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  1. Probably to the drag racers with only access to the GM parts, they probably would never be able to find the information I learned working for Detroit Diesel Allison/Allison Transmission. Detroit Diesel was separated from GM in the 80's, and a lot of the history before that did not transfer, it remained with Allison Transmission which remained GM. In actuality, there were 4 series of Detroit Diesel engines: the -53, the-71, the -92 and the -149. In each case the -xx designates the cubic inch displacement of the individual cylinder. A 4, 6, 8, 12, or 16 in front of the -xx indicates the number of cylinders of the engine. Basically, a 16-71 blower has a smaller case and rotors than a 16-149. You had to pump a LOT of air into those 149 engines!!
  2. I actually worked at Detroit Diesel Allison (now Allison Transmission and Detroit Diesel) from 1980 until my retirement. My first job was support of the "blower line". The nomenclature for the blowers aligns with the Diesel engines they were used on. A 4-71 Blower was used on a 4 cylinder 71 cubic inches/cylinder Detroit Diesel engine. A 6-71 was a 6 cylinder with the same cubic inches/cylinder and so on. While the 8-71 engine was available in the late 60's, the blowers were not available outside of the dealer network until the mid 70's. BTW...one of the blowers I supported was a 16-149. Yep...16 cylinders, 149 ci/cylinder! Cylinder bores were bigger than most men's leg.
  3. That turned out GREAT!! I always loved the graphics and paint job on this car. Well done!! If you don't mind sharing, what color blue did you use for the paint on this car??
  4. I started this Johan Mickey Thompson Titanium Pinto a couple of years ago, but I got sidetracked on another project and never finished it. I finally picked it back up a few months ago and I'm calling it finished. Paint on the body is Testors Candy Apple Red (I believe it is now called Transparent Red) over Testors Diamond Dust Lacquer with Wet Look clear applied after polishing. Decals are from Slixx. On a prior post I requested help because the decals from Slixx were shattering when introduced to water. Thanks to Slixx for after speaking with them and explaining the issue I was having they sent me another set of decals and offered a couple of suggestions which, coupled with the suggestions I got on my post allowed me to complete this model, FINALLY! No, it's not perfect, and it is not highly detailed, but I'm happy with it!
  5. As near as I can recall, these two models are approaching 57 years of existence in my collection. I had some health issues as a child and got to spend considerable time at Doctors and had occasional hospital stays. At 7 or so years of age, recovery at home was boring so my Dad started me building models to help pass the time. No, compared to the models of today they are not much to look at, but I wouldn't trade these two for the world!!
  6. Nice job on both of these! Well done!!
  7. They also provide a "target" for the finish line beams. There were occasional issues with the finish line beam missing the skinny tire/wheel and early on some races were incorrectly determined to the second place car because the finish beam failed to detect the first wheel across. There was an incident several years ago with the Pro Stock Motorcycles at the US Nationals in Indianapolis where the finish line beam failed to detect Steve Johnson defeating one of the HD's (Matt Smith?), but fortunately ESPN had a camera at the finish line that caught Johnson crossing first. After a couple of days of NHRA reviewing the film and interviewing the participants, Johnson was declared the winner. Pro Stock Motorcycles now incorporate these same plates.
  8. Thank you for the kind word! I can't say enough good words about Slixx. I contacted them after I had the issue with the original sheet. They called me back promptly and apologized for my issue. They had a couple of suggestions on how to avoid the issue in the future and said they would replace the problem sheet. Two days later I had the replacement. Converting your build to the Ramchargers Challenger was a great way to make lemonade out of lemons! Good job!!
  9. Thank you for the kind words! Honestly, the tooling on many of the models from the late 60's/ early 70's lacked detail. Many of these funny car kits were just slightly modified passenger car releases. JoHan at least had "relatively" accurate chassis and engines in their funny car kits. It seemed that during that time, there was no middle ground. You had Revell, who molded rocker arms in the heads of some kits which were cemented to the engine block and never seen, and then you had kits like this where there are no lugs molded on the wheels. The disparity is part of why I keep my eyes open for these old kits. Keeps it interesting.
  10. A few weeks ago, I posted requesting help with some decals shattering. Thanks once again for all the responses and suggestions, and especially THANK YOU to Slixx as they were gracious enough to send me additional sheets which, coupled with the suggestions I received allowed me to finish the model. I build for fun, not competition and although I try to make my models believable, I know they are not historically accurate. This was a kit I picked up at a garage sale, and was in fair shape. It was JoHan kit and was marketed as the Eugene White Ram-Rod funny car. The paint on the body is Testor's Flame Red. Thanks all for looking!!
  11. Fantastic work! Just amazing how well you do this and the speed at which you do it!! Like many, I look forward to seeing this continue to develop. Thank you Mr. Teresi!
  12. Great work on the engine Mr. Sobak! The rollbar/frame modification turned out exceptional. Super job!!
  13. Love this!! Nice work on the engine Mr. Sobak!! Can't wait to see the rest of the story!
  14. Amazing work Mr. Teresi!! I'm old enough to remember reading the Hot Rod magazine article on this car, which, though groundbreaking, was a colossal failure. I love the detail of the monocoque! I am definitely following this to its fantastic completion!
  15. Thanks for all the advice!! I have some Testor's 9200 decal bonder, so I'll try that on the rest of the decal sheet and see if I have any more issues with this sheet. I'll contact SLIXX and get another sheet for this model and coat it before ever trying to use it too. Again, THANKS to everyone for the feedback!! I appreciate it!!
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