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66 Pro Street/Strip Nova Project (update 7/18/10)

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66 Pro Street/Strip Nova Project (update 7/18/10)
Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Saturday, October 24, 2009 4:46 PM

Hi everyone, I have been working on multiple projects and decided to stop on the 55 Pro Mod build. And start up on my 66 Nova project after 7 months of sitting in a box.

I have been working on a fully custom tube chassis for this project as well and I have to say that it has gone through multiple tear downs. The front has been redone like 3 different times due to not liking how it was coming out and the last time was due to the custom front struts. They didnt set right, so I tore into the front clip the final time and this is what I came up with.

Here is a pic of the front clip to show the block mount and the strut mounts, and the A-arm mounts I have been working on.

The stock Struts that come on any Pro Stock kit are less then to be desired for any detail nut, so I set out to make my own. After digging through the house for some push top ink pens I found my strut springs and set out to create my own working struts!

 

 

My 1:1 will end up with a 454 bored .030 over and sporting a Blower Shop 8-71 blower. So I wanted to have something big in this, so I went with the Sonny's Semi Hemi with a weiand 8-71 blower and fuel injection.

Any who... here is a pic of the back of the car and then a nice side shot so you can see the rake of the car.

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Posted by thumper83 on Saturday, October 24, 2009 5:08 PM

Very good work you have going on there!Bow

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Posted by showersg on Saturday, October 24, 2009 6:57 PM

I couldn't have said it better!!!!  Super work!!!!

George Cool

On the shelf: Too Many!

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  • From: southeast Iowa
Posted by futurattraction on Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:06 PM

You are doing a fantastic job with your frame/cage work.  The stance looks deadly.  This one will be fun to watch...  Smile  Cool!!!


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Posted by jeremy013 on Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:25 AM

lookin great. id love to see the 1:1 when your done with it also.

ccc
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Posted by ccc on Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:21 AM

 nice.Big Smile

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Posted by PRO MOD NOVA on Sunday, October 25, 2009 2:17 AM

AH ANOTHER FINE MASTER PIECE Big Smile THE CAR IS WILD THE CHASSIS IS JUST AS WILD  I LOVE BUILDING 66 NOVAS INTO DRAG CARS. .ACTUALLY I AM WORKING ON ONE RIGHT NOW. I HAVE BUILDING THE CAR FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS, AND STILL NOT DONE. THERE IS A LOCAL MODEL SHOW IN MY AREA OF LONG ISLAND NY IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER SO I REALLY NEED TO FINISH IT. IT HAS A HOME MADE SCRATCH BUILT CHASSIS. ITS NOT AS GOOD AS YOURS BUT WHAT THE HEY . THE DOORS, AND THE TRUNK,AND I NEED. SORRY  WELL LETS FORGET ABOUT MY CAR AND LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR CAR I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT WHEN ITS DONE, SO KEEP THE PICS COMING BowBowApprove

 

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Posted by Boreham on Sunday, October 25, 2009 5:11 AM

 stunning clean build there....

 excellent

 

70s Ford nutter, Cork ,Ireland.
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Posted by strokediroc_z on Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:20 AM

great craftsmanship on the chassis , looks great . Do you have a color in mind for the body and what color will you paint the cage ?

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Posted by Maximus on Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:38 AM

Man that chassis is sweet!! super work, great subject!

So many kits, So little time
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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Sunday, October 25, 2009 11:53 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. It is definatly a daunting task, and some of you I can not beleive you burn though your projects so quicly. Only if I could do that now, the small detail hurts my eyes after awhile and I have to stop and put everything away.

strokediroc_z

great craftsmanship on the chassis , looks great . Do you have a color in mind for the body and what color will you paint the cage ?

 

As for paint, I could possibly change my mind a couple more times. But as of right now a two tone HOK Kandy Root Beer on top and either a Sunrise Pearl or Tangelo on the bottom.

I am torn between HOK or using my left over Hot Hues from a 1/18 62 Belair Pro Street set I did. It was based on the same colors Boyd Coddington used on the Belair he did for a guy in Colorado.

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Posted by futurattraction on Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:09 PM

I've got to ask you...  Are the aluminum collars in your strut pics K&S tubing that you've cut or did you source them from elsewhere?


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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:48 PM

futurattraction

I've got to ask you...  Are the aluminum collars in your strut pics K&S tubing that you've cut or did you source them from elsewhere?

 

What am I suppose to give up my secrets especially when I am a newbie? Whistling j/k...  I would be more than happy to share with anyone and everyone.

I sourced them out of my scrap aluminum & styrene box.

Yeah the aluminum collars are from K&S tubing that is 5/32 seconds round the K&S number is 103. I am thinking of actually redoing the top of the struts with solid rod so I can chamfer the top and polish them up like chrome. But that may be down the road once I get the chassis completed and the struts ready to be assembled.

I just wish I had the talent (and tools) as others on here that go out to the garage and turn a set out of aluminum! Or anything else for that matter when they dont like something that is stock. Man what that wouldn't save in money and not having to pay an arm and a leg for stuff from all the Photo Etch and turned aluminum vendors.

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Posted by mr tubbs on Monday, October 26, 2009 9:00 AM

nice!! great chassis work. they can be a real pain to do. i started my first complete tube chassis on a 69 dart. the project has been sitting for a while, have to start it back up. here is a link to it....

/forums/t/81616.aspx?PageIndex=1

i have a 1:1 project going too. too bad unemployment has stalled just about everything in my life. its a 69 road runner, 440, tubbed, getting a blower from Big Als toy box.

would like to see more of your stuff... keep it coming!!!!

Tubbs

have a great day, Tubbs http://s700.photobucket.com/albums/ww10/tubbs1969/
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Posted by StreetisNeat on Monday, October 26, 2009 11:34 AM

Nice build. What size tubing are you using on the chassis?

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Monday, October 26, 2009 12:28 PM

mr tubbs

nice!! great chassis work. they can be a real pain to do. i started my first complete tube chassis on a 69 dart. the project has been sitting for a while, have to start it back up. here is a link to it....

would like to see more of your stuff... keep it coming!!!!

Tubbs

 

 

Thanks Tubbs for the complements... and I have to say that is a nice Dart Build you have going on.

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Monday, October 26, 2009 12:31 PM

StreetisNeat

Nice build. What size tubing are you using on the chassis?

 

There is an awesome thread on here called "Chassis 101" or something like that. And he used .060 and .040 sized styrene rod. So that is what I used as well, and I have to say my opinion is that it is really close to the right size.

 But it really depends, I know some others on here use .080 or even larger.

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:17 PM

After a lull in not posting any pics I thought I would post some more progress on my Car. This is again after tearing the front clip off another 2-3 times to add the firewall. Then I even took the time and rebuilt the entire back half due to not liking how it came out.

 I widened the rear frame to give me more room for a fuel cell in the middle this time. And even added a cage over the passengers side.

I didnt like how the rear tubs turned out and the extra styrene was humping up the back end of the car. So this time I spent some extra man hrs and built them out of Aluminim and styrene to get the shape I was after. The nice thing is now they are not thick like before and make the rear sit much nicer.

The other thing I have been tweaking is the drive shaft tunnel made from aluminum and molded to shape. Now all I have to do is form my Aluminum to cover the bellhousing.

Since I am pretty much completed with the cage, I will begin cutting out the floor panels and working on getting them to look right with the reset of the custom interior.

Stay Tuned for more progress!

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Posted by dragboatPM647 on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:40 PM

great looking build so you have a 1:1 of this that you are going to put on the street man that is going to be one awesome street car keep up the good work

 

Jeff

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Posted by Grandsport64 on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:17 AM

Ok this is the reason I like this forum. You have a great start to a great vintage with new style Pro street car.  The amount of detail already involved makes me think that this car is going to be amazing! Well it already is.

Keep up the good work and the updates on your progress.

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Posted by pharr7226 on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:10 PM

 The cage looks fantastic.  I like the idea of cutting off the front clip to add the firewall and putting it back on.  I've struggled to with how to attach the firewall on my scratch cage.  After looking at yours, I think I will extend the front clip extra couple of centimeters to allow for the loss of some of it after I cut it off and add the firewall.  I also like what you did with the tubbs, which have also caused me some problems.  Keep up the good work.  I'll be watching.

 By the way, have you made any progress on that nasty (I mean that in a good way Cool) promod panel truck?

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:35 PM

Thanks Guys for the complements! I have had a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure this full cage thing out. Many times I have just wanted to take the easy way out and use one of my ProStock kits.

I did find that cutting the front clip off and adding the firewall the fastest and easiest way! This also give you the extra room to make a template of a firewall and make sure it fits the body of the car before going and mounting it to the cage.

 Be careful when you go adding extra length to the cage, because you will be adding extra length with just the material of the firewall you go adding into the mix. You may end up being to long at that point.

Just something to keep in mind.

As for the Tubs and Tunnel.... this is where Aluminum Cans of Soda or that extra Colt 45 comes in Handy! LOL Whistling They are great because they already have that round curviture you need!

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Posted by pharr7226 on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 1:13 PM

Eviltwincustoms

Thanks Guys for the complements! I have had a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure this full cage thing out. Many times I have just wanted to take the easy way out and use one of my ProStock kits.

I did find that cutting the front clip off and adding the firewall the fastest and easiest way! This also give you the extra room to make a template of a firewall and make sure it fits the body of the car before going and mounting it to the cage.

 Be careful when you go adding extra length to the cage, because you will be adding extra length with just the material of the firewall you go adding into the mix. You may end up being to long at that point.

Just something to keep in mind.

As for the Tubs and Tunnel.... this is where Aluminum Cans of Soda or that extra Colt 45 comes in Handy! LOL Whistling They are great because they already have that round curviture you need!

 

Good point on the extra length with the firewall.  The nice thing about your method is that you can shave the clip to the length you need to center the A arms in the wheel wells.  I'm a big fan of aluminum from cans also.  I've used it for four link brackets,

 

throttle brackets, etc.

 


 

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Sunday, July 18, 2010 6:01 PM

Quick update on my project, I thought I would share. Been working on the engine details and templates for the floor pans.

I built up the Electric Water pump and added the photo etched bolt heads.

I still have to add the butterflies and the other small details, but slowly getting there.

Then added the bolts the both the upper and lower blower pulleys.

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Sunday, July 18, 2010 6:05 PM

I thought I would include a shot of the floor templates that I have been working on. Now debating on once I have them cut out, to either leave them aluminum or carbon fiber them up so the Zus fastners will show up.

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Posted by bobthehobbyguy on Monday, July 19, 2010 11:46 AM

I think the carbon fiber would look cool.  By the way really nice work.

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Posted by pharr7226 on Monday, July 19, 2010 1:50 PM

 The engine looks great.  Where did you get the aluminum valve covers?  I like the idea of the carbon fiber floor panels.  I agree that the contrast will better show the druz fasteners.  Keep it up.  I'll be watching.

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Posted by Eviltwincustoms on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 8:54 AM

pharr7226

 The engine looks great.  Where did you get the aluminum valve covers? 

 Thanks for the compliments.

 The valuve covers I am sure can be found on other sites, but I purchased them directly from Scalereproplus.com they are the Big block Chevy pro stock covers. I actually decided to go with the Sonny's 762ci motor and run my blower setup. I have a set of the Hemi valve covers as well but found out pretty quick that they dont fit the larger Heads on the Sonnys Semi Hemispherical heads.

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Posted by BuiltNotBought on Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:24 AM

 This is an awesome build. Wouldnt suprise me to see this in a magazine when finished

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Posted by futurattraction on Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:01 PM

What did you use for your motor plate material?  It looks a whole lot thinner than any kit MPs I've seen.  Scott


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