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Every day is a school day, Rodney! 

At some rod runs, these events were called rodkhanas.  Was very popular for a while - Aussies have tended to have very active rod runs for decades - more about cruises, drags, gymkhanas or go- whoas, even burnout comps, than lawn chairs.

 

Cheers

Alan

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7 hours ago, alan barton said:

Every day is a school day, Rodney! 

At some rod runs, these events were called rodkhanas.  Was very popular for a while - Aussies have tended to have very active rod runs for decades - more about cruises, drags, gymkhanas or go- whoas, even burnout comps, than lawn chairs.

 

Cheers

Alan

Alan.....One of the most popular events these days at the GoodGuys shows here in the States are the "AutoCross" driving events.  Even to the point where they now have 7 or 8 different classes of competition, and a national circuit of regional qualifiers leading to an annual runoff in Phoenix in November....TIM   

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OK!  This thread has morphed into a grammar and history lesson, as well as featuring a world of extraneous information covering almost every aspect of model building to rod run activities!  Who'd a thunk!?. 

@Dennis Lacy, when you started this "Tribute" did you ever think that this would garner so much interest?

@Rocking Rodney Rat, with both you and ADL completing you "Tribute" builds, it has truly encouraged me and others to join in and construct our own versions of a 1929 Ford Pickup as an '80's Contemporary Street Rod.  

@alan bartonand @BullysCustomModelParts, please keep on keepin' on with your PU builds!

So far there have been *14,499 views or more of this one thread!  Not everyone that has stopped by has left a comment or message, but they have been exposed to an outstanding array of direction and opinions regarding a subject matter of great interest that has covered over four decades!  And, we're not done yet!!

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Thanks Kit, thanks Tim.  No photos tonight but have primer on the body and its looking OK.  I have also repaired two ancient bits of damage on the mouldings on both the running board and rear fender.  The.pickup bed is close to primer and centre crossmember is looking ready as well. Still need to fab up a Jag rear end crossmember to get the stance on the money. might get some photos up next weekend , all going well!

Cheers

Alan

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OK, a long overdue update.  The first photo shows the chassis getting close to its first coat of primer.  The blue stuff is original Blue Beetle plastic, the white is Evergreen repairs and modifications.  I have spent quite a bit of time so far working out how to mount the Jag rear.  I have a small collection of old Jag parts and intend to scratchbuild some missing items.  My only concern is that as per the title of this thread, scratchbuilding most of a rear end is not really in the spirit of one of Tim's builds - his knack for kit bashing is legendary (mind you, I never did have a stash of Logghe chassis funny cars to chose from!). But I think the Jag is an important part of the era and hope this overcomplicationitis doesn't distract from the theme.

The second photo is of the Revell ASA V6 engines.  I only just noticed that more than just the valve covers are different. The cylinder heads and the front cover and waterpump assemblies are prototypically correct for Ford and Chevy respectively.  Don't worry Tim, I will be using the Ford!

The final photo for tonight is the body, showing the revised extended cab and the hard tonneau on the bed from the Monogram T bucket trailer. I'm pretty happy with the basic concept at this stage and just need to get the rear end and steering box sorted before I head for primer on everything.

Cheers

Alan

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On 10/28/2020 at 5:27 AM, Mr. Metallic said:

Just to let you know Dennis, the Bodacious Billet Build-off has been started. It's buried down in the community build area where nobody goes. (mods moved it. I get why, but I'm going to have to figure out ways to draw attention to it in the more well travelled areas of the board)

 

That was built, and was owned for quite a while by Dennis Varnie(?) There was a good article in one of the full scale car magazines, as well as a test drive with Dennis Gage on his show and even made it on one of the American Hot Rod episodes with Boyd in the passenger seat.

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On 11/2/2020 at 10:42 AM, mrm said:

Funny thing about the Beatnik Bandit...

when Ed Roth built it, he was touring with it in his old school tradition. Dressed in purple smoking jacket and top hat. He was at the Chicago hobby convention in ‘97 (I think) at the Revell booth with the Beatnik Bandit II, to promote the release of the kit. Very cool dude I have to say. There was a limited batch of kits available for purchase at the show, before the kit was officially released for sale. I bought one and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth signed it on top. 
   When I moved from Chicago, I gifted the kit to a fellow model builder that used to drive me to the contests and lived down the block. Ed Roth died shortly after. I still wonder from time to time, how much would that very first production run kit with “Big Daddy’s” signature be worth today! 

The Beatnik Bandit OK was built mainly By Ed's son, but that kit has a lot of good parts swapping items in it, the LT motor first and it has one item that as far as I know is the only place to get a nice scale representation of and that's the nice frame that the front section and suspension is the very popular with rodders Mustang II/Pinto front suspension. Now that AMT has reissued one of the Pinto kits I am in need of another one to build an engine compartment that has good detail instead of looking like something cobbled together by a prop crew for a victim of a bad auto accident.

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On 1/19/2021 at 8:36 PM, Dennis Lacy said:

@Kit Karson

That '34 chrome tree is interesting. It's almost like the operator realized their mistake in the middle of blowing on the chrome and aborted.

@Rocking Rodney Rat

Sweet! Time to start digging in!!!

I was thinking it looks like an early test for using a spray chrome technique. Too bad it didn't catch on, maybe it was a combination of cost and time that killed it. But it would be interesting to hear the story behind it, how about it any of the old Revell execs hanging around the thread?

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Ain't nobody but us palsticholics left on earth! I haven't given up on finishing my part of this thread! @Dennis Lacywe have over 15k views! As soon as I get back to my bench, I will finish my tribute '29A closed Cab PU! 

 

 

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This is right where I left off...

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Spent a little time building a paint booth in the attic!

And, I bought a new old PU!

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Be back at the bench in no time, Brothers!

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O.K. Kit, when this thread finally reaches its conclusion, you have to start a Kit Karson Tribute 34 pickup build thread!  That is one nice truck!

Cheers

Alan

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On 5/6/2021 at 5:59 PM, alan barton said:

O.K. Kit, when this thread finally reaches its conclusion, you have to start a Kit Karson Tribute 34 pickup build thread!  That is one nice truck!

Cheers

Alan

You bet! Already started gathering parts, Brother!!

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On 5/4/2021 at 9:34 AM, alan barton said:

OK, a long overdue update.  The first photo shows the chassis getting close to its first coat of primer.  The blue stuff is original Blue Beetle plastic, the white is Evergreen repairs and modifications.  I have spent quite a bit of time so far working out how to mount the Jag rear.  I have a small collection of old Jag parts and intend to scratchbuild some missing items.  My only concern is that as per the title of this thread, scratchbuilding most of a rear end is not really in the spirit of one of Tim's builds - his knack for kit bashing is legendary (mind you, I never did have a stash of Logghe chassis funny cars to chose from!). But I think the Jag is an important part of the era and hope this overcomplicationitis doesn't distract from the theme.

The second photo is of the Revell ASA V6 engines.  I only just noticed that more than just the valve covers are different. The cylinder heads and the front cover and waterpump assemblies are prototypically correct for Ford and Chevy respectively.  Don't worry Tim, I will be using the Ford!

The final photo for tonight is the body, showing the revised extended cab and the hard tonneau on the bed from the Monogram T bucket trailer. I'm pretty happy with the basic concept at this stage and just need to get the rear end and steering box sorted before I head for primer on everything.

Cheers

Alan

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Had to go back an re-read your most recent update...

Scratch building any part on a build such as yours is not almost part of the intent of this thread, it's actually required, Brother!  Resources come in all sorts of forms.  Having parts to pick from comes from years of collecting and now with "FRIENDS on FORUMS" we can trade for parts we might need for any given build/project.  To that end, keep up the good work, 'cause there are more builders checking in on this thread every day! -KK 

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Home Work

While pickin' parts I came across a couple of parts that my 1929 Ford Pickup 80's Contemporary Street Rod - A @tim boyd Tribute build will be incorporating were mystery parts.  First came the carbs; followed by the triangle air cleaners.

Found 'em!

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MPC 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Carbs & Triangle Air Cleaners

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Up in the upper righthand corner, you'll see the parts!

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This is a great thread! 

I wish I could contribute, but have not got the years of parts collecting behind me, nor the skills yet, but I am really getting a new found appreciation for late 20's, early 30's Hot Rods. Looking forward to more to come in this thread.

Mike

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4 hours ago, Mike F. said:

This is a great thread! 

I wish I could contribute, but have not got the years of parts collecting behind me, nor the skills yet, but I am really getting a new found appreciation for late 20's, early 30's Hot Rods. Looking forward to more to come in this thread.

Mike

Mike, 

Make it a personal self challenge!  If we have the parts, I know I'd get 'em to you, if you like to work on something at your level.  We got better with every build (and I'll tell you, we have all started something and ended putting it away for another day!) -KK

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'29 PU Firewall & Hood Work

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Stock '29 Hood vs MPC '28 Hood

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Here's the '28 Hood trim job...

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Had to do a little work on the '29 Roadster Firewall...

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Then turned to the '28 Hood...

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Shaver it down to fit between the cab & radiator...

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Looks too tight for paint! -KK

 

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On 5/11/2021 at 11:29 AM, Mike F. said:

This is a great thread! 

I wish I could contribute, but have not got the years of parts collecting behind me, nor the skills yet, but I am really getting a new found appreciation for late 20's, early 30's Hot Rods. Looking forward to more to come in this thread.

Mike

Take a look at a couple of different examples of the '28-'29 A Closed Cab Pickup

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I'm sure we could gather together enough parts for you to join the build, Brother.  Let us play a part in your model building experience!  Any one of us have more than enough parts to build your choice of the above?  PM me -KK

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That's an amazing range of phone booths you've got there Kit, including at least two from Oz!  That first green and black one made me produce a funny squeaking sound - my, that is a beautiful car!

I'm still torn on hood design - I like what you are doing with yours but I just completed a John Buttera roadster build where I tried something completely different and it worked so well I am thinking of using it on the pickup as well.  Is it wrong to have two different model As on your shelf with the same unusual hood treatment? - ahh, decisions, decisions!

The Jag rear is taking shape - not perfectly prototypical but good enough for my shelf, and I got to use up surplus, incomplete parts.  Hope to get paint on the frame this weekend.

Cheers

Alan

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11 hours ago, alan barton said:

That's an amazing range of phone booths you've got there Kit, including at least two from Oz!  That first green and black one made me produce a funny squeaking sound - my, that is a beautiful car!

I'm still torn on hood design - I like what you are doing with yours but I just completed a John Buttera roadster build where I tried something completely different and it worked so well I am thinking of using it on the pickup as well.  Is it wrong to have two different model As on your shelf with the same unusual hood treatment? - ahh, decisions, decisions!

The Jag rear is taking shape - not perfectly prototypical but good enough for my shelf, and I got to use up surplus, incomplete parts.  Hope to get paint on the frame this weekend.

Cheers

Alan

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All well & good, Brother!  Let's see, was it his first highboy roadster? -KK

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Yep, sorta.  I will put it up here when completely finished.  It is a blend of his car and the one he built for John Corno, plus a few of my own touches.  But it is pure white and it does have the altered wheelbase so as soon as you look at it you know it is a Buttera car. The hood treatment was my own design whereby I have made the side panels by cutting up a 69 Nova hood to include the vents.

Cheers

Alan

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