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Something a little different I started the winter of 2013. The turbo engine for my Henry J build was going to go in this car originally. Started life as a Toyota GT1 WEC car and modified it to become an "experimental class" LSR car. The project was moving along until I resurrected the Henry build and decided it should be a curbside build. I got so far as the paint but when I did the Kandy Blue portion, I rushed it and messed it up as it puddled. Kandy jobs can't be rushed as many of you know. UGH! This one will be completed first thing come springtime when the paint weather gets better here. The floor will be carbon fibre, the rear wing is adjustable/steerable and the wheels are from MicroNitro. It might be stalled but it will be completed. Comments always welcome and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Tim

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The blisters for the engine and trans are from model aircraft kits btw. The Moon discs you see in some of the photos will be centered on the wheel fairings. The paint will be two-tone silver and blue.

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Brilliant!!! I'm soooo inspired by this!

But I don't think it's a Drag Racing project... :unsure:

And a dirt late model or a Sprint car aren't NASCAR either, but since there's no specific category for them they get posted in whatever is closest.

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Wow, what a response from everyone. I truly wasn't expecting the replies and interest. Thanks guys for sharing your enthsiasm for what was/is a work in progress but it WILL see the light of day. The entire car started as a vision of what to build to challenge the Bonneville record book. The real 1:1 car for inspiration was the recently destroyed Speed Demon car. (lost control at 370mph, driver survived with minor injuries, car was a total loss of course) Speed Demon was an engineering marvel and garnered many records during it's racing career. The team is building an all new car for next year btw.

John Pol, btw, I was remiss....LSR is short for Land Speed Record which is THE goal of each car that competes at Bonneville every year. The class that this car would belong to would be the experimental, blown alcohol class. At least that's what I was building it around. I did buy the Bonneville 2013 rule book and tried to follow it to the letter. There is only one glaring error in the build and that would be the rear "rudder" that is designed to move 15 degrees either way to assist in steering the car at speed. It was a feature that the BAR F1 team used on their record setting Bonneville effort. The rules state the a moveable "device" such as my rudder is forbidden. It was too cool as a concept / build feature, that I just had to include it irregardless.

Bernard, wasn't sure as to whether to post this thread under WIP or Drag racing...but the header for drag racing states "if it goes in a straight line" so I took it literally and posted the build here. Harry can move it if he thinks it would be more appropriate under WIP.

Lastly, the nose was made of a layered up plastic piece of plastic that I "carved" by hand to get the shape I wanted. The exhaust ports on the back are 2000 era F-1 style "chimneys" that I made out out of aluminum that I think you'll like when you see them. The exhause blisters are modified aircraft fuel tanks, the front suspension and connecting fairings are angled / shaped aluminum tubing and the 4 wheel fairings are made in the shape of TV Tommy IVOS front engined dragster only because I thought they looked cool. They're plastic and aluminum. Can you tell this car is a real compilation of ideas and notions?

Thanks again fellas, can't wait for spring to get it painted and finished. I probably have a months worth of work to finish it.

Tim

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Tim.. This is outstanding my friend... I am totally digging it and can't wait for more. You are a pure craftsman. I am blown away at what you have done with this. Its gonna be another masterpiece just like your Henry J. I am already itching for an update on this bad boy. Seeing this makes me want to build the LSR car that I want to do.

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Len, Tom and Chris, thanks for checking it out and your comments.

Chris, I'd like to see what you have in store for everyone on your LSR car. Mine took many variations to get to the point you see it now. You can really let your imagination run wild which is one reason I like the whole idea of Bonneville and the cars that run there. The Speed Demon car set records with everything from V8's to 4 cylinder engines stuffed in it. A testament to their overall design and engineering of the overall car. It will be interesting to see what they do with the next one.

Now I've got to get back to the Henry build as I have a LONG way to go on that one.

Happy Holidays Gentlemen!

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Tim, this is outstanding and very inspirational! And yes! It belongs in the Drag Racing section, we need something truely different here! Plus, part of the design was inspired by Tommy Ivo! And, it goes in a straight line. Great work, can't wait for spring. Tim, Do you paint outdoors?

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Bill...thanks for the compliment. Truly appreciated.

Gene, I used to paint in my basement but after having to strip and re-do paint about half the time I gave up on it. I only spray small parts or sub-assemblies during the winter months (i have a paint booth) and wait till Spring to paint bodies. I setup and spray in my garage then when the temp is upper 70's or better. Much more consistent I've found. This car was sprayed under such conditions and was going down smoothly until coat 6 or 7 of the blue Kandy. I put too much on at one particular pass and with the curves of the body, it puddled...so, I sanded the car instead of dipping as the chemical bathes attack the putty and glue so......it has to wait till spring to be completed. I would add however that Harry P., our administrator just sprayed his Boattail and it's beautiful. And he shared that he paints in his garage and then takes it inside immediately (and he lives in Chicago which has less favorable paint weather than here in Penna.) Maybe I'm doing something wrong. My basement is about 63 degrees with 35% humiditiy. Check out his car, it's pretty slick.

Tim

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Chris, I'd like to see what you have in store for everyone on your LSR car. Mine took many variations to get to the point you see it now. You can really let your imagination run wild which is one reason I like the whole idea of Bonneville and the cars that run there. The Speed Demon car set records with everything from V8's to 4 cylinder engines stuffed in it. A testament to their overall design and engineering of the overall car. It will be interesting to see what they do with the next one.

Tim... a while back I picked up a 1/43rd scale North American Eagle LSR resin kit. Its a F104 jet that was converted to a LSR car. It looks sweet but at one of oir local swapmeets. I picked up a 1/32 scale F104 that I am gonna convert to a LSR of this North American Eagle. Thought it would be cool.

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Tim, I paint outside, AND , with rattle cans, life is hard, lol. I've found the the most crtical element of the weather, other than overall temp, and , wind conditions (I live on the edge of the prairie) is the 'relative' humidity. I'll try that this spring, with the higher temps you mention. I'll check out Harry's car too.

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Ed, the wheels are not mine, they are from Jim at MicroNitro. I showed them because I agree with you, it will be a shame to cover them up....so I thought I'd post a pic before that happens.

Chris, THAT sounds so cool...I bought several different jet aircraft kits too to "borrow" some parts and ideas for my project. That should be killer when you get it started.

Gene, all of my paint jobs on my few finished cars turned out well in my estimation but man were they a struggle to get them there. I've learned a lot about getting solid results with bodywork and paint but it seems "hit or miss" for me when it comes to final paint. It's the one aspect of the hobby that I can truly say I've not mastered and I envy the guys that just lay down beautiful paint car after car.

Cheers,
Tim

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 Man!!  I REALLY like where your head's at!  This beautifully conceived and looks to be an eye popper when complete.  You have nailed the concept of soul inspiration to creation.  Oh, and drag racing and Bonneville are 2 sides of the same coin.  One birthed the other and inspires both.  Well done sir!

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