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V-12 Dry Lakes Modified
Topic Started: Dec 29 2014, 04:25 PM (1,402 Views)
Bernard Kron
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V-12 Dry Lakes Modified

Definitely from the Early Years in every way, I guess this goes under "Drag" because it's a straightliner. It's also as close as I'll get to an appreciation of Ron Royston and the work he did, since it's based on his super-fine Lincoln V-12. I think that motor inspired some of my best work to date.

This car was built for the V-12 theme at the 2012 NNL West. It's a vintage dry lakes style Modified roadster. “Modifieds”, as they were called, were the earliest pure straight line racers in the hot rod lineage with the first ones appearing on the dry lakes in Southern California as early as 1926. Patterned after the board track racers of the period, they were made by taking a Model T body and chassis and narrowing them to a width just wide enough to carry the driver and the 4 banger motor. Modifieds ran at the lakes until the early 1950’s, evolving to sleek V-8 powered missiles capable of speeds well in excess of 150 mph.

Here are the details:

Bodywork and paint: AMT ’29 Ford “Ala Kart” roadster pickup body narrowed ¾”. Scratch built gas tank. AMT ’32 Ford grill shell. Duplicolor yellow paint, homemade “Lincoln V-12” logo decals.
Interior: AMT “Ala Kart” interior, narrowed ¾”, re-skinned with pleated styrene. Cut down AMT ’29 Ford dashboard and ’36 Ford steering wheel.
Motor: Hot Rod Flathead V-12 from Early Years Resin. Scratch built headers, exhaust extensions and carburetor stacks.
Chassis: Scratch built from styrene strip with a Revell ’29 Ford RPU rear crossmember.
Suspension & brakes: AMT ’34 Ford front axle and spring and rear axle, AMT ’29 Ford rear spring and rear radius rods. Scratch built steering parts, front radius rods and drive shaft. Resin ’40 Ford brakes.
Wheels & tires: Modelhaus “milk truck” style wheels, Ma’s Resin “Rat Rod” rear tires, Revell ’37 Ford truck front tires.

Thanx for lookin',
B.

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Bernard Kron
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A coupla chassis pics:

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Super clean build.
Excellent.
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:))) fbr :)))
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That's a classic, excellent job! :))) :))) :)))
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Bernard, even though that is a Lakes car I just wonder how it would have done in the CRA with the Track Roadsters? Some of them did run the lakes and then would do the ovals. The stance, the wheels, the tires---Oh yes! Did you scratch the houdaille shocks on the rear or is it some you cut off a chassis and re-worked? The tires are just spot on---I can say no more. Except I love it! wnw
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Thanks everyone! One of my favorite projects with pride of place on my shelf, for sure.

Lefturns75,Dec 31 2014
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...Did you scratch the houdaille shocks on the rear or is it some you cut off a chassis and re-worked?...


Lefturns75, the rear shocks are the rears from the Revell '40 Standard kit. They are also re-popped by Replicas and Miniatures Co. of Maryland, and sold along with the fronts from the Revell '29/'30 Ford "Rat Rod" RPU/Sedan kits. With all that mill at the front I suspect this modified would be a bit of a handful in the turns. But the CRA cars did have their roots in the lakes cars of the 30's which themselves were based on the board and dirt track racers of the 20's. As I'm sure we all realize, the specialization of U.S. racing really started to kick in big time in the 60's and 70's and now of course there's very little crossover. Gone are the days of the likes of Danny Ongais, A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney... being a bit weak on Circle Track I'm sure some of you can remind of other great "generalists" from that discipline besides Foyt.
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interesting concept ........... and very nicely built ............ beautiful work B) fbr :)))
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I certainly agree with all the above comments about the build, but I would like to congratulate you on the outstanding photography.

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Bernard Kron
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Thanks once more, guys! It's much appreciated.
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That is really top notch, you are a great builder Bernard! fbr :)))
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Thank you Dave. It's the only model I've ever built that got recognized at a model car show. At the NNL West, which is an un-judged event with "only" a People's Choice prize the various volunteers who run it are also allowed to name their favorite. The only reason I built it was because my friend Curt Raitz, a truly great modeler the level of whose work inspires me, challenged me to. One of my all-time favorite hot rod modelers, Steve Hinson, has been helping out at this event for almost as long as its been around. Curt and I displayed our cars on a common salt-flats base. We had both used Early Years V-12's. Below was the result. I was thrilled, not so much because I "won" anything, but because Steve acknowledged it. I was floored...


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Great Build Fella,Great to see Ron's V12 being used in Builds still Thanks for that.Paul... :)))
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Thank you Paul. Early Years Resin was one of my most important resources for aftermarket parts. Ron had a real eye for what mattered for my style of building.
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