Just read an article on this recently restored drag car. Time to start collecting pieces...
Picked up the wheels from a friend nearby today. I also got to see some the cool projects he has been working on.
June 10, 2021
This came today. I feel fortunate to have obtained one as they seem to be hard to come by unless you pay scalper's prices.
June 8, 2021
Nice work Bill 👍
Finally on the last task. The wheels and tires. Dug through my 3 boxes of tires and found a set of Pirelli tires that will fill the meager wheels wells. Made a choice of which Shelby-like centers to use and got to work. Sanded the backs of the Shelby rims to eventually get the windows open. Spent a good chunk of the days machining two pairs of hoops to wrap around them. Finished the evening, sanding the tire treads and detailing the wheel centers. I hope to have them all attached by next week end.
Epic wheel work as usual Bill 👍 You are the master 😉
Thanks Munky, I am finally starting to get the look I have been wanting all these years
June 6, 2021
June 4, 2021
Bob, interesting read. Though it did seem like the writer was winging it.
This is fantastic! Love the color.
That's the best one yet
James, Donny, Dennis and Nigel. Thank you.
June 1, 2021
Bob, Yes they are in there but for that price, I would rather simply fabricate them from sprue. I DO appreiciate finding the link for me. 🙂
Too easy. Wasn't sure, but didn't forget you ! If I had them I'd give them to ya !
Good news. A member from another forum was kind enough to mail me a set of spindles. Now I can make forward progress once I free up some time.
HEY ! What's up with this ? I want to see this DONE ! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well Bob...... I have been spending my time on getting some Mustangs finished up. Though, I did open the El Camino box today. I have all the parts, I need to get on it. Especially since we are back in prime painting weather once again.
You wouldn't happen to have any Pro Mod wings in your stash would you?
May 31, 2021
Just ordered this at a decent price. I hope it is actually in stock.
May 30, 2021
Looks much more authentic
Definitely much better mate 👍
Thanks guys. The test only used 16 of 20 of the fixtures. I ordered some 6-32 mounting hardware last night and cut my lid this morning. I think I will need a bit of angle aluminum to stiffen the front edge and provide positive locating of the sides. Meanwhile, back to finishing up my Mustangs.
My hardware came so I got right to installing the LEDs onto the "ceiling". I soldered everything to keep from having issues. The lights are somewhat a "cool white" as opposed to a warm white. Live viewing it looks pretty good. For photos I think I still need some foreground lights. My super shiny floor may force me to add some sort of light diffuser like parchment paper.
Spanjaard, Thank you.
Looks good! Nice work!
I almost forgot the exhaust tips.
Well done! Not often to see that mustang generation.
Dominik, Thanks. I did not like them when they came out in 71. The design has grown on me over the years. Especially the blue and silver paint scheme.
May 26, 2021
May 24, 2021
Looking great Mr.Bill!
Thanks guys, I am working on all 3 Mustangs simultaneously. I do a little bit to each of them once or twice a day. Windows are in. I just glued in the rearview mirror (sometimes I forget to). The 427 Cammer just got the distributor glued in. I have to let it cure before I wire the 'spark plugs' (with the correct firing order of course!) The engine/chassis/interior installation should happen this week. I still need to decide what air cleaner I want to use. Wheels and tires are already selected but I can still change my mind.
Another update. Chassis minus wheels is done. I have been detailing the body. Just put the headlights and bumpers in today. Going full detail on the SOHC valve covers which requires multiple steps.
Very nice work on this one so far 👍
Thanks James. This one has been challenging.
May 16, 2021
After owning my Taig min lathe for 4 months, I finally got to use it for what I intended. My Boss 429 Mustang is pretty much done pending wheels and tires. After detailing 3 rim styles, I decided I like the Magnum 500's. My tire selection is "big and littles" with the same tread pattern. My 1st problem is the rim OD is slightly too small for the tire ID. In addition, I wanted deep dish rears. I spent yesterday evening getting familiar with operating my new lathe. It has been over 20 years since I have operated one. Amazingly I got a good pair of hoops on the first try. I plan on making the front pair this weekend. Comments welcome.
I've been wondering about buying a lathe machine at some point. I think I've learned that you can use a piece of emery cloth for gently polishing the metal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emery_cloth
I wish I had a big lathe to create a lot of metal train wheels, and also a big three piece aluminium artillery cannon (about 40+ cm total length, too big for a small lathe). I have a WW2 Dora railway cannon in 1:72 scale kit to fix. 🙁
Got my front pair of hoops machined and polished today. It takes about 4 hours per pair. Lathe is very messy. Aluminum chips and curly Q's everywhere. No way I could use it in the house.
May 14, 2021
The sealed kit arrived today. Always loved the lines on this year ever since parking next to one at an All Pontiac show years ago.
May 9, 2021
Peppy, Here is the paint booth album and thread. Check out pic 15 above to see how I keep my air compressor cool.
Paint booth | Album by musclecarfan (1:25)
I get the noise now. Awesome.
A Buddy of mine has been running two PC cooling fans for years with nary the let down. Swears by it.
What I did was use one fan in a paint drying booth blowing across a 40 watt bulb. Basically a 2ft.X2ft. box from cut offs at Home Depot. 2 layers of aluminum foil all a round inside and it heats to 100°F in less than 10 minutes. The foil is easily wiped with a tack cloth before I start it. Works the trick.
I have to figure out how to post pictures here so I can give some help or ideas.
Now for the spray booth, I'll save that one. Still planning, it's a Jenn-Aire exhaust blower I got from a friend's remodeling job. Should be enough, right. Hehe.
Jenn-Aire blower might be a bit much. Unless you are good with sucking half the dust in the room across you paint jobs. LOL.
It's quite the contraption. I thought it was a major score.
There is no markings of any kind on it, so I have no idea the CFM's RPM's or anything really. I was looking to mounting it on a filing cabinet, two drawer, w/like a tote bin of some sort for the painting chamber, but I'm not good with electricity and could not guarantee myself I wouldn't ground it out and have me feel the power of Uncle Ben Franklin's discovery as it shocked my posterior across the sun room. So, we are currently...regrouping.
Electrical is my specialty. You will need to know what voltage it is. The motor will usually have a data plate on it. If it says 208-230v on it, powering it will be a challenge. If it has more than two wires plus a green ground, it may be multi speed. That will complicate wiring it up unless you know what you are doing.
May 8, 2021
Bozzer, With the 12v fans you can get a variable voltage power supply like I did. You can adjust the fan speed. The booth in my photos with the flip down shield was my inspiration. With the variable fan speed. I determined I did not need it.
Awesome information mate, thank you.
Bill, I'm up and running! Pictures are on my page mate 👍
it looks great. what kind of fans are you using? are they a commercial set all four together?
Most everyone has Smart phones theses days. Remember when having a pager was the big thing? Well there were transmitters in radio tower sites that sent the signals to everyone's pagers. My paint booth fan plate was the cooling method for the electronics in the radio cabinet. They are all rated at 14vdc. You could do the same thing with DC fans from a PC.
May 7, 2021
I built this one as a kid. My brother says he has 3 and will send me one. We'll see.
I built one as a kid too. The cantilevered roof is pretty cool. I may change up the grille if get one.
Its a pretty cool kit AND molded in Purple!
Been wanting this for a long time. Finally pulled the trigger. Coming from UK. A new LTL 9000 has come out this year but the sleeper is different.
Breaker 19! Morning Bill. Italeri swap and change their generic sleepers, in every USA kit. I believe that this sleeper, is similar to the one, if not the same, as the Road Commander kit? Also the same as the LA wrecker kit. It's more of a coffin sleeper, than a double. I hope this helps you, in any future purchases?
As another footnote, I'm pretty sure that it's the same as their Freightliner FLC kit too? I don't have that kit, but I'll wager a pint of beer, that it's the same sleeper..
Bozzer, Thanks, I chose this kit because it has the Ford front end and the low top sleeper. I will not be using the tow truck portion on this one. (Maybe somewhere else)
I have the original kit, #728. It's a different sleeper, but as I mentioned, they're all interchangeable mate. It's a nice kit buddy. I'm not a big lover of the wrecker beds myself, mate. But, I have a few now, so I'm going to try something different. A bit of cutting, here and there, and I'm hoping to create a masterpiece. We'll see how that goes? Lol
Yea, cant wait to build this one!!!!!!!
May 3, 2021
Robbie, I like the look of the modern Challengers too.
Nicely done Mr. Bill!
That is a very cool looking Challenger! 👍
Thank you Tim and James.
Very good conversion to the original. The rear window looks strange to me - doesn't matter, if it's original. Never noticed it before that there are differences between the body lines.
April 23, 2021
Got this today.
April 21, 2021
April 11, 2021
April 7, 2021
This is the first "Race car" I have built.
Man! That's one Beautiful Beast !
My computer makes it look red-ish. The color is actually Testors Competition Orange. Which is about the same color as the fruit.
nice one Bill!
What a machine!
Thank you Dominik and Christian
March 30, 2021
That's gonna look awesome!
Sleepers are a great opportunity for detail, so I always leave the rooves unglued. Usually, the kit is designed for this, and it seats positively to allow glue-free fitting.
Been there done that and had to re-paint Bill, but there's always light at the end of the tunnel
the interior tube looks good! I like the chrome trim with the instruments.
Thanks Christian. The magic of Molotow.
March 23, 2021
ebay 29.99 free shipping.
March 22, 2021
March 21, 2021
Nice looking interior Bill👍
The interior looks fantastic!
Christian, Thanks. I just need to get motivated into finishing it.
Here's some motivation: Finish it! We need it! We're plastic addicts and we need YOU to get our fix
January 24, 2021
Maybe triple drive or tag axle. Maybe tag axle to trailer. Maybe longer sleeper.
How about a rigid or drawbar ?
Nigel, I am not sure what those are. My plans will revolve around what is in my parts box when the time arrives.
Fair enough, I look forward your build. In the UK/Europe A rigid truck would be like your race hauler build - cab with body mounted to he same chassis.
January 22, 2021
I think I found my new best friend !
You may have seen it during editing. Take another look if you have time.
That is one beautiful Mopar Rainbow ! BRAVO !
Awesome collection! love it 👍 👍
Another pretty nice idea.
I still have black, white, silver, and gold left to do
super builts in a row. like that!
where is the rack on the '70 Challenger convertible from?
Dominik, Thanks. The luggage rack is from a 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix annual kit.
January 21, 2021
I'm with the guys! Bring on your best Bill! I'm already signed up to a monestary! Lord have mercy on us all! Amen
Stunning and a day cab just to be different.
Love the colour.
Christian and Nigel, Thank you. I did do it just to be different.
like the color combination. black and gold
nice built Bill!
Finally scrounged up the photos to make an album of this project.
I Think I've pulled this truck over out side El Paso ! LOL!
Did you send it to the impound lot?
Undisclosed Location ! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!
Great display of vehicles and trailers! Very nice.
Thank you Chris, Someday I may actually finish the 2nd one.
I should build a transport trailer. Super space saver for 5 cars. And I need a trailer for all my trucks... When my bank catches a glimpse of money, I should get one.
Yes, You can put 1 semi and 5 cars in the space of 4 cars. In fact virtually all of my semi builds will be for the transporting of cars.
Thank you James. I enjoyed customizing the trailers with the stars and BMF.
Two trucks and trailers. Great!
Thanks, I do need to finish the 2nd KW one of these years.
December 26, 2020
December 20, 2020
Finally obtained the last Mustang kit I wanted for my stash. $18 at Hobby Lobby thanks to 40% off.
December 19, 2020
December 17, 2020
December 5, 2020
November 26, 2020
November 23, 2020
November 20, 2020
November 19, 2020
You and me both! These don't come around, very often, in the UK. I keep looking though.
Bozzer, Here is a link to the finished diorama
American Restomod Workshop "GRAND OPENING" | Album by musclecarfan (1:25)
Bill, heads up! AMT are releasing a KW mixer, mid next year. It's nice mate, definitely worth looking at!
I will check it out. Thanks.
November 15, 2020
October 27, 2020
September 21, 2020
Ebay.com Item - Revell Muscle 68 Mustang GT 2 n 1 opt Cobra Jet 1 25 Scale Model Kit 85 4215
This would work for me as I have the Torque Thrust wheels in my parts box.
You can actually build a build a Bullitt from this kit, I comes with the correct grill and wheels.
Cool! Gather up all the other bits that you have and let me know what you want for it.
Huh, what do you know, I have 3 of these as I just discovered !
Ebay.com Item - 1968 Mustang Bullitt Model Kit SEALED Green 1 25 Diecast Revell 96
See what I meant by "investment" ? LOL !!!!!
Is it really a diecast?
I can do you, WAYYYYYYY better than that my friend !
September 20, 2020
September 5, 2020
September 3, 2020
August 25, 2020
Do it on the cheap Munky and move into your garage.
Haha! Funnily enough mate I just crawled out of the garage after a day tearing down the motor out of my Challenger.......... if I had a bed in there I might have stayed put 😄
That dio is looking better every day Bill 👍
That's the beauty of a dio........ constant detail changes, it just keeps on giving
amazing build you are doing! great idea to use the magnets.
Thank you all. The magnets work great. I can pick up the whole thing and transport it outdoors and back in with only a few items moving about. It will greatly save setup time if I ever get to go to a model show again.
August 1, 2020
Hi. Did you complete this project? Any pictures or video of the build. Any tips and tricks for how you did it?
Yossie, I have been collecting ramp parts and I know what evergreen strut to use. But I have not gotten to this project yet.
A Cottrell low railer is on my project ideas too. Ramps will be cast from the revell transporter pattern, and some other parts too. Planning to make mine a bit unusual though, basically a barn find specialists extract and haul truck.
Cool. Keep us posted.
Would love to see your work. It's a project I'm thinking of but no ideas where to start ☹️
Have you checked out my Freightliner and Lowboy albums? Those are my most recent builds.
Freightliner COE triple drive | Album by musclecarfan (1:25)
July 4, 2020
June 25, 2020
Ahh they are perfect! Even the centre caps are spot on, thanks Bill!
Now where do I get em from? Modelhaus has long since gone.
You get them from me. What is your address and which ones do you want.
Ah that's great thanks, I need just one set of 4 wheels & tyres just like on that lovely Challenger ragtop please. I'll message you my address
Thanks James. It was an enjoyable build.
Oh, that color look fresh! More better than mine. And the Top is really cool!
Well done, like it a lot!
That looks beautiful! The rear rack is interessting. Was it in the kit? I had one in C3 Corvette convertibel included.
Dominik, The paint was some craft store paint my wife got for project of hers. The color is vibrant. I wish I could get more.
Christian, The luggage rack is from one of my 72 Grand Prix annuals with 2 additional support legs.
Try mixing Tamiya yellow with their lime green, you'll get somewhere very close
Chaz, Maybe some day. I have not airbrushed yet.
June 23, 2020