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  • Member since
    February, 2013
  • From: Fredericksburg, va
Finally...
Posted by moof67 on Monday, February 17, 2014 9:11 PM
...to all, after months of procrastination and marveling at the talents of other hobbyists, I have jumped head first into my first project. I am attempting to re-create my first real-life stock car that I helped build and then raced at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va. It was a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo. I purchased a 1985 Monte Carlo kit, and am using various parts from a Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Nascar kit. As rules were very strict as to modifications on the real race car, I am using my memory, photos from the real life build and the actual car as it was raced to build my replica. Believe it or not, blind faith is allowing me to progress in this project, albeit slowly. In essence, when the car is finished, it will mostly be fabricated from a lot of scratch built parts. I started with the chassis from the Earnhart kit, cut off the rear clip and fabricated my own from styrene stock. I built the cage and all other roll bars from round stock and from the pieces supplied with the Nascar kit exactly as it was on my race car. I am attempting to duplicate all of the suspension including the three link, pan hard bar, spring buckets fore and aft, and shock mounts as they were on the real car. This will apply to the front suspension as well. Please wish me luck in this endeavor. When you see the paint on the car body I want you to know that it is an intentionally bad paint job (a lot of thick paint) as that is how I did it in real life (because I didn't know better when I painted the car; I had never done it before). That is not to say that in places where I use too much glue or make other mistakes that they will be intentional, because they won't be. They are just a result of inexperience and excess exuberance. The roll cage, and the back half of the cars chassis are almost complete. I have done a lot of cutting and fabricating just like we did on the real car. What an education it has been. My hat is truly off to all of you who produce much more aesthetic pieces than this one will be. I have a question, is it permissible to send progress photos or just wait until completion. I am so excited that this is actually happening! I now have even more appreciation for what all of the contributors go through. And finally, please bear with me, while it will not be perfect ( as the real one certainly wasn't) I am truly finding pure joy in re-creating something that was very important to me at that stage of my life. I think I am getting the whole idea of the modeling culture. I will keep you posted if I haven't already bored you to tears. Thanks for reading, Mark Averi, #67
  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by Scooter261 on Sunday, March 02, 2014 2:07 PM

Happy Building,,sounds like a fun project

  • Member since
    February, 2013
  • From: Fredericksburg, va
Posted by moof67 on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 8:27 PM

Scooter261, thanks for the encouragement. The interior and cage, and the entire rear including panhard bar, springs, truck arms, shocks, and fuel cell are complete. I am trying to decide how to tackle the front suspension keeping with my theme of authenticity. I have notched the frame but am going to have to fabricate upper and lower a-arms as well as spring buckets. I have no idea what I am going to do for spindles yet. I am trying to remember to breathe and keep telling myself I am not in over my head. Oh well....

  • Member since
    February, 2007
Posted by shaun.s on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:53 PM

moof 67, there is a specific section on the forum for testing shots and updates, it is down near the bottom of the page and simply says,,,,,,test. hope this helps, shaun.s.

  • Member since
    February, 2013
  • From: Fredericksburg, va
Posted by moof67 on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:56 PM

Shaun, Thank you very much. Believe it or not I figured something out and I think it is going to work. I will keep you posted. Again, many thanks!

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