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57 Vette B Production Racing WIP

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57 Vette B Production Racing WIP
Posted by Tom Louis on Sunday, January 28, 2018 5:41 PM

I have diverted again, now I am building wine and cheese racing cars. At least they still have a number on the side, so far! Put the airplanes aside for now. This one needs a motor, exhaust, shocks, etc.

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Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:15 PM

Really nice so far. By coincidence I just started a '57 C-1 racer, too. I should be posting some intial pics in the next few days. I noticed you've foiled the trim and left the badge on the nose. Will it get the full street grille and bumpers treatment, early Cal Club style? Also, whose wheels and tires are you using. I stole the Rochester Fuelie and hub caps and whitewalls our of my Monogram kit for a Deuce 5-window I built many moons ago so I will have to replace them. I'm using a Revell Parts Pak SBC, but I'm up in the air on wheels and tires. It depends on how fancy I land up making the car, paint-and-decal-wise. I dig the no jive 60's SCCA look of yours.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Tom Louis on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:44 PM

Thank you for your comments Bernard. I have been building oval track racecars since I was a teenager, love to fab my own chassis, make my own decals, and take a razor saw to a body to build modifieds. I'm an old guy and like old stuff. But I was experiencing a certain unrest, lately, built a couple of 1/90, 1/72 Airliners (old, of course!) and now I have ventured into the heady world of sporty car modeling. Having a lot of fun and learning a lot too. A whole new hobby world has opened.

Will get back to planes and of course the left turn builds, sooner or later!

I know these C1 vettes were pretty stock, I am not completely clear on 1950-70's classes, but I will learn. This is the AMT 1/25th kit. The body will remain pretty much as you see it, the motor will have two 4bbls, as the kit did not include fuel injection. We're talking a new world of "stash", here. Wheels and tires were parted out with narrow and old school in mind. So far I have built two "quickie" curbside kits, Lindberg D Jag and a Monagram Chaparal coupe. Got a Penske/Sunoco Corvette working, as well, I will post soon. Thanks for the interest.

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:23 PM

Tons of pictures of these cars on the web, but surprisngly not that many of them being raced. Most of them were left virtually completely streetable, including bumpers and grills. although some were lightly stripped down. Mainly the hubcaps (obviously) went and some sort of roll bar was added. Gradually into the mid 60's they began to get a little fancier, but really not that much. The 57 came stock with a 270 HP dual-4-barrel 283 as an option and even the fuelie in '57 had only 280 HP over the twin-4-barrel's 270. Lots of racers ran hot cams and of course removed the mufflers, so probably with careful tuning you could see 300 HP before the era of the 327s. For lots of mechanics the carbs were more familiar and easier to tune. Some guys also ran sidepipes, but again that's fairly rare. Mainly they look surprisingly stock even when the windshield is removed.

For my project I'm thinking in terms of a "triple-threat" show 'n' go build, with a slightly fancy mild-custom paint job and an optional Bonneville setup alongside a road racer look - leaving the dual 4-barrels from the Parts Pak as removable and adding a (also removable) Hilborn injector rig for the salt flats car along with a removable tonneau cover and removable Moon discs over the steelies. I'm a member of the TRaK board (Traditional Rods and Kustoms) where the rules are strictly pre '69 rods, customs and straightliners so the Bonneville setup would allow me to share with my hot rod buddies alongside the show 'n' go road racer elswhere.

These early C1s are such elegantly pretty cars that to my eyes they look best essiantally stock, and perhaps slightly simplified like a race car is.

I have the Gran Sport kit from Accurate Miniatures which comes with decals for the blue Morgan/Johnson car. It's a gorgeous kit. When I build it I'll most likely do the plain white Hall/Penske version. The utilitarian look really appeals to me.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Tom Louis on Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:43 PM

Looking forward to see your work in progress. FYI, the Accurate Miniature Grand Sport and the one from Revell are the exact same. Except for the decals, I have them both.

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, January 29, 2018 7:53 AM

Cool looking build, Tom. I'm liking the direction of this build.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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