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Old Busted Hotness
11-11-07, 10:02 PM

Another one of my foamtastic bodies, this time with a big Rat motor to go along with it. This is just a mockup shot, as the front axle hasn't been cut yet and exists only on paper. The electric motor lives behind the Rat, where the tranny would go, and drives the axle directly through a very short driveshaft.



Up front it's just a foam grille with mesh from an old boom box's speaker, headlights on L-brackets. I'll 4-link the front dropped axle and use a transverse leaf. None of this independent rubbish for me!


A shot of the back door. If you look close at the first pic, you can see the seam where I converted it from a bucket. I changed my mind 1strange1

Once the body's done and I pick up a new X-Acto blade, I'll make another M/T valve cover and get going on a pair of big Holleys for the tunnel ram. Those will have to be styrene, just because I like making carbs. And once the axle arrives and I figure out how to stuff a battery in it, it'll be time to take it for a spin and try not to hit anything 1toy1

hot ford coupe
11-12-07, 12:58 AM
That's cool. I like how you used the foam for the block.

Don Garrett
11-12-07, 01:13 AM
Looks like OBH is at it again.....way cool.1thumbup1 1thumbup1 1thumbup1

11-12-07, 01:40 AM
That’s cool! Try and get a short video of it when you get it running.

Old Busted Hotness
11-13-07, 11:33 PM
So I decided the wheel&tire package was much too 80's for my taste. Had to dial it back a couple decades to get it to look right.


Out back I used HPI Vintage wheels with Tamiya TLT outer wheel rims, and the outer bead from a TLT tire, glued onto two Tamiya Humvee tires (each with one sidewall cut off (well, one had two sidewalls cut off) he1he


Up front I had a couple choices. 12 spokes or 60. Although I'll have to modify the spindles, I decided on the 60's, both because they look so right and because I managed to get some 5x11 bearings into them. Outer wheel halves are from the Jag, inners came from a box I got in a trade here 1thumbup1 Tires came from a Tamiya Frog kit, and the sidewalls were trimmed to fit the larger wheels.

Spent the rest of the night resining up the body, and making a second M/T valve cover.

Old Busted Hotness
11-21-07, 12:06 PM
How about a nice fat Holley?


This one took about 4 hours. Now to make another one....

Don Garrett
11-21-07, 04:28 PM
Go OBH......extra special nice!1thumbup1 1thumbup1 1thumbup1 1thumbup1 1thumbup1

hot ford coupe
11-21-07, 07:46 PM
Looking good OBH.

Old Busted Hotness
11-27-07, 08:49 PM
One carb, she's a done. Still needs a little more paint, but that'll wait til the other one's ready so they match:

The other one's halfway done, but it's the easy half. You can see the fuel lines are routed, too.


Got the dizwidget installed, and the firing order is correct.


Still sitting on a block of foam, and it'll stay there for a while. Going on a trip to Hawaii!

11-28-07, 01:07 AM
What did you build the carburetor out of? Did you make the valve covers and engine out of insulation?

Don Garrett
11-28-07, 05:01 AM
Enjoy your trip OBH, we'll keep a light on for ya.

Old Busted Hotness
01-11-08, 10:37 PM
Finally had a chance to work on this thing again.


Received my prototype front axle (sweet purple plastic only for mockup/testing the fit, the real one will be polished aluminum). I need to do a minor redesign so the wheels will steer.

I'll get some linkage on it soon enough, then it'll be driveable.

Old Busted Hotness
01-11-08, 10:43 PM
Slingshot, the block, heads and valve covers are pink home-insulation foam. The beauty of that foam is that a 4x8 sheet costs 25 bucks and will last a good long time.

The carbs are styrene tube and sheet, nothing more.

hot ford coupe
01-11-08, 11:25 PM
I'm having trouble finding that foam. My local Lowe's hasn't got any. Does Home Depot carry that? Do I need to go to a specialo store for that? Thanks in advance. BTW, love those wheels and tires.

Don Garrett
01-12-08, 10:58 AM
I'm surprised Lowe's didn't have it. They do here and at Home Depot.

hot ford coupe
01-12-08, 01:26 PM
Thanks Don. I'm going to check out Home Depot as soon as I can.

01-12-08, 05:04 PM
I get mine at Home Depot, I believe Menard’s has it also. I haven’t been to Lowe’s yet. It usually comes in pink, sometimes in blue, I even have part of a sheet from twenty some years ago that is yellow. It’s a very high density foam and working with it causes a lot of static electricity so it sticks to everything that you don’t wanted to, I just picked up a can of static free spray to see if that will help.

Old Busted Hotness
01-12-08, 06:46 PM
I got it at Home Depot. If you really want to freak out the HD workers, show them how the "score and snap" method works.

Old Busted Hotness
01-31-08, 06:06 PM
Got my final axle (machined aluminum) installed, and the steering sorted. Even drove it around for a little bit.


Put the first coat of Icing on the body, too. I'm not looking forward to smoothing it out, and I refuse to rat-rod the thing. It's gonna be an old-school late-60's show rod, so the body will have to be perfect.

Don Garrett
01-31-08, 06:10 PM
gringrin 1toy1 1toy1

hot ford coupe
01-31-08, 06:38 PM
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Old Busted Hotness
02-08-08, 10:19 PM
Starting to look like a car, now:


Still got a little sanding to do, but not a whole lot. It's actually pretty straight. Came as a bit of a shock.

Old Busted Hotness
02-09-08, 07:54 PM
Color me lazy. Decided to throw some paint on, and call it good enough. It'll probably end up in a million pieces anyway.1toy1

The headers are plastic coat hangers he1he

02-09-08, 08:25 PM
Plastic coat hangers for headers??!!! Now there's a new idea.

02-09-08, 08:39 PM
the body looks like the Lindberg Tall T. 1thumbup1

hot ford coupe
02-09-08, 11:10 PM
Plastic coat hangers for headers??!!! Now there's a new idea.

I've got a ton of old plastic coat hangers. I never even thought of using them for headers. Perfect solution.

Thrillbilly Rich
02-10-08, 11:59 AM
OBH you are a sick twisted man! We like that in you!! HA HA! Is it ready to run yet? Give us a report on the shake down run! Looks very cool!!!

Old Busted Hotness
02-10-08, 07:33 PM
It's only had one indoor run, to set the endpoints for the steering. With direct drive it's pretty responsive and wicked fast. The tires (stiff as they are) grow a bit at top speed.

The motor/battery combo's good for ~8500 rpm, and the rear gear is 2.4:1. With a 3.7 inch rear tire, theoretical top speed is 40 mph. A bit over-scale, but it IS a hot rod...

hot ford coupe
02-11-08, 12:26 AM
A theoretical 40 MPH???? Now that really moves. I know guys whose family car doesn't get that fast.

02-11-08, 01:18 AM
I tried chasin' my dog with the 1/6 RC '41 Willys around the house. That was funny! he1he1rolling1he1he

Old Busted Hotness
02-11-08, 02:22 PM
We'll have to wait and see. It's currently 10 degrees and snowing here. Can't stand to be out in the stuff, but at least it'd keep the driveshaft from melting.

Don Garrett
02-11-08, 04:17 PM
Throw a set of scale chains around the tires and use it to plow your driveway from the comfort of your living room.he1he

Old Busted Hotness
02-15-08, 07:25 PM
Black is beautiful...


I didn't have the heart to use the full-detail Holley, so I'm gonna make another one, and they'll both sit under the bugcatcher. And a water pump, alternator, etc.

08-26-12, 09:18 PM
an awsome build, looks similar to my frins custom actual 29 panel made on rectangle frame has 53 flat head 32 radiator and lights the 40 ford front suspention. so you used resin over the foam though. and it didnt melt?

Radio Control Trucker
08-29-12, 09:34 PM
It's another great build, Stu. Your work is always amazing.