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Cannonball Run 2011
Posted by Jantrix on Monday, February 07, 2011 6:09 AM

Okay folks it's that time again. Lets kick the tires and light the fires.

As I've mentioned in the announcement thread, this is the thirtieth anniversary of the film, The Cannonball Run. For me and a lot of others, it helped forge the love of cars and more specificly car movies. It still puts a smile on my face.

The rules.

Your car MUST represent a car that "could" have appeared in the 1981 film. It must be a 1981 or older vehicle, and must use the technology and stylings of the day. If you plan on using some tech or items that someone finds in question it is up to the BUILDER to provide proof that it was in use back in the day. So rule of thumb, if in doubt, do your research. * I'm no auto expert, so I'm relying on the SA community to help keep us honest on this rule.*

The car must represent a car that you would like to race across country. Remember huge horsepower is great quarter mile, but you should be thinking reliability to drive from NY to LA.

Any scale.

No diecast.

The race is open to vehicles of any origin, foreign or domestic. It does not have to be a car that was commercially available in the U.S.. If you wanna race a Holden, by all means do so.

A started kit are allowed as long as you are NOT more than 25% along.

A parts box build or a tear down & rebuild are fine also.

We'd like to see an unstarted kit or whatever mess-o-parts you are starting from.

Wheels are gonna be a bear on this build. Remember 1 millimeter is roughly 1 scale inch if the kit is 1/25. So if your wheels are much larger than 16 millimeters across, they are gonna be too big .  Mixing scales is gonna be a pain too, a 1/24 scale rim is 17-18 millimeters across so on a 1/25 scale body they are going to look too large.

The last day of this CBP is going to be December 1st 2011. A bout two weeks prior I'll open a thread for you to post pics of your completed builds. On Dec 2 I'll close that thread and open a poll for our peers here to vote on their favorite.

You may build as many models for this CBP as you have time for, HOWEVER, you may only enter ONE car for the poll in December. So pick your best one. After all you can't drive more than one car at a time can you?

Anyone can enter this CBP AT ANY TIME. As long as we see the beginning, a build progression and an end result, I don't care if you knock one out on the weekend before the race.

Let's get to it.

The 2011 Cannonball Rogue's Gallery - so far that is.

Slantasaurus - Mercury Capri II  (a what?)

MillerMeteor - 77 Pontiac Ventura

Alex_bman33 - 69 Chevy Nova

Ace-Motorsport - McLaren Mustang

Wagonmaster - 69 Plymouth

Wraith - (treating us like mushrooms)

Dingo - Ford Falcon XY 350 GTHO (eventually)

Crazyhorse - Farrah's 76 Mustang Cobra II

Bloodyjaws (aka TheDogAteMyCobra)- 70 Chevelle SS

Zenrat - That 70's Chevy Van (sheesh another van)

Highway76 - Lambo Countach LP500S (very discreet entry)

Jantrix - 53 Studebaker Coupe  (bringing some Leowy style)

Bugace - VW Scirocco (challenging all Porsches!)

001Slick001 - 67 Chevelle

Redmountain - 81 Grand Prix 1/16

74F150 - 56 Chevy Bel Air

Jonnogtv - Fiat 500F

Lunajammer - 1968 VW Beetle street machine

Mopardude001 - 1976 Dodge Adventurer 150

Matt21726 - 1970 Monte Carlo

Hvymtl74 - 68 Charger

A.R.C. - 62 Bel Air

VWDave92 - another VW Scirocco - who 'da thunk it, eh?

Pyreman - NJ State Police car.

Generaltso - 79 Bronco

Crzycanuck34 - 79 Camaro

Mamps - Ferrari 308 GTS

Razor 68 - Lotus Super 7 Series II

NewZealand - 67 Chevelle

BKcustoms - 70.5 Camaro

Dvdicvs - 1981 Ferrari 512BB

RS2000 - 1973 Nissan Cherry

tfchronos - 70 Plymouth Cuda

psychomustang - Cobra Street Machine

MLMDesign - '69 Charger RT

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by slantasaurus on Monday, February 07, 2011 7:27 AM

Alright, I'll start out by introducing my build.

I'm not exactly sure what year the kit is, I bought it off ebay a few years ago and there aren't any copyright dates on the box or instructions, but it is definately pre-81.

The kits stock and custom wheels were missing when I bought the kit off ebay and these were what was included, while the BBS's would have been available in the late 70's I'm thinking the Perelli's are a little too low profile for the time frame so I will be looking for another set of wheels and tires.

Finally, I don't think that the 2.8L V-6 is gonna cut it in a high speed rally, so I'm gonna swap in a Boss 302 from the AMT 69 Cougar Eliminator kit. I could have raided the 428 SCJ but that would be over kill for this car and the Boss 302 should be a nice ballance of power and weight. I'll also be swapping in a 9" Ford rear to handle the extra torque.

Haven't decided on any colors yet but nothing too flashy, I might go with a copper like the Capri's that my uncles had back in the mid 70's. I want to keep this build simple so that I have a chance of actually finishing it. My last 2 attempts at Cannonball cars are still in the garage unfinished. I can't wait to see what the rest of you guys come up with. Good luck to everyone........but not too much luck.........lol

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Posted by MillerMeteor on Monday, February 07, 2011 7:47 AM

slantasaurus: FYI, the Capri II was built between 1974 and 1977, so you're good :-D

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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Posted by MillerMeteor on Monday, February 07, 2011 8:03 AM

Here is my entry in  the 2011 Cannonball Run! I`ll be driving a 1976 Pontiac Ventura. Thats all I know right now, any mods I might do will be thought of as I go.

Here's my unstarted kit.

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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Posted by Jantrix on Monday, February 07, 2011 10:06 AM

slantasaurus
while the BBS's would have been available in the late 70's

Thanks very much for this info. I verified that the BBS RS's were introduced in 1977, so are  legal for this CBP. I have a nice set I was really hoping to use. Wheel choice is gonna be really slim for this one I'm thinking.

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Posted by slantasaurus on Monday, February 07, 2011 11:10 AM

Jantrix

 slantasaurus:
while the BBS's would have been available in the late 70's

Thanks very much for this info. I verified that the BBS RS's were introduced in 1977, so are  legal for this CBP. I have a nice set I was really hoping to use. Wheel choice is gonna be really slim for this one I'm thinking.

I wish I could find it but I used to have a late 60's- early 70's Appliance Wheels ad that showed all of their wheels. I was shocked at some of the choices, there were some directional wheels on there that I never would have thought were available until the mid to late 80's.........of course if you had put them on your car back then people would have looked at you like you were from another planet, so they weren't very popular. While searching the other day I did find a custom wheel poster from the mid 80's, most of the styles on it were available at least in the late 70's or early 80's so I'll try to post it later........

http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/slantasaurus/ http://s942.photobucket.com/albums/ad261/slantasaurus_2/ There are 3 things that will survive anything. Cockroaches, Keith Richards, and Slant 6 Dusters. "I'm not trying to change anybody's mind about anything, I'm just trying to ease my mind about everything" - Todd Snider
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Posted by slantasaurus on Monday, February 07, 2011 1:48 PM

Here is a link to a mid 80's custom wheel poster, most every wheel on this poster would have been available in 1981, at least in 13, 14, and 15" sizes. 16 and larger wheels didn't start showing up until at least 84 and then only on Vettes and other high performance cars.

 

http://www.retrohound.com/custom-mag-wheels-poster/

 

The Convo Pros and Drag Stars date this poster to about 1986 or 87, I know Glidden had Drag Stars on his 87 T-Bird Pro Stocker. Anything else on this poster seems to be fair game.........

http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/slantasaurus/ http://s942.photobucket.com/albums/ad261/slantasaurus_2/ There are 3 things that will survive anything. Cockroaches, Keith Richards, and Slant 6 Dusters. "I'm not trying to change anybody's mind about anything, I'm just trying to ease my mind about everything" - Todd Snider
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Posted by alex_bman33 on Monday, February 07, 2011 2:00 PM

Hi all Iam back for the anniversary run of this years Cannonball 2011 .It is a 1969 Chevy Nova .I will be starting this from Revells 69 yenko nova kit .There will also be a bit of part box raiding along the way .Here is a photo of my unstarted kit

Looking forward to seeing all of this years builds . Good luck to all that enter.

[My photobucket] on the bench about 4 diferent project thoughts ' and alot of scattered parts...... If the world didnt suck ...we would all fall off.
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Posted by Jantrix on Monday, February 07, 2011 6:23 PM

Updated the rules. If I forgot anything sing out.

As for my build, I am planning a '63 Avanti with the engine and running gear from a '68 Corvette. However, I am running into ..............issues. So unless I mentally fix them to my satisfaction, the plan will change.

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Posted by ace-motorsport on Monday, February 07, 2011 6:49 PM

Im entering a 79 Mustang, ill post pictures when it arrives :) 

Cannonball Run CBP 2011 - 79 Ford Mustang Coupe (Boss302 and quad Webers)

Pictures by ace-motorsport - Photobucket

 

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Posted by stewart on Monday, February 07, 2011 7:46 PM

This is going to be fun to watch.  It always makes builds more fun when you have a reasonably strict set of rules you have to follow.  I might enter something but I don't think most of my ideas for builds would fit in with the rules.  For now I will just watch and cheer you all on

STewart

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Posted by wagonmaster on Monday, February 07, 2011 9:17 PM

I haven't decieded yet. Maybe the 69 Cuda. Or maybe something completely differant. Won't  know till I start, maybe suprised.

 

Tim

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Posted by MillerMeteor on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:52 AM

Jantrix, just wondering, are you gonna put up a list of all the entries and the cars we are driving?

Also, I just realised my Pontiac Ventura is a '77, not a '76 Embarrassed Gotta get it right from the start you know!

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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Posted by wraith on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:30 PM

I am SERIOUSLY thinking about doing this!!!!!  I was going to do this for sure with my Psychedelic 79 Camaro WIP, but that is going to look 70's/early 80's but have all new modern drivetrain and suspension, so thats a no-go.  I have another car in mind but I have to see if I can piece it together and make it fit within the rules. so i might be in this if I can get it figured out!

PROJECTS: 78 Dodge Pickup-"HEMI EXPRESS", 69 SINISTER BEE, RAM VTS Pickup, Chrysler 300C HEMI, 70 "SHAKER" 340 Challenger

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Posted by Jantrix on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 4:24 PM

MillerMeteor
Jantrix, just wondering, are you gonna put up a list of all the entries and the cars we are driving?

Yep, sure am. However I figured I'd wait a couple weeks for people to kick this around and really decide what they want to build (cuz, I'm not sure yet, and I've been planning this for eight months) and then I'll put a list together.

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Posted by slantasaurus on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:32 PM

Today was mock up day. Kitbashing and engine swapping never goes as easy as you want it to. I used white glue to hold the engine together for fitting and I realized that the engine would sit too far forward and the trans tunnel is really narrow. I kinda expected both considering the kit and real car was designed for a V-6 and a german 4 speed.

So I tried turning the oil pan 180 degrees to see how much that would help.

(shhh, don't tell anyone I posted 4 pics........)

Turning the oil pan seemed to do the trick, now I need to do it the right way by cutting the oil pan rail off and turning the sump around. The trans tunnel and trans mount will still need some work to make things fit in the more rearward position but that shouldn't be too bad. I have lots of Evergreen sheet on hand to take care of that.

I still have a bunch of details to work out like swapping a 9" Ford rearend, making sure everything fits under the hood, and I'm not sure if I'm gonna use the stock manifolds or find some parts box headers. Oh yeah, while I was going through the parts today I noticed on the back of the decal sheet is the number 75, so I guess that's as close to a date for this kit as I can get, 75 Mercury Capri II. 

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Posted by Jantrix on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:35 PM

Well it's official. The Avanti idea is toast. I'm not looking to do a lot of bodywork, and I hate the wheel openings. Other ideas include a 53 Stude, 49 Merc, and a beater '69 Cougar. I'm working on it.

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Posted by wagonmaster on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 10:56 PM

Well here is my entry, 1969 Plymouth GTX.

Tim

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Posted by dingo on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 7:21 PM

Actually Slantasarus the capri was built as a V8 in South Africa and was called the Ford Perana it ran the 302 but some people stuck the 351 windsor motor into it here in Oz to make it go abit better or should I say a WHOLE lot better.  I will start my build in the later half of the year and it will be a Ford Falcon XY 351 GTHO but without the rally lights this time, oh don't worry guys it will have driving lights but only the factory ones.

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Posted by Jantrix on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 8:23 PM

Sweet, this CBP is shaping up!

Okay guys, my Cannonballer will be a centrifigaly supercharged (Paxton) 427 BBC powered AMT 53 Studebaker. It'll utilize the rolled pans and I found some nice 15" Minilites. I'll likely add the Corvette rear end as well. Pics tomorrow.

I feel better now. All is well in the universe.

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Posted by crazyhorse on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 8:39 PM

Hello everyone.

The theme for my build this year goes like this....

The death of michael jackson greatly overshadowed, in my opinion the death of Farrah Fawcett, One of the stars of the original movie.

So as a tribute to Farrah, my build is going to be a 1976 Mustang Cobra II.

Looking very much like the one she drove in Charlie's Angels, but with a lil sum sum extra under the hood.

" I love it, I need it, I seed it, 8 cylinders all mine, alright, hold tight I'm a highwaystar"

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Posted by crazyhorse on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 8:42 PM

Here's to Farrah Fawcett.

" I love it, I need it, I seed it, 8 cylinders all mine, alright, hold tight I'm a highwaystar"

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Posted by Jantrix on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 11:36 PM

CH, great idea. I love it.

When I got the idea to do this, I did some searching on IMDB. As well as Farrah, who played Pamela "Beauty" Glover, since the movie was released, we have also seen the passing of the following.

Dom DeLuise - Victor/ Captain Chaos

Dean Martin - Jamie Blake

Sammy Davis Jr. - Morris Fenderbaum

George Firth - Arthur J. Foyt

Lois Hamilton - Roger Moore's hottie

Molly Picon - Roger Moore's mom

Robert Pessier - bald muscley biker guy

Burt Convey - Bradford Compton

Jack Elam - Dr. Nikolas Van Helsing

Rick Aviles - Mad Dog

John Fiedler - hotel desk clerk

 

Sorta makes you feel old doesn't it?

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Posted by Jantrix on Thursday, February 10, 2011 4:56 PM

Okay here's my kit.

Like every one of these kits I've ever seen the chrome is lousy. So the bumpers and grill vents will likely be painted. I'm going to shave the badges and trim and try for a road racer look.

Wow. A little research goes a long way. It may save you a lot of work. As it turns out the Studes of the early 50's have a rather excellent racing history. The Carrera Panamericana is a 2000 mile road race the length of Mexico. The cool thing is only old cars can enter and must be running vintage engines. 1953/54 Studebakers have won at least a dozen times over the last 20 years, due to their aerodynamic design and reliable 289 engine. Thank you Raymond Loewy!

If this car can win the CP, on some of the worst terrain in all of racing-dom, the Cannonball should be no problem.  With a few tweaks, and a wheel/tire change, this build will be very close to box stock. A rare thing for your's truly. Still planning on the supercharger too. See you around.

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Posted by hvymtl74 on Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:23 PM

yeah i feel old LOL , and i remember going to the driv-in to see CR II  .

i will rty to get pics tonite or tomorrow for my project .

MIchael

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Posted by MillerMeteor on Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:15 AM

So I`ve started the build! Not too much interesting happened yet, just mocked up the major components and figured out the ridehight of the car. Think I will lift it ever so slightly in the rear like they used to do to street machines back in the 70/80's. Also, I noticed that the kit is full of cool parts, like custom/racing parts for the engine, which I`m gonna use. Also contained sidepipe exhaust that will be placed on there. Since this is a 1976-released kit, everything in there pre-dates the 1981 limit, so no problem there.

 

 

On the bench (cos I see people put that in here!):

* Scratchbuilt Peterbilt 351 (finished)/Fruehauf tanker - The Duel Truck

* 1977 Pontiac Ventura 'Cannonball Run 2011' CBP Entry

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Posted by crazyhorse on Saturday, February 12, 2011 7:02 PM

This is the kit, along with a Cobra II conversion from Lookout Hobbies.

" I love it, I need it, I seed it, 8 cylinders all mine, alright, hold tight I'm a highwaystar"

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Posted by bloodyjaws on Saturday, February 12, 2011 9:29 PM

  If its not too late to enter, I'd like to try another one of these. Since my 93 cobra was destroyed before the 09 cb I need to redeem myself. This year I'm going to be driving a 427 street cobra. Maybe it'll get a paxton supercharger. I just won it off evilbay so i'll post pics when it arrives at the shop. Hope you'll let me run this year.

 

                                                                                      Jaws

 

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   "Yea, but some things get MEANER with age"

 

  Just trying to get by in the world.

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Posted by zenrat on Sunday, February 13, 2011 7:18 PM

I'm building a van.  & tempted as I am by Cannonball Run Dodge van kits on Evil-Bay it'll be a Chevy.

This is pre '81 right?

 

It's the 21st Century. Where's my Jet Pack & Flying Car? On the bench - detritus mainly.

Ninjas don't have pockets.

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Posted by Jantrix on Sunday, February 13, 2011 7:38 PM

bloodyjaws
  If its not too late to enter, I'd like to try another one of these.

Anyone may enter this CBP at any time. I'll add this to the rules on thread start. Welcome to the Cannonball!

zenrat

This is pre '81 right?

http://i.ebayimg.com/11/!CFkh70wEGk~$(KGrHqUOKkEE0gKqFB-!BNVlRInmKg~~_12.JPG

Man, it sure looks pre-81, but I'm not positive. Can't wait to see what you cook up Zenrat.

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