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1953 Studebaker 'salt flat 'race cars

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  • Member since
    January 2004
  • From: nw GA
1953 Studebaker 'salt flat 'race cars
Posted by bill mathewson on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 3:11 PM
Anyone building or have built one of these? Want to share ideas. etc.
  • Member since
    January 2004
  • From: Calgary, Alberta
Posted by onetwentyfifth on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 12:37 PM
Bill- I've been a fan of these cars for a long time but have yet to build a salt flat car. A few years ago the AMT "Salty Dog" version was out and a "Hemi Double Wammy" is listed in my guide (1998 release). Either of these would probably be good starting points. You didn't mention if you were going to replicate a real car or going to do one using your own imagination. For ideas, may I suggest looking in 'hod rod' type magazines usually the Nov., Dec., or Jan. issues as Bonnyville is open in late Aug. to early Oct. for speed runs. Smoothing of the already slippery body and top chopping seem to be the norm. A big block engine/tranny up front and a light but strong chassis underneath (pro-stock? style).Use skinny tires as you want little rolling resistance for top speed with Moon style wheel covers. Might want to try a full or parial belly pan. Wow, I'm really getting carried away. Hope my suggestions help-anyone else got some ideas?
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  • Member since
    January 2004
  • From: nw GA
Posted by bill mathewson on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 1:04 PM
Thanks. I almost finished a very similar model of AMT '53 Stude years ago and gave it to my son to finish; it got raided for parts instead and ended up in the 'spares' box. It was chopped, had a partial belly pan-area between the frame rails filled in w/ sheet 'metal', a much smaller but similar to stock grill, small front spoiler, smoothed but still separate body color bumpers, and a housing on deck lid for a parachute. Headlites were sorta frenched-very slight w/ peak removed and tail lites molded in. Orig trim 'peak' on rear fender tops was molded and raised slightly. It had a full roll cage and front clip off an early Revell prostock Camaro attached to firewall-set back-from same kit. Rear axle was a quick-change (Monogram sprint car model) w/ inboard disc brakes. Engine was kit supplied 392 Chrysler hemi w/ front mounted blower and Hilborn injection hooked up to a Lenko trans out of another drag car (forgot from where). Never got proper tires for it so it sat until my son disected it! FYI - I also posted a similar thread/same subject on Hot rods / Street rods / Street Machines section of this Forum. Gotta do another one or three, especially since this great kit has once again been reissued, and I think R/M's "Miss Deal" early Stude 'funny car' has been too. Would make a neat CBP - any interest?

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