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- From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr
on Monday, February 06, 2017 8:12 AM
Thanks, Steve and Orange R/T! I appreciate your comments! Garry, I'm not sure!
Steve, you can look back at page 1 if you have any questions on the engine as I think described it pretty well, including the little bits I used for the detail, most of which came from the Morgan Automotive Detail pre-wired distributor package. But here are a few notes about the engine and the rest of the engine bay. If you have any specific questions, let me know I will be glad to share what little I know. I make no claim that any of this is factory correct.
- I used the 440 from an AMT 69 GTX. I substituted the intake manifold and two carb set-up from the 70 Cuda Hemi. Paint is Testors Hemi Orange lacquer. See page 1 for other engine detail.
- The steering box was a bit of a chore. I kept knocking it off the frame rail when meeting the body with the frame. I left it loose in the engine bay until I had the body glued to the frame rails. Then I turned the steering box into the right position in the engine bay with my tweezers and glued the other end to the firewall to hold it in place. If I were to do it again I would deepen the notch in the frame so that the inner fender liner wouldn't knock it off the frame rail.
- The firewall has a box in the center that I painted black along with the molded in wire. I painted the heater core silver. The booster on the brake master cylinder was painted flat black. The master cylinder was intially painted silver but I then painted the base of it Metalizer gunmetal and brass on the cover with a brush.
- The single horn is from the AMT 69 GTX, I think. I couldn't figure out how to attach the 70 Cuda kit horns and they looked like they would interfere with the engine.
- The clear wiper bottle was taped off on the top and the inside of the bottom was painted with some clear blue spray. Pulled the tape and painted the cap black leaving the top of the bottle clear.
- The upper radiator hose is Detail Master 2.5" simulation radiator hose. I left the bottom hose off as there was no way to hook it up once the engine and body were installed. I should have installed it on the engine before assembly and then tried to nudge it into the hole in the radiator.
- Heater hoses and decals in the engine bay are from the kit. I cut only 3 white decals from larger heater hose decal and applied them individually as the whole decal would have been a nightmare to align and snug down.
- I shortened the shaft on the 4 blade fan on the 440. When I installed the radiator and shroud I pushed the center of the radiator support forward a bit to slip the shroud around the fan then glued the radiator to the support at the top and each corner of the bottom.
- I had to shave both the front and back sides of the hood latch to get it to fit. I probably should have installed it to the radiator support before installing the radiator support as there is no way to slip the back into the bottom of the hole in the support once it is in position. I was also concerned about the two hooks that should sit on the edge of the front panel as they might affect the closure of the hood. So I shaved both the front and back until it would fit snugly then added glue to the radiator support and front panel edge and put it in place with a handy-tacked toothpick.
Hope that helps, Steve! Let me know if you have any questions!
If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR
Next on the bench: Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.