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Revell 41 Willys "Demon II"-Completed 09/07

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Revell 41 Willys "Demon II"-Completed 09/07
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:00 PM

I needed something that's going to go a little smooth for me so I've decided to take on another "Demon II" project. I'll be taking the original "Street Demons" idea and slamming it to the ground for more of a Pro Street look. Paint scheme will be the original Street Demons theme with the flames on the sides.

Here we go:

 

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:09 PM

Looking forward to what you can do to this one, Joe!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 5:19 PM

Thanks Mike! I've been looking forward to this build now for 30 years. lol

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:09 PM

I've got the chassis mostly finished up except for the brake rotors up front and the exhaust system. I've also gotta tweak the toe in setting on the front end to keep the excessive toe in look from happening on the front wheels when fully assembled.
I narrowed the rear axle to get the wider tires underneath the rear fenders and lowered the front suspension a good 1/8" to make it an even drop all the way around.



I did acquire the only PE piece made for this kit which will help the front end out ALOT. Sorry Revell..................that's good for OOB but it aint gonna cut it on this build.



I'm currently working on the engine which will take me a bit because of the detail I want to throw at this beast. I'll be robbing a lot of the parts except for the base engine block and transmission (which I'll leave OOB) from the Revell Hemi Dart kit. I was going to post some engine progress pics as well but the Spaz Stix clear doesn't work well with Model Master acrylic paint. Turned it white in the crevices so I'll be shooting another thin coat of orange on the block and re-coating the clear with Tamiya clear like I usually do the next time around. Learning curve complete.  ;)

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 02, 2018 12:54 PM

Engine build is under way. I've decided to NOT go the blower route and go with a dual quad super stock motor. I'll be using the heads, rocker covers, intake and timing cover out of the 68 Hemi Dart kit (which I'll have to replace because I do want to build a Hemi Dart) and retaining the block and transmission from the Willys Street rod kit so as to keep the mods to fit the engine into the frame to a minimum. I had to modify the timing cover and intake slightly to get them to fit together on this engine block. I've been doing a lot of studying on this particular powerplant because I want to replicate the fuel delivery system and throttle linkage.

Here's the base build up as of earlier in the week:

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and here we are with it as of now:

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another thing that has caught my interest are the two piece aluminum wheels that are available these days. I actually acquired these wheels some time back but the rear wheels were so wide that I didn't have a tire wide enough to mount them in. So I took both of the wheel sleeves into a machine shop and had them cut the sleeve to the depth I wanted and "Walla!" , I've got myself a set of usable Pro Street wheels now. I'll have the wheel studs and lug nuts coming up next.

Here's where we're gonna go with the tire and wheel set up:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 3:49 PM

I'm waiting on throttle linkage, spark plug wires and the like for any more progress on the engine.

Until then I'm marchin' on with the wheel construction. Since I've gotten the modifications to the rear wheel sleeves from my local machine shop , I've been waiting on the studs and nuts needed for the rear wheels.

I took the base wheel face and drilled all the lug nut holes out a little so the studs would fit.

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Here's the lug nuts that I acquired from RB Motion: (if none of you have checked THAT site out then you need to. AMAZING stuff on there)

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Lug nuts installed:

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And here we are with the wheel face adhered onto the wheel sleeve and a light wash applied to the lug nuts to bring out the detail. Before installing the wheel face I hit the wheel sleeve with some steel wool and then followed that up with some Mothers Aluminum Polish to bring a nice shine to the sleeves. Each of the rear wheels were 8 pieces in total. Fronts were 4 pieces each.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 10:27 PM

Still messin' around witht the stance on this car. May have to lower it a bit more in the front:

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Here's the rolling chassis with the powertrain test fitted. This car is ALL motor and tire!!!

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Got the distributor drilled a few days ago in anticipation for the orange spark plug wire arrival in the mail. I got the wires yesterday so I went to work on that this morning.

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I also received my "banjo" fittings for the carburetors so I can run those fuel lines now.

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My intention was to go with the stock routing and lines for the fuel delivery but this is a custom ride. I found some photos that I took at the San Antonio speedway that may suit this build even better.

A nicely built Hemi with the super stock manifold in a Belvedere:

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BTW..............I'll be saving the stock routing for the kit that I robbed this motor from. Oh but wait................there's no motor in that kit any more. :hmm: No worries about that......I got the replacement kit yesterday.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 16, 2018 2:18 PM

I didn't like the hole that was cut in the hood. I'm not much of a fan of that kind of stuff because most of the time it just looks cheap and half done. There are those cars that do look cool with a hole in the hood and a big tunnel ram dual quad setup coming out of the hood but this aint that car.

I cut some black Evergreen styrene to match the hole, glued it into place with Tamiya cement, filled in the cracks and low spots with super glue and sanded everything flush nice and purdy.

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Hemi is still coming along as well:

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an "in chassis" shot with the engine wire harness installed:

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It's gonna take up the whole engine bay opening when it's all said and done. Still gotta work on the stance some. :hmm:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2:45 PM

I've got the chassis finished except for the chrome exhaust tips install:

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Got the throttle linkage done and have been working on other stuff like the fuel delivery system and radiator hose(which took three hose fabrications until I got a hose and clamp assembly that looked half decent!    ). Still have the throttle return springs to install, fuel lines from the fuel junction block and gotta clean up those air horns which I have temporarily installed for effect.

Here's where we're at now:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by MY327 on Thursday, July 26, 2018 7:41 AM

Awesome build! Can't wait to see the finished Car! The engine looks great!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, July 29, 2018 6:48 AM

Thanks bud. I appreciate the comments.

I dry brushed on a little ground up brown pastel to tone the plug wires down for a little more realistic look. I've still got a little tweaking to do and one throttle return spring to install on the rear carburetor but here's the fruits of today's labor:

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, August 05, 2018 11:08 AM

Just went through this thread and loved it.  The wheels are perfect!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 6:58 PM

Man thanks Mike!

Managed to get the rear carburetor throttle return spring and bracketry put into place and cleaned up that front fuel line a bit this morning. Pretty much all done with the engine now except for the carburetor air horns.

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Stance is about where I want it too:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by modeller123 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 9:46 PM

Looks good

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, August 10, 2018 11:02 PM

Thanks modeller!

Off to the interior folks. I've got a lot of work to do in there and am still planning the scheme out. It's one of those "I'm making it up as I go" things.

I did pick up a couple of goodies for it though. Surprisingly enough there is no radio in the interior and to make matters worse there's this big square plate at the front of the console that's...…………………...blank???

 

So I ordered something to fill that space:

 

 

and some cool "Punisher" floor mats to go along with it:

 

 

The beginnings of the interior construction are under way. Here's the progress on the door panels. I mixed up some dark grey and thinner and outlined all the recessed areas so when I shot the white over the door panels it would make those areas stand out a little more. A pre-shading of sorts.

 

 

I found a piece of adhesive backed blue metallic sheet that I applied and cut out around the edges for a neat and clean door insert panel. Then I masked off and painted the door speaker grilles black. I'm still planning out the rest of the interior scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, August 11, 2018 11:13 AM

Very nice project. Great detail.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 2:36 PM

Thanks Dave!

I did the same thing with the seats as I did with the door panels on pre-shading all the cracks and crevices with a dark gray, then a medium coat of white followed by a coat of semi-gloss clear. I'm trying to accent the blue lightly throughout the interior without overdoing it. Keep in mind that the seat belts and dash will be blue as well. I had some soda bottles so I drilled two holes to simulate cup holders and slipped a couple of sodas in the center console. Window switch and shifter bezels were picked out with Chrome BMF.

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Radio face with CD halfway out of the slot will be going on the blue panel at the front of the console. Weird how Revell didn't have a decal slide or radio face molded on it. Still gotta throw some more blue in there to balance all the white out.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:57 AM

I removed the soda bottle from the passengers cup holder and glued a piece of black sheet styrene on the bottom of the interior tub at that location to simulate that little black foam pad that's usually at the bottom of cup holders. I may put a bottle cap opener in there as well.

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After adding the floor mats, blue seat belts and some other details like the magazine and bottle cap opener on top of the magazine, I think I've broken up the color pattern somewhat. I managed to sneak in a black demons head in between the seat. I had the choice of black or white but chose the subtle route. The interior color layout was a brainstorm of ideas I came up with so I really had no reference for it. Just vision. Still gotta pick out a few details like some switches and all but I've got it about where I want it. I also still have to install the accelerator and brake pedals, shifter lever and fire extinguisher to complete the base tub.

To recap....Before:

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After:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:30 PM

I'm impressed with all the detail work so far. While I am one of the old-school gasser fans, if you're not going to have a hole in the hood, the cross-ram Hemi is just as lethal while maintaining the smooth profile. Looking forward to the finished product! Thumbs Up

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:57 PM

All your work looks great, Mustang! Nice looking hot rod! Cool Thumbs Up Bow

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.

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Posted by bob29579 on Sunday, August 19, 2018 1:55 PM

Very cool interior.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 20, 2018 9:43 AM

Thanks for following along Chucky, JR and Bob! Yes

This may not seem like much but that fire extinguisher was no small job to paint up and put BMF on for the straps. The part came from the 68 Hemi Dart kit along with the decal. The gauge decal came from an instrument panel gauge decal from the AMT 67 Chevelle Pro Street kit.

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I also got the dash mostly finished and I got the radio and equalizer installed as well as installing the fabricated shifter. The OOB shifter SUCKED!!

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Steering column and Grant steering wheel installed. I went ahead and went with a black center on the steering wheel to tie some of the black in the interior together. Interior is...……………….finished!

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, August 20, 2018 12:30 PM

The Willys is coming along very nicely. Nice clean detailing.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 6:24 PM

Thanks Trevor. I appreciate the encouragement. This things been dragging out for waaaay too long. lol

Body work is complete and the paint has been underway for a few days now. Everything behind the front fenders has been painted with Testors Icy Blue decanted and shot through the AB. Will be shooting the pearl white on the fenders this weekend. I trimmed up the decals meant for the much older Revell multi-piece Willys and applied those on the door this morning. Gotta do some graphing with the hood decal onto the door at the front but feelin' pretty good about it so far.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 12:11 PM

The flames on the sides of the car are now complete and I managed to fill in the blank space at the front of the door by trimming the decals and inserting the missing pieces. Pearl White is on and the clear applied overall. We're almost there fellas.......

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by chucky on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 8:18 PM

The finish line is in sight! The added details add lots of time but it's clearly worth it. One detail on the cross-ram Hemi cars that is often missed is the carb linkage. Unlike most carb setups, the cable pulls the bellcrank to PUSH the secondary side linkage rather than PULL the primary side. I'm pleased to see that you got this nitpicky Mopar detail correct. It causes some head-scratching, but die-hard Mopar guys get it! Won't be long now! TimeDinner

chucky

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, September 07, 2018 12:59 PM

Thanks Chucky. I did a ton of research on this engine and the cars they came in. Learned ALOT!!!

Finished this one up this morning.

To recap:

Started out with these two kits and a Pro Street vision. I did end up using a few parts from the old Revell release such as decals (for patterns) , rear license plate and a couple of small items here and there. The Street Demons paint scheme on a Pro Street car was what I was after.

 

 

 

I've always had an eye for Revell's "Street Demons" series back in 1983 but I don't really care for the gasser look that a few of 'em had...……..this one in particular. In staying with the theme I set out to change things up a little bit in the way of a slight color change up, stance, powertrain and interior.

Powertrain: Super Stock 426 Hemi came from the Revell 1968 Hemi Dart kit with upgrades to the ignition, fuel and throttle linkage systems.

Wheels: From Future Attractions. I had my machine shop at work cut the rear wheels in half due to the fact that they were just too dang wide to use with the tires I had.

 

Aftermarket Items: Too many to list.

Paint: Testors Icy Blue Lacquer, Testors White Lightning Lacquer and Testors Wet Look Clear all decanted and shot through an airbrush.

Decals: Speedway Decals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Interior Shots:

 

 

 

Additional engine shots:

 

 

 

 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, September 07, 2018 1:30 PM

Top notch work, Joe. Very clean and impressive detailing. All around excellent effort!

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Posted by chucky on Friday, September 07, 2018 2:51 PM

Really turned out nice! Interiors like yours are why people build convertibles and roadsters. At least WE know it's there. Great job and thanks for the ride. Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, September 07, 2018 6:17 PM

Thanks Trevor and Chucky. I had alot of fun building this one. It just kind of "clicked" together.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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