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    • Dirt Late Model Stock car.

      Okay, back to building cars, instead of airplanes. This will be a Rocket chassis dirt late model in 1/8 scale. I have just started this project Friday. I will post as the build progress. I am not much of a stock car guy so this will be a bit of a challenge.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Dirt Late Model Stock car. started by kmeaders@q.com View original post
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      1. VintageModMan's Avatar
        VintageModMan -
        I'm happy to help when I can Ken, I'm sure you will find the sollution that works for you in this situation. Look forward to seeing your resolve to this slight alteration. I made a drawing kinda simple but hopefully you can make heads or tails of it and may help you further in your redo. Attachment 20043
        Learning is part of the fun

        Gary
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Thanks Gary; I've got all the bars in the correct spot and attached to the frame correctly but colored just a tad winkie outside the lines regarding how they all attach to each other at the carrier. For me it's close enough. I also built the fuel cell or it could be used as a beer cooler. I can't say I've ever seen one like that, but that's the way they look in all the pictures of the real guy's cars.

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        VintageModMan -
        Hi Ken, very nice work on the front corrections!!! I would also say that fuel cell looks spot on too!!

        Keep it coming Ken I'm really enjoying this project, very inspirational.

        Gary
      1. GARYDAVIS's Avatar
        GARYDAVIS -
        .Man Ken.....I'm with Gary K...this build is really looking good. Your craftsmanship is awesome and very clean. I'm looking forward to the next update...for sure!!
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Thanks Gary. I built the quickchange rear end and am setting it in the frame. Check out the fifth link, not finished but this is a part the helps create rear steer.
      1. hot ford coupe's Avatar
        hot ford coupe -
        I love that quickchange. It looks real.
      1. VintageModMan's Avatar
        VintageModMan -
        very nice work Ken! yes I agree with HFC that rear end looks real. The links look spot on too Ken.
        Keep up the great pictures too Ken.

        Gary
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Thanks Jeff and Gary. I've got the motor far enough along to be able to set it in the frame. This is suppose to be a big block Chevy. They run some open comp shows here and all the cars have big blocks. I'm going to build the motor plates, bellhousing and Brinn transmission next and get it all installed.
      1. hot ford coupe's Avatar
        hot ford coupe -
        Looking seriously good, Ken. How will you mount the engine so it would stay stable?
      1. VintageModMan's Avatar
        VintageModMan -
        Thats some serious power in that chassis Ken. Love those BBC!! Your a fast engine builder Ken, did you sceatch build the whole engine and is it styrene ?

        This project just keeps getting better Ken!

        Gary
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Thanks again, Jeff and Gary.I really appreciate it. The motor will be held in place with an aluminum motor plate, front and rear that connects to the frame. That's how the 1:1 cars do it; with 1/4" aluminum plate. The motor is all scratch built out of styrene sheet. It took me two full days to get this far and it will take another day to complete it. I have done several SBC but this is the first big block, so several hours of research involved before starting.
      1. VintageModMan's Avatar
        VintageModMan -
        wow Ken thats a BIG undertaking building all your engines from scratch. I'm very impress with your workmanship and the time it takes you to build your components.

        Gary
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Thanks Gary. The truth is that I have pretty much learned how to do all this stuff from this site in the past year or so. Watching what others, here, do and how they do it. Awhile back I read a tutorial here about how to build anything out of styrene . Well, let me tell you I took it to heart and it opened up a ton of ways to make things, for me. It is still here and I think there's one on building a styrene motor as well. You know how it is; once you've done something a few times it's not that difficult to duplicate. The most enjoyment, I still get, is figuring out how can I make a piece to look like the real thing. These folks here have raised the bar at making parts look real, haven't they. The research is one of the most important aspects. Ken
      1. Old Busted Hotness's Avatar
        Old Busted Hotness -
        Quote Originally Posted by kmeaders@q.com View Post
        These folks here have raised the bar at making parts look real, haven't they.
        Ain't that the truth. I'm blown away by the stuff I see here.
      1. strevo's Avatar
        strevo -
        Ken,
        I certainly include you and OBH in the ranks of those who consistently amaze me!
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Quote Originally Posted by strevo View Post
        Ken,
        I certainly include you and OBH in the ranks of those who consistently amaze me!
        Wow, that's an honor and thank you.
      1. hot ford coupe's Avatar
        hot ford coupe -
        You deserve that honor, Ken. You're one of the greats.
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Thank you Jeff. I learned that they don't run big blocks in these critters anymore. The tracks, today, are all dry/slick and not muddy like they used to be. With that you don't need a ton of torque just a high reving motor like a small block; plus they're lighter. Since this is suppose to be a 2007 chassis I built a small block to replace the other motor. The aluminum motor plates are in, front and back to hold it in place.
      1. GARYDAVIS's Avatar
        GARYDAVIS -
        Man...this just keeps getting better and better Ken.
      1. Old Busted Hotness's Avatar
        Old Busted Hotness -
        It's starting to look fast!

        I'm a little confused by the steering rack, though. It looks like the input shaft points right at the crankshaft. Do these guys use a bunch of universals, or just couple it to the crank to help turn left?
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