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Revell 41 Willys "Demon II" -Progress 16 July

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    January, 2015
Revell 41 Willys "Demon II" -Progress 16 July
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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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:09 PM

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

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Dodge Dart GTS; 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

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    January, 2015
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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    January, 2015
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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    January, 2015
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

  • Member since
    January, 2015
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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    January, 2015
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

  • Member since
    January, 2015
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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