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Henry J Twin Turbo - Didn't see that coming..........

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Hi, This is my 2nd post as a new member of the forum. Last week I posted a WIP engine under the "show you engines" post. I completed the engine finally. I am the worlds slowest builder. I took the hobby up after a 40 year layoff a few years ago and I've only managed to complete 2 cars with 4 in various stages of completion and of course, this engine. It's a 427 small block Ford based upon the Shelby alum. block and Arias Ford Hemi heads. (a kind word to Jim at MicroNitro for his valve covers and bellhousing that he made for me and I modified/detailed for this car). I used alot of watch parts as well. The block and heads are scratch from plastic and I tried to use as much real metal, primarily aluminum, in this build. The intake, turbos, headers, lenco and most of everything on the engine plate are scratch...none of which are plastic. The engine was originally slated for a GT 40 LSR car and then I switched to a pure LSR car and finally I decided it really would be best in the Henry J that is a WIP. You can find it at my FOTKI account under Steppenwolf56. I used real titanium for the engine and trans plate in addition to the engine stand. I love the metal and it's color but it is a bear to work/shape. Just a word to the wise. Love the hobby and I'm doing things I could only dream about as a kid. I'll be happy to answer any questions and I appreciate your comments in advance. A special thanks also to RB Motion, ProTech and Scale Hardware...it woudn't be possible to build to this level of detail without their products and to Clay Kemp and Dave (we know him as comp1839) as they've been an inspiration with their builds and willingness to hellp others.

 

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Oops, sorry, I stated the headers were not plastic but in fact they are...I made them up from Plastruct and added weld lines.

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Wow! That looks amazing. do you have any pictures of how you made the turbos?

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Incredible!

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no wonder it takes you so long to complete a car, but oh what that time brings in return. super duper engine, fantastic detailing!

jb

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Hi, in reply to the turbo construction, I should have done a tutorial. I took solder, chucked it in my drill and tapered it with sandpaper to get the right shape. The alum. intake flare was created with a properly sized punch placed in the end of alum tube and ligthly tapped with a hammer to get the proper flare.The impellers are old watch gears. The real challenge was making the v-band clamps on the exhaust side. They were leftover PE and drilled, polished and shaped with ScaleHardware .5mm threaded bolts/nuts to get the right effect. I made the turbo air intake clamps (the blue ones) in an equally time consuming fashion, but they are actually functional. Each one was about 90 minutes to make. I have over a year of on off building in this engine. The turbos and intake were about 2 months of fairly constant construction. I conservatively estimate about 600 hours + in the engines construction alone. I don't have a lathe but bought a mill a few months ago that I've yet to finish setting up. I love researching each and every component and then trying to replicate using my tools, materials and imagination. I decided not to add the water and electrical lines as I didn't want the engine to be overwhelmed with wires etc. After I got all the oil lines on I liked the look and decided to leave well enough alone. Sometimes less is more. My other builds feature full engine detailing down to gear shift linkage and working dipsitcks. I only build 1/25th scale at this time. But this just looked right where I left it. If there are any other specific questions you'd like me to answer, i'll do the very best I can to assist. I

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This is 1/25? WOW!! This stopped me in my tracks! I believe you have scored a T.K.O. !! The welds on the headers are terrific!

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Wow I thought that that was a photo of the engine you planned to do. What did you use for the belts?

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Amaizing engine!

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Hi everyone, first i'd like to thank everyone for your kind comments. Btw, I sourced he belts are from M.A.S.

I've included a pic of the car WIP that the engine will go with. I widened the rear end/fenders by 1/2" - Stretched, narrowed the front end and added twin inlet nostrils and a compresins turbo hood. The bumper is a modified AMT 49' ford piece. Lower valances were added and the top was chopped substantially although I can't remember by how much. Mini magnets secure the doors and the wheels will be Weld wheels made by micronitro. (i'll post pics of those soon).

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Here's a link to my FOTKI site with more on the WIP on the car overall. At somepoint (when I figure it out) I'll move this thread over to the Drag Racing section.

http://public.fotki.com/Steppenwolf56/henry-j-twin-turbo/

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Man ! you got skills !!! :o

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Outstanding Tim!!!

That engine is just magnificent!

Love the direction you are going with the Henry J too!!

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Double wow. That body is real cool. Looked at you fotki pictures. Nice work. What are your plans for a chassis?

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Hi Bob, I'm planning on a current promod style chassis. I did my first all brass chassis on my 33' WIllys and it turned out pretty cool. But I might do it in plastic since it's my first promod chassis and I can see they're a bit tricky to build. I'll be using some chassis parts / brackets from micronitro, dirt modeler and futurattraction. I'm going to attempt making my first piece off my new mill by doing a Mark Williams rear end. That should be an interesting learning curve. I want to pound the rear wheel tubs out of titanium sheet but I don't know if it's feasible. It's challenging to work with as it's strong as steel and is not malleable like brass or aluminum. This is the part of scratch building I like....get an idea...then research and begin experimenting on HOW to fab it. When something does turn out as planned, that's all the reward I need. Thanks again for your compliments.

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Hey, I don't blame you for taking a long time on that engine! It's immaculate! Amazing job...

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WOW!

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Amazing...

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I'm speech less!!!!!

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I'm speech less!!!!!

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can't believe, it is 1/25 scale...wow. It looks like it is running with all those details...wow again. :o

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Thanks again everyone, here's 2 more pics of the engine. There are about 100 others at my FOTKI account, the link was provided earlier. Cheers,Tim

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The level of detail is outstanding. The fact that you did all that without a mill and lathe blows me away!

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What sorcery is this? That looks like a real, life-size engine!

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Thanks Mike. I was inspired to buy a Sherline mill by Comp1839 and Clay Kemp. Clay just only recently learned his skills and to see what he can do with his mill so quickly is just unbelievable in my eyes. Your comments are appreciated and I look forward to our conversation(s) in the future.

Jason....."sorcery" now that is funny. thank you as well for your note and comment.

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Tim,

Truly spectacular work! Can't wait to see more.

Art

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More incredible workmanship there Codi, bravo! I know how many dozens & hundreds of hours work like that can take, very nice!!

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