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Begining a Ford GT (3-9-08 Update)

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  • From: Salem, NH
Begining a Ford GT (3-9-08 Update)
Posted by DeviousDesperado on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:03 AM
I started mocking up this model and I noticed that you can see very little of the engine in this model once the body is on... THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING!!!
I mean who wouldn't want to see a 550 horse Eaton supercharged D.O.H.C. 5.4 & a Ricardo 6-Speed transaxle? Luckily a lil scribing to free the hatch and some hinges will fix this problem! Big Smile
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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 1:45 PM
Hhmmm... looking good. Are you going to add any rear suspension detail, etc.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

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Posted by DeviousDesperado on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 10:32 PM
Yes I plan on fully wiring, plumbing and detailing this one. I bought a book the other day on the design and building of the GT car. There are many good referance pics even showing the motor out of the car and the chassis of the car without the body panels.
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Posted by DeviousDesperado on Sunday, March 2, 2008 5:12 PM
The supercharger all the way to the airbox was a one piece chrome unit...

So after a long soak in bleach and a lil tooth brushing it looked like this...

I cut off the factory vacuum hose, scribed a line between the supercharger and the throttle body. Then I painted the supercharger "my" flat aluminum color, painted the air box semigloss, and the air hose flat black. The airbox cover got the carbon fiber treatment and clamps were added to the air hose. I created the throttle linkage from brass and a piece of styrene. Finally I made the IAC motor from aluminum and brass and attatched it to the supecharger with a piece of brass and added the vaccuum hose to it from a piece of wire.

all that's left is a little weathering and this piece of the puzzle is done.
(BTW...Tony Stewart just hit the wall....YES!!!!! Tongue)
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Posted by hotrod1 on Monday, March 3, 2008 1:12 AM
WOW!!
that does look a heck of alot better..
would've never known it Was one piece
Be watching.Big Smile
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Posted by DeviousDesperado on Monday, March 3, 2008 10:19 PM
The next big hurdle will be the "no detail" transaxle with the big hole in it and the straight axle that is molded into the chassis. The rear of the chassis where the axle comes through actually looks nothing like the 1:1 car...but then again they never designed the model to have it's hatch opened. If I make the transaxle look like the real thing there is no way the exhaust will fit. This will take a lil careful planning before I pick up the saw...
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Posted by martinpr on Monday, March 3, 2008 10:56 PM
nice start keep us post
Muscle car forever
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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 4:12 AM
Guess that must be the 1/25 AMT/Polar Lights kit?

Good start, looks like you have a lot of work ahead of you though!

I seem to remember it was very easy to add working steering to the front of this kit.
Mike

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 10:31 PM
crp now you got me interested int this kit! what color are you thinking of?
great detail on the supercharger/airbox!
i m watching this! keep us posted and great work!
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Posted by DeviousDesperado on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 6:42 AM
Mike- It is the AMT Rides Magazine Custom Collection (Found it on clearance at Michaels Crafts for 9 bucks)

As far as color I'm torn the first GT built was red/white stripes so I was considering that...Silver/black stripes would be hot...then theres white/blue stripes...yellow/black stripes ... and finally I was considering Baby blue/orange stripes (from the original GT40 1966 Le Mans racer)

Now the progress:
The original axle was glued to the transaxle then the center of it drilled out for brass pins. the hole above the axle was filled with styrene strips, filed and then puttied. then brass rings were used to simulate the case where the axles exit. The original molded axle was cut off the spindles and new axles were made from aluminum with a brass pin inner core.



After everyting was smoothed I painted the transaxle and mocked everything up....I had to take some material off the insides of the exhaust to clear the transaxle. I still have to make CV boots to cover where the axles exit the transaxle and enter the hub on the spindle but it's getting there...

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 11:54 AM
wow tht is so cool! the supercharger relly looks good on top of the engine now!
ice steal at michels!
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Posted by Mr. Mopar on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 12:09 PM
Wow...just fantastic detail...your supercharger has left me more envious than you would believe! Can't wait to see how this one will turn out!
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Posted by DeviousDesperado on Sunday, March 9, 2008 12:31 AM
Well today I finished notching the kit frame bracing so the alumimum axles have somewhere to go. I also finished painting the pully assembly and while moching up the engine realised the most important pulley (supercharger) didn't line up. So I had to drill the center of the pulley as well as the charger and "pinned" them with a .020 brass rod. (it looks like I have to pin the idler too) I finished weathering and heat staining the exhaust and made a dipstick for the oiltank (blurred in the front right corner) In the morning I think I'm gonna start building the injector rails and maybe some oil/vacuum lines. My next delema is I know I don't want the valve covers chrome but I can't deceide whether to paint them or cover them in carbon fiber.
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Posted by DeviousDesperado on Sunday, March 9, 2008 2:35 PM
Well I deceided to CF the valve covers and built the injector rails from styrene and the 16 injectors (2 per cyl) from .029 brass rod. Then I added fuell crossover hose.
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Posted by Mr. Mopar on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 3:11 PM
Any progress on this super-detailed masterpiece? Big Smile
"We put a Dodge in our garage!" My Photobucket Current Projects -- '62 Pontiac Acadian dragster
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Posted by c.sheaffer on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 4:58 PM
That is looking fordtastic!!! Don't keep us waiting too long. I know that reworking parts and scratchbuikding takes awhile. Post pics when you can. Great now I'm gonna have to get me one of these....great job so far.
csheaffer
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Posted by justmike on Thursday, April 3, 2008 12:29 PM
I just read a blurb about a new customized GT It's by Avro motors and Roush technologies. It's a ten car limited run and its done in a unique color, Arencia metallica (Italian metallic orange) I don't know if you can get pics, but the pic is in my local rag www.northislandmidweek.com I just finished the Johnny Lightening kit , but yours is gonna be way better
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Posted by rebelroy on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 4:55 PM
Great looking work. You've piqued my interest. I have an origianal issue of the GT 40, that I started way back when. Now I guess I'll have to get back to it. Keep us updated on your progress.
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Posted by KMAN on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 4:53 AM
Your doing an amazing job. I'll be watching this one. Kelly

Easy now, whatcha cutten your cotton balls at?

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Posted by signmike on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 2:26 PM
I'm really interested in this one. You are opening the road in front of me....
Signmike, Michel Maheu
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Posted by mr.magoo on Sunday, April 13, 2008 5:17 AM
This looks like a nice build in progress.

What kit is it? I've really only seen the Polar Light's Ford GT kit and not any others. So what colour is it going to be????

Mick
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Posted by kevinm on Sunday, April 13, 2008 6:39 AM
You obviously have great skills at modeling! And your W.I.P. thread is very nicely done! I will definately watch this one! -kevin
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Posted by Mr. Mopar on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:38 PM
Any updates? I'm antsy with anticipationTongueBig Smile
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Posted by signmike on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 2:42 PM

yes I wanna see!!! I wanna see!  Please!!

Signmike, Michel Maheu

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