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50 Ford Salt flat Racer. 23-04-18 body work and hood opening created.

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50 Ford Salt flat Racer. 23-04-18 body work and hood opening created.
Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, April 09, 2018 9:56 AM

My facebook group is doing a Bonneville Salt flat race car build I have begun the build and of course I just can't add a set of aluminum wheel discs, I have to do my thing.

 20180407_230347 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180407_230351 by David Phair, on Flickr

for the first time I will actually use the custom front end from the barris kit

 20180407_231003 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180408_015249 by David Phair, on Flickr

I filled in the standard cockpit and will be cutting in a single seat on the drivers side which will be set back into the drivers side arch to make room for engines.

 20180408_133429 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180408_195300 by David Phair, on Flickr

I have cut out the firewall and will cut the new epoxy deck and extend the hood to make room for 2 engines. A new firewall and inner fenders to come.

 20180408_215312 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:17 AM
Liking this WIP already . The 2 motors are great ! What are those billet-esque wheels from?? I like them too ;-)
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:39 AM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Liking this WIP already . The 2 motors are great ! What are those billet-esque wheels from?? I like them too ;-)

 Thanks Spencer.

Those are from the Mickey Thompson Challenger 1 kit. I scraped the faces to make the tire look like a white wall and added spotlights as center caps.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 09, 2018 5:32 PM
Cool , I got the M/T Challenger 1 , as parts .... *sigh* ( 2 side by side V8's in my '46 Chevy pick up bed ....Yup a Rat Rod !)
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:18 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Cool , I got the M/T Challenger 1 , as parts .... *sigh* ( 2 side by side V8's in my '46 Chevy pick up bed ....Yup a Rat Rod !)
 

 

The challenger was a very difficult to build and I had a lot of issue with trying to fit the engines in the chassis, it just didn't want to go. So I scrapped it. but every parts from it is getting used somewhere in my builds.

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:30 AM

I had a bit of a late night trying to create the cockpit canopy and glass I started wth the shopped glass from the 53 Studebaker kit. The clear glass on the right is the same as the blue glass from the kit.

 20180410_000213 by David Phair, on Flickr

once I got that sorted it was time to create the canopy, which I spent more time trying to figure it out than actually creating it.

I decided the best way was to use my 3d doodle pen to create a mold from the glass.  

 20180410_010523 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180410_010529 by David Phair, on Flickr

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once I got it created I simply added some epoxy to the inside, and this morning before work I was able to smooth out the epoxy Hopefully no sanding required. I will start on the other side tonight then I can start shaping and cutting the window openings.

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 7:24 AM

Got the canopy shaped and ready to cut some holes for the window glass.

 20180410_215416 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180410_215405 by David Phair, on Flickr

I wanted to go with 2 v8's inline but there is too much space needed to go back and I would have to move the canopy back more than I want so I am considering makeinng a V16 from the 2 v8's. it will give me the room I need for the cockpit and it will be unique.

 20180410_220924 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:32 AM

Well I have ran into my first major road block... glass. what I was trying to do didn't work out and now I have found the shape of the canopy I want but I have to somehow fit glass to it. I have made a buck of sorts to get a shape, but now I have to get something that will work.

 20180411_221855 by David Phair, on Flickr

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making cuts and preping the hood for the V16 Caddy engine. This is going to be a lot of work.

 20180411_235143 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180411_235123 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:59 PM

Got any 1:64's ?? ( I strip down mine & detail 'em .) When I saw your blue narrow screen I thought it was from a Matchbox '70's supercar.

Surprise  I just had another look at your canopy.

Try the rear 3/4's glass from a 1:64  '55 Nomad 'side windows & tailgate' would look almost spot on angular....ily ??   

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Friday, April 13, 2018 7:39 AM

Well after about 20 attempts 2 broken bucks and some very warm hands I have formed some glass. It ain't pretty, I might even try again, but I have something to work with.

 20180412_232624 by David Phair, on Flickr

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I also started other side of the canopy to balance the top of the car out, it will have the same shape just not as long.

 20180412_234023 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

 

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:07 PM

Well I see you are all captivated by my build so I will keep posting progress pics Confused

 

I have been very busy this weekend and the car is beginning to take the shape of something a little more like a race car. 

I managed to build and paint the cockpit

 20180415_000926 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

I have been working on the canopy glass and I am up to verison 4.0 and I'm finally happy. 

 20180415_103126 by David Phair, on Flickr

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and I have gotten the sides of the body smoothed and body work completed. I just have to finish sand the top and canopy once the epoxy cures 100% 

 20180415_140909 by David Phair, on Flickr

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Engine work, body mods, and custom decals still to follow.  

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, April 16, 2018 7:59 PM
Man 6s & 7s...this is really looking good. All your work is starting to make things come together.
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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, April 16, 2018 11:39 PM

Gary Davis
Man 6s & 7s...this is really looking good. All your work is starting to make things come together.
 

 

Thanks Gary. This is a really fun project, and it's taken quite a bit of trial and error mainly with the glass for the canopy, but I finally sorted that out. Tonight I was able to get the glass out of the epoxy without destroying the glass or the canopy. Big Smile

 20180417_002228 by David Phair, on Flickr

I roughed up a throttle body base for the engine I might stack another piece of styrene on it for a little more thickness and height, then make the scoop. 

 20180417_002254 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

more work on the engine bay and the rough work will be done. I am on a 60+ work schedule for the next 6 weeks so progress is going to right down. It will give me the chance to work out some details lol

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Posted by nottheband on Friday, April 20, 2018 3:55 AM

Nice work.  I couldn't see where this was going earlier, your last few photos really let me see your overall concept, well done.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Saturday, April 21, 2018 12:47 AM

nottheband

Nice work.  I couldn't see where this was going earlier, your last few photos really let me see your overall concept, well done.  Cheers

Steve

 

Yes Nottheband, it's hard to see the finished product when so much of the raw material is in the way. Here's  a couple more pics I was able to get while working on it this week...

 

it has taken a lot of sanding to get this just into the primer phase of the paint.

I have been working on the "V16" and it's coming along very well. 

 20180419_223529 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180418_204440 by David Phair, on Flickr

I was able to get a lick of primer on the top of the body tonight. Touch ups are required...

 20180421_003606 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Saturday, April 21, 2018 12:48 AM

 

 

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Posted by All_6s_and_7s on Monday, April 23, 2018 5:47 AM

I had a busy weekend in the cave. I got all of the rough work completed including the hood and the exhaust for the blown V16. still miles away from paint. 

 20180422_123045 by David Phair, on Flickr

 20180422_123040 by David Phair, on Flickr

I had to close up some of the gaps in the hood. I will let this sit for a day or 2 before I try to rip the hood off. 

 20180423_063544 by David Phair, on Flickr

 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 23, 2018 11:27 AM
The engine parts look superb & the hood scoop is a swoopy work of art !!

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