Bad Man 55 gasser

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I helped a friend out today and he thanked me by giving me a couple of kits he had in his closet. One is the Bad Man 55 gasser. I'm sort of unsure what to do with this kit. Whats sort of things have you folks done with this kit?

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I did mine this way, although I started with the street machine kit and not an original Badman.

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Still haven't finished the exhaust.

oldscool

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I like it! Anyone else build one?

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i built a 55 gasser, though not from the badman kit. you can see it here: my 55 gasser

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Gasser is the best way to build this, all gasser parts with it... My version built very long time ago so it's far from perfect...

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It makes a good donor for doing other Tri-Five gassers, as it has one of the few straight axle/leaf spring assemblies that's wide enough. The parts from Willys gasser kits are usually too narrow.

If you want a stock '55 Bel Air Hardtop, the newer Revell kit is the way to go, but this kit is one of those classic ex-Monogram kits, it's a simple build, even though the fit isn't the best.

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Gang,

Cool thread, when I was growing up almost every gas station had a Tri-Five Chevy alongside the building in some sort of "competition condition" ...awaiting the finishing touches that would make it a sure winner ! :):P:D

Keep up the good work !

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Thanks Nick :lol:

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Love that gasser Oldschool! I really gotta do one of those.

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ONE THING!: I think, this kit has too small 350'' SBC! I don't mean that it has too less cubic inches but the size. It looks quite funny, so I would change it if I build this kit again some day. B)

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Thanks for all the input guys. I'm thinking hard about a box stock build, because at contests it's one of theose catagories I've never got an entry for. I hate yellow, so was leaning towards Inca Gold. Which should look groovy with the red tinted glass. However from what I've seen the engine does look really out of scale - too small. However if I'm going to change the engine, I'll likely start replacing all the other lil things that bother me, like those funky front seats, so again I'm leaning more towards a box stock build.

Was this based upon a real car? A Google search has revealed only the kit, some die-casts and the like.

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I love the badman kit. I always wanted one when they were still produced.

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Revell also did a nice 1/25 diecast Badman post sedan kit, using the same tooling as the American Grafitti '55.

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Builds up really nice, great for a "Slump" buster. :P$_35.JPG

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I converted one of these kits back to stock / mild street machine. I filled in the hood hole and rear wheel openings and used the roof and other parts from the monogram 56 chevy.

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Well ummm.....................you see.....................I umm. I traded it for a Bad News Daniels '60 Chevy. The body was pretty warped and I had a fella in my club looking for one to kibash, so off it went. However if I come across another that;'s in better shape, I'll certainly give it a shot. I've found a website that does quite a variety of decals for it.

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and a happy ending. :lol:

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Here's my Badman:

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Fantastic models guys...

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Snake, that's BAD ! B) Man.

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Snake, that's BAD ! B)

Darn close to OOB, too. I chopped some of the nosebleed stance out of the front end, replaced the front wheels and tires, and put a 2X4 intake setup from the Mono '69 Z/28 on the engine. The hood scoop might have come from the parts box, I don't remember. Paint is Testor little bottle "John Deere Green" with some black added. Everything else is from the ragged old Badman kit.

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I used to get these just for the open front grill :lol:

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