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I started a "batch build" of five 1/25 car kits over the summer in an attempt to reduce my ever growing stash, four 60's super stock drag cars and one stock Ford.  Two of the drag subjects I picked were Hayden Proffitt race cars, his championship 409 powered '62 Bel Air and a 426 Wedge powered '64 Plymouth.  Little did I know that Mr. Proffitt would pass away on August 19th at the age of 94 at his home in Texas while I was at about the mid-way point of my builds...weird timing.  He was a legend in So. Cal drag racing in the 60's, driving Pontiacs, Chevies, Plymouths, Mercurys, a wild early "topless" funny car with a Corvair body and an AMC funny car.  

Both of these kits are AMT/ Round 2 and I used Slixx decals for the Chevy and Yesteryear decals for the Plymouth. The Plymouth decals were intended for Hayden's automatic Hemi-powered sedan (SS/A) but I decided to use them on this hardtop stick shift Wedge Belvedere.  I added Fireball resin carbs and Detail Master distributors along with scratch-built fuel lines to both carbs.  The Detail Master aluminum velocity stacks I used on the Plymouth are not period correct but I suffered build fatigue after five simultaneous car builds and decided not to attempt to scratch- build more correct lower/ flatter factory Mopar velocity stacks. Both are quite imperfect but were fun to build and look good enough to me to park next to my other 60's SS builds.  

I never saw Hayden Proffitt race but have read that he was fierce competitor as well as a very nice gentleman to all that knew him.  RIP Hayden.

John

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Amazing amount of detail on both these two and the other Drag cars you have posted. Remember attending the Winter Nationals in Pomona from 1962 thru 1965 and the Super Stock and FX wars were the most interesting to watch for myself. 

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13 hours ago, Stef said:

Nice work, @papajohn97; gotta ask about the exhaust on the Chevy. Did the real car run both headers and factory exhaust at the same time? How did you resolve the kit's stock pipes with the headers? Thanks!

Thanks guys! Good question Stef! The ‘62 NHRA rules for all stock classes including SS and FX for exhausts requirements were:

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AMT’s instructions show using either the stock exhausts OR the racing headers + extensions but I decided to install both to comply with the period rules. I probably should have shown a bypass junction between the header extensions and the stock exhausts between the mufflers and the engine but just got lazy (building five at a time can do that to you!). I just installed the front end of each stock exhaust up between the engine and engine bay with no connection to the headers. I have yet to see an undercarriage photo of this or any of the ‘62 409 SS drag cars showing the exact exhaust configuration, maybe someone here has a pic they can post to help clarify what they actually did. May have just been two short bypasses off the exhaust pipes near the trans?

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12 hours ago, papajohn97 said:

Thanks guys! Good question Stef! The ‘62 NHRA rules for all stock classes including SS and FX for exhausts requirements were:

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AMT’s instructions show using either the stock exhausts OR the racing headers + extensions but I decided to install both to comply with the period rules. I probably should have shown a bypass junction between the header extensions and the stock exhausts between the mufflers and the engine but just got lazy (building five at a time can do that to you!). I just installed the front end of each stock exhaust up between the engine and engine bay with no connection to the headers. I have yet to see an undercarriage photo of this or any of the ‘62 409 SS drag cars showing the exact exhaust configuration, maybe someone here has a pic they can post to help clarify what they actually did. May have just been two short bypasses off the exhaust pipes near the trans?

Thanks for the clarification, @papajohn97! In the 90s, I built both the stock and Strickler cars, and yes, pretty sure the exhaust options for each version were an either/or, IIRC. Your attention to detail is authentic and well thought out.

A bit off-topic, but still related to the NHRA rules, I vaguely remember now a similar exhaust situation back in 91 with the release of Revellogram's then-new 64 Thunderbolt. It was a drag-only kit, and I thought it was weird and dumb to tack a spindly single exhaust onto the headers, so I left it off.

If/when I ever build these kits again, I'll be sure to follow the NHRA rules, heh.

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11 minutes ago, Altered Ego said:

These are incredible and well done.  I can't wait to see the rest of your "binge build".  I will also be looking on here to see what else you have built.  This was a great time in drag racing history and you have nailed two very fast and famous race cars.

Thanks Jeff. Four of the five are posted here. The fifth build I did in my “binge build” was a sloppy version of Dick Brannan’s “Lively One” ‘63 Ford 427 using the recent AMT Round 2 re-issue with the one-piece chassis and pin-in-sockets replacing the four old self-tapping screws. Among other issues, the front end slight jacked-up stance came out all wrong so I parked this one on my shelf-of-shame….

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John Witzke did an A+++ build of this same historic stocker which he posted here and which I’ll just say I was hoping to do at best a B grade version with the kit chassis but ended up with a D minus. If anyone wants to model this car, I recommend copying John’s build using a ‘60 Starliner doner chassis along with the correct resin interior and the excellent Slixx decal set.

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First off, GREAT builds of both cars! You totally captured the look of those early S/S cars! My only other comment is (and in no way a criticism) the lettering on the "engine by", "Cone", "tuned by", and "S&S" lettering should be yellow. Again, no fault of yours at all. Slixx are you listening?

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On 10/23/2022 at 9:22 PM, Chevy II said:

Great looking super stockers. Are the front wheels on the 62 model kit poseable or is that some of your detail work?

Thanks guys, John - the AMT ‘62 Bel Air kit comes with poseable front wheels. I wish AMT included extended arms with pins on the spindles and a tie rod like Revell does, one of these days I need to add one to this and a dozen other AMT builds I have with pigeon-toed front wheels….

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Beautiful builds John. My knowledge on the topic of drag racing on a scale of 1 to 10 is ...aahh ZERO but these are a delight to see. Your paint, trim and detailing are all so beautiful. I am most impressed by the scratch build fuel lines, they add so much realism.

Thank you for sharing these.

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