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Altered Ego Fiat Fuel Altered

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Altered Ego Fiat Fuel Altered
Posted by gasser59 on Saturday, November 12, 2011 7:06 PM

Hi gang. I've been at this build for awhile now and thought I should tell the backstory and post a few pix. I've always wanted to build a F/A Fiat, ever since my older cousing dropped his original issue Mongram's Hemi Fiat on the floor and it went into a hundred pieces. This was probably when I was 8 or so. He was so ticked, he kicked the bigger parts under the bed. Well, alwyas one for a challenge, I scavenged up all of the pieces I could find and put it back together. Thjis was my first attempt at modeling and I was hooked.

I started with the Wild Willy Borsch kit and a Double Dragster Fiat body. I used the 392 engine from the Wild Willie kit and scratch built an all metal working steering straight axle along with a seat and tinwork made from printing plate. It is fully plumbed and wired. Machined rims are on order so the ones posted here will be updated when they are done, hopefully next week.

The HOK Tangelo paint has been purchased and will be applied once I'm certain the rear wheel well openings won't require more trimming and that will be dependent on the wheels when they arrive. I've made up the decals and just need to finish the Illustrator file and get it sent off to the printer.

There's still a bunch of small stuff to do as well, so please stay tuned and as always, comments welcomed.


 

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Posted by ford freak on Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:03 PM

looks pretty awesome so far always like fuel altereds like to see them come back nice job

John

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:48 PM

Man that looks fantastic. A lot of great detail........................

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Posted by Draggon on Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:32 PM

I think I saw your fantastic build elsewhere. Do you have some more traditional wheels on the way?

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Posted by surfnut on Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:04 AM

WOW! The Fiat came out great.  Nice details & very clean.

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Posted by gasser59 on Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:16 AM

Thanks guys. I'll have another update coming soon.

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Posted by gasser59 on Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:17 AM

Thanks for the kinds words guys. They're really appreciated. Received a progress photo of my machined rims and can't wait to get them on. Here's a picture of them along with a couple more of the interior with all of the fabricated pieces made with printing plate. Also a pic of the eat belts using medical tape.

As always, thanks for following along. Comments welcome.

gasser59

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, November 17, 2011 9:27 AM

Fantastic work here. I always thought the Fiat body made some of the best looking altereds. Your attention to detail and craftsmanship is top drawer. It's going to be gorgeous with colour on it. Interesting story on your introduction to modelling, too.

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:04 PM

Really nice job on your Altered cou[e Brad and  I hope mine turns out half as good.

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Posted by surfnut on Friday, November 18, 2011 8:29 AM

Great machine work on the wheels, they look awesome!Bow

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Posted by chuckinredneck on Friday, November 18, 2011 10:17 AM

I've been following your build as I've been working on my own 34 Ford Altered. what you've done here is much way and above what I do. I stand in awe of your work, on one hand it sets the bar higher for me to try and clear. On the other hand I'm ready to put mine back in the box and take up needle point, or at least hope your model is never on a table with mine at a contest. lol No joking now I'm very impressed by your work

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Posted by gasser59 on Friday, November 18, 2011 10:44 AM

Thanks Chuck. I've been following your build as well and I have to say, it looks like you can reach this higher bar. It takes more time, using an OptiVisor, steady hands, more $ and more tools.  LOL  You can do this and if I can help you out in anyway, please let me know. BTW - source some printing plate from a local print shop. Its amazing how versatile this stuff is. So far on this build, I've used it for inside the frame rails (the little triangles), the outside frame rail tins, the output shaft tunnel, the seat, the steering wheel and cross piece for the two buttons, firewall, wheelie wheel brackets and various other pieces. This stuff cuts with a sharp, fine scissors as well as a hobby knife, can be bent with crisp folds along a straight edge and drills and sands easily.

 

You can do this, isn't not rocket science, just scale science.

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Posted by chuckinredneck on Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:04 AM

Thanks for the "Vote of Confidence" Brad It means alot to me, I will be checking some of the print shops near here. I like the way it looks on what you got going on here. Besides I can't see myself knitting a sweater at any time, lol. I try to do a better job on each model I build so I'm reaching for that bar, Ive started working with a magify glass, gonna look into one of the visors

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Posted by gasser59 on Sunday, November 20, 2011 1:53 AM

Well, the wheels arrived today and here's a quick mock-up of them in place. I need to make the calipers for the rotors Jim made as well as plumb them. I have some valve stems from RB Motion to apply to all four rims will need to deepen the spindle holes on the front rims. Jim does some kick butt work with a quick turnaround time.

More tomorrow as I'll have some time in the morning. Thanks for following along.

gasser59

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Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:57 PM

A bit more work done. The brake lines are replumbed, this time with anodized fittings to replace the black plastic ones from before. I should have done this the first time.


Second, all of the wheels have RB Motion valve stems. I know these are simple and small but the detail on them is astounding.


And lastly, I made a chute pull by twisting up a handle and ran it to the back where it will meet up with the body.


Sorry, a couple of the pix are a bit blurry. I appreciate you guys following along on this thread. This is my most detailed build and am enjoying sharing it with you guys.

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Posted by gasser59 on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:35 PM

A bit more progress done. Made a couple of wheelie wheels from an orange Gatorade lid by rough cutting them to shape and 'turning' them on my Dremel Stylus. Made the wheel brackets from aluminum channel and the rods from aluminum tubing and steel rod.

 

The orange color of the cap was perfect.

Just a few more details to be done to the chassis then its onto body work and paint. Decal artwork is done so it needs to be sent off to the printer.

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Posted by gasser59 on Monday, April 09, 2012 9:28 AM

Was finally able to get the scratch-built and functioning front axle completed. The radius rods were a challenge. RB Rod ends and Scale Hardware nuts and bolts.

Here's a pic of just the chassis showing the side tins made from aluminum printing plate.

Finally got some paint on this as well as the decals. A few more details to finish up then its done. Here's a picture to share with you.

Thanks for following along.

 

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Posted by GASSERS#1 on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9:48 AM

One great looking altered!!Beer

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Posted by gasser59 on Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:03 AM

Thanks gasser#1. Just a few more finishing touches and this one is in the books. Just in time for the Desert Scale Classic this upcoming Saturday here in Phoenix. Stay tuned.

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Posted by F1 Starr on Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:39 AM

Very nice model with just the right amount of details, congratulations!

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Posted by ace-garageguy on Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:45 PM

Don't know how I missed this one before. Really nice.

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Posted by gasser59 on Tuesday, March 01, 2016 12:08 PM

I wasn't happy with the paint, so after a year of it staring me in the face, I had to redo it. Here's a few pictures of the new paint.

The last pic shows the inside of the body painted flat black which looks so much better.

Thanks for your interest. Comments welcome.

 

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Posted by 67 Mmustang on Wednesday, March 02, 2016 3:18 AM

Really like the new two-tone paint scheme on this. Better than the solid orange scheme that it carried earlier. Can't believe the level of detail on this. Absolutely amazing and inspiring. Need to get some printing plate And try it out. I can only hope my efforts will look half as good as this.

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Posted by gasser59 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:41 PM

All of the pictures have been updated from PhotoBucket to Fotki.

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