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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Wed 08 Feb 2017, 11:40 pm

More great work Mitch some really great work.

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Thu 09 Feb 2017, 12:53 am

Nice dizzy Mitch,

The wheels and tyres are very nice, what are they from?
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Thu 09 Feb 2017, 9:43 pm

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Nice dizzy Mitch,

The wheels and tyres are very nice, what are they from?

The wheels are from the AMT 62 Chevy Bel Air and the rears were widened with a donor set of rims from the parts box. The slicks are from a lot of slicks I bought on eBay so I am not sure what specific kit they were sourced from.

The dizzy is from the new Revell Hurst Olds kit.
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Thu 09 Feb 2017, 11:16 pm

Great work Mitch.

I'll have to go visit my local train store and find those nuts and bolts.

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Fri 10 Feb 2017, 8:19 pm

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Great work Mitch.

I'll have to go visit my local train store and find those nuts and bolts.

I know right? I had originally gone into the store to pick up some hex shaped Plastruct or Evergreen rod and cut my own but this is so much easier and looks better too.

I tried several sets of headers and much like the real car none would clear the spring towers. So I used some solder that Nigel (I miss him) sent to me years ago and I'm making my own.

This sold is the perfect size for the primaries and is super soft. I super glued the ends where the collector goes and drilled a hole in the middle of the four pipes and glued a rod in the middle and then a bigger piece of tube stock. Then I put on some shrink tube, shrank it and then put on another layer of shrink tube to make the collector.
I will use some more tube stock to make the turn downs.

I took the carb back off because I have ordered a Detail Master carburetor PE linkage and bracket set. I am going try another first for me and use the tungsten filament from an 1157 bulb as the throttle return spring.

I also added some nuts to the coil overs and detail painted the rearend. I had two different springs rates on the back of the car hence the silver and dark blue springs.

The steering wheel is installed.









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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Fri 10 Feb 2017, 9:42 pm

How I wish my LHS sold those hex nut and bolt sets, lol. Absolutely beautiful work, the detailing is fantastic!
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 8:31 am

Great work Mitch, the nuts and bolts do look amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 1:50 pm

More good stuff Mitch.

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 13 Feb 2017, 12:59 pm

Thanks for the comments friends.

I did some more over the weekend. BMF, windows, tachometer, wiring and starter solenoid, master cylinder and proportioning valve, fuel pressure regulator and gauge, checked length of fuel line to carb. I'm waiting on some PE carb linkage before I mount the carb permanently. I made the support braces and test fitted them to see if there was enough clearance, added fuel pump and filter, 1/2" copper fuel line, and the hardware for the fuel cell mounts. Replaced the steering wheel with one that looked better, mounted body, mounted rear end, mounted radiator, electric fan, radiator supports, made radiator hoses, mounted alternator and charge wire, added tie down chain and hardware.











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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 13 Feb 2017, 1:07 pm

looks nice Mitch...love the chain on the engine...that was a old school trick i done many times on the real ones.
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 13 Feb 2017, 1:25 pm

Thanks Mark I don't know if it really helped but I had stock motor mounts.

Here are the reference pictures I used along with fond memories...






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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 13 Feb 2017, 1:28 pm

Mitch...that is nice. yep the chain helps the engine stay in place and hold the load from the torque. I have had some actually snap on cars I once owned. Fond memories for sure....
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 13 Feb 2017, 1:54 pm

Great work, Mich.

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 13 Feb 2017, 4:41 pm

Incredible build and I am picking up a lot of tips and techniques from your work.  I really like how you side drilled the distributor ... I always tried top down (with little success).  Thanks for posting!
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Wed 15 Feb 2017, 3:04 pm

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Incredible build and I am picking up a lot of tips and techniques from your work.  I really like how you side drilled the distributor ... I always tried top down (with little success).  Thanks for posting!

Thanks guys.

It depends on the look of the plug wire Chris. The HEI distributor takes angle terminals on the distributor so it made sense to try and come in from the side. An old point type would look better with the leads going in from the top.

I stripped the body last night. I had tried to use some Val-Spar spray paint that was the same color as the car. After over a week of drying, it was still gummy and taking on fingerprints no mater how careful I was. So it spent the evening in a tub of Super Clean. I will have to start over with the primer filler and touch up some of the body work but I have worked to hard on this one to have patched up paint job.

I will be using tried and true (and fast drying) lacquer on the next paint job.
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Sun 19 Feb 2017, 8:25 pm

Superb detail work! The wiring is fabulous, correction, Everything is fabulous
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 12:59 pm

Thanks Kats.

The repaint was successful. I did hit one snag, I broke the windshield so Hi had to find another 64 Thunderbolt on eBay to get another windshield.

The BMF (looks lumpy in the pictures but better in person) is done and the window channels and inside trim is painted and the rear and side glasses are installed. I made them from sheet stock.

I started on the decals which is my favorite part of a build. I am really happy with the way it's tuning out. I wish some of my detail work was a little cleaner but that's where my vision for the build exceeds my skill set.









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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 2:10 pm

Really coming along nicely, the decals look good.

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 2:53 pm

Looks good, Mitch.
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 3:57 pm

Nice one Mitch.

You can't get better than owning the 1:1 for details!!!

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 11:25 pm

Looks great Mitch

I just opened one of my Comet kits and it looks nice.

What kind of times did you run ??
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Tue 21 Feb 2017, 2:27 pm

Thanks John, it ran 12:70s consistently.

Finished the decals last night. I need to reapply the BMF to the lower windshield trim and as soon as I get the new windshield I will be able to finish it up. I am also waiting on a PE carb linkage set to finish up the carburetor and permanently mount it. I am hoping the parts show up today or tomorrow.

I have been debating on the rear slicks and this last set up pictures has made my decision. The ones on the model are too big. So I will be taking them off and trying to find something that looks closer to what was on the car.

I finished up the disc brakes, the real car had 65 V8 Mustang spindles, 89 Ford Ranger rotors, 90 Chevy S10 calipers and Cadillac brake hoses and an adapter kit from Scarebird Fabrications.

The chrome pens are awesome for touching up the BMF.

I will finish detailing my trailer and the hitch on the truck and I will have a miniature of my tow rig.
I set it on the bench last night. Boy does that bring back memories. I sold the truck when we moved to Louisville and I sold the race car a year and half later, and my trailer was stolen so I no longer have any these in real life any more lol...

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Tue 21 Feb 2017, 2:58 pm

Very cool.
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Tue 21 Feb 2017, 6:36 pm

The Slicks are a bit big in diameter, or at least much higher profile Mitch, but they look way cooler, I'd leave them.

They make it look much more aggressive, you might get 11.70s out of them!
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 Comet bracket racer   Wed 22 Feb 2017, 1:15 pm

Thanks Mike, I like the look of those tires too Shay, but they were too big,

I found some others the tire box that were almost the same size and sanded them down a little, about 3/32nds. I think they look much better.

I also lowered the back of the car a little bit by adjusting the spring mounts up into the trunk area a little. I think it looks much better. I just need to weather the tire decals and put some dull coat on the tires.

My PE carb stuff came yesterday and I have the carb mounted up and the throttle cable installed.
I am going to but some small nuts on the fuel lines where they attach to the carb fuel bowls.

I had to buy another 64 Thunderbolt on eBay so I can get a windshield.







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