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Testors 426 Hemi V8

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Testors 426 Hemi V8
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 9, 2004 9:14 PM
AngryHas anyone else built the Testors 426 Hemi V8? Had any problems? Am a bit disappointed in this Testors model. A couple of major mistakes. Any feedback?
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Posted by gbritnell on Friday, January 9, 2004 9:37 PM
My son got me one for Christmas. There have been other threads on this engine but here is my 2 cents worth. Make sure you put the right stuff on the right side and the left stuff on that side. The picture of the carb assembly leaves a little to the imagination but the worst thing is the main fuel line with the fuel block on the end of it. Apparently this was a gross oversight by Testors because everyone has had a problem with it. The chrome plating is not ordinary plastic plating. By that I mean it is very hard, just like the real thing and it has a copper underlayment. I tried to gently bend the fuel line to get it to clear the coil and distributor but it snapped at the bend so I would advise applying a little heat and see if that helps. In my case I finished assembling the remaining lines and then pulled the break together and superglued it. I cleaned up the break after I broke it so the joint is barely visible. The quality of the paint and chrome is top shelf but they sure overlooked the fuel line. I hope this helps.
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Posted by vinnietbird on Friday, January 9, 2004 11:18 PM
I built one and have two extras out in the garage.I repainted the block,intake and heads.scraped off every one of the molded on bolts and nuts,including the oil drain plug,and replaced them with real nuts and bolts.I also re-did the water pump by opening the inlet and outlet,and added a back to the lower hose connection.I detailed the altenator also.In big scale,I felt that it neede more detail because everything is so noticeable.I LOVE THAT KIT!!!!!!!!
"The HEMI turns on where everything else turns off"
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Posted by karbuildr on Saturday, January 10, 2004 5:06 AM
I can pretty much agree with everything that's been said. The instructions leave a lot to be desired, but if you take your time, it makes for a beautiful engine. If your not familiar with real motors, the instructions are a problem since they don't label what the parts are. The fuel lines are really difficult. Here's a few pics of my completed motor, minus the air cleaner. Make sure all the parts are there before you begin assembly. My wife got me both the Hemi and the Vette motor for Xmas, and the Vette motor was missing 2 plug wires. The Hemi took me 2 days to build.


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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2004 10:28 PM
I love that thing - My wife got me one for my Birthday and I built it in one night. The choke tube (white tube at rear of manifold) was tricky and the fuel lines weren't easy but once it's together - it's KILLER!

I can't wait to get my hands on the NASCAR version!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by vinnietbird on Saturday, January 10, 2004 10:42 PM
What Nascar version?is there gonna be a Nascar version?Tell me!! Tell me NOW!!!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 11, 2004 4:12 PM
I have both of these as well and yes I had problems with the fuel lines on the hemi but finally got them without any bending ,and the vette motor was missing two plug wires but I emailed them and they sent them to me they both made great looking motors but I wouldn't want to build them again...
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Posted by karbuildr on Monday, January 12, 2004 4:22 AM
I wonder if every Vette motor kit is missing plug wires because mine was missing 2 of them also. Still waiting for the wires so I can finish it. I hope they do other motors, but they really need to improve the instructions.
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Posted by garyo on Monday, January 12, 2004 6:55 AM
Concerning the problem with the fuel lines; is it a case of maybe installing them earlier in the build where there is less stuff in the way. Mine is still in the box, so I have not really looked at it, but was wondering about this since i have seen earlier comments concerning the fuel lines.
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Posted by onetwentyfifth on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:03 PM
Kit? What kit. First I've hear about a kit. Have several of the built ones from Liberty Classics. Is this the same model only in kit form? Guess we're the last to know in Canada. Who sells the kits?
Was thinking this engine is begging to be modified- super stock, NASCAR, and top fuel versions. Any good resin casters out there want to try?
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Posted by vinnietbird on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 7:41 PM
Same kits as liberty,only you supply the labor.
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Posted by garyo on Thursday, January 15, 2004 8:07 PM
OK, someone did it, so come clean.
Who out there customized one of these. Share with us what you did to this bad boy and how you did it.Tongue

Different paint, add-on parts, whatever.
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Posted by vinnietbird on Thursday, January 15, 2004 9:00 PM
I did modify mine.look up for what i did.
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Posted by garyo on Friday, January 16, 2004 10:53 AM
Vinnietbird, got any pic's?
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Posted by vinnietbird on Sunday, January 18, 2004 4:50 PM
No,I don't have any pics yet.As soon as I do,I'm posting pics of all of my kits.
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Sunday, January 18, 2004 11:28 PM
I have built both of the TESTORS (Liberty Classics) kits ... the 'VETTE and the MOPAR engines ... I liked them both A LOT !!! Smile,Wink, & Grin

My 'VETTE was missing two plug wires too ... must be the same parts picker that can't count packing all the 'VETTE kits... Cool !!!

My MOPAR 426 HEMI had problems with that fuel line, I snapped mine too ... I cleaned up the break and managed to get things back together ... other than that ... and the sort of "clear as mud" instructions ... I really enjoyed mine ... and lets face it ... if we didn't have something go wrong ... at some point in the assembly ... monkees could build 'em ... Smile,Wink, & Grin !!!

FreedomEagle1953

Chicago, IL area

"keep on building 'em ... but  don't glue your fingers together"

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Posted by mishalah on Friday, January 23, 2004 9:40 PM
What scale is that little bugger?

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Posted by fenders on Saturday, January 24, 2004 7:32 AM
It says 1:6 scale on the box. I enjoyed building this kit but it did get a little hairy towards the end with the fuel lines etc. I ended up substituting one of the black plastic hoses with a flexable rubber one from my spare parts box. I even managed to find a wiring diagram for the plug wires so they are in the right order. I agree with the earlier comments that you have to pay close attention to the instructions and what goes on the left and right. I do not have much experience working on real car engines so it would have been nice if the instructions labelled the different parts so I could have learned more during the build. This was my first kit of this type and I would buy more if offered. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
I guess you can call us all "model" citizens!
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Posted by garyo on Saturday, January 24, 2004 9:52 AM
I've got it done up to the fuel lines, and thats where the problem is (as everyone has stated). Looks like I will have to pre-fab some out of wire or hose. Other than this area, it is a great model. Only wish the Corvette one was still in production.
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Posted by mishalah on Saturday, January 24, 2004 1:15 PM
Hmmmmmmm...I wonder if you could stuff one of those into a 1/8 .."something"...and make it look like one of the old "Rat Fink" cars of the 60s???


Could you see that engine sticking out of the hood of a Jag XKE, or maybe one of the Vettes? Huge RC slicks on the rear? Maybe an oversized driver's head sticking through the roof? Naaaaahhhhhh, wouldn't be cool at all ;)

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Posted by Boss_Hotrod on Saturday, January 24, 2004 5:41 PM
I seen that at Testors website and I want to get a Boss 429 if they make one. Looks nice though.
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Posted by garyo on Friday, January 30, 2004 11:27 AM
OK, now that I have built this beast, I would suggest to anyone starting a build of it, that you make a small alteration in the construction sequence.

When you get to the distributor and coil, do not install them. Jump ahead to the fuel lines, do them, then do the distrbutor and coil. Shoud have move wiggle room to get everything in place.

Just my My 2 cents
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Posted by hot ford coupe on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 7:42 PM
Nerts. I just bought this kit yesterday. Hey, if any of you have built it with success, maybe you could do some close ups to show how to overcome the tough spots. I could use some help so. I don't want to wind up faking it and it not come out accurate.
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