Hawaiian F/C Update 4/1, rear axle

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While waiting on stuff to dry on another porject I am doing an extreme detailed Hawaiian F/C. What started out as a Revell kit has turned into a scratch built wonder. Chassis while not completed is all scratch built. I will be sourcing a correct 9" Ford rearend for it and all the suspension bits will be scratchbuilt also. (including front axle)
Chassis comparision.
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The Hemi block is a highly modified unit from a Revell GTX. The whole front of the block is either scratchbuilt peices or cut from a resin Ross Gibson engine. Even the ribs at the rear of the block were added. This was then casted in resin along with the heads that were unmodified.
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I have also cut up a transmission and will have to modify the tail housing to resemble the actual piece.
Sort of a mock up to see how it's gonna fit. In the back ground you see a Revell Charger body I may hack up to correct all the inacuracies with the kit supplied body.
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So far the only thing getting used from the kit is the blower casing and the wheel/tires! :blink:
Paul

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This is going to be killer!

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I love these pictures, and the progress you are making.

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Thanks Jim, I'll be contacting you about some machined pullies when I get ready.

Thanks Doc.

Paul

This is going to be killer!

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Well, I was wondering what you were up to, now I know!!!!

TimP

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A little bit more done on this.

The timing cover was modified from the Hawaiian to fit my motor. Fuel pump boss was added and the whole thing was made into one piece. Motor mounts and idler pully bracket will be added seperate.

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Block is painted like cast iron and the blower manifold is on. With paint is easier to see all the details added to the GTX block.

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Trans was cut up from the Revell GTX engine and then the tail housing was added from the Hawaiian kit. Shifter boss was cut off the tail housing.

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Battery box was scratchbuilt and added to the scratch built chassis.

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Paul

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looks fantastic Paul,,, the chassis , engine, and transmission are looking super...

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The "new" Hawaiian is coming out great looking!, great detail/scratch-building.

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This article is actually what I am using. I messed up on the timing cover so I will have to scratch build a complete new one to make it right. Thus the fun part od acuracy lol!

Paul

In case no ones seen this ,Here is a great article on the acutal car

http://www.straightl...g/snakepit.html

http://www.straightl...t/snakepit2.htm

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Finally got the timing cover rebuilt. (or completely scratch built actually) It involved 4 pieces and a lot of carving. Had to put the block into the scanner and scan it to get the pattern for the cover then cut it out on paper and glue it to plastic, then carve it out by hand. Next up should be the engine mounts and the mid plate that bolts to the chassis.

Paul

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Sounds like alot of work so far, but it's turning out nice!

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Got the front axle about finished up for this. It's all scratch-built with hand made bat wings and shock mounts.

I made the bat wings by bolting the 4 of them together then carving them by hand. Once the 4 were carved up they were separated.

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Front axle with the once side of bat wings in place along with both shock mounts.

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Paul

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Those batwings came out great. You're really making some progress.

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Coming out real nice, waiting for more!

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thanks for the comments.

Front axle is completed. I remembered about the track locator at the last minute so the tabs were added for it also.

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Front axle came out looking good.

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bit of an update, I got the spindles roughed in and operating with the scratch built axle. I ended up knocking one side of bat wings off so I re-glued them with MEK again. Will go over the seams with thin superglue later. Got to order up some hypo tubing so I can make all the radius rods, tie rod, and track locator for the front axle. Sort of got a ride height established since I made the mid plate I wanted to check the fit with the body mocked up in place. I'll rig up some temporary "setup" shocks to better get the ride height once the front shock chassis brackets are made up. (hopefully get them made up tonight)

If Photobucket gets done with their maintenance I'll get some pics up.

Edit: Photobucket is up so here's the pics!

Checking ride height and engine placement.

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front axle with spindles and wheels on.

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Just a side view

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Mid plate that is only a template. The final piece will be made from aluminum.

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Paul

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I decided instead to build the roll cage over doing the shock mounts for the front. Didn't feel like doing the tedious hand carving tonight. Maybe in the next few days i'll get them done.

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Paul

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Little bit of an update, I got the hypodermic tubing to make up the front suspension pieces. The radius rod are all cut to length and ready to go.

Finished up the back of the cage.

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Got the master cylinder mount fabbed and in.

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The master cylinders are from the Hawaiian kit but I may scratch build them too.

Paul

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Looking awesome man. Your scratchbuilding skills are exellent. Someday I hope to be this good.

Corey

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Corey,

Thanks, but anyone can be "this good"! It's easy to scratch build all this. All I am doing is copying what is in the kit and adding the extra detail with it. (or correcting what is in the kit to look like the real thing did) Things like multiple sides of something can be carved all at once. Bolt four pieces of plastic together and then draw out what your trying to do. Carve it out, machine it out, whatever and then seperate them once they are done. Voila! 4 duplicate pieces. Start small and work up from there. Maybe I should be doing tutorials with this so people can see just how easy it really is. It's not a black art. Most of the complicated pieces can be broke down into their most basic of shapes and then once it's all together it makes up the complicated piece.

Try it sometime, you'll be amazed!

Paul

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I'll do that Paul. Thanks for the input.

Corey

P.S. I like your username, I have a 68 Dart 2dr post car that I'm sticking a 440 in to have some fun with at the local track.

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Managed to get the radius rod done and bolted in. Now I can do the shock mounts on the frame and get some "setup" shocks going to get the ride height where I want it.

Paul

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Still plug away at this from time to time. Got some time on the lathe today so I started turning some parts. Got the front coil overs machined and the rear shocks machined with the rings for the coil over on them. Heims are obviously RB Motion and the small tubing is Hypodermic tubing. I need to shorten the Heim on the rear shock since it's a bit too long for the hole I drilled.

Paul

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