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This 67 Summit Camro, all metal car is getting some nickel platted axels and some weight
This 67 Summit Camro, all metal car is getting some nickel platted axels and some weight
This all metal 71 Mach 1 is getting a FTE upgrade and some weight.
...ya know, trying to build some contenders in the modified class for...Legends of Tobacco Road-American Muscle on Nov 11 2017
The pink car is my oldest daughters first mod. She did all of the painting and detail. Only thing I did was drill and JB. I put the purple lined rims on the purple 1/4 mile coupe. I like the purple on this car.
This all metal Stingray will get some color shifters nickel platted axels, some weight and a new gloss white paint job. I'll get these three muscle cars done and hope to create some elite speed
Love the pink and flat black combo! The purple does look good on the coupe. Did you paint the wheel trim?
Got my cars out for the Boot Leg Race and just started fiddling' - so here's what I've been up to
This one is for smitty
This is a maisto had terrible axles, runs smoother looks better.
Got the axels out of CS Camaro...going to polish them and the chassis over the next couple of days...put it back together, then start the Mustang soon thereafter.
Trying to get back in the swing of things...
Building this for the DCR East Ridge Modified Challenge
long & lean
The 67 Summit Camaro...from 42.5g to 56.7g
Well the axels are set and aligned...it's at 53.8g as it is, so going to add a little more weight to it before I re-set the body and send it to the Graphite Bay.
Going to go with the same size tires front and rear on the Mach 1, the width of the small tires is marginal to the width of the rear fats and the chassis will hold the fats on the front as well....so hopefully in theory this Mach 1 should be a good closer.
All metal 80 Corvette...going to strip the paint and go gloss black and put an FTE package off a Maserati MC12 whose body style just isn't indicative to speed most of the time.
This 69 Dodge Charger 500 will be getting the CS package off this CS 77 Dodge Custom Van...and some weight.
All metal stock Mach 1 and all metal modified Mach 1...weight and graphite is next...going to class it at 65g
So far...so good with the Mach 1, it beat the test car it lost to before graphite...now 100 runs to season it and then back to the Graphite Bay it goes.
My Property Manager loves to hit garage sales and he'll bring me a box of absolute beaters from time to time, most are complete drek and there racing days well behind them and more suited for a diorama junkyard, however, you can find one now and then that could be revitalized by modification...hence this 1982 casting of a 1979 Z28 Camaro...had to get the Rollback out for this project.
The 69 Hotchkis Camaro is getting faster...it has more seasoning runs before more graphite, but it is improving.
The 80's Corvette in all black
Don't know what kind of Racer it will end up being, but it was fun bringing it back to life...hopefully life in the fast lane.
...definitely faster than it was when it came off the assembly line 35 years ago without construction type tires on it!!!
This 1970 Chevelle SS will be getting the FTE package off the SS convertible...some weight and a new paint job...going to do the Corvette Stingray pictured above first ...but the Chevelle is in the pipeline.
Got the Stingray stripped and painted...finish it up over the weekend.
Frost Raven...most likely going to class at 57g
Got the wheels sanded and the CS package out of the 77 Dodge Van and the 69 Dodge Charger 500 ready for the upgrade.
This Mystery Pack Chrysler 300 will be getting the CS package off this CS Fire Eater...good wide stance on the 300 and it's got a metal chassis...Redlines will look good as well
The 69 Dodge Charger 500
I need the metal base off the red Mach 1...the FTE package off the Chevelle SS and put the green Mach 1 body on top.
Needed to find a casting that took smaller wheels...this 68 Shelby GT500 fit the bill.
LJLRC is running a no fenders race in November... Built this for it
The Mid Drift will supply the rears and the Ferrari California the fronts...the Olds 442 and Herbie will be getting FTE packages and weight.
Got the Olds 442 done...been wanting to modify that car for awhile now.
The finished Shaker for the RI race next month
Stepping out of my comfort zone and modifying a Speed Slayer...had to cut the interior/engine into 3 parts in order to add weight..it's getting the FTE package off a Honda Civic SI...hoping to make a decent racer when all is said and done.
The over - night set with JB Weld instead of JB Quick...fun doing a different type of casting.
Speed Slayer with FTE package and weight
Custom 77 Dodge Van for the Heavy Weight Downhill Dash
Ferrari Testarossa Gold Medal Speed...decent stock car, but the Gold Medal Speed models with the wire lace wheels tend to be the superior racers in that line...so going to modify it a little and see it will become nasty.
I've got a question on sanding wheels. Does anyone have trouble with the wheels getting too loose from sanding in circles or am I doing it incorrectly? Thanks
Thanks TE. I didn't think that I was using too much downforce but apparently I must be. I start incrementally at 600 and go to 2500. There seems to be a lot of friction when sanding using the ovals, so I started using graphite on the wheels/axles during the sanding to reduce the friction. Sometimes sanded wheels end up being slower than stock wheels so I guess I haven't figured it out yet.
I sand with the axels still in the chassis as well, but I do it by hand slowly with 400 grit and finish with 800 grit. I'd have to post a video to truly show...and I will, but the method is based on Fine Finish Woodworking and it does the job...a wheel is not done until the wobble is gone.
I'm glad this subject has come up! I've been messing around with a little different technique...I'll start a thread on it. I spin the wheels with a dremel and wet stand them. I'm liking the results so far. I'll be around today, so I might be able to work on my Byway man and put up some pics.
Just got more polishing disc in the nick of time...my last one was played.
Also, I had to break out the little space heater in the garage...little chilly down here now.
...time to finish up my Muscle Trucks!!!
Yup, only 7 good wheels in this picture...but, lots of good axles :)
Got the MB 56 Ford in the jig...getting jiggy with it!!!!
These are all built for the crucible that is LJLRC... December mail in race , convertibles, and roadsters
I'm lining up the Mods I want to start the year off with, and the Speed Slayer was a good start for me in stepping out of my comfort zone, overall I'm pleased with the progress I made in my rookie year on the Modified Circuit. There is definite room for improvement and really looking forward to doing this casting my Daughter aka Speed Force racing picked out last time we were bin diving at Walmart....the El Viento, her words...."Dad this one looks like it would be a good modding platform"....gotta love it and now I owe it to her to make a fast one!!!
I'm looking forward to this one for the Flying Colors race. I modified Gold Roses Dodger years ago, but never an original purple one :)
I haven't starting modding it yet...
But, this is what I'm.talking about for the Crew Chief Challenge 4...Haulers and Hot Rods! Coming in March!
Cool looking stuff!!! I've got to get back in the workshop this weekend and start prepping for the January racing calender.
May the Quest for Speed be successful to all...see you in the Fast Lane in 2018!!!
I'm not modding these, but they are pretty darned cool. These are by Greenlight...'68 C10 with the little Airstream...and, oh course, a 2nd Gen Javelin!
Both Greenlight and M2 are doing such nice models anymore. If I'm not completely exhausted by Toy Fair (which, I usually am), it would be fun to go in and talk to those guys...and see what they ga c e coming out in 2018!
May the Force be with Me
Got the donor cars picked out..time to drill the rivets.
It hasn't gotten above freezing here for a week now and the space heater in the garage just can't keep up, so with the Lady of Speed's blessing...the workshop and the Dining Room table have merged.
I found this abandoned project in my desk drawer....'41 Willies Coupe body on a Neet Strweer chassis. Pretty cool Hot Rod, for the Crew Chief Challenge race
Spending some time down at the FTE Donor Farm...checking axle lengths and logging them for future FTE package swaps.
Again, I'm not modding these, but these 50th anniversary Camaros are pretty cool. Picked these up this morning
I've gotten Vader up from 34g Stock to 48.2g currently...still got a few pockets of space to work with...Lord Vader will be getting the front axel/FTE from a 2005 Viper casting and the rear axel/FTE from a 2001 Engineering Edonis...both sets have had the wheels sanded to competition level...polish the axels and set the body tomorrow. You don't know the Power of the Dark Side!!!
This Modified Trim Trk was competitive last year in the Open Modified Division at CC Rider's...scoring points each time I raced it, but at 45g was giving up some weight in a 57g class...so added 10g and sanded it's wheels...now some runs and re-graphite and ship it back out to Utah.
Speed testing Lord Vader before graphite and it's looking good so far.
Toothpicks...still my favorite way to set end play
Got the Shoebox tore down and the FTE package is set to have the wheels sanded.
Got caught up on current race projects before a Saturday of graphite and speed testing to spend some time on some future projects...hopefully a dynamic duo sometime this year.
Getting the '15 Custom Mustang ready for Bootleg Run...34g Stock so going to add 10-11g and install it's FTE package.
It was bought loose off Ebay in the hopes that it still had a few checkered runs left in it...alas, the better days are behind one of the better downhill racers in HW history.
So, a great racing casting in the Front Runnin Fairmont will get an FTE package and about 7g of weight...and we shall see if a second racing life is born on the Modified Circuit.
Bringing the '15 Custom Mustang from 42.5g to 56.5g post Bootleg Run. Had to tweak the axels a touch as well...some fine tuning.
Dreamweaver is ready
Got the 71 Dodge Charger Torpedo torn down and the wheels sanded...now to polish the axels and get it up to the 57g class.
I've taken the leap into restoring a set of Sweet 16 Redlines. Here are the first 4 cars I'll be working on. It's kinda cool because I has a Custom Cougar and a Custom Mustang as a kid! I'll probably do a build thread for these cars...I'm looking forward to messing with them!
The Redline Shop sells some Spectraflame type paint.
...might need an airbrush for applications
I've got the FTE package installed and the weights are setting up....re-attach the body tonight and graphite and speed testing tomorrow for the Dodge Charger Torpedo...hoping for a streamlined rocket.
Getting ready for the Mini Motor Nationals in Florida/April and the Light Weight Downhill Dash Utah/May