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Dale Earnhardt 1976 Ford Torino

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Dale Earnhardt 1976 Ford Torino
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, May 17, 2019 5:14 PM

This is the car that Dale Earnhardt drove in the 1978 World 600. It might be a 1977, I'm not really sure. It was one of Bud Moore's cars that Buddy Baker drove for him. Will Cronkite owned the car when Earnhardt drove it. This car helped Earnhardt get some exposure so he could get a ride for 1979, his rookie year in the Winston Cup series.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, May 17, 2019 5:16 PM
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Posted by markdoo on Friday, May 17, 2019 5:31 PM

This is the first completed build that I have seen converting that Revell Torino into a Nascar race car, and it sure looks terrific!

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, May 17, 2019 5:54 PM

Thanks, Markdoo. After I elongated the chassis I was surprised how well the Revell body mated to the old MPC chassis. And the Revell engine mated to the MPC transmission and headers very well too.

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Posted by vintagegarage on Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:27 AM

Very nice job Tex, back when NASCAR had real cars and fans in the stands. That would look good on any model shelf.

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Posted by Tom Louis on Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:04 AM

very nice, l like it! thanks for the inspiration.

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Posted by henri1 on Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:50 PM

This realy is a very fine build..... build out of teh starsky an hutch?

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Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, May 18, 2019 4:08 PM

henri1

This realy is a very fine build..... build out of teh starsky an hutch?

 

Yes, Starsky and Hutch, and literally an mpc 1972 Wood Brothers Mercury that was built 45 years ago. I used the chassis and some other parts from it. Check out the wip in this forum for details.

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Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:21 AM

Thanks guys , for the feedback.

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Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:27 PM

Super job! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 2:03 PM

Thanks, 60Buick

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, May 25, 2019 2:06 PM

Hey Mark...another OUTSTANDING build and a look back into racing history. Your work is very inspirational my friend.

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Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:11 PM

Gary Davis

Hey Mark...another OUTSTANDING build and a look back into racing history. Your work is very inspirational my friend.

 

 

Thanks, Gary. I'm probably going to need some help from you on my next build since you are very good at it. Its a 30 series truck and a race car trailer.

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, May 27, 2019 3:01 PM

Very cool build, Tex. The NASCAR Fords of the 70s just look so right to me. I had no idea Earnhardt ever drove a Ford, and I would certainly never have guessed what the project was about during the WIP. It turned out great, and I learned a little NASCAR history as well. Cheers, and well done.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, May 27, 2019 3:23 PM

Thanks, Trevor. I really appeciate the feedback. Yes, the seventys was a very cool time in Nascar and all the Fords looked good back then.

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Posted by Torino 380W on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:17 AM
Congratulations, beautiful model and very nice scheme. This type of NASCAR is very nice because they still maintain the original line of the car. Fran.
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Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, June 15, 2019 2:34 PM

Seeing your username, I can tell why you enjoyed this build. The 1976 Torino was a very nice looking car. I owned a 1976 Laguna S-3 and it was also a very nice looking car but by  todays standards it was like driving a tank. Didn't handle that well and did not stop on a dime.

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Posted by Torino 380W on Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:56 AM
My dear friend.
I am a fan of American cars and I really enjoy the photos of their model, but my username does not refer to the Ford Torino, but to the IKA Torino 380W Argentino.

It was a car based on the design of the Rambler American, responsible for its aesthetic modification to Pininfarina and the mechanical part to Argentine engineers.

It was manufactured there by 1966 and had a 6cil engine. in line with 3.8 liters or 230ci and three carburetors Weber double mouth 45/45 that's why the W after 380.

For the United States would be a small engine, but for Argentina that was great, considering that most of our vehicles came from Europe and the little American that was here was some Ford V8 trucks and the majority of the Chevrolet 6 cylinders

This vehicle gave us many satisfactions in national competitions and an outstanding act in the 84hs of the Nurburgring in the year 1969

I leave a picture in a competition version, but you can appreciate the lines similar to the Rambler American

A hug



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Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:04 AM

Thanks for the info. I always like to learn something new everyday. So I take it you reside in Argentina?

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Posted by Torino 380W on Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:20 PM
So is.

I live in the province of Neuquen, in the south west of Argentina

If you search in google on the Argentine Torino you will see that there are some copies over there.
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Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:06 AM

American Motors got pretty racy in this country with the Javelin and the AMX before they went out of business or got bought out. I dont really remember. They even won some races in Nascar with the Matador. 

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Posted by Torino 380W on Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:52 PM

 

IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina) brought more models of American Motors to Argentina.

I made the Rambler Ambassador 990, the 660 and the previous "mouth of fish", also the caravel model, as well as Jeep models.

After that I bought Renault from France and already started to manufacture its European models eliminating forever all vehicles of North American origin.

In 1982 the last model of the Torino was already manufactured in its ZX denomination. Already with the brand logo renault on his forehead.

With respect to the Javelin and the AMX, aesthetically I like the Javelin more, but I do not know the quality differences between both.

The Javelin has a more aggressive touch that makes it look better ... to my liking.

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Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:25 PM

The AMX was a lightened and shortened version of the Javelin and with the 390 cu inch engine it could really boogey. It was kinda ugly though. But like all the other muscle cars of that era none of them had sufficient brakes to stop those cars as safely as they should. I had a 1968 pontiac gto with a 400 cu inch engine but I would never get it up to full song unless I knew I had enough room to stop. my 1968 corvette with a 427 was the baddest car I owned but its brakes were discs all around and it could whoa down pretty good. But that car would take your breath away. I owned that car in 1972 when I was 21 and thought I was the toughest dude around but that car scared me. Sometimes I wonder how I survived my youth.

 

Back in 1972 at my girl friends house. (Now my wife).

 

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Posted by Torino 380W on Friday, June 21, 2019 12:32 AM
 
wowwwwww
Damn, I really like American cars (sorry for my French) hahahahaha

A convertible 427 corvette, which was to have everything in adolescence.

In Argentina, until a few years ago there was only one Pontiac GTO 66 registered. Now that they have facilitated import procedures for old vehicles, some more have been imported.

Insisting with IKA Torino, this car came out with all the latest on the market at that time. Front brake disc, overhead camshaft, three Weber carburetors, hydraulic steering, 4-speed ZF gearbox and rear air conditioning.

And the 380W TC version was a true race client. You could buy it and when you leave the agency, you could put it on a racetrack.

He turned and braked like a real racing car.

Unfortunately, the Argentine economy from the 70s lost interest in American cars and we turn to Europeans ...

But we had several of his "light" cars, Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Chevy cupe (his Nova), Dodge made a GTX and R / T with a V8 318c.i. and a Slant 6 respectively and the Ramblers that they already name

We talked a little about scale models, but it's good to share experiences and anecdotes about the cars we love.

Currently in my collection I have a Mercedes Benz 250 se 1967, a Mercedes Benz 230Ce cupe 1981, two Torinos 380 in restoration, A DKW 1967 (German car twice) and a Maseratri 420i biturbo 1986

. Well, I suppose the Corvette would have helped a little to conquer his friend, current wife. :)
Ps- I guess the Corvette would have helped a little to conquer his friend, current wife. :)
Pd: supongo que el Corvette habría ayudado un poco a conquistar
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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, June 21, 2019 7:54 AM

I bet that Maserati is very cool. The future wife  was pretty impressed with the 68 but her favorite was the 1974 corvette coupe that I purchased in 1980 cleaned up the body work and painted a bright red. It only had a 350 but it was fun to cruise around in with the removable tops stowed in the back. I'll see if I can find a picture of it.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 11:12 PM

OK...So we have a couple of cool cars...can you guys drive them! LOL

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Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7:46 AM

Here is the 74 vette we had. When I bought it in 1982 the lady had put a brown enamel paint job on it . I had to strip it and paint it with red laquer. I then had to buff it out. the split tail the car had, had sublimated and cracked badly, but luckily I found a rear bumper cover from a 1978 vette in the trash pile at the body shop of the dealership i worked at. The body shop foreman said I could have it. It fit perfectly. When I sold the car in 1995 I thought my wife was never going to speak to me again. She loved that car.

 

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Posted by runninghorses14 on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:38 AM
What is the wip?
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Posted by runninghorses14 on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:42 AM

Would like to see this project added to the "HOW TO & MODELS" section.  Would love to try this project myself; with a little more information to direct.  What a great build.

texwardfan

 

 
henri1

This realy is a very fine build..... build out of teh starsky an hutch?

 

 

 

Yes, Starsky and Hutch, and literally an mpc 1972 Wood Brothers Mercury that was built 45 years ago. I used the chassis and some other parts from it. Check out the wip in this forum for details.

 

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Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:16 PM

runninghorses14
What is the wip?
 

 

Here is the link

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/31/t/130531.aspx

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