I thought it was way too cool to pass on it.
   Looking forward to see  what the assembled engine would look like. 

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On 6/29/2022 at 8:43 PM, misterNNL said:

Looking forward to actually seeing that Frenzel supercharger used on your engine. The real ones are super rare with only maybe 12 known to exist.

What Tom said!   TB 

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