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FORD for the Tour
Topic Started: Jan 23 2016, 09:37 PM (434 Views)
Another Rick
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As mentioned in another post Creeb, my engine man, refused to work on another Chevy engine so I had to scrap the BBC Rambler project. mm1 So the search was on for something FORD powered. I put the word out and a friend called with some information on an incomplete small bodied Ford parked in a shed out on Countyline Road. Creeb and I crawled in his r oll-back and headed out. After some searching, and plenty of cussing by Creeb, we finally found the location. Sure enough out in a shed behind the garage was the remnants of a Ford Escort which had been back-halved.rrr We struck up a conversation with Peabody, the current owner. He had originally planned on building it into a gasser, but when his wife realized how much it was going to cost, she put the kibosh on his racing career. After a bit of haggling and Peabody's wife Petunia getting involved, we were able to score the incomplete drag car along with a good 351 long block, a narrowed FORD 9 inch with strange axles, and a 4-speed transmission for a very reasonable price - Petunia wanted it gone before Peabody tried to spend more money on it. It has been in the shop for a little over a month and we have been burning the 3:00 a.m. oil - that is much later than the midnight oil. We are trying our best to get it ready for the initial race of the Southern Fried Drag Tour. Here is what we have so far.

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Posted Image The front half of the interior is from the FireFighter Mustang and the tubs are from (I think) the Revell Snap-tite Firebird Pro-stock. I think clicking on the thumbnail will take you to the Photobucket file of the build-up.
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Brian Conn
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.... Very interesting choice in bodies fbr ....recently found out that the Escort was kitted in the early to mid 80's (both Revell and AMT/ERTL)needless to say that I had forgotten about this...that became the must have kit for me for a future I.M.C.A type modified build.....ordered a kit yesterday after reading this post from a private dealer here in the Midwest that was reasonably priced.....noticed on the internet that the price for the kit was anywhere from a very reasonable $15.00 to a greedy price of over a hundred dollars. mm1

I will be keeping an eye on your progress... :)))
ON THE WORK BENCH....
Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino (Season 2)
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1978 Mustang II Hatchback dirt Late Model

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Another Rick
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I paid $8 for this one at a model show. When I got it home and did a full inspection I discovered the clear and clear red pieces and two of the tires were missing. The tires are no big deal and I have plenty of clear acetate for the windows, the only issue may be the taillights. I bought this kit with the idea of building it into a Pro-stock along the lines of the Sox & Martin Dodge Colt.
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Brian Conn
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I got you covered....you can have anything you want off of mine when I get it except for the body (doing a dirt modified build someday)...let me know...just need a ship to address.
It should be arriving here in the next few days.
ON THE WORK BENCH....
Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino (Season 2)
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FOR THE 2018 RACING SEASON
1978 Mustang II Hatchback dirt Late Model

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Still plugging along. Front suspension details, still need to add axle stubs and steering.

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:))) looking good rlr :)))
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Brian Conn
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Rick, you have a p.m
ON THE WORK BENCH....
Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino (Season 2)
Posted ImageHosted on Fotki
FOR THE 2018 RACING SEASON
1978 Mustang II Hatchback dirt Late Model

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Another Rick
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Have the chassis and interior painted. In this picture it is just set together, no glue, still needs some interior work - seat, dash, steering wheel, you know, some of the "extraneous stuff".

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The engine. This one is such a piece of garbage, I am not going to try to wire it. There is no indication of any plugs and even if there were it would be impossible to wire it with the headers in place. Still have to touch up the red spots where the carbs were attached to the sprue.

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Front suspension and steering, the rack and pinion came from the Escort chassis, steering arms are scratchbuilt.

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A little something to keep me grounded.
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Hope to get some paint on the body in a day or two.
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