Late prewar-style dry-lakes '29 Ford, Engine/gearbox Oct.7

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I started this one a long time ago, intending to build a pretty much state-of-the-art dry-lakes racer from just before Pearl Harbor. It's 4-cyl. Ford powered with a Riley overhead-valve conversion, a Columbia 2-speed rear end from a '40 Ford, Packard rear wire wheels and tires, a '37 Ford tubular front axle with longitudinal quarter-elliptic leaf springs, all hung from '32 rails. Welded-shut doors, a sheetmetal tonneau and a Miller race-car radiator shell finish off the look.

Frame started as an AMT '32 blobular part, so I cut off the molded axle and fabbed kicked up rear rails.

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Rear rail mods done, '40 crossmember installed to hang the Columbia, and the '37 front axle, 'bones and springs mocked up.

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Had to make a hood to mate the '29 cowl and the Miller radiator shell.....

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....so I made templates of both ends and filled in between....

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Also scratch-built a hard tonneau from .020" styrene to get a center seating position...

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Little car on its wheels....

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And today with the hood fitted better, the rear deck cut out, first coat of primer, and the hole in the tonneau finished...

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Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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Beautiful start Bill. This is a very underrepresented era in modelling. Can I ask you where the Miller rad shell came from ?

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You had me at "Blobular"....hahaha

Nice combo of parts and great Hot Rod era.

I'm sure the historians will chime in with more trivia

on it.

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Thats a great start. It will be very cool.

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Looks great !!

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Oh I like that a lot. This looks real good.

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Oh yeah!

My favorite, dry lakes racing.

Looking good!

G

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This. is. rad.

What's the Miller shell from?

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Glad you guys like the vintage dry-lakes thing. For those who asked, the Miller radiator shell is a resin copy I made from a vintage Aurora kit part.

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Funny, I was just leafing through the Throttle Magazine book and now this comes up. Looking forward to this!

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very cool Bill, I like it, great era!

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Revell Model A engine salvaged from a gluebomb. (Was put together with contact cement.) '39 Ford gearbox from a gluebomb Ala Kart. Have to scratch an adapter, and will be semi-scratching the head. Revell made a Riley 2-port (background) as did AMT, but nobody made a kit Riley 4-port, which was a lot faster.

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Coming along. Thinned the oil-pan rail a bit too.

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Are you still in need of Riley 4 Port reference pictures? I just realised I have a bunch of close-ups that I took at our local Antique Nationals this past June.

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Are you still in need of Riley 4 Port reference pictures? I just realised I have a bunch of close-ups that I took at our local Antique Nationals this past June.

Man, that would be fantastic. I have a few, but most are of incomplete engines or only one side, or of questionable accuracy.

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Cool build Ace.

Good progress so far. Lookin awesome.

Corey

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As usual gentlemen, I thank you all for your interest and kind comments.

An extra special thanks to Dennis Lacy for sending me some great refrence pix of 1:1 Riley 4-port head conversions for the Model A-B-C blocks. Now I have no excuse for not getting it right.

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My pleasure, Bill!

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very nice work Bill!

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