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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scale-Master, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/12 Rating:  (1 votes - 5.00 average) Thanks: 2
      Started: 06-02-19 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I pulled this kit from my stash on May 5, 2019; the night we got home from the GSL.

      1997 reissue of the 1970 Tamiya Lola T-70 Mk III kit. It's been patiently waiting for 22 years in my stash to be built.
      I've been researching, planning and figuring all month. (Actually I was scheming a couple days before in case I didn't find a dream deal on another Caterham kit during the show/trip.)
      It will be built as a street car T-70 replica with some modern upgrades.


      I started by cleaning up the tub and main body panels.
      Lots of filling and sanding Lola T-70 Mk III to remove the twenty ¼ inch diameter ejection pin marks in the tub alone and general parting lines. But still a nicely molded kit considering its age.


      The insides of the body also needed to be addressed for the same issues.




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    The valve cover hold-down bolts and breathers were machined from aluminum. Both are patterned from the same line of Eddie Motorsports parts.

    Yes, there is a little grime around some areas…



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    The rear suspension was going in just fine until I realized I needed to install something else first. But before I could do that I had to mount something else, and before that, another item…
    So I installed the instrument panels. The "A/C" hoses were installed too.


    The top of the dash and the Wink mirror were mounted to the body.



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    I figured I'd see what it looks like now that it has color on it so I loosely assembled the panels. Too bad it's a hazy day; the color pops more in direct sunlight.



    Gonna have to put the wheels on it soon too…


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    I'm lovin' it! I love this particular period of sportscars/endurance racers and had the Hot Lola T-70 Mk III Wheels version of this when I was a kid. It is surprising how successful the Lola T70's were given they were up against the likes of Ferrari and Porsche not to forget the still competitive Ford GT's and their various iterations. I believe there was an Aston Martin powered version of this one too.
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    Yes there were I think two Aston powered cars. DOHC V8's. At least one of them had a rear cover similar to a 330P/4.

    Gear shifter. Aluminum. I was able to machine it in one piece except for the two fasteners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleMaster View Post
    Yes there were I think two Aston powered cars. DOHC V8's. At least one of them had a rear cover similar to a 330P/4.

    Gear shifter. Aluminum. I was able to machine it in one piece except for the two fasteners.
    Front:

    Back:

    That's another fascinating thing about this particular era of sports cars. Many cars sported changes in bodywork as they tried either fix problems or change them up for longer high speed tracks versus shorter tracks where they were not going to top out and needed more downforce. I had not seen the engine or the changes in tail treatments of the Aston version but found this online which you might enjoy. I am not sure if the one with the modified rear clamshell still exists.

    Lola T-70 Mk III-lola-t70-mk3-astons-jpg

    Here's a more recent one of the version with the standard clamshell.
    Lola T-70 Mk III-lola-t70-mk3-aston-martin-jpg

    Here's an article on them as well. The engine looks positively awesome with the DOHC and crossed intakes.
    https://primotipo.com/2017/10/12/lola-t70-aston-martin/
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    Very cool! Thank you for sharing!


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    I finally installed the spark plugs and made & routed the ignition wires. They are the beefy 10.4mm size. I had already made the boots and spark plugs.





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    I am always amazed at how low the spark plugs sit in the heads on those Chevy engines to the point at where the plugs are sideways in the combustion chamber.
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    I think the engine is as done as possible for now. There's quite a few more parts already made for it, but they will be added later.
    So the next trick is to install this…




    Into this…



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    I'm very pleased that the mass of engine went in and mated up to all the other parts as planned. The transaxle and half shafts went in too once the engine mounts were seated. There are a lot of very tight tolerances and only one order to install the parts/subassemblies in. I was prepared for something to not line up, but it darn near fell together.




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    One can forget that it was a relatively thin piece of sheet metal a.k.a. firewall between the driver and the mechanically synchronized mayhem just behind it! Looks great.
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    I drove in a Pantera that had that panel removed for work. Scary seeing those bolts holding the water pump pulley spinning like a garbage disposal aimed at your elbow. Sure keeps you from grabbing second too hard...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleMaster View Post
    I drove in a Pantera that had that panel removed for work. Scary seeing those bolts holding the water pump pulley spinning like a garbage disposal aimed at your elbow. Sure keeps you from grabbing second too hard...
    Must have been incredibly loud too! I remember how much noise I got in the cabin of my Ford E150 van when I test drove it without the engine cover after replacing some spark coils and that with a quiet stock exhaust.
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    Oh yeah, it was loud.


    I made the insulation for the fiberglass bulkhead panel and installed it.




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